Year 4 Project - Traders and Raiders
Who’s that waving axes and brandishing swords? It’s the Saxons invading Britain’s shores!
During this half term, we’ll start by making sturdy boats to sail the ocean’s fearsome waves. We’ll write reports as an onlooker who witnessed the Saxons’ landing, and we’ll find out about key dates. Using online maps, we’ll plot the location of Roman shore forts and draw our own sketch maps. We’ll make models of Saxon weaponry, homes and jewellery and carefully carve runes using clay tools. When we learn about the Legend of King Arthur, we’ll retell the story, and write character portraits about Alfred the Great. We’ll write poems praising King Olaf, making sure they are complimentary, and learn about the everyday lives of the Saxons and Vikings. Using maps, we’ll identify the places where the invaders came from and locate viking invasion sites. We’ll research Viking beliefs and take part in a scrumptious Viking feast.
At the end of the project, we’ll reflect on what it would have been like to be a child during these troubled times and invite you to a Saxon and Viking art exhibition.
Help your child prepare for their project
Watch out – the Saxons and Vikings are invading! Why not visit your local library together to see if there have been any Saxon or Viking invasions in your area? You could also find out more by visiting your local museum to explore Saxon and Viking connections further. Alternatively, read books and watch films together to gain an insight into this period, such as How to Train Your Dragon.
Memorable Experience - Make sailing boats
History - Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
Design and Technology - Making weapons and jewellery; Models of Anglo-Saxon homes; Clay rune stones
Art and Design - Patterns and print making; Sketchbooks
Computing - Animation; Images
Geography - Using maps; Settlements; Europe
History - 19th century ocean exploration
Science Investigations - How did Vikings dye their clothes?
Next week we will be:
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When the weather is sunny, please allow the children to wear sun cream and wear hats.
Please continue to sign your child's reading record. The expectation is that they read for 10 minutes every day outside of school hours.
Year 4 will be taking part in the Blue Peter Climate Heroes challenge. Read about it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore/blue-peter-apply-for-a-green-badge?fbclid=IwAR3F7xWdoxy3ffs1YCmSKiWgHgX4F0jQrE-Bbfl9pl3JPMFtWw18HMyJCHw
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Year 4 started a new topic in Term 4 'Misty Mountains'. One of the first lessons was spent making a river!