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Otters Class Term 4 2017-18

Wow I can’t believe how quickly Term 4 has flown by!In Term 4, we became Vikings for the day when we were joined by Bjorn the Viking. Our visitor brought lots of amazing artefacts with him. We had a go at making flour, we tried to lift chain mail armour and we were put through our paces as warring Viking tribes. Everyone had a fabulous day finding out about everyday Viking lives and what it would have been like to live, and die as a Viking.

Despite the snow, we enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day where we transformed ourselves into unicorns, fairies and characters from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.

For homework, some of the children made boats, researched Viking Gods and tried out Viking recipes. They were all very proud of their projects and I would like to thank parents for your continued support – I think some of the grown- ups had as much fun making models of Viking ships as the children.

In English, the children wrote some brilliant non-chronological reports about dragons and became newspaper reporters. They produced some very realistic reports about the Viking raid on the monastery on the Holy island of Lindisfarne in AD793 – it was as if they were actually there. We carried on reading ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and we have written letters to the author, Cressida Cowell, to find out more about the book.

In Art, we modelled some very realistic dragon eyes out of clay. We drew sketches of Lindisfarne and used water colours to create paintings of the ruins. The children also enjoyed making corner bookmarks and Easter cards.

We continued to learn about air resistance in Science and we carried out investigations about paper to helicopters ready for the WHF Science festival.

For ‘Safer Internet Day’ we wrote and performed songs and raps to encourage each other to practise safe internet usage.

The children found out how to wish each other ‘Joyeuses Pâques!’ in French, we took on the role of French shop keepers selling ‘oeufs de Paques’ and we talked about Easter traditions in France. We have also been learning to say the days of the week.

The term finished with a visit from Anthony Pedley, a story teller and actor who has played the title role in Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’ on several national tours – 1746 performances in all! The children were mesmerised by his voice and he did a pretty good impression the Queen.

I hope everyone had a happy Easter and is ready for an exciting summer term.

Mrs Deegan and Otter class

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