Friday 24th February 2017
This week we have had a wonderful time writing and learning narrative poems to recite in class. We were very proud and surprised that we were able to produce such great performances.
On Thursday afternoon, we invited Year 5 parents to come and view an exhibition of all the excellent Scandinavian and Viking theme projects that we had completed for homework. It was a delight to hear one parent say, “It was not ‘homework’ but ‘funwork’!” Thank you to everybody who came and supported the event.
Friday 3rd February 2017
We have had a busy time this week as we had come to the end of our Scandinavian Topic and were introduced to the Vikings on Tuesday. First, we learned about the Anglo-Saxons and how they were living in Britain at the end of the eighth century before the Vikings arrived. Then we discussed why and how the Vikings invaded England. Next, we went outside to re-enact a Viking raid. Our class became the Anglo-Saxons living peacefully in the Adventure Playground until 5H, pretending to be Vikings, attacked. Suddenly, there was panic as one by one we were ‘slaughtered’ or captured as slaves. Only a lucky few managed to escape. We then returned to our classes and after discussing what it felt to be ambushed, Mrs Castle asked us to write a story about a Viking raid as though we were there as a child. Yesterday, we had an important visitor to the school – an Ofsted Inspector! He came into our class twice – once during maths while we were learning about fractions - and then in the afternoon while we were continuing to write our Viking story. Mrs Castle, who was sitting at the back, didn’t see or him come in or sit himself next to Raj. Of course, when he had left our class we all wanted to know what he had asked Raj. He told us that the Inspector has asked whether he felt safe in school, if he enjoyed school and if he was good. Raj told us that he told him he was always good and then said, “Well, what else was I to say?’