Raiders and Traders

Who’s that waving axes and brandishing swords? It’s the Anglo-Saxons invading Britain’s shores!

Wow! What a fun and exciting start to Year 4 we have all had!

During this half term we have learnt about the Anglo–Saxon and Viking invasion on Britain. We started by exploring, using online maps, the countries that were involved in the invasion and where the gruesome invaders came from. We have written reports as an onlooker who witnessed the Anglo-Saxon landing, and we have also found out about key dates from this interesting period of our history.

We looked at typical villages from around AD447 and made models of medieval villages (David Class) and a diorama depicting the attack on Lindisfarne monastery (Coldplay Class). Both classes spent time looking at Anglo–Saxon jewellery designs, which then inspired us to design and make our own pieces.

We have learnt a lot about the Legend of King Arthur too. We spent time in Literacy learning and retelling the story in detail for our first Big Write of the year. We have also written a character profile of Alfred the Great. Both of them were such interesting and inspiring figures.

As the term continued we created poems praising King Olaf (making sure they were complimentary of course,) and we also learnt about the everyday lives of the Saxons and Vikings.

As you can see we have been extremely busy this half term. It was fun learning about the pesky marauders, especially discovering some unexpected facts. Did you know for example that the Vikings have never worn horned helmets? What a surprise!

We would like to thank the parents for helping with the homework. There have been some amazing pieces handed in so far. The children have shown great research skills in several of the tasks set, and also produced many wonderful Viking boat models.

Have a fantastic half term everyone! Here’s to another great term when we come back.

Mrs Parker, Mr Stannard, Mrs Connelly & Miss Knight.



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