Year 4 really enjoyed starting the topic of ‘Ancient Egyptians’. We looked at the hierarchy in Ancient Egyptian society, drew timelines and investigated artefacts. Can you work out what they were used for and who would have used them?
French artist Henri Matisse inspired us to ‘paint with scissors’ in Year 4. Year 6 were also creating their own version of Matisse’s ‘Beasts of the Sea’. We also looked at a ‘real’ painting copied from one of his earlier works ‘ Woman Reading’ 1920. Year 5 used their knowledge of The Ancient Greeks from their English and History lessons, to design a Greek pot calendar, and then made a pot from clay. The Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani had a particular style, and we replicated his style in our self portraits in Year 6. We have lots of talented artists too!
Year 3 got up to so much fun and learning during History week!
We had a visit from Doctor Bath, she came to teach us all about the Stone Age. We created a timeline that went from present day all the way back to the Stone Age times, it stretched right around our classroom! We then created cave painting using chalk and our fingers which was the only materials of that time. After that we looked at different artefacts and made predictions about what they would have been used for.
Later in the week, Archaeosoup came to visit us to help us learn more about the Stone Age. Marc taught us what life would be like in the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic times and we were able to look and feel some artefacts from those times.
Reception enjoyed taking part in History Week. We had workshops with the staff from Newcastle Castle and learned all about castles. The children enjoyed looking at some artefacts and working out what they might have been used for. We also learned how to joust and made some medieval gingerbread.
Reception enjoyed their visit from Dr Jo Bath. She told us all about castles and who would have lived in them.
We have learned all about castles. We used different shapes to make a castle picture.
Year 3 completed some inference work around these carved stone balls that were found by archaeologists many years ago. We discussed where we thought the object had come from, how long ago, and what it might have been used for.
After making our own inferences, we completed some research to try and find out a little more object these strange objects. We found that they are known as petrospheres, which is the name given to any round man-made object made of stone. They are around 4,000 years old and date to the late Neolithic or Bronze Age. No one knows for sure what these petrospheres were used for but we came up with lots of excellent ideas! We then used clay to make our very own petrosphere.
The children had a fantastic time visiting the Oriental Museum as part of our China topic. They used art, performance and team work to develop their understanding of China and retell the story of how Chinese New Year began.
Year 3 were thrilled to have ‘That History Bloke’ visit us to help us learn more about the Romans. Richard taught us what life would be like in the Roman period and in the Roman Army. We looked and handled some artefacts from those times and were able to dress up like a Roman, write in latin and play some games that would have been played.