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Dear Parents and Carers,

We've just returned from a fantastic day as Vikings at Oxenwood. We were met at the gate by Edgar the Viking, who greeted us in old Norse. He then escorted us to meet Guthrun, the King. The children then swore an oath of loyalty to Guthrun, who, in turn, pledged to reward his subjects with gold, jewels, land and more. (The new loyal subjects all created their own torque bracelets out of real gold!) We had a lot of fun learning how to march and fight as Vikings would have done. Our training culminated with a re-enactment of the battle 'Vikings versus Saxons' in the kingdom of  Wessex, which took place at Edington, near Westbury. Alfred the Great was successful and he succeeded in driving out the invader until his normandy  relatives returned....but that 's another story as they say.

Unfortunately, we also had to bury an honourable warrior at sea as he deserved to go to Valhalla and be feted by the Gods. 

 

I would just like to add  how impressed we were with all the children. They displayed excellent knowledge of the topic  studied so far and were thoroughly engaged with all the activities. 

This has been an incredibly enriching day and I am sure the children will have been full of enthusiasm telling you all about it. 

Mrs Sager, Mrs Aland, Mrs Larcombe, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Prince.

 

Click on the link above to see some photos of the day

Welcome back to all our Housemartins and we hope you had a good Christmas break. May we take this opportunity to wish you all a  very Happy New Year.

Our new topic for terms 3 and 4  focuses on Invaders and Settlers - the Vikings and is called Dragon Days. Work will be based around Vikings and the book ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.  The topic will culminate in the Year 3/4 performance of Dragon Days at the end of Term 4.  Auditions, for Year 4 actors, will be held at the end of Term 3.   Please see the attached Topic Web for more information. 

 

To support your child with this topic you could visit the library or look at the following websites......

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/ztyr9j6

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zcpf34j

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/viking/why.html

 Later on in the term  we will be having a "Stem Week ", which will include activities based on Science, Technology Engineering and Maths. If you work in these fields and would be willing and able to come in and talk to the class about your work, please come in and see me so we could arrange this. 

Best regards 

Mrs Sager and Mrs Larcombe

Mrs Raymond and Mrs Edwards

ps - we are still walking to Australia - we've now covered approximately 3000 KM - so there's still quite a way to go!

Science - Sound

Housemartins are really enjoying their new unit of work in Science - Sound. Last week  we were investigating how different instruments make sound. This week we have been looking at how sound  vibrations  travel .... 

We struck tuning forks and saw how we could make water bubble and splash. We also made grains of rice jump on drums and tambourines. Ask your child to explain how this works!

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Maths Term 2

Braeside 2017

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Welcome to Housemartins!

We hope you have all  had  great holiday.

 Mrs Larcombe and I have been really impressed with the way that Housemartins have settled back in. Our first topic is called Kangaroos and Didgeridoos and is inspired by the book "Because of Jackson" by Dick King-Smith.  This is a great story about two ambitious rabbits who follow their dreams to travel to a distant land, Australia.We will be learning a lot about Australia and Aboriginal Culture as well as reading stories by Dick King-Smith, a significant children's author. We have planned lots of exciting learning activities around our topic and the children are really fired up. We have set ourselves a challenge too, to walk to Australia! So far, we have covered just under 1000km! 

Please see topic web and curriculum letter below for further details about our topic and learning. Also, there is a home learning letter, suggesting ways  that parents might like to help support learning.

Some ideas listed include making your own didgeridoo or boomerang.

http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/australia/didgeridoo.htm

http://thecraftyclassroom.com/crafts/australia-crafts-for-kids/australia-crafts-boomerang/

Please see home learning letter for more suggestions. 

 

This term, too, year 4s have all the excitement of going to Braeside.  This is an amazing trip and we are all looking forward to the residential visit. 

best regards 

Mrs A Sager and Mrs S Larcombe