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Welcome to Dragon Class. We hope you have enjoyed your half term break and are ready to enjoy some exciting learning activities. Mrs Green and Mrs Vause have been busy planning our new topic which is all about warriors.. 

 

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Class Routines for this half term.

PE on Tuesday and Thursday - Please ensure your child has both an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school every day. (plain white T shirt and blue shorts for inside, a warm tracksuit and trainers for outside)

 

No jewellery except for a watch and a single pair of stud earrings please. 

 

Homework

Please try to encourage your child to read a book 3 times a week and sign their planner to show this. 

Spelling tests will be given on Mondays, the words can be found in their planners. It is important that your child knows what each of their words mean as well as how to spell them. 

Maths mountains are tested every Friday please help your child to prepare for this timed test by practising regularly at home.

Other homework will be topic or maths based and will be given on a Friday. 

Fun Facts: Did you know?
Romulus was the first King of Rome and founded the city in 753 BC.Rich Romans enjoyed banquets featuring exotic foods such as roasted parrot, dolphin meatballs and flamingo tongues!Julius Caesar invented our modern calendar of 12 months (365 days). July and August were added to the ten-month Roman calendar and named after Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus.The Romans introduced many things to Britain including aqueducts, central heating, straight roads and vegetables such as carrots and turnips!Scotland was not part of the Roman Empire. Emperor Hadrian ordered a wall to be built to defend the Roman Empire against Scottish tribes. Hadrian’s Wall stretches about 73 miles from Bowness, on the west coast, to Wallsend on the east coast: you can still walk along parts of it today.In Roman times, only boys went to school and only men were allowed to fight in the army.Roman soldiers could march up to 20 miles per day wearing armour and carrying their food and tents! Tough guys!Part of the salary of a Roman soldier was paid in salt which inspired the saying ‘worth your salt’.The ‘tortoise’ was a trick the Roman army used to protect themselves. Soldiers would form a square with their shields above their heads so that they would be protected on all sides.The Romans loved wine. They even drank it for breakfast!Purple clothing was a status symbol in Roman times. However, only emperors were permitted to dress completely in purple.In Roman times, urine was used to clean clothes and as a tooth whitener in toothpaste!The Celts loved brightly coloured clothes and used berries and plants to dye their wool different colours. Some of the patterns were striped or chequered in design – just like Scottish tartan!Celtic warriors carried oval-shaped shields made from wood, sharp spears and long swords with an iron blade. They used the mineral, lime, to shape their hair into spikes and decorated their skin with patterns using a blue dye called woad.
Write some number calculations using Roman numerals for your friends to solve.Watch the closing credits of your favourite British TV programme. Can you find the Roman numerals at the end? What year was your programme made?Find out the dates of birth of your family and friends and record them in Roman numerals.Research Roman life using books from your local library. Which were most useful? Recommend the best one to your classmates.Find out if there are any Roman forts or settlements near where you live. Try to visit one with your family. Take lots of photographs of what you see.Look at Roman artefacts in detail at a local museum or on the British Museum website. Create a PowerPoint presentation showing the artefacts that most interest you and provide information about what they were used for.Look at holiday brochures and online information to find out about modern day Rome as a tourist destination. Which tourist attractions would you visit? What is the weather like? Where else would you like to go in Italy?Try to find a map of Roman Britain. Find out about some of the names of towns and cities. What are their modern names?Read a book or watch a film on a Roman theme. Write a review to let your classmates know what you thought about it.Write a diary entry as if you are a Roman soldier, a slave in a Roman villa or a Celtic child. What is your typical day like?Use an online translation tool to write well-known phrases in Latin, the language of the Romans. Perhaps you could write a birthday (or seasonal) greeting?Find some proverbs with Roman origins. Choose one and write it in your best handwriting with a suitable illustration. Can you explain to your family what it means or what advice it gives?Create a wordsearch or crossword puzzle containing some of the key Roman vocabulary you have learnt. Bring your puzzle to school for your friends to solve.Make a model of a Roman villa using junk materials such as cereal boxes, coloured paper, tin foil and cardboard tubes. Use online images and pictures in non-fiction books to inspire the layout of your villa.Create a multiple choice quiz on the theme of Roman life. Try it out on your family, then bring it to school and test your friends. Make sure you research and check the answers carefully!Make a drawing of a Roman god or goddess. Write a factfile of information about them.Create your own Celtic costume. Tartan pyjama bottoms and blankets may come in handy! You could borrow a brooch to secure your cloak or some Celt-inspired jewellery. Hair gel and blue face paint are essential if you are going into battle!

Don't be a stranger

It is important to us that the children in our care are happy at school and feel comfortable in their learning and are confident to tackle problems should they arise. If you feel there is an issue that is preventing this from being the case please encourage your child to have a quiet word with us or pop in yourselves to talk to us at the end of the day.

Maths Games

Beat feet video

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We had Beat feet visit us last half term to deliver a drumming workshop. We had a brilliant morning.

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