Over the past couple of weeks Owls have been learning about the Christmas story and the period of Advent which precedes Christmas. As part of this, the children created their own Advent calenders telling the Christmas story.
Owls have been looking at light and shadows this week. First, we looked at what we mean by light and darkness. We learnt that there needs to be some light to see anything but some materials / colours are more reflective than others. We tested this out by braving a very dark PE she'd to see if we could tee a flourescent jacket.
We also made use of a few minutes of unlight in order to draw round Charlotte's shadow. We later compated her shadow at a different time of day and noticed that it was a different size and was pointing in a different direction.
Later in the week, we also carried out our own classroom investigations into light and shadows in the classroom and predicted whether materials would be opaque, transluscent or transparent.
On Thursday, Owls' classroom was taken over by 29 young Vikings in some superb Viking costumes (thank you parents for your efforts!). Just as we were finishing our register though, our classroom was invaded by another Viking named Hrothgar. However, he turned out to be a friendly warrior and invited us down to his camp where he taught us about different aspects of Viking life. First he introduced us to some of the weapons they would have used, but also learnt that they were often used for day to day life with their hunting. We were given the chance to try on some of the helmets and feel the weight of the chain mail - it must have been exhausing trying to fight with all of that on!
We also were given a demonstration of how to light a fire in Viking times, along with how to put the fire out. Importantly, we also remembered all of the safety points around what to do if we discover a fire. Before lunch, we had great fun re-enacting a Viking story about some of the Viking gods.
After lunch, we learnt how to play the Viking game of Hnefatfl. It was quite tricky but good fun! Finally we re-enacted a Viking funeral and learnt that a person was often buried with their belongings and even their servants.
Owls have been working hard on constructing Viking longships as our DT project for this term. We used paper mache to form the hull and in some instances learnt why it is important to make sure there are lots of layers of paper! It was a rather messy session but we really enjoyed it!
Once we had constructed our hulls we had to be patient and let them thoroughly dry out and in the meantime we designed our sails and shields to decorate the outside. We discussed that the pattern on the sails would have in all likelihood been very simple and the colours would have been fairly dull - no flourescent colours available.
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