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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.

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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. 

Finally we had to paint the hull and ut the mast and sail in place. We now have a full fleet of Viking ships which look fabulous!file-1file1file2file3file4file5

Please find below to Owls' music video - Deal with it together.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dps3lgsjs2lp07b/Gretton%20video%20complete%202.m4v?dl=0

On Monday, Owls took part in a fantastic musical workshop all based around the theme of resilience. We had two brilliant workshop leaders in, Kat and Martin, who first discussed with us what resilience is and how we can use strategies to help us deal with situations when they arise. We then put some of these ideas together to create some lyrics. We worked in groups, each writing a section of the song. Once we had perfected our section, we were invited to record ourselves singing it. It was a bit nervewracking for some but we soon got used to it. Once we had recorder al of our parts, Kat and Martin did some editing whilst we concentrated on creating some album artwork. 

The finished song, titled 'Deal with it together' sounds brilliant and can be heard at: https://soundcloud.com/the-songwriting-charity/gretton-primary-school-deal-with-it-together . Our music video will be released soon...watch this space!

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