A Viking Adventure!

Children from year 4 enjoyed an unforgettable school trip this week to the Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset to experience life as a viking! The children took part in a range of immersive educational activities including grinding flour and making bread, picking vegetables and chopping them into a stew, and making their own cheese and butter. And that was just in the morning! In the afternoon children made bricks from chalk, chopped wood, tended the vegetable garden and played viking games. The children lived and slept in a viking long house, enjoyed stories and songs around the fire and thoroughly enjoyed themselves from start to finish. The children will return to school next week full of inspiration and knowledge. Thank you to the children for behaving so well and to the adults who volunteered their time to make the trip possible.

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Butser Ancient Farm – Bringing History Alive!

On Tuesday, Year 3 set off bright and early for a day of living like Stone Age children at Butser Ancient Farm!¬† They did a range of exciting, hands-on activities – pottery, archaeology, fence building and ‘clunching’ (making clay bricks).¬† We learned that life in the Stone Age would have been hard work and very grubby…

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Vi nyder os som vikinger!

The second group arrived this morning at the Ancient Technology centre and have already had a busy day. They have learned how to start fires and manage the flames, harvesting the autumn crops and helped the farmers get ready for winter. Dinner is now cooking! We are having such a lot of fun whilst learning a lot about the day to day lives of Viking settlers in England.

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We are Vikings!

The first group of year 4 children have arrived at The Ancient Technology Centre and have had an excellent afternoon fully immersed in Viking life. They have prepared a historically authentic meal and completed many of the seasonal tasks Vikings did on a daily basis. They have learned that being a Viking is both physically hard and requires many skills. Lunch has never tasted so good!

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Nickleby Class Assembly!

Congratulations to Nickleby Class who performed a stand out assembly today on the theme of Ancient Egypt. The audience learnt all about mummification, hieroglyphics, the Battle of Kadesh, Egyptian Gods and the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb! Not only were we treated to a rendition of The Mummy Song but we actually got to see a real life (sort of) mummification! Well done to all the children involved and a huge thank you to Miss Jacobs, Miss Tyson and the parents who practiced lines with their children and provided such splendid costumes.

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Friendship Week – Big friend, little friend!

Today, as part of our annual Friendship Week every child in the school partnered up with an older/younger child to take part in ‘big friend, little friend’. Children from Year 6 partnered up with Year 2, Year 5 visited Year 1, Year 4 partnered with Nursery children, and Year 3 went to Reception.

The children worked on a range of activities from writing stories about friendship to reading together, making friendship bracelets to playing board games. The children found the experience engaging, educational and socially enriching.

Teachers throughout the school have also been celebrating friendship week by leaving gifts, cards and generally being extra-supportive of their ‘secret friends’, drawn from a ballot. The message, for both adults and children, is that we can and should always try to do more to make the world a friendlier place.

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