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Traders and Raiders

Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Sail back to the dark ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. Find out about the life of Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the blood-thirsty Vikings form Scandinavia- never before has such terror swept the land.

Make a Saxon sword or a Viking broach and decorate it with intricate patterns. Choose to be a Saxon or Viking and trade your crafty goods. But, let’s keep it cool- we don’t want a fight breaking out!

Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly…Dark Ages?

 

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

English

Reports; Character profiles; Myths and Legends; Poetry; Historial Narrative.

History

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

Art & Design

Patterns and print making; Sketchbooks

Computing

Animation; Digital images

D&T

Jewellry and weapon making; Models of Anglo-saxon homes; Clay runes stones.

Geography

Using maps; Settlements; Europe.

Mathematics

Using money

Music

Singing and composing lyrics.

PE

Competitive games; Attack and defense skills.

 

Topic Vocabulary

The table below shows the key vocabulary that we will be using throughout the topic. Children need to understand the meaning, be able to use them in their writing and spell them.

Anglo-Saxon

Britannia

account

artefact

charm

Arthurian

custom

Angle

conquer

battleaxe

chieftain

afterlife

defend

Saxon

Offa’s Dyke

skald

deity

kingdom

territory

Saxon shore fort

plunder

legend

Germanic

indigenous

scholar

raiders

longhouse

seax

traders

thegn’s great hall

Roman Empire

Middle Ages

invader

monk

runestone

settlement

jute

Viking

Valhalla

 

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I am Warrior!

This half term, we’ll divide into two warring groups: the Celts and the Romans. In our battle games, who will be victorious? We’ll research Celtic and Roman warriors and write soliloquies as soldiers. Using different source materials we’ll investigate the Roman Empire and read Roman numerals. After designing and making shields, we’ll test them in battle and practise our attacking and defending skills. The Celtic warrior queen, Boudicca, will inspire us to create stories, models and artwork. We’ll write plays about gladiators and a menu for wealthy Romans. Using maps, globes and information books, we’ll compare Britain (the home of the Celts) and Rome (the home of the Romans).

 

Curriculum Coverage

 

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

 
 

English

Soliloquies, historical stories, play scripts, instructions,
invitations and menus

History

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

Art & design

Drawing, sculpture, mosaic, jewellery making

D&T

Shields and helmets, Roman food, Roman design

Geography

Comparing Britain and Italy, using maps, locational knowledge,
human and physical geography

Mathematics

Reading Roman numerals

PE

Competitive games, building strength and agility

PSHE

Recognising achievements

 

Topic vocabulary to learn and spell

 

 

ampitheatre

aqueduct

barbarian

Britannia

Caledonia

cassis

Celts

centurion

chariot

Colosseum

emperor

forum

Gaul

gladiator

gladius

Hibernia

invader

invictus

Ianista

Latin

legion

mosaic

pilum

pugio

Roman Empire

Roman numerals

Scutum

servus

soliloquy

standard

taxes

via

 

Blue Abyss

Grab your wetsuit! We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Head to your local aquarium and learn about life in the ocean. Can you pick a favourite fish, plant or animal? What do real divers get up to below the surface? Create a fishy story about exploring an amazing underwater world.

Time to go a little deeper into our seas. Make a mode deep-sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. Make sure you test it first!

What are those bright lights in the distance? It’s a group of bioluminescent sea creatures! Look closely and create a colourful, 3-D art expedition when you rise to the surface.

                 Flippers on? Snorkels ready? Let’s head into the blue abyss...

 

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

 

English

Poetry using personification; Dilemma stories; Biography; Persuasive letters; Ballads

Computing

Programming; Video editing; Multimedia presentations

D & T

Submarine design; Working models

Art & Design

Observational drawing; 3-D models; Clay sculpture; Anthony Gormley – Another place; Batik art; Printing; Seascapes

Geography

Seas and oceans of the world; The Great Barrier Reef; Environmental issues

History

19th century ocean exploration

Science

Living things and their habitats; Animals, including humans; Working scientifically

 

Topic Vocabulary

The table below shows the key vocabulary that we will be using throughout the topic. Children need to understand the meaning, be able to use them in their writing and spell them.

aquatic

oceanic zone

tropic

unique

species

creatures

reef

classification

sea

inhabit

depth

layer

ocean

bioluminescence

hemisphere

diver

variation

adaptation

climate

predator

aquarium

equator

feature

prey

food chain

environment

pressure

submarine

motor

pollution

tourism

satellite

abyss

erosion

observe

marine

 

  • Ravensfield Primary School
  • Clarendon Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4JG
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