Welcome to Class 9! Our new teacher is called Miss Manley and our LSA is called Mrs Parkinson. We have been doing lots of exciting things so far in Year 4, so make sure you keep checking this page, to see what we have been up to!
Our PE day is Tuesday and our games lesson is on a Thursday, with Mr Tench. In PE, we have begun our unit on balance and will continue this for the next half term.
We are expected to read at least four times a week and have our home reading record signed by an adult every time we read. We have spellings set on a Monday, to be tested on a Friday. Our literacy homework is set on a Tuesday and our maths homework is set on a Thursday. These should both be in the following day.
Our history topic this half term is the Romans and we have had a WOW experience this week, investigating the Romans through artefacts found in a field in Chester. We have also been looking at the Romans through our, 'Stories with historical settings' unit in literacy and in our art lessons, where we are looking at mosaics.
We have now had our taster session in brass and are ready to begin our first full lesson this Friday! We are all very excited and have been learning how to make a noise through a brass mouth piece, ready for this lesson!
This week we were visited by Urban Strides and were told a very inspiring story by Andy the dancer, who told us to always take 'Positive Action' to help us reach our goals. Andy was very impressed by our moves, including our LSA's and Teachers!
We have also been very lucky to have had a workshop with Paul Cookson and have been learning about the process in designing a book cover. As well as this, we created a poem with Paul and then performed our own poem called 'Healthy in the classroom, not in the staffroom! (Although we did make sure to tell Paul that ours is a healthy school!)
Today we have had two visitors in school, teaching us all about the Romans! We have been keen to find out more, since our WOW lesson, with the Roman suitcase, so have a read to see what else we have discovered...
We started the day by meeting our Roman solider (who scared the teachers by slamming the door open, in true army style!) and learning about the Roman army. We talked about the different army formations and then had a go at making these, with Mrs Moorthy (our Sri Lankan teacher) learning all about 'hands on' learning! When we were ready for battle, our teachers 'attacked' us with 'swords' and we had to defend ourselves, making sure we did not retreat from our 'enemies'!
We then talked about life as a Roman solider and learnt about how much Roman soldiers were paid. Did you know they even had to pay to be buried? As part of daily life, Romans used to go to the toilet TOGETHER! We had a practice on the Roman toilets and learn all about how to clean our bottoms... we had to share the toilet brush and wash it in a pot!! We also learnt that Romans liked to play games like marbles and tag, just like some of us do today!
In our afternoon session, we spent lots of time learning about the different types of Roman soldiers and Gladiators. Our teachers had to dress up as different soldiers and have a battle and Reece had a go at target practice, whilst wearing some very heavy armour, which was hard to move in!
After spending time in our 'Roman ampitheatre' we learnt about the different injuries and how these were treated. We learnt about trephining (releasing blood from the brain) and got to use Roman medical tools to help the injured soldier. We then went back inside and looked at how cataracts were removed, and even got to try cataract glasses on, so we could imagine what it was like... can you believe they used to suck cataracts out of people's eyes?
At the end of the day, we learnt all about the burials of Roman soliders. We laid the sword beside the solider, put money in his eyes and even left food for the after life, before burying our solider (Loganitus) under his shield!
We have had an absolutely fantastic day, thank you to all of our parents for your generous donations! Hopefully you can see from the amazing pictures we have uploaded, and will continue to upload, that this experience was invaluable!
There are lots more pictures to come, our teachers are just sorting through, as we took so many, so make sure you keep checking the class pages!!