Thursday, 18 October 2018

Fabulous Roman Formations In Year 4!



Year 4 have been learning all about the Roman Army during our topic lessons. We are exploring why the Romans were so powerful and effective in battle. In addition to their superior combat skills and weaponry, the Romans had highly efficient battle tactics. After learning about a variety of attack and defense formations in class, it was time for Ash and Birch to be put to the test! The young Roman trainee soldiers marched to the battle field, with Birch holding the 'standard' of Rome. What ensued was a fierce battle that started off with 'The Wedge'; an attack formation in the shape of a 'V', with a centurion at the point. The aim was to charge at the enemy with theigladiÄ« (rulers), splitting the barbarian force straight down the middle. The opposing force then performed two strategic maneuvers - 'The Tortoise' and 'The Orb'. Some students organised their scutums (whiteboards) to create a protective layer around themselves (like a tortoise) in an attempt to advance towards their enemy and gain ground, while others raced to protect the archers, officers and standard of Rome. 'The Orb' is only to be used as a last resort to try to save Rome's honour.

As a result of this activity, students were able to experience first-hand which formations were most effective or difficult to perform, and were able to include this in their non-chronological report that they are writing in literacy. They also reflected on how important discipline and organisation was to the success of the Roman Army. As the dust settled on our historic battle, Ash class did walk away with the standard of Rome, however this is still being hotly disputed among historians...

"Protect the Standard!!" - Vinnie

"It was actually really hard to stay in the 'V' shape" - Ruben

"The Wedge was the best because they scarpered when we charged at them" - Joshua

The Wedge
The Tortoise
The Orb



Dogs Trust Workshop




This week the year 4s were lucky to have a visit from Dogs Trust. They learned about the important role that dogs have played in war, and how they are trained and cared for. Military dogs listen to classical music to keep their environment calm, and on hot days can cool off in a pool. There were a lot of dog owners in the class and we discussed how each dog's needs are different, depending on their weight, size and breed. It is important to ensure dogs have a comfortable environment, are exercised according to their needs, have access to water during the day, and should never be left alone for more than 4 hours.

Image result for dog trust"I never knew dogs liked classical music!" - Tommy

"Dog owners need to make sure they take their dogs to the vets for yearly check ups" - Summer

If you would like more information about how to take care of your dog, or are considering a new pet, head to their website:

https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/microchipping-neutering/

Monday, 15 October 2018

Year 4 Spellings 15.10.18



A
B
C
1
Influence
Influence
Influence
2
frantically
nicely
sugar
3
magically
closely
could
4
comically
slowly
would
5
dramatically
highly
sure
6
physically
lonely
should
7
interaction
interact
who
8
interfere
internet
past
9
international
interlock
mind
10
intermediate
interim
class
11
interrelate
interrupt
kind
12
legion
legion
enemy
13
century
century
training
14
military
military

15
training
training

16
enemy
enemy

17
demonstrate
demonstrate

18
present
present

19
explain
explain

20
create
create

21
remember
remember



Year 3 Spellings 15.10.18




A
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
WOW
delicious




1
find




2
mind




3
kind




4
behind




5
child




6
jelly




7
cold




8
fridge




9
boil




10
water




11
quiet




12
quite




13
quick




14
see




15
sea




16
answer




17
island




18
February




19
length




20
strength







B
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
WOW
delicious




1
find




2
mind




3
kind




4
behind




5
child




6
jelly




7
cold




8
fridge




9
boil




10
water




11
is




12
you




13
your




14
come




15
some




16
one




17
two




18
three




19
four




20
five