Sea Turtles

Class Teacher: Mr T Looker-Jones

Our topic for term 2 is ‘Anglo-Saxon Invasion’.

Chronologically continuing straight on from our previous topic, we will be learning all about what happened in Britain after the Romans left.

As historians, we will be asking questions including:

  • Why did the Romans leave Britain?
  • Who were the ‘Anglo-Saxons’ and where did they come from?
  • How did these people live differently to the Romans and the Celts?
  • What can we learn about the Anglo-Saxons from the artefacts found at Sutton Hoo?
  • Is the ‘Dark Ages’ a historically accurate summary of this period?
  • What lasting legacy have the Anglo-Saxons had on Britain?

As scientists, we will be exploring:

  • How mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

As artists, we will be:

  • Responding to work by sculptor Henry Moore
  • Using Anglo-Saxon patterns to inspire a series of clay pendant designs
  • Developing pinching, pulling and forming techniques with clay
  • Sculpting Anglo-Saxon masks
  • Sewing Sea Turtle Christmas crafts!

Our topic for term 1 is ‘Roman Invasion’.

We will be learning all about the spread of the Roman Empire and how this impacted upon life in Britain.

As historians, we will be asking questions including:

  • What was life like in Ancient Rome?
  • Who did the Romans worship?
  • How did the politics and governance of Rome change over time?
  • Why was the Roman army so successful?
  • Where did the Romans conquer?
  • Who was Julius Caesar?
  • Why did Caesar’s invasion of Britain fail?
  • And why did Claudius’ succeed?
  • Who was Boudicca?
  • What is the Romans’ legacy in Britain?

As geographers, we will be investigating:

  • How did the Roman Empire develop?
  • How do maps of the Roman Empire compare with modern-day maps of Europe?
  • How does Italy’s climate differ to Britain’s?
  • What diversity is there in British and Italian biomes?

As artists, we will be experimenting with:

  • Multi-media collage
  • Drawing, with a focus on tone
  • Mosaic

End of Term 1

Sea Turtles have had an absolutely fantastic time learning all about the Roman Empire and how its army quashed the Celts across Europe and the Mediterranean before finally conquering Britain – albeit on their third attempt! The story of Julius Caesar has been particularly intriguing.

For term two, our new topic, ‘Anglo-Saxon Invasion!’ will continue the story chronologically as we learn why the Romans were forced so soon to retreat from our shores as other people began to settle. We will learn about the different homelands of these peoples and how they carved Britain up into kingdoms such as Wessex which we still refer to today; the artefacts uncovered at Sutton Hoo will provide an opportunity to explore how historians are able to piece together past lives in order for us to learn more about different eras. Our new class text, The Buried Crown, is also inspired by the find at Sutton Hoo.

In art, we will be looking at Anglo-Saxon patterns and replicating these in clay whilst in science, our focus will be levers, following on from the catapults we have been making in DT as part of our Romans learning. Multiplication, division and fractions will take us up to Christmas in maths. PE this term will be gymnastics, led by Miss Thomas, and football, led by Mr. Hull.

Please note that, due to a clash of dates with the Clifton Cathedral choir concert (Friday 6th December), our sharing assembly will now be on Friday 17th January 2020, when we will be sharing our learning about our first two themes alongside an extravaganza of music and drama. We also have our exciting school trip to the Roman fortress, baths and legionary museum in Caerleon, Wales, on Tuesday 3rd December – details to be provided after half term. I hope all of your families have an enjoyable week.