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Welcome to class 4H at Allerton CE Primary School in Leeds. Here, under the careful guidance of Mrs Tatam-Hall, we will blog to the Big Wide World.

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Roman and Celtic shields creation

We have been creating our Celtic and Roman shields over the past week. These have moved from prototype into real-life upscaling and then into full creation. We needed our shields to be rigid to best protect us, we considered size and handle sturdiness. We have been practising our craft knife use and we have been using hot glue guns. During this activity we have had to be very mindful of safety of ourselves and others and we have been responsible and collaborative learners.

Primary Maths Challenge

This last week some of our strongest Mathematicians across Years 4-6 have been having a go at the first round of the Primary Maths Challenge. It’s been fantastic to see them really testing themselves in the face of tricky reasoning. Mrs Bentley has been kindly facilitating this.

Windy questions

Today we explored questions about wind. We know that wind exists from the evidence of our senses and observing the world around us. Today, scientists can explain what wind is. Poets and artists can portray wind – one of our class described wind as “rivers of air”!

In the past winds were explained differently and many cultures, such as the Romans, thought that the winds were caused by gods and so they gave names to the different gods of the winds.

The five groups in the class looked at some of the names of the wind gods and found different ways of deciding which wind god they would like their group to be named after. (It was interesting to observe the methods that the groups used and how they managed to resolve any differences, our politicians might learn from them!)

These are the names that the groups chose:

Notus – the Greek god of the south wind associated with the dry hot wind of late summer which was thought to bring the storms of late summer and early autumn, and was feared as a destroyer of crops.

Hydro – not a god of ancient mythology but the god of wind from an open-world, online action role playing game! This shows how our ancient mythologies can be taken and adapted and recreated to meet our modern day requirements!

La’a Maomao – the Hawaiian god of wind, also the god of forgiveness

Feng Po Po – the Chinese goddess of the wind who rules over storms and moisture. Known as Madame Wind she is often shown as an old lady riding on a tiger’s back.

Logi – Logi was actually the Norse / Germanic god of fire, brother to Kari, the god of wind. But it seems that the brothers shared their roles!

Notus
Feng Po Po

How do trees travel?

On Wednesday afternoon 4H explored the question “How do trees travel?” They did this first by looking at the sycamore tree and especially at its specialist seeds called Samaras.

After carefully studying some Samaras we drew some pictures to try and capture the essential parts of the seeds and their wings

We next made our own helicopter seeds out of paper. We tested these indoors and compared their flight with the flight of Samaras.

We then took both of them outside to investigate the effect of the wind on their flight.

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We discovered that both the seed and the paper helicopter were caught by the wind and could travel a considerable distance, many times further than our height. Our conclusion to our original question was that trees do travel, some of them by means of the wind. However, the rate of travel would be very slow because, even though a seed might be carried quite a distance by the wind, a seed would take many years to grow into a mature tree and produce more seeds which could then take their next step on their travels.

Large gestural drawing

In our Art we have been working in large gestural drawings. we tried this first in large groups and it took us a while to get the hang of the scale of this project.

Today we came back to these large drawings and had a go at our own on a slightly smaller scale (A3) before moving on to our enormous tableaux. Some children experimented with using black backgrounds to create a different effect. For this we used the medium of chalk.

The Festival of Saturnalia

This morning we had a fantastic visit from Matthew Bellwood. He really brought our Roman learning to life helping us understand about how the Roman society played out in the marketplace of ‘Castra Diva’ town in Britannia now known as Chester. We met lots of different people from the Curia to slaves and everyone in between. We learnt all about the Roman Gods including a goat sacrifice to the God of Saturn. To finish our workshop we re-enacted some battles from the colosseum.

The Forum in full swing