An Anglo-Saxon invasion

On Thursday the 7th May Markyate Village school was invaded by Anglo Saxons. The Year 4 class had dressed up and were taking part in a workshop to find out more about the Anglo Saxons. The day was run by Mark from Portals to the Past who had brought with him a great haul of weapons and artefacts from the time. The children recreated a scene from a great hall making sure they sat in the correct places from the Lord and his Lady down to the young warriors. They would have done all manner of things in these halls, sorted out crimes, feasted, celebrated different occasions and told many stories around a central fire.

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The children played an ancient fox and geese board game.

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They recreated the battle of Hastings against the Normans which signified the end of Anglo Saxon Britain.

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They also played the parts of modern day archeologists finding out about the past through bones, weapons and other artefacts found buried after hundreds of years.

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Mrs Wheelbarrow

Mrs Wheelbarrow visits and helps the children plant beans, peas, tomatoes and watercress.

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With a little love and attention, water and sunshine the plants are growing well.

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Look after your teeth

We devised an experiment to test the effect that different liquids have upon our teeth. As nobody was willing to use their own teeth as a subjuct for the tests, we decided that the shell of a hard boiled egg was a similar substance to the enamel on our teeth.

With the eggs representing our teeth, we put 6 eggs into different liquids and left them in sealed containers. To keep the test fair, we used similar sized eggs, the same amount of each liquid and left them in the same location for the same amount of time.

The only variable we changed was the type of liquid.

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We used water, milk, cola, orange juice, lemon juice and vinegar.

After a week in the liquids we looked at the egg shells and determined how much damage had been done to each.

This is what had happened…

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Tomb Raiders: The Ancient Egyptians

Year 4 are learning about the Ancient Egyptians this term.




In our classroom there is plenty of opportunity for children to independently research areas within the Ancient Egyptians that interest them as well as explore Egyptian artefacts in our excavation centre.


Year 4 News

It is hard to believe we are now half way through the year; Year four have already achieved so much. In recent weeks, more specifically, we have been working within the topic ‘To Infinity… and Beyond!’ During the term the class have explored the planets in science, written newspapers in literacy and helped to create a class Astronaut (Brian) and alien (Bob).

The children had a lovely surprise day recently when Peter Bassett from the Astronomy road show came to the school with a large inflatable planetarium. We all learnt so much about the planets and how to spot the different constellations.

Currently, we are incorporating more art and DT based subjects in to our topic. The children will be creating sculptures of the different planet surfaces within our solar system as well as designing and making rockets.