J4 have been doing some very exciting activities since we last posted our blog.
In literacy we have been looking at Viking myths of how the Norse worlds (Midgard, land of the humans; Asgard, land of the Gods and Jotunheim, land of the giants) were created by Odin. We have also read various others which tell us of Loki’s mischief and how he was banished from Asgard. Using this, we wrote our own myths adding imaginative characters and worlds.
In topic lessons we have looked at the Viking Gods and the importance they played in Norse lives. We discovered that the Norse people prayed to the Gods and offered them sacrifices for their help. When it was dry, they would pray to Thor, God of thunder and war, for rain and when it was too wet they would pray to Sol for Sun. During their raids and battles, they would pray to Thor and Tyr, Gods of war for their help and protection.
We had an amazing Viking day, where we were able to consolidate our existing knowledge and learn more fascinating facts. The children were fascinated by what the Norse people ate, that children helped to gather food and shocked at the fact that children of their age drank ale and mead!
We looked closer at what weapons the Vikings used and what they wore for battle in comparison to everyday wear. Using our imagination, we travelled on a long ship from Denmark to England and were disgusted at what Vikings ate on voyages!
In the afternoon, we had a battle between the Anglo-Saxons and the Viking invaders and learnt how shields were used for protection. We all greatly enjoyed our day!
Next term our topic work is based around the explorer Kira Salak, the celebrated adventurer, journalist and travel writer. She has explored many parts of the globe and we look forward to following Kira on her journeys!
Just a reminder that swimming is on Wednesday and all children need to bring their kits. Homework is given out of Friday and needs returning by the Wednesday of the following week.
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