Autumn Term 2017

September - Sutton Hoo
Last week, Year 5 learnt about a historic find at the archaeological site, Sutton Hoo. There they found a mound which, when excavated, contained the remnants of a Viking ship and inside there was a grave containing artefacts such as gold coins, a purse, a sword and a helmet. Year 5 were archaeologists, investigating who might have been buried there. They eventually worked out it was King Raedwald. To help the children understand the size of the ship, both classes went into the hall and measured how long the ship was (27 meters) and recreated the 20 oarsmen on each side that would row the ship. This experience really bought the children’s learning to life.
September - West Stow
Year 5 recently visited West Stow as part of our Ancient Britain topic. During the trip, we were able to see a variety of Anglo-Saxon huts including a sunken hut and free-standing huts. In the huts, we were able to touch and use the items which were recreated using remnants that were excavated at the site. Through looking, touching and smelling we were fully immersed in the experience and were able to imagine what life would have been like for the Anglo-Saxon’s. Both classes learnt how to count to ten in Anglo-Saxon and we noted how the numbers are closely linked to what we say today in English. In the afternoon, we were able to dress up in traditional Anglo-Saxon clothes and learnt about how the Anglo-Saxons took pride in their appearance through their use of combs, jewellery and hygiene tools. Visiting West Stow has immersed the children in our topic and has given them an understanding of life in Ancient Britain.

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