Category Archives: History

Boudicca!

After the Romans invaded Britain, it was generally peaceful and prosperous and many Britons actually welcomed life under the Romans as they offered protection against other tribes and they could join the army. Most Celtic tribes had surrendered but the Iceni Tribe were allowed to remain – under the rule of King Prasutagus and Queen Boudicca.

Today, Robins learnt about Boudicca and imagined how Boudicca felt when Marcus told her the Romans would be seizing all her land and turning her out of her house.

 

They also had a go at reading a script and performing it. Below is a glimpse of them practising the reading of the script.

 

 

P.S Did you know? Archaeologists believe Iceni monarch who battled Romans may be buried beneath McDonald’s restaurant in Birmingham Kings Norton!!

 

Extension: Click here to learn more about Boudicca and why she revolted against the Romans.  

Immerse yourself in Roman History!

Year 4’s visit from the History Man.

 

Children had the opportunity to dress up as soldiers and gladiators.
Children participated in a mock battle. Romans vs Barbarians. They practiced the tortoise (testudo) formation.
Shown a map of the Roman Empire.
Shown a model of a typical roman settlement.
Had a go at playing some Roman games.
Experienced writing in Latin.
Learnt about the Roman day. Summer 1hr = 1hr 15mins. Winter 1hr = 45mins.
Weapons. Gladius- metal fighting sword. Rudius- wooden practice sword.
Examined Roman pottery.
Robins, What did you enjoy learning about the most?

Greek Gods and Goddesses

Today we learnt about the gods and goddesses. Mr Lo gave some background on their importance to the Greeks who were very religious.

Robins in groups and pairs then had  to read and discuss 1 of the Gods  and report back to the class.  Below are some facts about the Gods read out by Andrew (telling us about Apollo), Sammy  (Hades), Firas (Zeus), Debra (Artemis) and Daisy (Athene) .

Some also made their own symbols to represent the different Gods.

 

Click here to learn even more about the Greek Gods 

Ancient Greek Artefacts

History – 9.11.21

Yesterday, the Robins in year 4 were learning about Ancient Greek artefacts in History. We looked at replica artefacts and photographs of real artefacts and discussed what we could see. Some children wrote sentences about images of Ancient Greek artefacts and some children matched sentences with images.

 

Extension:

Watch the video below to find out more about Greek Vases.

 

Ancient Greece

This morning, Robins in year 4 started a new History topic – Ancient Greece.

Mr Lo’s group, read information about Ancient Greece, highlighted important information and answered questions about Ancient Greece.

 

Miss Knapman’s group, read information together and filled out missing words in the text about Ancient Greece.

Black History Month: Harriet Tubman

This month is Black History Month and during their Topic lessons, Robins have been learning about famous black people throughout History.

As a class we have studied about Harriet Tubman.

During an afternoon Robins carefully created their own fact file or diary entry about Harriet Tubman.
Can you spot your own work?!

Robins have also worked hard to create a display board showing the learning we have done on both Black History and our value of the month Tolerance. To highlight what a wonderful and diverse class we are; we created a map showing where we are from. Doesn’t it look nice?! (don’t forget to leave a comment for encouragement ? )

Extension: At home visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/true-stories-harriet-tubman/zbh8mfr to see how Harriet Tubman tells the story of her life and how she escaped slavery.

Our value word Tolerance & Black History Month

Robins highly value the importance of tolerance.

As a class we have been sharing all about ourselves. Many of us have family that come from different countries. This has enriched our learning and increased our understanding of the importance of tolerance and respecting all cultures. During circle time we have been able to enjoy a range of languages including Chinese, Kurdish, Arabic, Punjabi, Urdu, Italian, Spanish and Maori.

Mr Lo has also purchased a book to share with the class. Don’t forget to take a look during our ERIC sessions.

As part of our values and black history month display board we have decided we would like to decorate it with photos of our diverse class. Some of us have already brought in photos. Thanks for sharing!

Furthermore, we have discussed the importance of recognising Black Figures. This week we have recapped on important Black Figures. Can you recognise them?

and finally, we also looked at some local black celebrities.

A big shout out to Jessica for making a table comparing Roman numerals, English and Chinese.

Ryan for taking pride in his football. Well done!

Groovy Greek Entertainment!

It’s been a while since we last updated our blog on the Greeks; that doesn’t mean we stopped learning about them!
Recently Robins have been researching all about democracy in Greece,

The Olympic Games.

and Greek Theatre.

It was very fascinating learning about the different types of plays, including:
Tragedies: The first type they invented was the tragedy. In tragedies, one or more major characters always suffered a disastrous end.

Comedies: In comedies, plays always had a happy end.

Satires: Satires were plays that made fun of mortal legends and of real people. In ancient Greece, you did not poke fun at the gods – not in a play, not in real life, not ever. But you could poke fun at your leaders. And that was uniquely Greek. Satires in ancient Greece were often political in nature, and could indeed affect people’s opinions about current events.

Robins used bullet points to record their findings. Below is an example.

After that, they had fun designing their own masks. Can you tell which are comedies and which are tragedies?

Extension: At home
Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z87tn39/articles/z36j7ty to read more about “How did the Olympic Games begin?”
and https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zx67xnb to watch a video about Greek Theatre.