Term 1 2019-20
Our learning this term
Experiences to remember from Term 1
Having been out foraging for kindling and firewood, we found out just how difficult it would have been for pre-historic man to start a fire … although at least it stopped raining in time for the big event! This year, Miss Monger managed to use a flint and steel to light one of the fires and Mrs Pitcher was in charge of the other. They lit well - thanks to our excellent kindling and tinder! After that, we enjoyed a cheering yet smoky blaze and toasted our melt-in-the-mouth marshmallows.
When we learnt about Barney building a chimney from tin cans and an old bath for Stig in our class novel, “Stig of the Dump”, we could understand why he decided to do this due to the amount of smoke coming from the fires!
Year Four on Tour
Our historical study of the Stone Age and Iron Age was brought to life when we went to visit the pre-historic sites at Uffington. The White Horse carved into the chalk hill was just as beautiful and mysterious as we imagined.
The ramparts of the hill fort proved to be even steeper than we thought – even after 3,000 years. The most fun was had running and even rolling up and down the steep slopes.
And Wayland’s Smithy (actually a Stone Age long barrow) was spooky and atmospheric.
The children were blown away by the far-reaching views from Oxfordshire’s highest point and marched happily along the Ridgeway between the two sites. We even collected our very own chalk and some children tried their hand at knapping with flint collected from the path of the Ridgeway. Best school trip ever!
By making lamps, creating rangoli patterns and listening to traditional music, we got a glimpse of what it must be like for our Hindu children to celebrate Diwali. Good fun for all!