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Sports Day

Next week is when we were supposed to be holding our Sports Day. During next week, I would like all of you to complete a set of challenges - these can be done at home or in school (if you come to childcare or our Outdoor Learning hour). It would be amazing if you could then send me any videos and photos to share on the PE page and your results.  

For details of the events please head over to the PE section of the website. This can be accessed via the link below. If you are competing from home, you will also find an at home scorecard below.

PE Webpage

 KS2 Sportsday from home scorecard.docxDownload
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How do plugs work?

For the last part of this Summer term our topic is " How do plugs work?". Take a look at some of the home learning activities below  that you can have a go at linked to this new topic. They will be updated weekly. Don't forget to  take a look at Mrs Wilkinson's new topic challenge too!

We look forward to receiving some examples of your work year 4.

What is Electricity?

Electricity is the flow of an electric charge which is caused by the movement of electrons. Electricity is made up of atoms. At the atoms centre is a nucleus which is made up of protons and electrons. The protons and electrons are attracted to each other and each carries an electrical charge. Protons have a positive charge while electrons have a negative charge. An atom is balanced when they have an equal number of protons and electrons.Electrons moving within a closed circuit is how electricity is generated. When you turn on your TV, you are closing a circuit for the electricity to flow.

 WC 29.6.2020 Pre-investigation task 1:
Use the web or books to find out about one of these significant scientists in the field of electricity:
Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday, Thomas Edison,
or Nikola Tesla.
Write a  biography about their lives. What was your chosen scientist’s major discovery?

You can present your biography using a computer, a presentation or a piece of writing.

Pre-investigation task 2:
2.Tour your home with your clipboard and pencil. Identify, list and group devices and appliances powered by mains electricity (plug into a socket), batteries or in another way, such as solar power.
What did you find out? What was the most common power source?

Track how many devices and appliances you use in 1 day. Compare this to other family members in your home. What does the data show?


Can you present your findings in a Venn Diagram?

Can you graph the data you have collected to  compare each family members  use of electrical devices and appliances?




Traders and Raiders Home Learning 

For the Summer term, our topic is 'Traders and Raiders'. Take a look at some of the home learning activities that you can be having a go at, linked to our topic.


Engage Activities

Have a go at some of these engage activities, to hook you into the topic!

Explore these webpages 

To fully immerse you self in the topic why not explore some of the webpages linked below and write down your favourite facts. 



Anglo-Saxons Information


The year is AD 410 and the once-mighty Roman Empire is crumbling. Sailing across the North Sea, ships land on the beaches of Britannia’s eastern shores. They carry the Saxons, pirate raiders and strong soldiers, greedy for land and ready to attack the Britons. These Germanic warriors travel the seas in small sailing boats, striking coastal settlements and working their way inland.

Challenge the children to make sailing boats, big enough to carry them and their fellow Saxons along with all their weapons, tools, belongings, supplies and farm animals. Each boat must seat at least eight oarsmen, with room for some supplies, and be strong enough to fend off attacks!

Saxon Weaponary

Look at photographs, artefacts and film footage of Saxon weaponry and find out about the terrible damage they could inflict. Decide whether to make a spear, a dagger or a battle axe, making a detailed design and choosing suitable construction materials.

Meeting St Bede

Learn about the famous monk, St Bede (AD 673–735). Discover why he is such an important historical figure. Use a selection of source materials to find out about him and develop a character profile about him and his work.

Viking Shields 

Look at designs of Viking shields online and find out what designs they had one the front. Use a selection of materials from arund the house to help you design and make your own shield. The link below gives you a step by step guide on how to make one. 

How to make a Viking Shield

Rune Stones

Use clay tools and wooden toothpicks to carve letters from the runic alphabet in flat, rectangular soap blocks. You could display your carvings with images of original rune stones. If you are able to, carve a more complex design or story into a clay slab made from an air-drying clay, such as Model Magic, or another soft modelling material. Add paint to the carved out areas of their sculpture to embellish and enhance your work.


If you do not have anything to carve rune stones with, have a go at writing words or sentences in the runic alphabet, on paper.

Develop Lessons

These lessons are designed to develop the children's knowledge, skills and understanding of the topic area. This fortnights focus in on life from AD 600 onwards - The settling Saxons. 

Activity 1 - Let's research! 

Explore the everyday life of Anglo-Saxon settlers. Use historical source materials to build up your information, creating an information board on what you find out. Think carefully about the most effective way to record their historical information on their boards.

You could research homes, farming, food, hierarchy within a kingdom, crime and punishment, beliefs, customs, fighting and clothing. You can use images, drawings and text to create an interesting and informative information board. From AD 600 onwards, the permanent settled population of Britain, a mixture of the indigenous people and the invading Saxons, became known as Anglo-Saxons.

Useful Links 

Viking Cookbook

The origin of some English place names

Activity 2 - Anglo-Saxon Homes 

Design and construct a  model Anglo-Saxon home. Look carefully at images to decide what materials should be used and to discuss how they could be formed.

Note: Anglo-Saxon houses were built with wood and had thatched roofs. At West Stow in Suffolk, archaeologists found the remains of an early Anglo-Saxon village and reconstructed it using Anglo-Saxon methods. They found that the village was made up of small groups of houses built around a larger hall. Each family house had one room with a hearth and fire for cooking, heating and light. A metal cooking pot hung from a chain above the fire.

Useful Links 

How to construct a Anglo-Saxon Home 

Activity 3 - Locating Places 

Use Ordnance Survey maps of the south-west of England to locate the following sites, using the key to identify specific sites and features: Cadbury Castle, the Shropshire village of Wroxeter, Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle, Glastonbury Tor, Tintagel in Cornwall and Slaughterbridge.

 As an additional challenge, locate the six-figure grid reference for each site using the online mapping tool, Where’s the Path.

Useful links 

Ordanance Survey Maps 

Where's the Path

Activity 4 - Saxon towns and villages 

Find out where the Saxon invaders settled in Britain, searching for towns and villages that have names derived from Saxon words. Draw a sketch map of England to show where these towns and villages are located.

Note: One way to trace Saxon settlements is through place names such as -burh, -feld, -ing, -ton, -wick, -den and -ham.

Useful links 

The origin of some English place names

Activity 5 - Virtual Museum 

Use the web to find and download images showing a range of Anglo-Saxon artefacts. Import selected images into presentation software to create a virtual Saxon artefact museum. Write a short paragraph under each artefact, including what it was made from and how it was used in everyday life.

Useful Links 

Sutton Hoo and Europe - The British Museum 

Activity 6 - Anglo Saxon Patterns 

Look at and copy a range of intricate Anglo-Saxon pattern work. You can do this using any type of media that you would like. Below are activity sheets to help you make a start on your pattern and watch the powerpoint to give you some ideas! 

 Anglo Saxon Art Powerpoint.pptxDownload
 Anglo Saxon Patterns Sheet.pdfDownload
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Activity 7 - Beware the Viking Raiders! 

Consider the questions ‘Who were the Vikings? Where did they come from?’ Research information about the first Viking invasions of Britain. Decide on the best way to record the information that you find out. 

Note: In around AD 789, low ships appeared on the horizon off the coast of Wessex. The Vikings had arrived to begin many more years of violent invasion in Britain.

Useful Links: 

Vikings - BBC Bitesize

10 Facts about the Vikings - National Geographic Kids

Activity 8 - Viking Raiders (continued) 

Use maps of Europe to identify countries from which the Viking raiders came. Draw a sketch map of Europe to show their findings. Discover the importance of the city of York.

Note: The Vikings came from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and raided as far as Russia. They even discovered Iceland. The Vikings captured the northern English city of York in AD 866, with the city becoming known as Viking ‘Jorvik’. The Jorvik Viking Centre, a museum dedicated to the Viking history of the city, can be found in York today.

Useful Links: 

The Jorvik Viking Centre

 Viking Invasion - Map of Europe.pdfDownload
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Innovate Lessons

For the Innovate stage (where children recall and apply their knowledge independently). The Innovate lessons provides a scaffold for  the children to record their thinking and present their learning as part of a project. 

Although the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons were at loggerheads most of the time, they actually had much in common. Both civilisations contained farming people, warriors and raiders who were determined to conquer new lands.

Today is a rare occasion. The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons are meeting at a trade fair to talk, share expertise and trade their wares.

Let’s hope the day will pass without any cross words.

Practical resources
  • Real or replica coins
  • Craft minerals
  • Craft tools
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Cameras
  • Saxon and Viking clothes
  • Parchment
  • Safety pins
  • Gold spray paint or pens
  • Black marker pens
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