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Welcome to Swallows

Swallows 2021 - 2022

Please remember our home learning and spellings are always due in on a Friday and will be sent out the same day. Spellings are set on a weekly basis but topic work is set on a two weekly basis. Our Home Learning will be uploaded on the Google Classroom and, when possible, please upload any completed work to the Google Classroom.


The children change their books on a daily basis. Please ensure they bring a water bottle into school. Our PE days are a Wednesday and Thursday - please ensure your child comes in PE clothes and a school jumper.  


Thank you! 

The Romans

During term 2, we learnt about Roman Britain and the Roman way of life. We found out when in time Roman Britain happened before mapping out what The Roman Empire looked like at the height of it's power. To better understand our own British history, we also looked at Celtic Britain and the conflict that arose through the Boudicca uprising. We compared Roman Villas and Celtic Roundhouses, created posters about the Celtic way of life and wrote a newspaper report on Boudicca. One of the texts we looked at this half term was 'Escape from Pompeii' and we wrote excellent setting descriptions. 

I am a Roman Soldier!

During the term, Swallows were lucky to have a very special visitor.

We were visited by a Roman soldier, equipped with his sword, shield and spear, and wearing his full armour. We learnt how to be warriors and importantly how to stay alive! This was presented through a Roman army march where we were attacked by 'Celts'. Using the tortoise formation, we had to protect ourselves and our comrades from enemy 'arrows' (beanbags). 


During the visit we also discovered stories about mad emperors, courageous conquerors and defiant defenders. We all got involved, taking on the many different roles that included assassination victims and Gods.

Light and Shadows 

Swallows enjoyed reading the 'Owl who was Afraid of the Dark' and linking it to our Science work through the range of light sources. We created character descriptions and retold the story in our owns words with our own new character.

In Term 1, we learnt about a range of light sources and how shadows are formed. We used torches, black card and chalk to create our own silhouettes before seeing whose silhouette we could identify. We build on this by creating a range of monster shadows in the playground. Using the sunlight we created shadows that had 4 arms, multiple heads or other odd features.


Opposites Attract

Also during term 1, we read the story of 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes and wrote a range of texts, including a diary entry from Hogarth. We investigated how magnets work, what materials are magnetic and what a non-contact force is. The class had the opportunity to complete a Home Learning task to create their own magnetic board games. 

Our work on light and shadows culminated in a TASC activity to produce our own shadow puppet retelling of the story of Rama and Sita. Each child investigate a range of puppets, tested materials and then made their own shadow puppet. We tied it into our English by writing a script and then putting on a performance in our own special shadow puppet theatre.