This half-term our topic is I am Warrior.
I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare! Invade and attack, Romans versus the Celts, the fight is on…
This half term we will discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Bouddica and Julius Caesar and find out what the Romans did for us.
When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan sprinkled with nuts?
To start you off, here are a few activities I’d like you to complete. At the bottom of this page is a glossary of the vocabulary covered in this topic.
English – find out all about either Celtic warriors or the Roman army. Explore how the group was organised, how they fought, their reputations and their army. Tell someone in your family all about what you have learned. Do you think the Celts or the Romans were the most fearsome opponents?
Write a short soliloquy with the title “I am Warrior” presenting your thoughts about preparing for battle. What would you feel, think and fear? (A soliloquy is an act of speaking your thoughts out loud when you are alone – it is used by actors in plays.)
Roman Numerals – make a chart showing all the numbers from 1 – 100 in Roman Numerals. You could use a blank 100 square to do this. Draw a square that is 10cm by 10cm and divide it into 100 squares. You could ask for help to do this neatly.
Look for aerial images of ancient Celtic hillforts and describe what you can see. Make a sketch map to show the shape of a ruin and its neighbouring geographical features (such as rivers, hills and forests). Why do you think the Celts chose to build their hillforts where they did? Watch TV programmes about this such as Time Team. There are a few on at the moment – have a look on iPlayer, DPlay etc.
Look online to find out about modern day Rome. When you are able to go on holiday again, which tourist attractions in Rome would you like to visit?
Can you make a model of a Roman villa out of recyclable materials.
Glossary and Home Learning Activities
Practise reciting your soliloquy – see if you can learn it off by heart and perform it to your family, just like an actor would!
Find out all about Boudicca – read all about how she fought the Romans in Colchester, St Albans and London. Make a book or presentation using what you have found out and illustrate it.
Using Roman Numerals, make a game like snakes and ladders. You could set problems using the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) that you have to solve in Roman Numerals in order to move up a ladder or down a snake. Can you think of a different theme that ties in with Romans and Celts?
Art & Design
Can you make a model or statuette using what you can find around the house of Boudicca? Use pictures from your research to find out what clothes she would have worn and what she looked like. Research the artist Giacometti to see how you could use materials to make the basic figure. Could you use paper mache to make your model look more realistic?
English and Computing
Find digital images (or make your own!) of Boudicca and her story. Use post it notes or make your own speech bubbles to tell the story in the words of the characters. If you are able to, try and do this on the computer, downloading images, adding text boxes and speech and thought bubbles for each image.
Listen to, read, or watch the story of the real life gladiator, Spartacus, who was captured by the Romans and sold as a slave to fight as a gladiator. What kind of man do you think Spartacus was? (He escaped, with over ten thousand slaves following him, and managed to evade the Romans for over a year before he died in battle.)
See the page Class 3 VLE and check out your Purple Mash tasks this week.
Find maps of modern day Rome and look for The Colosseum, Vatican City, the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Square, Trevi Fountain and the Roman forum. See if you can find images of these places. Use the street map to plot a route around Rome that includes all of the attractions. You could make a little guide book for a visitor who is interested in Roman history.
Start a scientific experiment – using seeds that you can get from a supermarket, try planting them in different places – put one outside, one inside in the light on a windowsill, one in a cupboard – find different places where you could put them. For one seed, try to make sure it doesn’t get any water. Make sure that for one seed you follow the instructions on the packet. This is your test seed that you will be comparing the others too as the weeks go by. Make a table that has all your seeds and where they are growing down the side, and Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 along the top. You will fill this in every week.
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