Autumn Term news
‘Byzantium or bust!’ by Draven Scovell
On Thursday, 24th November 2016, Year 5 Picasso and Rothko classes had a delightful time finding out about Viking life, weaponry, burials, and they even took part in a shield wall drill, which was important because the defeat of the Vikings was due to the lack of teamwork.
After break, Year 5 played a game called ‘Byzantium or bust!’ where players are in lines and have an item for each line, (Such as amber, a horn, a hunting dog, etc.) and have to pass the item backwards. In intervals, there would be a consequence, such as “Team 3, the wind has dropped! You have to crawl now!”. This wasn’t fair though, as there were different consequences for different teams.
Then we learnt about Viking gods/goddesses, beliefs, and found that: Loki was a god of mischief, fire, and chaos (Well, fire is chaos, anyway!) and he would make you a boat of toenails for when you went to Hell, Thor was a god of thunder and lightning. Interestingly, Vikings were never religious until the end of their time.
We learnt the Runes, Old Norse, and Roman (Also known as modern English.) for Rich and Slave. After that, we learnt about Viking ladies and daily life.
After lunch, Year 5 played a fair Viking food game in which players go to either the NO side of the hall, or the YES side, depending on what we thought. Year 5 had a Viking burial, which was funnier than it sounds. They chased horses, laid weaponry, and carried the ‘dead’ body (Alfie from Picasso class).
Viking Day – By Cameron Smith
On the 24th November 2016, two Vicious Vikings came to visit year five Picasso and Rothko class. One was called Reginald Starkson and the other Viking Dom. They told us interesting facts about the ferocious Vikings, for instance they answered these questions:
- How valuable were the armours?
- Did the Vikings have horns on their helmets?
- What did a Viking woman wear?
My favourite bit was when Mr Alabie won a catwalk competition because he was dressed up as a poor Viking woman. Amellia’s favourite bit was the Viking funeral because they carried Alfie, who was a Viking warrior that would have to go to Valhalla (Heaven – Party central) on a shield. Ewan Winkles’ favourite moment of the day was the food game and so was Janice’s.
Chloe’s favourite part was winning the game called Byzantium or bust because she won with a (toy) dog called Eric. Daniel’s favourite bit was playing Byzantium or bust. Michael’s favourite bit was holding a sword.
We played lots of Viking games, some I have already mentioned like Byzantium or bust which you have to pass an object over your head but when you hear a horn you had to stop and Viking Don would give teams things to make the journey either harder or easier. There was the food game, where you had to decide whether or not the Vikings ate something. We learned that Vikings didn’t eat:
- Fresh fruit
And they did eat…
- Blood (animal blood)
- Brains (animal brains)
In conclusion, it was the best day at school I have ever had!
Parliament Trip – By Lennon W., Callum R., Daniel D and Charlie B.
On the 30th of November 2016, Year 5 Picasso and Rothko went to the House of Parliament in London. We left at 6:30 and we went on the hovercraft at 7:00 .We got of the hovercraft and went on the coach for three hours and some of us tried to go to sleep.
Eventually, we got off the coach and walked to the Palace of Westminster where a man was telling us a little bit about the parliament. We got a pass to enter into the houses of parliament and all the adults had to get searched and we put our bags in an X-Ray machine to see if we had any illegal items.
A man took us for a little tour; then we got separated into two groups. A lady took over our group and also took us to The Crown. Next we saw the Queen’s secret bathroom. We then went through a massive hallway, where the lady told us about Guy Fawkes, and how he tried to kill King Henry VIII. She also talked about King Charles I who was called a traitor and how he was apparently beheaded. We then went to the House of Lords and were not allowed to sit down on the special seats because they had gold on them. The man, who started the tour, came over and told us that the Queen gave the Houses of Parliament a pure gold stick to represents her power.
Next we went to a room where we played a game which involved a leader. In our case, Zayon was our leader. In the other team, Daniel was their leader.
In the end Zayon team won. After which we went out of the room and walked over to a lunch room and we ate lunch. Then we got our bags and walked to the National Art gallery, where we looked at loads of incredible paintings, before walking back to the coach.
We would sum up the trip up as amazing. We returned to the island on the hovercraft and went home.