Welcome to Hawkmoor Class!
Hawkmoor - Miss Humphrey and Mrs Tettmar teach in Hawkmoor for 2 and a half days each a week
Spring Term 2019
Romans on the Rampage
We have just had a fantastic start to this term with the introduction of our new topic. We normally share the topic with the children during the term before to get their ideas for our planning. However this term we decided to keep it as a surprise so that they could try and guess what our new topic was going to be. On the second day of term the children were involved in an all day topic day in which they were preparing for a phase banquet. They made bread, prepared and cut vegetables and different foods and made mosaics. During the afternoon the children had a Roman Banquet and were introduced to our topic, 'Romans on the Rampage'.
Over the last two weeks the children have been making leaflets, posters and PowerPoint Presentations about Roman lives. In pairs they were given an area to research, present and teach the class. We had some super presentations to the class where the 'audience' had to write down two facts that they had learnt about each area of Roman lives. They were all really informative and it was easy to find two facts!
We have been making Roman shields in Hawkmoor. First we looked at Roman shields and their designs, then we came up with some of our own ideas that could be used and finally we chose our final design and made this using large pieces of cardboard. Have a look at the photos below, can you spot any similarities to the Roman shields?
A Roman Day with Claudius Maximus
Phase 2 experienced an amazing day under the rule of Claudius Maximus a Roman Soldier, a Centurion. It began with the ‘soldiers’ being organised into Contubernium (8 men), under strict guidance they needed to stand straight and equally spaced at an arms width apart. Phase 2 made up 10 contuberniums with a total of 80 men and this made a grand Roman Army called a Centuria.
The morning consisted of strict orders and discipline. The ‘soldiers’ revisited the important dates leading from 55BC when Julius Caesar first invaded Britain to the present day creating a human time line. Claudius Maximus invited children to join in a game naming parts of the armour, costume and weapons.
Later that day, all the ‘soldiers’ in the Centuria used their own personally designed shield to interlock creating the formation called ‘The Tortoise (Testudo)’ which acts as a shell to protect the soldiers.
The day culminated in the ‘battle’. The Roman Army consisted of three Contubernium who took up the formation Testudo on the field. They were well organised, highly disciplined and trained. The rest of Phase 2 became the Celts, who were large in numbers, savage, unruly, loud and barbarians!
In a disorganised clump the Celts charged down the field screaming and yelling, whilst the Romans stood firm. Once the Celts came into range the Romans released their javelins and many Celt fell. Those Celts who continued were brutally injured and killed by the hidden barbed spears sunk into the ground in front of the Roman Army. The Roman Army left no one alive!
In Hawkmoor, we had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day 2019. We dressed our door as 'Where's Wally?' as part of our in school competition and we won! Can you spot Wally and his friends below:
We also either dressed up as a character from a book or brought in a prop so that our friends could guess who we were. Can you guess who each of these characters are?
Autumn Term 2018
Chocolate and Fair Trade
This term in Phase 2 our topic has been 'Chocolate and Fair Trade'. We begun the term in September learning about Fair Trade around the world. We looked at the different products that are produced and where in the world. We then used Google and The National Geographic Map Marker to pinpoint the countries and their products.
We then had a fantastic phase trip to the Eden Project in Cornwall. It was a long drive by coach but definitely worth it. We not only had time to look around and visit the different biomes, we had different tasks and challenges that we took part in in teams. Hawkmoor completed the 'Chef's Challenge' where we had to locate different items to make a fabulous cake for the crazy chef. We found them all and the crazy chef made an amazing cake that we all got to taste!
During English we have continued with our focus on Chocolate whilst reading 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. We have looked at how Roald Dahl has used speech, description and writing to bring his story alive. We even got to invent our own sweets to include in a new chapter for the book, these ranged from 'The Sizzler' designed by Caitlin and 'The amazing Surprise' designed by Toby. As a class, we have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and love the humour that Dahl included to make us laugh!
Our topic work has been fantastic this term. We were set the challenge to design and make a new chocolate for Willy Wonka. These were then presented to the Dragons in the Dragons' Den to decide on a winning chocolate. Firstly, we had to research different chocolates, their packaging and pricing. Next we used this consumer research to design our own chocolate bars, name, package and cost them. We worked in teams across the phase to complete our tasks and be ready for the Dragons' Den. During the Dragons' Den we had to present our work and allow them to taste our chocolates, we were then judged on their taste, appearance, packaging and costing. In the end three teams won as the Dragons could not decide on one product to win as they were all great!