What have we been learning in Humpback Whale Class?

Autumn 1 - The Romans


This half term we will be learning about the Romans through our topic. 


15th October 2019 - Roman Day

Today we spent the day in role as Roman soldiers. We learnt about what life was like in the Roman army and focussed on the key question: What made the Roman army so powerful?

We designed and made our own Roman shields. Then we took part in some Roman army training where we practised our marching, battle formations and spear throwing. Our skills were put to the test at the end of the day when our Roman fort was attacked by Boudica's tribe and we had to defend it. 


23rd September 2019

As historians we have:

Used drama and role play to explore the sequence of events leading up to the Roman Invasion of Britain. We set up a Celtic settlement in the hall and the Romans approached on their galleys and tried to invade Britain. We then used the photos to support our sequencing of events. 

As Scientists we have:

This week we simulated the journey of a sandwich through the digestive system using house-hold items! We chose a pair of tights to act as the intestines and watched as all the nutrients and water were absorbed through the intestine wall and into the blood stream. 

11th September 2019


This week we have been archaeologists and have been on a 'dig' to discover artefacts from the Roman period. We examined these artefacts to see what we could learn about life in the Roman period. 


As mathematicians we have:

been learning about Roman numerals. We used matchsticks and flashcards to represent numbers using the roman numeral symbols. 


 We have been developing our reading skills through:

 Our class shared text "Romans on the Rampage" by Jeremy Strong. We will be using this as a basis for writing our own historical story. This week we are working on developing a character and setting for our story. 


As scientists we have:

been learning about the digestive system. We learnt the names of the organs involved in digestion and worked in teams to build a 'digestive system'.