We’ve had an exciting start in Azure class this year! We launched our new topic ‘all about the Romans’ by making paper mosaics and learning Roman numerals. Did you know they used letters to represent their numbers? and you couldn’t use a symbol more than 3 times? It was tricky at first. Now we’ve mastered identifying numerals. We had great fun tasting the flavours of Ancient Rome and even tested ourselves to see if we would make worthy Roman soldiers. To be a Roman soldier you had to have good hearing, excellent eyesight, be able to read and write, and of course you had to be strong! We’re proud to say we passed all the tests!!
This week we’ve been learning all about the Roman Empire (it was huge!) and next week we will learn why the Romans invaded Britain. In Art we’ve been looking more closely at Roman mosaics and the symbols and imagery that was most popular. Surprisingly the Romans loved fish! They used their mosaics everywhere, though it was quite often only the wealthiest citizens who could afford large murals. We have planned our own tile based on Roman designs and on Monday made them in to collographs that we will use next week to create prints. We made our collographs from card, this will be our printing plate to make relief prints. We’re very excited to start printmaking!
Azure have begun gymnastics in PE this term and this week we explored jumping and jumping from height using benches. We also learnt how to do half turns and quarter turns while jumping.
And lastly, we started a new creepy poem in English called ‘The Spider and The Fly’. It’s a spooky cautionary tale about not trusting strangers, no matter how nice they are. It reminded some of us of Coraline, as there is an Evil but charming spider and ghosts who are actually trying to help (and not scare the main character!) We’ve really enjoyed using complex sentences and adjectives to describe the gloomy Mansion where the story is set. We’re looking forward to retelling the stories ourselves next week and can’t wait to share them with you.