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Autumn Term

An exciting start to the year will see the class transition into Year 5, where they will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. This topic links to English lessons, where the class are reading the ancient tale of Beowulf. From this, the children will create their own ‘defeating the monster’ tale, using all the knowledge and skills they have acquired through topic work.

Within Maths, children will develop their knowledge of Place Value and Addition and Subtraction.

Spring term

Because of lockdown, all learning is being delivered via our online platforms of Google Classroom and Century. The children will be learning as close to the curriculum content they usually would in school. Our topic of ‘Ay up me duck’ focuses on the history of Robin Hood and the geography relating to Nottingham. From this, we are taking a leaf out of Robin’s book by learning about and helping those less fortunate than us with a particular focus on homelessness on our own doorstep in Nottingham. All work is set daily using our ‘Creative Columba’ Google Classroom page.

History in action…exploring the Anglo-Saxon / Viking era! #Volans #Columba #year5 #history #handsonlearning

Our last morning at Sherwood Forest saw Volans exploring some transient art and learning about William Morris and his art work, which had many nature themes. The children then drew their own designs thinking about repeating patterns and symmetry.

A brilliant start to our Columba residential, we had lunch with Volans who shared some stories, then said goodbye and went for our wander through the Forest of Old with Robin Hood. During our nighttime walk we enjoyed seeing the snow fall in our torchlight and heard some owls!

Day two on our Volans residential saw us working together as teams. We first explored some orienteering, then had some challenges to work through together and lastly we had a go at building natural dens. We also got a chance to see and learn about some medieval weaponry.

Day one For Volans residential in Sherwood Forest involved a wonderful story through the Forest of Old with Robin Hood himself. We travelled back in time and learned the history of the wood and legend of the hood! We also explored our environment and went for a night time walk.

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