Category Archives: Social Studies: People in the Past

Up Helly Aa!

Well it’s not every day that your class sets their very own Viking longship alight on a bonfire. But today was the day! Dressed in helmets and carrying flaming torches, a hagar of P3 Vikings, with the help of many willing parent volunteers, paraded their eight foot longship down the lane and through the woods to The Mansion Walled Garden in Gracemount. The children were chanting Viking boat songs all the way.

A huge bonfire awaited us thanks to Steven and the other helpers from the Gracemount Grows Stronger Project at the Mansion. In no time the boat was up in flames and the children gave out a great big cheer. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Steven and the other helpers and to all the parents who made it along at very short notice to take part. What a memorable event indeed.

An Edinburgh Evening News photographer attended the event and we have been informed that a feature will be in the newspaper, hopefully tomorrow (Friday). Be sure to get a copy fast as I’m sure they will be snapped up!

Update: We made the Front Page!20170421_131643

P4 Valentine’s Mosaics

During Art, Primary 4 produced some Symmetrical heart mosaics for Valentine’s day. We found out that the floors and walls of Roman buildings were often decorated with mosaics – tiny coloured stones (tesserae). Many mosaics showed scenes of history and everyday Roman life.  Rich Romans decorated the floors of their main rooms with elaborate and detailed mosaics to show off their wealth and importance.

We used coloured card, felt and metallic paper to create our wonderful designs and worked carefully to ensure that our designs were symmetrical on both sides. We hope you enjoy the results!

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P4 V’s Roman – Showdown

Primary 4 had an unexpected visitor from a Roman soldier. Fortunately he was a Roman reinactor from the Antonine Guard called Joe and he came in peace!

Firstly Joe showed us some images of other Roman reinactors dressed as Roman soldiers and explained their duties. We even had a mini quiz to test our Roman knowledge.

After that some of the children fought with Joe and pretended to be Barbarians. The aim of the game was to tap Joe with our wooden sword whilst keeping our shields up to protect ourselves. The scutum (Latin name for shield) was curved and very big so it was almost impossible to tap Joe. Kacper though, managed to strike him on the foot!

Afterwards we got to look at and wear some of the Roman artefacts. These included an oil lamp, a water bottle, a strigil, chain mail armour, an arm protector and sandals. There were two pairs of sandals. One pair was open toed and the other pair was enclosed. I particularly enjoyed rubbing my arm with the strigil because it felt nice and smooth.

Finally we went to the gym where we practised some battle formations. My favourite formation was the turtle. As we marched we shouted ‘Sin dec, sin dec’ just like the Romans so we could march in time.

Before Joe left he gave us all certificates to say that we had passed our Roman army training. The certificates also told us our Roman names. I hope you enjoyed our blog.

Blog Post by : Alice as part of Big Writing.

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