Who were the Vikings?

Excuse me.

Yes, you… would you like to learn about the Vikings?

Great! Well let’s start at the beginning…

The Vikings lived over 1000 years ago, he doesn’t look that old to me, what’s your secret?    

The Vikings were Norse people who came from an area called Scandinavia. You might know it better as Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

The word Viking means ‘a pirate raid’, which is a fitting name as they were fearsome warriors and often raided monasteries for treasure.

But they weren’t all bad, bloodthirsty and violent – they also settled with their families and farmed the land peacefully for many years.

I’m sorry about this…                        they never wore horned helmets.

Did you know they were great explorers too and travelled all over the world? Vikings explored as far away as North America. Can you believe they even travelled through Russia to trade in the Middle East. Amazing!

They also had an early version of today’s parliament. The Norse people met to discuss new laws and solve arguments.

We still use some of their Old Norse language today! Words like ‘egg’, ‘muck’ and ‘dirt’.

Even some modern town names are based on Viking words! York and places that end in ‘thorpe’, ‘by’ or ‘kirk’. So for example, the Viking word for deer is “djúr” and village is ‘bȳ’ – together making “Derby”.

Challenge – can you think of any other places in Britain, whose name has a link with Viking words? Post them below!

There we go – the history of the Norse people in a matter of minutes. How interesting was that? Fantastic! Isn’t history great?

To find out more click the link below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zcpf34j 

New Year, New Start!

Welcome to 2018 Year 6!

As we embark on your final year at St Thomas’, it is time to reflect and set ourselves goals and targets for the year ahead.

Perhaps, for some, a new year is time to turn over a new leaf. For others, it might be time to set goals for what will be a very significant year.

It is now your opportunity to reflect on what you want to achieve in 2018.

Leave a comment on what YOUR goals are, what targets you are going to set yourself and if you are turning over a new leaf, tell me how!

Mayan Mania!

Year 6 have been learning all about the Mayan civilisation within our Topic lessons.Image result for Mayan

Can you tell me some interesting facts that you have learnt about the Mayan culture so far?

You could include some information about the Maya Gods, Chichen Itza, or even how the number system works!

You could also set a challenge for your classmates. What questions could you ask them?

Class of 2017-18

We have settled into life in Year 6 wonderfully!

Our class teacher is Mrs Unsworth, but we also work with Miss Allan, Miss Varley and Miss Moores.

We are supported by Mr Burke, Mrs Mitchell, Mr Collins and Ms Beatty!

As the oldest pupils in school we have a lot of responsibility … we are our school’s role models and we each have special jobs to help to make school run smoothly.

 

At the start of the new term – we were also given the opportunity to apply for the important role of Headboy and Headgirl.

The Leadership Team in school read our applications and the positions were filled.

They also appointed a Deputy Headboy and Deputy Headgirl, School Council Leads and Ethos Team Leads and Church helpers.

Everyone has been busy in the last few weeks getting into their new roles.

 

We would LOVE to share with you our experience of settling into life in Year 6 – hope you enjoy reading our thoughts and feelings thus far!

 

Another Term Over!

Well Year 6, we find ourselves at the end of another term at St Thomas’ and what an exciting, fun-filled term it has been! We started off the term with World Book Day when we came into school in out pyjamas and shared stories with children from KS1. We also had the opportunity to learn basic life support with firefighters from Bolton Fire Brigade – we now all know what we need to do to save someone’s life.

As the term went on, we began to learn about many new things, including the work of William Morris. In art we have had the chance to take inspiration from the work of Morris and design and create our own print blocks in the style of his work.

On a very strange and unusual day, we had a very special visitor here at school. Rex the dinosaur had escaped from the zoo and somehow managed to find his way to St Thomas’!

We also did our bit for charity and took part in St Thomas’ Bake Off for Comic Relief. Cakes were made and sold and as a school we managed to raise a massive £670! You should all be very proud of yourselves.

As the term ended, bronze and silver stars were awarded to those pupils who have displayed exceptional behaviour and I am proud to say that all have you achieved at least the bronze star – well done!

 

 

Now we all have the chance to relax and unwind over the Easter holidays. When we come back to school you will be beginning you last full term as pupils at St Thomas and SATs will soon be taking place. Make the most of the time you have left, try your best, work hard and most importantly – enjoy!

 

What has been your highlight of this term?

OUR ANTI-BULLYING ASSEMBLY

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This morning it was our class assembly. Lots of parents and relatives came to watch us. We delivered a VERY important message to the whole school about bullying and how to deal with it!

We would like to spread the important news further … PLEASE read our posts to find out more ….

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Remember, Remember the 5th of November …

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We have been looking at historical texts and famous people in guided reading this week. We looked at the famous person – Guy Fawkes and the thwarted gunpowder plot!

We have learnt an awful lot … some facts interesting and some rather disgusting!

CHALLENGE

Using your reading skills can you summarise what you have learnt about the traditions around Bonfire Night Celebrations?

Or

Can you tell us what you are looking forward to on Saturday to celebrate the 5th of November?

I will look forward to reading your posts!

Mrs U

 

What jobs did the vikings do?

The farmers jobs                

Everything had to be done by hand on a Viking farms life was tough. Farmers grew oats, barey ,and wheat, then they ground the grin to make flour, porridge and ale .They planted vegetables too and kept animals like cows, sheeps, pig, and chickens .

Craft workers 

Other viking were craft workers. They made the things that people needed . Woodworkers and leatherworker made things like; plates, cups, belts, and shoes.

They even made jewellery rings and brooches from precious matlals blacksmiths hammered and twisted red -hot iron into tods , knives and swords potters baked clay pots in an oven heated by wood fire.

Challenge

by Malika 

 

Viking Longships.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride a Viking Longship and ride the seven seas, steal treasure and fight armies? No, well you can still read on as this is going to be ….. FACTS ABOUT VIKING LONGSHIPS! Enjoy.

  • Around one thousand years ago [ when Vikings were planning on raiding Britain ] built dragon-ships, as you would know as longships. They made them very fast as sometimes they needed to do some speedy getaways when they were in trouble.
  • They were built very long and narrow so they could gather their speed on the shallow water.
  • They could sail in shallow they could travel up rivers and across the sea.
  • During a raid, the longship could be hauled up on a beach. They could then get out and start fighting, then get back and do one of those speedy getaways.
  • Throughout the years, people have found some real longships and displayed them in museums for example, the Gokstad ship was dug out in a farm in the year 1880 and was placed Ina museum in Norway.
  • On board they would put up their shields and tie them around the edge of the ship to protect them from unexpected gunfire.
  • At the front of the ship there was a carved figure (usually a dragon) to scare off any enemies.

This is what a Viking longship looked like.

 

 

NOW IT IS TIME FOR THE QUIZ TO SEE IF YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING CORRECTLY HERE ARE THE RULES:

You can not look back at the facts, unless you really need to.

Five questions you need to answer, LETS GO.

1. True or false, did the Vikings tie their shields at the side of the ship to protect themselves?

2. Did the longship sail in deep water?

3. The longship didn’t do speedy getaways?

4. The ship the archaeologists found was called the Gokstow ship?

5. Is another word for a longship is a dragon-ship?

 

CHALLENGE: What other countries use the word Viking?

The countries that use the word Viking are England (wasn’t that obvious?) There are also the countries that make up Scandinavia which are Norway, Denmark and Sweden because that is the place where the Vikings were originated.

 

From Alex and Molly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT JOBS DID VIKINGS DO ?

The Vikings had to make everything using their own hands in the farms .

Farmers  grew

They grinded the  grains to make the flour, porridge and ale .

They planted vegetables  too, and khept animals like cows , sheep ,  pigs  and chickens.

CAN YOU SOLVE THESE SCRAMBLED WORDS TO SEE WHICH JOBS THE VIKING MEN AND WOMEN DID?

  • rmarfe
  • mfsis
  • terhlokrews
  • evewasr
  • nmydhane
  • ikocgon

Viking Gods

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Vikings have many gods; Thor was the god off lighting, Freyja was the god off love  and bladder is the son off Freyja – he is kind and gentle. Loki is a trick god, he killed Bladder. People loved and trusted Thor but hated Loki. 

Death

When a Viking dies in battle he goes to Viking heaven were they drink and eat, if you die in bed or  anywhere else you will go to Viking hell. When Viking chiefs die they are burned in a ship with there weapons, armour and even ther servants!  

Quiz

1. Which god is the god off lightning?

2. Is Loki a good god?

3. Who is the son off Freyja?

4. Where do Vikings go when they die in battle?

5. What happens to Vikings chiefs when they die?

By Alia and Molly