Building our cavalry!

Today we have spent the morning building our horses for our tribe. It was quite a tricky task to do on our own so we had to work as a team. We are going to paint them on Monday. Here are some pictures of what we have made so far.

A day in the life of a Roman!

What an exciting first week back we have had. We had a visit from a Roman called Pomponius Mamilianus! He came to show us his town of Chester. He said he didn’t really like the English weather and that Rome was much nicer! After he had introduced himself he gave us all a job linked to a person in Chester. We had Patriarchs who were very important men, slaves, people at the bath house, market sellers and women shopping. It was a special day in Roman Chester as it was the Saturnalia which meant that everyone had the day off even the slaves. After we had visited Chester the children created 12 different statues of all the gods and we learnt what each of them did. We then looked at how they used to worship the gods by sacrificing animals. Our priest then performed the ceremony, once the animal was dead they would take out the liver to inspect. If the liver was good if was seen as a good omen and if it was bad it was seen as a bad omen. It all seemed very gruesome! After that we went to the local Amphitheatre to watch the Gladiator fights. The Romans seemed to like violent games! We saw three fights, 2 gladiators, a lion and a bear and a slave with a special type of gladiator who fought with a net and a trident. The patriarchs had the best seats in the arena and decided who lived and died using either thumb up or thumb down. Here are some pictures.

Pobble task

Question time

  • How do you think the fish came to be where it is?
  • How long had the fish been there?
  • How do Jessica and her daughter travel to the mainland?
  • Where do you think they get their shopping from?
  • What do you think will happen next in the story?
  • Is this an enormous fish or just a tiny house?

Sentence challenge

Can you add commas into the following paragraph?

The enormous scaly creature waited underneath the clear blue water keeping a beady eye out for anything moving on the surface. Carefully Jessica and her daughter climbed into a rowing boat and began to paddle towards to shore.


Tom Palmer

Yesterday we were lucky enough to get a visit from another author, Tom Palmer. He has written 45 books! He talked about what inspired him to write his books. His inspiration came from football, running, adventures and fell running. During his talk we had to answer quiz questions. Each child who got a question correct was able to take a penalty at the end of the session. I ended up in goal (I was terrible!) and the winner of the penalty shoot out won a trophy. The champion was Michael from our class, so well done! During the talk Gerardas and Amy were blogging, here are their thoughts –

Gerardas – 

Today Tom Palmer is visiting us and he will talk to Year’s 3 and 4. Earlier I got a book at lunchtime and it was the brand new one.

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At this moment, Tom Palmer asked for any questions. Then I scored a penalty in the question penalty shootout. Then in the actual penalty shootout I missed my first penalty. Then it was the end. Then Tom Palmer said he met Rooney, Ronaldo, Owen, Lampard, Walcott and even more amazing footballers!

Amy  – 

Today Tom Palmer is visiting Year 4 and Year 3.This is a photo of Tom Palmer you can get books.

Right now he is asking people to come out and do a penalty  shoot out the last one standing will get a trophy.  He likes to write lots of different books.You can read running books and football books.Michael won the penalty shoot out. We then asked him lots of questions. Did you know he has met Ronaldo? I’m not even joking right now!


Amy Wilson 

This afternoon we were really lucky to have Amy Wilson visit us to talk about her books and how to be a fantastic writer. We spent some time thinking about our super Self! We had flying, bending time and running super fast. She then talked about magic in nature and what we think is magic in real life. We then talked about magic creatures in books and how we can make them special characters. After that she talked about her new book Snowglobe and what magical world is in that book. We were very lucky that she read some of Snowglobe to us. She finished by talking about how you have to believe in your stories and how important it is to edit your stories.


The Battle!

This week we have moved on to looking at Roman Soldiers. Mr Moore kindly edited a battle scene, so we could watch what it was like to be in a Roman battle, but it wasn’t too scary! After watching the clip we created a word bank of adjectives to describe it and then wrote some 2A sentences. After that we wrote a descriptive piece either from the perspective of Maximus or from the perspective of his dog! Here are some fantastic examples –

Rory – From the perspective of the dog:

Scared and worried I was ready for battle. I listened to my master. Suddenly I saw the signal.That meant it was time for battle. I was ready but I didn’t want to die.

Now it was time to charge at the Celts. I lead everybody through the forest. I scratched and bit them. Luckily I was alive still. Gruesome and intense,we had a grim fight.

Impressive and undefeated, we won. “Roma Victor!” we said. I’m so lucky to be alive right now. I’m glad it’s over. There was me, Maximus and a few other soldiers were alive.

Jayden – From the perspective of Maximus:

Brave and courageous I reacted my troops. i gave them a bit of motivation and we were off to claim our new land. Stay with me.”i shout”. We had by then killed half of their army. I ‘m proud of all the Romans who risked their live. I saw my helpful dog kill many he’s very loyal dog. The Emperor looked relieved. Although I knew we would win anyway.