This term, we will be studying some famous still lives and then creating our own based on a Roman feast.
For Home Learning this week, we would like you to draw or paint your own still life of fruit and vegetables and / or objects in your home. They could be things that are important or have some meaning for you.
Remember the key elements we have been focussing on in our drawing: form (shape), texture and pattern. Look closely at areas of light and shade on the objects you’re drawing.
Below are some examples of still lives by artists to give you some ideas:
For Home Learning this week, we would like you to gather as many words with endings that sound like “shun” e.g. explosion. This will be our spelling focus for next week.
Once you have gathered these words, see how many different ways the sound “shun” is spelled – do you notice anything about when one spelling (eg ‘sion‘) is used instead of another (eg. ‘tion‘)? Can you spot any patterns to help you remember when to use a particular spelling?
Be ready to share the words and your findings on Tuesday. You can also add your ideas in the comments.
In addition, please make sure that if you have not brought in a photo of you reading in your favourite / most unusual place or a book review of your favourite book to brighten our book corner then please do so next week.
Have a lovely weekend!
To support our topic learning, this week we would like you to write a detailed diary entry describing our day at Crofton Roman Villa. You should describe the activities you took part in (mosaic-making, brass rubbing, close observational drawing, dressing up in Roman clothing…) and the new learning you took away with you. Use these questions to help you:
- How did the Romans dispose of their waste? What kinds of waste did they have and how does it differ from our waste today?
- How did the Romans heat their homes?
- What clothing did Romans wear? How did the clothing differ depending on who you were or your status in society?
- How did the Romans decorate their house, particularly if they were wealthy (remember the floors!)
- What did you most enjoy? What did you learn that surprised you?
- From what you’ve learnt so far, do you think life in the Roman times would be easier or more challenging than life today? Why?
Due: Tuesday 30th April
On Wednesday, Year 5 ventured deep into the London suburbs to visit the remains of a Roman villa in Orpington.
Although the excavated site inside a large shed did not quite live up to some people’s rather more grand idea of a “villa”, the visit nonetheless was a fascinating day full of learning. We met a REAL archaeologist who actually helped to uncover the remains of the villa 30 years ago and had fun creating mosaic patterns, handling artefacts including animal jaws and precious pottery from the Roman “rubbish tip” found at the back of the site and dressing up in togas and tunics. Even the rain didn’t dampen our delight!
To prepare for next term’s topic learning, we would like you to produce a timeline that traces the history of Britain from the Roman invasion to the modern day. Which other civilisations invaded Britain after the Romans? What other key dates should you include? Make sure that your timeline is clear informative and visually appealing. You can use colour and should ensure that dates are labelled along the timeline.
Due: Tuesday 23rd April