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It has been another busy week in P4a. In Numeracy we have continued our work on multiplication with Mrs Donald and Mrs Doyle. We have been multiplying up to 3 digit numbers by 10 or 100. We are trying hard to remember to think about the digits moving the correct number of steps to the left before we add any zeros to the end of the number. This will help us in  our future learning when we work with decimals.

In Health & Wellbeing we have been continuing to learn about emotions using the Emotion Works cogs. We have already looked at the orange Emotion Words cog to help us extend the range of vocabulary we use to describe feelings and emotions. This week we looked at the red Body Sensations cog and thought about where in the body we might feel different emotions and what these body sensations are. We worked well in small groups to label or illustrate a body template with some body sensations for an emotion e.g. pounding heart when we are scared, butterflies in our tummy when we are worried.

In French we have been learning to name parts of the body. We have enjoyed singing ‘Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds’. We played ‘Jacques a dit’ to practise recognising our new vocabulary.

Tuesday was a very exciting day! Primary 4a and Primary 4b were lucky enough to have two Viking visitors, Cathbad and Sigurd, from Cluaran. They brought lots of interesting Viking artefacts with them and set up their camp in our library. We enjoyed listening to their storytelling about Viking life and heard lots of interesting information which will help us in our learning about the Vikings.

After break we split into groups to rotate around different activities. Cathbad and Sigurd let us have a closer look at the items they had brought and told us more about life as a Viking. We worked in pairs to make clay playing pieces for a board game called the Game of Sea Kings. We then challenged our partner to a game. Mrs Donald was really impressed by how quickly we picked up the rules. With Mrs Burton, we looked at and drew some of the items that were commonly buried with Vikings when they died. We learned that the types of items found at a burial site can give us information about a Viking’s status.

In the afternoon we went outside to learn more about how Vikings built their settlements and travelled to other lands by playing ‘Settlers to Sea Kings’. We worked in teams to collect everything we needed to build our village. We had to remember to protect our village at all times, even when some people were away travelling over land or sea to collect items. Some teams discovered that unprotected villages are easily visited by Viking raiders and they lost some of the resources they had worked hard to gather!

Our day ended with the opportunity to have a closer look at some Viking shields and swords and a musical instrument called a lyre. Some of us even tried on some heavy chainmail armour. What an amazing, action-packed Viking day!!

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