Primary 4x have loved learning about the Vikings for the past few weeks. The topic began in a really exciting way with a visit from Archaeology Scotland. We all took part in an archaeological dig in a Viking burial site (all in our very own Small Hall!) We found lots of interesting Viking artefacts and identified them, then made Viking artefacts of our own using clay and the special ‘Rune’ alphabet as used by the Vikings. There were also lots of opportunities for active learning during our Viking Rotations where the children learned to do things like weaving, make Viking weapons, produce Viking jewellery and find out more information by reading, listening and using computers. Pairs worked together to create a lesson about a specific area of Viking life and taught it to the rest of the class. These were very imaginative, informative and enjoyable for everybody! We hope to round the topic off with a Viking feast to celebrate all of our hard work.
The class are thoroughly enjoying their Viking project. They have been making shields and axes and weaving too. Their reading for information skills are being honed as they work on individual fact files and, as usual, they are enjoying ICT and such websites as BBC History to further enhance their knowledge.
The pupils have paired up to plan a lesson which will allow them to share their expert knowledge of one aspect of Viking life with the rest of the class. An amazing variety of active learning is planned as posters and models are created, dramas rehearsed and tricky questions for quizzes produced (to check the audience are paying full attention). We hope to have a Viking Festival next week to round off the project then look forward to moving on to studying Rivers which will include a visit to Vogrie and the River Esk.