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Term 3 DICE Topic - Gods and Mortals

This term, our DICE topic is entitled 'Gods and Mortals' and focuses on the Ancient Greek civilisation and culture, allowing children to explore what life was like in Ancient Greece and make comparisons between their society and ours.

From nothingness came chaos, from chaos came air and water, from air and water came life! Then, rising majestically from the darkness, came Gaia, Mother Earth, a beacon of warmth and light.

Discover a fantasitcal world full of mthical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on the dusty Athenian streets. Meet Theseus, the hero, and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships.

Explore the terrains of Greece where, in pure blue skies, the sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus. Then, decide your own fate when a mysterious box is found and stirs your curious mind...

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Letter-join

Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

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Computing - Purple Mash

A reminder that we have joined the Purple Mash community for teaching and learning computing and digital literacy. The children all have their own logins to access the games , activites and programs on the website, and they will be able to explain to you how it all works. If they have forgotten their login, we have a record of them and will be able to provide them to you! Click the picture to go to the login page.

Our Virtual Classroom

Home Learning

This year Maths Home Learning will be due in on a Friday. Spellings will be due in on Wednesday, as spelling tests will be on this day. Times Table tests will be on Thursdays, therefore Times Table homework will be due in on Thursdays as well. The children will also have an Arithmetic Test and a Grammar Test to help prepare them for similar tests at the end of Key Stage Two, but will be tested solely on knowledge and skills learnt within the classroom.

Those children who forget to bring in their homework, or fail to complete it to the deadline, will have to complete a portion of the homework during their lunch time.

Useful Websites

Here are some useful websites for Home Learning or extra research! As always, the websites have been checked and are all age-appropriate. However, do feel free to check yourselves or choose your own websites.

Ancient Greeks – BBC primary history - A great website with child-friendly facts, photos, quizzes and activities.

10 facts about the Ancient Greeks – National Geographic Kids - Well-written facts covering many topics related to Ancient Greece.

Ancient Greece – The British Museum - Covers many areas of the topic and includes images of ancient artefacts, stories and challenges for children.

Greek gods – Ancient Greece - Information about key gods and goddesses, including their symbols, stories and festivals. Although brief, some of the text is challenging: a good resource for more able readers.

Greek gods – National Geographic Kids - Contains short descriptions of the gods and images of original statues.

Greek Myths – Vimeo - Animated versions of some key myths, including Daedalus and Icarus and Pandora’s Box. Includes a short set of comprehension questions at the end of each myth, which are very complex, so you may choose to ignore them!

Daedalus and Icarus – YouTube - A six-minute video of the story with visuals used.

What was the Trojan War? – BBC Primary History - Click on the relevant tab to read a synopsis of the story and background to the war.

The Trojan Horse – History for Kids - A version of the story that is good for adapting and rewriting before reading out.

Greek alphabet – YouTube - All 24 letters with pronunciation.

Horrible Histories’ Spartan Phalanx Formation – YouTube - An 8 minute video showing how Spartan Phalanx fought in the late 5th / 4th century BC.

Greeks at war – BBC Primary History - Information about soldiers and key battles with a formation diagram and useful images.

Greek Pottery – BBC Primary History - Simple overview of how pottery was made. Includes key features and one photo.

The Olympic Games – BBC Primary History - Lots of information about the original Olympic Games and an interactive timeline for children to explore.

Fun Facts

Did You Know?

The first Greek civilisations were formed 4000 years ago!

Most wealthy Greek citizens owned at least one slave who carried out duties such as cooking, cleaning and working in the fields.

Ancient Greek slaves were not allowed to go to school or use their own name!

The Ancient Greeks invented theatre. They performed the first examples of tragedy, comedy and satire.

The Trojan War lasted for 10 years and began when Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband, Menelaus, King of Sparta. Helen was considered the most beautiful woman in the world in Greek mythology and was described as 'the face that launched a thousand ships'.

The first two letters of the Greek alphabet (alpha and beta) gave us the word 'alphabet'.

When a baby was born in Ancient Greece, the family would decorate their home with a wreath of wool for a girl or an olive wreath for a boy.

Much of Roman culture (such as their religion, architecture, language and politics) is thought to have been influenced by the Greeks.

Pheidippides was the Greek messenger associated with the original marathon. He ran for two days, from Marathon to Sparta, to deliver the news of the great victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Marathon. He ran around 26 miles from Marathon to Athens, delivered his message and then died!

Zeus was the god of the sky and the King of Olympus. His temper affected the weather, and he threw thunderbolts when he was unhappy! He was married to Hera, the goddess of marriage. Poseidon was the god of the sea. His temper caused earthquakes. Such a bad-tempered lot, these gods!

Greek philosopher Anaximander was the first known person to realise that the earth may not be flat (mind you - he thought it was cylindrical!)

The Ancient Greeks introduced the concepts of citizens' rights, democracy, freedom of speech and religion.

The Greek Olympics inspired the modern Olympic Games and were originally in honour of Zeus, king of the Gods.

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