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Whole class dab for being "ready to learn"

Whole class dab for being "ready to learn" 1
You can find out about our Mantle stories here. Start at the bottom and work your way up to our latest learning! 

ZiLin took over the role of Eric Drummond today - the WallWatcher who discovered the flooded vallum. We used drama to explore his thoughts about what to do with the stones he and the other WallWatchers had discovered. 

He decided to phone Rachel Higgins (our client from the World Preservation Society). 

Lia took on the role of Rachel. She asked us to take the stones to the examining room back in the visitors centre and said that she would ask Susan Peters (the historian) to take a look at what we had found. 

Roman Heritage Centre in Alcester

Roman Heritage Centre in Alcester  1 Archaeologists sorting objects found in Alcester
Roman Heritage Centre in Alcester  2 Ready with the gladus
Roman Heritage Centre in Alcester  3 Spear action
Roman Heritage Centre in Alcester  4 The armour was heavy!

Meanwhile, there was an area of the fort being cleaned by archaeologists. Underneath the sheet, we saw the remains of a mosaic... 

Outside the story, we designed our own tiles and prepared to make them with tiny tesserae. 

The WallWatchers needed to decide what to do about the stones in the Vallum...

Some of the soldiers gave up their stones to the commander. Some of the soldiers kept their stones a secret. 

As the commander sent them back to their duties, one of the soldiers accidentally revealed his stone. He was sent to the prison room. The commander warned the soldiers that keeping any  other such things would result in serious consequences. 

In their barracks the soldiers planned what to do. Some made other stones and gave them to the commander. These were thrown with the others into the vallum. Some soldiers threw their own stone in and decided to worship Christ. 

The commander called the soldiers to the headquarters. There was a message from the Emperor.

The commander called the soldiers to the headquarters. There was a message from the Emperor.  1

This is what the stones meant to the Roman soldiers

This is what the stones meant to the Roman soldiers  1
This is what the stones meant to the Roman soldiers  2
This is what the stones meant to the Roman soldiers  3
This is what the stones meant to the Roman soldiers  4
This is what the stones meant to the Roman soldiers  5
This is what the stones meant to the Roman soldiers  6
We had seen these stones before with the Roman soldiers in the Mithraeum. We know how precious these stones were to the soldiers, so why might they have ended up in this Roman rubbish dump? 

We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery...

We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 1
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 2
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 3
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 4
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 5
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 6
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 7
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 8
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 9
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 10
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 11
We scooped out the water with buckets and made an amazing discovery... 12

Eric Drummond asked us for help to clear the flooded vallum

Eric Drummond asked us for help to clear the flooded vallum 1
Eric Drummond asked us for help to clear the flooded vallum 2
Eric Drummond asked us for help to clear the flooded vallum 3

The soldiers secretly carried stones carved with a symbol from the story of Mithras

The soldiers secretly carried stones carved with a symbol from the story of Mithras 1 We experimented with a dough recipe in DT work
The soldiers secretly carried stones carved with a symbol from the story of Mithras 2 We tried to make the most mouldable dough
The soldiers secretly carried stones carved with a symbol from the story of Mithras 3 It had to be not too sticky or too crumbly
The soldiers secretly carried stones carved with a symbol from the story of Mithras 4 Some of us microwaved it to dry it out

We used drama to show the soldiers worshipping this god. It was usually quite a secret ceremony!

We used drama to show the soldiers worshipping this god. It was usually quite a secret ceremony!  1
We used drama to show the soldiers worshipping this god. It was usually quite a secret ceremony!  2
We looked at an altar which was on display in the museum in the visitors centre. We found out from pieces together clues from pictures and text that it was from an temple dedicated to Mithras. 

We observed the water cycle in this model

We observed the water cycle in this model  1 We saw the water vapour condense like in clouds

We made model puddles inside

We made model puddles inside 1 Does temperature effect evaporation?

Exploring puddles

Exploring puddles 1 We watched as the water evaporated
Exploring puddles 2 We think some of it may soak into the ground
Exploring puddles 3 It couldn't soak into the table tennis table

Why was the water still in the ditch? 

 

We we stepped out of the story, so that we could find out the science behind where water comes from and where it goes - the water cycle. 

One of the WallWatchers shared this report

One of the WallWatchers shared this report 1

This made the work of the WallWatchers tricky...

This made the work of the WallWatchers tricky... 1
This made the work of the WallWatchers tricky... 2
This made the work of the WallWatchers tricky... 3
This made the work of the WallWatchers tricky... 4
This made the work of the WallWatchers tricky... 5
This made the work of the WallWatchers tricky... 6

Oh dear!

Oh dear!  1

The WallWatchers followed their timetable and took their turns to examine the wall. 

They looked closely; they made notes in their notebooks; they took photographs and helped to look after Hadrian's Wall. 

The next day... Rachel Higgins took responsibility for the stone

The next day...      Rachel Higgins took responsibility for the stone 1 The WallWatchers met Steven Collins' father
The next day...      Rachel Higgins took responsibility for the stone 2 They gave him the plaque
The next day...      Rachel Higgins took responsibility for the stone 3 He agreed to talk to Steven's friends
The next day...      Rachel Higgins took responsibility for the stone 4 Rachel and the WallWatchers moved the stone
The next day...      Rachel Higgins took responsibility for the stone 5 They made sure it was in a safe place

The plaque was removed from the stone

The plaque was removed from the stone 1 The safe place was unlocked
The plaque was removed from the stone 2 The stone was placed in the examining room
The plaque was removed from the stone 3 Rachel Higgins had the equipment ready
The plaque was removed from the stone 4 The team put on masks and goggles
The plaque was removed from the stone 5 Making sure they would be safe from the vapours
The plaque was removed from the stone 6 The acetone was brushed in behind the plaque
The plaque was removed from the stone 7 The heat gun softened the resin - solid to liquid
The plaque was removed from the stone 8 The plaque started to come away from the stone
The plaque was removed from the stone 9 The plaque was safely removed

It was nearly time for the Visitor Centre at Housesteads Fort to close, so the WallWatchers needed to decide what to do with the stone. WallWatcher Simon just didn't want the stone to go back into her car: she was still very worried about how much trouble she might be in. 

There were lots of ideas. Harry suggested we ask Susan Peters. As a historian she would have an expert opinion. 

We told her our ideas and she  (Aqsa in role as Susan) said the stone and footprint in the mortar should be locked away in one of the examining rooms. She would then give us the key until she returned in 3 day. We didn't all agree, but we helped her to lock away the precious objects safely. 

As the WallWatchers left the visitors centre for the night we heard their thoughts. There was a lot of worry in the air. 

 

The next morning Rachel Higgins had arrived and we met her in the visitors centre. She put our minds at ease and thanked us for what we had done. She said we could remove the plaque, but if anything else happens we should tell her.

So we watched as the plaque was removed.  

A day in the life of a Roman soldier

A day in the life of a Roman soldier 1 Waking up in our cramped barracks.
A day in the life of a Roman soldier 2 Eating breakfast of bread and porridge.
A day in the life of a Roman soldier 3 Training for battle.
A day in the life of a Roman soldier 4 Taking part in drills and practising formations.
A day in the life of a Roman soldier 5 Building the wall.
A day in the life of a Roman soldier 6 Building the wall.

Life as a Roman soldier is hard. We spend most of our time training hard for battle. When we are not training we have the important task of building a wall to defend our territory against the Pict tribes in Scotland.

We created our soldiers and looked at what equipment they would need.

We created our soldiers and looked at what equipment they would need. 1
We created our soldiers and looked at what equipment they would need. 2
We created our soldiers and looked at what equipment they would need. 3
We created our soldiers and looked at what equipment they would need. 4

Intrigued by the footprint left in the mortar, we decided to take on the role of  Roman soldiers based at Housesteads Fort in AD 125...

Meanwhile...

The historian has taken the mortar with the footprint into another room for closer examination. 

We are using drama to explore how and why a soldier may have left such an imprint on the wall.

Dance - representing worship of Roman Gods

Leaflets for visitors

Still image for this video
We are using Book Creator to persuade people to visit Hadrian's Wall responsibly.
Here is Isaac and Nabell's work so far.

Some of the replies to the email from Rachel Higgins

Oh no!

Oh no! 1

Whilst we were discussing the possibilities of removing the plaque ( the epoxy resin would make this a dangerous job), an email arrived from Rachel Higgins - our boss from The World Preservation Society.

She was in London for two days and had seen something very worrying on social media and she needed to speak to us urgently!

 

We decided to reply but were nervous about what to say...

Although one of the other WallWatchers had replied on social media, most of us decided that email was the more private way to speak to Rachel. Some of us though were keen to "set the record straight" on Facebook even if hundreds of people could see this. 

 

Creating Steven Collins

Creating Steven Collins 1 Steven Collins

We worked out that one of the visitors we had created could be Steven Collins. One of our team knew the Collins family and emailed them. 

Steven's father replied and agreed to meet us. We found out that Steven was a doctor who had died in a tragic accident. His father explained why the plaque was on the wall and we agreed to remove it and give it to him. 

Creating the moments the plaque was stuck to the wall and later discovered

Creating the moments the plaque was stuck to the wall and later discovered 1 Someone stuck a memorial plaque on Hadrian's Wall
Creating the moments the plaque was stuck to the wall and later discovered 2 Steven Collin's friends wanted to remember him
Creating the moments the plaque was stuck to the wall and later discovered 3 The WallWatcher found the plaque
Creating the moments the plaque was stuck to the wall and later discovered 4 She tried to remove it from the wall
Creating the moments the plaque was stuck to the wall and later discovered 5 She used some tools and the whole stone came off
Creating the moments the plaque was stuck to the wall and later discovered 6 She took it to her car to find help

Someone wants our help

Someone wants our help 1
Someone wants our help 2
Someone wants our help 3

During our training session about the Roman Army, an experienced WallWatcher arrived asking for our help. She had accidentally removed a stone from Hadrian's Wall. 

She didn't know what to do as the last she wanted to do was cause damage to something she spends time protecting. 

To make matters worse, the stone had revealed a hidden footprint...

Our new Mantle story

Our new Mantle story  1 An advert appeared - wall watchers were needed.
Our new Mantle story  2 We attended the workshop at Hadrian's Wall.
Our new Mantle story  3 We began to discover the wall's hidden secrets.
Our new Mantle story  4 In our training we agreed what WallWatchers do.
Our new Mantle story  5 WallWatchers don't...
Our new Mantle story  6 There was lots to do before we could start.
Our new Mantle story  7 WallWatchers examine different parts of the wall.
Our new Mantle story  8 We signed contracts.
Our new Mantle story  9 There were timetables to create.
Our new Mantle story  10 Meetings procedures were agreed.
Our new Mantle story  11 There was a special training session.
Our new Mantle story  12 We created some of the people who visit the wall.

Spring term 

 

In the Spring term we became a team of WallWatchers in our Mantle work and imagined ourselves helping to conserve Hadrian's Wall. Through this work we will be learning about the Roman Invasion of Britain. 

We are creating dances linked to Roman Gods and soldiers and will be finding out about early Christianity in RE. We will use our skills in art to draw Gods and make 3D images of them. 

As WallWatchers we will be using ICT to create presentations for visitors to the wall. 

In science we will be exploring the water cycle as a Roman ditch fills with water and digestion in the hospital in the Roman Fort in the past. 

Autumn term

 

We were very busy during the autumn term of Year 4 tracking ancestors, books and even wolves in our Mantle work.

As we did this we were learning about food chains, habitats, animal groups and teeth in science. Our new geography knowledge included finding places on maps, globes and on aerial photographs. When we created pictures we explored creating landscapes and mood with paint.

 

In RE and PSHE we were thinking about how people learn about right and wrong. 

 

We were also involved with the BBC Terrific Scientific investigations into the effect of exercise on the brain and how much carbon our trees hold! Also we investigated teeth decay, keeping drinks warm and if plants can survive without leaves. 

 

Mrs Allmark has been learning about Real PE and we have been trying this out alongside our swimming, running, and dance. 

Have a look at some of our work...

Come back later to see how our Expert Tracking Team work has been made into a big book. 

We also wrote the story of the Mantle - coming soon!

The Missing Pilot 2016 - last autumn Year 4 worked with Luke Abbott

Last year in year 4 we were very lucky to be visited by Juliet, Luke and Rachel who shared their version of the Staffordshire Hoard story with us. We also saw the jewellery and swords etc when we visited Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Why was the Staffordshire Hoard buried?

Why was the Staffordshire Hoard buried? 1
Why was the Staffordshire Hoard buried? 2
Why was the Staffordshire Hoard buried? 3
Why was the Staffordshire Hoard buried? 4
Why was the Staffordshire Hoard buried? 5
Why was the Staffordshire Hoard buried? 6

Art work

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