Welcome to our class!
Susan Peters worked out what the stones might have been. No others had ever been found so the BBC were very interested in the discovery.
They came to Housestead’s fort visitor centre and interviewed the WallWatchers. ( We took turns in the drama to step into role as a WallWatcher or as an interviewer.)
The precious artefacts were then displayed in a museum to be shared with more people and the WallWatchers continued their work - examining and preserving Hadrian’s Wall.
I wonder if they found anything else...
We had to leave the story there and looked forward to our next Mantle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.