Hertford St Andrew CE Primary School

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Year 3 & 4 Oak

Meet the Teacher - Mrs Bond

Curriculum Map Summer term 1

Woodhall Estate trip 30.06.21

Today we had an amazing trip to Woodhall Estate! We did 8 activities organised by Countryside Learning. Starting in the sustainable garden area we learned about how we could look after and create habitats for creatures in our gardens. Next we met some sheep and heard about how they are looked after and farmed. After that there was an orchards activity and we were told about all the things needed in the different seasons to grow apples. We had a game of 'apple or not an apple' where we tried to guess whether the funny names were actual names of apples or not! There were some very strange names. Next we planted broad bean seeds and had a run around the garden. After lunch we learned how to tell the age of a tree. We measured a hornbeam tree that turned out to be 144 years old! At the falconry display we met some different birds of prey, including a barn owl and a sparrowhawk. The birds were definitely checking us out with their beady eyes! Next it was time to learning about crops and farming and there were some enormous machines for us to see. We even had a look inside the engine of the tractor. Finally we found out about the food chains of some of the creatures that live at Woodhall Estate and in the countryside habitat. All in all we had a fantastic day and learned loads about the countryside!

Our trip to Woodhall Estate 30.06.21

Easter reflection activity with Alan and Tracy

Red Nose Day 2021

An exciting visit from Jamie Knight, professional football freestyler!

Today a very special visitor came into school. Jamie Knight is the winner of Ireland's Got Talent and has appeared around the world demonstrating his skills as a professional football freestyler. He is one of the world's top 10! The children were astounded watching Jamie's demonstration at the start of the day and could hardly wait to try out some of the skills for themselves. As you can see from the photos they had a fantastic time, and Jamie made sure everyone felt successful at something. Some people even continued to practise on the playground. Maybe one day one of them will be a football freestyler!

World Book Day 2021

A visit from Pearl the school rabbit

Battle stations!


This afternoon we tried to imagine what life might be like as a Roman soldier. We watched a video to see what the soldiers at Vindolanda fort at Hadrians Wall thought of life in northern England. They enjoyed receiving packages from home and particularly appreciated socks and even underpants! They were not keen on the cole weather, with most being used to life in a warmer climate elsewhere in the Roman Empire. After 25 years in the Roman army soldiers were discharged with a lump sum of money with which they could finally retire and return home to find a wife and have a family.  It was a hard life where you had to be strong and fit to march the many miles covered and build the forts and battle across the empire. We looked at the tactics of the Roman army in battle and used our shields to practice some of the favourite formations of the army, the Orb, the Tortoise, the Repel-Cavalry and the Wedge.  

Our battle pictures

Our Roman shields

In Oak class we've spent the afternoon getting ready for battle with our Roman shields. We have learned about what it took to become a Roman soldier and watched a video all about what the soldiers thought of being in Britain helping to extend the Roman Empire. The soldiers wrote 'postcards' to home scratched out on thin strips of wood and the ones that have been found by archaeologists at Vindalanda, the site of a fort near Hadrian's wall, tell us about their daily lives. They found the freezing cold weather unbearable, and even had parcels of socks and underpants sent to them by relatives back home! Next week we will study battle formations before meeting up with Elm class to march forth in battle.