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Haseyo (Hello) and Welcome to the Mandarin Ducks!


We have had a fantastic start to the year, with an Autumn term filled with all kinds of excitement and wonder.


We started the term looking at our class topic for the year, which is South Korea. Our class name comes from the ducks that play a vital role in the culture and traditions of the country. We made mosaics, traditional fans and artwork. We researched the key cities and locations around Korea. We learnt to write our names, along with some basic phrases for hello and goodbye. (If you see a Mandarin walking around school, try saying HA-SE-YO to them)

Our topic for this half term was the Ancient Greeks. We have had a fantastic time learning all about life in ancient times, along with many of the key Myths and Legends that came of this turbulent time. The children were amazed at our visitor, taken directly from ancient Greece itself to show off their way of life. We enjoyed writing adventure stories and some brilliant persuasive writing about the Ancient Olympics.


We have created a display full of fantastic and well created artwork, writing and crafts from everyone in the class who has brought in creations from home.


We enjoyed taking part in our own Ancient Greek Olympic event, complete with Loral Wreath award ceremony!

Christmas Fayre


The Mandarin Ducks had a BRRRRRRilliant time discussing ideas, deciding what would work, researching materials and building the products to sell during the fayre. The children worked incredibly hard to complete as many items for sale as possible. We created plushie snowmen, Christmas cards, bookmarks and snowglobes.

(We created melted snowmen biscuits too, but munched them down before the fayre!)


We raised money for the school but most importantly, had a great time doing so!



We are looking at the Ancient Romans this summer as our thematic unit. The children have been engaged throughout their Literacy and foundation subjects around the topic of Romans, with many children bringing in work from home to show off to their peers. 



We have learnt what it was like to be Gladiators fighting in the arena.


Armies, Formations and Battle Tactics!

We have learnt the different types of units that make up the Roman Legions, cohorts and centuries. We have researched the hastati, triari and equite units along with military formations that they would have used on the battlefield.


Below are some images of the class training their formations.


Life in Roman cities!

We have looked at what life was like both for rich and poor people in Rome, along with the differences in life for children and adults. We were amazed how how different life was for children in the Roman empire.


Binchester trip!

We are excited for our trip to Binchester after the summer half term break. In English we have created a class text after researching information about the location. We are excited for our up coming visit :) 

BInchester Fort - upcoming trip in Summer2!

The 3rd Mandarin Legion of the Roman Empire have learnt how to form four important battlefield formations!

The children have enjoyed being Mini-teachers and running their own small learning groups.