Monthly Archives: May 2016

Viking games – Hnefatafl

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 10.11.44In some of our maths lessons this week, we have been creatingScreen Shot 2016-05-22 at 10.11.24 a Viking game called Hnefatafl. Although we found out it could be played on different sized boards, it was often played on an 11 x 11 board. We discovered the number of squares would always have to be a square number and odd for the game to work. Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 10.12.21Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 10.13.14

We had to draw out the board, measuring very carefully to be sure the board was straight and accurate and that the area had the correct areas marked on it. Some of us decided to decorate it with Viking runes or with patterns to make the game Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 10.12.42appear more professional. We then had to make the pieces to fit the board. We could choose to cut them from wood or make them in clay. We had to be very careful with measurements and designs to make Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 10.13.01sure the pieces could stand up and could be recognised was being from one team; we also needed them to fit inside the squares. The King  piece was made larger than the other pieces to show its importance in the game.

One side plays with 24 ‘dragons’; the other side plays with 12 ‘axe-men’ defending their king.

We also designed boxes to hold our finished pieces. We thought IMG_0626carefully about the net for the box we wanted to make, then we IMG_0627had to estimate the volume of the pieces and decide on the dimensions we would need to make a box big enough to fit the pieces in safely. Some of  us also had time to make a lid and include sections in the box to keep the pieces perfectly secure.



On Thursday we enjoyed learning some strategies to play the game successfully. We think it would be fun to have a Viking competition at some time… maybe when we visit York!


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How the body works

hearts and lungsAs part of our science work this term we have been finding out about the heart, the lungs and blood vessels to understand how the human circulation and respiratory systems work. We were able to look more closely at some animal hearts and lungs Seeing the lungs and the heart in one piece also helped us to see how they work together, where they are positioned in the body and how they are connected.

We were also able to heartsee the chambers of the heart and see the strength of the heart muscle . We were amazed by the walls of the aorta and could see why they had to be so thick to protect the heart when the oxygenated blood is pumped out of it open heartto reach the rest of the body.


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