How did Oswestry get it's name?
To begin our topic, we discovered the legend of St Oswald and Oswald's tree.....
“King Oswald sat in his large, wooden chair, covered in ornate carvings. He was plotting something…..something big that would change the history of England. He was powerful and
brave. He had a new religion, Christianity, and he wanted it to become the religion that all the people of England would follow and believe in."
I wonder what medieval Oswestry would have looked like. What would the houses have looked like? What sights and smells would there be? We looked at pictures of medieval settlement and houses. What can we see?
We drew and recreated a medieval settlement on a large piece of paper.
"A young squire was sat was outside his home on his grand estate. He had heard the news that King Oswald was forming an army to battle against King Penda or Mercia. He knew that Christianity was becoming the main religion in England and he too wanted to follow. Should he join the army to defeat King Penda of Mercia? He knew he had the wealth to buy the armour he needed."
What would he need to do to become a knight and fight in the battle?
"The squire had proven his bravery and skill, he would become a knight at the age of twenty-one. He gained the title of knight at a "dubbing" ceremony. At this ceremony he would kneel before another knight, lord, or king who would then tap the squire on the shoulder with his sword making him a knight."
King Penda battled against Oswald in The Battle of Maserfield, where King Oswald was killed by King Penda. The name of the town, Oswestry, or “Oswald’s Tree”, is believed to have come from Oswald’s death there.
We hope that you have had a wonderful Easter break and enjoyed the sunshine. We are looking forward to a busy summer term in Daffodils class with our new topic 'Oswestry through the ages'.
What will we be learning?
History - Through our history topic, we will be learning about Thomas Savin, and how he introduced the railways to Oswestry and how it changed the town. We will be visiting the museum of transport in Oswestry to help us to learn more.
This half term we will be investigating the plants. We will be finding out how plants grow and what they need to grow. We will be learning the different parts of a plant and growing lots of our own plants!
This half term we will be learning about the artist Katsushika Hokusai, who was a Japanese painter and printer. We will be using his work to inspire us to create our own prints of Oswestry.
We will continue to visit the forest school area every other Tuesday afternoon. We will be going out in all weather, so please make sure kits include plenty of layers (Water proof coats and trousers, jogging bottoms, jumper, gloves and hat. Please no jeans, as these can be uncomfortable if they get wet) Again, make sure kits are clearly labelled. Remember to check weekly reminders on the website for any changes.
PE will continue to be on alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please check weekly reminders on the website. It is important children bring into school the correct kit. They should have in their kit: A white or navy blue t shirt, a navy blue jumper or zip up hoodie, navy jog suit bottoms or shorts, trainers and spare socks.
We will change books once a week and children can take home a book to enjoy. Please make sure book bags are in school every day. It is lovely to read your comments in reading diaries, please make sure you fill in reading diaries every time you read, as we are continuing our reading challenge in class – the more you read the more chance of winning a class treat!
Please continue to log in to TT Rocks. This is a really fun way to learn multiplication tables. Keep having a go as much as you can, the more times you play the more rewards you get and the better you become at your multiplication tables!
We love seeing any work you have done at home, or if there is anything you would like to share with us about our topic about the history of Oswestry.
As always, if you have any worries or questions, please let us know.
Mrs Kavannah, Mrs Humphreys, Mrs McTweed and Mrs Ryan
This is the blog of Daffodils Class (Year 2 and 3)