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Eagles Class Archive Autumn Term 2016

Eagles begin their Hero Training at Hero Training Camp!    



“Keeping Young Heroes Safe from Harm (Mostly) For Over Three Millennia”

An information video all about Greece today and in ancient times:


 A welcome message from Chiron - Activity Director:


Welcome to Camp Half-Blood, a state-of-the-art training facility for young demigods. If you are a demigod then Camp Half-Blood is the place for you to make the most of your powers and advance your skills. During your time with us, we will endeavour to train you in every single aspect of being a warrior so that you will become the true and honest hero that you  have always wanted to be. 
Should you need our services, do not waste a minute! Contact your local satyr or send word via Hermes Express to the following address:

Mr. D. Camp Director
Chiron, Activities Director
Half-Blood Hill, Farm Road 3.141

We look forward to working with you and supporting you with beginning your heroic journey! 

Ο ήρωας βρίσκεται στα χέρια σου!


 Hero Trainees - Useful Information: 

We recommend that all potential trainees look at the following information to help them during their first few days in camp. 


    The entrance to the camp.             A picture of the central Cabins area of Camp Half-Blood


  The accomodation cabins are named after gods                An aerial photograph of the camp


  Trainee Uniform - all camp T-Shirts identify the god from which you have inherited your powers


All trainees are required to wear their camp beads     Festus - a dragon who guards the camp


A map of the camp

We look forward to seeing all new trainees on 

Monday 5th September 2016 for the start of your training.


Hero Training: Persuasive Speeches


Who will be the new leader of the Gods on Mount Olympus?

In hero camp, trainees have been working on their skills of persuasion - very handy if you are battling a monstrous Minotaur! We imagined that Zeus, King of the Gods, was fed up and needed a holiday and that a new leader needed to be elected. We analysed a speech that Area, God of War, made to find out how to write a good speech. We noticed that he used lots of Modal Verbs and connected his paragraphs cleverly. It was then our turn. We created our own possible god candidates and thought about what they would say to persuade the audience that they were the best option for the job. Listen to these speeches. Which one would you choose as the new leader?


Trainees are getting ready for their training residential to Malvern Outdoor Elements 

On the 17th October, all of our new trainees will be heading off to Malvern Outdoor Elements Centre for three days as part of their training. The three days will help all trainees to enhance and develop their leadership skills, independence skills and values necessary for being a hero. On the training residential, we will be working towards our NOLA award. Watch this presentation to find out more. To hear the audio, please click on the small play button in the top left-hand corner. After listening, simply click through the slides using the arrows at the bottom or click on the slide itself.


Trainees learn about how the eye works

There are lots of situations where heroes have to use their keen eyesight to overcome a challenge. You have to know where Medusa is whilst trying not to look at her or keep scouring the shadows in the labyrinth in case the Minotaur is lurking, ready to attack! Keen eyesight is a must but we also have to know how the eye works too. In hero science, trainees have begun looking at how the different parts of the eye work in order to help us see. We started by making models of the eye as a way of showing what we know about eyes already. 



This helpful video explains more about the inner workings of the eye:               

How we see light

To see an object, light from that object - emitted by it or scattered from it - must enter our eyes.

If you turn off the light in a windowless room, you will not be able to see.

We see an object because the light from the source bounces off the object and is reflected into our eyes.

Our eyes work rather like a camera.

Light enters the eye through the pupil and passes through a lens.

The lens is surrounded by tiny muscles which change the shape of the pupil so that the light focuses and produces a clear image on the back of the eye - the retina - but upside down and back to front!

Special light-sensitive cells on the retina turn these images into electrical signals - like a digital camera - that travel to the brain along the optic nerve.

The brain converts these signals into a picture, but the right way up. This is what we call 'seeing'.       

Year 5 Trainees - Greek Warfare Project

Trainees in Year 5 have been working on a project all about an important invention made in Ancient Greek times - The Catapult. The Catapult was invented in around 400BC. In greek, the workd 'Catapult' means 'to throw into'. It was first desgned as an effective weapon in battles as you could damage your opposing army from a distance rather than in hand-to-hand combat. This video shows why the Catapult was needed as there were too many warrior losses!

After designing a small prototype and testing them, the trainees have begun to build their Catapult, using wood from around the grounds. Keep checking for regular updates.




Trainees Attend Residential Training at Malvern Outdoor Elements Centre - Oct 2016

What an amazing stay we had on our residential to Malvern. We learnt to be independent, to challenge ourselves, to face our fears and worked on our NOLA awards.  A podcast of our adventures is below to listen to and  there is also a slideshow of photos that gives you a flavour of our brilliant trip. 

           Our Malvern Podcast!


Thank you to all of the staff who looked after us when we were there. A special thank you to Mrs Williams, Mrs Conner and Mrs Hughes who all made sure that we were always happy and having a fantastic time!

Hero Training: Arts and Crafts

As part of our training, Art and Crafts are very important. We have just started our project all about Greek Pots. In our first sessions, we looked at ancient greek pots and thought about what they told us about life in Ancient Greece. Here is a video that brings a pot to life that told the story of Pandora's Box.


Then the fun part! Having a go at making our first pot using the 'Thumb Pot' technique. This involved rolling the clay into a ball, putting our thumbs in the top and then pinching around the inside and outside of the clay until you get a pot. Here are some photos of our work:



 At the end of our first session, we were (quite rightly) very proud of our first attempts! We are going to learn the 'Coil Pot' technique next before designing, making and painting our own greek inspired pot!



Trainees create their own greek shadow puppet shows

To end our training on light, trainees were asked to make their own shadow puppets and perform a story with them. The shadow puppets ranged from greek gods, mythical beasts, warriors to Pandora's Box. Each group then performed their puppet show to another group; some even videoed their performance at home. Here are some photos and 2 videos:



Andromeda, Perseus and the Sea God Poseidon by Olivia and Archie

The Greek Gods' Argument by Emily, Lia and Emily

What a super set of shadow puppets. We all particularly liked Deakon's box for his retelling of Pandora's Box as he had managed to work out a way to get all the nasty things look like they were flying out of the box, leaving hope until last. Very clever!

December 2016 - Year 6: Christmas Cake Project

As part of our training, Year 6 have been making Christmas Cakes. This project contained lots of thinking skills and problem-solving skills - ideal fro trainees! 

Our first session involved us following a recipe for the cakes. It wasn't easy as all of the weights were in imperial measures (lb and oz) so we needed to convert them into metric (g and kg). Once we had done that, we noticed that the recipe was for 4 cakes but we needed to know the amounts for 1 cake. Finally, after using lots of our maths skills, we made our mixture!


After they had cooked, it was time for making the icing. It was a bit messy but fun! We had to cover our cakes with the icing which was actually more difficult that it first appears!     
A couple of days later, the incing had set, so we could get on with the fun part - the decorating! We brought in some decorations and made some coloured icing to pipe on the top. Finally, they were finished and are now ready to be taken home so that we can find out what they actually taste like! Thank you to Mrs Williams who helped us to make our cakes - we are very proud of what we have made!

Trainees complete their training!

Well done to all the trainees for completing their training. We are all very proud of you and we look forward to seeing you at your graduation ceremony in the next few weeks!