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Y4 O'Keeffe Class Miss Bennett

Welcome to O'Keeffe Class

At Norwood this year, we have chosen to have the theme of Artists for our class names. Collaboratively, we decided on the female artist Georgia O'Keeffe to be ours. She was an interesting artist, who painted flowers as well as skeletons of animals in the desert.


We will update this page regularly, so please make sure you pop back and have a look to see what we have been up to!

I am really excited to join the Norwood family and look forward to getting to know everyone. If you have any concerns throughout the rest of the academic year, please do speak to me at the beginning or end of the school day.

~ Miss Bennett

Summer Term - Topic Launch!

This term we are looking at a History topic - Who were the best invaders? The Anglo Saxons or the Vikings?

An exciting topic, where we will look first at the Anglo Saxons, who lived in Great Britain from the 5th century – that’s about 1,520 years ago! They came from northern Germany and southern Scandinavia and invaded Britain while the Romans were still in control. (You studied the Romans in the Autumn term!)

The Anglo-Saxons didn’t call it England, instead he country was split into seven kingdoms - Northumbria, East Anglia, Essex, Sussex, Kent, Wessex and Mercia. (We now live in what was Wessex – and Winchester, not London, was the capital of the country!)

Each kingdom was independent and although they shared similar languages, religions and cultures they were loyal to their own kings and often went to war with the other areas. Slowly, the conquered area slowly became known as England (from Angle-land).

Now, the Vikings invaded England in the 9th and 10th centuries. The Vikings came from the three countries of Scandinavia - Denmark, Norway and Sweden. They were known for raiding and trading from their homelands across wide areas of northern, central and Eastern Europe.

The Vikings carried out many raids on Anglo-Saxon Britain – the first recorded raid was in 793. They continued to make regular raids around the coasts of England, looting capturing people as slaves.

Gradually, the raiders began to settle and stay in British land they had seized – mainly in the east and north of England. In 866, the Vikings captured modern York (Viking name: Jorvik) and turned it into their capital. The Viking raiding did not stop - different groups of Viking made regular raiding voyages around the coasts of Britain a few hundred years after this. But it wasn’t until 1066, with the famous Battle of Hastings, when Anglo-Saxons were finally defeated and the Normans took control of Britain.