Welcome to Year 3/4
Meet the Team
Sputnik Class Teacher - Mrs S Counsell (Mon-Wed) and Mrs S Allsopp (Thur-Fri)
Chandra Class Teachers - Mrs H Maynes (Mon-Thurs) and Mrs D Woods (Fri)
Voyager Class Teachers - Mr J Huntley & Mrs C Madeley (Weds)
HLTA - Mrs T Owen (Tues-Fri)
HLTA - Mrs Britton (Mon)
LSA - Mrs K James and Mrs Clapson
Key Dates for this term
Thursday 1st February - PTFA school disco
Wednesday 7th February - Parents evening
Thursday 8th February - Parents evening
Friday 9th February - end of term 3
Monday 19th February - start of term 4
Tuesday 20th February - visit from the British Hen Trust
Wednesday 21st March - production
Thursday 22nd March - production
Friday 23rd March - end of term 4
Outstanding Performance of 'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies!
Well done to all of the children in years 3 and 4 for their wonderful production of 'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies'.
All the staff would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for all of your hard work and commitment. You acted, danced and sang brilliantly. We are very proud of you all. Next stop the West End!
We would also like to thank the PTFA for their kind donation towards costumes and props. It certainly gave the production a professional feel.
Our project for terms 3 and 4:
Why is my body amazing?
Context: similarities and differences
Why do we have a skeleton? Neve
Why do we all grow at different speeds? Oliwia
How many muscles do we have? Rebecca
Does my brain control my heart? Adem
What are my teeth made of? Kadi-Lou
It has been an extremely busy term and we have really enjoyed finding out about the human skeleton, the function of muscles and digestion.
As Alfie enthused,"This has been my favourite topic so far."
We have had the opportunity to compare humans with other animals and have also enjoyed creating food chains and webs. Please see below for photographs of lots of activities .
It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm with which the children dressed up for World Book Day. Everyone looked marvellous in their costumes. Sadly, the day was cut short but we are sure that you all had a brilliant fun packed time playing in the snow.
Rehearsals for our comedy production, 'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies' are going well. The teaching staff are very impressed with all of the hard work that has gone into learning lines and songs.
Remember that performances are on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd March at 1.30 pm.
In maths over the last few weeks we have been working on fractions. We have been finding out about unit and non-unit fractions, equivalent fractions and fractions greater then one.
Why not challenge yourself to find equivalent fractions for 1/2 or 1/3?
How many can you find?
This week in science we have been looking at examples of food chains.
'Did you know that the arrow in the food chain shows who gets the energy?' Will
'Food chains start with a producer. This is normally a plant' Amelia
'A consumer then eats the producer and the chain continues' Mia
'An example of a food chain is carrots--> rabbit--> fox' Dylan
Looking after our teeth
This week we have completed an investigation into the importance of brushing our teeth. We placed eggs into different liquids and left them for a few days. We used eggs as the egg shells are made out of calcium, just like our teeth! We found out that if we don't brush our teeth regularly, then the acids from food and drink will attack and break down our teeth. Our teeth are very precious and we need to look after them.
We concluded that the acid in certain drinks will soften the enamel which in time, will create tooth decay.
"We need to brush our teeth twice a day to prevent tooth decay" - Amelia
"Did you know that toothbrushes have a part on them to brush your tongue with?" - Dougie
The digestive system
This week in our project lessons we have been learning all about the digestive system. We can now name and label a digestive system as recall some facts.
Did you know that it takes 6 seconds for your food to travel down your oesophagus? - Harvey
Your stomach is the size of a fist - Corey
The good stuff goes into the blood - Nadia
We had a great time labelling our digestive systems using aprons which meant that we could make them to scale.
We then took the aprons home so that we could show our parents what we have learnt.
Our project for terms 1 and 2:
Were the Vikings Vicious?
These are some of the questions which we hope to answer over the course of the topic:
"What is a Viking?" - Christopher
"Did every country have Vikings?" - Ava
"Where do Vikings live?" - Ryan
"What do Vikings wear?" - Oliver
"Do all Vikings have beards?" - Freddie
Sputnik entertained us all to a fantastic class assembly entitled, 'Were the Vikings Vicious?'
Wearing great costumes, they retold the story of 'Hiccup,' sang a brilliant song about the Viking gods and shared their learning.
Congratulations Sputnik on a job well done!
Today at Uphill School we had a visit from a very special person. Bjorn Magnusson came to tell the children in Years 3 and 4 what it was like being a fierce Viking warrior. Recently, he had fled from the Battle of Stamford Bridge and had decided to take shelter at Uphill School. Imagine our surprise when he popped out of the hall cupboard!
He described the battle to the children and gave them the opportunity to hold his shield and to look at his sword and axe. The children also worked together to make a human longboat and dress up as warriors and Viking gods. We discovered that Vikings would meet at a 'Thing' to sort out disputes and that it was often the younger sons who were sent out on raids. The children also had the opportunity to act out a story about the Gods Thor and Loki.
Great fun was had by all!
Years 3 & 4 On Ice
This week years 3 and 4 were lucky enough to go ice skating in the new ice rink at the Tropicana. A great time was had by children, staff and parent helpers. After a slippery start, most children found the grit and courage to keep on trying with the aim to make it once round the ice rink. It was also a great place to discuss our science learning and we amazed the instructors with a range of scientific facts about ice and water and their different states and explained what happens to the freezing point of ice should it come into contact with salt!
On Thursday 5th October the peace of Uphill Beach was disturbed by the arrival of a group of really vicious Vikings. Residents were seen fleeing in terror.
Thankfully this was only the children of Year 3 and 4 pretending to be Saxon villagers or Viking warriors. The children had a great time re-enacting a Viking raid. As Vikings, the children pretended to bang their swords against their shield and shout wildly at the poor Saxon farmers going about their everyday business. We certainly turned a few heads at the local golf course!
Did you know that it is believed Uphill gets its name from a Viking called Hubba and was called Hubba's Pill? It is thought that it became a base for the invaders to raid along the coast. Holm is also a Viking word meaning 'an inlet to the sea' or 'island in a lake'.
Continuing on from our Viking raid: work on the Vikings has been going apace back in the classroom with the children learning about why the Norse Men raided places; how they sailed such long distances; who lived and ruled in Britain at the time of the Viking invasions and how King Alfred the Great fought back!
This term in English..
This term in English we have been looking at labels in non-fiction and applied this to our longboat topic work. We first learnt about the parts of a Viking longboat and labelled our own diagrams to show the correct names for the parts. Some of us extended our learning further by saying why each part is important and what it is used for.
We are currently reading all about Hiccup, a small and lonely Viking, who unlike other Vikings, was frightened of everything! We will end this unit of work with a debate and writing an argument to express our opinion to the question 'Should you be allowed to be a Viking if you get seasick?'.
When I show that I'm courageous
In everything I do,
I don't give up - I never quit...
I want to see it through!
Sometimes when I show courage
In choosing what I say
I'm just a little scared inside...
But, I do it anyway!
I'm courageous - I am brave...
It means I'm fighting fear.
I stand up tall and speak the truth...
My courage is in here.
All of the 3/4 classes visited another class in school and performed this poem about courage to them. The event was a real success and was enjoyed by all. The children were amazing at remembering their words by heart and each class came up with their own actions to accompany their performances.