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
HLTA - Mrs T Owen (Tues-Fri)
HLTA - Mrs Britton (Mon)
LSA - Mrs K James and Mrs Clapson
Key Dates for this term
Thursday 5th October - Beach raid
Friday 13th October - Viking Wow Day (Meet a Viking)
Tues 17th and Weds 18th October - Parent Evening
Friday 20th October - Last day of term 1
Monday 30th October - Start of term 2
Friday 10th November - Raise the Roof
Tuesday 28th November - Sputnik Class Assembly 9am
Monday 4th December - Museum Trip
Monday 18th December - 3/4 Christmas Party
Monday 18th December - Carol Concert
Tuesday 19th December - Christmas Lunch
Tuesday 19th December - end of term 2
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?'.
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
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.