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Pegasus, Orion & Unicorn Yrs 5/6

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Staff

Orion - Mrs S. Hodder (Weds-Fri), Mrs C. Want (Mon-Tues)

Pegasus - Mr A. Clark

Unicorn - Miss A. Horn

Support staff:

Mrs J Britton (HTLA)

Mrs J. Hughes (HTLA) - Cover, Mrs L Waldren

Mrs L Saunders

Mrs D Coggins

Mrs J Collis / Mrs J Mabberley

Miss E Nation

 

yes Key Dates for this term yes

Friday 29th September - School Photos ( am only)

Friday 29th September - Visit from WW1 expert

Tues 17th and Weds 18th October - Parent Evening

Friday 20th October - Last day of term 1

Monday 30th October - Start of term 2

Tuesday 7th November - Orion Class Assembly 9am

Friday 10th November - World War One exhibition and village trail- Victory Hall

Friday 15th December - 5/6 Christmas Party

Tuesday 19th December - end of term

Remembrance Exhibition and Walk

After all the hard work, the children enjoyed a very successful day hosting parents and members of the public in the Victory Hall and taking them on their remembrance walk around the village.  Well done to all of the children involved.  We have received lots of appreciative comments with visitors being very impressed by the children's knowledge and presentation. 
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Poppy pictures

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World War One Trail and Exhibition

The children in Years 5 and 6 have been working really hard to research and learn about World War One . As part of this work they have been researching the soldiers that lived in Uphill who went off to war and sadly lost their lives. On Friday 10th November, they will be commemorating these soldiers by holding an exhibition of their work at the Victory Hall and offering tours around the village to visit the soldiers homes and learn all about them. We would love to see you on the tour. Each tour will leave the Victory Hall at the following times:

Pegasus Class - 10.00am

Unicorn Class- 11.15 am

Orion - 1.30pm

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Orion's Class Assembly

On the 7th November, Orion held their class assembly based on the causes and effects of World War One. The children confidently shared the work they had done in an interesting and informative manner. Well done Orion - it was a great reminder of the need to remember those soldiers who gave up their lives for our country.

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Conditions in the Trenches

The children have been learning about the awful conditions that the soliders faced inside of the trenches. After researching each one they then had to rank them from the worst to the best using a "diamond nine" template, justifying their decisions and thoughts. As you can imagine,  the discussion and debate around this  was very interesting.

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What was it like to be a soldier?

On Friday 29th September we were very lucky to have a visit from World War 1 expert Josh Cottrell. He bought with him a huge array of replica uniforms and weapons and spoke to us about what it was like to be in the trenches. He talked about life on the front and showed us some videos of the biggest battles. We were very fortunate because he also let us try on coats, hats and artillary belts. We each held a typical rucksack that many soldiers would have had to wear all day - it was very heavy and none of us could imagine wearing it for long. Josh was great at answering all our questions and we all learned a great deal.

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Joining Up

We have been learning about why people wanted to join the army and examining some of the propaganda posters that encouraged them to do so. One of the most famous posters was designed by Alfred Leete in 1914 who lived in Weston Super Mare. After examining many different types, we then had a go at designing our own.                 Variation of Leete's poster of 1914

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Introducing our Project

Our first project this year is entitled, " Whose Footsteps Do We Follow". This project looks at how life in Uphill was affected by both World Wars. During the first half term ( up until October) we are focusing on World War One, looking at the causes, conscription, life in the trenches and the battles fought. We will also be reading the book Private Peaceful to help us understand from a fictional point of view what life was like then.

To launch our project we worked with the Churches Conservation Trust to examine how Uphill has changed since the World War One. Each class visited the old church on the hill to hear not only about the history relating to it but also to look over the village and identify how Uphill would have looked during the war period. The children then designed stained glass windows in commemoration of something the soldiers would have missed about Uphill when they went off to war

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Welcome to the New School Year

Welcome to 2017. We are really pleased with the way the children have settled into their new classes. We have had an exciting start to term

getting to know each other and exploring our starting theme of courage. As part of this theme the children learned poems which they then performed to other classes . They also produced some lovely artwork linked to it.

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Meet the Teacher session. If you were unable to make the date then details of what was covered are in the attached letter.

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Useful websites for Years 5 and 6

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