Orion - Mrs S. Hodder (Weds-Fri), Mrs C. Want (Mon-Tues)
Pegasus - Mr A. Clark
Unicorn - Miss A. Horn
Mrs J Britton (HTLA)
Mrs L Saunders
Mrs D Coggins
Mrs J Collis / Mrs J Mabberley
Miss S Wellham
Key Dates for this term
Tuesday 9th January - Year 5 and 6 split for maths
Wednesday 10th January - Young Voices Concert in Birmingham
Wednesday 10th Janauray - Year 5/6 Indoor Sports Competition
Tuesday 6th February - National Safer Internet Day
Wednesday 7th February - Parents Evening
Thursday 8th February - Parents Evening
Friday 9th February - End of Term 3
Monday 12th March - Year 5/6 Trip to SS Great Britain
Friday 23rd March - Easter Activities - End of Term 4
The children had great fun learning to ice skate on Weston's indoor ring. We were so impressed with the determination and perseverance they showed to master this difficult skill. They also supported each other and worked together to ensure that everyone was successful. A fabulous time was had by all.
Remembrance Exhibition and Walk
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.