This week, work of the week went to Isaac for being an excellent scientist.
He showed curiosity and asked interesting questions when carrying out an investigation.
He was also able to draw conclusions from his result and could explain if gases weighed anything.
Keep up the hard work!
Our Celebration of Learning - Were the Vikings Vicious?
Investigating gases - Do they have a weight?
In science, we have been predicting, testing and drawing conclusions as to whether gases have a weight. We weighed a drink when fizzy and again once it was flat to see if there was a difference in weight. Our finding proved that gases do have a weight.
Making Viking Brooches
Friday 13th March - sport relief track event!
Sputnik ran loops of our track this morning as part of our sport relief event today. We managed to run a grand total of 181 laps which means that we clocked up 30.2 miles as a team. Well done Sputnik - superb effort!
World Book Day
Sputnik class will need their PE kit in school every Friday, thank you!
What a fabulous Viking longboat!
Well done George - you have made an excellent Viking longboat out of clay at home. Thank you for bringing it in to share with the class. We loved how you had painted it and made the figurehead look like a dragon.
Who has come to visit us?
Year 3/4 had a very special visitor today! Bjorn Magnusson, Viking warrior came to Uphill for the day and told us lots of interesting facts about being a Viking. We found out about the longboats they traveled in; the gods they worshiped and the way they solved disputes. It was really good fun. Ask us all about what we learned when we come home today.
Year 3/4 meet Bjorn Magnusson - Viking Warrior!
Viking Beach Raid
Today we took part in a Viking beach raid. We pretended that we were Vikings arriving on Uphill beach and charged at the Anglo Saxons (the members of staff!) We completed role play activities which made us think about thoughts and feelings of both the Viking warriors and the innocent Anglo Saxons who had their homes and land raided. We also learned lots of historical facts about Uphill. Did you know that Uphill Hill was a Viking base during their era!
This term in music we have been looking at the work of Bob Marley. We have discussed features of Reggae music and know that it originated in Jamaica. We have listened to several pieces but have focused on 3 Little Birds. We love how laid back and relaxing the music is! in lessons, we have been developing our skills on the glockenspiel to play melodies using a series of notes. We have then performed the track as a whole by singing, clapping and playing a series of notes.
Sputnik class become poets...
This week in English we have been looking at different types of poetry: kenning, haiku and tanka poetry. We studied the 'rules' for writing these and then had a go at becoming poets ourselves! We wrote them using our Viking project as our theme. We worked really hard and were pleased to be able to publish them using our rubrics to help us make our writing excellent. Great work Sputnik!
This week in English we have been learning all about Viking longboats or dragonships as they were otherwise known. Did you know that there are 6 key features of a longboat? These are the stern, the oars, the shields, the mast, the sail and the figurehead. In art, we studied the figurehead in close up detail and then used what we noticed about them to innovate our own designs. Did you know that figureheads were traditionally made to look like dragons in order to scare the enemy?!
A big thank you for all the thoughtful cards and gifts we have been given for Christmas, they are truly appreciated. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you back in the new year.
Thank you for all the contributions to our Christmas party food. We all had a great time playing games in the hall before we went back to our classes to feast and listen to festive tunes!
Christmas Jumper Day
Thank you for supporting us with our Christmas jumper day and for any donations you made towards us raising money for Save the Children.
All about the digestive system...
As part of our project, we have been learning all about what happens to the food that we eat and how it travels through our body. We had a turn at becoming 'live models' as we drew on each other to show where the different parts of the digestive system are found!
Visit from The British Hen Trust
We were visited today by two hens, Honey and Treacle from the British Hen Trust. We learned lots of interesting facts about hens:
Hens can see ultra-violet light but humans cannot see this - Nate
Hens eat tiny stones which are used in their gizzard to help them digest the seeds and tiny bugs they eat - Charlie H
Hens have lots of air in their bones which makes them really light - Grace
Hens cannot fly very well even though their bones are very light - Kerys
Hens only have one hole where their eggs and poo comes out - William
Hens have 120 bones in their body (humans have 206) - Emilia
Some hens lay blue eggs. The colour of their eggs can differ depending on their breed - Robert
Hens have different coloured eyes and can see different colours depending on which colour eyes they have - Ruby
Hens can lay one egg every 24/25hrs - Alicja
Those of us who wanted to, had a stroke of the hens. Their feathers were really soft and felt like a dress made out of silk! We had to be careful which way we stroked their feathers because they might peck us if we did it the wrong way. We loved meeting the hens, they were really funny and very cute!
Why is my body amazing?
Term 2 and we have started our new project - why is my body amazing? Olivia and Emilia have already been inspired by the work we have been doing to find out about our skeletons and have brought in books from home to share with the rest of the class. Thank you girls! Sputnik have enjoyed reading both these books; it has helped launch our project with an enthusiastic start!
Rhino Poetry Slam!
Sputnik finished off our Rhino project with a poetry slam today. All the children have written their own rhyming poems and haiku's this week. They choose their favourite piece and performed it to the rest of the class. They all showed 'performance courage' and did a great job - well done everyone!
Fantastic Home Learning!
We have been seriously blown away this week by the enthusiasm some of our fellow classmates have shown for their learning. They have been inspired by what we have been learning in school so much that they have carried on working on it at home.
Daisy has been practicing her 3 and 4 timetables that we are currently learning in class. However she has also challenged herself to learn her 9, 11 and 12 times tables too - great stuff Daisy!
Alicja has written a story about a rhino who lost both her parents because of poachers killing them for their horns. The little rhino makes friends with a young girl and together they try to get the message out to all humans to stop hunting and poaching so that we can prevent the rhino from becoming extinct. Well done Alicja!
Billie has worked hard to produce a fantastic and informative powerpoint about the Pangolin, an animal that is critically endangered. She was encouraged to find out more after watching a program on TV about pangolins. As we have been looking at endangered and extinct animals her presentation supported our learning brilliantly and the rest of the class were really impressed when she shared it with us today!
More examples of fantastic extra learning from our talented Sputnik team...
Space themed team building workshop...
Finding out facts about animals that have become extinct...
As part of our project we have found out that rhinos are endangered. There are five different species of rhino and we have been looking particularly at the two species found in Africa; the black rhino and the white rhino. Through our work we have discovered that the northern white rhino is facing extinction in the very near future as their numbers are so few with only two known to be left in the wild. This had led us to think about other animals that become extinct and what the reasons are for this. Some of the animals we have been finding out facts about the dodo, the great auk, the woolly mammoth, the sabre tooth tiger and the Irish elk. Here are some examples of our work:
Sumdog logins were given out to children this afternoon and we spent some time practicing using them to login and explore it. All children have their own username and password details on the inside cover of their home/school diaries. There is no homework set at the moment but if children can have a go at home to familiarise themselves with the games and how it works that would be really helpful!
Sputnik class had a go at learning a new skill this week - plate spinning. We had to use our perseverance and determination to succeed! It wasn't easy but we had a lot of fun.