Class 3 – A bit of work to get you started

Hello to everyone in Class 3! I hope you all had a great break and are ready to get stick into some work.

This term’s topic is Invasions. We’ll be looking at the different invasions that have happened in the UK over the years and how they have affected things such as place names, words we use and the buildings we see around us.

We have been invaded a lot of times over the centuries. From Romans to Normans, Saxons to the Danish (and that’s not even considering the times that parts of the UK invaded each-other!).

I’ve lined up a few starting tasks for today; just to get your brains working again and help to kick-start the topic.


Due to the fact that we have had several different influences on our language, we have gained words from a lot of different places! These words are believed to have come from the Vikings.

Can you write your own sentences using the words? Try to be as ambitious and accurate as you can using them.

  • Ugly
  • Berserk
  • Thursday
  • Window
  • Knife
  • Husband
  • Freckle
  • Troll
  • Cake
  • Happy
  • Skin
  • Anger – If you fancy finding out more for yourself – there’s a link here.


A lot of our place names come from different invading cultures. Essex, for example is a Saxon name that comes from the Kingdom of the East Saxons. I’m sure from there you can work out where Sussex and Wessex came from. Other names included Norfolk and Suffolk (North Folk and South Folk).

I’ve attached a map of Great Britain (and a link to one online). I’d like you to research and find any places you can that have Viking and Saxon origins. As an example, Chelmsford is a Saxon name that comes from Ceolmaer’s ford (a ford on the River Ceolmaer – now known as Chelmer). Looking at the suffix (end of the word) can help you work out where the name came from.

Research and make a list of all the places you can find from Saxon or Viking origins.

These are Saxon/ Old English suffixes:

-ham -ing -ton -bury -brough -ford -ley -dale

And here are the Viking:

-by -thorpe -thwaite -toft

If you really get into finding these, you can actually work out how the country was divided up between the Vikings and Saxons by the different place names we have.


We’re going to refresh our knowledge of multiplication and division this week. To get started today, I’d like you to try to some multiplication questions.

This video will help you to understand short multiplication – it’s a quick method that’s important to get the hang of.

Start by warming up with some multiplication practise here:

Then move on to the questions here:

Have a great day and enjoy your learning.

Take care,

Mr. Este,0.0472336,9z