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Chloe Hallett (UKS2 class)

About our class 

Our class is called Hallett class, named after Chloe Hallett. She became the youngest British hot air balloon pilot in 2011 on her seventeenth birthday!


Mrs Ariss is the class teacher and Mrs Roberts is our class LSA for the first part of this year.


Children should bring in their P.E kit, reading diary/journal and reading book, and packed lunch, if appropriate.  For safety reasons we request that long hair is tied back every day and no jewellery or make up is worn, except one pair of small stud earrings, We request that children do not bring their own toys, notepads or stationary into the classroom as all necessary resources will be provided.


Our curriculum learning this half term

This half term we will be using ‘The Tear Thief’ as our model text in English. The children will explore the different colours of emotions and write their own stories about a thief who steals feelings.

In Maths the children will begin with securing their place value knowledge and later in the half term they will refine and apply calculation methods for addition and subtraction.

In Geography our enquiry question is:

How do volcanoes affect the lives of people on Hiermaey?


Key vocabulary

We would like you to learn and find out more about these new words:


Appropriate: Latitude; Equator; Longitude; Hemisphere; Economic activity; Natural resources; Environment; Landscape; Eruption; Fjord; Magma; Evacuation; Gulf Stream; Glacier; Relief; Earthquake; Political; City; Urban; Rural; Region; Precipitation; Growing season; Refugees; Tourism; Economic activity; Processing; Colony  


Specialised: Tectonic plates; Igneous; Sedimentary; Distribution; Pacific Ring of Crust; Mantle; Core; Metamorphic; Geothermal; Archipelago; Geyser; Climate graph 


This website will help enable further learning at home:



Our Science topic will be Forces.

Key vocabulary

We would like you to learn and find out more about these new words:


Mass, grams, kilograms, gravity, friction, air resistance, particles, surface area  


Upthrust, Newton meter, Newtons (N) 


These websites that will help enable further learning at home:




The children will also have weekly Design Technology, Computing, Music, PSHE and Religion and Worldviews sessions.

Please visit our school website where you can look at our curriculum documents in more detail.



Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. May we remind you that our PE kit is a T-shirt (colour of house), black shorts and black plimsolls. Please make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school at all times.



We really value reading at Upton and ask that each child reads for 10-15 minutes each night and records their reading in their home reading diaries/journals. Please can parents/carers sign the reading diaries to show that that your child has read and bring them back in each day.


Home learning

Children all have a Times Tables Rock Stars username and login. We ask that they practise their number skills using these sites for at least 15 minutes per week. Please let us know if you need help logging in.

Children will be given 5 spelling words to practise each week which build on weekly spelling sessions in school. For each word the children must practise spelling the word using one of the spelling strategies and then write the words in sentences to give them context.

At the beginning of the half term, the children will be given a home learning grid. The children will need to choose 3 project tasks they would like to complete, allowing them more ownership of their work and more time to complete the tasks to a high standard. This task should take about 40 minutes to complete and can be completed at any point throughout the half term. Children should be encouraged to complete the tasks within plenty of time and not leave it until the final week of the half term.

School Motto

"Rising to our best"


‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12 v:30 – 31)

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