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Sophie Blanchard (LKS2 class)

About our class 

Your child is in Blanchard class, named after Sophie Blanchard who was the first woman to become a professional balloonist. We think this person was important because it was unheard of for a woman to be a balloonist in the 1810s!


Your child’s class teacher is Miss Osman and Miss Bicknell and Miss Quinn are the Learning Support Assistants in the class.


Our curriculum learning this half term

Our six curriculum ‘Uprights’ underpin the whole-school curriculum. Uprights are the ropes that hold up a hot air balloon. Each half term centers on a different Upright, the second being Leadership. We firmly believe that children need to learn to be leaders and followers and to respect those who take leadership roles. We are looking forward to choosing our school leadership positions soon. For more information about why leadership is an important part of our curriculum, please visit our website: https://www.upton-st-james-primary.torbay.sch.uk/curriculum/ The children will continue to be learning the British values, many of which link directly to Leadership.  


Our worship centres around a Christian value each term – this term the value is truthfulness which links beautifully to leadership. We provide opportunities to families to join us in collective worship throughout the year.


In English, we will be learning how to write an explanation text, explaining how to take care of a dangerous pet! We will be researching different types of dangerous animals and writing a ‘how to’ guide on keeping them as pets. Some of us might even use an imaginary animal! We will be learning how to use appropriate vocabulary for a piece of writing such as this as well as using fronted adverbials.


Useful websites and resources

https://www.athelneyprimary.org.uk/fronted-adverbials/ - fronted adverbial games and print outs.

In Maths, we will be learning, we will be adding and subtracting. For year 3, we will be teaching them how to add and subtract 2-digit numbers from 3 digit numbers and for year 4, we will begin to learn how to add and subtract 3 digits from a 4 digit numbers. We are regularly playing TTRS to get faster at recalling multiplication.


Useful websites and resources

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/addition-and-subtraction Adding and subtraction games.

Children all have a Numbots or 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.


Our wider curriculum learning will be:

At Upton we focus on wider curriculum subject each week so that it is taught in depth and to help children know more and remember more as the unit of learning builds over the week. The children’s home learning each week will include some research linked to next week’s learning. We ask that children bring this in on Monday to add to the class ‘Learning Journey’ display in the classroom.

In Geography we will be focusing on erosion of our local coastline. We will be answering the question: How is my local area changing?


Key vocabulary that would be useful to learn and discuss with your child is listed below:

Know words: settlement, urban, rural, city, population, village, town, human, process, physical, pollution, land-use, trade, civilisation, work, construction, transport, tourism, leisure, coast, change, factor, environment, landscape, fieldwork

Grow words: derelict, (re)development, climate, economy, pattern, residential, business, retail, services, infrastructure, impact, advantage, disadvantage, cost and benefit, perspective

Show words: immigration


Knowledge organiser: https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/upton-st-james-ce-primary-school/UploadedDocument/8107b5ce-f438-4fe3-8cd4-3aee6a0d665e/lks2-local-change-lo.pdf


In Science we will be continuing with living things and their habitats. We will be building on the prior learning from last half term.

Know words: living, dead, suitable

Grow words: classification, human impact, environment

Show words: migrate, hibernate

In DT we will be looking at shell structures using CAD (Computer Aided Design).


In Music we will be thinking about Christmas and practising for our Christmas performance!


In Religion and Worldviews (RW) we will be answering the question: What is it like to follow God?



As last half term, our class PE day is Tuesday and this term we are focusing on Dance and Netball. The children will continue to be asked to come into school in their uniform and will get changed into their kit before the extended PE session. Please note that the children will not be able to take part in the PE session without their kit and a PE kit register will be taken each week.


Home learning

Our home learning will be given out every Friday and will be expected to return completed, written neatly in pencil by the following Thursday.  Children will have a range of activities to complete, such as:

  • Reading your ‘reading for pleasure’ book or login to MyOn 5 times a week (as mentioned previous)
  • Spellings of our ‘orange’ and ‘red’ words from our spelling lessons. This will be tested every Friday.
  • Practise times tables or number bonds on TTRS or Numbots for 15 minutes (as mentioned previous)
  • Completing the Wider Curriculum activity stated on the home learning sheet. Please bring in what you find out by writing it in the Home Learning book or by making something!

Home learning is an expectation in Blanchard and every child will be expected to complete the home learning and return their books every Thursday to have the new learning sheet stuck in.

Other useful websites to access



Useful diary dates this term

Thursday 3rd November 2022 – Class Trip to Berry Head

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd February 2023 – Year 3 and 4 Residential

The Blanchard staff team

School Motto

"Rising to our best"


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

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