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Sophie Blanchard (LKS2 class)

About our class 

We are Blanchard class! We are named after Sophie Blanchard. We believe that Sophie Blanchard needs to be remembered because she was the first woman to fly solo in a hot air balloon in the world, at a time when people thought women shouldn't even be flying hot air balloons.


This half term Blanchard class will be taught by Mrs Parkyn and Mrs Eley supported by Miss Bellamy (am) and Mr Tom (pm).


Our curriculum learning this half term

The overview of all our learning can be found on the Upton St James web site curriculum pages.


Our English work, this half-term, begins with a book about Everest. We will be developing our skills for reading and writing non-fiction texts with a focus on non-chronological reports. This will culminate in writing our own report about a special place.


In Maths, Blanchard class will be working on multiplication and division including reasoning and problem solving. We will be solving calculations about length and perimeter using measures such as mm, cm, m and km.


Following our visit to Kents Cavern last term, our topic of Rocks in Science is very appropriate. We will be finding out all kinds of exciting things like how fossils were formed and which type of rocks come from volcanoes. There will be opportunities to find out about important geologists, fossil hunters and scientists. We will carry out an investigation into which kinds of rocks are impermeable and suitable for certain purposes.



Key Science vocabulary to consolidate at home:

Basic: Fossils, soils, heat, hard/ soft, melt, volcanoes, mountains

Appropriate: Names of rocks – chalk, limestone, granite, basalt, sandstone, flint, slate, shale, marble Size of rocks – Grain, pebbles Rock describing words – Crystals, layers

Specialised: Absorbent, organic matter, physical properties Types of rock – Sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous

Types of minerals – Calcite, feldspar, topaz, diamond, talc, corundum Properties of rocks – permeable/impermeable Processes – pressure, erosion, transportation, deposition, solidify


Early areas of land – Gondwana, Pangea Land formations – Plates, valleys



The Magic Kingdom in Florida is the starting point for our geography adventure. We will use plans and all sorts of maps to locate Florida in the world. The human impact of tourism and the efforts for conservation of the Everglades as a sanctuary for endangered turtles will be considered as well as the physical geography with the reasons for the location of the Kennedy space centre.


It would be wonderful if you could consolidate your child’s knowledge and understanding of these key words:

Basic: Theme park; Florida; United States of America; North America; Atlantic Ocean; Leisure; Island; Pacific Ocean; Plan; Location; Scale; Distance; Ice sheet; City; Coast; Sea; Key; Central America; Zone

Appropriate: Tourist; Gulf of Mexico; State; Recreation; Political map; Maya; Empire; Quality of life; Reliability; Trustworthiness; Satellite; Physical features; Human features; Space; Exploration; Mission; Axis; Orbit; Rotation; Equator; Latitude; Gravity; Europe; South America; Life cycle; Hazard; Species; Predator; Conflict; Extinct; Management; Atmosphere; Region; Weather; Climate; Temperature; Sunshine; Intense; Shallow; Evacuation; Tropical Storm; Caribbean; National Park

Specialised: Everglades; Precipitation; Population density; Contiguous; Time zone; Civilisation; Exploitation; Peninsula; Pollution; Oblique; Hurricane; Climate; Drought; Tropical rainforest; Trade; Astronomy; Environment; Choropleth map; Trajectory; Endangered; Conservation; Preservation


Other curriculum learning

In computing the focus is sorting information using branching databases with yes or no questions. Our design technology work will use our knowledge of electrical circuits in our designing and making process. In RW we will be answering the question “What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?” We are very fortunate to have received a lovely reply from the Exeter Hindu center, who we wrote to with greetings and questions at Diwali. Our PSHE focus is ‘Relationships’. We will be looking at what makes a good friend and how to maintain positive relationships with others. The French learning will continue with numbers, colours and ages.

Support for learning in any of these areas can be found on BBC Bitesize.



Our PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays. 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. 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 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.



Will be set on a Friday. Please help your child to learn spellings and write the words in a sentence. Many thanks. 

School Motto

"Rising to our best"


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

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