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Sophie Blanchard (LKS2 class)

About our class 

Welcome to Blanchard class. Our class is named after Sophie Blanchard who was the first woman hot air balloon pilot! 


Mrs Eley is the full time class teacher. Mrs Bellamy is the Learning Support Assistants in this class. Mrs Parkyn continues to tutor some pupils every Friday. 


Pupils and their parents/carers are encouraged to come into the playground from 8.40am. The bell will ring at 8.45am and the children are asked to line up smartly holding their reading diaries to be checked on entering the classroom. Children are expected to bring their reading diary every day and to read at least five times per week. Those children who meet this expectation are entered into a reading raffle each Friday.


The gate is closed at 8.55am and any child arriving after that time will be marked as late. The school day finishes at 3.20pm and siblings can be collected at 3.10pm.  Children should be in full school uniform every day, with any long hair tied back.


We really value parent/carer-school partnerships so please do speak to Mrs Eley on the playground if you have a quick message or ring the school office to book a telephone appointment if a longer conversation is required. You can also use Class Dojo to message Mrs Eley and she will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible within school hours. If you need any help accessing Class Dojo, please do ask.


Whole school curriculum learning

This half term is based around the theme of 'Change’. Please see the curriculum information on our website about why 'Change’ is an important ‘Curriculum Upright’ at our school. https://www.upton-st-james-primary.torbay.sch.uk/change-1/


In worship we will be focusing on ‘Loving ourselves’ and the value of 'Forgiveness'. 


Our Class Learning

An outline of our class learning is added to the school newsletter each week – please do take a look! We will also add at least one item of interest about our class to Class Dojo per week, such as photos, videos or pictures. If you haven’t yet connected, please do speak to the office.

Our curriculum learning this term:


In Blanchard we will be looking at two class texts, which will form the basis of our writing outcomes. The Dictionary of Difficult words is a lovely book that helps children develop their love of language. They will lear about different word classes as well as the layout of a dictionary. We will learn how to extend our sentences while writing our own definitions for exciting words. we will then move on to story writing, taking inspiration from Arthur and the Golden rope. 


In Maths, our first week will see us focusing on our times tables as we prepare for the national MTC. We will then recap our knowledge of time before moving on to secure being able to tell the time to 5 minute intervals. Our work on measure will then lead us to working with a range of graphs and learning about geometry.


Our science unit will focus on Animals including humans. we will investigate teeth and The Digestive System. In RW we will answer the question ' Why do some people think life is like a journey and which significant events mark this?' In History we will be learning about the Iron Age as we look at how artefacts help us to understand the lives of people in the Iron age.


Useful websites and resources

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 PE days are a Wednesday and Thursday. We ask that your child comes in P.E kit on those days.



We value reading very highly 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

Each Friday your child will be sent home with some pre-learning based on the following week's wider curriculum subject. We ask that you bring in this piece of home learning to add to our Learning Journey wall in the classroom each Monday. We also expect the children to read 5t times over the course of the week and complete 15 minutes of TTRS to support their times tables knowledge and fluency.

School Motto

"Rising to our best"


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

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