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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.


Mrs Vatcher is the teacher of our class and Miss Dunn and Miss Bellamy are the Learning Support Assistants in this class.  School starts at 8:45 and finishes at 3:20pm.  Children should be in full school uniform everyday and their P.E. kit should be kept in school. 


Our curriculum learning this half term

This half term is based around the theme of ‘Diversity’.  In English, we will be writing a traditional tale and an information text about animals.  In maths we will be looking at numbers and their value.  For geography, we will be looking at earthquakes and how they affect different locations in different ways.  In Science we will be looking at the diversity of the animal kingdom, including the difference in humans.  You can find out more about the curriculum and what we will be looking at on our school website in the curriculum area.


Other websites you might want to look at are listed here:




Key vocabulary that would be useful to learn and discuss at home is listed below:

Geography: Continent; Evacuation; Fault; Design; Homeless; Refugees; Wealth; Eruption; Technology; Quality of life, Latitude; Longitude; Northern Hemisphere; Southern Hemisphere; Political map; Infrastructure; Search and rescue; Epicentre; Magnitude; Richter scale; Distribution; Projection; Tsunami; Plate; Inner core; Outer core; Mantle; Crust; Alpine Fault; Magma; Dormant; Extinct; Cone; Vent; Gas; Chamber; Pacific Ring of Fire; Distribution; Wealth; Gross National Income


Science: Muscles, skull, nutrition stomach, diet, vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates, support, aid, digestive system, saliva, producer, consumer, predator, prey, oesophagus, small intestine, large intestine, herbivore, carnivore, canine, incisor, molar, Incisors, canines, premolars, molars



Our P.E. days are Tuesday and Thursday. May we remind you that our P.E. kit is a T-shirt (colour of house), black shorts and black plimsolls. Please make sure that your child’s P.E. 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. Children will bring home 5 words to practice every week for spelling.  Each of these words should also be written in a sentence.  This makes sure that the children understand the words they are learning and is good practice for sentence writing.

Children may also bring home a reading comprehension.  Please make sure they read the text carefully before answering the questions.


We are really looking forward to all our learning this year! 

School Motto

"Rising to our best"


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

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