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Welcome to Mars Class!


Welcome back,


The adults that work in this class are Mrs Marshall,  Mrs Hamblin and Mr Oke. 




The children will be taking part in an ‘Art Attack’ day on Friday 7th September and will be asked to come to school dressed as Vincent Van Gogh or in bright colours to represent the style of art he worked in. They will spend the day immersed in art activities. 


Take home task:

Choose one task you would like to complete:

  1. Research the works of either Pablo Picasso or LS Lowry and present the information as a poster with facts.
  2. Draw or paint your own still life composition.
  3. Use 2D shapes to create a face in the cubist style of art.

Please bring in your completed task by the week beginning 15th October



In the final weeks of term, we will host a gallery in the school hall to show case all of our fantastic learning this half- term. There will be the opportunity to see the children’s Art, as well as share a James Mayhew story with your child.



Throughout our learning experience, we will be exploring themes related to the school’s values of Creativity, Challenge, Independence and Teamwork.

We will also be introducing a collection of stories by James Mayhew. The children will discover Katie’s favourite holiday activity, venturing with her into the art gallery and entering some of the most famous paintings in the world.

The focus of grammar lessons will be sentence construction and the use of capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks. Reading comprehension skills will be taught, looking at retrieving information from a text and becoming familiar with an increasing range of vocabulary.

Following on from the works of James Mayhew, we will read and explore a contrasting story - Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? Enabling us to look at characterisation and different styles of language used.


History and Art

In History and Art lessons, the children will begin to research and learn about the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh. They will work together in teams to research and present their findings to one another thinking about his early life, education, family and works of Art.

In Art, the children will explore the techniques and brush stokes used by Vincent Van Gogh to create his masterpieces. We will also focus on Van Gogh’s many self- portraits and the children will spend time recreating some of these in a similar style and using a range of different medias. Eventually we will create our own self-portraits, using mirrors and photographs to support the development of these.



In Science, the children will have the opportunity to grow and observe their own plants, learning about how seeds germinate. The children will work scientifically to discover and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and be healthy. We will also look at the different parts of a plant and the roles that they have, conducting a range of practical experiments.



Maths this half term will focus on place value. The children will be counting on and back from any number, as well as learning to write and represent numbers up to 100. We will also be looking at the number of tens and ones that make up a number and portioning it in different ways, as two parts of a whole (70 + 5 = 75). The children will then be learning to compare numbers based on what they know of their parts (ie: how many tens and ones) using symbols greater than, less than and equal to (< > =). Finally, a focus will also be on counting on in twos, fives, tens and threes, in preparation for the learning of times tables. In future weeks, we will begin to introduce x-table Olympics in class whereby the children will be quizzed weekly on their knowledge of learnt x-tables in class.


How you can support your child at home:

  • Helping them to learn their x2, x5, x10 and x3 multiplication facts.
  • Hearing your child read at least 5 times a week and signing their record.
  • Completing weekly Maths homework.
  • Working together to complete half-termly take home tasks.






Our PE days this term will be a Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure you have a full PE kits in school. 


Mrs Marshall



Watch out for new hooks taking place over the next two weeks!