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Welcome to Saturn Class!


The adults that work in this class are Mrs Deane and Mrs Maskell. 


Your Learning Experience is  Beneath the Blue!



On Monday 14th January, the children will visit Weymouth Sea life Centre to see for themselves life beneath the blue. They will take part in a hands-on activity to fully appreciate the diversity of marine living creatures.


Outcome: Towards the end of the term, the children will create a Year 3 booklet of the poems they will have composed about marine life, or an aspect of their work on coral reefs.


Take home task:

Children will need to produce an informative, attractive poster or presentation about a species of marine life that they have chosen themselves.


The due date is Friday 8th February


Maths: Building upon their times table knowledge from last term, the children will persevere with the formal methods for multiplication (short) and division (bus stop method). They will also be looking at money problems and statistics as the term develops.



This half term, English will focus on a selection of children’s books. Dyan Sheldon’s The Whales’ Song, will feature first and form the tool to introduce how to use speech punctuation accurately.

Poetry will follow the whale theme and provide the platform for the children to explore repetition in poems. They will spend time learning how to best perform poems, basing this on the work of Michael Rosen.

To complete the term, two texts by Michael Morpurgo; Dolphin Boy and The Sandman and the Turtles, will be studied in detail. These will enable the use of inverted commas to continue so that the children have the opportunity to get to grips with their correct application. Grammatically, we will be exploring the present perfect tense and laying the foundations for the verb tense work that needs to be covered in Year 3.



The science during this learning experience will focus on marine life and, from an ecological viewpoint, the effects of humankind on coral reefs.  The children will apply their knowledge of food chains, as well as explore different kinds of rocks with some investigations into the properties of various rock types, formation and structure.  Using a hands-on approach to learning, they will make a fossil for themselves as they discover how living things can be trapped within rock.



Of the foundation subjects, computing will see the children learning word processing skills so they can publish their poems ready for the end of term booklet. As well as this, e-safety will form a significant feature of these lessons so the children learn how to stay safe using the internet and social media.


Our PE days this year will be Tuesdays and Fridays. 


Maths homework will be given on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. Times tables should be practiced at home up to 12 x 12 - particularly x2, x5, x10, x3, x4, x8

Reading is expected to be done daily and spelling practice is appreciated from the tricky words in the Read Write Inc log books, if applicable.


How you can support your child at home:

  • Reading every day – a vital part of our partnership!
  • Talk about what they are learning at school
  • Check Read, Write Inc log books and practice spellings as applicable
  • Encourage the use of technology to discover more about marine life, coral reefs and fossils.
  • Support their poster or presentation design and creation.


Mrs Deane 





World Book Day Thursday 7th March 2019.