St Mary's RC Primary School, Oswaldtwistle

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6th December 19
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Welcome to the Class page for Duckworth's Dolphins


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We will try to keep you updated with all of the exciting things that are going on in our classroom along with any important information we think you might need.

Please visit us as often as you can!

Class Teacher: Mrs Duckworth

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Bentley

Some useful information for the Autumn Term


PE:   Please ensure that your child has the correct kit (white t-shirt and black shorts) including pumps to ensure that they are able to take part. All items of kit should be labelled with the child's name. During the first half of the Autumn term our P.E. day will be Friday.

Home Reading Books: These can be changed any time. Reading books will be changed once your child has finished the book and their reading diary has been signed by an adult. In Duckworth's Dolphins this will be run as a class library, with children having free-choice access to a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, that they can select to suit their interests and reading ability. All children will be encouraged to read regularly at home and will be rewarded with a certificate for each ten books read in Friday's Celebration Assembly. As reading is such an important area please ensure that your child reads at home for at least 10 minutes every day.

Spellings: Spellings are given out on a Monday and are tested the following Friday. Please help your child to practise and learn their spellings each week. To demonstrate understanding of the vocabulary each word needs to be written into a sentence too. Show your English skills by demarcating your sentences with a variety of punctuation. Spellings books need to be returned to school every Friday to be marked and prepared with new words for the following Monday.

Homework: This is given out on a Wednesday and needs to be returned on the next Monday. This gives the children plenty of time to complete the work set and also opportunity to ask the teacher for help if required. Homework Club will take place each Thursday lunchtime for any child who would prefer to complete work at school rather than at home.

Dinner Money: This should be paid through the School Pay online system.



Autumn Term



Our English unit is very exciting as we are studying the author Michael Morpurgo and in particular his book - Kensuke's Kingdom.

Our work on this fantastic book will include role play, drama and writing from another perspective.  We will use our Geography skills to follow Michael and his family as they sail around the world on Peggy Sue and consider the horror of being stranded on a desert island alone.

Our Maths work will begin with place value, including decimals. This will be followed by work on written addition and subtraction, geometry (angles, measures, perimeter) and addition and subtraction using statistics.

In Science this term we are learning about Living Things and plant and animal life cycles. We will find out about plant life cycles,through germination, fertilisation and reproduction. We will then look at animal life cycles, including that of birds, mammals and reptiles. This will be folllowed by a study of humans and how we change and develop from birth through to old age.

This term our class Topics are Mapping and Tudor Explorers and Monarchs!  The first is a geaography topic where we will develop our knowledge of the world through maps and learn lots of new mapping skills, which we will link to Michael's journey in our class novel, Kensuke's Kingdom. In the second half of the term is a History topic and we will be concentrating on the period from 1485 when Henry Tudor won the battle of Bosworth, to 1588 when the Spanish Armada were defeated.

The topic also allows us to explore Tudor diets. We will be making Tudor Biscuits in DT as well as analysing the diet of Henry VIII and comparing it to our own. In Art the children will be studying a range of materials to create Tudor clothing.

In RE lessons this half term we will be looking at ourselves and how we are created in the image and likeness of God. Followed by a unit on life choices, focusing on marriage, commitment and service.