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Barn Owl Class

Welcome to Barn Owl Class

Spring 2018

Class Teacher: Miss Broadbent



During the Spring Term we shall use predictive skills when reading our key text, 'The Wreck of the Zanzibar' by Michael Morpurgo, and focus on writing effectively in different styles such as diaries and newspaper articles.  Our Guided Reading texts this term will reflect our Geography and Science topics - we shall start with 'Wolf Brother' by Michelle Paver and then move on to 'Floodlands' by Marcus Sedgewick.


This term we will be revisiting our core number skills learned in the Autumn and pushing further forward with new skills in Algebra and Fractions. Problem solving will continue to be embedded in lessons as will the use of real SATs questions. 


In Science we shall progress from our study of Darwin and evolution and focus on the classification of plants and animals on this planet. Later on in the term we shall look at the meaning of Climate Change, its impact and what is being done to solve it.



Our topic is 'North America' and we shall be looking at the various countries that make up this continent as well as the varying climates and the animals that live there. We shall focus on the differences between human and physical geography and consider the impact of human migration. In addition we shall study the indigenous tribes and consider how their lives have altered. 



On Thursday and Friday afternoons we will have a PE session in school. Friday sessions will be as a whole year group outside so the children will need to ensure that they have suitable clothing and footwear for this time of year.

PE kit should be in school all week and include a suitable pair of footwear that can be worn outside. Roll-on deodorant can be brought in and used however due to asthma sufferers aerosols are not allowed. 

Please note – children should not be wearing any jewellery other than a watch and/ or stud earring, both of which will need to be removed for P.E. lessons. If children are unable to remove their earrings they will not be able to participate in the lesson as adults are not permitted to remove them for the child.




In Art we shall focus on the Native American tribes and the animal symbolism that is used by them. We will then design and create from clay a totem pole. 


Homework is sent home each Wednesday, and is due back the following Monday. We have been lucky enough to get SPAG, Reading and Maths 10 minute test books for the children to practise for their upcoming SATs both in school and at home. Book 2 is for home use and we expect one test from each book to be completed (3 tests in total) as well as the children's usual spelling, times tables and writing task. If you would like your children to practise the Maths and SPAG further we can put additional questions up on the website. It is very important that the children regularly practise SATs style questions over the coming months as they will be able to respond with greater confidence when they are assessed in May.