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Welcome to Desert Class!


Our teacher is Miss Venneear


Our TAs are Mrs Copping, Mrs Tyack, Mrs Hossen, Mrs Hill and Mrs Stanton.


Welcome back to school after the Easter holiday, I hope you all had a wonderful rest and are not too full up from eating lots of chocolate. As we start the Summer term, we have lots of wonderful topics that we will be looking at. I hope you are all ready to join us on a fantastic learning adventure!

Important dates for this half term:

Tuesday 23rd April - School term begins

Wednesday 24th April - Class photographs

Monday 6th May - Bank holiday (School closed)

Week beginning 6th May - After School Clubs begin again

This week our star learners in Desert Class are…




 Our Star of the Week is 





 Our Star Mathematician is 






 Our Star Reader is 






Our Lunchtime star of the week is 




Well done to all of our award winners this week!

We have recently elected our class representatives.

Our School Council Representative is Mae

Our Eco-Council Representative is Corey

Our Rights Respecting School Representative is Jack 

Our topic this term will be Romans. We will be exploring who the Romans were and how they came to conquer Europe and Britain. This half term we will learn about how the Romans are well known for the roads they created and even look at some which are still used today, including those which are relatively close to us. We will also be introduced to Boudicca and learn about how she rebelled against the way the Romans ruled Britain. Finally we will learn about the construction of Hadrian's Wall and what its intended purpose was.

We will be learning about persuassive letters and explore the features that we need to include in order to persuade someone towards a particular view point.

We will also be learning about adventure stories and will explore Quentin Blake's 'The Green Ship'. We will then use the story as inspiration for our very own adventure stories, where we will use expanded noun phrases and powerful vocabulary to help us clearly paint a picture of the setting for the reader to be able to imagine.


We will focus on our extended writing skills using interesting vocabulary, conjunctions, openers and punctuation.

We will be continuing to develop our handwriting through daily practice.

We will be looking at the different spelling rules and applying them to our writing. We will be using the ideas from our 'No Nonsense Spelling' strategies. The children will be learning a range of techniques to use in their everyday spellings.

We will be using our inference skills in Big Reading to help us understand what is happening in the stories we read and look at them from the point of view of different characters. We will also be using the vocabulary in the texts to help us come to create our own impressions of themes that run through the stories.


We will build our fluency working with multiplication and division using the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 times tables. We will use multiplication and division to solve problems written in words and draw diagrams and make jottings to prove our answers. We will use our fraction work to help us find halves successfully and use this to help develop our confidence in dividing numbers. We will be using formal written methods to record our working out.

We will practise quick mental maths skills daily as well being able to calculate using efficient arithmetic methods.

Here are some websites you may like to visit to help you at home

Make sure you continue to practise your times tables daily on Times Tables Rock Stars (TT Rockstars).

You can use the link below to help you log in.


We will be learning about Animals including Humans. As part of the topic, we will explore the different types of food there are available for us to eat and look at what we can be eating as part of a healthy diet. We will also learn the names of the different bones in our bodies and where they can be allocated. As well as this we will learn about the role that the muscles play in our bodies.

We will be learning rounders. During these sessions we will be:

  • Developing our throwing and catching skills
  • Developing our hitting a ball skills
  • Developing our knowledge of a game

During our Premier Sports lessons, we will be learning Athletics. During these sessions we will be developing the following skills:

  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Throwing
  • Balance

Our PE lessons will be on Monday and Tuesday. However, please ensure that your child has the appropriate indoor and outdoor PE kit in school throughout the week as PE lessons may need to change due to adverse weather conditions.

Please note the school PE kit consists of:

  • Pale blue PE t-shirt with the school logo on
  • Navy blue shorts (with vertical line pattern)
  • Navy blue jogging bottoms (for outdoor PE during the winter months)
  • Trainers
  • Socks (a different pair from the ones they are wearing to school)

Please ensure that if your child has long hair that this is tied back appropriately on PE days.

Also please make sure that if your child wears earrings, that they are also removed on our PE days, thank you.


We will using Scratch to understand and do the following computing skills:

  • Tinker the algorithms of an existing quiz.
  • Plan and research quizzes in preparation for making our own quiz.
  • Construct algorithms to create a quiz for our peers to complete.

We will be learning how to play the ukuleles and starting to read stave notation.

We will be learning about sculptures. As part of this topic we will be:

  • Developing our understanding of tools to use when sculpting.
  • The different techniques that can be used when sculpting.
  • Creating pieces of clay work inspired by the Romans.

We will be learning about Volcanoes for our Geography topic. We will be learning about:

  • How volcanoes are formed.
  • What features make up a volcano.
  • Where volcanoes can be found around the world.
  • The devastating effect volcanoes can have on society.

We will study the places of worship used in Islam and Christianity. We will ask questions about how these places contribute to religious beliefs and practises.

We will learn the Spanish alphabet and use this to help us understand spelling in Spanish. We will learn how to ask and answer simple questions.


Wednesday workshop:

We will be holding a weekly workshop where it would be lovely for you to come in and join in with some of the wonderful activities we are doing in Desert Class.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Here are some photos of what we have been learning about in Desert Class: