St Mary's RC Primary School, Oswaldtwistle

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27th May 20
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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 Spring 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 Spring term our P.E. day will be Tuesday.

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. During the Spring Term Duckworth's Dolphins will be doing FAST FORWARD SPELLING. This is an intensive twelve week spelling programme with daily sessions to advance pupils' knowledge and understanding of spelling rules.

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.





This term our theme is FELINE FRIENDS.

In English we will be reading classic poetry by T S Eliot, and basing much of our writing opportunities aroound the poem. This will lead to writing  a journalistic report. Persuasive writing and information booklets will be the next focus. All will be based on cats!

In the second half of the term we will be reading a classic novel by Rudyard Kipling, and then writing a sequel to the book - again with a cat theme, but bigger cats!

The focus is back on NUMBER in Maths. We start by learning about negative numbers and Roman Numerals, decimal numbers, mental multiplication and division, measures and geometry. Remember to practise quick recall of times tables using TT Rock Stars, and the link below.



In R.E. we will find out about the local church and missions, followed by a unit on the Eucharist.

Our History topic is Ancient Egypt, again linking in with the cat theme. Egyptian arts and crafts will be made. This will start once we have completed our Tudor studies with an educational visit to Samlesbury Hall.

In Science the topic for the first half term is MATERIALS. This will start with properties of materials and investigating materials to find the best ones for different purposes.

In the second half of the Spring Term we will be doing the Move And Learn programme, with Accrington Stanley. For Science this will cover healthy lifestyles, as we will be learning about food groups, the effects of exercise on the body and the digestive and circulatory systems.

The work to be covered in all curriculum areas is on the curriculum map.



All pupils have their passwords and login details for these websites, which they can access at home to support their learning:

  • Edshed - with access to Spelling Shed and Maths Shed.
  • IDL - Reading, spelling and Maths practice.
  • Purple Mash - activities for all curriculum areas.
  • TTRock Stars - Times tables practice..

30th January - Duckworth's Dolphins educational visit  to SAMLESBURY HALL. We are looking forward to visiting Samlesbury Hall, near Preston, where we will meet people from the Tudor times and find out what life was like at Samlesbury Hall during the reign of the Tudor monarchs. We will take part in activities throughout the day to further our understanding of life in Tudor Britain.