Class 3 2018 - 2019
Class 3 Teacher
Class 3 Teacher
Class 3 Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Class Three
Years 4,5 and 6
Our topic this half term will be ‘Water, Water Everywhere,’ which will be the theme for the children’s learning in geography, history, science and art. Next half term follows the topic of ‘Food, Glorious Food,’ which will be the theme for geography, DT and science.
This half term in geography, the children will be learning about the stages of the water cycle with a specific focus on rivers, where they are in the country and their features. This will be followed up by Ancient Egypt in history with a specific focus on the River Nile. In science, the children will learn the differences between solids, liquids and gases and how this fits into the water cycle. In art, we will investigate the artist Hokusai and his work of ‘The Great Wave’.
Next half term in geography, the children will discover where food is provided, locally and globally and investigate how not everyone in the world has enough food to eat and discuss the reasons why this is the case. DT will fit particularly well with the learning opportunities from geography; the children will produce and taste a range of food, creating full lists of ingredients whilst showing an understanding of where in the world these ingredients have come from. In science, the children will investigate reversible and irreversible changes, particularly with food items such as salt, jelly and butter.
Our main focuses in maths this term are the four number operations, place value, statistics, perimeter and area, fractions and geometry. All year groups will be working hard to consolidate and extend their understanding through guided sessions, independent work and maths zone challenges. Children will continue to have on going ‘problem solving’ activities embedded into the maths lessons, where they are encouraged to work together using the skills they have acquired to tackle problems and challenges. Times Tables Rock Stars will also feature - times tables are of vital importance in all aspects of maths work in school. Please encourage your child to access games on the Times Tables Rock Stars website to help their rapid recall of multiplication and division facts related to times tables.
In English this term, the children will be given the opportunity to practise and improve their writing skills through the reading of high quality texts. This term , the children will be enthused and encouraged to learn the skills of writing fantasy stories, persuasive adverts, balanced arguments, , folk tales, poems with a structure and persuasive letters as well as writing thought bubbles, diary entries and letters.
Grammar and punctuation skills will also be embedded within the guided group sessions during English lessons. Spelling will be taught discretely in daily spelling sessions and each child has a weekly word list which is tailored to their individual needs.
Guided reading sessions will take place on Friday mornings when children will read and study high quality texts, show their comprehension skills through related activities and be given the opportunity to enjoy their own independent reading.
In computing, we will be learning about internet safety and communicating through the internet using emails.
Religious education, for the whole term, will focus on Christianity. Over the course of the first half term, children will investigate where the Christian bible comes from. After half term, we will be exploring the journeys which took place at Christmas time.
Reading: Our aim is to develop a love of reading for all our children. Reading with your child should be a fun and enjoyable process. As your child becomes more independent, please help them to read on a regular basis. Talk to them about their book choices; discussions and plot predictions support your child in their comprehension skills. We have a reward system in place to encourage our reading superstars. Reading is vitally important in so many aspects of the wider curriculum and is a valuable life skill. Reading for pleasure is something which we would love all our children to benefit from.
Times Table Rockstars: In order to develop the rapid recall of multiplication and division facts relating to times tables, all children are encouraged to access the games set on their TT Rockstars account. All children have their own personal log in and individually set times tables to work on. Battles between the class groups are set weekly, with rewards for the winners and top scorers.
Homework: Maths and spelling activities are set weekly. Homework books go out every Friday to be returned to school completed by the following Thursday. Spellings are practised informally throughout the week in class with testing taking place on Thursdays. Spelling activities are located in the front of the homework books with maths activiites relating to your child's learning in class, at the back.
In Class 3, PE currently takes place on Thursday and Friday afternoons. On Fridays, the West Lancashire School Sports Partnership provide a specialised PE session covering all areas of the curriculum over the course of the year.This half term, the focus will be Striking and Fielding. It is essential that all children have the school PE kit available for these sessions.