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 ‘Amazon Adventure,’ which will be the theme for the children’s learning in Geography, Science, DT and Art. Next half term follows the topic of ‘Sparks Might Fly,’ which will be the theme for Science, DT and music.
This half term in geography, the children will be learning about the Amazon Basin which is the region of South America drained by the Amazon River and its tributaries. This will be followed up by animal and plant lifecycles in science with a specific focus on first hand experiences through growing and observing. In art, the children will explore the work of artists such as Henri Rousseau and contemporary artist Ruth Daniels, to further their understanding in geography and the rainforest regions of South America. In DT, the children will learn about textiles and eventually create a product themselves.
Next half term in science, the children will work scientifically with electricity, creating their own circuits and discovering how the world around us uses and relies on it. DT will fit particularly well with the learning opportunities from science; the children will produce a product using electricity for a chosen purpose. Whilst in music, the children will explore, play and perform with a range of instruments.
Our main focuses in maths this term are decimals, measurement, money, time, statistics, geometry in the form of shape properties, position and direction, converting units and measuring volume. All year groups will be working hard to consolidate and extend their understanding through guided sessions, independent work and maths zone challenges. Times tables rock stars will also feature. 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 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, the children will be given the opportunity to practise and improve their writing skills through the reading of high quality texts. This half term, the children will be enthused and encouraged by studying the skills of writing a story from another culture, a persuasive speech and taking part in a debate. Next half term, we will be using our writing skills in the form of explanation texts, fantasy fiction and creating play scripts.
Grammar and punctuation skills will also be embedded within the guided group sessions during English lessons. Spelling and will be taught discretely in daily spelling sessions. Each child has a weekly word list which is tailored to their individual needs. Homework activities are linked to these word lists and informal testing of the spelling words will take place during the daily spelling sessions. Please encourage your child to complete their homework activities as this will help to encourage their learning and progress.
Guided reading sessions will take place at the beginning of each afternoon 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 blogging using Purple Mash.
Religious Education, for the whole term, will focus on Christianity. Over the course of the first half term, children will be looking at stories from Christianity. After half term, we will be exploring what different religions believe happens when we die.
PE takes place on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The Friday sessions will be delivered by a sports coach from the West Lancashire Schools’ Partnership. The children are encouraged to keep their PE kit in school at all times.
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: Homework for maths, spelling and reading will be sent out weekly on Fridays to be handed in on the following Thursday. Regular home reading is also encouraged and there is a class reward scheme still in action to promote this.