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 ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger,’ which will be the theme for the children’s learning in history, geography, art, PE and music. Next half term follows the topic of ‘Heroes and Villains’ which will be the theme for science and DT.
This half term in history, the children will be learning about Ancient Greece and what it would have been like to live as an Ancient Greek. This will be followed up by PE and music with a specific focus on the Olympics and sport. In science, the children will learn about the human life cycle and how we change over time. In art, we will investigate human form, by extensive drawing and painting: the children’s understanding of human proportions can be developed and then challenged by creating a 3-D form in sculpture.
Next half term in science, the children will discover the circulatory system, how to look after their bodies and about how animals live in comparison to humans. DT will fit particularly well with the learning opportunities from science; the children will produce and taste food fit for health and nutrition, creating full lists of ingredients whilst showing an understanding of where in the world these ingredients have come from.
Our main focuses in maths this term are multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages, algebra, converting units, measurement and ratio. 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 to learn the skills of writing instructions, persuasive letters and recounts in the form of biographies. Next half term, we will be studying narratives with the theme of issues and dilemmas running through them. We will be revisiting our persuasive letter writing skills as well as writing thought bubbles and diary entries.
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. 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 become game creators before half term and after half term we will be concentrating on creating 3D models.
Religious Education, for the whole term, will focus on Muslims, and the Qur’an. Over the course of the first half term, children will investigate why the Qur’an is important to Muslims. After half term, we will be exploring Muhammad and why he was chosen to become the prophet.
PE takes place on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Thursday’s session will be linked into our topic of Ancient Greeks and the Olympics and Friday’s session will be dance. These 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. In addition to these sessions, some Class 3 children will also be going swimming on Tuesday afternoons until February half term.
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.