Welcome to an extremely busy and action packed term in Class 3 – as always!!

We have some fantastic and enjoyable activities planned to enable us to make outstanding progress along our learning journey, and to enhance our ‘British Values’.

Our topic this first half term is ‘Northumberland’- in preparation for our residential. We will be doing some preparatory work to learn about the area. We will be developing our geographical skills: looking at Ordnance survey maps, enhancing their locational and place knowledge and use digital mapping to study human and physical geography.

During the last half term, our topic will be ‘Fancy a Pizza That?’ (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!!). We will be covering food technology and developing our computing skills to advertise and design our products.

In English, we will be working on a range of genres; persuasion, discussion and as always developing our narrative skills further.

In addition to writing, English will also encompass a focus on reading skills, and will be taught through guided reading, reading comprehension, spellings, grammar and punctuation. Your continued support in helping children learn spellings is much valued, thank you.

Maths lessons will follow the National Curriculum: place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, measurements and geometry and statistics. There will be an emphasis on problem solving skills, mental maths and a secure grasp of times tables. The children are expected to have a secure grasp and rapid recall of the times tables up to 12 x 12. It is absolutely essential that they practise them regularly…….in the car, in the bath!!

The themes in science are: ‘Electricity’ and ‘Animals, Including Humans’.

During this term, Class 3 will have PE on Wednesday afternoons. Also, they may have PE at another time in the week so please send PE kits on Monday and take home on Friday.

French lessons will focus on building on our conversation skills and the topic of ‘Food’. At the beginning of the term in RE, we will be learning about ‘Salvation’. As the term goes on, we will be covering the topic of ‘What can we learn from the religious buildings of Muslims and Christians? ‘’ During the summer term, we will be visiting a mosque.

Computing will be looking at how to use technology safely and responsibly, recognising acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. We will be using the I pads to produce moving animations and enhance our mapping skills.

Homework

Homework will be set to enhance and consolidate children’s learning. If the children have any problems, please encourage them to come and speak to an adult as soon as possible. I run ‘homework clinics’ some afternoon break times to address any problems. We encourage the children to adopt a love of reading across a wide range of text types.This will have huge impact on children’s progress, both in reading and writing. As you know, spellings will be tested, and new spellings set, each Monday. Not only should children learn the spelling of the word, but discuss the meaning with an adult.

Your support in this is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for your support.

Mrs Hodgkinson

 

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