Class 3 Curriculum Newsletter Spring Term 2019
Welcome to an extremely busy term in Class 3 â€“ as always!! We have some fantastic and enjoyable activities planned to enable us to make outstanding progress along our learning journey.
Our topic this term is â€˜A Music Extravaganzaâ€™. We will be studying the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during the classical era. We will be: developing our understanding of the history of music and musical notation; improvise and compose music for different purposes; and play and perform with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. We will also looks at classical artists.
In English, we will be working on a range of genres; In addition, we will explore historical stories (developing our narrative skills) and studying classical poetry.
In addition to writing, literacy will also encompass a focus on reading skills, and will be taught through â€˜Reading for Understandingâ€™, reading comprehension, spellings, grammar and punctuation. Your continued support in helping children learn spellings is much valued, thank you.
The themes in science are: â€˜Light and Electricityâ€™. We will be using experiments and our developing knowledge of light to solve the case of the missing laptop!!
During this term, Class 3 will have P.E with Mr Chicken on Wednesday.
PLEASE BRING P.E. KITS IN ON MONDAY AND TAKE HOME ON FRIDAY.
Make sure that you bring plenty of layers to cope with whatever the weather throws at us.
French lessons will focus on building on our conversation skills and the topic of â€˜ Animalsâ€™. At the beginning of the term in RE, we willÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ be studying â€˜The Kingdom of Godâ€™, followed by â€˜Goodness and community. People of Godâ€™ and concluding with â€™Salvationâ€™ and Easter.
Computing will be looking at how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly: recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. The children will do some coding (looking at algorithms and programming) and use digital media.
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 regularlyâ€¦â€¦.in the car, in the bath!!!!!
Most weeks, the children will have some sort of short maths test which may include times tables, mental maths or 10 minute tests.
Homework will be set to enhance and consolidate childrenâ€™s learning. This will be given out on Friday and must be returned by the following Wednesday. If the children have any problems, please encourage them to come and speak to an adult as soon as possible. I run â€˜homework clinicsâ€™ 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. In addition to texts read in guided reading, literacy and class novel children will have a reading book which they should read at home, and record in their school planner. Please support children in their reading at home (which, in addition to books, can include comics, e-books, magazines, newspapers, leaflets etc.) Please can children aim to read at least 3 times a week at home and have their planner signed by an adult. This will have huge impact on childrenâ€™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.