Class 3 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn Term 2018
Welcome to an extremely busy 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.
Our topic this term is ‘Vicious Vikings’. We will be studying the Viking way of life, know about them as raiders and settlers and understand how we know about the past. We will locate countries linked with the Vikings and study physical and human geography influences on their lives. Art, D & T and music will be taught through our very creative topic.
In English, we will be working on a range of genres: exploring Viking myths (developing our narrative skills), writing non-chronological reports and poetry.
In addition to writing, English will also encompass a focus on reading skills, and will be taught through ‘Reading for Understanding’ lessons, reading comprehension, spellings and grammar and punctuation. Your continued support in helping children to learn spellings and listen to them read is much valued, thank you.
The theme in science is: ‘Living things and their habitats’. We will be looking at a variety of lifecycles and the process of reproduction in plants and animals. We will also be studying how living things are classified.
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 ‘In the classroom’. At the beginning of the term in RE, we will discover how people express their spiritual ideas through art. As the term goes on, we will be covering Harvest Time and Christmas.
Computing will be looking at how to use technology safely and responsibly, using search engines to research and communicating and collaborating. The children will be
producing multi-media work. The I pads will also be used to enhance their learning. A great motivational tool!
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!!!!!
Homework will be set to enhance and consolidate children’s learning. This will be given out on Wednesday and must be returned by the following Monday. 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. In addition to texts read in reading for understanding and English, 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 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. Year 5 will have a tables test some Friday mornings in order to enable them to maintain quick recall.
On Monday, the children will need to bring in an adventurous word, to place on our word of the week board, in order to help them to improve their vocabulary.
Many thanks for your support.