Kneesall C of E

Primary School

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Class 3 Curriculum Newsletter Spring 2  2022

Welcome back to another enjoyable half-term in Class 3. We have some fantastic and enjoyable activities planned to enable us to make outstanding progress along our learning journey.


Our topic this half term is ‘Britain at War’.

This half term our topic is Britain at War. In this project we will look at the causes, events and consequences of the First and Second World Wars, the influence of new inventions on warfare, how life in Great Britain was affected and the legacy of the wars in the post-war period. We will be studying the novel Goodnight Mr. Tom, in which, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Willie Beech, a thin, withdrawn eight-year-old boy, is evacuated from London. He is placed with a gruff widower called Tom Oakley, who has been a recluse since the death of his wife and child 40 years earlier. Tom is horrified by the abuse Willie has experienced. With quiet authority, patience and sensitivity, Tom takes care of Willie and a bond develops between them. Gradually, Willie’s physical and emotional scars begin to heal. See below for further information on specific areas of learning. 


(See also the Britain at War Knowledge Organiser below for more information).


Art, D & T and music will be taught through our very creative topic. It will include, amongst other things, art in nature and the natural world, musical notation and a 'make do and mend' mini-project in which we will continue to develop our sewing skills, using a range of simple sewing stitches, and thinking about ways of recycling and repurposing old clothes and materials.


In English, we will be looking at persuasive posters and historical narratives. English will continue to  encompass a focus on reading and grammar skills and will be taught through ‘Reading for Understanding’ lessons, reading comprehension, spellings, grammar and punctuation. Your continued support in helping children learn spellings is much valued, thank you.


During the beginning of this term, Year 5 will continue to have P.E on Tuesdays and Year 5 and 6 on Wednesdays. From the week beginning 16th May, Y6 children will have PE on Tuesday afternoons and the whole class will continue to have PE on Wednesday afternoons. The Year 5, and then Y6, children will need to come to school in their school PE kits, including trainers, on Tuesdays and Year 5 and 6 children on Wednesdays. Make sure that you come well equipped for the (hopefully!) sunny weather this term may bring. 


French lessons will focus on building on our conversation skills through the topics of ‘Me in the World'. 


Our RE unit this half term is 'Beautiful World, Wonderful God'.


Computing will be looking at how to use technology safely and responsibly and we will continue to use search engines for research, thinking specifically about how we can do this safely and and effectively.. The iPads will also be used to enhance learning.


Maths lessons will follow the National Curriculum through the White Rose scheme. 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 Thursdays and must be returned by the following Tuesday. If the children have any problems, please encourage them to come and speak to an adult as soon as possible. I run ‘homework clinics’, as and when required, to address any problems. One hundred square will be given for each piece of homework returned on time. 


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, English and other curriculum areas, 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. We check homework diaries on a Friday morning and 3 reads earns 3 hundred squares!


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 of the word and the spelling rule or focus with an adult . Your support in this is greatly appreciated.


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.


   Mrs Swain