Class 3 Curriculum Newsletter Spring 1 2021
Happy New Year and welcome back to another enjoyable 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 first half term, which is geography led, is ‘Frozen Kingdoms’.
Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands. Vast wilds and hostile territories; incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and the deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or being pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs. Be alert, for magnificent mammals roam these lands, sometimes hungry or fresh for a fight. Perhaps a hungry polar bear or an Arctic fox is hunting rodents, as swift as the wind. Research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and ecosystems, and enjoy the magnificent Northern Lights. Become part of an Antarctic rescue team, braving the elements to rescue terrified passengers from a ship struck by a deadly iceberg that hides deep beneath the Southern Ocean. Wrap up well and settle by the fire. I’m just going outside and may be some time!!
Art, D & T and music will be taught through our very creative topic.
In English, we will be working on a range of genres: studying narrative poetry and writing diaries.
In addition to writing, literacy will also 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 this term, Year 5 will have P.E on Tuesday and Wednesday and Year 6 only Wednesday. The children need to come to school that day in their school PE kits, including trainers. Make sure that you come in plenty of layers to cope with whatever the weather throws at us.
French lessons will focus on building on our conversation skills through the topic of ‘The Weather’.
At the beginning of the term in RE, we will be exploring The Kingdom of God.
Computing will be looking at how to use technology safely and responsibly, using search engines to research and communicating and collaborating. 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, 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.
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.
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.