Kneesall C of E

Primary School

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Class 3 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 2 2021

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 ‘Alchemy Island’.

It’s time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We’re going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island. Can you find the gold hidden deep within the island’s mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure. On the way, you must do all you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the island’s team of ace alchemists. Will they praise your scientific expertise? What if there were a video game version of Alchemy Island? Could you compose a stunning soundtrack to bring this mysterious landscape to life? You’ve got your map, coordinates and everything else you need to make your way across Alchemy Island. Don’t forget to pack your imagination. Got your suitcase ready? Then let the journey begin.

(See the Alchemy Island Knowledge Organiser below for more information).


Art, D & T and music will be taught through our very creative topic.

In English, we will be looking at fantasy narratives and poetry in our reading. In our writing we will work on non-chronological reports. 

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 Year 5 and 6 will swim on Wednesday. The Year 5 children will need to come to school in their school PE kits, including trainers, on Tuesdays. 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 topics of ‘The date' and 'My Home'.

In RE, we will­­­­­­­ be exploring the New Testament.


Computing will be looking at how to use technology safely and responsibly and debugging. We will continue to use search engines for research. The iPads 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.


   Mrs Swain