Class 3 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 1 2020
Welcome to an extremely busy 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 science led, is ‘Blood Heart’.
Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry. Blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies. William Harvey was fascinated with anatomy, and made ground-breaking discoveries about valves. I wonder what we might uncover? Why do people give blood? Find out how to keep your heart happy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food. Kickstart a campaign to spread the word about the damage caused to the lungs and heart by smoking. Hearts pound, flutter and maybe skip a beat. What makes your heart race? Is it a secret? Cross my heart, I won’t tell! Art, D & T and music will be taught through our very creative topic.
In English, we will be working on a range of genres: developing our narrative skills, writing instructions and persuasive letters.
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 ‘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 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!!!!!