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Welcome to Class 3M!

 

STAFF:- Mr McAndrew, Mrs Singh, Miss Colleton-Bowen and Miss Piekarska.

 

AUTUMN 1 2021

 

KEY INFORMATION

 

 

Forest School (Beginning Spring 1): Tuesday

Swimming: Thursday

 

PE

 

This will take place weekly on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

Please note that this will change from a Tuesday to a WEDNESDAY after Christmas until February half term due to Forest School.

 

On Tuesdays (WEDNESDAYS) we will be inside using the hall, therefore indoor kit can be worn:

  1. White shirt
  2. Navy Blue shorts
  3. Trainers

 

ALL children should come to school dressed in their PE kit and remain in this all day. Please could all children bring appropriate jackets for the weather conditions.

 

On Thursdays we will be swimming. Children should come in their school uniform and bring their swimming kit to school in a suitable bag. This should include:

  1. Costume
  2. Towel
  3. Swimming cap (long hair)

 

 

Girls:-

  • One-piece swimming costume – no bikinis*
  • A swimming hat is required to be worn if the hair covers the eyes or airways
  • A towel

* Please note that in order for your child to benefit from the swimming lessons appropriate aquatic clothing must be worn. Should your children wish to wear items of clothing that cover up parts of the body, there are specific aquatic clothing designed for this purpose. Cotton leggings are detrimental to teaching and are a risk to health and safety.

 

Boys:-

  • A pair of traditional swimming trunks
  • A swimming hat is required to be worn if the hair covers the eyes or airways
  • A towel 

 

No Bermuda or long shorts are allowed, as these can be dangerous - for reasons of safety the swimwear should be sufficiently tight fitting to allow the freedom of body and limb movement without causing unsafe water resistance.  

 

Jewellery of any description should not be worn in the School Swimming lesson.  It is important that earrings in particular are removed.

 

Goggles are only permitted for medical reasons.  Parents must produce a letter from either a Doctor or Optician to state that your child has a medical condition and is required to wear goggles in the school swimming lesson. 

 

HOME LEARNING

 

Children are expected to complete home learning activities to help with their Maths and English.

 

SPELLINGS - Given out on a Monday to practise. They will be tested on Friday

 

READING EGGS - Weekly lessons set at your child's reading level - expected to completed weekly.

 

MATHS SEEDS - Online activities linked to classwork - they are expected to complete the weekly activities when set.

 

LEARNING LOGS -  An ideas sheet will be handed out at the beginning of each half term.  Children are expected to complete an activity weekly and upload onto Seesaw before Friday, when the children will share their work with the class. This will all be electronic, so Learning Logs do not need to come into school and should remain at home.  

 

CURRICULUM

 

English

 

          

      

In English, we will begin the half-term by looking at Historical Fiction based on The Stone Age. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore the difference between fact and fiction within these texts, compare similarities and differences between the text, self and world, and use text and illustrations to develop their inference skills. 

 

We will be exploring what life was like in the Stone Age by using our Forest School to create shelters and tools similar to those used in tribes. Pupils will use these to facilitate drama experiences to support descriptive and narrative writing.

 

The writing purposes this half-term are:

To entertain - we will be creating descriptive character and setting pieces and a historical narrative.

To inform - we will be creating letters and non-chronological reports.

 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar:

To support pupil's in their writing, the SPaG focuses within our English units will include:

- Identifying regular and irregluar plurals

- using adverbials of time and place

- use of exclamatory and interrogative sentences for effect

- difference between possession and omission when using apostrophes

 

Reading:

 

Guided reading sessions, whole class reading sessions and our daily class read, will enable children to develop their reading skills and comprehension alongside an ever growing love of reading. 

 

READING AT HOME

Guided reading sessions, whole class reading sessions and our daily class read, will enable children to develop their reading skills and comprehension alongside an ever growing love of reading. 

 

We encourage parents to read with their child for 30 mins every night. This can be a school book or a book from home. 

Reading Records should be signed daily and brought in everyday for a member of staff to sign and change the book where necessary. 

 

 

Maths

 

In Maths we will be looking at Multiplication & Division followed by Money, Statistics, Lenth & Perimeter and Fractions.  Children will be challenged to apply the skills learnt to gain a deeper understanding of the application of mathematical concepts in the real world.  

 

Keep learning your times tables - You should know your 2s, 5s and 10s from Year 2!

                                                       - Year 3 will focus on 3s, 4s and 8s.

 

Practise reading the time every day!

 

Home learning - Log on to TT Rockstars to practice those timestables and use Maths Seeds or MyMaths to further learning from class.

 

If your child cannot tell the time, please practice this with them before we start our unit in class.

 

Science

 

In Science we will be learning about Forces and Magnets.

 

Religion

 

In RE this term, we will be looking at the Local Church community: journeys, the Eucharist and preparing for Lent and Easter.

 

Topic

 

 

In Topic, we will be focusing on developing our enquiry skills in History through finding out what it was like to live in The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will be learning about the changes that occurred between the middle Stone Age (Mesolithic Times) to the Iron Age - a period of over 10,000 years! We will also be looking at continuities within these periods (where there was little change). 

As there were no written records for most of the period, archaeological records are very important. We will be investigating issues and solving historical questions considering the evidence our judgments and knowledge are based on. 

Our historical enquiries will be based around:

1. What was 'new' about the New Stone Age?

2. Which was better, bronze or iron?

3. If you were Julius Caesar, would you have invaded Britain in 55BC?

4. When do you think it was better to live - Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age?

 

 

Some useful links to support learning:

Enquiry 1:

History KS2: The Story of Britain - BBC Teach

BBC - History: British Prehistory

BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: Britain's Oldest House?

Enquiry 2:

Prehistoric - KS2 History - BBC Bitesize

Wild, local meat and fish; international accessories; the latest household goods and turf roofs: how we lived in Bronze Age Britain | Historic England

How did Iron Age people live? - BBC Bitesize

History KS2: The Story of Britain - BBC Teach

 

In Art, we will be exploring cave paintings and using knowledge and skills gained to create our own.

 

 

PSHE

Throughout the spring term we will be working through our module 'Created to Love Others'. Within this module we will cover three units, starting with religious understanding to support our learning of PSHE themes. We will then move onto the unit 'Personal Relationships' before exploring the third unit 'Keeping Safe'. For any further information please see the TenTen parent portal. 

 

 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

 

Children have been given logins for:

 

- Reading Eggs

- Spelling Shed

- Times Tables Rock Star

 

These apps and webpages are fantastic resources for the children to access independently to help improve their core skills of reading, spelling and times tables. 

 

Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

 

Mr McAndrew

 

 

 

 

 

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