Class 3

Welcome to Class 3

Weekly timetable

ENGLISH

 

Stories on a Theme: Faraway Places

Class 3 will read and write stories set in faraway places using Cloud Tea Monkeys and Mysterious Traveller, whilst also studying relative clauses and expanded noun phrases for concise writing.

 

 

Reference Texts

We will look at remarkable facts, common beliefs and reference texts. Pupils will also earn whether they should believe – or not! In addition, we will study modal verbs/adverbs and relative clauses.

 

 

Poems by the same poet

Meet Joseph Coelho! Read, watch and discuss his work (in Werewolf Club Rules). Write and perform poetry. Revise noun phrases, and brackets, dashes and commas.

Class Reader - coming next!

On Thursday 11th February 2021, we will have the pleasure of meeting the children’s author and human rights activist - Onjali Q. Raúf!

She is the founder and CEO of the charity Making Herstory and in her spare time she delivers emergency aid convoys for refugee families surviving in Calais and Dunkirk, and supports interfaith projects. Her first novel, The Boy at The Back of The Class, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story. Her second book, The Star Outside My Window, was shortlisted for the British Book Awards ‘Children’s Fiction Book of The Year’ and she wrote the World Book Day 2020 title The Day We Met The Queen, a follow up to The Boy at The Back of The Class

 

We will join Onjali as she talks about her latest book is The Night Bus Hero which was inspired by Onjali’s own experience of growing up in London and seeing the impact of homelessness on those around her.

 

Class Readers - what we have read so far this year!

We endeavour to read together everyday.  By listening to and reading these quality texts, we hope to deepen the children's love of literature.  A range of classic and contemporary fiction and poetry are used to introduce children to the work of many different authors.

Word Aware

What is Word Aware?

Vocabulary is important the world over.

Word Aware is a structured whole school approach to promote the vocabulary development of all children. It is practical and inspiring. Children learn a brand new word every day and apply it in lots of fun and engaging activities.

We love Word Aware!

MATHS

What Year 5 will be learning

What Y6 will be learning

 

 

Maths is an adventure for children (and adults) to immerse themselves in, get creative with, make mistakes, and conquer!

Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help nurture confidence in maths.   Power Maths rejects the notion that some people simply ‘can’t do’ maths.  Instead, it develops growth mindsets and encourages hard work, practice and a willingness to see mistakes as learning tools.

 

Power Maths and Mastery

To develop mastery in maths, children need to be enabled to acquire a deep understanding of maths concepts, structures and procedures, step by step.   Complex mathematical concepts are built on simpler conceptual components and when children understand every step in the learning sequence, maths becomes transparent and makes logical sense.  Interactive lessons establish deep understanding in small steps, as well as effortless fluency in key facts such as tables and number bonds.   The whole class works on the same content and no child is left behind.

 

Power Maths in action

Using models to solve algebraic equations

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Short division

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To support understanding when using short division method, children are encouraged to use place value counters which can be grouped.

Computing

We use the fantastic Purple Mash to learn about Computing!  This term we will focus on Spreadsheets.

Science

The Human Species

You have been approached to create an exhibition about the human species. Can you research and collate information on growth, development, puberty and old age, and present it in a sensitive and logical way that is suited to your audience? Create sculptures and sketches that not only reflect the complexity of the human body but also act as an accurate and informative presentation of the complex systems that help make us human. You have 6 weeks until the exhibition open.

Religious Education

BY THE END OF THIS UNIT, PUPILS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO:

  • Explain the place of Incarnation and Messiah within the ‘big story’ of the Bible. Identify Gospel and prophecy texts, using technical terms.
  • Explain connections between biblical texts, Incarnation and Messiah, using theological terms. Show how Christians put their beliefs about Jesus’ Incarnation into practice in different ways in celebrating Christmas.
  • Comment on how the idea that Jesus is the Messiah makes sense in the wider story of the Bible.
  • Weigh up how far the idea that Jesus is the Messiah — a Saviour from God — is important in the world today and, if it is true, what difference that might make in people’s lives.

Geography

 

 

The National Curriculum expects pupils to cover Locational knowledge, Place knowledge, Human and physical geography and Geographical skills and fieldwork.  Our new resources focus on teaching geography through place, imparting the required skills and knowledge in a real context.

KS2 should be taught to “name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics,……..” “understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America…..”

This term, we are learning about The Amazon.

History

This term we are learning about The Ancient Greeks: What did the Greeks do for us?

In this unit, the children will learn about aspects of political, social and cultural Ancient Greek life. They will focus on some areas in depth, such as the systems of government, religion and the importance of the Olympic Games. They will examine the legacy of the Ancient Greeks, and will have opportunities for further study of areas of interest. While they will gain an overview of the time period, the main focus will be on the Classical period. Elements of the unit can also be used in a study of post-1066 British history and the legacy of Greek culture. The children will utilise a variety of sources of evidence to develop their knowledge and understanding of the time period. Links will be made to prior learning on the nature of empires, particularly Year 4 Unit 2: Roman Britain. You may decide to incorporate a visit to a local museum into the unit, and some ideas have been included on potential locations. The Big Finish provides opportunities for independence and creativity as appropriate for this year group: the children select an aspect of Ancient Greek life and plan their own Big Finish. The learning can be shared with a wider audience within school or beyond.

Modern Foreign Language

This term, we will be continuing on our Spanish adventure by learning about The Family.