Class 3

Welcome to Class 3

Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. The learning activities are designed to help students recognise when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different colour. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen students’ understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills: how to read others’ facial expressions and recognise a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behaviour, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills.

Our Visit to see the Author Elizabeth Laird

ENGLISH

Fiction: Stories with flashbacks

 Using the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, children explore different forms of flashback and identify its various functions. They then create a flashback in the form of a "Pensieve" memory.

 

Non-fiction: Persuasive writing

The Tin ForestDinosaurs and all that Rubbish and Eco-Wolf and the Three Pigs are used to explore expanded noun phrases, apostrophes and modal verbs. We will then compare their informal language with formal texts. Children write a persuasive letter, short story and blurb and hold a debate.

 

Poetry: Free form poems

Children investigate a range of free-form poetry. They revise the use of verbs, adverbs, and adjectives in producing exciting and descriptive language. They consolidate the skills needed to write effective poetry, including those of rhyme, alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia and metaphor. They will bring their skills together to write their own emotive free-form poem.

Class Readers

Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie
Clockwork by Philip Pullman
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
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

 

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.

Ancient Egyptian Beliefs

This unit on Ancient Egypt offers pupils the chance to look at another civilisation very different from their own.

We began with a visit to The tutankhamun Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Students are then introduced to the key features of Ancient Egyptian civilisation through the beliefs and attitudes of these ancient people.  They examine the similarities and differences between their ancient beliefs and beliefs held today and how these beliefs fitted into society and culture at the same time as exploring the world of the ancient Egyptians.

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 California.

Our Automata Animals

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Our design brief was to make something interesting for children to play with so that they could learn about endangered animals.
We researched how the animals moved and created a cam and follower mechanism to replicate it.
Finally, we created our framework out of wood and our toy out of cardboard (checking that they came from sustainable resources of course!)