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Welcome to Class Three


We would like to welcome you to the Class Three page. 

We hope you had a wonderful break over the holidays and are ready to continue showing your positive attitudes towards your learning during the Spring term.



Teacher - Miss Higgins

Teaching Assistant - Miss Howard


Spring Term Learning


We will be continuing our learning of the historical era 'The Stone Age' for the first part of the term including learning about Stonehenge before briefly looking at how this age was replaced by the Bronze and Iron Age. All our previous and forthcoming learning will be consolidated by our trip to Tatton Park on Friday 28th January where we will take part in a 'Stone, Bronze and Iron Age Experience Day'. 



During this term we will be increasing our familiarity with a wide range of books.

In the first half term, we will be using the fairy story of 'Hansel and Gretel' as told by Antony Browne. This will form the basis of short and longer writing pieces including an alternate ending, a descriptive setting and a persuasive advert for the gingerbread house. 

In the second half term, we will be using the classic novel 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith and applying our growing knowledge of grammar to complete written tasks such as using expanded noun phrases to complete a wanted poster for Cruella de Vil, our own dilemma story and a newspaper report about the stolen puppies. 


We will be having a big focus on reading this term and will be mainly using the Read Write Inc programme to develop our phonological awareness and continue to apply this knowledge to improve our reading fluency before enhancing our comprehension skills. 



During the Spring term children will be further consolidating their Number and Place Value knowledge during their daily starters in our Maths lessons. We will recap our new formal written method for column addition and subtraction before recalling and using our multiplication and division facts for the 3,4 and 8 times tables to solve problems. In Measurement, we will learn to add and subtract money, giving change and using pounds and pence, as well as looking at different units of measurement including length, mass and volume whilst calculating the perimeter of simple 2D shapes. During Statistics, we will interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables and apply this knowledge to solve one-step and two-step problems presented in these types of charts and tables. 



Class 3's first topic of Science this term will be 'Plants' where we will learn to identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants, e.g. roots, stem, leaves and flowers. We will learn what plants require in order to live and grow but how this can vary from plant to plant. There are many ways that we will be working scientifically in order to query and investigate a range of ideas, e.g Does the amount of light a plant receives affect how much it grows? How does water transport within plants?



For this term in Computing, children will be using the online platform Discovery Education on the Chromebooks for our Coding units of work. We will make things happen in a sequence, creating simple animations and simulations whilst learning to debug and predict outcomes as we code. We will then learn to code with 'if statements', which select different pieces of code to execute depending on what happens to other objects. 

We will continue to become digitally literate in our knowledge of e-Safety by looking closely at 'Online Bullying' and 'Self-Image and Identity' using the ProjectEVOLVE resources. 



Children in Class 3 will continue to have PE on a Tuesday - this half term they will be learning the fundamental skills in the sport 'Handball'. Children are required to have in school at all times the correct indoor PE kit which includes a red t-shirt, black shorts and black indoor pumps. Your child may wish to bring an additional outdoor kit consisting of a tracksuit top, bottoms and outdoor trainers. 

We start our swimming lessons at The Meadows on Thursday 6th January. It is imperative that children bring in the correct kit in a separate bag including a one-piece costume/short trunks, a towel and if necessary a pair of goggles. Children are reminded to not wear earrings on a Thursday. 



As in the previous term, children will continue to develop their musicianship skills in Ukulele on a Tuesday. Alongside practical lessons, they will develop their skills in listening and appraising a wide range of music, including classical pieces. 



We will continue to use our sketchbooks to record observations, and to experiment our techniques and plan out ideas. Some of the techniques we will be focusing on this term will be our use of brush strokes using warm and cold colours to mimic our artist study for this term which is Claude Monet'. 



During Spring 1 our focus will be 'Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds'. We will explore ways in which we can maintain physical and mental health and wellbeing including: the importance of good quality sleep, what makes a healthy diet and the need for personal hygiene. 

In Spring 2, our topic will be 'Caring and responsibility'. We will learn about the responsibilities we have for ourselves and others, the importance of being responsible towards others and respecting boundaries and showing empathy by offering understanding and giving care. 



In the Spring term, the religion we will be focusing on will be Christianity. 

The first theme surrounds Jesus' miracles and will be looking at the key question 'Could Jesus heal people? Were these miracles or is there some other explanation?'

Our second theme looks closely at forgiveness whilst asking ourselves 'What is 'good' about Good Friday?'





Reading - Children in Class Three are expected to read each weeknight (Monday-Friday). Your child's reading record should be dated and signed every time that they read. To develop the children's independence, we are now giving children the responsibility to change their own reading books as and when they finish a book. 


Spelling - Children will be given a new set of spellings on a Monday. Their spellings will be stuck into their homework books. Children will be required to print their spellings using the Look, Cover, Say, Write, Check method and then practise their spellings on the next blank page using the range of spelling strategies that we will introduce in class. The spelling strategies will be stuck in on the first page of their homework book to refer to. Children will be tested on their spellings on a Friday. 


Times Tables - Children will be asked to log onto TT Rockstars for at least 10 minutes during the week. It is vital that children practise their times tables for various aspects of their Maths work.  This will be checked online on a Friday.


At The Grange we believe that it is crucial to work in partnership with parents and carers. There is an expectation that you will support us by ensuring that your child completes the tasks that we set as homework. 


Obviously the level of your engagement will depend on your child's age but we expect that you take an active part in all aspects of homework and, where necessary, indicate that you have monitored the completion of it (e.g. by signing the Home/School Reading Record Book.)


The routines of reading every day, learning spellings and multiplication tables etc. can be great fun and very rewarding for all concerned. Best results are achieved when homework is not done at the last minute, but has a fixed time in a child's established home routine. Short, sharp periods of activity are preferable to prolonged periods of study where concentration can be lost.


Effective learning and consolidation of learning cannot happen in an environment with lots of distractions (e.g. television etc.) Please give some thought to where your child works at home. 


Please see below the extensive list of websites that your child can visit to consolidate and extend his/her learning.

Supporting your child at home


The following links will take you various websites which will help to support your child's learning at home. All contain numerous resources for supporting your child in areas of the school curriculum. Individual log-in details can be found in the inside cover of your child's reading records. For further information about the curriculum please go to the Curriculum section of the school website.