Welcome to Class Three
Teaching assistant - Mrs Dwan
During this term, our class topic will be 'The Stone Age' and as part of the History curriculum we will be describing the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will be looking at the chronological passing of British History and using historical sources to find out about Early Britain including their homes, weapons, clothing and diet. We will be using clay to make pinch pots as we try to recreate Stone Age artefacts. As part of our History topic, we will design, make and evaluate a stewed fruit recipe to eat as part of a celebration after hunting.
In English we will be using the text 'Stone Age Boy' to further increase our knowledge of the Stone Age. We will discuss what life was like in the Stone Age and use these discussions to write diary entries, descriptive settings and a prequel to the story. We will also be discussing whether hunting is right or wrong, and writing an explanation text using an interview format to explain what life was like in the Stone Age.
In Maths we will revising and building upon our knowledge of place value by reading and writing numbers up to 3 digits. We will learn to read and write numbers up to 1000 in numbers and words. Based upon our knowledge of place value, we will learn to find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number whilst comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000. We will be introduced to a new written method for addition and subtraction whilst recapping mental strategies which will all help with solving problems including missing number problems.
In Science our focus for learning will be 'Animals, including Humans'. We will identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food. We will also recognise that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
In PE children will learning the Fundamental skills including balancing, jumping and dodging on a Tuesday. On a Thursday, the children will be taught gymnastics by the company Beth Tweddle Gymnastics. Children will require both an indoor and outdoor PE kit which is detailed below:
Indoor Kit - Red Grange PE t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps.
Outdoor Kit - A warm tracksuit and trainers.
In Music children will begin to develop their musicianship skills as they learn the ukulele. Alongside practical lessons, they will develop their skills in listening and appraising a wide range of music.
In Art we will look closely at Stone Age art including their use of cave drawings. We will link this work to the Graffiti artist Keith Haring and complete our own murals.
In RE children will be learning about what different people believe about God – this will include Muslims and Christians.
In Computing we will be revisiting what it means to be safe online. Children will start to log onto Chromebooks using their own personal email and access a range of websites
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.
Some children in Class Three are receiving the Read Write Inc programme to develop their phonemic awareness and fluency in reading. These children on a Wednesday will receive a book bag copy of the story they have been reading in class. Children will keep hold of these books for the week and should not write in them. By re-reading the same story, children will become fluent readers without the need to decode words and can then focus on their expression and understanding of the story. We appreciate your co-operation with your child's reading.
Spelling - Children will be tested and given a new set of spellings each 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 have introduced in class. Some spelling groups are advised to choose 2 different spellings each night and write a sentence with that spelling in to help their understanding of the vocabulary.
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 to 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.