Welcome to Class 3 and L’elephant Class!
Below is an overview of our Term 1 learning. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to phone the school office for an appointment.
In Class 3 this term we will initially be writing a non-chronological report on Wales. To begin with, we will be developing our research skills and finding out facts about Wales. We will then use this information to plan and create our report. We will story-tell sections of a non-chronological report in order to deepen our understanding of the structure of a report and new vocabulary.
Alongside this, the children will improve their use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures. We will develop our use of connectives and generalisers. We will aim to improve the accuracy of our writing this term, with a further focus on editing our work.
In maths, we will be focusing on place value. This includes thinking about the value of digits and what they represent within a number. We will also practise counting on and back in steps of 25, 50 and 100 and will be finding 100 and 1000 more and 100 and 1000 less than a given number.
Later in the term, the children will develop formal, written methods for adding and subtraction and will be applying this to reasoning and problem-solving activities. We will continue to explore different mental maths skills, relating to addition and subtraction.
Every Mathematics lesson will begin with mental warm-ups which will allow the children to actively participate in practise of their mental calculations and extend their knowledge of times tables.
This term, L’elephant Class will be learning about light. Children will be able to recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light, notice that light is reflected from surfaces. Children will learn that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes. Children will investigate how shadows are formed and that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object. We will also explore how and why shadows change shape.
Our theme this term is Wales. This is a geography topic and we will learn the different geographical language to describe Wales. We will also be looking the physical and human features of Snowdonia. We will be looking at the major towns and cities in Wales and finding out more about Welsh culture and traditions. To support us with this, children will also be developing their skills using an atlas and using the index to help.
This term the children will be learning about Christianity. We will be looking at the key messages in the Bible and what this teaches Christians.
This terms PSHE will focus on mental health and well-being. These lessons help the children to develop more awareness of their own feelings and how they can help themselves to feel better if they are feeling cross, frustrated or sad. They also teach them that looking after their mental health is as important as looking after their physical health. It encourages them to talk to trusted adults if they are struggling with their own feelings.
PE, this term, will be focusing on football skills. PE will take place on a Tuesday. Due to the current circumstances, children should come in to school wearing their PE kits on a Tuesday please. This includes trainers and clothes that are appropriate for the weather. Children will be provided with the opportunity to acquire, develop and refine skills. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions.
Due to the current covid-19 situation, we need to try to restrict the movement of items between home and school. This includes homework books. So as a school, we have decided that for this term all homework will be set via Purple Mash. Class 3 will be set a maths activity, a times tables activity and an English activity. This will be set on a Friday.
The children are able to bring reading books home this term but will be required to place them in a quarantine box once they return them to school. They can be returned to school on any day.