Welcome to term 3, I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday! Below is an overview of the curriculum content and learning we will be focussing on throughout this term. If you have any questions or anything you wish to discuss throughout the term, then I will be available at the end of each day or alternatively you can book an appointment through the office.
Our focus this term will start with a new genre of writing- instructions. The class will be able to explore how we create instructions and the range of reasons that instructions may be written. This will link with our Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons and allow the children to fully understand how the language we use affects meaning. Once familiar with the genre, La Classe Violet will explore ‘Space’ as a setting in preparation to create instructions for capturing an alien of their creation. Within this unit, there will also be the chance to develop the use of descriptive vocabulary through our ‘Reading as reader/writer’ approach. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons will continue to take place daily to develop an awareness of spellings and grammatical knowledge. There will be a focus on punctuation involving apostrophes (e.g. possessive, contractions) and increasing the use of speech marks within work. This will be alongside daily Guided Reading sessions that ensure each child reads daily and continues to foster reading for pleasure.
La Classe Violet are starting the term by consolidating their understanding of multiplication. We will be using arrays and number lines to explore different ways of performing multiplication. After this, we are going to learn about division and applying our knowledge in reasoning questions. Following our work on calculation, we shall start to learn about shape. The class will start by building their confidence naming 2D and 3D shapes, as well as identifying their properties (2D=Sides, corners 3D= edges, vertices, faces). Part of this will include searching for lines of symmetry and in shape using mirrors and developing an understanding of ‘symmetry’. Pupils will have the chance to categorise shapes based on their properties and consider if shapes are regular or irregular. Throughout the term we will also be focussing on our 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as doubles and halves to 20. Your child can also earn a maths bug by learning one of the ‘groups’ of times tables below. Once a child has completed a group they can focus on moving onto the next group (starting from group 1). Group 1: 2, 5, 10 Group 2: 3, 4, 6
Our science unit this term is ‘Animals including humans’. We shall begin by focussing on three main topics; hygiene, a healthy diet and the important of exercise. Children will discuss the importance of good hygiene and the health benefits it provides. Our hygiene topic will include children following food hygiene rules when preparing food in class. This will link into discussions about having a healthy diet. The class will explore the different food groups we have and the roles that different nutrients (carbohydrate, fat and protein) have in keeping us healthy. Our interactive science table will help deepen this learning as children are able to sort foods by the regularity with which they should be eaten. Finally we will reflect on the importance of exercise and how it affects our bodies. We will observe how our heartbeats change before, during and after exercise and the range of exercises that exist. During the course of this unit the class will be encouraged to make links between each topic (e.g. how a healthy diet provides us with the energy to exercise).
For our theme this term we shall be exploring ‘What puts the fire in Iceland?’. This topic will allow the class to investigate a different country and compare it to where we live. We will learn about the differences in physical/human features (linking back to our term 1 theme), the wildlife in Iceland and how their environment affects the lives of children.
We are carrying on our learning for ball skills this term. Pupils will be able to build on skills they have practised last term and will be introduced to the use of equipment. This will be done through hockey and allow the class to apply their knowledge of ball skills in a new context. Within each lesson the children will have opportunities to apply their newly learnt skills in a game-based activity. PE will be on Monday afternoon each week. Please can you make sure your children have their kits (polo shirts, jumper, shorts, jogging bottoms and plimsolls) and that earrings are removed for PE sessions.
The class will explore the role of the church in Christianity and religion in society. We shall consider the different jobs that members of the church have as well as reflect on the importance of prayers and their meanings. Lessons will encourage children to take an active approach to learning through roleplay and class discussion.
Every Friday Maths and English homework will be given out to the children. The homework will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to reinforce their learning or introducing them to an upcoming topic. There will also be a selection of spellings, which the children have practised during the week, which can be used as a short spelling test. We ask that the children return their homework on Monday morning so that we can collectively mark and review the work. Within the classroom we have also got our class ‘Learning Tree’. An adult or child may record any home learning that has taken place onto one of our paper apples (placed inside the homework folders) and proudly display it on our tree. The home learning can range from writing a story at home to regularly reading to their siblings. At the end of each term the apples will be counted and the child with the most apples will receive a small prize!
Guided reading will happen every day and enable pupils to regularly read with an adult. Pupils will also be able to individually read with an adult at least once a week. Reading books will go home with the children every day and it would be really good if they could read regularly at home as well. Short, daily 10-15 minutes reading sessions can make a huge difference to a child’s reading progression and it can give them a chance to discuss the story with you. Book bags should be brought to school every day so that we can change books when necessary and listen to readers, ensuring we are supporting the children as much as possible. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information. Below are some suggested questions that you may find helpful during reading sessions:
Who is(are) the main character(s)?
What is the main idea?
What is the problem? How was it solved?
Describe the setting using evidence from the text. Where does the story take place?
Did you think the story had a good ending? If not, how could you have changed the ending?
Are there any words you didn't understand? How can you find out their meaning?
Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same.
Did they like the story? Why or why not?