From Little Acorns, Mighty Oaks Grow
Welcome to Class Three
Our teachers are Mrs Edwards and Mrs Hudson and our teaching assistant and HLTA is Mrs Mortimer.
PE: This takes place on a Thursday afternoon. Please send your child into school with their PE kits and remove jewellery if they are unable to remove it themselves.
Reading: Please remember to keep reading with your child every night. Even if they are able readers please ask them questions and discuss what they are reading. We would like children to read at least 5 times a week. Just a quick note in their reading record book, together with a parent/carer signature, will earn them rewards such as team points.
Maths Homework will be given out on a Thursday to be completed and returned by the following Monday. Please ensure your child completes all of their homework every week.
Grammar Homework for Y6 is given out on a Monday and is to be completed and returned by Thursday. Please ensure your child completes all of their homework every week.
Spelling: Spellings are sent home on a Monday to be learnt for a test on Friday.
Here is a timetable of a typical week in Class 3 - Spring Timetable 2024
Enjoy these photos from our wonderful trip to London in January 2024
Our topic this term is...
A warm welcome back to Class 3 after what we hope has been an enjoyable Christmas holiday as we start another busy and exciting term. Our topic this term will 'boldly go where no one has gone before' as we learn and discover about space and our solar system!
As always, if you have any resources, artefacts or knowledge that you feel you could share with us regarding our topic - then please let us know.
Literacy this term will develop our research and non-fiction writing skills as we create non-chronological reports about the planets in our solar system. We will study them in detail to create our own celestial class reference book. This will be followed by a persuasive text about the moon landing in 1969 as we look carefully at the arguments of those that believe it happened and those who do not before deciding for ourselves which side to base our persuasive writing on. I wonder what you believe?
We will continue to prepare for our 'SATs' in May and as always, our emphasis will be grammar, spellings, punctuation and reading through daily practice, weekly guided reading sessions and booster lessons.
Numeracy will address the specified curriculum for Year 5 and 6 children incorporating the units of number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurements, geometry, statistics, algebra, ratio and proportion. All children will have maths intervention sessions and the Y6's will have booster sessions in preparation for their SATs.
History/Geography this term will be a little closer to home as we look at 'Extreme Earth' and the wilder side of Earth's extreme weather from raging tropical storms to violent erupting volcanoes and terrifying towering tsunamis! We will also explore how these extremes affect people, communities and landscapes. Our focus in history will explore the history of the telescope and astronomy, the moon landing, space exploration and the space race between the Soviet Union and the USA.
Art will be bold and bright as we take inspiration from the American artist and space enthusiast Peter Thorpe. We will look at his use of abstract art in the background and fine art in the foreground to create our own imaginative designs. We will develop our skills in how to use rich and bold shades and textures to create stunning works of art.
Design and Technology will test our skills as we plan, design and build our very own 'Mars Curiosity Rover' by constructing a chassis with axels and wheels, and use the ‘Crumble Playground’ to create an algorithm to program the Rover and navigate it around obstacles on a Martian terrain before halting it at ‘Gale Crater’.
Science will continue with our unit 'Seeing Light' as we look at how light travels, how shadows are formed and how they behave as well as taking a closer look at the eye and how it works. We will then continue with the field of physics as we take a look at 'Space' and in particular the Sun, Earth and Moon and how we discovered they were all spherical. We will also research their sizes and distances from each other, how we have day and night, seasons, different time zones and how the planets and the moon moves across the sky. Many opportunities for practical skills, hands on research and investigations to help develop our understanding of the physical side of science.
Music will see us continuing to develop our skills of the 5 strands of the 'Model Music Curriculum' which are: performing, listening, composing, the history of music and the inter-related dimensions or elements of music. This term will focus in particular on beat, rhythm, baseline and riffs and play them using body percussion and our voices, before exploring the music of the Argentine Tango and study its texture, articulation and rhythm. We will also continue to incorporate other musical cultures into our curriculum through our music appreciation assemblies so our pupils learn to respect and value music from all over the world.
Religion and World Views will focus on the concept of 'Living a Faith' from the perspective of the Christian and Buddhist belief and contemplate what contributes to a sense of identity and belonging. We will look at how having a faith shapes a person’s identity and question whether a person can be spiritual without being religious. We will also study how Siddhartha Gautama gained the title ‘Buddha', what Buddhists believe will happen when someone dies and how these compare to Christian beliefs. We will also study the Easter story from different perspectives and the dilemmas of the three Marys, the disciples, Pontius Pilate and Barabbas.
P.S.H.E over the course of the term will address issues around 'Going for Goals' which focuses children on persevering - regardless of how difficult a task may be. This theme follows the key aspect of motivation and self-awareness and gives an important opportunity for all children’s abilities, qualities and strengths to be valued. Our school themes this term are 'Aspiration' and 'Resilience' which will be incorporated into class discussions and provide children with an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to them. We will also reflect upon British Values and the 5 strands of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
At Boynton, we recognise the importance of promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to our students and their families. We aim to create an open culture around the discussion of mental health and wellbeing and to empower our children be able to regulate their emotions. By implementing the Zones of Regulation curriculum we aim to teach our pupils to identify emotions in themselves and others and provide them with bank of strategies to help regulate their emotions and improve their wellbeing.
P.E for Class 3 will see the children continuing to develop the invasion game of football by focussing on the skills of turning and running with the ball, keeping possession, setting up others to shoot, denying space, covering a defender, penalty shooting and goal keeping. Cricket will follow as we focus on calling for runs with a partner, keeping wicket, attempting to bowl with a run up and correct ball grip, specific fielding positions and attacking fielding roles.
French this term will focus upon 'Space' as the children develop their understanding of the language by speaking and listening and reading and writing. French phonics will be taught through the use of sounds, actions and spelling games and children will learn about some of the cultures and traditions of France through activities, conversations, music and role play.
ICT over the course of this term will focus on 'Word/Typing' skills to use and combine a variety of software to present data and information. We will also develop our coding and programming skills in conjunction with our D&T unit to sequence, select and repeat a variety of programs. We will work with variables and various forms of input and output to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
We really appreciate your support by encouraging your child to read at least 5 times a week, to practice their spellings and to complete their homework and return it back to school on the hand in date. Many thanks.
Our Anglo Saxon topic last term was described by the children as being 'amazing', 'fascinating' and 'really interesting' and we produced some fantastic work which adorns our classroom, corridors and hall. We are very proud of the work that we completed last term: from story writing to creating our stunning watercolours. Well done Class 3.
Here are a few photos from last term...