As part of our 'Individual Liberty' topic, Class 3 visited London for the day. With the help of The Children's University, we traveled down to London on the train, went on a sunny Thames boat cruise, saw the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street. We saw how our system of democracy works and what we can do when we want things to change.
Welcome to Class Three
Our topic this term is.....
A warm welcome back to Class 3 to a busy and exciting term, after what I hope was an exciting and enjoyable Christmas holiday. Our topic this term will boldly go where no man 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 this term - 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 looking at each one in detail, to create our own class reference book. This will be followed by a persuasive text about the moon landing as we look carefully at the arguments of those that believe it happened and those that don't and decide for ourselves which side to base our persuasive writing on. What do you believe?
We 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. The Y6 children will be having regular math booster sessions.
History/Geography this term will be a little closer to home as we look at 'Extreme Earth' and the wilder side of Earth's extremes from raging topical 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/Design and Technology 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 space 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 pieces. Keep your eye on our classroom wall to see our dramatic work take place. In technology, we will be planning, designing, building and testing our own moon lander. Can we build a vehicle that will survive a landing from a high height and keep the precious 'egg' cargo intact?
Science will branch into 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. We will also continue with our 'Seeing Light' unit as we research how light travels, how shadows are formed and behave as well as taking a closer look at the eye and study how it works. Many opportunities for practical skills, hands on research and investigations to help develop our understanding of the physical side of science.
Music this year continues to offer the exciting challenge of learning to play the ukulele! We will also develop our understanding of musical notation to help us compose, play and sing along to our own scores.
R.E. will focus on 'Hopes and Visions' as we consider the impact of key teachings from Christianity, Islam and Sikhism and ponder some big questions before sharing some of our own hopes and dreams for the future.
P.S.H.C.E. over the course of the term will address issues around global differences and conflicts as well as those closer to home providing discussions as to the choices we all make at different times in our life. Class circle time discussions provide children with an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to them and address what constitutes 'British Values' including democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
P.E this term will see the children developing and strengthening their skills, coordination and techniques in gymnastics and dance at the leisure center. By focusing on strength and control - the children will learn to use the equipment safely, work cooperatively and move with pace and confidence.
French this term will focus upon 'Space'as the children develop their understanding of the language by speaking and listening and reading and writing. Through games, activities and role play, the children will also learn about the culture and traditions of France in context of their learning.
ICT over the course of this term will consist of 'Coding' as the children learn key concepts such as algorithms, sequences and variables and learn how to code in order to create apps and games that the children can play.
We really appreciate your support by encouraging your child to read at least 4 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, and in particular our Ron Dearing University trip, was fantastic and was described by the children as being 'brilliant', 'gruesome' and 'amazing!' We have produced some stunning work which can be seen in the classroom, the corridors and in our books. Feel free to come and look at our outstanding work!
Here are a few photos from our Anglo-Saxon topic...