Welcome to Class Three!
Class Teacher: Mr Wright
Class Teaching Assistant: Miss Dean
Welcome to class three’s page. Here you will find handy information about the learning that we do in class, including topic resources, homework ideas, spelling lists, and useful links.
It’s that time of year again, the half term in the lead up to the C-word! This half term we are going to be studying the Romans. We are going to look at the origins of the Romans, where they came from and why they wanted to invade Britain. History, geography, English, music, art and even food will be used to allow the children to access the past!
In English we are going to be using the book Outcast by Rosemary Suttcliff to write our own adventure stories and learn what Roman life was like in Britain. We will then use all of our accumulated knowledge to write non-chronological reports about Roman life in Britain. Please look at the information below to see what we are learning in more detail and to check on the homework projects.
This topic is a personal passion of mine, as I completed a Classics degree at university, so if you would like any extra information or ideas, come and see me!
The book fair will be arriving in school soon, with hundreds of new children's books to browse and buy. There are over 200 titles for you and your child to choose from. Books start at £2.99. Every book that is brought from the fair helps the school as we also receive free books.
This half term we are going to continue with our Rainforest topic. This has been an exciting topic that the children have really loved doing, have engaged with and come up with amazing contributions. This half term our focus shifts to the animals of the rainforest, the sounds of the rainforest, why the rainforest is being destroyed and what we can do to help save it.
We have had a half term off from science but this half term we are back with a bang and will be looking at light! We will be studying the following questions in order to explore what light is and how we can manipulate it: Are you afraid of the dark? How do you make a reflection? Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? What does light travel through? How does light get from there to here? What's hiding in the shadows? This will be a fun exploration through light and will involve lots of practical learning, here's hoping that we get the weather to do it!
Our topic for this half term is: Who are our Neighbours?
During this half term we are going to be looking at the continent of Europe and what cultural norms, both similar and different, make up the countries that we are close to.
We are going to learn what life was like to be a famous French artist, see if we have what it takes to become a professional footballer in Germany, take a tour of Spain following the route of the Vuelta cycle race, dance like we are in the Bolshoi in Russia before making a choice to learn about either southern Italy or plan the Winter Olympics in Norway.
Spring Term 1: What did the Romans ever do for us?
Our topic this term so far has been the Romans. During this time, we have and will be studying the geography of Italy, Roman Britain, the Roman army, the structure of Roman Society, food and hygiene.
Here are some useful links you can use to find out more information on the Romans:
We know that it is often hard to find enough time in the day to read but it really is so important. Reading gives children the chance to travel the world and enjoy new experiences; all while sat looking at pages of paper. Scientific research even says that when you read you actually experience the emotions and the events of the story, just like the character!
With this is mind please find time to try to read every day, even if it is only 5 minutes.
Also, please make sure that your child is bringing their reading diary into school every day so that we can keep track of their reading. In addition, we celebrate those children reading at least 3 times a week on a Friday!
We learn different spellings every week in Class 3, depending on which Read, Write, Inc. (Phonics group) your child is in. Please practice these ready for a test on Friday. If you would like to support your child with spelling, you can find the key words for each age group in the reading diary; these words are the most common we use in our speaking and writing daily.
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If you would like to help with your child’s learning then there is now a variety of resources right at our fingertips on the internet (just a bit different from when we were all at school!) These can be used to support key skills in maths, writing and reading and they aren’t all dull and boring!
In Class 3 homework consists of spellings and reading on a daily basis. Every half term a homework project list is sent out which is related to our topic. These projects are important to the children’s learning in a variety of ways; they can deepen their knowledge in an area that has interested them, or they gain the chance to learn something in an area of the topic that we have only been able to touch upon in class. Ask them about Roman baths and the toilets!