Class 3 Year 4 & 5 Autumn 1 2018.
Welcome to Class 3! I hope you have all had a fabulous holiday and are ready to start our Class 3 adventure together! I am really looking forward to beginning a fantastic year of learning and fun with you. I am sure we will have a fantastic year. I am keen to foster a supportive, open and caring class environment, where qualities such as respect, empathy and resilience play a key role.
This half term, in Literacy we will be basing our Literacy around the Aztec topic work; looking at newspaper reports, letter writing, diary entries, instructional writing and persuasive texts. We will explore many books together to help us improve our writing, grammar and punctuation and our reading skills including prediction and deduction. We will put a lot of emphasis on spellings and handwriting, as they are key for success in Year 6.
I expect children in Class 3 to be reading on a daily basis and their Reading Records to be kept up to date. Weekly spellings will be given on a Friday, and will be tested the following Friday. Please make sure you take the time to learn these.
Areas of maths we will be covering in Class 3 this Autumn half term include; place value, decimals and perfecting our skills in mental and written strategies for the four operations. We will focus on developing resilience and confidence towards learning and teaching a mastery approach, promoting mathematical understanding and problem solving rather than rote learning for tests. We will develop skills such as visualisation, mental strategies and pattern recognition.
This half term we will be learning all about the amazing Aztecs! We will continue to build our understanding of putting historical civilisations into a timeline and learning all about the daily life – even the gory bits! We will be making Aztec calendars and masks and finding out what life was like in Aztec times.
Science will be very exciting, this half term. We will be looking at ‘living things including humans’. Children will learn to; describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans, identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions, construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
We are really lucky this year to be able to take Class 3 swimming for the Autumn term. This means that children will need their swimming kits with them every Wednesday. Children also need to have a P.E kit in school at all times – both indoors and outdoors.
Homework will be set weekly and sent home in the child’s homework book on a Friday. It is due back in the following Wednesday. Please ensure homework is completed as it supports the learning we do in class. Homework may be in the form of a sheet which supports class learning, recapping something, trying something new, or it may be a research project, where a child is asked to work independently to produce a piece of work. Spellings will also be stuck in their homework books and should be regularly practised at home, using a variety of strategies. If you would like help on various strategies you can use to support this then please see either myself or Mr Barnes.
Finally, if you have any concerns at all or would like to talk to me, please feel free to arrange a meeting or drop in after school.
Helen Jackson J