Welcome to Class Three

Our topic this term is.....

Europe

Spring term is already upon us and we have another busy and exciting term planned in Class 3.  Our first topic of 2019 will be geography based as we look at Europe and discover names, locations, features and capitals of European countries and become more familiar with our European neighbours.  As always, if you have any resources, artifacts or knowledge that you feel you could share with us regarding our topic this term - then please let us know! 

 

Literacy this half term will compliment our art work  as we develop our journalistic skills to promote and advertise the European countries we have chosen.  Using persuasive skills and stylistic writing features, our children will create our own Boynton Travel Brochure.  As always, our continued emphasis will be grammar, spellings, punctuation and reading through daily practice and weekly guided reading sessions.   

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 in preparation for their SATs.

History/Geography - With maps at the ready, we will identify the locations of  countries and cities within Europe and use Ordinance Survey Maps, symbols and 6 figure grid references with increasing skill.  We will be looking at how countries are similar and dissimilar in relation to their human and physical features and in the latter part of the term focus on famous rivers and mountainous regions.    

Art will be collage based as we look at the techniques of Picasso and create a European landscape by layering images and photographs of famous landmarks, monuments and people.  Our skills of design, precision cutting and placement will be put to the test! 

D&T - This term Class 3 will be engineers as we explore ways in which bridge designs have changed and developed over time.  We will build models using a wide range of materials and work as part of a team to design a variety of model bridges  focusing on pillars and beams, trusses, arches and suspension.  

Science - during this term we will investigate 'Properties and Changes of Materials' as we learn the differences between a variety of materials and how they can be mixed and dissolved and reversibly and irreversibly changed.  Our unit on 'Changing Circuits' will consolidate our knowledge of electricity and explore how to change the brightness of a bulb and the speed of a motor.  Many opportunities for practical skills and hands on research and investigations to help develop our understanding of the physical side of science.  

Music will see us developing our guitar playing skills as we work to produce a repertoire of pieces.  We will also concentrate on composing this term and develop our understanding of musical notation to compose, play and sing along to our own scores.  

R.E. this term will focus on the concept of 'Faith in our Community' as we explore and understand the meaning of faith for us and in our community.  We will study significant stories from religion and in secular life and consider what religions teach us about how we live.

P.S.H.C.E. over the course of the term will address issues around 'Growing up' and 'Changes in our life' 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' and in particular 'The Rule of Law'. 

P.E this term will see the children developing and strengthening their skills, coordination and techniques in basketball and netball.  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 'Animals'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 we will be learning the skills of 'Coding' as the children learn key concepts such as algorithms, sequences and variables and learn how to code in order to create apps.  We will also look at 'Crumble' software in order to program our own 'Crumble-bots' around a landscape map.      

 

 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 World War 1 topic last term was described by the children as being 'fascinating', 'gruesome' and 'amazing!' and we produced some fantastic 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 last term and our WWI topic......