Class 3 Information

After the uncertain times that we have all been through, I am delighted to be back in the classroom and I thoroughly enjoyed my first week with the children in Class 3.  We have got an exciting and challenging year ahead and I look forward to working with you to bring out the best in them. Throughout the year, communication will be key in developing the education of the children, therefore, we will continue using Tapestry to update you on our learning and any areas for support at home. If you ever wish to speak to me, feel free to catch me at the gates or email me at bbrown@blacko.lancs.sch.uk.

 

Our School Curriculum Intent

 

From tiny seeds, mighty trees will grow.

Blacko Primary School strives to provide a vibrant, nurturing and aspiring environment where our children can thrive both academically and personally. An educational family whereby children’s imaginations are ignited, and opportunities stretch, develop and inspire a life-long thirst for learning. 

 

Aims:

At Blacko, we endeavour to provide this by:

  • Ensuring a safe learning environment 
  • Providing a high-quality, broad and balanced curriculum
  • Upholding outstanding standards of behaviour
  • Providing a family-feel nurturing and caring environment
  • Develop self-belief, resilience and determination to succeed
  • Creating opportunities for all abilities to try new things and make discoveries
  • Embracing new technology
  • Promoting logical and creative thinking skills
  • Encouraging independence, democracy and responsibility
  • Promoting curiosity and enthusiasm
  • Encouraging mutual respect for others
  • Working with and learning from others

 

All of this is achieved while working in collaboration to fully develop strong and positive partnerships with parents and the wider community.

 

‘Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain the same’

 

 

Our Autumn Term Class Concepts

 

At Blacko Primary School, we focus heavily on providing a balanced and engaging curriculum to all the children in Class 3. However, due to the current situation, the timetable will look a little different for now. We will be predominantly teaching Maths, English, SPAG and PSHE to cover any gaps in knowledge.

 

Local Knowledge:

In the first curriculum driver, the children will develop a deeper understanding of their local area and how they have an active responsibility to protect it. They will also be able to discuss modern civilization and compare it with that of the Roman era.

 

Creative Minds:

In this driver, the children will study key individuals who have helped change the world. In English, they will use their creative minds when writing stories and will be able to confidently explain the inventiveness of the Ancient Egyptians and how our creative minds have flourished since then.

 

Journeys:

The children will explore the journey of our world since the days of the Vikings and will be able to confidently compare modern day civilisation with that of the Romans and Egyptians. They will also be able to clearly explain the water cycle, how sound travels to the ear and how light travels to the eye.

Science

Local Knowledge: The children will begin the driver by identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants. We will then begin to study human teeth, nutrition and how animals and plants are suited to and adapt to their environment.

Creative Minds: The children will learn about evolution and compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their simple, physical properties. We will also study forces and electricity, where we will explore magnets and construct simple series electrical circuits.

Journeys: In this driver, we will complete our learning on the environment and will begin to investigate how sound and light travels.

 

PE

Local Knowledge: In PE, we will be focusing on maintaining possession of a ball, throwing and catching with accuracy and choosing appropriate tactics to cause problems for an opposition. We will practice these milestones through a variety of team sports such as Netball, Basketball and Football.

Creative Minds: During this curriculum driver, we will be focusing on passing to teammates at appropriate times, leading others and acting as a respectful team member. We will also begin a selection of lessons on Gymnastics, where we will plan, perform and repeat sequences.

Journeys: In this driver, we will continue our lessons on Gymnastics where we will refine movements into a sequence and show changes in direction, speed and level during a performance.

 

Music

Local Knowledge: In Music, we will use the terms: duration, timbre, pitch, beat, tempo, texture and use of silence to describe music. We will also choose, order, combine and control sounds to create an effect and perform with control and awareness of others.

Journeys: The children will evaluate music using musical vocabulary to identify areas of likes and dislikes. We will also begin to recognise the symbols for minim, crotchet and semibreve and say how many beats they represent.

 

RE

Creative Minds: In RE, the children will present the key teachings and beliefs of a religion and refer to religious figures and holy books to explain answers. They will also identify religious artefacts and explain how and why they are used.

 

PSHE

Local Knowledge: In PSHE, the children will begin the year by studying families and friendships, before exploring the value of laws, rights, freedoms and responsibilities. Finally, the children will study health choices, habits and safe relationships.

Journeys: The children will explore many areas including money, work, keeping safe in the local environment and positive friendships.

 

Spanish

Local Knowledge: In this curriculum driver, the children will focus on greetings and will begin to identify a range of spoken phrases. As time progresses, they will be able to fluently read and write everyday greetings.

Creative Minds: The children will focus on colours and numbers and will begin to identify a range of spoken phrases. As time progresses, they will be able to fluently read and write a range of colours and numbers.

Journeys: The children will focus on months, dates, birthdays and will begin to identify a range of spoken phrases. As time progresses, they will be able to fluently read and write the months and dates of the year.

 

RE

Creative Minds: The children will use specified screen coordinates to control movement and will further develop their coding skills. They will also set the appearance of objects and create sequences of changes, alongside understanding the term ‘copyright’.

 

History

Local Knowledge: The children will learn about the Roman Empire and be able to describe the social, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of past society. They will also be able to give a broad overview of life in Roman Britain.

Creative Minds: We will delve into the world of Ancient Egypt and be able to describe characteristic features of the past, including ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children. The children will also be able to use more than one source of evidence for historical enquiry in order to gain a more accurate understanding of history.

Journeys: We will explore the characteristic features of the Vikings, including ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children.

 

Geography

Local Knowledge: In Geography, we will explore the maps of the world. We will begin the year by using the eight points of the compass, four figure grid references, symbols and key to communicate knowledge of the UK and wider world. We will also name and locate the equator, northern hemisphere, southern hemisphere, the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle and date time zones. Finally, we will describe some of the characteristics of these geographical areas.

Creative Minds: In this curriculum driver, we will study a wide variety of topics from erosion, rivers and climate change. The children will also be able to describe geographical similarities and differences between countries.

Journeys: In the final driver of the term, we will describe key aspects of physical geography including rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes and the water cycle. The children will be able to ask and answer geographical questions about the physical and human characteristics of a location.

 

Art & Design

Local Knowledge: The Royal Collection contains one of the finest collections of work by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543). The children will learn about his ability to work in a variety of media, how he painted portraits and miniatures, designs for metalwork, stained glass and book illustrations throughout his lifetime. The children will then explore the world of Laurence Stephen Lowry; a local artist who lived and worked in Lancashire for over 40 years. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, Lancashire and he is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century.

Creative Minds: Abstract Art does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. The children will attempt to paint some abstract art by mixing colours effectively and commenting on artworks using visual language. They will try to replicate the techniques of some of the greats such as Wassily Kandinsky. The children will also create collages whilst studying myths and legends. They will select and arrange materials for a striking effect and use coiling, overlapping, tessellation, mosaic and montage.

Journeys: The children will go on a journey into space to collect information, sketches and resources as a basis for their own paintings. They will explore the work of Robert McCall and comment on artworks using visual language. Finally, they will attempt to replicate some of the techniques used by McCall by using a number of brush techniques.

 

Homework

Please see the ‘Pick and Mix’ sheet for a breakdown of the homework this term. At the beginning of the year, a copy was sent home and your child has their own in their homework book. There is also a copy of the document on Tapestry.

 

 

Many thanks for your continued support.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mr B Brown                                                                                                                                                          

Class 3 Teacher

 

 

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