Class 3 Information
Class Teacher: Mr B Brown
Teaching Assistants: Mrs J Cormack & Mrs L Hare
My name is Mr Brown and I will be the teacher in Class 3 this year. I am delighted to be teaching at Blacko Primary School and I am really enjoying teaching your children in Class 3. Throughout the year, if you ever wish to speak to me please do not hesitate to come up to the classroom or catch me around school. I am also available over email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a brilliant first term! The children have worked incredibly hard in class and have set a great example to the rest of the school. On the first day back after the summer holidays, we created our class rules and expectations based upon teamwork and respect. The children have made me proud with the respect they have shown across the school, not just towards me, but towards every pupil and member of staff. As I always say to them…‘’keep it up!’’
This term, we will be focusing on two main themes: Diversity and Elements. The former will enable the children to gain a greater understanding of our country and the multicultural world we live in. The children will become immersed in different ways of life and will have a deeper understanding of the differences in others and themselves to make them more accepting people. Through a series of lively and interesting activities, the latter will continue to build on the children’s knowledge of the elements around the world. In our class, there will be a high focus on the effects of climate change on the planet, looking at the ways in which we recycle and produce food.
Class 3’s Aim
Over this year I aim to provide a happy, stimulating and collaborative environment where relationships between everyone are based on mutual trust, understanding and respect. Together, with your children and yourselves, I want to help each child to secure their personality in a positive and caring environment. In class and around school, I have high expectations of the children and regularly emphasise the importance of respect and working as a team.
Our Class Moto
The following was chosen by the pupils to best describe the environment, beliefs and drive of our classroom:
Spring Term Curriculum
This term we will be diving into the world of persuasion. We will begin by studying a fictional story on a jail break-out, where the children will look at the varying evidence, suspects and accomplices of the crime. By the end of the topic, they will write a persuasive letter to a judge asking them to lock up their prime suspect! During this topic, the children will learn about the features needed to write a persuasive piece of writing such as exaggeration, repetition, alliteration and rhetorical questions. We will then begin our learning on poetry, where we will study a range of styles such as acrostic, haiku and limerick. A lot of the poems that we’re going to explore will be directly linked to our two school themes of Diversity and Elements. Just before the Easter holidays, we will start our learning on the environment, where we’ll be creating newspaper reports on pollution and climate change.
After returning from the Christmas holidays, we have adapted the way we teach Maths to suit the needs of the children. During this term, we will continue our learning on fractions, looking at equivalent fractions and mixed numbers. We will then begin ordering, adding, subtracting and multiplying them! As we approach February half term, we will study mass, volume and time before ending the spring term exploring the formal written methods of multiplication and division.
In science, the children will complete their learning on the journey of light, looking at reflective materials and mirrors. We will then start our learning on plants and the children will need to be able to identify and describe the functions of different flowering plants. We will also explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients and space) and investigate the way in which water is transported within them. As we approach the Easter holidays, we will begin to study forces, where we will look at magnets and the way in which objects move on different surfaces.
PE will continue to take place every Tuesday at The Leisure Box. Therefore, please may all children come to school in their PE kit on these days. This term, we will start by exploring Athletics. We will complete a range of activites including the long jump, javelin, the high jump and running. After half-term, we will start our topic of Dance where the children will develop their flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. We will also be placing a high emphasis on studying our previous performances in order to critique ourselves and improve.
Spelling & Handwriting
At the start of every English lesson, we aim to provide your children with five handwriting words, so they can practice their joint cursive style. This is because it helps with both spelling and overall pride in their work. This will always be followed by five spellings taken directly from the statutory words they should know by the end of year 4. As part of the weekly homework, please can you ensure the children are practising their spelling words. The full list of statutory words can be found in the yellow homework folder.
In computing, we will start the term by looking deeply at the importance of being safe online. We will discuss cyberbullying, social media, online gaming and the use of mobile phones. We will then focus on using search technologies effectively, appreciating how results are selected and ranked.
In Geography, we will study the use of natural resources and the distribution of energy, food, minerals and water. We will link our learning to climate change and the children will gain a greater understanding of the environmental changes in the modern world. We will also look at the similarities and differences between the United Kingdom and another European country.
Art and D.T.
In Art, we follow a fantastic scheme of work called ‘Art Express,’ where the children can experience a virtual reality art gallery and see their completed work on the interactive board. The scheme also allows us to look at other childrens’ work, which helps us understand what we are aiming to produce. Over the course of the term, we will be completing our work on landscape painting, before starting a scheme onf work on collages and textiles. Later in the term, we will look at the history of Design Technology, touching upon the key events and individuals within the subject that have helped shape the world. To fit in with the Elements theme, we will then be designing, making and evaluating our own cardboard boats!
Every Friday, we will set some times Table Rock Stars work for the children. The expectation is that they earn a minimum of 1000 coins a week. We also ask that children complete some reading at home at least once a week and that parents acknowledge and sign this in their reading record. Finally, there is the ‘Pick and Mix’ activity sheet, which is filled with important and engaging activities that link directly with upcoming class work. On this sheet, there are five compulsory activities with specific completion dates.
RE, PSHE & Spanish
In RE, Mrs Iannaccone will be teaching Christianity with a high focus on the story of Easter after half term. In PSHE, the children will learn about Britain and growing up. Spanish is also taught by Mrs Iannaccone, where the class will be covering a broad range of skills and topics including farmyard animals!
Things to remember:
- On Tuesdays, we have our PE lessons at the Leisure Box in Brierfield. Therefore, your child will need to wear their PE kit to school on these days.
- Every term, your child will receive a 'Pick and Mix' homework sheet, which outlines the tasks they will need to complete at home. This includes the weekly setting of reading and Times Table Rock Stars work. We strongly encourage regular practice of spellings and times tables at home so the children can achieve superb scores on their tests!
Many thanks for your continued support.
Mr B Brown
Class 3 Teacher
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