First of all I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and I hope that you have had a great Christmas. Outlined below is a summary of the areas of learning that Class 3 will be covering this term. This term’s topic is Britain since 1948. Class 3 will be investigating what every-day life was like in post-war Britain and how it has changed through the decades. The children will also be looking at the changing trends in music, fashion and pastimes; how working life has changed; changes in population; and advances in technology. This time period is also home to some amazing people and events and the children will have the opportunity to explore some of these historic milestones.
Our topic will start with a cookery lesson where the class 3 will prepare and sample meals made only with ingredients available during rationing. From there we will work our way through the decades, ending with a quick look to the future at where some of this decade’s breakthroughs could take us. Throughout the topic, the children will be gathering information which they will bring together in the form of a multi-media presentation. Throughout our English lessons we will investigate key figures since 1948 in the form of autobiographies and biographies, the use of instructions that present detailed guidelines as well as looking at the difference between formal and informal writing. Class 3 will also evaluate reports, information texts and create comparisons for a travel catalogue along with writing stories & poetry associated with key events since the 1940s. We have also entered the Ryedale Debating competition based on ‘Is Social Media a danger to children?’ so be looking out for debaters coming home!
In Maths the children will use steps to solve word problems, look at number equations and be able to use their multiplication skills to work on all Maths based activities, particularly when using fractions decimals and percentages. They will also learn about algebra, graphs, space and measurement whilst also producing 2D work based on the properties of shape. We will continually use the online system, MyMaths, and another maths resource, Abacus, throughout maths lessons so that children can learn in a variety of ways.
In Science this term our topic is electricity. We will begin with a revision of simple circuits and then we will have lots of hands on experience with symbols, diagrams & incomplete circuits. We will inquire about the length of wire in a circuit, the use of cells, compare series & parallel circuits whilst doing lots of practical experiments. In RE this half term, the children will study about key inspirational leaders, including looking in depth at influential people like Martin Luther King.
In Computing the children will learn to organise, store, retrieve and manipulate data, to recognise the use of IT outside of school and to understand the use of algorithms. Children will also have the opportunity to design and create websites, looking at the importance of key information and being able to make presentations through a variety of methods. Throughout computing lessons, continued emphasis on the importance of internet safety will allow children to be able to gain an understanding of such an important issue.
PSHCE – Our theme for this term focuses on developing children's skills of empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation; children will be ‘going for goals’, dreams and aspirations.
P.E. – The children will be working outside, whenever possible, to continue to develop their already excellent skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching, balance, agility and co-ordination. We are going to have a particular focus on basketball and netball this half term because as well as the P.E. lessons we also have lots of school competitions coming up in the not too distant future including basketball, netball and swimming. P.E. will be on Thursday and Friday afternoons; your child will need suitable clothing and shoes for outdoor activities. P.E. kits can be brought in on a Monday and then taken home on Friday if necessary.
I will be happy to help at any time so if you do have any questions please let me know.
Mr Robert Woods