This term in Lagoon Class...
Welcome to a new academic year at St Peter’s! I am so excited to be teaching Lagoon class this year!
We have an action-packed and exciting year ahead planned, but for the moment we are just focusing on our opening topic ‘Brainwave’ and we are taking the opportunity to explore how we learn best. Also, we are reflecting on the link between the body and the brain whilst identifying what helps us learn most effectively.
We will kick start our learning by focusing on what makes us ready to learn and feel well in ourselves through the topic, ‘Brainwave’. As part of the PSHE Jigsaw curriculum, we are focused on ‘Being In My World’ and looking at valuing ourselves and others as well as deepening our understanding of rewards and consequences. In mathematics lessons, we are learning about place value and are developing our addition skills involving hundreds, tens and ones. In English lessons, we are exploring the poetry book, ‘Hot Like Fire’ by Valerie Bloom. We will be exploring Valerie Bloom’s sizzling poems, written in Jamaican Creole and some in standard English, which bring light and life to different aspects of everyday life. We will be exploring discussing, analysing her poetry and create our own poems to perform to an audience. In guided reading, we are developing our VIPERS reading skills and applying these to a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts in guided reading sessions. ' Islam and Christianity is our focus in RE in terms of their origins, values and mode of worship. Initially in art, we are designing papier maché masks which visually show how we learn as part of the Brainwave topic. During the latter part of the autumn term, our topic learning involving with a history and geography focus will be based on the ancient Egyptians.
The curriculum map provides an overview of the areas of learning across the different subjects.
I would just like to take this opportunity to raise a few matters which are important for year 3:
· This half term, I will teach the class every day, except Friday afternoon, when they will be taught by a PE and music specialist teacher.
· Y3’s PE lessons are on Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon, so children must come to school wearing their PE kit in school with a school jumper or cardigan. Weekly reminder texts are sent to help with this routine.
· Home-learning is an important part of learning for children and we use MS Teams to provide it. Home-learning will be set on Thursday and expected in by the following Wednesday.
· With your support, children can practise their spellings, maths and literacy skills from the materials online.
· If possible, we also ask that you listen to your child read for 15-20 minutes at least 3 times a week with the books which children will take home on a weekly basis. This is crucial for improving their fluency and stamina, as well as giving them the chance to extend the range of authors and genres. As a general pattern, children will be able to take books home on a Monday to be returned on the following Monday and new books will be issued on Tuesday.
I do appreciate that we are likely to learn things in different ways to when you were at school; please always feel free to email me about any approaches or methods you are unfamiliar with. I am happy to discuss them with you and advise you on how you might best support your child to ensure they achieve their potential. If you have any queries feel free to catch me at the gate in the morning or after school and I will always be able to see you at an appropriate time.
Ms Nimoh - Year 3 Teacher
YEAR 3 DOCUMENTS