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 find out the ways we learn best. We are reflecting on the link between the body and the brain and 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 book, the Tin Forest and ‘Come Down Golden’ in guided reading sessions. Using the song ‘ Let you Spirit Fly’, we will be learning to listen and appraise music and we will be learning to sing the melody as well as explore the composition.' Islam and Christianity is our focus in RE in terms of their origins, values and mode of worship. 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 will be centred on the theme of ‘Scavengers and Settlers’, learning about past civilizations from the Stone to the Iron age.
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:
- I will teach the class every day, except Thursday morning, when they will be taught by Mr Haywood.
- PE is on Tuesday and Thursday morning, 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. This is crucial for improving their fluency and stamina, as well as giving them the chance to extend the range of authors and genres.
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. Thank you.