What a great start to the spring term the children have had in class 3, settling to work so well and taking on all the challenges and expectations asked of them.
In English we are reading our new class text, The Wizard of Once and looking at the story in detail. We will be looking at Cressida Cowell in detail and finding out what inspired her to write her magical stories. We will be learning about a Prologue and how it helps us to understand the story. The children will be identifying features of magical creatures and use powerful vocabulary to describe them. We will then go on to writing instructions to make our own magic potions, followed by diary writing to show how the potions are used. All through our English work we will be looking at the use of sentence structure and powerful vocabulary, which will influence our writing as we try to emulate the style of fantasy stories. Alongside this we will be learning how to use our spelling, grammar and punctuation correctly to add to our writing.
In Maths we will be learning how we can use all aspects of our times tables in our maths lessons and how to transfer these skills to all our number work. We will then be looking at multiplying and dividing, using formal and mental methods. Then we will move on to using measurements to help us to work out area and perimeter of a range of different shapes. This will be followed by fraction and decimal work.
In our science lessons we will be learning about Rocks and Soils, looking at their properties and comparing them using a number of scientific investigations. We will also be learning about fossils and how they are formed. We will be researching the famous Palaeontologists; Mary Anning and Robert Bakker who was one of the technical advisers for the original Jurassic Park.
Our topic work will be based on The Aztecs and Incas. We will investigate when it took place on our class timeline and look at maps and globes to research where it took place. We will be learning about the roles of Emperors, Nobles, Warriors, Priests and Farmers and how the Aztec society influenced their lives. We will look at the geographical features of Mexico, including population, landscape and climate.
In our computing work we will be looking at writing our own programmes to design a simple game that uses instructions to control a sprite. We will be making a database to classify and sort fossils, using fact cards and questionnaires.
In Art and DT we will be learning about weaving and sculpture which will be linked to the Aztecs and how they made household items.
In RE our big question will be ‘How do Festivals and Worship show what matters to a Muslim?’ The children will have the opportunity to identify beliefs about God in Islam and learn about Ibidah and how it is carried out, looking at ways that people can live in harmony.
Our PSHE lessons will concentrate on our feelings and emotions and how we can control and change negative emotions.
French lessons will be concentrating on numbers, greetings and how to write instructions in French.
Our music lessons will be focussed around listening to and appraising music, then producing our own tunes based on Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.
The children will also be continuing a range of exciting PE lessons with Mrs Dawe.
We will also be continuing to plan and produce our garden ready for the Spring Garden show at the Three Counties Showground in May.
We are all looking forward to a very exciting term full of amazing new experiences in awe and wonder of the world around us!