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A Message from the Class Teacher, Dr Mahdavi-Gladwell
2017-18 Curriculum Information.
Welcome to Key Stage 2!
We will begin by consolidating and extending our understanding of place value before covering addition and subtraction then multiplication and division. At this stage the focus is on conceptual understanding rather than using formal methods. Most of our work early in the year will be looking at mental calculations and supporting these with annotations. Often this will provide the backbone skills children will need to complete more challenging calculations mentally.
Children will practise maths 4 mornings each week (we get changed for PE on Mondays) and will have a brief tables test on Thursdays. These will be recorded in the homework book to enable you to keep in touch with your child's learning.
Our English work will focus on a variety of skills and each week or two we will complete an extended piece of writing to apply the skills we have learned and practised. The children will evaluate and improve their work individually, with a peer and with adult support. Weekly spellings will be sent home and tested each Thursday. Again, the spellings tests will be done in the homework book so you can see how your child is getting on. The children will practise the words we are learning in their handwriting books 4 mornings each week (see my earlier note about Mondays...) and joins and style will be corrected to support the development of fluent, cursive writing.
Our first topic is Stone Age to Iron Age, this will be followed by Me On The Map, Italia, Romans, Tudors and, finally, Castles and Coastlines. I aim to link the children's topic work with maths and English wherever possible so that they experience a connected, integrated and creative curriculum. If you have any skills or specialist knowledge that would contribute to our learning, please let me know!
Our science topics are Animals Including Humans, Rocks, Forces and Magnets, Light and Planets. Our learning will include practical and written sessions and we learn how to work scientifically throughout our science learning.
In year 3 the children learn about Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We, of course, have a Christian focus to our daily Collective Worship and reinforce our school Christian Values throughout the school day.
We have PE with Mr Booker on Monday morning and at another time during the week, usually Wednesdays. Please ensure that PE kits are in school at all times.
The children will have a music lesson with Mrs Wilmott each Thursday. We have weekly Current Affairs sessions as well as learning about PHSE, computing, art, French, our language of the term and anything else we can fit in!
Maths and English homework will be set on alternate weeks on a Friday and is due in by the following Wednesday. Please remember that homework is optional.
Week ahead sheets will continue to be sent home every Friday detailing our learning for the following week, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me if you have any queries or concerns at any point.
Thank you for your continued support,