Class 3

Welcome to Class 3.


Dear Parents,

May I extend a very warm welcome to class 3, years 3 and 4, and I hope you have all had an excellent summer break. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with you and your child this academic year. I am sure that the journey we make together will be an exciting and rewarding one, packed full of rich learning opportunities.


Throughout this year, I will be teaching our class on a Monday, a Tuesday morning and all day on Thursday and Friday. Mr. Jones will be taking our class on a Tuesday afternoon for science and Mrs. Morris will be teaching all day on a Wednesday. Plus, on a Thursday afternoon, the children will have the opportunity to be taught French by Madame Cheded.


The children are also fortunate to have working alongside myself some wonderful teaching assistants, who will also enhance the learning opportunities for the class. These staff members are Mrs. Bradbury, Mrs. Farrington, Mrs. Conlon and Mr. Medcalf.


Our topic this term is “Food, Glorious Food”. As part of this topic, we intend to explore themes linked to where food comes from, healthy eating and recipes. We will also pursue ideas that are generated by the children’s own interests and enquiries.  In addition, I have also attached a topic web that will enable you to see in greater detail the learning journey your child will be undertaking this term. 


On a practical note, the children will have PE on a Monday and a Thursday.  Please could you make sure that your child keeps their PE kit in school and that every piece of clothing is clearly labelled with their name.  Your children will also need a water bottle that they must bring to school every day. This is especially important for hydration throughout the day and for P.E. lessons.  And finally, because the weather is turning autumnal, please make sure that your child comes into school with a coat, as this will guarantee that they won’t get cold at playtimes.


Homework in class 3 involves daily reading (of at least 15 minutes), either their reading book or a Bug Club Book; a weekly maths task; and spelling tasks.  In addition, your child may also be given an English activity, linked to grammar or punctuation, where necessary. Homework will be set on a Friday and expected to be returned on a Thursday. This will start on Friday 21st September. We would like you to encourage your child to record in their reading diary every time they have read both at home and at school. 

Thank you for your support and together, with Mr. Jones, Mrs. Morris and all the teaching assistants, we look forward to working with your child and yourselves over the coming year.  If you have any concerns please feel free to come and speak to me. 

Yours sincerely,  

Kathryn Erskine.

We recently held our annual Advent service, led by the ethos group, in the school hall. To prepare for the service, the children each made their own Christingle orange. As a class, we discussed the meaning of Christignle - Christ's Light and talked about what the different parts of a Christingle represent.
Orange - the world.
Red ribbon - blood of Christ
Cocktail sticks - 4 seasons
Sweets - God's creations
The children thoroughly enjoyed making their oranges and worked in pairs to help each other with the trickier aspects of a Christingle.
During the advent service the children were able to hold and light their completed Christingle oranges. 
As link with our creative curriculum topic, Food Glorious Food, Class 3 have been learning about chocolate. They have been discovering where in the world chocolate grows; how the beans are harvested and dried and roasted; how the chocolate is transported; what happens to the cocoa beans when they arrive at the factory and how they make chocolate taste sweet; and finally how chocolate is packaged and sold.
The children are really enjoying this topic and have produced some wonderful information story boards about the process.
Class 3 have also been lucky enough to taste and experience different types of chocolate including chocolate from Germany.
Sea Poetry
Inspired by poet James Reeves's poem The Sea, the children worked in groups to look at and understand the poem. They worked in groups to work out what the words meant and discussed how he compared the sea to a hungry dog. the children then worked together to create their own versions of the poem. the children worked collaboratively and chose some great similes and metaphors when writing their own poems.
Look at some examples below.
Food Glorious Food
Our whole school topic for the first term is, Food Glorious Food. Many of our subjects will be based around our topic. To begin our topic class 3 had a food tasting lesson. The children had the opportunity to taste traditional British foods. All of the children really enjoyed finding out about typical British foods as well as having the opportunity to taste them. They were all very eager and excited to taste foods many of them had never tried before. The children got to taste: Scottish oat cakes, Barra brith, trifle, strawberries, raspberries and cream, apple crumble, rice pudding, sausage roll, Yorkshire pudding, pork pie and more.
On a Wednesday afternoon, throughout Autumn Term, with Mrs Morris, Class 3 have been exploring pulse using their bodies and have listened to and appraised a range of music from different genres and decades  some of which have included; Michael Jackson's, "Heal the World", "Consider Yourself", from Oliver and "Aint no Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye. 
The children have also developed their musical skills  using a xylophone to follow and respond to musical notation. They have also learned to sing new songs. The children's efforts and enthusiasm cannot be doubted during our music lessons and Class 3 look forward  to their music sessions each week.
Keep up the great work Class 3!
During our RE lessons, we were thinking about Fruits of the Spirit. each class has to focus on one or two to create a display for the corridor. Class 3 focused on love and peace. They thought about what those words meant to them. they discussed them with each other, in groups. They then had a heart and dove template and wrote what love is or what peace is to them. The children then decorated their hearts and doves to create a beautiful display for the corridor.
During our English lessons, we have been exploring the writing genre instructions. We have looked at, discussed and picked apart instructions. The class have learnt about bossy verbs, time connectives and the layout of instructions. They then wrote their own. On piece was about how to look after a Marshmallow Monster. The other was to create a gruesome recipe for a boy that only ate junk.
We then, linked  our English with our topic work. In our topic work, food glorious food, we found out all about bananas where and how they grow; how they are harvested, cleaned and imported; and how they are stored and then shipped to shops. 
As a cross-curricular link we then followed instructions to make recipes involving bananas and the children got to taste them. The class made no-bake banana blondies, bananas and custard, hot bananas with melted chocolate and bananas, custard, marshmallows and sprinkles.