Welcome to our school
Above - our representatives on the School Council
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Welcome to Class 3 and to the 2019 Autumn Term at Chesham! Here is some information you might find helpful:-
Children are required to bring their PE kit and leave it in their locker. PE lessons will take place each week on Tuesday and Wednesday, although there may be other times during the week when they may require their kit in school. If your child has pierced ears can you please ensure you have signed the disclaimer and/or remove earrings on the days they have PE.
Your child will have a reading experience every day within school. Please make the time to read with your child on a daily basis and encourage them to discuss the text. Please make a record of any reading in your child’s reading diary.
Your child will have the opportunity to visit our school library on Monday. Please help them to remember to bring their book regularly, so they are able to change it and experience using the library.
Please see the 'Curriculum Summary - Autumn Term 2019' below to see what the children in Class 3 will be learning over the course of this term.
Upcoming events for the 1st half of the Autumn Term:-
Friday 20th September - World Peace Day.
Friday 27th September - Macmillan Coffee Morning; school councillors to be elected.
Monday 30th September - Individual & family photographs in school.
October - Black History Month.
Thursday 17th October - Harvest Festival, 9.15am - parents welcome! School closes for the half-term holiday.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or queries. Thank you for your support.
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PHONICS and SPELLING
The children will continue to follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonic programme. This will be taught daily.
The children will also have a separate grammar lesson as well as weekly spellings to learn.
We shall start the term by reading ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. Drawing on this classic picture book, the children will study description and noun phrases, sequence plots and learn progressive forms of verbs. From this they will write diary entries and letters to and from the various characters.
Later in the term, Class 3 will focus on ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Thomlinson. The children will write down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary from the book to use in their own writing. They will then write narratives about personal experiences of those of characters in the story.
There will also be a chance to use reference texts and research information to do with owls. The children will have the opportunity to read and share non-fiction books that are structured in different ways. They will explain and discuss understanding of non-fiction books and then gather information in order to write non-chronological reports about owls.
Martin Waddell Jill Tomlinson
Place Value and Money
Count to 100, identify number and estimate
Place value in 2-digit numbers
Make and write amounts of money
Make amounts of money; give change
Addition and Subtraction
Addition/subtraction facts; missing numbers
Know how many to next multiple of 10
Add and subtract 10/20; extend to 11/21
Use facts to add several numbers
Add/subtract numbers bridging 10
Add/subtract using facts and place value
Use facts/patterns to add/subtract
Add/subtract multiples of 10
Add pairs of 2-digit numbers
Multiplication and Division
Understand multiplication as sets
Understand doubles/halves to 20
Measure lengths in metric units; rulers
Measure weights in g and kg
Measure capacities in litres
Understand hours, minutes, seconds
To start the term, the children learn about objects, materials and properties. They look at objects, identify the materials they are made from, and explain why they are suitable in each situation.
The children carry out an investigation into how they can change the shape of up different everyday objects. They predict before they test and then discuss their findings.
Later in the term, the children will be focusing on and finding out about, humans. This will include discussions and investigations about sleeping, keeping ourselves clean, the importance of exercise and nutrition and the safe use of medicines.
Within this topic, the will be introduced to the basic needs for survival. They will children learn about the importance of cleanliness when preparing food and eating, as well as learning about the 5 food groups and how they keep us healthy.
Class 3 will investigate the benefits and effects of exercise. They will carry out an investigation into what happens to their body when performing different activities.
The children will work scientifically by: observing, through video or first-hand observation and measurement, how humans, grow; asking questions about what things humans need for survival and what they need to stay healthy; and suggesting ways to find answers to their questions.
We will focus on the history topic ‘The Great Fire of London’. The children will be gripped by this significant historic event from the 17th Century! We will contrast fire-safety from the past with today. We will study the buildings of the period and create our own buildings. We will look at rhymes and songs of the time; study St Paul’s Cathedral and make sketches inspired by this great building. Enthused by the famous diarist Samuel Pepys, we will write diaries and will learn about the food of the time and bake bread. We will find out more about how we fight fires today compared with how fires were fought in the 17th century. The children will generate questions about the Great Fire of London, research the answers and finally write reports for a class newspaper ‘Great Fire’ special edition.
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)
The children will use word processing programmes to create written pieces to support their learning across the curriculum.
The children will complete a 'Portraits' unit in art. They will learn about portraits and use of different materials and techniques when making their own. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol, and create artwork inspired by them.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
This term, the children will be following the SEAL programme, 'New beginnings'. This theme offers children the opportunity to see themselves as valued individuals within their community and to contribute to shaping a welcoming, safe and fair learning community for all. Throughout the theme, children explore feelings of happiness and excitement, sadness, anxiety and fearfulness, and learn shared models for ‘calming down’ and ‘problem solving’.
In RE we will be learning about ‘Rules and Routines. We will find out about why we have rules and routines and how they help us in our everyday lives. The children then go on to learn about rules and routines from the viewpoint of different religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Music and French
Mrs Gorton will teach Music on a Thursday afternoon and Madame Binns will teach French on a Wednesday afternoon.
The children will be taught dance and gym skills by Mrs Townsend on Wednesday afternoon and games skills by Mrs Ainsley on Tuesday morning.