Topic work is a great way to involve pupils in a subject through using different approaches to add depth to their understanding. This term we are looking at ‘Fairy-tales and Forests’. We have been reading through the many folk tales and stories and making links between the language, characters and settings and will be applying these to our own fairy-tales. We will be taking a trip later in the term to a forest so we can act out some scenes from our favourite stories and hopefully film these to create our own video.
Some children have begun to grow some seeds ready for an investigation into the conditions needed for the growth of a plant and another group are carrying out a survey into which are the most common types of tree in the school ground.
In year 3 we will carry out a number of debates on both topical and more abstract statements. The children are encouraged to think about the ways in which people may make assumptions and may have thoughts that differ to their own. We will also be learning how language can be effective in posters, speeches and debates and how it can be used to convey an important message or meaning.
PE takes place on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
We have many opportunities for children to read to the class, to small groups of peers and listen to stories at the end of the school day from a chosen class book. This year we are encouraging reading through the Read Write Inc. program 'Fresh Start', and through Accelerated Reader. We also feel it is just as important that the children have a book of choice from the library to enjoy either at home or at school. The children are always encouraged to read and choose new books from the library during our allocated library session on Friday mornings.
This year we will be talking about Internet Safety and watching videos endorsed by the CEOP in order for the children to understand the dangers and risks that could be posed from being on the internet. We will be using the class computers to carry out research and send and receive work through email.
Year 3 children are given the opportunity to swim at Middlemoor swimming pool every Wednesday. During these lessons, the children are led by trained lifeguards and swimming instructors to learn and develop key skills, safety and confidence in the water. Swimming takes place on Wednesday mornings.
Year 3 and 4 are responsible for the school’s harvest festival performed in front of parents and the rest of the school during the autumn term. They all work hard to learn a range of songs and each class give a presentation of the work that they have been involved with. The children have been enjoying the topic ‘Harvest around the World’ and have been finding out about how, and if, harvest is celebrated in other countries.