Welcome to Kingfishers, our Year 3 class. Our class teachers are Mrs Katie Coult and Mrs Laura Davies. Mrs Becky Lay and Mrs Sarah Atkins will be our SNA's (Special Needs Assistants). Mrs Lay working every morning and Mrs Atkins working Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Mrs Julia Lay is our TA (Teaching Assistant) and works Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Spring Term- welcome back and Happy New Year to you all!
Rocks and Robots! This is out topic for this half term.
In English, but also across the curriculum, We will be reading two books, Stone Girl, Bone Girl, by Laurence Anholt, focusses on the life of Mary Anning (a famous fossil hunter) and the Iron Man, by Ted Hughes - a wonderful book, full of mystery and intrigue. There will be a continued focus on descriptive work and language, with the children being asked to write their own chapters, based on the structure of the original text. The Iron Man character will remain the same in their versions, but they will be provided with lots of opportunities for rich and varied language in their story writing.
Reading. In Kingfishers we undertake Group Guided Reading 3-4 times a week. This is where the teacher and Teaching Assistant sit with a small group of children and share a text with them. The children have the opportunity to read out loud to the group, skim and scan text and discuss and answer some comprehension question, often requiring them to highlight key text points or, at times, inferring (reading between the lines). We also try to hear children read on an individual basis, however this happen less often in KS2 than in KS1. Surrey LEA Covid guidelines permitting, we are very keen this term to get in some parents to hear individual children read. If you are DBS cleared, please do get in touch with us.
In Geography the children will continue to find out about the physical and human features of the UK but we will have a particular focus on our local area. We will use ordnance survey maps around the area of Haslemere and Guildford to support this work further.
In PSHE this half term we will be learning to can give examples of different community groups and what is good about having different groups and talking about examples in our classroom where respect and tolerance have helped to make it a happier, safer place.
Computing this half term we will become familiar with the terms ‘text’ and ‘images’ and understand that they can be used to communicate messages. We will use desktop publishing software and consider careful choices of font size, colour and type to edit and improve premade documents. The children will be introduced to the terms ‘templates’, ‘orientation’, and ‘placeholders’ and begin to understand how these can support them in making their own template for a magazine front cover. They will start to add text and images to create their own pieces of work using desktop publishing software. We will look at a range of page layouts thinking carefully about the purpose of these and evaluate how and why desktop publishing is used in the real world.
Art will be all about painting skills We will be using watercolours to enhance their skills and the children will create paintings using these. We will also study Pointillism, and Seurat.
This term in French we will be learning all about food! The children will learn the vocabulary for a range of food, to express likes and dislikes and to count and use plural nouns. We will keep practising our greetings conversations.
RE-Christianity- this half term we will investigate the key question: ‘How did Jesus change lives?’ Children will explore some of the most important miracles of Jesus, and how people were changed physically and emotionally by encountering him. They will look at how these encounters demonstrate, for Christians, that Jesus is God’s Son.
Our focus in Science this half term is on Rocks and Soils and the children will learn to:
- compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
- describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
- recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.
They will do this whilst carrying out a number of experiments, making predictions, hypothesis and conclusions.
This half term, we will be focusing on multiplication and division in Maths, using a variety of concrete and pictorial resources. Rich opportunities will continue to be provided for children to work collaboratively and independently to develop their problem solving and reasoning skills.
We also have Forest School this half term and, come rain or shine, the children are guaranteed with have fun whilst learning a plethora of essential forest skills.
Homework will continue to bet set on a Friday via MS Teams and ideally submitted back in to us on a Wednesday. This gives us time to mark and feedback. Any issues with the homework, including needing an extension, please do talk to us. Homework is an important part of KS2 learning, however it is about the attempt, rather than the outcome, that really matters.
If you have any question or general queries about learning in Kingfishers Class, please do come and talk to us- our door is always open.
Mrs Coult and Mrs Davies