Class 3 Curriculum - Autumn Term 2015 Welcome back! I hope you all had an enjoyable summer and are feeling rested and ready for the autumn term. Outlined below are the topics your child(ren) will be learning about between now and Christmas. As ever, should you have any questions about your child’s learning, please feel free to come and speak to me at any time. Miss Cannon Literacy In literacy, we will be covering: short stories; historical and traditional tales; Michael Morpurgo; recounts; instructions and explanations; poetry. Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) will be taught alongside these topics, with 2 discrete sessions each week. Your child will have two 30 minute guided reading sessions each week, and a reading comprehension lesson. In addition to this, an adult in class will read with your child 1 to 1 at least once a week. Maths In maths we will be covering a number of topics across both year groups, including: Year 5 – developing and securing written and mental methods for all four operations; converting 12 to 24 hour clock; ordering fractions and finding equivalents; measuring and drawing angles Year 6 – securing and enhancing written and mental methods for all four operations; working with larger numbers; calculating with decimals and fractions; converting measurements; negative numbers; calculation area, perimeter and volume; finding missing angles Science In Science, we will be learning about living things, habitats and life cycles in the first half term, and properties and changes of materials in the second. Alongside these topics, your child will also be developing age appropriate scientific investigation skills. RE We will continue to follow the Suffolk County Council scheme for RE, and this term will be looking at Christian beliefs in action through ’God’s Kingdom’. The first half term will also have a strong focus on Harvest Festival. History/Geography Topic Our History/Geography topic this term will be Prehistoric Britain, i.e. the stone, bronze and iron ages. Later this month, we will be visiting Grime’s Graves, the prehistoric mine near Thetford to enrich the learning in this topic. Please see the separate letter for more information. PE PE will be on Thursday and Friday afternoons, so your child will need to bring in their kit on both of these days. We will have two sessions a week: one indoors and one outdoors. Mr Cutts, our Premier Sports coach will teach the Friday lesson. We hope to be outside most weeks, so your child will need comfortable trainers and a warm jumper/gloves, especially in the second half term. Girls will also need to remember socks (for hygiene reasons, we do not allow them to wear tights under their jogging bottoms), a hair band and must take their earrings out. If they are unable to do this by themselves, they should come to school without them in. Other subject areas In DT, we will be making cushions for the new school library. If you are able to use a sewing machine and think you would be available for a morning/afternoon in the week before October half term to lend a hand, please speak to me. In computing, your child will learn coding and programming skills. In art, we will cover a range of techniques throughout the year from sketching and painting to collage, textiles and 3D work. Your child will also be learning about specific artists and some art history. Music will be delivered by Ms Webber on a Tuesday afternoon. Children learning the cornet and/or recorder will continue to do so during Monday and Tuesday lunch times respectively. French will continue to be taught by Miss Briley on a weekly basis. Are you ever free in the afternoon (or a Thursday morning) for an hour? In class 3 we are always looking for extra reading volunteers, so if you think you could commit to regularly reading with us, we would be really grateful. Please speak to me or Mrs Tricker.