What a busy first term it has been! The children have shown great maturity and enthusiasm for learning - across all aspects of school life. In Maths, we started with place value then moved onto mental strategies for addition and subtraction. Many children found this challenging at first, yet they have persevered and worked hard to master these skills. In writing lessons we have studied explanation texts and written an explanation about ‘How an iRobot dog works’. The class enjoyed the opportunity to get creative and design their own ‘iRobot’ creatures to write about, with ideas ranging from iRobot bats and tortoises to iRobot dinosaurs and dragons! Our design and technology project this term has had a similar theme: the children have been learning about pneumatic systems and have designed their own monsters with moving parts, which they will make and evaluate in the final week of term.
The class has loved learning about our History topic this term: the Ancient Egyptians. Particular highlights have been writing messages in hieroglyphics and learning all about pyramids. In RE we are studying Christianity in both terms 1 and 2; so far the children have learned about the Bible, the Trinity, Baptism and different types of churches. Science has been a greatly anticipated lesson this term: the children have been fascinated to learn about forces and magnets. They worked scientifically in groups to investigate which surfaces cause more friction, and we have explored which types of materials are magnetic. In computing lessons the children have been working on their typing skills and learning about online safety. PE has been another highlight - the class have enjoyed developing their confidence and football skills while being taught by a professional coach. Weekly French lessons have become a firm favourite, and the children look forward to their Forest sessions with Miss Leyman, Mrs Bazeley and Mr Kitley each week.
All in all it has been a fantastic first term and I am already looking forward to seeing everyone again in term 2!
Maple class have had an excellent start to the term, showing great maturity as they settle into Year 3. It has been lovely to get to know the children and see them developing their friendships, both in the classroom and on the playground. They have shown great enthusiasm towards their learning so far, with French and Forest being particular favourites. We have covered place value in Mathematics, and we are learning about forces in Science. The children have enjoyed reading about ‘The iRobot Cat’ as part of their Writing lessons on explanation texts, and we have started reading The Butterfly Lion in Whole Class Guided Reading. In History, we have started our topic on the Ancient Egyptians, and in PE they are learning to play football.
Some logistical points for the coming year:
P.E. is on Friday afternoons. Children will wear the correct kit (Longvernal PE t-shirt; school sweatshirt or fleece; black shorts or sports trousers; and daps or trainers) to and from school on these days.
Forest School is on a Wednesday morning. They will come to school in their Forest kit and must wear a long sleeved top and long trousers — to protect their arms and legs from insect bites and tree branches. Sessions will take place in any weather (other than high wind or thunder and lightning storms) so please can you ensure their kit has the appropriate items of clothing (waterproofs, spare socks, wellies, gloves and a hat for colder months).
Homework will be set on Doodle Maths. Children should complete 15 minutes per week. If anyone wishes to complete this at school they may join Homework Club on Wednesday lunchtime, where they can access Chromebooks.
Now that they are in Year 3, Maple Class will also be expected to log on to Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) at least three times a week (for 5-10 minutes at a time), to practise their times tables. I will check their progress on TTRS and Doodle Maths on Friday mornings.
The children will bring home between 3-6 personal spellings on Fridays. They will then be tested on these by their partner the following Friday.
The children must read and record their reading at least 3 times per week at home and need to bring their books and reading records to school daily. These will be collected in on Thursday, ready for Celebration Assembly on Friday. At Longvernal we are passionate about getting children reading, as the amount children read has been shown to be a great signifier of future success. It has even been proven to enhance mental wellbeing!
I will be available on the playground every morning and when I dismiss at the end of the day so please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you have any worries, concerns or queries.
Finally, please don’t forget to check out the school website and Twitter as we will be updating both regularly!
I look forward to what promises to be an exciting year with Maple Class!