Class 3 - Mrs Collins - Years 4 & 5
Welcome to the Class 3 page. Our classroom is in the original Victorian schoolroom, which also has access to the adjoining school library. Mrs Collins is our teacher and Mrs Fletcher is our teaching assistant.
This term our main topic themes will be ‘Transport’ and ‘Forces’. We will be finding out about different methods of transport, their invention and development. We will study railways in depth, finding out about George Stephenson and the first steam trains and we will visit Wensleydale Railway. We will be designing and making our own buggies and testing them. In Science, we will study the effects of gravity, friction, air and water resistance and carry out experiments developing our understanding of the need for fair testing.
Our English work will be linked to the theme of ‘Journeys’. We will continue daily spelling, handwriting and grammar sessions with a weekly focus rule. Children will continue to be tested on the spellings on Fridays and their score recorded on a copy of the Spelling Menu at the back of their homework book. As always, your continued support in practising these spelling rules at home is much appreciated. Reading task homework will also continue to be set on a Friday to be completed by the following Thursday. The 100 Book Reading Challenge will continue to encourage the children to read a wide variety of different books – well done to all those children who have already read several books!
In Maths the focus will be on shape, angles, area, perimeter and time. Learning the times tables also remains a high priority in Class 3 and so please also encourage your child to continue practising these.
In RE we will be learning about The Gospel and how Christians interpret this ‘good news’. We will continue with ‘Thrive’ sessions to develop the children’s personal, social and emotional skills in particular; ‘Teamwork’.
In Music the children will be learning to sing a range of songs on the theme of ‘Big Smile’ to be performed as part of ‘The Big Sing’ at The Sage in Gateshead with thousands of other children. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to perform in a famous concert venue which I am sure will be very memorable. Unfortunately, parents are unable to attend the concert due to space limitations, however we plan to hold our own ‘Big Sing’ concert back in school. (More details about this and transport arrangements will follow.)
All Class 3 will continue to have their main PE session on Thursdays with Mr. Cryer. The Year 4s will be going swimming on Friday mornings, while the Year 5s will participate in PE with Mr. Acaster. We will continue our 'Fit in Fifteen' sessions on non-PE days, so please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day.
Our Spring term topic was ‘Ancient Egypt’. We learned how the discovery of Tutankahmun’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 enabled archaeologists to learn a great deal about life in Ancient Egypt from the artefacts discovered there. We made clay amulets and mini sarcophagi which were placed a tomb created by our teachers in the school hall.
In RE we learned about Jewish beliefs and practises and learned that there are many common stories in the Jewish Torah and the Old Testament of the Bible.
During the Autumn term our main topic themes were the Stone Age to the Iron Age and World War 1 to coincide with the armistice centenary. Please see below for photos of some of our work.
To find out more about our learning and see samples of our work as the year progresses, please visit this page regularly.
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