Welcome to Class 3!
This year, the teaching team in Class 3 is Mr Atkinson, supported by Miss Ellis. We look forward to building upon the progress from last year and working with parents and carers to keep you informed of the exciting learning and progress of the children.
In Class 3 we aim to develop the whole child and develop their independence and resilience, providing them with a hard working attitude to enable them to succeed in the future – whatever path they choose. As well as learning through regular curriculum-based subjects, the children will have opportunities to take part in outdoor learning, with hands-on, practical experiences as well as a range of educational visits and visitors. These experiences aim to introduce new learning or to extend and consolidate existing knowledge.
Autumn Term 2016
We have an exciting year ahead of us, packed with exciting topics and learning. We begin the year studying the topic of ‘The Stone Age – The Iron Age’ and any assistance with researching information online, or from books at home, would give your child a great head start! Along with history, geography, science, design & technology, French, physical education, music and religious education, there will be a strong focus on learning and mastering of key maths facts and times tables. Extra practise at home would be much appreciated as a sound knowledge of these will assist in almost all areas of the maths curriculum. We will also have a strong emphasis on reading regularly and improving handwriting.
We look forward to sharing examples of our learning in the coming weeks.
Learning From 2015-2016
Summer term in Class 3 has got off to a great start!
Our first topic, the geography of the UK, has been thoroughly explored through art, DT, PE, maths and English and we are now experts!
At the start of the term, we worked in teams to create our own 3d maps of the UK, showing major landmarks, features, counties, towns and cities. We also researched national foods from each of the four countries of the UK, sampled some items we’d never tasted before and baked our own Scottish shortbread and English scones.
Marcus Watson, our local Sustrans Officer, came and worked with us on our map reading skills and we planned a walk around our local area. Unfortunately, the great British weather prevented us from completing our full planned walk but we still braved the rain and the puddles and Marcus hopes to return later on in the term, so we can finish what we started. Fingers crossed!
On Thursday 9th June, to compliment our learning in RE, we were lucky enough to visit the Newcastle Reform Synagogue. The morning was spent seeing the things we’d learned about in real life, obtaining new learning and role-playing authentic Jewish practices.
As part of our learning in English, we studied persuasive texts. After creating leaflets to persuade people to visit Auckland Castle, we decided to write persuasive letters to Mrs Johnson to ask if we could go for a visit. We worked hard on our letters to make them as good as possible, and also prepared them to be read aloud, using emphasis and intonation.
Our letters were so effective that Mrs Johnson said yes! Our visit went ahead on Monday 20th June so watch this space for an update and photographs…
Class 3 Parent Termly Information for Spring Term:
Class 3 Home Learning Tasks for Spring Term:
A more detailed description of our learning this term can be found here: Class 3 parent info Autumn 2015
Autumn Term home learning tasks can be found here: Class 3 Autumn grid 15
The Class 3 Dance Team had a fabulous time at the Parkside Primary PE Cluster Dance Festival on Tuesday 9th February. They performed their dance ‘Clockwork’ brilliantly and all their hard work rehearsing definitely paid off.
After everybody had performed their individual group dances, they practiced and performed a dance, with all groups together. Even Mrs Wellstood joined in!
Lantern-making with Jack Drum Arts
Over two days, Class 3 worked with Joseph and Nora from Jack Drum Arts. We designed and made lanterns out of willow, tissue paper, LED lights and VERY sticky latex glue (which got EVERYWHERE!). The lanterns were made for a parade through the streets of Crook, as part of the Crook Community Christmas event on Sunday 29th November. Some members of the class attended the parade to carry lanterns and, despite the terrible weather, had a great time.
Computing Without Computers
On Monday 23rd of November, Class 3 were lucky enough to have a session with Mr Chris Holden from Wolsingham School and Community College. The focus of the session was to use computational thinking and the process of creating and following algorithms. In order to do this, we learned how to do a card trick (ask one of us to show you how we can make a card magically move from one place to another!) and we looked at how it related to maths, computing and algorithms.
Aladin Role Play
As part of our learning in English, Class 3 explored the feelings of characters and the sequencing of ‘Aladdin’, through drama and roleplay. This resulted in some fabulous performances, in-depth thinking and showing empathy.
Centre for Life Trip
On Monday 9th November, Class 3 went on a trip to the Centre for Life in Newcastle. It was a jam-packed day, full of exploring and investigation, as well as lots of fun.
We took part in a workshop on magnets which complimented our learning in science this term and investigated magnetic and non-magnetic materials. We also attended Astronaut School and learned how to power a rocket, observed space and the Hubble Telescope, in the Planetarium and played lots of games, old and new, in the Game On! exhibition.
It was a long and tiring day but everybody had a fantastic time and came back to school with smiles, lots of new knowledge and great stories to tell!
We had a wonderful time during our recent Roman Day.