Class 3 is a mixed year 3, 4 and year 5 class. In the morning, Literacy and Numeracy are taught taking objectives from these year groups alongside tailor made teaching to fit individual learning needs. Literacy is sometimes taught based on a class text. This half term we have read ‘How to wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley. For the second half of the autumn term it is ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King Smith. Literacy is also taught using ‘Talk for Writing’ by Pie Corbett. Topics include non-fiction, persuasion and instructions. For Maths we follow the White Rose scheme of work. Interventions take place using Rapid Reading. Phonics is taught using Rapid Phonics and Nessy.
In the afternoon, foundation subjects are taught using an exciting and hands on approach. For example, in Science our topic is light. We have been observing shadows in the playground and investigating mirrors. In History we are looking at Britain’s first builders and making timelines with famous landmarks and studying aerial pictures on the computer. Our Art this term is looking at the Renaissance period and the works of Da Vinci. The children are working with pencils to create their own flying machine. For more information on this, click on the curriculum link. Wider curriculum opportunities are incorporated by class visits to museums, gardens and places of interest.
External professionals Future Steps are used to deliver occupational therapy to the children and we also follow the handwriting programme ‘Earth’ which was devised by the physiotherapists. This helps to develop fine and gross motor skills. Specialist support from a CAMHs key worker to support emotional regulation is also available for children.
P.E. is taught on a Wednesday afternoon. In the autumn term our topic is ‘Three Touch Ball’ which works on the skills needed to play invasion games. This term we are also trying some more adventurous activities such as archery, climbing and abseiling at Moor house Adventure Centre. Next half term we have a specialist in to teach gymnastics. Hopefully, in the spring term, children will be able to attend swimming lessons on a Friday morning and go horseriding. On a Thursday morning we have a time slot in the school kitchen. Children cook a wide variety of sweet and savoury dishes which they can then take home with them.
Every effort is made to make the curriculum as creative and hands on as possible. To support this, a variety of school trips are planned which are designed to stimulate children’s learning, develop their team work and promote new experiences. Please click on our gallery to see what we have been up to.
Mrs. Smith, Miss Anderson and Mrs. Blackett.
For further information about our curriculum or long term plans please visit the curriculum section of our website.