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Class 3 Autumn Term – The Romans

Welcome back from the summer break. I hope all of the children had a restful but exciting summer holiday. We have some incredibly interesting and exciting learning ahead of us this year, with some really exciting topics and trips to look forward to.

Mr Boorman

Overview

Our overarching topic for this term is The Romans. This is a history based topic, focusing primarily on the Roman invasion of Britain. We will be learning about the early history of the Roman Empire, before looking more in depth at the invasion of Emperor Claudius in AD43 and the resulting revolt by Boudicca and the Iceni tribe, before moving on to study the effect that the Romans had on Britain in terms of architecture and lifestyle.

Literacy

We will firstly be reading the book ‘Escape From Rome’ by Caroline Lawrence. Children will have the opportunity to make predictions, discuss their opinions on the different plot points, and write a variety of texts based on the book. After half term, we will be shifting our focus onto non-fiction texts based on our Roman topic.

Numeracy

In term one, there is a great emphasis across the school on number and place value. It is important for children to understand the ways in which our number system works before they can move onto more complex concepts. We will also this term be looking at addition and subtraction, before moving onto multiplication and division. An important activity for children at home is to keep practicing their times tables up to 12x12 – by the end of Year 4 they are expected to know all of them off by heart! This year is also the first official year of the new times table test for Year 4.

Science

In science, we will be studying plants, specifically the function of different parts and the life cycle of flowering plants. After half term, we will move on to studying states of matter, and the changes that take place between a solid, liquid and gas.

DT

After half term, children will be designing and making their own Roman chariots.

Art

In art we are studying and creating our own Roman mosaics, inspired by the beautiful examples at Fishbourne.

RE

Our first topic in RE will be the question, ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?’ After half term, we will then be thinking about artists and the Christmas story.

PE

In PE, we will be developing our skills in games with All Star Soccer and developing our dance skills using Roman-inspired music and stories.

PSHE

Children will be discussing new beginnings, and learning more about the feelings that can accompany these events.

ICT

In ICT, children will be learning how to create a simple maze game using the Scratch program while also creating flowcharts.

Modern Foreign Languages

Children in Class 3 will be learning German this year. In term 1, we will be learning basic phrases including greetings, saying your name and asking how people are feeling. After half term, we will be learning to say German numbers in order for us to say how old we are.

Recorders and singing will continue to take place each week.

Homework

Spelling: Children will be given a Spice Up Spelling menu with a list of suggested activities which can be completed each week. If you would rather practise spellings in a different way, please feel free to do so. However, it is expected that a piece of spelling work will be brought in on a Monday in their spelling folder to be checked in school. Children also now have a login for the online spelling scheme, the Spelling Shed. If their login has been misplaced, please ask me and I will print a new one.

Literacy: A homework menu will be sent home, listing a variety of tasks for children to complete each week in their homework book.

Maths: This will reflect current classroom learning, giving children the chance to either consolidate or extend their learning. At times this will be set using Mathletics. Children also now have access to Times Tables Rockstars in order to improve their times table knowledge.

Literacy and Maths homework will be set on a Wednesday, and should be handed in on a Monday. This gives them 5 days to complete their activities. If children do not bring homework in, they will spend their lunchtime catching up.

Reading: It is expected that children will read to themselves independently each evening. However, children still need to read with an adult at home at least twice a week. This gives you a chance to ask them questions about their reading, helping them to develop quality reading skills outside of the classroom. Reading records have been sent home, and will be checked on a Monday. Please make sure children bring them in.

Monday Homework handed in. Reading records checked. Spelling activity.
Tuesday PE with All Star Soccer
Wednesday Homework books handed out
Thursday Forest School

Class Trip

Class Three will be visiting the Roman Palace of Fishbourne in November. We currently have space for 2 parent helpers – please indicate on the trip letter once it is sent out if you would like to attend.

We have also managed to secure free cinema tickets at the Uckfield Picture House in November. More information will be given nearer the date, but we will need parents to help with transport to and from the cinema on the day. There is also space for 2/3 parents to stay and watch the film with the children.

Forest School

Forest school is every Thursday afternoon, with year 3 and 4 on alternate weeks. Please ensure your child has suitable clothing for the forecast weather. We also need parents to volunteer to assist Mrs Godfrey in these sessions.

Requests

We would love for any parents to come in and help listen to children read, or even help with times tables practice. Please let me know if you are available.

If you have any questions, please see me after school or contact me via the school office, office@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk

Key Dates

Wednesday 25 September Harvest Festival and Hike Back to School
Friday 27 September PTA AGM
Monday 21 October / Wedneday 23 October Parents Evenings
4 November Tempest Photographs
TBC November Class Trip to Fishbourne
Friday 15 November Cinema Trip
Friday 22 November Takeover Day
Thursday 19 December End of Term Cup Assembly
Friday 20 December INSET Day

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