Welcome to Class 3
Welcome to our class! In Class 3 we teach children in Years 3 and Years 4 and teach Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum. Class 3 is sometimes referred to as lower Key Stage 2 – the children will continue to work in Key Stage 2 until they leave primary school at the end of Year 6. We continue to develop our reading, numeracy and literacy skills – through a greater emphasis on spelling strategies, reading comprehension skills as well as reading a wider variety of genres, a more complex range of sentences, applying and explaining their maths along side developing skills for all their multiplication tables. You can learn more about the Key Stage 2 national curriculum on our National Curriculum page.
On this page you will find useful information about your time in Class 3 including our Topic of the Term, information about home learning and links to our Key Instant Recall Facts. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Rinvolucri, the Class 3 teacher.
Topic of the Term
This term our topic is ‘WWII and the Homefront’….
- We will begin the unit with a look at how the War impacted on the lives of children during the 1940s.
- As a local study, The National Trust will be hosting a day on Woolacombe Warren looking at where the WWII troops trained and the impact of this today on wildlife and habitat.
- Exeter Museum (RAM) will be providing us with a workshop finding out about everything from Morse Code to how to put out an incendiary device! We will use this to inspire some key questions about the period especially ‘What kind of toys and games did children play with?’, ‘What was school life like?’, ‘Why were children evacuated and what was it like?’, ‘What was rationing including make do and mend?’, ‘What were the clothes and food like?’, ‘What part did animals play in the war?’
Homework in Class 3
Reading. Children in Class 3 are encouraged to choose books to bring home and read. Please continue to listen to your child read as often as possible and keep asking them questions about the text: what is happening in the story, can they summarise it, what can they infer from the text, can they guess what may happen next, do they like the book? We encourage children in Class 3 to read as much as possible – fiction or non fiction, multi media, newspapers, magazines – all reading is great! Please encourage your child to record their reading in their Home Learning/Reading Journal book; children need to record the name of each book or piece they read, the genre and the author. Termly reading tasks are set in the back of their Home Learning/Reading Journal Book. These need only be done once a half term and there are lots of fun tasks to choose from.
Spelling. Children will be sent home with weekly spelling sheets. These may contain words to learn or simple tasks around understanding different types of words and how they are used in writing. Tasks will typically ask children to consider patterns in words and different ways they can be used in writing. Spellings and word patterns are usually tested on Mondays.
Weekly home learning. A home learning task will be set each week. A sheet will be pasted into your child’s homework book containing the task – it may be a maths sheet, comprehension or a writing project. Home learning needs to be handed in each Tuesday.
Termly projects. Once a term your child will be asked to complete a project relating to the topic of the term. Projects will be broad based, around a theme, and provide your child with the opportunity to explore their topic learning in a way that inspires them. Children will typically be given 2-3 weeks to complete their project.
Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs)
Each half term we will send home a sheet of Key Instant Recall Facts that we would like you to practice. The objective is for children to know and be able to recall, instantly, the numeracy facts on the sheet. The facts can be practised in many ways – the key to success is practising a little and often – walking to school, in a car journey, over dinner time? Have a look at our suggestions for fun games to help you practice and learn the facts.
Click here to download the Year 3 Autumn 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Year 3 Spring 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Year 4 Autumn 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
Click here to download the Year 4 Spring 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet
During your child’s time in Class 3 they will be asked to present a ‘Spotlight’. A spotlight is a short presentation on a topic of their choice related to a theme we are studying in class. The spotlight is your child’s chance to explore something of interest and talk to the class about it. The aim is to help them develop speaking and presentation skills – the goal is to present and communicate information to their audience, clearly, concisely and in a way that promotes questions and thoughts from the class. They may bring in supporting materials to show as part of their spotlight but the goal is not to read from a sheet, rather to present and talk about something that interests them. This is a fun task and done in a way that encourages all children to listen to each other and support each other.