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Class 3 – Heroic Lions – Miss Hall and Mrs Long

Welcome to the Heroic Lions class page

We have a busy year ahead and we are so excited to have you all back at school with us. We are looking forward to getting to know your children and continuing their learning journey with them. Below is an overview of what we will cover in each of our topics this academic year as well as extra information you may need.  During this first half term we will be focusing predominantly on their mental health, personal, social and emotional needs as well as providing lots of opportunities to talk, play and take time out to reflect on the changes that have affected us all. We are living through a moment in history and we want to ensure the children feel as safe and secure as we move through it together. Please contact us if you have any queries.

 

Miss Hall and Mrs Long

 

Key information:

Spelling zappers

Spelling strategies

Year 3 and 4 Statutory word list

Punctuation and Grammar games

Timestables

 

Autumn A 2020- Potions

As we start the year, we enter the classroom as budding scientists, discovering the properties of materials and learning about the states of matter- solids, liquids and gases. We will be testing materials and investigating. We will teach the children about hazardous materials and make potions of our own. The class will be designing and making their own perfume bottles based on research they have carried out looking at a range of desirable perfume containers. 

English foci: labels and instructions, poetry, playscripts, letters and non-chronological reports.

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

 As we will be looking at hazardous and informative symbols on packaging you could look out for these and find out what they mean and talk about why they are used. You could make your own potion concoctions using natural materials e.g sticks, muddy water or researching ideas on the internet such as a galaxy in a jar. Why not find out about the history of anaesthetics and how it has changed over time? 

Homework (Please also read as often as possible with your child and write in their reading diaries)

Book recommendations

Autumn B 2020- Scrumdiddlyumptious

 Throughout this topic we’re going to enjoy a yummy journey of discovery, sampling fantastic fruits and tantalising treats! The children will be exploring a variety of foods and ingredients, designing, making and testing products. We’ll follow recipes and learn about foods from around the world. Our science work will focus on food groups and how food can be altered. As scientists, will we be able to create bouncy eggs and edible slime? Using fruits and vegetables, we’ll make musical instruments and sculptures. We’ll also learn about the fascinating discoveries made by the physicist James Lind. 

English foci: recounts, recipes, poetry, non-chronological reports, adverts and fictional writing.

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

This is a perfect opportunity to taste new foods and have a go at following recipes. Why not bake healthy muffins or prepare a slow cooker stew together? You could also sample adventurous foods from around the world. Alternatively, you could read the packaging of foods in your fridge to find out where they have come from.

Homework (Please also read as often as possible with your child and write in their reading diaries)

Book recommendations

 Spring A 2021- Heroes and Villains

This half term, we’ll meet Cruella de Vil to interrogate her about her wicked plans. By reading parts of 101 Dalmatians, we’ll learn all about Cruella’s character. Then, we’ll, make a Cruella sock puppet, models of Dalmatian dogs and a flipbook animation of the story. Cruella won’t be very impressed! When we’re listening to film music, we’ll consider how sounds are used to make characters appear more villainous. We’ll also research historical heroes using a variety of source materials and put song lyrics about our favourite heroes to familiar tunes. We will make our own superhero video using a green screen, with backgrounds we have designed ourselves. There are so many heroes and villains in the world – who would you like to know more about? Is it someone from the past or the present? Is your hero a famous person or someone you know, like a nurse or a firefighter?

English foci: Biographies, fairy tales, riddles, dialogue and comic strips.

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

Heroes and villains are everywhere, in real life and fiction. Why not watch a film or read a book to identify the heroes and villains? What characteristics do they have? You could also watch CBBC Newsround and think about the heroic or villainous qualities of public figures. Alternatively, visit a museum to investigate heroes and villains throughout history.

Homework (Please also read as often as possible with your child and write in their reading diaries)

Book recommendations

 Spring B 2021- Rocks, Relics and Rumble

In the Rocks, Relics and Rumbles project, we will learn about the different layers of the Earth, including plate tectonics and their potential effects on the Earth's surface. We will investigate different types of rock to learn about their uses and properties as well as investigating soil and fossils, including learning about the work of Mary Anning.
We will have the opportunity to use maps to learn about the lines of latitude and longitude. We will then learn more about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and the long and short-term consequences that these can have.

English foci: non-chronological reports, poetry, newspaper reports, diaries, fictional writing.

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

Who is Mary Anning? Can you find out some facts about her involvement in this project? Are there any recent disasters involving earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions. Youtube have really informative videos you could watch together to learn more about natural disasters. 

Homework (Please also read as often as possible with your child and write in their reading diaries)

Book recommendations

Summer A 2021- Emperors and Empires

We will be heading back in time to Ancient Roman and learning about the Roman Empire where we will be finding out about the growth and ruling of Romans. The Roman army will be an area we will delve into, exploring the hierarchy within and the battles that were faced. We will be finding out about the use of public baths and gladiator fights. A timeline will give us an overview to distinguish between AD and BC, recording important dates in Roman history. 

English foci: biographies, poetry, letters, myths and playscripts.

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

What do Boudicca, Britannia and Hadrian's Wall have to do with the Romans? What was life like in a Roman town? Search the internet for photographs of Roman artefacts- can you talk about what they might be used for or how and why they were used?

Homework (Please also read as often as possible with your child and write in their reading diaries)

Book recommendations

Summer B 2021- Road Trip USA!

Buckle up, sunglasses on. We’re going on a road trip across the good old US of A. Flying from London Gatwick, and landing at JFK airport New York, it’s time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Using our map skills to navigate our way around some of its most famous landmarks and sending a postcard home to ask the question ‘Do you wish you were here?’ We will learn how to send an email to book a day trip or reserve a room, making sure we ask the important questions ‘Does your hotel have a pool? Is there 24-hour room service?’  We'll be meeting the Iroquois tribe; Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions. Then we'll plan a bespoke road trip for Mr Smith and his family of four; they want to spend three weeks in the sunshine. It’s going to be a long ride. Put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair. We’re off!

English foci: postcards, emails, diaries, myths/legends and poetry.

How can I help my child prepare for this topic?

The USA is an incredible place, with a varied landscape and culture. Why not choose a state to research together and create a scrapbook of exciting locations? You could also make a playlist of American songs from different genres that you could listen to on your road trip. Alternatively, visit the supermarket together to see if you can identify any foods associated with the USA. You might even try some of them.

Homework (Please also read as often as possible with your child and write in their reading diaries)

Book recommendations