Welcome to Topaz Class, Year 3!
Topaz Class is a Year 3 class of 30 pupils taught by Mr Hanson. We also have a fantastic teaching assistant called Mrs Farboud who works every morning to support learning across Year 3.
Our topic during the first half of the Autumn Term is ‘Roald Dahl’. We will consider ‘What makes Roald Dahl’s books so ‘gloriumptious?’
We will be reading many Roald Dahl books in class, considering who Roald Dahl was and compiling a fact file about him. Jumping into the shoes of many of the fantastic characters in Roald Dahl’s imaginary world, we will be writing letters from different viewpoints, understanding characters through drama and writing descriptions of them.
During Autumn 1 we have a strong science focus: ‘Animals, including humans.’
We will be learning that humans and animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
We will ask the question, ‘Why do all animals including humans need to eat yet not all animals eat the same food?’ Looking into the different food groups we will unpick what nutritional properties different foods have, how these are important to our bodies and why it is important to eat a nutritionally balanced diet.
Later in Autumn 1 we will develop our fieldwork skills, identifying and exploring features of the local area. We will learn to use and understand the 8 points of a compass, create a map and use grid references to locate places.
We encourage children to drink throughout the day. Your child can bring a named water bottle to keep by the sink.
Throughout the week we work independently, with a learning partner, with a reading buddy and in groups. These parings and groups change throughout the year so that everybody gets the opportunity to work with a variety of classmates.
In Topaz class we love reading and we try to read as much as possible. We encourage parents to read regularly with their children and to record this in their child’s reading diary. Children may also record their own independent reading in their reading diary.
Some children have colour banded books and others are free readers. A varied choice of home / class reading books are found in the class libraries and can be changed as often as necessary by children themselves during daily guided reading time. We expect children to keep their book safely in their book bag when it is not being read and bring their book bags to school every day.
On Mondays, Topaz class gets time to explore and enjoy the school library and its numerous books. In this session children can choose 1 book to borrow from the library and this book can be returned the following Monday or can be kept for a fortnight. Please keep this book in your child’s book bag when it is not being read to help prevent it being mislaid, thank you.
On Thursday afternoons we will be learning French with Mme Jarry, a specialist language teacher.
Our PE days are Tuesday (outdoor) and Thursday (indoor); however it is often easier for PE kits to remain in school throughout the half term, preventing disappointment and inconvenience when forgetting kit on the day! We require children to wear shorts and a T-shirt and as the weather gets cooler jogging trousers / legging and a sweatshirt. Long hair needs to be tied back and earring either not worn or taped. Trainers or plimsolls are needed on outdoor PE days.
Topaz is determined to be the best, to take responsibility for our learning and behaviour, and to have fun whilst learning!