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 Summer half-term is Wondrous Wilderness (with a focus on plants and Białowieża Forest in Poland and Belarus ). Our key question is : What wonders exist in the wilderness?
In English we will be reading The Raft by Jim LaMarche. We will paint scenes from the story and write rich descriptive sentences to accompany them. We will also write a diary entry from the perspective of the main character.
In Geography we will learn about the countries and capital cities of Europe. We will study the features and characteristics of a wild forest and consider how the lives of the people who live there are similar and different to our own lives.
In Science we will be learning all about plants including: their life cycle, the identification and function of their parts and their requirements for life and growth.
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 morning we learn French with Mme Jarry, a specialist language teacher.
Our PE days are Wednesday (Swimming) and Thursday (outdoor); 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!