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 Spring half-term is Ancient Egypt. Our key question is : What did the Ancient Egyptians do for us?
We will be reading lots of stories set in Ancient Egypt including a version of Cinderella. Pupils will write their own version of this ancient story and a newspaper report about the discovery of an Ancient Egyptian tomb.
In History we will be learning all about the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. We will discover why Ancient Egyptian built pyramids, why (and how) they created mummies, which gods they worshipped, when the Ancient Egyptian period started and ended, and which Ancient Egyptian inventions and innovations we still use today.
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 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!