Welcome to Turquoise Class, Year 3!
Turquoise Class is a Year 3 class of 30 pupils taught by Ms Proctor Monday to Thursday and Mrs Bowler Thursday morning and Friday. We 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.
Turquoise class have a wonderful newly refurbished classroom for us to learn in. We have a comfy class library, a large sink and art area, spacious desks and a carpet space with a new interactive white board.
We encourage children to drink throughout the day so please can your child bring in 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 Turquoise 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 record book. Children may also record their own independent reading in their record book.
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 please.
On Tuesdays, Turquoise 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 Tuesday or can be kept for a fortnight. Library books can be distinguished from other books as they have a small barcode on the inside of the front cover. Please can this book live in your child’s book bag when it is not being read to help prevent it being mislaid, thank you.
Now that children are part of KS2 they will be learning French. These lessons take part on a Thursday Morning.
Our PE days are Monday (outdoor) and Wednesday (swimming); 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 it is worth discussing with children whether they would prefer not to wear earrings on PE days or have them taped at school. Trainers or plimsols are needed on outdoor PE days.
In Turquoise class we try hard to be good friends and help each other learn. At the start of the year we agreed and displayed kind and sensible behaviors that will enable us to be happy, safe and learn in our classroom and around school.
We are really excited to be in Turquoise class and are determined to work hard, aim high and have fun while we are learning!