Welcome to Turquoise Class, Year 3!
Turquoise Class is a Year 3 class of 29 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 Autumn Term is ‘Roald Dahl’, where we will consider the question, ‘What makes Roald Dahl’s books so ‘gloriumptious?’
We will be reading many Roald Dahl books in class, considering who Roald Dahl is 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.
Also during Autumn 1 we have a strong science focus, ‘Animals, including humans.’
Here 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.
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 (indoor) 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 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!