Welcome back to The Autumn term and our new Topic.
Over the next seven weeks Ahlberg class will be following a unit of work called ‘Footprints From The Past’
that focuses on ‘Before people’’
This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:
1. The subjects of the curriculum – The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the UK curriculum. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.
2. Personal development – The characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
3. International understanding – This will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.
Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.
During this unit we will be focusing on History, Geography, Science, Art and International.
In History, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• About the different time periods when dinosaurs lived
• How to make a time line
• About fossil hunters from around the world
• About different ideas to explain why the dinosaurs died out
In Geography, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• What the Earth looked like millions of years ago
• Where to look for dinosaur bones
In Science, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• What a fossil is and how a fossil is formed
• About different types of rock
• How to make a dinosaur fossil
• How to ﬁnd out what dinosaurs looked like
• What dinosaurs ate
• How to sort and classify dinosaurs
• About the other animals and plants that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs
In Art, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• About how artists draw dinosaurs
• How to make a sculpture of a dinosaur
• How to make reptile-skin patterns
In International, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• Where dinosaurs have been found
• About the rules of exploration
Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, Science, RE and Music will be interwoven with our topic learning. In English we will be looking at a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts and developing our understanding of spellings, punctuation and grammar. In Numeracy, we will be developing and applying the number system, securing numerical fluency and calculating. We will also be exploring fractions, measure, statistics and understanding geometry (properties of shape).
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.
If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.
PE kits (sky blue polo-top with school badge, plain royal blue shorts, trainers, royal blue track suit) should be kept in school all week in case of timetable changes. For health and safety reasons earrings and watches should be removed for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up.
This term in Year 3 we will send a homework folder home which contains a reading record and spelling practice booklet.
Please read with your child every night for 10-15 minutes and make comments in the reading record.
Given out on Wednesday - Returned on Monday
The children will have daily questions to answer.
Spelling/ Mental Maths
Given out on Friday - Returned on Wednesday
On a Wednesday morning the children will have their swimming lessons at Hatfield swimming centre. Their swimming kits will need to be in school every Wednesday morning and they will go home the same day for washing and drying.
If you have any concerns, or questions regarding your child, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me any day after school or make an appointment at the school office.