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Moving into the second half of the Spring term, the children have much to cover - especially in the core curriculum areas of English and Mathematics.
In English, the themes for composition element of the children's writing will include both narrative and non-narrative, formal and informal, the creative and the constrained. The half-term begins with the children writing an interview (as part of the School's celebration of World Book Day). The focus will be upon the order of the questions, and the ability to derive a question from the previous answer of the interviewee. Both of these features contribute to the fluency of the exchange between interviewer and the person being interviewed.
There will also be the opportunity to write creatively. Among our narrative pieces this term, children will develop settings and characters with the purpose of engaging the reader in a story opening. This will then broaden out to encompass the way in which traditional tales are composed, offering children the chance, at text level, to develop the plot, while displaying, at sentence level, different structures and a range of grammatical features that will include commas, dashes, brackets, hyphens and apostrophes.
It is hoped that there will be enough time to study the style of biographies and autobiographies. Most children tend to enjoy writing about themselves and this motivation will, it is hoped, inspire some interesting recounts of memorable events in their lives. As well as this, children will hear a detailed account of the childhood of Charles Dickens - from which they will practise note-taking skills and exercise their judgement as to the most relevant information to select for their own biographical account.
There are many mathematical topics that the children would benefit from studying. Some of these, such as fractions and algebra will be looked at in the early part of the summer term. Before then, however, the children will be busy learning more about angles, 2-D and 3-D shapes, co-ordinates, time, and graphs, tables and charts.
Alongside all the above, there are still the other subjects to fit in - most notably Science. It is hoped that the children will improve their understanding of electricity through practical investigation, and of the life cycles of plants and some creatures, including humans. Foremost, however, will be the life cycle of flowering plants, and this will be studied through the research of both visual and written resources.
IXL is a commercial website to which the school began subscribing in December of last year. It offers children in Class 3 the chance to practise and refine their skills for both Grammar & Punctuation and Mathematics. The website can be accessed from any computer; it only requires that the child knows his or her log-in details. I provide lists of activities that correspond to the work which is taking place in the classroom at the time. (Owing to the extent to which I anticipate the number of lists will increase during the months ahead, this facility has been afforded its own sub-pages.) Click on the headings below to see current and recent lists for both subjects.
For any parent who wonders what might be a good, yet straightforward, means of supporting a child at home, this is it.
'Homework' is usually a case of catching up, continuing with or finishing off work that is being done in class. It is essentially a means of ensuring that the extensive content of the National Curriculum is covered by every child. Keeping up with homework helps to prevent a child from falling behind. Homework is most frequently set at weekends, but it may also be required during the week.
Spellings, multiplication tables and IXL online are elements that can be practised at home even without my having specifically requested that children do so.
Click on the icon below to see details of current homework.
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