We cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by this academic year and that we are already in week 2 of the Summer term! Class 3 ended last term performing in the Easter service at St. John’s Church. They fully embraced the opportunity and acted the Easter story brilliantly, each child having a role to play and speaking their lines clearly and with expression. The children had fully studied the story in class and during assemblies which meant that they had a comprehensive understanding of the story and what it means to Christians. We were very sad to see Mrs Inns leave the class as our TA at the end of the Spring term as she took the opportunity to work back in publishing. We wish her every happiness in her new job but will miss her very much and are very grateful for everything that she did for the teachers and children of Class 3.
So what is in store for the children of Class 3 this term? We have just started studying our new book for this term- ‘African Tales’ by Gcina Mhlophe. This is a beautifully illustrated book which tells of traditional African tales from different countries in Africa and we are looking forward to expanding our language skills and learning about the diversity of African culture by hearing some of these stories. Term 5 has a real African theme to it as we have also begun a topic on Ancient Egypt. The children seem quite excited to learn about the process of mummification!! After a visit from The Historical Characters Workshop in May, we are sure that Class 3 will develop their understanding and knowledge of this historical era even further!
As Spring is beginning and the weather is becoming warmer, it seems a perfect time to begin a Science project on Plants and Flowers. The children will be investigating the different parts and functions of plants, recognising what they need to live and grow and exploring the role of flowers in the life cycle of plants. In Maths, we are continuing work on fractions- Class 3 are becoming experts in developing their understanding of equivalent fractions through handling fraction apparatus and looking at pictorial representations. We will end this half term by studying the properties of shapes.
There seems no end to the diverse learning opportunities that the children are exposed to! Class 3 have started to learn Street Dance with Mrs Moore on a Friday afternoon. This will culminate in them performing in the Summer Production. Moreover, each child is also taking part in horse riding on a Wednesday afternoon for a series of four weeks where they will learn basic horse riding skills and also stable management.
What a busy term then is in store!! Throughout all of this learning, we are also so proud of how the children are developing and learning to express to each other our 4 Christian values of compassion, forgiveness, tolerance and trust within every day life at school. These core values are taught to the children in every aspect of school life, whether in the classroom or in the playground. Class 3 are learning that, even though it is not always easy, these values make our classroom and school a happy, fun and productive place to be.