Class 3 (Barnowls) 2019 - 2020

Mrs Cowell

I have worked at Kingsley St Johns for about 5 years. I work part-time and usually teach maths, science, RE and art/DT.

I enjoy cycling, jigsaws and reading and can often be found building or repairing lego with my daughters.

Mrs Raynor

class teacher

Welcome to Class 3

Welcome to Barn Owls.  We are a class of year 3 and year 4 children beginning the journey through Key Stage 2.  Our class is taught by Mrs Cowell and Mrs Raynor and supported by Mrs Pickering, Miss Coote, Mrs Hudson, Mrs Heald and Mr Craig at various times in the week.   

 

Our staff

As a part-time member of staff you can expect to see Mrs Cowell all day Monday and Tuesday & Wednesday from 10:45am.  Mrs Raynor is in school all day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Our support staff are with us as follows:

 

Mrs Pickering: Monday & Tuesday

Mrs Heald: Wednesday

Mr Craig: Tuesday

Miss Coote: Wednesday

Mrs Hudson: Monday and Tuesday pm, Thursday and Friday

 

Our year ahead

We look forward to building on skills such as independence, self-motivation, co-operation and team work whilst strengthening friendships, learning more and improving presentation with some laughs, jokes and fun along the way.  

 

General information

  • Please can long hair be tied up.
  • Please have a bottle of water at school every day.  We will not be giving out cups this year.
  • Please bring your school bag, reading book and reading record every day.
  • Please use the reading record for messages if you wish.  It is helpful if your child knows to share the note with the classroom teacher.
  • All school uniform needs to be named but particularly jumpers and cardigans.  A biro pen works well but might need to be refreshed after several washes.
  • The register will be taken at 9:00am.  Children who arrive after this are recorded as late.
  • PE is timetabled for Monday and Wednesday.  Swimming will take place in the Spring term.

Welcome to the Spring Term

Barn Owls were fantastically hard working last term and we have completed some great work in RE, Science and Art as well as making good progress with maths and times times tables.  They have settled in well to Class 3 and are all showing themselves to be hard working and caring and respectful towards one another. 

 

We have enjoyed our Greek Day, a trip to the beach to explore habitats, a fantastic Christmas performance, a beautiful Christingle service and several forest school sessions with Mrs Raynor.

Well done Barn Owls.

 

We look forward to the achievements of the Spring Term as the children continue to grow, learn and play together in Barn Owls Class.

 

We continue to focus on being Ready and showing Respect and Resilience in all aspects of school including our attitudes towards learning and each other. 

 

As a church school we use the Christian faith as a guide for our values, behaviour and attitudes as reflected in the following Bible verse:

 

Matthew 12:36-37

Believe in the light; while you have the light so that you become Children of God’

 

The Spring Term Curriculum

Here is some information about our Spring Term curriculum: 

English

During this term, our focused author is Anne Fine. The children will be concentrating on using language effectively through poetry and narrative. We will be focusing on creating suspense through our narrative texts, whilst the children will also be examining the structure of newspaper reports and instructions. They will be continuing to improve their presentation and spelling of frequently used words. 

Spelling

We will be focusing on the Babcock spelling scheme as part of our Literacy lessons. The children will be aiming to use the different techniques to help with spellings within their work and this is how the children will be assessed. They will also be concentrating on spelling common exception words used regularly. 

 

Maths

We continue to use the White Rose Maths to support our planning.  The children will learn through concrete experiences moving onto pictorial and abstract methods as their confidence builds.  They will also be expected to use their learning to explain answers to puzzles in maths and solve problems.

The Spring Term will focus on multiplication and division including written methods for 2 and 3 digit numbers and lots of use of times tables.  We will also explore the patterns for x 0, x 1 and x10.  Please continue to practise the times tables regularly at home as this is an essential skill and will also support our work with fractions.

Our next topics also include measurement including length, perimeter and area and many aspects of fractions before the end of the term.  Year 4 children will also explore decimals.

 

Science

Our science work will aim to develop our knowledge and understanding and scientific skills including testing, measuring and recording.  There was a change to our topic in the second half of last term and so we have now covered several aspects of Habitats but also intend to revisit this later in the year. 

Our first topic this term is Animals including humans in which we will learn about the digestive system and food chains.

Our second topic is light in which we will explore the importance of light and sources of light.  We will explore the sun as a source of light and recognise how shadows are made and changed.

 

Topic

For the second term, we will be contrasting a UK region with a region in Europe and South America, focusing on the geographical features of these areas as well as looking at cultural differences and similarities. We will also be exploring some of the key historical events relating to those areas.

 

RE

Our RE work continues to use the Chester Diocese planning.  These plans are built around 11 key Christian concepts and will be revisited and explored in different ways each year. 

In the Spring Term we will look at some aspects of Incarnation, explore the concept of Holy Spirit and consider Forgiveness as we approach Easter.  This learning aims to build on the children’s knowledge and understanding from last year and encourage them to develop ideas about what faith means to them and others.

Our collective worship and classroom reflective area will also encourage the children to reflect on the Christian values and their learning in RE.

 

PE

Our games sessions will focus on developing striking and fielding games skills.  This will include throwing and catching skills as well as showing awareness of space.  The children will play some small games to apply these skills and develop an understanding of how they are used in various sports.

 

We will have 11 sessions of swimming at Sir John Deane’s pool led by an instructor and supported by the classroom staff.  The children will develop water safety skills, confidence and their swimming ability.  This happens on Tuesday afternoons from 14th January to 31st March.

 

Art & Design and DT

In our DT work we will be looking at how and why we may need to create an electrical circuit.

Our art work will complete our final piece of work in the style of Andy Warhol before exploring portraits and British Artists.  This will include drawing and observation skills using a variety of media.

 

PSHCE

We will explore the topics of ‘opinions’ and ‘we are the same but different’ through stories and games and discuss some ideas through P4c sessions.  We will also be continuing with our ‘Happy Minds’ programme which promotes positive mental attitudes and teaches calming strategies.

 

Phonics

Each child will work on SPAG (spelling, grammar and punctuation) during regular sessions each week.  This will include learning and revising ideas about sentences and punctuation, word types and spelling patterns.  SPAG will cover the expectations of the National Curriculum relevant to the group.  As necessary some children will continue to access elements of the phonics programme.

 

Homework

The following homework is in addition to a single choice each week from the homework grid

Please read at least three times a week for 5-10 minutes then date, sign and comment in the reading record

Please continue to learn the times tables and division facts: Year 3 – x3, x4, x8 by end of year, Year 4 – x6, x7, x9 by end of year

Residential at Tattenhall Outdoor Education Centre 11-13th March 2020

 

The Curriculum

Here is some information about our Autumn Term curriculum: 

 

English

During this term, our focused author is Julia Donaldson. The children will be concentrating on their presentation and spelling as we focus on poetry and the use of figurative language, setting descriptions and character writing using the technique of ‘show not tell’. Several different novels will be explored during the term.

 

Spelling

We will be focusing on the Babcock spelling scheme as part of our Literacy lessons. The children will be aiming to use the different techniques to help with spellings within their work and this is how the children will be assessed.

 

Maths

We will be using the White Rose Hub to support our planning.  The children will learn through concrete experiences moving onto pictorial and abstract methods as their confidence builds.  They will also be expected to use their learning to reason about maths and solve problems.

 

In the autumn term we will begin with place value.  Year 3 will work with numbers up to 999 and Year 4 will extend their number knowledge to 9999.  These numbers will be used in our work on addition and subtraction and then we will explore multiplication and division.  Times tables knowledge is an essential skill in maths and the children should learn these to support their maths work.  Begin by practising the counting patterns then progress to learning the tables and division facts.  Year 3 children should ensure they are confident with x2, x5 and x10 before learning x3, x4 and x8 tables and Year 4 children should aim to learn x6, x7 and x9 tables by the end of Year 4

 

Science

Our science work will aim to develop our knowledge and understanding, scientific skills and measuring and recording abilities.  We will begin by exploring forces and magnets and move on to look at the digestive system, animal teeth & diets and food chains later in the term.

 

Topic

For the first term, we will be focusing on Ancient Greece and its influences. During the first half term, we will be looking at different aspects of Ancient Greece such democracy, the Olympics, the Battle of Marathon, Gods and Goddesses and finally the Trojan War. We will be looking at how it was then compared to now, and how it has influenced us today.

 

RE

Our RE work this year will continue to use the Chester Diocese planning.  These plans are built around 11 key Christian concepts and will be revisited and explored in different ways each year.  This term we will look at God and aspects of Hinduism.

 

Our collective worship and classroom reflective area will also encourage the children to reflect on the Christian values and their learning in RE.

 

PE

Our games sessions will focus on develop passing and catching skills using both hands and bats.  Small games and activities will be used to further develop these skills and an understanding of how they are used in various sports.  We will also look at developing fitness and explore elements of dance.

 

Art and Design

In our art work we will develop our drawing skills and make careful observations of shapes and patterns.  We will then use these to create tiles from which we can print.   

 

Design and Technology

We will be learning how to use pneumatics to move materials, leading to the children designing and making their own moving Greek monster.

 

PSHCE

We will explore a range of topics including keeping ourselves healthy and safe, roles and responsibilities and acceptance.  As a class we will explore these ideas and discuss some ideas through circle time & P4c sessions.

 

Forest School

Throughout the year, the class will have opportunities to learn a range of practical and interpersonal skills outside in our woodland area.  Dates when the class will be outside will be sent out to ensure clothing is appropriate. Children are allowed to wear their outside clothes but will need to remember to bring a spare pair of shoes to change into/from to help protect the carpets.

 

Phonics

Each child will be part of a group working on phonics and/or SPAG (spelling, grammar and punctuation) through regular sessions.  Phonics follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ program and each group will learn the graphemes and phonemes for their stage. SPAG will cover the expectations of the National Curriculum relevant to the group.

 

Homework

Homework will be in a different format this year.  A half-termly sheet will be sent home outlining a range of tasks to be completed in any order during the following weeks.  Evidence of completing one task should be brought in each week.  In addition to this, children should continue to read regularly, practise spellings as given and learn the times tables appropriate to your child.

 

Spelling – Linked to Y3/4 spelling focus

 

Reading –10 -15 minutes each night

 

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Themed day in school linked to topic

 

 

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