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Class 3 Horse Chestnut



Welcome or bem-vindo as they say in Brazil!


Welcome to Horse Chestnut Class at St. Mabyn  Church of England Primary School where through God's love: we learn, grow and flourish together.  The adults who support the children's learning in the morning  are Mrs Howells and Mrs Beagle and in the afternoon Mrs Redford-James, Mrs Jenkins and Mrs Beagle.

Within the classroom, we  all model and  build the characteristics of good learners through developing good learning habits and through an  ethos of growth mindset and the power of  'yet'. 


Topic Brazil

All children have completed a Star Reading assessment from Accelerated Reader and have range of levelled reading books to choose from. After finishing their book children need to complete a  quiz in school. When books are returned to school they are wiped over and quarantined for 72 hours before being put back into the library. Class 3 will finish reading the Ickabog and begin the Explorer by Katherine Rundell, in addition we will read the White horse of Zennor as a whole class guided read. Please set time aside each day to share reading books with your child, asking them  questions and record their reading in reading record books. Reading records are checked several times throughout the week.

In Maths, we will continue to develop fluency within the four number operations using our '99 club' challenges and fluent in 5 and will focus decimals, percentages and their links to fractions before moving on to algebra  using a mixture of White Rose and Power Maths resources. We will consolidate previous learning using 'talk it solve it' tasks encouraging fluency of mathematical vocabulary and reasoning. Times tables will be essential to your child not just in their primary learning but in Secondary education and beyond, as such - time spent learning these is never wasted time!

In writing, we will continue to explore ambitious vocabulary and  spelling patterns of prefixes. We will use talk for writing to learn the story of the unlucky man, a quest story, we will also write non fiction persuasive texts and newspaper reports. Children will learn to imitate, innovate and invent stories based on this theme. 

In RE, we will be answering the big questions- What kind of world did Jesus want?- making comparisons between all three religions studied so far. Our value is friendship with the story of the paralysed man being used as a model to follow in Jesus' footsteps.

Our History learning will involve researching and remembering the facts around the tradition of carnival and remembering some important Brazilian People. In Geography children will locate South America and Brazil on the world map and globe, they will explore the human and physical features of Brazil making comparisons to our locality and think about sustainability issues. Art and DT will link to this topic as children will design and make a head dress for our Carnival around the village, culminating in a show case event in the field for parents to attend.

In Science, we will investigate plant growth and flowering plant life cycles remembering plant structures and their functions, the process of pollination and seed dispersal.

This term children will have the opportunity to learn the language of coding and will learn how ot design and write a program using purple mash.

Outdoor learning is proving to be very successful and will continue with a focus on lighting fires, natural art, geographical navigation learning and using the points of a compass.

Every morning we complete a wake up shake activity, which may include activities outside weather permitting, this supports our drive to increase physical activity during the day and is led by our sports ambassadors. Our PE sessions are on a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Redford-James and Wednesday morning with Miss Parkes and Mrs Redford James.

Homework will be set weekly on a Monday to be finished by the following Monday and will be a combination of Maths, Literacy and or topic, currently being set via book creator. Children have made their electronic homework books which look amazing. Homework will include learning weekly spellings and 30 minutes of Sumdog every week.


If you need any further assistance about the way we work in the classroom please speak to either  Mrs Howells or Mrs Redford James.


Typical week, however this is flexible as we will need to take advantage of fine weather to get out for PE and Outdoor learning when we can and then adjust. 




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