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Class 3 Horse Chestnut

Welcome to Horse Chestnuts
"From proving to improving"

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 in the afternoon Mrs  Bray and Mrs Jenkins
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 Romans

Reading is a key focus for our class, children will complete a half termly Star Reading test and select books within the appropriate level to read independently. Children are expected to read every day and record their reading in their reading record book. Reading records books are regularly checked in school. We will read a selection of Fiction and Non-fiction stories  linked to our topic. Our whole class guided reading is Julius Caesar.  Our class story  is the Journal of Iliona the Roman Slave. Please set time aside each day to share reading books with your child, asking them questions and record their reading in reading record books.
In Maths, we will continue to develop fluency within the four number operations using our '99 club' challenges and will focus on  number operations and problem solving using  fractions. 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; spellings will be sent home weekly on a Monday and tested the following Monday. Our focus this half term will be Non fiction Children will learn to write a report about Julius Caesar, an eyewitness account of Caesar's victorious arrival in Rome and prepare and present a speech from the view point of Brutus or Mark Antony.
In   RE work we will explore the question  for Christians, when Jesus left, what was the impact of
Pentecost? Our value is Friendship with the story of the four friends being used as a model to follow in God's footsteps. 
In Science, we will investigate healthy  nutrition and how this impacts on activity with a focus on healthy muscles and bones which will link the strength of the Roman soldiers.
This term using Purple Mash children will develop skills in Logo programming a 'turtle' to make letters and shapes using Logo commands.
Outdoor learning is proving to be very successful and will be learning how to use an 8 point compass and learning the skills of orienteering.
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 Bray  which will include athletics, maypole dancing and a week of swimming.
 We have got an exciting History project, how Rome became so powerful leading to a Roman day where the children will be invited to dress up  and have a taster of Roman life.
Mrs Bray will use African drums to  teach the children the elements of music through percussion and African songs.
Homework will be set please see the homework grid below, children are expected to complete homework independently and hand it in promptly for marking. Children will need to complete one topic activity per week from the homework grid. If your child needs resources to complete activities or loan of a Chromebook please speak to Mrs Howells. In addition, weekly Maths and English short tasks will be set 
All homework books should be handed in every Thursday to be marked and handed back out on Friday.

Reading should be completed  every day and recorded in their reading record book

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

Recorder Support Sheets