Welcome to the Barn Owls Class page…
Mrs Chapman teaches Barn Owls Class on Tuesdays and on one other day; Mrs Gudde teaches on the other days.
Our topic for this half term is Latin America and Mayans – please see details below. We are sure that it will provide lots of memorable experiences for our pupils.
Curriculum Information for Parents:
|Topic||Exploring Latin America (including Mayans)|
|Our memorable experiences this half term will include:
Visit to the Houses of Parliament
Visit a gallery in London
Write to someone famous and hope for a reply
Have a sleepover
Play games in the dark
Walk in the dark with a torch
|English||English will include narrative, poetry, instructions, non-chronological reports and recounts, along with spoken language, word reading and comprehension, spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, handwriting and composition. Our class text will be The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.
|Maths||In Maths we will work on: number, measurement, geometry and statistics, including problem-solving and investigation activities.
|Science||Our Science topics are:
Light (Year 3) and Rocks (Year 3), Sound (Year 4)
|Computing||Some aspects of computing will be learnt by application throughout the curriculum, via use of the Internet, communicating and recording, but also sometimes through specific learning activities around programming and control skills. The specific area of learning for this term will be internet safety, word-processing and coding.
|Art / Design Technology||Art: sketchbooks, 3D artwork- stellae using clay
DT: food technology- UK or Latin American style soups
|Listening and appreciating, playing and performing: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and creating music about Latin America, playing the recorder.
|Personal, Health and Social Education
|We follow the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum and also use Circle Time to promote self-expression and confidence. During this term the aspects we will investigate are Going for Goals and Good to be Me.|
|History / Geography
|History: the Mayans
A region of South America- Mexico
Countries, major cities, key human and physical characteristics, environmental regions of (North and) South America
Latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night)
Climate zones, biomes
|Sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please come prepared for both indoor and outdoor PE. Planned sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays; some children will swim instead of the Thursday games session. We will also regularly exercise mid-afternoon.|
|Beliefs and Values
|The current Norfolk Agreed Syllabus provides the framework for teaching BV in our school. This term we will find out about Hinduism: Hindu Beliefs and Holi. Parents have a right to withdraw their children from BV (RE) lessons; please let us know if this is something you are considering.
Spelling and times-tables are tested on Fridays.
Team spellings will be tested on Tuesdays or Wednesdays
PE kits are needed on Tuesday and Thursday (swimming for some) and PE shoes every day.
Take a look at some of the great work we’re doing on the Barn Owls Class Blog by following the following link: http://bressingham3.blogspot.com/
Homework is an opportunity for parents to share learning with their children, whilst revisiting or extending classroom learning; it helps the children to move on. It also helps the children to be prepared for High School homework.
- Reading- daily reading, with a child reading to an adult and/or an adult reading to a child, and discussing the text (at least 50 mins per week)
- Spellings- weekly tests on a Friday- words based on a spelling rule (or rules) that the children learn and words from the Curriculum 2014 common exception words lists
- Team spellings, which include the Common Exception Words from the National Curriculum and other high frequency words for some- weekly tests on a Wednesday or Thursday, to win points for your team
- Times tables- including division – weekly tests on a Friday
If homework isn’t done, then children will be expected to catch up with this in school, so that they are not falling behind their peers. We are always ready to talk through homework with children or parents; please pop in to make an appointment.