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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Class 3

Welcome to Class 3.  Class 3 is a quirky and creative place to be!

It is made up of Years 3 and 4, Lower Key Stage 2.  The class teacher is Mrs. Elliott and the teaching assistants are Miss. Wood and Mr. Lees. 

Our learners will have the opportunity to display their talents and improve their areas of difficulty using a wide range of topics for inspiration, centred around a main theme.  These topics incorporate key learning skills that are transferable across all subjects in the curriculum as well as preparing them for life beyond school.  Activities range from poetry to problem solving and from singing to scientific experiments.  Learners regularly change table partners to encourage working effectively with a range of different people. 

Our overnight stay at Beaumanor Hall enables our learners to further develop their independence, confidence and resilience linked to a range of activities; this is built on with the extended residential in Class 4.  There are opportunities to experience a range of live performances including Orchestra Unwrapped and theatre productions.  Membership of Creative Learning Services enables us to tailor our curriculum to meet the needs of our learners, by artefact experiences or book talks for example.

In addition to visiting Beaumanor Hall we enjoy an exciting trip to the Magna Centre to build our science knowledge through practical experiences and demonstrations. The day includes a visit to the water park.

We love to see our learners flourish over their time in the class, enjoying their activities and relishing each new challenge.

Romans Ruling and Roaming

This unit of work introduces the year long theme of 'War and Conflict.'

In this unit of work children will discover the legacy of the Roman Empire by

  • Designing a Roman sandal
  • Observational drawing of Roman armour
  • Comparing the geography of ancient and modern day Italy
  • Finding out what it takes to be a Roman Soldier (moving, growing, bones, teeth and nutrition)
  • Roman numerals
  • What it is like to belong to a community ( PSHCE)

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

This work is revisited in 'Bombs Blazes and the Blitz' unit which compares and contrasts the invasions, conflicts and wars that have shaped both Britain and the wider world, with a focus on World War II.

This theme links to work in upper key stage 2 when pupils will explore The Battle of Bosworth,  Armistice and Viking and Anglo Saxons and has been sequenced in this way to maximise learning potential.

It builds on work in key stage 1 where children explore their school community, making  and mending friendships. It further develops their geographical knowledge and art skills.

Bombs, Blazes and The Blitz

This unit of work develops the year long theme of 'War and Conflict' at a global level.

In this unit of work children will learn about World War II by:

  • Designing an air raid shelter
  • Creating skylines of the Blitz in water colour 
  • Finding out about  continents, countries and capitals particularly those Involved in the war  
  • Calculating and designing a 'dig for victory garden'
  • Exploring the impact of conflict (including locally)

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

Alongside this work they will be looking at rocks and soils in science building on and linking to an aspect of the Roman study when children find out about volcanoes and Pompeii.

This theme links to work in upper key stage 2 when pupils will explore The Battle of Bosworth,  Armistice and Viking and Anglo Saxons and has been sequenced in this way to maximise learning potential. 

It builds on work in key stage 1 where children have explored the local area and the geography of Britain.

Explorations Immigration and Odyssey

In this final unit of work the year long theme of 'War and Conflict' is explored at a human impact level.

In this unit of work children will learn about exploration, immigration and odyssey by considering different  journeys- both literal and metaphorical:

  • Exploring symbols and signs in journeys
  • Using mixed media to create photographs depicting immigrants and refugees
  • Finding out about  our active planet and extreme earth
  • Exploring the impact of conflict further
  • Considering spiritual journeys and the journey of life

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

This theme links to work in upper key stage 2 when pupils will explore The Battle of Bosworth,  Armistice and Viking and Anglo Saxons and has been sequenced in this way to maximise learning potential. The topic of immigration  is further explored in the English unit based on Shaun Tan's work ' The Arrival'. It also supports the unit: Adventure in class 4.

It builds on work in key stage 1 where children look at the impact of crisis on everyday life in the unit based around the great fire of London. In addition, it links to work in key stage 1 in geography around Joffli bear's journeys.

Tombs, treasure and Tutankhamun

This unit of work introduces the year long theme of 'Civilisation and Culture.'

The children will compare Ancient Civilisations before focusing on Ancient Egypt.

In this unit of work children will:

  • Consider the architecture of the Pyramids
  • Design Egyptian amulets
  • Compare the geography of ancient and modern day Egypt, exploring the river Nile and its importance
  • Find out about local and desert habitats including gathering data about desert climates
  • Learn about Egyptian place value and calculations
  • Create rules to enter the afterlife and rules for living (RE/ PSHCE)
  • Consider the importance of diversity

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing. In particular, looking at adventure stories which are revisited and developed in class 4 when children write portal stories.

This theme links to work in upper key stage 2 when pupils look at rivers in geography, including the Amazon- comparing and contrasting with the Nile. In addition the work on Biomes and climates is extend in class 4 and has been sequenced in this way to maximise learning potential.

It builds on work in key stage 1 by revisiting countries and continents in French. it also links to work in class 2 when Joffli journeys to Mugurameno. The work in art (sculpture) and builds on the study of Andy Goldsworthy's work in class 2.

Tikal, Temples and Tamales

In this unit of work children will find out about the Mayans- both Ancient and Modern day. They will compare the Maya with the Ancient Egyptians:

  • Exploring global food with an emphasis on Central America 
  • Creating water colour and oil pastel designs of the national bird of Guatemala -the quetzal
  • Exploring global issues pertinent to the UK and central America 
  • Finding about plants

Guided reading, discussion, presentation, drama and performance will take place throughout the unit. A variety of text types will be introduced for reading and writing.

This theme links to work in upper key stage 2 when pupils look at rivers in geography, including the Amazon- comparing and contrasting with the Nile and has been sequenced in this way to maximise learning potential.

It builds on work in key stage 1, linking to ' into the wild'. The work in class 2 on healthy eating is revisited whn children explore food s from around the world.