Rowan Class is now Year 3 and the curriculum is designed around your child. Although we use the National Curriculum as a baseline and a starting point, our curriculum exceeds the requirements of the National Curriculum and it is enriched with the use of the outside space and community.
The curriculum for both Key Stages includes: English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Religious Education, Music, Art, Physical Education, Design and Technology, Computing and Personal, Social and Health Education. A modern foreign language will be taught in KS2.
At Chesterton Primary School we feel passionately about providing a curriculum that stimulates and motivates all children, ensuring that all pupils achieve their very best. Subjects are taught through a cross-curricular approach, which allows pupils to link their learning. Creativity and thinking skills feature highly in the planning, with innovative approaches to teaching and learning being employed.
As well as the formal curriculum, emphasis is placed on developing individuals into well-rounded personalities. We are keen to develop and celebrate all aspects of a child’s development in and out of school. We try to know the children well and hope to identify individual strengths and problems; we can then encourage them in those strengths and support them in areas of difficulty.
Positive attitudes and good behaviour are an integral part of learning and we encourage a happy, quiet and busy atmosphere in which children can learn. We encourage children to take pride in their work, to have high expectations, to be considerate to everyone in the school and to respect and care for property.
Curriculum Overview - Autumn 1
Our theme is Heroes and Villains, one which the children already seem enthusiastic about! In English, our three topics (diaries, alternative versions of traditional tales and performance poetry) are all linked to the theme, whether that be writing from the perspective of a superhero, re-writing Jack and the Beanstalk, or studying the evil Jabberwock in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky.
Maths is focussing on place value, length, mass, shape and adding/subtracting. If you can encourage your child to measure the length of any household objects (mm, cm, m) or perhaps experiment with weighing scales in the kitchen, this will support their learning and handling of equipment, in week 3. Perhaps they can write their own recipe for a spell that gives them superpowers, using g and kg as the units of measurement?
We are doing science for the first two weeks, 'How would you make the getaway car travel faster?'. We'll be looking at forces and magnetism. History covers Oliver Cromwell and in DT we'll be building our own super-strong bridges. If your child can begin to bring in any modelling materials (old cereal boxes, egg cartons, plastic packaging etc.) this will be helpful when we come to our practical lessons, in week 6.
PE is on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, so please can all children have their PE kits in school for these times. It is fine to leave them at school and perhaps take them home for a half-termly wash!
I have sent home bookmarks to help you ask relevant questions about your child's reading book, as we are working hard to boost the children's comprehension skills. It would be hugely beneficial if you can find time to listen to your child read, even for 10 minutes, daily, using the bookmark prompts for ideas. I will be signing-off the children's reading diaries weekly, so please ensure they bring them to school on the day I hear them read:
Monday; Team 1
Wednesday; Team 2 and 3
Friday; Team 4 and 5.
Finally, we have Roald Dahl Day to look forward to on Wednesday 13th September, whereby the children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Roald Dahl character. The day will be spent linking our lessons to the great author and creating some rather special artwork for our classroom door! Please come along on Wednesday, for our first parent share session, at 2.30pm, to see what the children have been getting up to!