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 2
Our theme is Britain from the Air, which we introduced to the children with our exciting school trip to Great St. Mary’s Church Tower, last Friday! In English, our three topics (instructions, limericks and fables) are all linked to the theme, whether that be writing how to make a paper aeroplane, creating a limerick about the beautiful architecture of our Cambridge buildings, or studying the famous Aesop’s Fables, in order to write our own.
Maths is focussing on statistics, multiplication/division, time and money. If you can encourage your child to practise the 3 and 4 times tables or perhaps collect groups of objects at home and divide them into equal groups, this will support their learning in weeks 3 and 4. Perhaps they can try to tell the time at intervals during the day or be given small change/plastic coins to explore what they could buy at the corner shop and whether they would receive any change.
We are doing science for the first two weeks, 'Can you see shadows from the sky?’ We will be looking at light and shadows. Geography covers the British landscape and in art, we will be sketching and painting some of the beautiful buildings we saw on our school trip to Cambridge. 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 Challenge Day for Enabling Enterprise, in week 4.
PE is on Thursday and Friday 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!
Last half term, I 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. Please continue to try to find the 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
Tuesday; Team 2 and 3
Thursday; Team 4 and 5.
Finally, we have Faith Day to look forward to on Thursday 9th November! The day will be spent learning all about Buddhism and creating some rather special paper lanterns for our classroom washing line! Please come along on Thursday, for our second parent share session, at 2.30pm, to see what the children have been getting up to!