I hope you have had a fantastic Summer break and welcome back to a new Autumn Term in
Year 3. Your children are now in the Juniors (Key Stage 2) and I’m sure they will rise to every challenge. They are a fantastic class who work well together. This term is all about the circus and below you will find some of the things your children will be learning. The children had an introduction to the circus during last year’s Book Week, but now we are unpacking the theme further to include an Ancient Roman flavour. Before Christmas, your child will be performing a panto with Year 4 children which I’m sure will be brilliant. I’m also looking forward to seeing you again at Parents/Carers Evening (dates to be confirmed for this).
*What acts used to be found at the circus
*different costumes performers should wear and why *Where is Rome in the world
*Why people joined the circus years ago
*What skills did circus people/animals have
*Roles of various performers in the circus *how the circus has changed
*famous circus performers (both animal and human)
*safety for circus performers *What was the Roman circus?
*Roman chariot races, games, murals and mosaics, gods, numerals, invaders, roads, soldiers, gladiators, Boudicca’s revolt
*generate questions for research around their theme
*their own views about use of animals in the circus
*to plan, develop and evaluate all their work *to plan a performance
*Talk about why circuses do not include animals nowadays
*Talk about what you might see, smell, taste, feel, hear at the circus
*Talk about a description of a clown *Roman circus
*What did the Romans give to us?
To read and write…
*Circus Stories & adventures/running away to the circus *Circus Poems *Description of a clown ‘if I were a clown I would look like…’
*poster to attract people to circus *Order and write Instructions for clown cakes/biscuits *circus leaflet
*a simple argument for why circuses are good/bad *recount of a circus trip
*a list of jokes which would be good for a clown *circus wordsearch
*RE: Daniel, Samson
*Timeline to place Roman times within it *investigation of Roman website
*reading information about the roman circus, historical and modern circus
*Circus 'finding all possibilities' problems
*Circus theme word problems
*money problems dealing with admission cost, payment for performers, cost of refreshments
*Measuring (g/kg) for cooking circus *Circus data – input onto excel (ICT)
DISCRETE – focus: tables and four operations
*Lion faces – using cut out shapes and word programme
*Clown paintings *clown faces with mixing foam and dry
*Large scale picture for wall display *net of a box for circus biscuits
*Clown cooking (biscuits/cakes) *moving circus tent
*Clown puppet *Roman oil lamps *mosaics *clown car
*Circus skills (in PE using equipment) *PE circus clown dance/gymnastics
*SCIENCE – forces (clown cars & balloons), life processes (humans and other animals) *MUSIC – recorder
*RE scheme & Christmas activities *Christmas play – Cinderella *PSHE&C *PE – games
*ICT – wordprocessing *Handwriting (printed and joined style) *Phonics/Reading/Spelling
Dates and information…Don’t forget!
Reading Books – Changed once or twice weekly depending upon level of book. Days may vary so please ensure books are returned EVERY DAY. A variety of staff need to record in the diaries during Read Write Inc sessions so it is very important we have them in school. One frogget will be given to your child each time they bring their book bag to school. Remember, fluent reading is the key to your child’s progress in every subject in Key Stage 2. Please record in the diary each time you hear your child read. Reading to your child is also very important - Make it fun and they will enjoy it!
Homework- This is more frequent in the Juniors and will be sent home on Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. Homework is often something to share so children may not be confident to do it all alone.
PE – Please send in kits and leave in school.
Uniform – I will send a full uniform list home in your welcome pack. PLEASE WRITE NAMES IN ALL CHILDREN’S CLOTHES.
I’m sure it will be a fantastic year! Any problems/concerns/questions, please come and see me after school. I’m usually available until 5.30pm, Tuesday to Friday.
Miss E Allen.
Posted by B Allen at September 2, 2011 3:44 PM