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Autumn Term 2018


Dear Parents and Carers

Here is an overview of the exciting themes and topics to be covered this Autumn Term.  As we welcome our new Year 3 children to our classroom in the afternoons, we are going to build on their knowledge in a previous topic of castles. Therefore, our main theme of history will cover the Norman Invasion. Our learning across the curriculum will be linked to our topic where appropriate. A topic homework grid will be sent out shortly and will be available online.  We look forward to your children’s ever-inspiring homework enhancing our classroom soon!  Thank you in advance for the help you provide with this.



Writing to inform and/or amuse



Fact files


Writing a diary entry as a figure from history

Seasonal poetry

Play scripts (reading)


Following National Curriculum Programme of Study, to include revision and expanding on place value, calculating counting in steps of 10 – 10-100, 000; using and applying all 4 operations of +,-, x and ÷ in ‘real-life- reasoning and problem solving about maths.


The Normans – Who were they? Where did they come from and why did they invade England?  How can we recognise Norman castles and churches?

The Gun Powder Plot


Autumn inspiration – changing colours and textures/Fireworks

Wider Opportunities Provision – Friday pm – learning to play an instrument

PSHCE and Citizenship

New Beginnings, Settling in., Firework Safety Code. Anti-Bullying Week 12-16th November 2018



What would it be like without it for a day?

Safety, circuits, conductors.


Harvest, Advent and Christmas


Moi! Les Couleurs.  Sequencing language, imperatives


Invasion games – football, tag rugby, dance



Autumn Term 2018 Curriculum Map                     Houses and Homes

The reception-Y2 topic for this term is: Houses and Homes. This is the theme through which science, history, geography, music, art and DT will be taught. Computing, RE, PSHE and PE will be taught separately. As the children will be taught English and maths in three classes this year, these subjects will also be taught separately from the class topics.

Science I can distinguish between an object and the material used to make it.
I can identify and name a range of everyday materials (wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock)
I can describe the properties of everyday materials and group them based on their properties.
I can explore how the shapes of objects can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
I can identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
History I can identify changes in homes and lifestyles within the last 100 hundred years.
Geography I can use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the key human and physical features of my village surrounding environment.
I can use simple compass directions and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
I can use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key
I can use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human & physical features.
I can understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of my local area, and of a small area in a contrasting country.
I can use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the countries, continents and oceans of the world.
Art I can look carefully at the features of my house and the different kinds of homes found in the UK and explore ways to represent these.
I can discuss the work of Lowry and create my own art that reflects this style.
I can explore the features of art from different cultures and include them in my own work.
Computing I can use technology safely.
I can understand what an algorithm is and how they are used as programs on digital devices.
I know that programs need precise instructions.
DT Joolz will teach the children DT this term, following the theme of houses and homes.
Music Joolz will be teaching the children music this term. This will include percussion and singing.
PE This term’s PE will be led by coaches from Richmond School.
PSHE The children are following the North Yorkshire PSHE syllabus and their topic this term is Our Happy School
RE Our RE topic this year is entitled, Rules and Routines


Class Information

The children have adapted well to the new class structure and are enjoying learning in a different environment. Well done to Imogen and Mia who have settled in to school life so well.


Morning drop- off

All children arriving between 7.45 and 8.50 should be taken to North building (Juniors) every day for breakfast club. Children should not arrive at the South site before 8.50 as teaching staff will not be in the playground before then. A timetable is attached detailing where the year 3 children will be taught each day.
After school club will continue to be held in the South building.



We will be following the Early Years Foundation Stage throughout the year. The children will have a play-based curriculum which will include some adult-led activities. Soon they will begin their phonics programme, starting with the sounds s, a, t, and p. A cursive writing scheme is used across the school and the children will be taught to form their letters in this way to assist with their presentation, spelling and the speed at which they write as they progress through school. In the next couple of weeks the reception children will start to take a reading book home. Initially they will take books home without any words. These books will help children to practise telling stories and using the pictures in a book as a reading aid. As they become more familiar with the sounds of some of the letters and begin to blend them together to read, they will be given books with short words to share at home. The children’s learning experiences in class one will be organised using topics. Whilst we are beginning the year with the topic, Houses and Homes, the children’s interests will inform the planning and changes will be made to the learning environment to reflect them. The children will work towards early learning goals in seven areas: personal, social and emotional development; physical development; communication and language; literacy; mathematics; understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

Reception Parents’ Information Sessions:

During the first half term, there will be an information session for reception parents. This will be an opportunity for us to share with you your child’s learning journey, introduce some of the resources which will be sent home to support your child and to discuss the phonics scheme we use to teach reading.

PE Kits

All children will need to wear their PE kit for school on Wednesday mornings. Year 3 children will need to bring their uniform with them to change into before their afternoon lessons begin. Reception- Year 2 children can stay in their PE kit all day.
All children will need PE shoes in school for lunchtime clubs on Thursdays and Fridays.
If your child is attending an afterschool sports club they will need to bring their PE kit on those days (Monday and Tuesday).

After School Clubs

Please tell us in the morning if your child is going to stay for an after school club or is going home with another family.

Reading Books

Children’s reading books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please sign in the comments box in your child’s reading record when they have read their book so that we know it needs to be changed.

Show and Tell

Children in years 2 and 3 have been told they will no longer have show and tell at school. Children in reception and year 1 may bring something from home to share with the group on Fridays if they wish.


Thank you for your continued support, it is much appreciated.


Year 3 timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning session South South North South South
Afternoon session North North South North North


Year 3 children should be dropped off at South building and collected from North building every day apart from Wednesday.