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Winterbourne EarlsChurch of England Primary School

‘Happy, Confident and Successful Learners’

Autumn Term 2018

Curriculum Letter Autumn 2018

Week Beginning 15 October

The Mini Museum Project this week proved to be very successful across the whole school. The Wow! factor as we entered the hall to visit all the exhibits was palpable as the hall was transformed with black display backgrounds and perspex stands for greater impact. Our portable shelters looked very professional and we are grateful to Ian and Catherine who came to our class to help with lashing, weaving and sticking our tipis. Feedback from parents was also really positive. Please see the photos of the whole Mini Museum on the gallery.


Our focus this week in Literacy has been on editing our fact files. We have also been reviewing basic sentence structure, ensuring that all pupils know  how to construct basic sentences. Those who find writing a challenge needed this input in order to move their learning on. In Maths we have been looking at adding and taking single digits onto/from 3-digit numbers. This has highlighted those children who have not passed Mad Minute adding and who need to really work on single digit adding to move their learning on.


Unfortunately our Stone Age Day did have to be postponed with the stormy weather forecast arriving in the morning. We will re-schedule it hopefully before half term. Some children painted their salt dough jewellery and some had an extra PE session with our Games Coach on Friday. 


This week is our Literacy Week and we will be looking at aliens, planets and spaceships. This will include making planets and writing a space adventure which will be exciting! Homework this week is on designing an alien but needs to be completed by Monday so we can use it to support our writing. If we can embed single digit addition with everyone, then we will be focusing on written column addition in Maths.

Week Beginning 8 October

We enjoyed a busy week focusing on all our Stone Age learning. We are now collating all the information gleaned on Stone Age life into a fact file written on A3 paper with lots of diagrams and labelled pictures of our learning. These will be reduced  in size and displayed in the class for all to see as our first main piece of writing for Year 3.

In Maths we have been finishing off our work on place value, with most pupils happy with 3-digit numbers- ordering them, representing them and explaining what number is 100 more or less or 10 more or less. Lots are passing the Mad Minute adding sheets with some moving onto 2-digit and 1-digit additions and subtractions.


On Monday we had the last session with The Bridge with the leaders reporting that all four children responded well to the 5-week journey on 'Bearing Good Fruit' investigating the values of fruitfulness through a multi-media approach.


We finished the week making salt dough teeth and bones that will be used as jewellery on Stone Age Day. 

This week coming we will be working with The Salisbury Museum on a 'Mini Museum Project' where we will be making model Stone Age Shelters. Ours will be based around a portable tipi shape with a wooden frame covered with deerskin (offcuts of leather from The Scrapstore.)


On Friday (weather permitting) we will be holding our Stone Age Day where we will be wearing our very best fur and leather clothes with accessories we are making for homework.If the weather forecast does not improve there is a chance we may have to postpone the themed day.


Week beginning 1 October

Last week Mrs Carter was with the Year 6 children at Braeside so Miss Swan covered every day except our swimming session as Mrs Carter is needed to teach her group. Through our topic and English work, we learnt more about flintknapping and how precious fire was to the Stone Age people. We found out how they worked together to hunt large megafauna like woolly mammoths.Miss Swan has been linking her science work on rocks with our Stone Age topic and we have been learning to use the new Chrome Books to carry out important research.


Our art this week has focused on copying the cave paintings using sugar paper and chalk. We have displayed them on the topic wall and they look very effective.


Week beginning 24 September

On Monday it was lovely to see the majority of parents at the parents' presentation.(This is attached to this class page for those who couldn't come.) Hopefully all the parents were reassured that their children have settled well into the new class. 

Swimming also started on Tuesday and, apart from those children who have more than 100m distance badges (who went straight into the deep end top group), all the other children were assessed by the teachers and placed either in the learner pool or in the shallow end of the main pool. Mrs Carter explained to some parents who expressed concerns that if the children think they are in the wrong group then they need to swim well, keep their feet off the bottom of the pool and impress their teachers! There is usually some movement of children between the three groups in the first few weeks. 


Thursday we had an amazing day at the Salisbury Museum focusing on our topic of Stone Age. We learnt about the animals that were hunted in this period and actually touched a mammoth tooth which was very heavy and a whopping 30 cm long! Owain, the Education Officer, told us it was very old and very rare but we were allowed to touch it because it was broken; a perfect example was behind glass in the main Wessex Gallery. On our tables we then carefully examined, measured and drew Stone Age artefacts and reported back to the other groups what we were studying. We were able to study hand axes, flint knives, scrapers, arrowheads and other flint artefacts. After that we dressed up in costume and played a 'Could You Survive the Stone Age' game which involved making cards which instructed you to move backwards or forwards on a life-sized board and we rolled dice to see if we could follow the path and get to the end. The photos may help explain it better! 


In the afternoon we were introduced to the Wessex Gallery which had drawers and cupboards to open so everyone could explore. We then focused on the displays to do with the period we are studying. We were fascinated by the Stonehenge Archer who was found with no feet and The Amesbury Archer who was discovered when they were excavating the area at Archer's Gate ready for building houses. He was the earliest skeleton to be found buried with lots of pots and gold hair ornaments, which meant he must have been very important. Ian told us that by examining the skeleton they discovered that he originally came from near The Alps and, with a damaged knee must have walked all the way from Europe to Amesbury!


On Friday we performed our song 'I'll do My Best' which told everyone that we are focusing on growing in our learning by doing our best in everything. We had lots of rehearsals, with some of us checking out the video on YouTube.

Next week Mrs Carter will be at Braeside so Miss Swan will be covering. 


Week Beginning 17 September

We have now had nearly a fortnight in Year 3 and all children have settled well, following daily routines and becoming more confident with things like Mad Minute. We answer 30 questions on single digit addition in 1 min 30 sec and this will help us with answering addition questions with bigger numbers later on in the year.

Most children are starting to get into the routine of daily reading. Mrs Carter has now listened to everyone read individually and guided reading will start next week. 


We have been learning a lot about how we can take more ownership of our own learning- choosing work that will challenge us, listening carefully and having a 'Growth Mindset'. The video of Austin's butterfly showed us how, with lots of positive encouragement, Austin redrafted his butterfly drawing 5 times until it was so accurate that it matched the original picture. We all learnt how we can persevere and make our work better.

We have introduced our Stone Age topic and looked at what food the people ate. We also learnt how to use a key on the website  to identify trees, so that we discovered which tree in the school grounds is the Rowan tree.


We are sorting out the progression of tag words and hope to have parents help out with this key assessment. At present we have two lovely helpers from the community- Mr Mac on a Wednesday and Mrs Coldridge on a Tuesday.

Parent Presentation will take part in Rowan Classroom at 1430 for all parents/carers. Please come and find out about the new routines and expectations!


Swimming starts on Tuesday 17 September, so please encourage parents to volunteer. We only have two mums on the rota at present.