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Welcome to Class 3

Ancient Egypt - what were the main achievements of the Ancient Egyptians?
 
Summer 2: What were the main achievements of the Ancient Egyptians?
Maths
We will be continuing with embedding number strategies but will be moving on to shape, measure and angles this term. In addition, Year 6 will be continuing to develop their investigation and reasoning skills in Maths. We will continue to use a range of resources to build fluency in arithmetic and develop reasoning and problem solving skills.

Literacy
In Literacy we will be reading Secrets of a Sun King as our class novel. We will be investigating the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun and writing a newspaper report about the discovery. In addition, we will be building confidence with grammar terms, spelling practice and shorter pieces relating to the class novel.

We will continue to use our reading board to discuss and explore the books and investigate some of the topics that arise in the story as they progress. 

I will continue to encourage the children to read and record it in their yellow reading records, however in addition we will be trialling Reading journals at school where the children have the opportunity to log the plot, characters, settings and any vocabulary or phrases they find interesting in a creative way to engage more deeply with the books they are reading both at home and at school.
 
We will also be using a range of resource to help develop the children's comprehension skills.
Children are encouraged to complete AR Quizzes as they complete a book and we are working towards class word millionaires.

Topic
Our enquiry question for the term is What were the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians? We will explore the chronology of Egyptian history, the everyday lives of the rich and poor in ancient Egypt, as well as religious beliefs, the gods the Egyptians worshipped, art and culture as well as the process and beliefs around mummification.

Using the inspiration from the mummification process, we will design and create storage jars in the style of a canopic jar using paper Mache and clay tops. In art, the children will explore sculpture using clay to design and create a scarab beetle.
 
We will using ICT to create profiles of a famous naturalist and use Purple Mash to create data sets for maths and history.
We will be focusing music skills on the school production of Star Warts; The Umpire Strikes back.

Science
We will be looking at the topic of animals and plant life cycles including the processes of reproduction (both sexual and asexual). We will be dissecting a plant as well as investigating how plants can reproduce through cuttings or grow from seeds. The children will be producing a creative exploding book that will investigate and compare two different animal life cycles.

RE
In RE, we will be discovering about the Hindu faith. We will explore what Hindus believe, how this impacts on their lives, their culture and their social and family lives.

Books and nurturing a love of reading are my passions!

This year I have created a Class Novel board, which the children will add to as we read through the book, exploring characters, themes and plots. In our room is the book trolley which has the phrase, 'Reading is a Passport to Countless adventures' so I have sessions for the children to discover and read books for pleasure, rather than books they have to read to me or have work set on. I would like to inspire and encourage a genuine love of reading and exploring different personal choices is crucial to discovering what they enjoy.

We will be building a class scrapbook that the children can use to inform their book choices. The children will build their own reading journals based on the books they read, adding to them in a creative style to provide a resource for each other and any future children who come into class three.

We will also be using Accelerated Reader to support the progression and development of the children's reading in school.

Our Class Novel board
Our Planetary 'Out of this world' artwork
Class Trip to Lanhydrock House