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Chaffinches Class 3 2021 - 2022

Miss Porter

Welcome to Chaffinches Class 3!

The adults who help our learning in Year 3 and Year 4 - 

Miss Porter and Mrs Leach.

Lower Key Stage 2 Curriculum Statement

Intent

Our Lower Key Stage Two Curriculum recognises and values each and every child. We continually look at how we can adapt and improve our curriculum so it is bespoke to the children in our school community. The starting point for our curriculum is the standards given by the National Curriculum. Our children study progressive knowledge which has been carefully crafted to build on prior knowledge and skills taught in previous school years and to provide building blocks for later years.

Implementation

Skills and knowledge are taught discreetly in subject areas so that our children gain a broad understanding of each subject and know which subject or theme they are studying. However, the curriculum is designed to embed transferable skills throughout, without weakening essential skills based learning.  The high quality of our classroom environments serves to stimulate and engage higher order thinking. At Crowton Primary School, we also recognise the importance of feedback, both adult and peer, as an integral part of the teaching and learning cycle, and aim to maximise the effectiveness of its use in practice. Planning is flexible and responsive to pupils’ needs. Lively and engaging sessions are seen each week to deliver objectives. Children take pride in their work and make sure they have demonstrated their very best efforts.

Impact 

We plan our lessons with clear learning objectives. We base these upon the teacher’s detailed knowledge of each child and the curriculum, striving to ensure that all tasks set are appropriate to each child’s level of ability. Our long term plans make clear the expected outcomes for each subject. We make a note of those individual children who do not achieve at the expected level for the lesson, and we use this information when planning for the next lesson. We also keep this information as a record of the progress made by the class and use assessment for learning grids to track individual progress. 

Day‐to‐day, on-going assessment is a crucial method of assessment which provides instant feedback to the teacher and ensures progress within every lesson. AfL strategies are used in all lessons. These strategies provide a clear picture of a child’s level of understanding and, ensure that teachers can quickly assess when a child does not understand and needs greater support. Lessons are flexible enough to allow teachers to adapt to the needs of the class. Progress is assessed regularly. Children are expected to make good or better progress in all subjects and this individual progress is tracked. In cases where children are identified as needing additional support, short interventions are put in place to address gaps in learning.

In Our Classroom

We begin our day with a SODA activity followed by Maths and Everybody in Class Reading (E.R.I.C) before morning break. After morning break we have English. After lunch, we spend our afternoon looking at subjects such as; Science, RE, PE, History, Geography, Computing, PHSE, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Art and Design.

Our Termly Focus Themes for the 2021 - 22 academic year are;

  • Autumn – Anglo Saxons and Vikings
  • Spring – Kings and Queens
  • Summer – Ancient Egyptians

Reading at home. All children should be bringing their reading book and record home on a regular basis. Pupils should be aiming to read for 15/20 minutes (on average) at home. In school pupils have the opportunity to change their books as required. Year 3 and Year 4 take part in guided reading activities daily. These involve answering comprehension questions, taking part in discussions about a text and reading out loud with expression. Discussing a book with your child assists with the understanding of a text and can be valuable in raising levels of achievement.

A note/signature in your child’s reading record is much appreciated to help us keep track of reading at home.

Spellings are introduced to the children on a Wednesday and then posted on the Home Learning Portal on School Spider so they can be practiced and learnt at home, these are then quizzed on the following Wednesday before new words are set.

Each week alongside spellings and reading Pupils will be set a Home Learning task on Friday on the school potral. This is to be completed and uploaded by the following Wednesday. 

Times Tables

  • By the end of Year 3, pupils should be confident in their 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x, 10x tables.
  • By the end of Year 4, pupils should be confident in all times tables up to 12 x 12.

Our PE sessions are on a Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that children attend at school in the their Crowton PE Kits. 

If you have any questions or queries, please call into school to see me. I aim to respond to emails promptly and encourage parents ask for a 'quick chat' at home time. 

Thank you,

Miss Porter

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Crowton Christ Church C.E. Primary

Kingsley Road, Crowton,

Cheshire, CW8 2RW

Main Contact: Heather Bettley (Head Teacher)

Tel: 01928 788230

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