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Upper KS3

Areas of study: Spring term 2017 for Upper KS3


In English we are continuing with our reading scheme ‘Dockside’ although some pupils are choosing their own books. I will send reading books home each Monday and Wednesday. It would be helpful if you could read the enclosed books with your children and put a comment in their reading records. Our main area of study this term will be non-fiction so we will be looking at things such as instructions, leaflets, dictionaries, interviewing people as well as non-fiction books. We will continue work on alphabet, phonics and grammar and punctuation. After half term we will be looking at poetry on the topic of Spring and Easter.



In maths we are working on measure and geometry. We will be measuring lengths and heights using appropriate measuring equipment. In geometry we will be looking at 2D /3D shapes and their properties. We will continue to reinforce number work we did last term.



In music during the first half term, we have Tom Sherman, a musician in residence who will be working with our pupils to explore rhythm, tempo and pitch using songs and percussion instruments and we will be doing more work with switches for our new work with music technology. We will also be learning some new songs for our Easter service which will be held at Harome church.


History/ Geography

Our humanities topic centres on Welburn Hall and the local area. We will be reading maps and discovering the human and physical features around school in geography. We will also be looking in detail at the history of Welburn Hall – when it was built, its uses and how it has changed over the years.



In science we are studying living things – plants and animals. We will be looking at what they need to survive, observing how plants grow and investigating the life cycles of frogs and butterflies. Sessions will include lots of practical experiments so that children can also develop their enquiry skills.



The R.E. topic is about celebrations. Pupils will learn about the different celebrations enjoyed by different faiths. They will also explore how and why we all celebrate significant and personal events in our own lives.



In PSHE we will be looking at ‘Getting on and falling out’. This series of lessons will help the children to learn and practise better cooperation. They will become more aware of their own feelings and those of others. It also helps the children to develop strategies for resolving conflict.



Linking to the overall topic of spring and life cycles, we will explore natural patterns in the work of William Morris and the Arts and Craft movement and look for design and patterns found in nature. We will observe and evaluate the artist’s work.  We will then explore and experiment with ideas using different mediums and looking at tessellations and how pattern repeats. We will produce our own work in his style using print and working with clay. 



In P.E pupils will be working towards the UK indoor athletic awards and developing skills in net games such as badminton and volleyball. We also have a visiting coach from Yorkshire cricket club who is hoping to boost interest in indoor cricket.

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