It's Dr Shelton here!
I had such a fantastic time getting to know you all during our transition days and I hope you did too.
I am so excited to be your teacher this year and we have the fantastic Mrs Kelvey, Miss Gittins and Mrs Walker as part of our teaching team.
Why Mars Class?
This year we've chosen to name our classes after the planets, running in order backward through the school. This means that Year 3 will be known as Mars Class, the 4th planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet in the solar system after Mercury. As we discovered during our transition days, Mars is also known as the ‘Red Planet’ because, well, it’s red!
Land of Hope and Glory
We are starting the year with our geography topic, 'Land of Hope and Glory', and details are outlined below in the curriculum overview for this half term.
We are a 'Rights Respecting School'
Mars Class Charter
Our class charter focuses on article 17 - Access to information
Together we have discussed and agreed all the actions outlined in the class charter below to ensure this right is addressed.
As part of our local study, Mars Class researched how Kimberley has changed over the years. We found that there once was a cinema in Kimberley and we found the building on our walk into the community. Linking to our Art Deco art focus, the children designed and constructed their own model of a cinema.
Click the link below to find out more about how we structure, plan and deliver our curriclumn at KPS. This page will also be updated regularly with the overviews of our learning for each term.
In the Spring term, our curriculum studies will focus around the concept of 'Invade and Defend'. We will be taking an historical look at what was happening in the UK and the rest of the world from prehistorical times and up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066, with a focus on artefacts, conflict and settlements knowledge categories.
This is the first time that the children have studied these time periods and we will be using the basic elements of this area of the curriculum. This will be re-visited in Year 4 to build on their existing knowledge to advance and deepen their understanding and skills as an historian.
In Biology we will focus on living things, including plants life cycles and keeping teeth healthy. In Chemistry are studies will investigate soils, their properties and how they are made. Finally, our Physics studies will see the class make simple electrical circuits and test materials to see which ones are magnetic.
The documents below are our curriculum overviews for each half of the term. These should give you an idea about what the children will be learning in the coming weeks.
SPRING TERM OVERVIEWS
AUTUMN TERM OVERVIEWS