Brushwood Junior School
Meet The Team
3O - Miss Osborn (class teacher), Mrs Lacey and Miss Korsize (teaching assistants).
3J - Miss Jamison, Mrs Saunders (teaching assistant).
Miss Osborn is the year 3 and 4 phase leader.
We will be practising various reading and writing skills bases around different books including Charlotte's Web, Atlas of Adventure and The Green Ship. We will explore different genres for writing including narrative, dialogue and explanation texts.
The children will also practise their spelling, grammar and punctuation during these lessons.
Discrete guided reading sessions will take place to focus on word reading and comprehension skills, using the books Planet Omar and The Big Book of the UK.
We encourage all children to read daily with an adult and record what they have read in their reading logs which needs to be signed by an adult.
This term we will be focusing on multiplication and division, fractions and measure. We will practise number bonds and times tables using a number of resources including Times Tables Rockstars and Hit the Button. We recomment children do 5 minutes of times tables practise at home per day.
During the first half term, we will be studying Animals including Humans. The children will learn about nutrition, skeletons and muscles. In the second half term, we will learn about forces.
The children will be developing their geographical skills within the topic of 'The UK'. They will recap knowledge about countries, counties, rivers and mountains within the UK and explore how land use has changed over time.
Art and DT
In Art, the children will be learning about Pointillism and in DT, they will be making desserts from the UK.
The children will be learning about religious festivals; comparing them and thinking about their importance.
The children will be practising skills within Gymnastics, Dance and Yoga. PE days continue to be on Monday and Thursday for 3O and Monday and Friday for 3J. Children will need to come to school in their PE kit. Pupils must have plain white or black trainers, long yellow socks, the blue Brushwood t-shirt, navy tracksuit bottoms and navy shorts/skort for the warmer weather. Children with pierced ears must remove their earrings or place tape over them during PE lessons.
We will be covering the topics of Feelings and Emotions, Healthy Relationships and Differences. We will also discuss our school values; ambition, confidence, collaboration, resilience and respect.
The focus this term is animals, colours and numbers.
The children will be studying 10 important classical music pieces. After February half term, the children will start to have their Cornet lessons each week, led by Mr Gibbon, a music specialist. The corents will be provided by the school.
We will continue developing the children's general computing skills including using Word. They will also explore current E-Safety issues.
This term, we will be studying the following books: Aesop's Fables, Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age, Finger Eater and Pebble in my Pocket. We will be practising various reading and writing skills bases around these books including identifying word classes, writing descriptions, thinking about character feelings and emotions and alterative endings to stories. Grammar, spelling and punctuation will be embedded in these lessons.
In guided reading, the children will study the texts of Tales of Wisdom and Wonder and The Worst Witch. We use whole class guided reading which focuses on developing the children's comprehension skills.
This term we will focus on place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. Within these topics, we will use a range of resources including base 10, place value counters, number squares and bead strings. We will continue to practise number bonds and begin to focus more on times tables.
Our topic for the Autumn term is rocks. The children will be classifying rocks, studying how rocks change over time and will then be moving onto fossil formation and soil types.
In history lessons, we will be learning about the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. The children will discover what life was like for the early humans and will learn how life changed over these historical periods.
Art and DT
In art, the children will be doing a colour study and will look at the artist Andy Goldsworthy. In DT, the children will be studying cave paintings and will be doing lino carving. They will explore the artist Fredrick Walton.
This term the children will be learning about places of worship in various religions.
The children will be focusing on invasion games and orienteering. PE days for 3J are Monday and Friday. PE days for 3O are Monday and Thursday.
This term we will be covering the topics of healthy lifestyles, our strengths and goals and keeping safe. We will also be discussing our school values of ambition, confidence, collaboration, resilience and respect.
To start, we will focus on the main sounds and letters. We will introduce basic conversation starters including asking someone's name and giving your own.
The children will be covering the history of Western Music. This will be taught in the school's music room where children will have access to a range of instruments.
Reading and phonics
When pupils start at Brushwood, their phonics ability will be tested. If they have some gaps in their knowledge, they will continue reading colour banded books and will have phonics interventions to close the gaps. If their knowledge is secure, they will begin on Accelerated Reader which begins testing and progressing comprehension skills. On this scheme, the children choose their own books, read in school and at home and then take an online quiz to test their understanding of the book. For both the colour banded books and then Accelerated Reader books, teachers regularly monitor the progress each child is making and move them up levels appropriately. We ask that pupils read at home each evening with an adult who can record and sign their reading logs. It is important that the children have their books and their reading logs in their bags everyday too.
Number bonds and times tables
The children regularly learn and practise number bonds to 10 and 20 in school. These are really important skills to have as children can apply this knowledge in lots of areas of the maths curriculum. We ask that the children practise these at home as much as possible. These can be done verbally or there is some brilliant games online too. Please visit the following website for games.
As well as number bonds, it is important for the children to learn and practise their times tables. In school, we regularly practise the times tables introduced in year 2 (2x tables, 5x tables and 10x tables) before slowly introducing more times tables by learning and practising on a regular basis. It is important that children can count quickly (for example 2, 4, 6, 8) and answer questions (for example 4 x 2 = 8). To show a clear understanding of times tables, we teach the inverse too using division (for example, 8 ÷ 2 = 4). Practising these at home is essential for children to become fluent with their times tables.