Skiddaw Class is our Year 2, 3 and 4 class. It is taught by Mrs Wadey supported by Mrs Mason, Mrs Matheson, Mrs Troughton and Mrs Craggs. If you want to know more about our class take a look in our class booklet or see our curriculum overview below to find out what exciting things we have planned for this term.
What are we planning for Skiddaw Class this autumn term?
In English, we will begin with reading the classic book The Railway Children and comparing it to the film later on. We will be writing letters, character descriptions and our own stories too. We will be learning to recite poetry including From A Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stephenson. Non-fiction books about our topics will form the focus of some English sessions too. Phonics / Spelling and Grammar sessions are planned each day alongside weekly guided reading sessions.
In Maths, we will focus on number work, learning about our number system and place value along with sequences, comparing and rounding. We will be exploring a progression of methods of adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We will be applying our number skills to estimating and problem solving, money and measures. There will be a big emphasis on times tables every week too.
In Science we’ll begin with a mini topic on plants, seeds and dispersal linked to an early visit to our woodland. Then we will be hands on exploring Electricity – how to get bulbs, buzzers, propellers and switches all safely working in harmony as well as the role of conductors and insulators in circuits. Followed by discovering all about forces, pushes, pulls and twists, including magnetism and friction.
In Computing sessions we will be using a range of programs to support our learning including the new Times Tables Rock Stars, the very popular IDL and BBC Dancemat typing. We will be increasing our familiarity with successfully saving and retrieving files along with learning and applying word processing skills.
We will begin with a History topic, learning all about Railways through the ages, seeing how they have developed from the first horse drawn railways and earliest steam locomotives right up to present day HS2 developments.
In Music we will be exploring our rhythmic and melodic memory through playing percussion games and creating compositions. Individual lessons in guitar, violin and piano will happen during the week. We will sing as a whole school every week, learning a variety of rounds and seasonal songs.
We will look at how artists use the medium of weaving in Art and try our hands at weaving in all its forms including paper and woollen creations.
In RE we will be thinking and learning about Thankfulness from Christian and Muslim perspectives. We will explore why Christmas matters to Christians too. Open the Book assemblies will continue on Monday mornings and we will be exploring our Christian Value of Service
In PE Y3 and 4 will be going swimming, just for this term, on Wednesday mornings, whilst Y2 have PE. On Thursday afternoons, Mrs Craggs will be concentrating on ball skills, developing our Tag Rugby skills in preparation for a Tag Rugby Tournament in November. Wet weather is inevitable this term so when working inside we will be making good use of our gymnastic equipment.
We are learning more sign language this term including numbers, animals and sports.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship are integrated into all areas of school life and form the basis of our whole approach to education, from assemblies and circle time to choices of stories and visitors. We are working on ‘New beginnings’ and ‘Getting on and falling out’ themes this term. Our School Councillors and Eco Team Members will also be voted upon and get to work.
Educational Visits: We plan to take our learning into the woods this term. We have the junior trip to County Show next week to look forward to as well as a whole school visit to the theatre in Lancaster to see Cinderella just before Christmas. This event will also cost in the region of £15 per child but we’ll let you know details nearer the time. This term we are pleased to welcome a student teacher, Mr Daniel Ward-Banks on their first placement, who will be doing mainly group work and assisting in class.