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St Matthew’s
Church of England Academy

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St Matthew’s
Church of England Academy

Class 3

Welcome to Class 3!

Mrs Spencer and Mrs Shaw welcome all pupils, parents and carers to our Class 3 page. The learning for each half-term will be updated, along with photos of our work.


PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays and children need to come to school wearing the correct kit.



This Autumn term, we will be reading Ted Hughes’ classic fairytale The Iron Man. The Iron Man is a goldmine when it comes to developing English skills: story structure, drama, use of adjectives or simile, this book has it all. And, of course, it also features one of the greatest modern fairytale characters ever created!


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This half-term, we are learning about Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, and Multiplication and Division.


We will continue to practice our Times Tables throughout the year. These are key for our the progression of arithmetic skills and underpin the Maths curriculum in KS2 and beyond.


All pupils will be given their own Times Tables Rockstars log in. This fantastic resource should be used at least 3 times a week at home, in addition to any maths homework.


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This term in Science we will be learning about ‘Forces and Magnets’, working scientifically to explore forces, friction and magnetic attraction. This hands-on unit of work will include identifying magnetic materials, conducting investigations into magnetic strength, experimenting with magnetic poles to attract and repel objects and come to a close with creating our own magnetic game!



In Geography, children will take a closer look at the mysteries of tropical rainforests. From the layers of the forest and its animal inhabitants, to the unique climate found in the tropics. They will compare a British forest with the Amazon rainforest, and begin to explore some of the conservation issues surrounding the destruction of rainforest habitats.


We hope to incorporate a class trip into this topic, to study a forest in more detail in person.  



In Computing we will learn basic coding as well as continue our ongoing discussions about how to stay safe online.



Class 3 will be learning the numbers to 20 in French through games and songs.



In Art we will use pencil, colour, paint, print, collage and paper to create quality art work that shows progression in skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of several paintings of Autumn

Scenes including work by Matisse and by Cezanne.


The children will also take a trip to the Common to observe the changing colours and textures of the season and inspire their own work.



In this unit of work, children will focus on goals and aspirations. They will discuss achievements they have accomplished so far and the type of attitude that helps us to succeed. Opportunities will also be provided for children to share aspirations and make connections to our School Vision and British Values.



We are looking at how and why people try to make the world a better place.



Our PE days are Tuesdays with Mrs Spencer and Fridays with Bee Active.



We will study the songs Let Your Spirit Fly and The Dragon Song throughout the term. This will include playing musical games, exploring the dimensions of music (melody, pulse, rhythm, pitch, texture, timbre and dynamics), singing and playing instruments.


Long Term Plan 2023-2024