RIDGEWAY Primary School

We are The Knights, we make the days bright and together we unite! 

Hello and Happy New Year!

We hope you have all had a fun and relaxing Christmas holidays! We have missed you and can't wait to welcome you all back to school :) Please see below for information on this half term's learning and key information x

Spring Term 1 Information 

  • Mrs Barnes teaches every Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays, and Mrs Jowitt teaches alternate Wednesdays and every Thursday & Friday. This term will begin with Mrs B teaching on the Wednesday. The learning which takes place will flow throughout the week and we work together to ensure the children get consistency and continuity across our teaching days.
  • We are lucky enough to have the lovely Mrs Taylor joining our team on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings to support our learning journey.  
  • PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tuesday lessons will be outdoor and Friday will be indoor, so please ensure your child has a PE kit in school which which fits the school policy and is suitable for cold weather. 
  • Book bags are to come into school on a Friday and will be returned home on a Monday.
  • Please send your child to school every day with a full water bottle. They are also welcome to bring a healthy snack for playtime if they wish to!

Homework

As mentioned on the Week 1 Newsletter, homework is aimed to be effective at supporting your child's learning without taking time away from them relaxing, attending clubs and being kids! Homework for Year 3 will be set every Friday after school and should be completed by the following Friday

There will be 4 activities set each week, which will all be uploaded to Seesaw. Please make sure your child is clicking on the green 'Add Response' button when adding their learning  (as this makes sure no work gets missed). The activities will be;

  • A Maths activity.
  • An English/SPAG activity
  • A reading activity 
  • A list of spellings to learn for the following Friday's test.

The instructions for each task will be given each week on the Seesaw activity, but they should not take more than 15 minutes. In addition to this, children should be aiming to read for 15 minutes 4x per week and logging onto TTRS regularly. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Spring 1: There's No Place Like Home!

Spring Term 1 Learning

We are extremely excited to announce that our third topic of the year will be... 'There's no Place Like Home!'

Our driver subject for this half term will be Geography, but we will be doing lots exciting learning in other subjects too! The topic will include;

  • Locating the countries and cities of the UK, as well as the counties of England.
  • Beginning to use the points on a compass to further understand direction.
  • Locating human/physical features of the UK (including famous landmarks, seas, rivers and mountains).
  • Describing how the UK has changed over time.
  • Exploring the land use, physical and human geography of Sheffield.

In other areas of the curriculum...

  • As mathematicians, we will be focusing on multiplying and dividing large numbers and then moving onto fractions.
  • In English, we will be using a range of stories based in the UK to write a diary entry and a newspaper article. We will also continue to build on our reading comprehension skills through a range of Bookflix activities.
  • In D&T we will learn all about 'Eating Seasonally'. This will include tasting, making and evaluating a range of dishes which use seasonal fruit and vegetables in the recipe.
  • In French, we will be building on our learning so far to give and follow a range of instructions.
  • In RE, we will explore what it means to be a Christian in Britain today.
  • In Computing, We will be learning how to use branching databases.

Spring 1: Here are the skills we are going to be focusing on this half term in our Geography learning!

Below is the knowledge organiser that details what we will be looking at in our UK topic this half term (Spring 1.)

Please chat through the key vocabulary at home to further embed the language! Thank you! 

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Autumn 2: It's a Hard Rock Life!

Autumn Term 2 Learning

We are extremely excited to announce that our second topic of the year will be... 'It's a Hard Rock Life!'

Our driver subject for this half term will be Science but we will be doing lots exciting learning in other subjects too! The topic will include;

  • Comparing and grouping rocks on the basis of their appearance and physical properties.
  • Investigating and describing how fossils are formed. 
  • Recognising that soils are made from rocks. 
  • Learning about famous volcanoes around the world, including the 'Ring of Fire' and using our Geography skills to plot them on a map.
  • Explore the features of a volcano
  • Understanding what causes earthquakes and volcanoes including tectonic plates and the impact these natural disasters have on communities.

In other areas of the curriculum...

  • As mathematicians, we will be focusing on written methods for subtraction initially before moving onto multiplication and division. 
  • In English, we will be using a range of video clips and books to inspire 'Exciting Writing' linked to non chronological reports, letter writing and a settings description. We will also continue to build on our reading comprehension skills through a range of Bookflix activities.
  • In DT we will design, make and evaluate a 3D model of a volcano based on the knowledge of the structure of volcanoes and the eruption process. This will involve learning how to sculpture using paper mache.

DT Making volcano structures part four and finished product!

Final photos are the aftermath of our eruption experiment using bicarb and vinegar! WOW!!!

For our calendars, we looked closely at the work of Japenese artist, Hokusai. We tried to recreate one of his famous paintings of Mount Fuji using watercolours. I'm sure you will agree - they look amazing! You should all be super proud of yourselves!

We have a British Sign Language advent calendar in our class where we learn a different sign each day linked to Christmas! The children have absolutely loved learning them each day and have really impressed us with their maturity towards this subject. They now know 25 different signs! AMAZING!

Making volcano structures parts two and three!

Dance at the Community Centre... we have been working on the following terms: cannon, unison, tempo and levels!

Sketching Mount Fuji! Next stop... watercolours! 

National Stone Centre Trip 23.11.21

Wow.. what a day!

Knights, you have been amazing! Asking questions, joining in each activity with great enthusiasm and showing exemplary behaviour from start to finish - we could not be more proud of you! 

We completed four activities including: gem panning, fossil casting, grouping rocks and minerals, exploring soil and it’s different layers and finding out about the local area on the geo trail.

we have had such a super day and we were so impressed with both your knowledge of rocks and attitude. Even the volunteers who ran the activities commented on what a joy it was to teach such enthusiastic, thoughtful children so well done to you all! 

DT structures project - making volcanoes, part one!

Harvest!

 We hope you enjoy our harvest song!

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Autumn 1: STONES AND BONES!

Autumn Term 1 Learning

We are extremely excited to announce that our first topic of the year will be... Stones and Bones!

Our driver subject for the half term will be History, but we will be doing lots exciting learning in other subjects too! The topic will include;

  • Becoming historians to explore how life was different in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.
  • Investigating how we find out about the past using primary and secondary sources.
  • Looking at the different ways the time periods are represented and assessing how historically accurate they are.
  • Combining history and geography skills to map the major prehistoric monuments in the UK. 

In other areas of the curriculum...

  • As mathematicians, we will be focusing on number and place value of three digit numbers. We will then move onto mental and written methods for addition and subtraction.
  • In English, we will be using a range of video clips and books to inspire 'Exciting Writing' linked to character descriptions, instructions, storytelling and poetry. We will also continue to build on our reading comprehension skills through a range of Bookflix activities.
  • As scientists, we will be carrying out a number of investigations to find out about light and shadows.
  • Through our 'learning for life' sessions, we will be finding out about Hinduism and understanding what it means to be truly healthy.
  • We will begin learning basic conversational French as a base for KS2 language lessons. We will become confident using greetings, sharing names and ages and even asking how people are feeling that day.
  • In D&T, we will be looking at structures..

As historians we have been learning about the diet people had during the Stone Age. We learnt about hunter gatherers and put our skills to the test as we found food items around the yard and had to decide whether we would hunt or gather them!

Creating Stonehenge silhouette art.. part one! 

In English we are learning to retell a story using actions and a story map. We will then use this to write our own portal story about travelling back in time to the Stone Age era.

In D&T we have been learning about structures. We designed a model version of Stonehenge after learning about it’s architecture. Then e had a go at building it using biscuits and icing sugar! It wasn’t as easy as we thought but we enjoyed the challenge