Longtown Community Primary School

Longtown Community Primary School

Class 3 - Mrs Reynolds & Miss Edwards

Welcome to Class 3 at Longtown Primary School!

Spring  Term

In Literacy this term, we will be finding out all about Shakespeare and putting his work into historical context.  We will study Macbeth in detail, exploring the original play and also different versions of the story - modern-day narratives, comic strip and animations.  We will discuss how and why characters develop and change throughout the play, before putting Macbeth on trial for murder!  In non-fiction, we will link to our topics, writing for different purposes - to inform (explanations of mummification; newspaper reports of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb) and to persuade (climate change).

In Maths, our focus for the first half of the term is fractions, decimals and percentages and the links between them.  We will be exploring equivalence, how to compare and order, and calculations.  Children will develop fluency and efficiency in employing a range of strategies as well as applying their understanding to tackle different reasoning challenges. 

Our History topic for the first half-term is Ancient Egypt in which children will learn about topics of they have expressed an interest in - daily life, the pharoahs, mummification, Tutankhamun, the pyramids.  We will focus on developing children's historical skills, in particular using different sources of evidence.  After half-term, we will move on to our Geography topics: earthquakes and climate change.    

In Science, we will start by focusing on 'Light' in which we will explore how light travels, how we see, what light is made up of, and how light behaves when reflected and refracted.  Our second Science topic is 'Earth and Space' and we look forward to finding out more about our solar system.



P.E. sessions will be held on Monday and Friday afternoons.  On Friday afternoons this term, children will have the opportunity to take part in a climbing course - please see Friday Focus for more details.   

 Class Information

 Please note:

  • Please could children leave PE kits in school for a half term, this way they won’t have to remember it twice a week. The children will need outdoor P.E. clothes.
  • Forest Schools is on alternate Thursdays. Children need to bring in warm Forest School kit.

 Weekly activities

Children will all have a homework diary this year to help keep track of reading at home and homework tasks.  Homework will be given out on Friday and should usually be completed by the following Thursday.  

Homework set may vary depending on what is being studied in class and the needs of children.

  • Children should read at home regularly and make a note in their diary when they have read.  We appreciate parents' support in encouraging regular reading.
  • Spellings will be sent home weekly to learn (test on Fridays). Your support in helping children understand the spelling 'rule' or pattern and the meaning of the words is appreciated.
  • A maths task set on www.mymaths.co.uk or,  sometimes may be a worksheet task, to practise and consolidate skills.


 If you would like to discuss anything with us, please do not hesitate to ring or drop in after school for a chat.