Longtown Community Primary School

Longtown Community Primary School

Class 3 - Mrs Reynolds & Miss Ebery

Welcome to Class 3 at Longtown Primary School!

Autumn  Term

In Literacy this half-term,  we are basing our reading and writing on a range of quality texts that tie in with our World War I topic.  Children will focus on different extended narratives, for example Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and War Game by Michael Foreman, as well as a range of World War I poetry.  We will be exploring persuasive techniques as used in propaganda and recruitment speeches, descriptive writing focused on settings, informal letter writing and creating our own narratives based on one of the stories studied.  

In Maths, we are learning about place value, extending our understanding to included larger numbers and decimals.  We are covering calculation methods for each of the operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  We will continue to develop fluency in mental strategies whilst also developing our use of written methods and focusing on efficient calculation methods in different situations. As always, our Maths activities aim to deepen children's understanding of concepts by encouraging them to apply their knowledge to different problems and to tackle more complex reasoning challenges. 

Our History topic for the first half-term is 'World War I', particularly appropriate given the centenary of the end of the war.  Children will examine the causes of the war and learn about conditions for soldiers on the battlefield.  To develop their research and communication skills, they will choose their own topic for research based on how technology and animals were developed and used during the conflict.  Children will also learn about how life on the homefront was affected during the war, and in particular how the role of women was affected. 

In Science, we are focusing on 'Sound'.  The emphasis will very much be on practical hands-on exploration as children learn about how sounds are made as well as the characteristics of sound - pitch and volume.   We will be working scientifically to investigate ways to absorb sound in a range of real-life challenges such as designing headphones or soundproofing a room.  Our Computing focus this half-term is e-safety and in French children will learn how to describe different places in our village and how to ask for and understand directions. 


P.E. sessions will be held on Monday and Friday afternoons.  

 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 Wednesdays. Children need to bring in warm Forest School kit.

 Weekly activities

Children will all have a reading diary this year to help keep track of reading at home and homework tasks.  Homework will be given out on Thursday 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.  All children have access now to the Spelling Shed games.  Weekly spelling lists will be loaded onto the site and children are also able to access all primary spelling lists (organised by stages) for additional practice www.spellingshed.com 
  • Maths tasks are set weekly on either www.mymaths.co.uk or sent home on paper 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.