Longtown Community Primary School

Longtown Community Primary School

Class 3 - Mrs Reynolds & Miss Ebery

Welcome to Class 3 at Longtown Primary School!

Spring  Term

In Literacy this term,  we will be basing our non-fiction reading and writing with our History, Geography and Science topics.  Children will be learning about the features of biographies, linking this to their study of Alfred the Great and to influential scientists in the field of Evolution.  Based on our reading of The Kapok Tree and The Shaman's Apprentice in our Rainforests work, children will work on newspaper reports and discussion texts.  We will be enjoying a range of fiction work too, both written and film-based to build our comprehension skills and inspire our creative writing. 

In Maths, Year 6 will be furthering their understanding of place value by extending their work on decimals. They will then learn about percentages, making connections to the concepts already covered in fractions and decimals work, before moving on to learn about algebra and converting measures.  Year 4 and 5 will consolidate and extend their understanding of different calculation strategies for the four operations.  They will then explore the concepts of area and perimeter before moving on to look at fractions and decimals.  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 'Anglo-Saxons'.  Children will learn about why Britain was invaded and settled by these peoples.  They will research life in a typical village and explore how society was structured.  We will consider how the Anglo Saxons affected Herefordshire by learning about King Offa and Ethelbert.  Finally, children will learn about King Alfred's life and understand his role in addressing the conflict with the Vikings. 

Our Geography topic for the second half-term is 'Rainforests'.  We will learn about the location and climate of the rainforests around the world and the structure of the forest.  Children will research the different wildlife and how animals and plants have adapted to this habitat.  We will explore different uses of the rainforest and think about life of different tribes in the forest and some of the factors affecting their way of life. We will discuss the importance of the rainforest to different stakeholders and analyse the reasons for deforestation and the impact this could have on different groups.

In Science, Years 5 and 6 will be focusing on 'Evolution'.  Children will explore concepts such as adaptation, inheritance and survival of the fittest as well as learning about some of the key scientists in this arena.  Year 4 will focus on 'Rocks and Soils'.  They will examine the nature of different types of rock, linking their characteristics to how they are formed.  They will also learn about how fossils are made.


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.