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Manor Court CommunityPrimary School and Pre-School


Kingfisher Class

Mrs Scott and Mrs Kilde

Welcome to the keen Kingfishers class with Mrs Scott and Mrs Kilde. We are so excited to welcome you all back to school and cannot wait to begin our learning journey with you! As always, our expectations of you are very high and we believe that each and every one of you will achieve your very best; we cannot wait to watch our Kingfishers fly!  

When we return, we will be looking at our local region, Somerset in Geography. This will involve us finding similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of Somerset. Later in the Autumn term, our History enquiry question will be, ‘How did the Industrial Revolution change Chard?’; this will include an exciting trip to Chard museum.  


In Science, we will be exploring animals, including humans. We will investigate how animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food. We will also discover that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement which will lead to some very exciting investigations! 


In English, we will focus on a range of genres and texts, allowing the children to extend their ability in writing. Some of these will incorporate key themes from this term’s history topic around the Industrial Revolution. When we start back, we will focus on ensuring a sound understanding of all Year 3 grammar terms to ensure that we are ready to apply these in our writing. Our first text of the Autumn term will be, Five Bears’; a tale of friendship and looking past differences. Following this we will look at a range of texts, including: The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark and The Iron Man. 


In Maths, we will be focusing on place value followed by addition and subtraction. In addition to this, we will revisit key arithmetic skills on a daily basis to ensure that we continue to develop these. Furthermore, we will focus on the children’s knowledge of their times tables as well as their speed and ability to recall known facts.  


In Religious Education, we will be learning about Christianity and will explore the enquiry question: ‘What do Christians believe about God and incarnation?’ 


We will have PE twice weekly; please ensure your child has suitable clothing for either indoor or outdoor activities on these days.  


Homework and spellings will be weekly; they will be set on a Thursday and collected the following Thursday. In addition to this, it is expected that over the course of a week, children will have read five times at home and have their reading record signed by a parent/carer to prove that their child has read.  

Our enquiry question for this term will be “How Active is Our Planet?” This term we will be beginning our Geography unit. We will develop our human, physical and environmental geography knowledge, explore volcano and earthquake formation and investigate settlements in the Pacific Ring of Fire. We will also be comparing the physical and human features of our local area with the city of Puebla, Mexico and practising our geography skills.  


In English, we will be starting with the book Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt. Using this text, we will write about our own amazing ‘curiosities’, prepare a biography of Mary Anning and write a newspaper report of the moment Mary discovered the Ichthyosaur! In Maths we will be learning about length and perimeter, before moving on to fractions. In the second half of the term, we will learn about time and properties of shape before finishing with mass and capacity.  


In Science, our main topic is ‘Rocks’. We will find out about the types of rocks and their properties, how different rocks are formed and how fossils are made. In Religious Education, we will learn about Islam and explore what Muslims believe about Islam and Iman. 


PE will be taught on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so please ensure your children attend school in their PE kits for these days. We also ask that earrings be removed for PE. Children will continue to have Portuguese with Mrs Gomes and Art with Mrs Morton on Monday afternoons. In DT we will be making hand puppets and making food for one of our MC48 experiences. These will be growing our own vegetables from a seed and enjoying a picnic in the park. 


Kingfishers class will have homework set weekly on a Friday, to be collected the following Thursday. We also expect children to read 5 times a week and have their reading records signed by an adult at home to show this. If it is difficult for your child to do homework at home, time and space can be made in school for them to complete it. Please email the Year 3 email address – if this is an option you would like to pursue. 


We are looking forward to a final great term of learning!