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Manor Court CommunityPrimary School and Pre-School


Owls Class

Miss Diffey and Mrs Lane

Welcome to the Optimistic Owls Class with Miss Diffey and Mrs Lane. 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 Owls fly this year! 

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 RE, 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.