Welcome to Year 3
Autumn 2 - Are we nearly there yet?
The children arrive at school and find a range of items in the shared area linked to the Lake District, and the different activities around Lake Windermere. We will discuss what tourism is and how, after the Covid-19 lockdown, the tourism office would like some help to persuade the tourists to visit the Lake District again. In order to achieve this successfully, they will need to get an understanding of their local geography and understand how to use maps. A variety of activities using maps, will develop their knowledge of the physical and human geography in the Lakes. Children will engage in fieldwork in the local area to enhance their geographical skills and knowledge. The topic culminates with the children creating a tourism board, which they will present to Year 5 children in the form of a video.
Autumn 1 - Matilda – A right to an education?
Through the story of Matilda, children explored the right to an education through a variety of investigative activities, e.g. exploring education around the world and the new ‘normal’ of education. They looked back on the previous six months, during which many of them had not been able to attend school due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As classes, they reflected on their experiences of lockdown and how their education had changed. They compared the ‘new normal’ of school with their experiences prior to school closing.
They demonstrated curiosity in discovering aspects about life at Manor Field and were able to solve questions and any anxieties that they had regarding life at junior school. As they developed more knowledge about school, the people who help them and how they help them, they developed strategies that they can use to be resilient in their own learning.
Through this work, they recogniseed a way that they are special. There was lots of opportunities for discussion and exploration through Thrive activities, to develop their understanding of the Manor Field attributes and school agreement.
In their written work, the children had the opportunity to write about various aspects of school life and compared these to Matilda’s experiences. Matilda maintained her love of learning despite everything that she is experiencing around her. By interviewing different people, the children developed their understanding of a rights respecting education. The children better understand the importance of Articles 19 and 28 and are becoming more principled learners. The main aim of this topic was for the children to confidently and successfully transition from infant to junior school and begin to understand the importance of the UNCRC.