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Northmead Junior School

Northmead Junior School

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Autumn Term

In the Autumn term we welcome our new pupils to Northmead. We encourage new friendships, provide opportunities for the children to become familiar with their new surroundings and introduce them to the routines of our school.


 In Literacy this year, Year 3 are focusing on developing a ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. This is a powerful learning concept developed by Pie Corbett, an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet. Children's creativity and writing skills are unlocked through the art of storytelling. This  approach enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. 




Maths is taught in class bases. This year we are developing our maths teaching inspired by the Singapore approach. In our lessons, children are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts alongside numbers and symbols. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas.

Mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience.




In the Autumn term our topic entitled "What's Under Our Feet?" incorporates geographical and scientific themes as the children study rocks, soils and key aspects of mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes.





Our Autumn project in RE asks the questions; 

Is Christian worship the same all around the world?

How did Jesus change lives?


In the lead up to Christmas we consider;  Why presents are given at Christmas and what might Jesus think about it all? 




Skills associated with the games of netball, basketball and rugby are taught over the course of this term. We will also continue to develop your child's gymnastic and fitness skills. Children  learn a dance which they perform as part of our school play.




We enjoy our weekly music lessons during which we sing and play instruments.

We also listen to and appraise a range of pieces from a variety of musical genre. 




Initially we begin by learning how to keep ourselves safe online. 

Later in the term we learn how to successfully use 'Word'




 Over the course of the first half term the focuses on creating a

happy and collaborative learning environment.

New ground rules are established as the children begin in their new school.

Later in the term we teach a unit entitled 'Out and About.'   This begins with helping the children to develop better communication skills and 

later it tackles various aspects of personal safety .




In our French lessons we learn to greet each other.  Later in the term we learn how to count up to 20.  We also learn how to say the days of the week in French.



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