Adel St John The Baptist

Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 Curriculum Map

Welcome to Year 3!

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term break. 

This half term we will be continuing with our topic on the 'Stone Age'- we are all very excited for our school trip to Herd Farm on Monday 25th February! We will be moving away from the history part of this topic and focusing more on the geography where the children will be developing their map sills and learning about rivers. In science, we will be learning about different forces including magnetic force and friction and in RE our focus will be on salvation and the Easter story. Fractions, weight and capacity will be our focus in maths and we will also be writing our own persuasive letters in English. The children will also be preparing for our Easter production in the final week. We have a busy half term ahead!

Dates for your diary

Monday 25th February- Herd Farm visit

Wednesday 6th March- Parent Consultation Evening 

Thursday 7th March- Parent Consultation Evening 

Thursday 7th March- World Book Day- 'Dress as a word'

Wednesday 27th March- Year 3/4 Easter Production- more details to follow regarding 2 performances

Teachers in Y3

Staffing this term in Year 3 will stay the same where the teaching week will be covered as follows; Miss Jackson - Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Pape will cover Wednesday- Friday.  This is still great consistency for the children and doesn't impact the children's learning. We are also supported by Miss McNamara throughout the week.

We understand communication is vital for sharing information. It is always busy first thing on a morning, as we are preparing the lessons for the day in class. But should you wish to pass on a message an adult at the cloakroom door can pass this on to us. Anything of urgency, or that is confidential, please ask an adult at the door and we will try and meet with you briefly in the cloakroom area. Should you wish to contact us by email, these are our addresses.

It will be useful to add both of us to any emails you send, so we can both be aware of anything needing our attention. We will aim to respond within 2 working days.

Reading in Y3

We make reading a priority in Year 3. We encourage the children to develop a love of books in all genres and themes, with a big focus on reading for pleasure. During the school day children will be reading independently as well as taking part in class guided reading. The children will be able to choose a book from our class bookcase, which they can read in class at quiet reading times. They will also choose a book from the school library to bring home. They will be able to return this book when they have finished it and choose a new one. We appreciate some books are longer and will take more than a week to read. Books will be signed in and out, so we can monitor the regularity of children’s reading.


PE this half term, is swimming on Wednesday morning. PE kit needs to be worn to school that day – full black tracksuit, white t-shirt and trainers with swimming costume for girls and swimming trunks for boys (worn underneath). Children will also need a bag with a towel and underwear. This bag needs to be big enough to fit all their clothes including a coat and shoes – this is because lockers will not be in use and belongings will be kept poolside. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS OUR FINAL TERM OF SWIMMING IN YEAR 3.

PE is also on Thursdays, again PE kit and trainers should be worn that day. The PE focus for this half term will be dance.  


Spellings will be sent home on Friday, a copy will be added to Seesaw, for children to practise at home. The test will take place in school on the following Friday, with Mrs Pape.

We also encourage you to read with your child at least 3 times per week. Every child in school will have a reading record, even if they are a free reader. This is a place to record any new words children have learnt, progress you see or titles of other books read at home.

Mathletics online – there will be three activities set on Mathletics that link to our learning that has taken place in the week. Your child can use paper to help them work out answers. Find Mathletics at and use your child’s logging in details to access their account. The beauty of Mathletics is, it shows the teacher how a child did with a particular learning intention but also there is an option for children to do more than just the activities set. Use the help buttons if unsure of an activity.

A national times table test now takes place in Y4, so we will prepare the children for this by testing their fast recall of answers throughout the year. To support your child at home, there are some great activities on the ‘Top Marks’ website. One game in particular, ‘Hit the Button’, requires fast recall of times table answers. Another great website is which does a mock test and has some fun games that make learning times tables fun.

Things to remember:

  • All children should bring a flask or bottle of water to school. This should be taken home and washed every day.
  • In Key Stage 2, children are required to bring their own snack, as it is no longer provided. This should be a piece of fruit to be eaten at playtime. Our school is strictly ‘nut-free’ due to some children having allergies.
  • School Policy is that, other than for religious reasons, we do not wear jewellery in school apart from a watch. We do not wear Fitbits or expensive watches as it is the responsibility of the child to keep them safe. These need to be removed for PE lessons.

We are very excited to provide and share in this year of your child’s education. We look forward to meeting you again at parent teacher meetings and hopefully seeing you at celebration events throughout the remainder of the year. 

Many thanks,

Miss Jackson and Mrs Pape 


Year 3 Class Blog

Party time!

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Thursday afternoon was Christmas party time! We danced, played games, ate our party food and enjoyed being with our friends. It was lovely to celebrate together. 

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Shadow Investigators!

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Today we have been investigating how shadows change when the distance between the light source and the object changes. The children worked really well together as a group, using their measuring and collaboration skills. We found out that the shadow is longer when the light source is closer to the object however,  we did have some inconsistent result which we believe might be down to our measuring skills! 

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Arctic Explorer!

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Last week we had a very special visitor in school! We met a scientist called Katie who has been on her very own Arctic expedition. The children were extremely inquisitive about her adventure and asked lots of interesting questions. We found out that Katie visited the Arctic for 6 weeks to conduct some research on clouds and their impact on climate change. Katie showed us some photographs from her travels and it was really interesting to hear her stories. We hoped the children shared her stories with you at home. Thank you to Katie for her wonderful visit. 

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Hockey players in the making!

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This term in PE we are learning how to play hockey! Over the past few weeks, the children have been developing their hockey skills by:

  1. Controlling a ball, understanding how it moves and different ways to provide a pass and score.
  2. Working within a team to achieve a flow of passing (In Possession) vs. an opposition.
  3. Understanding the importance of space, safety and movement in hockey.

We are looking forward to playing some mini games over the next few weeks, putting our skills to the test!

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Year 3 Event- Thursday 1st December 3-4pm

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Tonight your child will be bringing home an invitation, inviting you to come into school on Thursday 1st December from 3-4pm. This is an opportunity for your child to share their learning with you so far and to explore the classroom. We hope you can make it. 

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