Adel St John The Baptist

Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 Curriculum Map

Welcome to Year 3!

We hope you all had a wonderful break and were able to spend some time as a family, despite the poor weather! Let's hope this final term is full of sunshine, warmth and lots of outdoor learning!


We cannot believe this is the final term! It has gone so quick and we are not ready to part with our lovely bunch! However, we have a wonderful final term planned!

This half term we will be continuing with our topic on the 'Ancient Greeks' where the children will be focusing on map skills in Geography and learning more about Europe. In science, we will be looking at plants and learning about germination and pollination. The children will also be observing these changes whilst looking after their own plants. In RE, we will be looking at incarnation and how Christians show their beliefs about God the trinity in worship (in baptism and prayer, for example) and in the way they live. We will be continuing to learn the ukulele in music and in PE we will be preparing for Sports Day! 

Dates for your diary

Week commencing 10th June-  Healthy Living Week

Tuesday 11th June- KS2 Sports Day (PM)

Thursday 27th June- Year 3 trip to the Royal Armouries 


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.  We are also supported by Miss McNamara throughout the week and Mrs Starkey will take the children on a Wednesday morning for PE and alternate Thursday afternoons for PSHE and PE. 

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 is on Wednesdays and Thursdays where the children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit with trainers. As we approach the warmer weather (we hope!) please ensure that your child brings a sun hat to school and sun cream is applied before school.  We will be focusing on athletics and netball this term. .  


Spellings will be sent home on Friday 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 look forward to seeing you all again at celebration events that will take place for the remainder of the year. 

Many thanks,

Miss Jackson and Mrs Pape 


Year 3 Class Blog

Pneumatic toys

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

We completed our DT project this week on pneumatic toys. The children learnt to create their own pneumatic mechanisms, decorate their own toy and evaluate their final product. There was a lot of peer support, creativity, a messy classroom but most of all, a lot of fun! It was lovely to end the term with something creative. We hope they have given you a demonstration at home! 

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Christmas Jumper Day!

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

On Thursday, we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch as a school, as well as wearing our Christmas jumpers. Thank you for all the donations parents have made to the ‘Save the Children’ charity. 

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Exploring pneumatics

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

We also started our DT project this week and this half term we are focusing on mechanisms using pneumatics. This was a fantastic lesson as the children were all fascinated by what is meant by pneumatics. We explored three different types as a class, which then helped them each decide which mechanism they would use to design and create a toy for a year one child for Christmas. The children had some amazing ideas and we are looking forward to creating them next week.

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Shadow Investigators

Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

In science this week, we carried out a scientific investigation based on shadows. The focus of our scientific enquiry was based on comparison and fair testing. We wanted to find out what happens to a shadow when a light source is close to an opaque object and when it is further away. We found out as a class that a shadow is larger when the light source is closer to the object. The children all worked brilliantly in groups, using fantastic measuring skills and ensuring their testing was fair. 

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Peter Dalrymple (PDalrymple) on: Year 3 Class Blog

The children loved exploring the snow on Thursday and admiring the stunning environment that greeted us! 

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