St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Barnoldswick
Lancashire BB18 5EN

01282 813045

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Class 3

If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 3 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Dixon or Miss Pickering, the class teachers.



Our narrative unit will be “Stories on a theme” and our text will be Stig of the Dump.  We will explore the meaning of unfamiliar words in a text, create character descriptions, sequence stories and extract the plot from a story.  The final outcome will hopefully be our own story based on a similar plot.  In Non Fiction, the children will be learning how to write a discussion text. They will identify complex sentences; analyse text structure and the language used in debate and in turn, write their own. They will learn how to present information from different points of view using the correct vocabulary.



 In the Spring term we will be identifying and comparing 2D shapes. We will recognise 90 degree angles and those angles bigger and smaller than 90 degrees. Later in the term, we will revisit time, learning the Roman numerals; time facts; improve our ability to tell the time to 1 minute and compare the time of events.  We will also continue to consolidate our number bonds and times tables.  We will use our knowledge of place value to help us add and subtract bigger numbers.  We will also begin to multiply bigger numbers and work on our division to understand that sometimes we get remainders.



Religious Education 

Our first theme is Called to Change, where we will explore sin and forgiveness.  We will look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation in more detail, exploring the mechanics of how we take the Sacrament and how it can help us in our daily lives.  In the second half term we will look in detail at the Mass.  We will begin to understand the different parts of the Mass; The Liturgy of the Word and The Eucharist.

Year 3 will have the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The first meeting takes place in school on Wednesday 24th January at 6.30pm.




The focus will be on history of our local area. We will research the Spud Roaster (the Barnoldswick to Earby train) and discover what is now where the train station was. The children will look at a variety of sources to discover historical information on the changes to Barnoldswick, over the last 100 years.


Class 3 will investigate the country of China. They will compare it to home and learn about the Chinese New Year and traditions; Naxi dress and medicines.

Science - Light

We will complete our investigations on Materials and their suitability to do a job.  We will particularly look at what makes a material waterproof. We will then concentrate on Forces, we will revisit push and pull and the force of gravity and how this works.  We will then progress to explore magnetic force and we will attempt to create our own compass.

Art and DT

The children will produce a collage based upon Chinese culture e.g. the Chinese dragon. They will learn how to manipulate materials for the best effects.

In DT, the children will gain an understanding of wheels and axis to create their own spud roaster. Please, start collecting small rectangular boxes!



Sportscool will continue their Thursday afternoon sessions with the whole class. Children should have an outdoor PE kit for this session

Please make sure your child has a full indoor PE Kit in school, including socks for girls if they wear tights for school.



Twinning with Primet Primary School

Children from Class 3 visited Primet Primary School to take part in team building activities as part of the twinning project.

Stig of the Dump

Class 3 have been reading Stig of the Dump and they were inspired to make models of places they though Stig would like to live. 

Finding out about Barnoldswick's History - Spud Roaster

Mr G Brennan visited Class 3 and told the class about Barnoldswick's 'Spud Roaster', the train that ran from Barnoldswick to Earby.  He showed the children a series of facinating and orginal photographs. The children really enjoyed asking lots of questions about this train and Barnoldswick's history. 

Long Term Planning



Please find below an outline of the topics covered in your child's class. We are currently in cycle A.

If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 3 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Dixon or Miss Pickering, the class teachers.

Class 3 Long Term Plan Year A 2016 - 2017.pdfDownload
Class 3 Long Term Plan Year B 2017 - 2018.pdfDownload
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