St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
West Close Road, Barnoldswick
BB18 5EN

01282 813045

Welcome to our school website. We hope you find all the information you are looking for. Our statement to live by this week is: 'I know what humility means.'

Class 3

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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.



In English, we will be looking at how to write a discussion text.  We will read a variety of discussions and look at the language, layout and style that they use.  Then we will think about the topics of homework and zoos and discuss their pros and cons.  Finally, we will write our own discussion pieces looking at both sides of the argument. 

Later on in the term we will look at diary writing.  We will look at what life was like in the Iron Age and recount events through diary entries. 

Our Grammar learning will include revisiting nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs.  We will identify them in texts and then illustrate how powerful they are in our own writing.  We will learn about contracting words and how they work well when writing speech (inverted commas). We will also identify and learn how to use prepositions effectively and begin to use subordinate clauses to add additional information.

Our first narrative text will have a historical context and this will be followed in the second half term by a novel which includes lots of adventure.  With both texts we follow their story as an aid to expand our vocabulary, learn a new writing style and write independently based on an existing structure.




In Year 2 we will investigate the properties of 3d shapes and sorting shapes in accordance to their similar qualities.  We will also explore division of items and numbers understanding division as both sharing and grouping.  We will also learn how to measure capacity using grams and learn how to read scales.

In Year 3 we will be building on our division skills and practising the “chunking method” to divide numbers bigger than those in the times tables.  We will also learn more about fractions, understanding numerators, denominators, adding fractions with the same denominators and finding equivalent fractions.  We will also learn strategies for adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers.

We will be looking at money and learn how to recognise all the different coins and notes that we have in the UK.  We will count out different amounts and investigate how many ways we can make the same amount.  There will be a pretend shop in class 3 and we will work out the money we need to buy things and the change we need in return. 

Top Tips – As mentioned previously we encourage children to wear a watch to help reading the time and this will also help them grow in independence. Please ask your child questions about what time it is and how long do we have before we have to leave etc.  Continue to practise times tables daily. Times tables into word problems questions will also really show your child the relevance of learning and using times tables in their daily life.


Religious Education 

Our first topic of the term is “The Good News.” In this topic we learn bible stores that show how Jesus began to spread the Word of God.  We learn and try to find the meanings in miracles and parables from the New Testament.  We will retell the stories, explore their special qualities and reflect on how we too can use these qualities in our faith. Our second topic will be “Called to Change.” We will explore the importance of saying sorry and forgiveness and how we can say sorry God and how he will in turn forgive us.  

Year 3 Reconciliation – Preparation sessions will begin soon.  Details on key dates will be shared via letters soon and they will also be displayed on the church bulletin.




We will study the Iron Age.  We will look at what life was like before the Romans invaded.  We will research Iron Age Round houses; Iron Age jobs and clothing.  We will also, look at the life of Boudicca – the Iron Age warrior queen! 


We will study volcanoes.  We will look at their location in the world and make a jigsaw puzzle map.  Then we will learn a song that discusses the different parts of the volcano and the different types of volcano that we have in the world.  Finally, we will produce an interactive fact sheet to show all that we have learnt.   

As a side note, we will also be forming penpals with a school in Wisconsin – exciting! 


Our first Spring topic is “Rocks.” We will investigate different types of rocks and how they are made over time, their different qualities and properties.  Our second topic will be “Forces.” We will explore the different types of forces, how we can identify them, use them and where they appear naturally.

Art and DT

In DT, we will be making moving cards using links and levers.  I don’t want to give away too much more...just look out for them for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter! In Art, we will be exploring how to use clay and add textures to its surface.  We will use cutters and tools to leave patterns and embellish our work with decorations. 



Sportscool will continue their Thursday afternoon sessions with the whole class.  Please make sure your child has a full indoor PE Kit in school, including socks for girls if they wear tights for school. Children should also bring in an outdoor kit for both sessions as PE will be outdoors weather permitting.




We will start by reflecting on last year and how we used our class virtue “Honesty” to develop our social skills.  We will look at how we can use this virtue to look forward to the New Year and understand the importance of being kind and respectful to one another.


We will learning to play the recorder.  Hopefully learning some familiar tunes to share together.

Twinning with St. Philip's 

Year 3 visited St. Philip's in Nelson as part of our twinning project.  The children took part in a variety of activities where they learned lots new things about each other. 

Our Class Virtue - Honesty

Class 3 created a wonderful display about their Class virtue 'Honesty' where they wrote what this virtue means to them.

Iron Age Project

Class 3 have been using the ipads to research the Iron Age and creating their own versions of Iron age pottery. 

Geography Field Trip

Class 3 went on a field trip around the local area where they put their map reading skills into action. 

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 A 2018-19.pdfDownload
 Class 3 Long Term Plan B 2019-20.pdfDownload
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