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.



We will start the term creating our own stories based on our novel from last half term, The Adventures of Professor Branestawn.  We will concentrate on using all of our grammar skills we have practising throughout the year so far, including, noun phrases, complex sentences, inverted commas and adverbs.  We will follow this with exploring Playscripts and how these differ from the narrative texts we have looked at so far.  We will practise reading from playscripts using intonation and expression.  We will then create our own playscripts to act out and perform to one another. Class 3 will be looking at the features of two non-fiction text types: non-chronological reports and explanations.  The children will read a variety of reports on the Romans, and explanations on healthy eating.  We will practise writing complex sentences and use the style of both text types in our own writing. 



In Year 2 we will locating, ordering and comparing two and three digit numbers using < and > signs.  We will also use counting on and counting back as a method for doing subtraction.  We will also practise using our number bonds and doubles to add up to three numbers. We will also explore the relationship between fractions and division, for example halving as dividing by 2 and quartering as dividing by 4.  In Year 3 we will compare and order fractions, identify equivalent fractions and add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.  We will continue to use the grid method for multiplication and explore the inverse relationship of division.  We will also begin to divide numbers with remainders.

With Miss Pickering in the summer term we will be collecting information about our birthdays and creating bar charts, tables and pictograms to display the information.  We will use the information to ask and answer questions about the data. Class 3 will also weigh a variety of objects with increasing accuracy, measuring to the nearest 100g.  Later in the term we will learn more facts about 2D shapes and the vocabulary horizontal, vertical, perpendicular, parallel, diagonal, angles and symmetry!  Class 3 will measure the perimeter of 2D shapes by counting and measuring with a ruler. 

Finally, we will return to telling the time on analogue and digital clocks to the minute, begin to tell the time 5, 10, 20 minutes later and recognise am and pm and 24-hour clock times. We encourage children to wear a watch to help reading the time.


Religious Education 

Celebrating Easter and Pentecost is our topic for the first half term.  In this we will explore the events directly after Easter Sunday, when Jesus rose from the dead, his appearances to the Disciples. We will look into the events of Pentecost with Jesus’ ascension into heaven and the arrival of the Holy Spirit.  We will also discuss how the Holy Spirit can help us in our daily lives. In the second half term our theme will be “The Church is Born” and we will discuss the role of the Apostles in building the foundations for the modern day Church.  We will also explore the origins of Christianity and the Catholic faith after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.



 Class 3 will study the Romans and their lifestyles.  We will look at how Boudicca tried to fight against them, their Empire and what changes they brought to England.




Our first Summer topic is Animals and we will look in detail at humans.  We will investigate what we need to do to keep ourselves fit and healthy, looking at what we eat, drink and the importance of exercise.  We will follow this in the final Summer half term by exploring plants and what they need to survive.

Art and DT


 The children will practise figure drawing and draw Boudicca.  We will then use our drawings as a base for collage work.  In DT we will look at eating healthy.  They will evaluate a range of foods and design a healthy sandwich for their chosen audience.


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 bring in an outdoor kit as well as PE will be outdoors, weather permitting.

Year 3 children will be swimming again this half term.  Don’t forget your swimming kit on Tuesdays!



Twinning with St. Philip's Primary School

Children from St. Philip's Primary School visited St. Joseph's and took part in activities with the year 3 children in Class 3.  They had a wonderful morning making friends and finding out more about each other. 

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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