St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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

01282 813045

In May 2017 St. Joseph's was graded as 'GOOD' by OFSTED. We are very proud of this. Ofsted stated 'Effective leadership and teaching have ensured that the school’s end-of-key-stage test results are now significantly above the national expected average in all areas reported on'.

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.



We will continue to develop our spelling through our daily phased phonics and spelling sessions. Our first unit of work will be Poetry, exploring the use of vocabulary and developing our use of expanded noun phrases.  We will create poems using nature as our inspiration.  We will look at different types of poetry, for example free verse and narrative.  We will follow this with exploring Play cripts and how they tell a story.  We will learn and use speech marks and other punctuation needed for dialogue. 



In number we will look again at column addition and begin to learn the grid method of multiplication and chunking for division.  Please continue to keep practising the all important times tables!

We will be using equipment that develops our measuring skills.  We will measure and draw lengths in cm, mm; measure and compare capacities in litres and ml, and weights in grams and kg. Also, we will learn how to add and subtract lengths, capacities and weights. In the latter half of the term, we will be drawing and interpreting pictograms, tally charts and bar charts.  



Maths - Times Tables

Do you know all your Times Tables? You can test yourself at the Fantastic Fish Shop. Click on the picture to play the game


Religious Education

Our Theme is “Eastertide.”  We will be learning about the events after Jesus’ Resurrection, the reactions and feelings of those who saw Jesus.  We will learn about the events of Pentecost and the significance and importance of the Holy Spirit.


Sacramental Programme Group – Children are now concentrating on their preparation for First Holy Communion.  Sessions will continue to take place on Saturday evenings at the Community Centre, followed by attendance at church.


We will study the Iron age period.  We will note the changes between the Stone Age and the Iron Age; ask, research and answer historical questions and learn about stories, activities and the way of life of the Iron Age people including Iron Age food - yuk!


Science - Light

Our topic is Light.  We will explore the importance of light, different light sources and the science behind how we actually see.



We have a new music teacher this term, Mr Fitton. We will be learning about rhythm and pitch.



We will explore our own feelings in different circumstances and look at what the term refugee means, why people become refugees, what happens to refugees and who helps them.


Art and DT

In art we will be using clay to make a mobile.  We will study the work of other clay artists; explore techniques; create and evaluate their own work.

In DT we will learn what makes a balanced diet and understand the “Eatwell Plate.”  We will design two healthy fruit salads: one for an Iron Age person and the other for a modern day person.


Year 3 will continue their swimming lessons.  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 can bring in an outdoor kit as well.



Spellings - Miss Pickering will send out spelling every Friday for a test the following Friday.

Homework folders - Please return by Thursday each week. There will be one piece of homework each week. This will usually be a Maths based piece. however it may be Literacy or topic based.

Please continue to help the children learn their times tables regularly.

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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