St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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

01282 813045

Our Statement to Live By this week is: 'Simple things make us happy.'

Class 3

 NewletterAutumn2018 class 3.pdfDownload
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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 start the term practising using some of our grammar skills. Identifying nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. We will also explore how we can “contract words” such as I will to I’ll. Our first topics will be “Folk Tales.” and our main text will be the Tin Forest. We will learn about preposition for position and begin to use them in our own writing. Our second topic will be “The Christmas Story.” we will retell the story using different genres and begin to use inverted commas for speech. We will develop our narrative using noun phrases and adverbs to describe and develop interest for the reader. Class 3 will gain an understanding of biography. They will read
biographies on famous Roman emperors and learn the features needed to write their own. They will learn to use a range of time adverbials to help them structure their own biographies



In Year 2 we are consolidating our place value and will begin to use the 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 to add and subtract. By the end of this term we should be able to use our 10, 5 and 2 times tables to answer some one step word problems.

In Year 3 We will use our understanding of place value to compare and order three digit numbers. We will use our number bond knowledge to add and subtract two and three digit numbers. We will also learn and begin to use our 3, 4 and 8 times tables and apply these to word problems. This half term we will be learning to tell the time to the nearest quarter of an hour and 5 minutes. We will learn time facts such as the number of seconds in a minute; days in the year and number of days in each month. We will be also learning about 3D shapes and their properties and looking at fractions of amounts. Later in the term we will be looking at money and measures. This will include: identifying and naming coins; adding amounts of money; measuring and drawing lengths and learning that 1 litre = 1000ml. The children will also be learning how to problem solve.

Maths Top Tips - We encourage children to wear a watch to help reading the time. When shopping ask your child to pay for smaller items using cash. Practise times tables daily, you can use the stairs on the way up to bed! Put times tables into word problems e.g. 6 friends and 2 sweets each, how many do they have altogether?


Religious Education 

Our first topic of the term is “The Chosen People.” In this topic we explore important people from the Old Testament, chosen by God. 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 “Mary, Our Mother.” We will study and retell the story of how God chose Mary to be the Mother of Jesus. We will look at and reflect upon the qualities Mary showed and on how she is also our Mother in the Church.
Year 3 Reconciliation – dates of meeting to follow and they will also be displayed on the church bulletin.



The children will learn about the Roman Empire and its rulers. They will look at the clothes they wore and the Roman settlements in England.


Class 3 will be able to name and locate the countries and cities of the UK.They will use maps to recognise human and physical characteristics of the land. They will then use a local map and key to follow a route, identifying the geographical features of our own area.


Our first Autumn topic is “Materials.” We will investigate the qualities of different materials, how they can change permanently and temporarily. We will also identify why certain materials are chosen for properties. We will also see if we can identify natural and man-made materials. Our second topic will be “Animals.” We will learn to identify and categorise different types of animals. We also explore the food chain for different types of animals. Finally we will look at how best to help and care for other animals.

Art and DT

The children will study Roman mosaics looking at colours and patterns. They will then mosaic their own Roman helmet. Later in the term, children will investigate a range of materials and techniques that can strengthen a product. They will use this knowledge to
make their own photo frames. 


PE will be Mondays and Thursdays. 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.


 PSHE – We will develop our Class 3 rules and explore why these are important. Also we will
explore our class virtue “Honesty.” and why this is important to us in all aspects of life.

Geography Field Trip

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

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