St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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

01282 813045

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Class 3

 Spring 2023 Newletter 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 (Monday to Wednesday) or Mrs Honeyman (Wednesday-Friday), the class teachers.




We have two groups each developing their writing skills.  One group will be using “Little Red Riding Hood – The Real Story” and the “Building Boy” to develop creative writing.  Their Non- Fiction text will be based on The Great Fire of London.  This group will also explore Poetry using the poem “The Desk Diddler”.

The second group will be using “The Stone Age Boy” and “The Secret of Black Rock” in their Narrative work and they will use earthquakes as a basis to write a report.  They will use “The Street Beneath my Feet” as a basis for writing and explanation text.

Grammar and Handwriting – 

There will be daily timetabled sessions for all children.  We will look at the key skills required for each year group and we will be concentrating on our handwriting and presentation skills.


Class reading

We have “Reading for Pleasure” sessions scheduled into our timetable – time for us, as a class to enjoy sharing and listening to a story together.  We also have Guided Reading sessions, where we look at extracts from texts to help develop our reading fluency, comprehension and inference skills.



In Maths we will continue to practise and develop our key skills, problem solving and reasoning skills.

In Year 2 – In the first half term we will cover place value, mass, volume and capacity, addition and subtraction, money, multiplication and division.  In the second half term we will cover length/height, addition and subtraction, 2D and 3D shape, fractions, position & direction and time.

In Year 3 – In the first half term we will cover place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication, fractions, division, volume, capacity & mass. In the second half term we will move to 2D shape, addition, subtraction, statistics, fractions, position, direction and time.

Please continue to practise times tables using TT Rockstars. Year 2s to practise their 2s, 5s and 10s. Year 3s their 3s, 4s and 6s.


Religious Education 

Our first unit is the “Jesus the Teacher”. We will learn about Jesus’ early life – being presented in the Temple and reflect on Mary and Joseph's feelings. We will learn about John the Baptist and the Baptism of Jesus.  We will also learn about how Jesus travelled to spread the Good News.  Our second unit will be “Called to Change”. We will reflect on how Jesus calls away from sin. Jesus’ teaching on sorrow and forgiveness, Reconciliation, Act of Sorrow and Lent time to change.

Those children that have enrolled for the reconciliation programme will begin it this term.



Our topic this half term is the Stone Age to Iron Age.  We will learn all about “Pre-History” Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and why these were such important phases in our History.



In our topic we will explore volcanoes. Through this fascinating study the children will learn where in the world volcanoes are found using atlases, globes & digital mapping. The children will learn how, why and when volcanoes erupt and the effect of volcanoes on people and places will be explored looking at the impact of eruptions on the environment.



Our topic will be Safe Relationships.  We will explore personal boundaries, safely responding to others and the impact of hurtful behaviour. 



 Our first topic is Forces and Magnets. We will compare how things move on different surfaces. Notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance. Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others. We will compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials. We will describe magnets as having two poles and predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.

Our second topic will be ‘Rocks and Fossils’.  We will compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived together are trapped within rock and recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter. 



Our topic will be Painting and Mixed Media (Prehistoric Art).  The children will explore Pre-historic art. We will investigate processes and make our own paints and tools and experiment painting on different surfaces.


Design and Technology

Our project this term will be mechanisms. In this practical subject we will both learn about and make mechanisms, a collection of moving parts that work together to make movement.



We will start with Gymnastics helping us to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.  Our second unit is Dance and we will perform dances using a range of movement and patterns.



The IT around us is our computing focus this term. A better understanding of what information technology (IT) is will develop and the children will begin to identify examples beyond computers. They will discuss where they have seen IT in school and beyond, in settings such as shops, hospitals, and libraries. Learners will then investigate how IT improves our world, and they will learn about the importance of using IT responsibly.



I’ve been to Harlem’- a traditional song is used to explore rhythm games, compose pentatonic accompaniments and sing in a round.

‘Sound Symmetry’- This unit takes symmetry as the inspiration for exploring structure in music, and is the basis for composing original music using similar concepts. 



We will be learning to describe shapes using adjectives of colour and size, learning the position of adjectives relative to the noun, noting cognates, practising language skills, and developing our confidence                            



Class Dojo

Please keep an eye on both the Class Story and the Whole School Story for news and updates.  Also, please use this to contact us direct. Homework – Maths homework will “go live” every Friday, please try to complete by the following Tuesday.  Most children will bring home weekly spellings.  Please also try to read daily with your child, signing their Reading Record. Read theory is also available to practise reading comprehension. All logins are in your child’s reading record book.          


Twinning with St. Philips

Class 3 have made some special bunting to send to a school we are twinning with St. Philips.

. We hope they like it and learn a little more about Class 3's favourite things.

Long Term Planning



Please find below an outline of the topics covered in your child's class. 

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

 Class 3 Long Term Plan 2022-23.pdfDownload
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 Class 3 Long Term Plan Cycle B.pdfDownload
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