St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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

01282 813045

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Welcome to our school website. St. Joseph's is a GOOD school as rated by Ofsted in February 2023. We hope you find everything that you are looking for and much more! If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact school. Thank you.

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




We have a busy writing term ahead. In our fiction writing we will explore Myths and Legends and Traditional Tales. We will also be developing our poetry writing skills and also use some of our knowledge from our previous science unit to write a report on skeletons and muscles.


Grammar & Handwriting

Daily timetabled sessions will continue, concentrating on key grammar skills for each year group. These include noun phrases, homophones ,commas. We will also be practising our cursive handwriting skills.


Class reading

We have “Reading 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 develop our key skills, problem solving and reasoning.

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.

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 theme will be “The Good News”. We will learn about the Holy Family and explore the Good News of Jesus‛ teaching, looking at some of the miracles he performed. Our second topic is “The Mass”. We will look at each section of the Mass in turn, exploring it‛s meaning, symbols and significance.



Our topic this half term is the Romans. We will first look at how the Roman Empire grew and discuss the social structure and rganisation in ancient Rome. We will look at aspects of daily life in Rome and the entertainment in Roman they used to enjoy. We will also discuss the Roman Gods worshipped in Ancient Rome.




Our topic will be The River Nile. The children will learn about the River Nile and its impact on Egypt. They will learn to locate the River Nile on a world map and identify the countries it runs through, identify the source and mouth of the river and investigate its main physical and human features.



We are learning about similarities and difference and understanding the terms 'inclusion' and 'tolerance'.



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 3D Sculpture. The children will use 2D shapes to create a 3D sculpture and then we will look techniques to join pieces and create a sculpture that is stable.


Design and Technology

Our topic is mechanical structures – wheels and axles. Children will investigate that wheels move because they are attached to an axle. They will design and make their own vehicle with working wheels and axles, including problem solving where required.



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.



We will resume our recorder learning. We will also explore salsa rhythms in our 'Latin Dance' unit; learning about salsa music, playing clave rhythms, singing and playing a percussion part.



This term we will be learning all about French transport. We will learn simple action songs to help us remember names for vehicles and with support write a simple sentence about modes of transport, reading them in our best accents.                     


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




The logins for Times-table rock stars, Read Theory and can all be found in your child‛s reading record. These can be accessed at any time. The expectation is for year 3 children to do 15 minutes per week on TTRS and to do 2 read theories per week. An activity will be set weekly for Spellings to practise are sent home weekly. Reading books come home daily to facilitate reading at home often.



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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