St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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

01282 813045

Mrs Beech at

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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 Thursday) or Mrs Honeyman (Friday), the class teachers.




 In the first half term we will start with Narrative Unit, which would have been used in the Spring Term.  This is a great story, full of interesting vocabulary and descriptions “The Iron Man”. We will carefully read sections together, make predictions, generate questions and respond to questions whilst “interrogating the text”. We will chunk, extract and innovate the plot to produce our own story based on the story.  Our grammar focus will be adverbs, inverted commas and complex sentences.  We will also incorporate recount skills in the form of diary extracts.  We will follow this unit with classic narrative text “The Enchanted Wood” by Enid Blyton.  We will revisit our key grammar skills for both Year 2 and 3.  We will complete the year with explanation texts connected to our science topic of Plants.

Class reading – We will continue to share Roald Dahl novels together, as they have proved really popular and I know several have been loaned out from our class library.



We will start the term with some initial assessments and quizzes.  Throughout the half term and each topic we will apply a new learning in problem solving activities.

In Year 2 – We will continue to cover all the key areas: In number and place value in the context of measure. In measurement we will calculate mass. In geometry we will cover 2D and 3D shape.  We will also count using money and revisit and develop our understanding of both multiplication and division.  In the second half term we will measure length/height and mass (weight). We will consolidate our understanding of addition and subtraction. We will revisit and develop our understanding of fractions, position, direction and time.

In Year 3 – Covering all the key areas: Counting, sequences, multiplication facts and written and mental multiplication.  We will then use this to help develop our written and mental division. We will revisit time and geometry (3D shape).  In second half term we will revisit 2D and 3D shape and learn about angles. We will use our written addition and subtraction in the context of statistics.

Maths Top Tips – We encourage children to wear a watch to help reading the time and this will also help them grow in independence. Please ask your child questions about what time it is and how long do we have before we have to leave? Continue to practise times tables daily. Using times tables in word problems questions will also really show your child the relevance of learning and using times tables in their daily life.

Religious Education 


 Our first topic is “Eastertide.”  We will explore how Jesus rose from the dead and is still with us, we will learn about how Jesus prepared the Disciples, The Ascension and the importance of Pentecost.

Our second topic will be “Being a Christian.”  We will reflect on what being a Christian involves, the joys and challenges of following Jesus, how St. Peter became a follower of Jesus, how St. Paul became a Christian and the Graces from God. 


Our focus will be local history.  We will look at the history of the Steam Train and find out more about the Railway in Barnoldswick.



We will be looking at different groups that make up our community; stereotypes; how to predict, assess and manage risk in different situations; hazards and how to keep safe in our local environment.



We will be concentrating on learning some key skills and follow this up by conducting a field study of our local environment, namely our school grounds!  



Our first topic will be “Light”. We will identify sources of light and that we need light to see things. We will note that light is reflected from surfaces, recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous.  We will explore how shadows are formed when light is blocked, find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

Our second topic is “Plants.”  We will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants. We will then explore the requirements of plants for life and growth, investigate the way in which water is transported between plants, explore the part flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants.



 We will be learning how to use simple programming using Logo's Turtle Academy. We will be using code to create algorithms and commands to make shapes and patterns within the program.



Drawing is our main focus in this term. We will use the theme of bodies to learn how to draw with a range of drawing tools – pen, charcoal, felt-tip. We will explore and be inspired by the work of great artists – Julian Opie and Henry Moore. We will also develop our clay working skills to create a figure sculpture. 


Design and Technology

Levers and Linkages, we will explore how a range of mechanisms create movement, design a product, create a prototype and make a product.



One Goal now deliver PE on Thursday afternoon with the whole class.  Mrs Dixon will deliver Tuesday afternoon session.  Children will wear their outdoor PE kit, as per last term on these two days. Please make sure your child has a full indoor PE kit in school, including socks for girls if they wear tights for school.


We will focus on two elements of the Music curriculum this term; Listening and Composition. The children will listen to music from other cultures, countries and times and they will reflect on the moods created by different pieces of music (e.g. calm, frightening). The children will begin to compose using different structures (e.g. call and response) and they will think about how they can record their compositions in a variety of ways (e.g. graphic ways/musical notation).                                            



Please read daily with your child.  Weekly homework is usually Maths based and this will be set via the Class Dojo.  Occasionally additional homework will be set connected to our Novel or Topic.  In addition please aim to use Read Theory three days per week and take a look at and try reading from the online Bug Club books that have been allocated to you child.  These help to build both read stamina and reading comprehension.  Also practise times tables using TT Rockstars.


Class Dojo

As under the current guidelines, we currently cannot meet face to face, I will continue to post messages on Class Dojo.  You can also message us with updates, any queries or concerns.             


Science - Materials

Class 3 have been looking at our environment searching for different types of materials.

Class Certificates

Well done to these pupils in Class 3 who have returned to school and set a super example to others and are working very hard.

Below are a few of the learning activities we took part in last year.

Rocks and Soils

Class 3 have been investigating the properties of different types of rocks. They identified them, tested how permeable they were and compared the hardness of each rock. 

Remembrance Assembly

Class 3 led an asssembly with KS2 on Remembrance Sunday. They each participated and reflected upon the lives of those in the past and present 'Lest we forget'.

Twinning with St. Philip's 

Year 3 visited St. Philip's in Nelson as part of our twinning project.  The children took part in a variety of activities where they learned lots of new things about each other. 

Our Class Virtue - Honesty

Class 3 created a wonderful display about their Class virtue 'Honesty' where they wrote what this virtue means to them.

Long Term Planning



Please find below an outline of the topics covered in your child's class. We are currently in cycle B.

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 2020-21 FINAL.pdfDownload
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 Class 3 Long Term Plan Cycle B 2019-20 FINAL.pdfDownload
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