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

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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.




Our writing as always will concentrate on using more challenging vocabulary, understanding the key structures of the different genres of writing, including stories, diaries and instructions.  We will also keep working on our sentence structure, making sure we are using a variety of grammar skills.


Grammar & Handwriting

There will be regular 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 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 – We will start the first half term with place value using statistics, moving onto addition and subtraction. Measurement will continue to develop our understanding of capacity, volume and temperature. We will also find out more about fractions. position, direction and time. In geometry we will investigate 2D and 3D shape further. In the second half term we will practise addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. In statistics we will include subtraction (finding the difference). In measurement we will look at length, mass/weight.

Year 3 – In the first half term we will learn about addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.  We will also learn about decimal places in numbers. We will look at 2-D shape 3D shape again. In the second half term we will investigate place value, calculation, fractions, statistics 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 topic will be Celebrating Easter and Pentecost.  We will explore the story of how God raised Jesus from dead at Easter. We will learn the story of the Road to Emmaus and how the Holy Spirit came to us at Pentecost. We will learn how at Pentecost the disciples were changed. Our second topic is Being a Christian. We will learn what being a Christian involves, the joys and challenges of following Jesus, how St. Peter became a follower of Jesus and how St. Paul became a Christian.  We will also explore the Graces from God.

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



Our topic will be “Invaders and Settlers”. We will explore the meaning of the words ‘invade’ and ‘settle’ and to place the Romans on a timeline. We will find out why and how the Romans successfully invaded Britain look at who was in Britain when the Romans invaded.  We will learn about their way of life.  We will explore who Boudica was from different points of view and find out about the results of Boudica’s revolt.  We also investigate life in Roman Britain and how the Romans have influenced our lives today.




Going outside to learn is the focus for our geography work. Our fieldwork will be within the school grounds using the familiar area to develop compass, map, co-ordinates skills..



Class 3 will be learning about 'Respecting Others and Ourselves' this will look at personal strengths and achievements; and managing and reframing setbacks.



We will begin the term with the topic Rocks and Soils.  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 and recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter. Our second topic is plants. We will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers and explore the requirements of plants for life and growth. We will explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.



Growing Artists” is our theme. To explore and practise how artists use shape, tone and shading in drawing. We will explore how texture can be created and used to make art and apply observational drawing skills to create detailed drawings.  We will also apply our understanding of composition to create abstract drawings.


Design and Technology

Our topic is Food.  We will learn that not all fruits and vegetables can be grown in the UK, that climate affects food growth and that vegetables and fruit grow in certain seasons.  From here we will explore what imported and exported food is. We will then learn that fruit and vegetable give us nutritional benefits because they contain vitamins, minerals and fibre and then understand that similar coloured fruits and vegetables often have similar nutritional benefits.



Outdoor PE during this term will begin with outdoor adventurous activities focusing on the skills of team-working and problem solving. Following this PE will focus on athletics activities, the children will develop and practise a range of runs, throws and jumps.



Children will be continuing to learn the recorder- mastering a few more notes and using their prior knowledge of rhythm and pitch to play some simple pieces. We will then move onto a unit of work based upon the ‘March’ from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. It follows the rondo form structure, embracing its repeating nature of musical themes. Veering away from the nutcracker story, this unit explores the character and flow of each musical section and focuses on showing how the music might look or move if it were visible. Drawing on different pieces of art, as well as varying styles of movement, children will discover how the abstract nature of music can be analysed and experienced. 



This half term our theme is "Playground Games"- the children will learn to count in French from one to twelve, recognise the written number words, ask how old someone is and answer the same question, comparing sentence structures in French and English, and practising all the vocabulary by playing counting and some traditional French games.                     


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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