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 or Miss Pickering, the class teachers.




Our Grammar learning will include revisiting nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs.  We will identify them in texts and then illustrate how powerful they are in our own writing.  We will learn about contracting words and how they work well when writing speech (inverted commas).

Our first narrative text will concentrate on a local Folk Tale.  We will learn the key parts of the story, retell it and then use this plot to write a class version, followed by our own independent version. The second half term will concentrate on exploring the characters and the settings of the Christmas Story and recounting them in detail.

Read Theory – Many children are using this 3 times a week at home and they are seeing real improvements in their reading comprehension.  Please try and use it regularly at home as part of your weekly homework.



In Year 2 we will be learning the place value of 2 digit numbers and order and compare numbers up to 100.  We will be using our 2, 5 and 10 times tables practically and pictorially to count on and we will find 1/10 more than and less than a given number.  We will consolidate and use our number bonds to 10 to add two numbers to 20 and 100. We will also learn to confidently add two 2 digit numbers using partitioning.  In the second half term we will begin to use the x sign to show repeated addition.  We will look at subtraction of two numbers also relating this to less than and fewer than.  We will also begin to look at fractions of amounts.

In Year 3 – We will learn the place value of three digit numbers and recognise and order numbers up to 1000.  We will find 1/10/100 less than and more than a given number.  We will use number facts to 100 to add and subtract two digit numbers.  We will also begin to use formal column addition to add two, three digit numbers.  We will use our times tables to multiply and divide by 3 and 4.

In both year groups we will explore the properties of 2d and 3d shapes.

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 etc.  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 of the term is “The Christian Family.” In this topic we learn about what it means to be part of the wider Christian Family and what it means to be part of a Christian community. We will also discuss some of the Sacraments and their signs and symbols.  Our Second topic will be “Mysteries.”  In this topic we will discuss Heaven and the Holy Trinity.  We will then move on to discuss some of the mysteries of the Christmas story, including the Annunciation



History and Geography

Miss Naylor is looking forward to teaching our Geography and History this term. We start with ‘The Lake District’- a Geography topic all about the physical features of The Lakes- the mountains, rivers and lakes and how they affect human activity such as settlement and tourism. We will identify these physical and human features on OS maps of the area. You might like to plan a day trip or mini-break to the Lake District at half term so that your child can tell you all about it! After half term we move on to local history- asking questions about what Barnoldswick was like in the past and thinking about how and why it has changed over time.



Our first Autumn topic will be “Materials.” We will look at natural and manufactured materials and their properties and uses.  Our second topic will be “Skeletons, Muscles and Movements.” We will explore the different bones and muscles in our body and how they work and how we can look after them. 



One Goal now deliver PE on Thursday afternoon with the whole class. We will also have a Gymnastics session each Tuesday of the first half term with a professional course. 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.

Year 3 Swimming – Swimming will be on Tuesday afternoons after the first half term break.  If you wish your child to wear goggles please make sure that you have returned the permission slip, which will be sent out during the next few weeks.  Children will need a bag with their swimming costume/trunks and a towel (no shower gel or shampoo as there is no time for showers.  Children with longer hair will require a swimming cap (swimming pool rules). Boys need to wear trunks style rather than loose fitting shorts.


We will start by reflecting on last year and how we used our class virtue “Honesty” to develop our social skills. 


Your children’s musical journey continues! In Class 3 the children move on from singing and playing untuned percussion instruments to playing tuned instruments. We begin with glockenspiels- using Lancashire’s fun and engaging ‘Charanga’ Music scheme. We will then continue to learn about pitch, rhythm and simple notation by learning the recorder. Miss Naylor has her ear muffs ordered! We will continue to build our class repertoire of songs of different genres.


Art and DT

This half term we will develop our figure drawing skills and in the second half term we will look at the design of a photo frame.

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.

Iron Age Project

Class 3 have been using the ipads to research the Iron Age and creating their own versions of Iron age pottery. 

Geography Field Trip

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

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 Miss Pickering, the class teachers.

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