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Welcome to Year 3's Class Page.


Our Class teacher is Miss Course.


We are very lucky to have Mrs Stolliday and Mrs Keen who work with us in the mornings and Miss Cooper who works with us on Thursday afternoons. 



This weeks spellings:


dear                 dear                 dear

hear                 hear                 hear    

heat                 heat                 heat

heard               heard              heard  

heart               heart               heart

earth                earth                earth

early                early                early

learn                learn                learn       

                        breath              breath

                        breathe            breathe




If there are any problem or questions about spellings please let me know.

Our topic this term is all about rainforests.

We will be exploring where the rainforests are in the world and the climate and weather we see in the rainforest. We will explore the animals that live in the rainforest and what layer they like the best. We will also look into climate change and how this affects the our world.

2.10.19 We have been learning the column addition method for addition. We did this on a large scale to help us record in the correct way, we wrote on the tables! We thought this was great:)

12.9.19 Today we had a visit and talk about a giant inflatable baby blue whale

3.9.19 We were given a challenge to work in groups to create an animal from the rainforest using paint. We had great fun :)

Magnetic games

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Magnetic games.

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Magnetic games.

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Making magnetic games! Some fantastic ideas. Well done Year 3!

Children had £1 for the year 3 Matilda Cinema treat and had to work out what they could buy and how much change they needed. Here are pictures of some of their change!

Mass in the church with year 4, children sang beautifully and were very respectful. Well done Kuba for a fantastic reading!

Measuring the length and height of the tables for Mr Lee.

Following instructions to mkae a paper aeroplanes. Quite a challenge!

Sharing our Matilda stories with Reception Class!

Exploring the strength of magnets.

Painting Romans and Celts. Which one did you choose?

This term we are learning about The Romans. We will be doing this for the whole term, exploring the Roman invasion and why they were so successful. We will have a 'wow day' on Monday 4th March on the Romans. We will also be llearning about forces and magnets as part of our science learning. Exciting term with lots of learning and exploring!

Spellings for this week (16.11.18)


Part                                Part                     Part

Party                              Party                   Party

Parties                           Parties                Parties

Partied                           Partied                Partied

Apart                              Apart                  Apart

Partner                          Partner                Partner

Depart                           Depart                 Depart

Departed                       Departed             Departed

                                      Departing            Departing

                                      Particular            Particular


Year 3 and 4 World War 1 Wow day! We learnt so much through such a fun way. Thank you to the character 'Sid Richards' a WW2 warden that had fought in WW1.

Our picture with 'The Poppy of Honour' is on Year 3, we are famous!!! 😃 


Here is the link: 


Our visit to 'The Poppy of Honour.' The children did St Joseph's proud and got a pencil and rubber to say thank you for how respectful and sensible they were. We even met the Mayor! Well done Year 3.

Our current topic: 


World War 1. 


We will be learning about World War 1 , who was involved and the reasons the war began. We began this topic with a walk to 'The Poppy of Honour' at the Royal British Legion shop in Victoria street. The 'Poppy of Honour' came to Burnham for the day and we were very lucky to have the opportunity to visit and learn from this . We will then have an exciting WW1 Wow day on Friday. Both these events will hopefully kick start our topic and get the children engaged and intrigued to learn more about the topic. 


We will be celebrating 100 years since WW1 through many ways - searching and understanding information using the internet, drama, art and writing. We will then create a display at Burnham Library to help visitors to the library learn a little more information about such an important event in our history. 

Representing numbers to 1,000 using hundreds, tens and ones.

We created cave paintings and then shared stories from the paintings.

In R.E we thought about the qualities of a Saint. We created wordles, look at the words we came up with.

Our current Topic 


'Stone age to Bronze age.'

The children have been exploring 'The Stone age leading into the Bronze age' through lots of different activities. They have really enjoyed art where they have made stone age houses and explored cave paintings. We have learnt lots of new information such as what prehistoric means and how we know about the time periods where we have no recordings. We have learnt about using clues we have about the time periods and how we think the Stone age people lived and how this is very different to our lives now. 






In year 3,

  • Homework is handed out on a Friday and expected back the following Wednesday.
  • Spellings are given out on a Friday and are tested the following Friday.
  • Children are expected to read at least 3 times per week at home. Evidence of this should be recorded in their blue reading records with the date, the name of the book, who they read with (or independent reading) and any words that your child found difficult to read. The children will have reading time in school as well so we ask that the children label home or school when recording reading.
  • If you have any problems with the homework please come and speak to me in the mornings or afterschool. You can always email if more convenient.

Helpful Links 


Here are some helpful websites for learning times tables at home.

Important Dates: 

24th November


Year 3 and 4 Mass in the church - 9:30 start.                

5th November


School pantomime                  

13th and 14th November 


Parents evening 


19th December 


Christmas Dinner 



Retreat Day - Friday 18th May 2018

Remember tomorrow is our retreat day to Weston-Super-Mare. You need to wear school uniform but can wear trainers. Please bring school shoes and bucket and spades if you have them at home. It's going to be lovely weather so remember sun cream and hats. See you tomorrow.smiley

Groovy Greeks


Ancient Greeks... We are learning about Greek Myths, we have read lots of Myths and learnt about the features of these. Creating our own mythical creature was a highlight of this project and we had lots of fun discussing what our creatures will look like and the powers it has. We also thought about our Hero or Heroine of the story. 

The children used some fantastic descriptive language to describe the battles their heroes and mythical creatures had, we have some amazing imaginations. I hope you enjoy reading some of them. 

We are now learning about Poems. We have explored the features of poems and the skills we include in them such as similes, alliteration, noun phrases and more. We are learning this so we can write our own poems to enter into a whole school competition. We will pick the best in the class and they will go forward to compete with the other Catholic schools in the area. We are basing ours on the poem 'In the magic box.' We will adapt the poem to make it our own about 'God's Wonderful world.' I am sure with the talent in our class we will go through to be strong competitors in the competition. 


We have learnt about the Gods and Goddesses and the stories behind them. We also learnt about Greece, where this is on a map and the capital city Athens. The children began to compare Athens as the capital city and Sparta and thought about where we would prefer to go. We used I pads and laptops to research using search engines and Siri. We have designed and created Greek pots - they are amazing!! The children spent a long time making them just like the pots they researched. The children loved this and put so much effort into making them. 


Dancing is something the children really enjoy doing and we have had the amazing opportunity of a dance teacher coming in and teaching us a dance based on 'Theseus and the Minotaur' and then 'Medusa.' The children performed these dances using their memories and showed great rhythm and concentration. I had the pleasure of observing the children learn and perform the dances and seeing them in a different context was a great experience. Your children are very talented :o) 


In maths we have been learning about fractions. The children started this learning journey with a slightly negative vibe however, we now really enjoy fractions and the children are going from strength to strength. We have learnt about the denominator and numerator and the meanings of these. We have learnt about unit fractions and how we can add and subtract fractions with the same denominators. We have learnt to compare and order fractions and are getting there with equivalent fractions. The children have enjoyed problem solving and reasoning with fractions using skittles and following recipes using fractions.

We have started TT Rockstars and the children are doing so well with this, every child in the class have improved on their speed to answer the questions and their enthusiasm has been fantastic. 


In R.E we have been learning about Pentecost through the story of Philip and the Ethiopian. The children have learnt the story and made links between the story and how Christians behave. The children have learnt the fruits of the spirits and again made links between them and bible stories as well as how we behave in school and at home. We thought about questions we would ask Philip and the Ethiopian.  


Picture 1 Thesesus and the Minotaur.
Picture 2 Pandora's Box
Picture 3 Hercules and the Twelve Labours


Fractions. 1
Fractions. 2
Fractions. 3
Fractions. 4

Greek Myth Writing.

Greek Myth Writing.  1 This is our learning loops journey for Greek Myths
Greek Myth Writing.  2 Our mythical creatures.
Greek Myth Writing.  3 Describing our mythical creatures.
Greek Myth Writing.  4 Describing our mythical creatures.

Our Dancing.

Our Dancing.  1
Our Dancing.  2
Our Dancing.  3
Our Dancing.  4

Fruit Kebab Fraction Challenge!

Fruit Kebab Fraction Challenge! 1
Fruit Kebab Fraction Challenge! 2
Fruit Kebab Fraction Challenge! 3
Fruit Kebab Fraction Challenge! 4