St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School

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Pupils  »  Year 3

2017 Autumn II Term
 

This second half term has certainly passed quickly. It has been so busy with the Advent preparations and continued focus on curriculum coverage. In Topic we have been examining the Bronze Age and looking at the importance of Stonehenge. I have been delighted with the research children have done at home about this subject! In Science the class have been studying Rocks and Soils. They have investigated different types of rocks and their properties.

In R.E. we have been looking at the role of Mary and the importance of Advent in preparing for the birth of God’s son. Our focus as a school is improving Reading Comprehension and the class have enjoyed the structure of these lessons. It is important that they do their reading homework through Bug Club but also read a variety of genres at home.

 

The class had their cinema visit to see Zootropolis on Monday 13th November. Both Staff and children thoroughly enjoyed it! We were fortunate to have a peripatetic artist working with each class doing Christmas painting. Year 3 made some beautiful Christmas landscape scenes which are displayed in our classroom. At the end of November, we had a Sikhism focus day where the class learnt about Guru Tegh Bahadur and gained an insight into Sikh customs and religion. Also, we had whole school assessment in Maths, Writing and Reading. The children gave of their best as usual.


Year 3 and 4 performed an Advent assembly on the theme of Mary and Joseph. Everyone worked hard learning their lines and learning the hymns by heart. It was performed on Friday 1st December and was well attended by parents. We had our annual Christingle service on 6th December. Every child made their own Christingle which was then taken to church to be blessed.


We look forward to a well-deserved rest for Christmas and to an exciting new term in 2018.



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2017 Autumn I Term


As usual, this first half -term has flown. All the children have settled in quickly to the routines of Key Stage 2. Our focus for the new school year was New Beginnings and every class decorated their classroom door with this theme. Our class read ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister and based their work on friendship and working together. In the second week, we had Roald Dahl day where everyone dressed up as a character and we did focused activities on ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’, Our class novel.


As a school this year, we are focusing on reading comprehension and using our new scheme ‘Cracking Comprehension’. The children are learning all the skills associated with understanding a text-vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising. It is important that pupils complete their Bug Club reading and homework as it is all part of boosting comprehension and producing fluent readers. On the same theme we visited Dewsbury Road library and borrowed books.


At the end of September Year 3 and 4 had a Sacrament Talk with Father Michael in church. The children listened very well and asked lots of interesting questions. In R.E, our topic has been The Christian Family and Baptism, so the children got first-hand experience from Father Michael about what happens when you receive this sacrament. In October, we had a Jewish focus day for the festival of Sukkot. The children did exciting activities like making a star of David out of salt dough and food tasting.


Our Geography focus week was very exciting. On Tuesday we had a food and flag day where everyone dressed in the colours of their country. Parents kindly sent in lots of delicious food for everyone to share.


Our History topic this term is studying the Stone Age era. As part of this work Year 3 visited the Yorkshire Museum on 11th October. Everyone had an exciting time doing an educational workshop involving setting up a tepee, making coins, weaving, cave drawings, designing a clay pot and dressing up. The children were polite and listened well. The staff were very proud of them.


Everyone is ready for a well-deserved rest now, so we can come back to school refreshed and eager to enjoy the second half term.


 

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Welcome to Year 3!


Your teachers will be Mrs Briggs (Mon-Wed) and Mrs Pierce (Thurs-Fri) and other adults helping us learn are Miss Craven and Miss O'Hara.  
 

We are looking forward to meeting you and together we will work hard to help your child reach their potential.