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Class 3


Welcome to Class 3's Page!

We are a fantastic, fun and friendly bunch of Year 3 and Year 4 children, who love learning and work extremely hard to be the very best that we can be! Our class teacher is Miss Mayo and our three terrific teaching assistants are Miss Smith, Mrs Groves and Mrs Truby.

On this page, you will be able to find out about all of the exciting things that we have been getting up to as well as being able to access useful information and dates.


Key Diary Dates for 2019/2020 

Monday 6th January: Back to school

Tuesday 7th January: Swimming begins

Tuesday 11th February: Valentines Disco

Friday 14th February: Break up for Half Term

Monday 24th February: Back to school

WC 2nd March: Science Week

Thursday 5th March: World Book Day

Wednesday 11th March: KS2 Residential (Y4, 5, 6)

Friday 13th March: Return from KS2 Residential

Friday 20th March: KS1 Mother's Day service

Friday 3rd April: Easter service at St Helen's Church - 2pm

Friday 3rd April: Break up for Easter holidays

Monday 20th April: Back to school


Home Learning Helpful Links 

English and Creative Writing

For creative writing picture inspiration: Pobble 365

For videos to inspire writing and discussion: Literacy Shed

For free worksheets and English home learning packs: Literacy Trust


To listen to Oliver Jeffers: Stay at Home Story Time

To choose from over 3000 e-books and audiobooks: World of Books

To listen to David Walliams: The World of David Walliams


To use White Rose Maths resources: White Rose

To use Carol Vorderman's Maths resources: The Maths Factor

To play Hit the Button/Top Marks Games: Hit the Button

To practice for the Y4 Times Tables check: Times Tables Check


To work out with Joe Wicks: The Body Coach

To have some energetic fun: Go Noodle

To practice English and Maths skills actively: BBC Super Movers

Science, History, Geography and RE

To have some historical fun: Horrible Histories

To watch the animals at Edinburgh Zoo: Live Animal Webcams

To explore nature with Chris Packham: Chris Packham

To explore the 24 Acts of Lent: 24 Acts for the 40 Days of Lent

To listen to the Easter Story: The Story of Easter

To have fun at Chester Zoo: A Day at Chester Zoo

Cooking, Dancing, Art and Music

To follow some simple recipes: Jamie Oliver

To cook some simple dishes: Cook with Theo

To enjoy some music: Great British Home Chorus with Gareth Malone

To discuss music and enjoy some sing-a-longs: Music with Myleene Klass

To practice some dance skills: Dancing with Darcey Bussel

To practice cartoon drawing: Cartoons with Pete McKee

To learn to draw, build and make with Dr Chips: Dr Chips

To have a go at Outdoor Art: Outdoor Art Ideas

To get into the Spring spirit: Spring Activities

To complete some 'No Screen' activities: No Screen Activity Ideas


Useful Information 

PE in Class 3 takes place on a Wednesday afternoon. Class 3 have now finished their block of swimming lessons so look out for their certificates soon!

Class 3 have a spelling test every Thursday afternoon. Children will then be given new spellings to learn over the course of the following week. We understand that some spellings can be tricky to learn so it is important to practice regularly and look out for the patterns that can help you! When children reach 150 correct spellings, they will receive an exciting treat! 

Reading is a regular and enjoyable part of our day in Class 3 and it is fantastic to see so many children reading at home too! All children have a Reading Bookmark in the back of their homework diaries - for every read at home (signed by a grown-up), children will receive a star. When children have collected 15 and 30 stars, they will be rewarded!

In June 2020, Year 4 children will be sitting a new Times Tables test. We have daily practice in Class 3 but it is encouraged that children also practice at home. There are many fantastic websites and apps to use but we love using 'Hit the Button' in Class 3, which can be accessed below.

Hit the Button


Spring 2 Topic List

Shared Reading: Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt

Topic: Inspirational Italy

Science: Light

Religious Education: Why do Christians call the day Jesus died 'Good Friday'?

Spanish with Miss Lazaro: Numbers, Foods, Colours and Birthdays


Glorious Guided Reading

 This term, Miss Mayo and Mrs Ward have decided to bring Class 1 and Class 3 together on a Friday afternoon to enjoy some reading time together! Class 3 have been brilliant and have helped the Class 1's with their reading books and have enjoyed making some new friends!


Wonderful World Book Day

Happy World Book Day! The Class 3 staff have dressed up as the dwarves from Snow White and we have loved seeing all of the children's brilliant costumes! In Class 3, we have dressed up as a range of different books and characters including Fantastic Mr Fox, Wednesday Addams, Greatest Showman, Cat in the Hat, Cinderella and many more!


Splendid Shrove Tuesday 

As today was Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), we began our new RE topic early and discussed the significance behind Lent and Ash Wednesday. We thought this was the perfect excuse to sample a pancake or two...


 Exciting English

As our new topic is Italy, we have found pen-pals in an Italian school in Sabina! We are currently drafting and writing letters to our Italian friends and today, we are typing our letters up on the laptops, ready to send over! How exciting!

Today, we had lots of fun beginning our Instructions work in English. We followed a set of instructions very carefully to create some fantastic Egyptian necklaces!


Super Science

As our new topic is Light, we have been learning about lots of exciting things including reflection and mirrors! This week, we were challenged with finding the most effective material for our new school book bags! The material had to be reflective to protect us from cars at night time/in Winter. Great investigating Class 3!

Today, we investigated mirrors! We explored how light is reflected and completed two activities to demonstrate this. First, we wrote some secret messages and reflected them into a mirror to read them. Then, we followed a trail outside using only our mirrors!

 This week, it is British Science Week! Every afternoon this week, Class 3 will ask and answer a different scientific question, focussing on a famous Scientist or Inventor. So far, Class 3 have asked questions about Thomas Edison and the lightbulb and Alexander Graham Bell and his telephone! Great investigating C3!

We also looked at the inventor of the first beehive, Mr Lorenzo Langstroth. We learned all about the process of pollination with Jacob becoming my Class 3 Bee - he pollinated all five of our tables! We then made a pollination web to see the process in action with lots of bees!

During our Science lessons, Class 3 have been looking at States of Matter. We have been exploring solids, liquids and gases, and their particles! Today, we looked at melting points and conducted an investigation to find out which temperature of water would melt the solid in the quickest time - of course we did this in the yummiest way possible...

 Today, we were learning all about the Water Cycle. We explored evaporation, condensation and learned a new special word - precipitation! Just as we finished discussing the different types of precipitation, it began to snow! We headed outside to see the Water Cycle in action!


 Terrific Topic 

 This half term, Class 3 are focussing on Ancient Egypt! Today, we looked at the process of mummification and we mummified our very own tomatoes! We used a knife to make a small incision into the side of the tomato and then spooned the tomato's 'organs' into a canopic jar! We then filled our tomatoes with Natron and wrapped them up in masking tape!

It's now a week after we mummified our tomatoes and we decided to open them this afternoon! We discovered that all of them had been perfectly preserved! 


 Museum Madness

Today, Class 3 visited the New Walk Museum in Leicester, famous for having one of the largest collections of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in England! We were able to explore the life and death of two real-life mummies and handle artefacts that are over 4,500 years old! We had lots of fun and giggles dressing up as Ancient Egyptians and ended the morning by exploring the rest of the museum, finding some extremely big dinosaurs and fossils! Well done for representing St John's so well #proudteacher


 Manor Farm Madness

On Wednesday 4th December, Class 3 went on a fantastic trip to Manor Farm Park and Woodlands. We spent all day in the woods and took part in lots of very exciting activities all about our Vikings topic. Class 3 spent the morning playing a trading game and exploring the woods, thinking about Viking homelands and readily available resources and building a den ready to eat our lunches in! After lunch, we had a go at cooking oatcakes on an open fire, Scandinavian whipcord braiding, warrior training, making wattle and daub and fire lighting using a flint! What a brilliant day! 


Wonderful World Religions 

This half term in RE, Class 3 have been exploring places of worship and sacred places. We have learned about the similarities and differences between the major world religions and made some very insightful conjectures about religious artifacts. Today, we used clay to create some religious artifacts, based on our learning and they look absolutely fantastic!




Fish and Chip Friday

 On Friday 20th September, we made our way outside onto the playground for a very exciting lunchtime. We had our picnic blankets and drinks at the ready and we ate our lunches from real chip shop boxes! Some of Class 3 even managed to sunbathe for a few minutes before we headed back inside for the afternoon! A fantastic time had by all (and there were no seagulls around to pinch our chips!)




All About Us

 Mrs Sutton's group have been very busy working on some super self-portraits this week! The children used mirrors to identify the different colours they would need to use for their eyes and hair and were very excited to share their final pieces!

They will all take pride of place on Miss Mayo's reflection window - keep up the hard work!



The super work has continued in Mrs Sutton's group, with the children exploring the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children have created some amazing models of the houses in the story to investigate which would protect the pigs! The children have also had lots of fun making boats and exploring how to make them float, ahead of our new topic - The Vikings!