St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

This week is the second of the season of ADVENT. We now light the first two purple candles on our Advent Wreath. The first purple candle represents HOPE. The second represents LOVE. What do you do to show your family and friends that you love them?


Welcome to Year 3!

Miss Yates teaches us all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Friday. 

Mrs McVeigh teaches us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

  Mrs Tolan is our Teaching Assistant.

This half term our topic is


We are going to be learning about where volcanoes are found in the world using maps 

and the cause and effect of volcanoes.

We created Volcano paintings in the style of Jackson Pollock.

We made poppies in our Art lesson and then as part of our class worship we went out to the Gathering Circle, shared a prayers and reflections and then placed our poppies in the ground in honour of those who lost their lives in war.

We are proud to be supporting the charity


which supports young people overseas in countries of limited education and opportunity.

Watch this space for more information about the charity and our fundraising efforts!


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In French we are learning about greetings and how to start a conversation. We will be building on our skills each week and become more confident! We also learn songs in French too help with our pronunciation and vocabulary!

 In Science last half term we learnt all about

'Forces and Magnets'.


We will be doing lots of experiments to see what is attracted to a magnet and what is repelled by a magnet!

Our RE topic this half term is 

'Mary Our Mother'

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We are learning lots of musical skills through our Charanga music lessons! We are developing the skills we learned in KS1 by singing along to lots of songs and playing rhythms and accompaniments on the glockenspiels!

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Last half term our topic was

Stone Age to Iron Age!

We are going to be learning all about these time periods in history and the people that lived then.

We will find out what their lives were like, what they wore and ate, where they lived and what they did each day.

Our cave paintings drawn using oil pastels onto a rough background of sponged acrylic paint, pva glue and sand to give the look of a cave wall.

The children had a fabulous day when the Stone Age to Iron Age workshop came to Year 3.

Important Dates

Christmas craft afternoon - 10th December at 1.30pm

Y3 and Y4 Christmas party day - 19th December

Christmas jumper day - 20th December


Each week homework will be given out on a Friday and needs to be returned the following Wednesday. The children will be given one piece of written work each week and this will alternate between Maths and English.

Important Please do read your child's reading book as regularly as possible with them at home.


Year 3 have PE every Wednesday. Please ensure they have their indoor and outdoor kit in school on this day. This half term the children will be learning

GYMNASTICS  with a specialist sports coach!

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The children will go swimming every Friday and will need their kit in school then.

Our aim is for all our children to be able to swim at least 25m in deep water and have knowledge of water safety!

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