St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

We are now into our last half term of the school year! How time flies...! Look out on the calendar for all the events coming up over the next 6 1/2 weeks!


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.

Photographs from our trip to the Media Museum, Bradford.


This half term we will be learning about the artist 'Claude Monet' (1840 - 1926) and how he wanted to record the fleeting impressions of a particular moment and its relationship with light. In science we will be looking at the different parts of plants. In English we will writing our own mystery stories.

In the class children have been learning about poetry. The theme has been 'Water'. The children have written and recited their work.

For 'Comic Relief' all the children wore red. Donations from today came to a £30.42. Well Done Year 3!

In maths we have been learning about measurement.  Today we have been measuring the playground.

Spring 1

This half term we will be learning about the    Mayan Civilisation!

Chocolate Workshop!

We had a workshop in class to help understand the origins of chocolate and how this fits in with the Mayan Civilisation. 

The children working on making their 'Maya' masks.

The children carefully painted their masks.

We are proud to be supporting the charity


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

Mrs McVeigh's daughter Ciara has been in Uganda working for the Charity and came to talk to us about the work they do there. We learned about what the people need and how we can help.

We organized a raffle to start raising some money and Dinis donated the prize of a cuddly giraffe!

Last term we learned about lots of things including..... 


We learned 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.

In RE this half term we will be learning about and celebrating Easter and Pentecost.

Some of Year 3 children received the Sacrament of  First Reconciliation for the first time, along with their peers from across the Halifax Deanery, at a special service on Saturday 9th March. 

                        Congratulations to them all!      

The Leader in Me

What is a leader?

Leaders make good choices.

Leaders plan.

Leaders get along with each others.

Leaders use their talents and strengths to solve problems.

We have begun to learn about the 7 good habits of leadership.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind

Habit 3: Put First Things First

 Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Habit 5: Seek first to understand then to be understood


Habit 6: Synergise



In maths we have been learning about money. We also learnt that 250 Russian Rubles are worth just £1.20!

The children gently held the 'day-old' chicks.


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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We have also learned about

Stone Age to Iron Age! 

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

We made 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.

Observational drawing of flowers, trees, plants and grasses. Children worked in the school garden today, they noticed that how each petal, leaf and blade of grass is very different!

Looking for something to read, here are a few ideas that will support our genre of 'mystery'.

Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?: and other Notorios Nursery Tale Mysteries by David Levinthal and John Nickle

Ruby Redfort books by Lauren Child

Dead Man's Cave (Laura Marlin Mysteries) - Lauren St John

The Diamond Brothers Mysteries by Anthony Horowitz

Grk and the Hot Dog Trail by Joshua Doder

Murder & Chips (A Jiggy McCue Story) by Michael Lawrence


Stations of the Cross.

In PE we having been learning how to throw the javelin.

World Book Day - Potato Characters

Important Dates

Wednesday 3rd July, class trip to the Media Museum, Bradford.


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.

As I am sure you are aware, as well as being an enjoyable pastime, reading impacts hugely on children’s writing ability and general learning. We encourage children to read as much as possible, both at home and in school.

To assist with the task of choosing books, I have put together a recommended reading list.

Happy reading!

Recommended books

Stories with familiar settings (school, home, etc)

 Bertagna, J- The Ice Cream Machine

 Browne, A- Gorilla, Voices in the Park

 Cameron, A- Julian Stories

 Cross, G- Posh Watson

 Dickinson, P- Chuck and Danielle

 Dunmore, H- Allie’s Rabbit


Full list is available in class, please ask your child.


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

GAMES  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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In French we are learning the vocabulary for fruit and vegetables. 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 we are learning all about


We will be investigating natural sources of light and man made sources of light.

Christmas 2018 in Year 3.