St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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Welcome to Year 3!

Our teachers are Mrs Curry and Mrs Foxcroft. Our teaching assistant is Mrs Tolan.

Our topic this half term will focus on changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

Do you recognise this historical site?  Where is it?  Why is it still a mysterious place?

The photograph is of Skara Brae.  Where is this place? Why is so important?  What does it tell us?

We will learn about:

  • Late Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers
  • The Bronze Age: religion, technology and travel.
  • Iron Age hill forts: tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture

Play the videos of us exercising in the morning before the bell rings for registration!

Thank you for everyone who came to our Christmas craft afternoon and the children for leading the event.  Well done everyone, including the two photographers!

In science, we looked at our reflections and how the shape of surfaces can change our reflection.

Our topic focus for Autumn 2 focused on local history.  We  looked at what changes Brighouse has seen and how they link to changes nationally.

We learned so much when we visited The Smith Art Gallery and Library in Brighouse to see the display of photographs and pictures 'A Town Through Time'.  It was amazing to see how much has changed.

DON'T FORGET TO JOIN THE LIBRARY IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY A MEMBER!

What was Rokt originally?  What were the buildings used for?

ECO DAY

Some of the super recycled creations made by Y3!

Remember:  DON'T BIN IT, RECYCLE IT!

OUR FIRST TOPIC FOCUS WAS

SCIENCE: HUMANS AND LIVING THINGS.  HERE IS OUR 'STICKY' LEARNING.  CAN WE REMEMBER WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED?

We learned why we need a skeleton: support, protection and movement.  We realised that muscles pull on the bones to help us move. We investigated whether length of bones varies between children and adults.

We found out that some animals have an internal like us, or an external skeleton. Others have no skeleton at all.

Nutrition is important and we need a balanced diet. Carbohydrates, protein, fat, fruit and vegetables are all important.  

We even discovered some diseases like scurvy were caused by a lack of vitamins!

We predicted whether we thought our forearms would be longer than an adult's and measured ourselves to investigate...

We even got Mr Poole involved!

We began our science work with this challenge: 

What bones do you THINK we have in our bodies and can you name any?

There were some interesting answers and we had a great discussion afterwards.

Can you remember how many bones are actually in a human skeleton?

INTERESTING FACT: Did you know we are born with around 300 bones and some join together (fuse) as we get older? 

RE topic this half term: Reconciliation

We will make links between the story of the Lost Sheep and the role and the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation. In studying the story of Zacchaeus, we will deepen our understanding of beliefs about Jesus and forgiveness.

As many of the class prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we will learn about the symbols and actions of the Sacrament.

For those preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, parent and child sessions in the school hall are as follows:

14.1.20  Session 1 6:30 - 7:30pm

28.1.20  Session 2 6:30 - 7:30pm

11.2.20  Session 3 6:30 - 7:30pm

25.2.20  Session 4 6:30 - 7:30pm

7.3.20     Reconciliation Sacrament at St Bernard's                            Halifax 2pm

Why should we all look to be leaders?

Leaders make good choices.

Leaders plan.

Leaders get along with each others.

Leaders use their talents and strengths to solve problems.

We will continue 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

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw 

Music: Charanga!

We have enjoyed working on singing and accompanying the Bob Marley song 'Three Little Birds'

Have a look at our performance - we were quite impressed with ourselves!

In our first RE topic 'The Christian Family' (Autumn 1) we learned how through baptism, we join the Christian family.  

Important Dates:

23.1.20  Year 3/4 Mass in hall. Please join us

24.1.20  Denim for dementia. Wear denim item(s) and send in a donation.

3.2.20   2:30pm Christingle worship 

4.2.20    Stone Age Workshop by Balestra Workshops

14.2.20  Close for Half Term

24.2.20  Reopen

2.3.20   Parent consultation afternoon/evening (note change of date from 27.2.20)

OUR CLASS CHARITY: MARY'S MEALS

Mary's Meals is a registered charity, which sets up school feeding programmes in some of the world's poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education. 

We will raise money towards this fabulous project throughout the year. 

MARY'S MEALS BACKPACK PROJECT: SPRING AND SUMMER TERM

Any items on the list below which can be recycled, please send in to school and we will begin to put backpacks together in the Spring term.  In the Summer, we can continue with the project and add any items of uniform which the children have grown out of. 

Bethany from Mary's Meals came to visit and told us more about the work of this fantastic charity.

Well done to the class for raising £45 on their raffle too!  She was very grateful.

OUR TOTAL FROM OUR PORRIDGE PARTY

£61.00.  WELL DONE EVERYONE!

Homework

Each week homework will be given out on 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. Spellings will be sent out on Friday. Please learn for a test the following week and make sure the book is in school on Fridays.

Important Please do read your child's reading book as regularly as possible with them at home. If you read another book, please indicate that in the reading record.  If your child has persevered but is not enjoying a book, please log this in the reading record and we will change it.

READING

Reading will make you a better writer and learner.

Read as much as possible, both at home and in school.

P.E

Year 3 have PE every Wednesday. Please ensure you have your indoor and outdoor kit in school on this day.  

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The children will go swimming every Friday and will need their kit in school then. A full swimming costume for girls and swimming trunks for boys (not loose swimming shorts); towel and swimming hat.

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

French!

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In French we will be building on our skills each week and become more confident! We will also learn songs in French to help with our pronunciation and vocabulary! 

This half term we will:

  • Revise colours: rouge, bleu, noir, blanc,vert, jaune, orange, rose, gris, violet, marron
  • Learn numbers 1-10
  • Learn the verb 'est' (is)
  • Learn the connective ‘et’ (and)