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Watkin Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 4NP

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Our Lady's Catholic Academy

Together in faith, hope and love.

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Our Winter topic is 'Amazing Egyptians.' 

We will be looking at what the Ancient Egyptians were famous for and how they lived their daily life.

Please let us know if you have any spare time/expertise you could help us with!

Thank you for your support

Mrs Smithson, Mrs Pepper and Miss Evans

Clay school 

This year we are proud to be part of the Stoke on Trent 'Clay School' in conjunction with Spode and the Ceramics Biennial team. This is an exciting partnership that will allow the children to develop their art and creative skills. 

In March we will be teaming up with Valentines clay and Philip Hardaker to produce a unique piece for the school. 50 children will win the chance to work with the group and be part of a exhibition in the Summer - more information to follow.

November News

So far this year we have been having lots of fun in Year 3, it's go, go, go!! We have had trips to Spode as part of the BCB festival, where we got thoroughly stuck in to clay! Then Westport Lake where we got to grips with Autumn and did lots of work around hedgehogs and their habitats. And finally a trip to Tesco to try new fruit and veg as part of their 'Farm to Fork' programme. 

Visitors to the classroom have included David from CAFOD, Alison from Dog's Trust and Duncan from Country Trust. We have lots of photos in the gallery to look at!

This term we have upgraded the school IPads and have new apps to try out, look out for letters to get involved with your children's work and school day!

Thank you for your continued support with homework and trips, we hope that both will enrich your childs education and enthuse them across the curriculum.


Homework will be set each week. Homework policy available.

Spellings will be sent home each Monday and children should be reading every night for 10 minutes.

Extra maths homework will be set on Mathletics each week - log on details will be in your child's reading diary.

Homework should take no longer than 30 minutes and should consolidate learning in school, please let me know if you have any concerns or problems.


Accelerated Reading

While some children may continue on reading scheme books, the majority of children in KS2 choose their own books and then will complete a quiz on the book. This may take the children a while to get their heads round so please be patient with them and us. The children will start by completing an online reading test that will determine the level books they should be reading. The children can then lend books from the school library or books from home. Once they have completed the book they will take a quiz to check their understanding. The quiz typically has 5 questions and the pass rate is 90%.

The children will have a username and password in their reading diaries. Children can quiz at home or at school and an app is available.


Swimming and PE

Swimming will take place each Monday afternoon at Fenton Manor. The children will be split into groups depending on ability and qualified swimming teachers will take the lessons. It is natural that the children feel nervous, however swimming is the only sport that can take save your child's life and is a very important life skill, so please encourage and reassure any nerves.



Swimming costume (girls)

Tight swim shorts - any length (boys)


Swim cap (girls)

Goggles, if needed, must be accompanied by a letter from parent

Please ensure children with shoulder length or longer hair, have it tied up.

If children need to be covered for religious reasons please speak to a member of staff.



PE will take place each Tuesday and Thursday, however there are various opportunities/timetable changes than mean your child should have their PE kit in school every day. They will be sent home each half term or may be washed at weekends.



PE top (OLCA logo)

Blue shorts



Winter - blue jog bottoms and top

Earrings need to be removed for PE