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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

Hello everyone and welcome to Year 3!

I am absolutely delighted to be taking over in Year 3 and am very much looking forward to our time together!

We will be looking at a wide variety of subjects this Autumn all of which I am certain the children will enjoy.

Maths starts with place value, exploring numbers up to thousands and then moves on to addition and subtraction of these numbers. We will also be spending increased time on our times tables.

Fantastic Mr Fox is our book in English this half term. We will be looking at the various characters, the make up of the story and the techniques used by Dahl in his children's classic.

In topic we are exploring ancient Egypt. Looking at the history and geography of this wonderful country. Our first school trip of the year to The World Museum, Liverpool surrounds this subject. We will be looking closely at ancient Egyptian artifacts and then exploring the geography of Egypt.

In science we are taking a closer look at rocks. The earth beneath our feet; what is it made of? How did it end up like this?

In R.E. we are starting preparation for Holy Communion by looking at what it means to belong to the church and how that affects our lives.

And in computing we will be starting to learn the basics of coding. Introducing the children to algorithms and simple programs.

We will be using SeeSaw and ClassDojo through out the year so if you have not already please do join our class pages on those apps, it is a really good way of seeing what the class are up to day to day.

If you have any questions about anything at all please do come and see me at school.

Mr Matthews


Homework will be set each week. The homework policy is available in Key Information.

Every other week maths homework will take the form of an Assertive Mentoring paper. This paper will always contain questions the children find difficult and at times will cover things they have not covered yet. I do take time to explain to the children that it is absolutely fine that they do not know things yet and they should not worry if that is the case. Please reinforce this message at home. We will be covering everything in time and we only learn by trying things we find difficult at first.

Spellings will be sent home each Monday - it will double as handwriting practice -  and children should be reading every night for 10 minutes.

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 starting on Monday 24th September. 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 Friday, 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