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Our Lady's Catholic Academy

Together in faith, hope and love.

Year 3

Welcome back for our final half term.


Our topics have changed again following the holiday.

In topic we are looking at Kings and Queens of England and how crime and punishment has changes throughout British history.

We have a couple of lessons left on light in science and then we move on to magnets and forces.

Maths will see a focus on time and then shape and geometry.

Finally in English we will be reading David Walliams' World's Worst Children collection of short stories and basing our written work around that.

If you have any questions about anything at all please as always grab me after school or make an appointment through the office.

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.

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 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