Monthly Archives: October, 2019

Friday 25th October 2019

As many of you know, we have now finished our descriptive writing inspired by our text, Stone Age Boy. Thank you to all the parents who visited our classroom ‘caves’ to listen to the children read. Many of you mentioned how impressed you were with the quality of the writing, as were we!

In Maths, we have been practicing using rulers to measure to the nearest mm.

In RE this week we have been continuing our work on Saints, looking specifically at St Francis of Assisi and his life.

This week for homework, there are two vocabulary tasks and a longer list of spellings which all contain double consonants after a short vowel sound. There’s also a SumDog contest running between Lions and Hippos over the break.

Have a restful half term.

Team 3


Friday 18th October 2019

In English this week we have been planning our descriptive paragraphs about the cave, fire and bear from a scene in Stone Age Boy. These are the texts the children will be reading to you at our Family Learning session on Thursday 24th October at 2:45pm. We really hope you can make it! We’ve been sure to use all our past learning about expanded noun phrases, using our senses, thinking about the position and place where things are happening and more.

In Maths, we have been learning to complete addition sums using the expanded column method. We’ve done very well with our exchanging and have been able to apply this to solve word problems.

In RE this week we have been looking at Saints and how we live our lives in similar ways. We also were fortunate to have Miss Keogh, Oakland’s Chaplain visit to teach us how to pray to Mary using the Rosary as part of One Million Children Praying, an international campaign.

This week’s spelling homework focuses on words which use uncommon graphemes for the phonemes /c/ and /or/. Again, your child may choose the strategy they want to use to learn them. Vocabulary homework is about ‘length’ in preparation for Measures in Maths.

Enjoy this rainy weekend,

Team 3


Friday 4th October 2019

In English this week we have published some very impressive instructions on  ‘How to Brush a Sabre-Toothed Tiger’s Teeth’ and moved on to our next text driver, ‘Stone Age Boy’. In one part of the story, the boy and his Stone Age friend, Om, find themselves face-to-face with a furious bear in a dark cave, lit only by a flaming torch. We have begun to explore high-level vocabulary to describe fire and next week will start to use these words and phrases in our own writing.

In Maths, we have been looking at money: converting amounts from pence to pounds and pence and comparing collections of coins to see which is worth more. Some children have been problem-solving, requiring them to add amounts and find change.

This week’s spelling homework focuses on the ‘ai’ family.  Is it ‘ai’ ‘a_e’ ‘eigh’ ‘ay’ or ‘ey’ that you need to correctly spell the word? Don’t forget to consider the homophones! Vocabulary homework, as always, just needs to be a conversation between you and your child – no recording in books is necessary. Thank you for your ongoing support with this.

Well done to Lion class who won the last Year 3, head-to-head competition on SumDog. This week, SumDog focuses on individual achievement. There is a Times Table Focus and an Addition and Subtraction Assessment also, as well as all the fun games of course!  Remember that SumDog can be accessed on any device (even mobiles) via the internet ( or the App (available in the AppStore, free).

See you on Monday!

Team 3