Welcome to our class page.
Here you will find out what we have been doing in class and any other information that you may need to know.
Mrs Jones is the class teacher supported by Mrs Peachey who teaches the class on a Monday and a Wednesday afternoon.
The Teaching Assistants who work in the class are Mrs Rollins, Mrs Mills, Mrs Kings and Miss Casey. They work in the class at different times during the day.
PE is on a Tuesday and Wednesday in the Spring term. Please make sure your child’s kit is in school including pumps. We will send it home at the end of the half term to be washed.
The children are really enjoying learning their times tables using the Times Table Rockstars website. https://ttrockstars.com. We are encouraging the children to practise their times tables regularly now so that they will be ready for the times table test in Year 4. the Multiplication check is a National Test set by the Department for Education.
Spring 1 Week 5
We’ve had an exciting week this week.
In RE we heard the story of The Prodigal Son and the children wrote the story from the Prodigal Son’s point of view. They thought about what this story tells us about forgiveness.
On Wednesday, the children thought about the Year of the Word and drew some beautiful pictures depicting stories from Matthew’s Gospel.
In art, the children learnt about the artist William Morris. They designed a tile and then printed with it.
On Thursday, we visited Hartlebury Castle museum. We visited the school room where we wrote words on a slate and learnt about how children were taught in the Victorian times. We played Victorian games in the playground, such as using a hoop, diablo and stilts.
We also visited the scullery where we learnt about what life was like for boot boys and scullery maids. The children practised washing and ironing, scrubbing the floors, shining shoes and preparing food. They finished by beating the dust out of the rug. It was a very enjoyable day even though it was really cold!
In science, the children investigated how to make a simple circuit using batteries, wires and a bulb. They had lots of fun.
Spring 1 week 4
We’ve had another busy week in St Martin de Porres.
In maths, the children are continuing to work on multiplication and division which they are becoming very confident with. They are also really good at recalling facts from the 4 times table. This is really helping them with their work in the maths unit.
In English, we wrote a character description about the Artful Dodger, a character from Oliver Twist. The children had some really good ideas. We also began to plan a diary entry in the style of the Artful Dodger.
In Geography, we learned about schoolrooms and sculleries in the Victorian times in preparation for our trip to Hartlebury next Thursday. Please send in payment and consent if this is still outstanding.
The children are enjoying their PE lessons. On a Wednesday, they do outdoor PE with Mr Beech from Sports stars and then netball on a Tuesday with Mrs Jones.
In RE, the children are working on the unit of Reconciliation and this week they thought about how Jesus forgave Zacchaeus and heard the story of The Prodigal Son.
Spring 1 week 3
The children have continued to enjoy learning about the Victorians this week. In history we wrote a biography about Queen Victoria and in geography we used an atlas to find the countries that were part of the British Empire.
The children wrote their imitated diary entry and they all did really well. They had remembered the text brilliantly. We have been practising using the possessive apostrophe accurately and the children sorted out sentences that were correct and incorrect.
In maths we have started to work out multiplication problems using the column method. We have done it step by step and the children are beginning to understand the method.
We also visited the library on Monday and the children did some more research about the Victotrians.
Thank you if you have sent in the outdoor PE kit. The children are playing football outside this half term.
On Thursday, the children took part in some listening activities to practise the listening rules. The rules are sitting still, listening to all the words, staying quiet and looking at the person who is talking. They really enjoyed the activities.
Spring 1 week 2
We’ve had another busy week in Year 3.
In English, they have been learning a text that was a diary entry that Oliver Twist could have written. They have learnt the text using a story map and making up actions. They will then write this text next week in preparation for them writing their own diary entry.
In maths, we are continuing our multiplication unit. They used facts they already knew to work out more complex problems. For example, if I know 3×4 is 12 then I know that 30×4 is 120.
In science, we thought about safely around electricity and designed out own safety posters.
In history, we started to learn about the life of Queen Victoria. How many facts can you find out at home about her?
Thank you to everyone who has returned the constant form and payment for our trip to Hartlebury Museum on 6th February.
We finished the week finding out about Chinese New Year which is on 25th January. It is the Year of the Rat. The children made Chinese lanterns, dragons and painted cherry blossom trees. They had a lovely day.
Spring 1 week 1
Happy new year and welcome back to school. We have already been busy this week starting our new topics.
In English this week, we have read the Ladybird version of Oliver Twist. The children really enjoyed hearing the story. We have started to think about the features of a diary.
In maths we have completed the first part of the multiplication and division topic. In the assessment the children all did really well.
In science, the children investigated electronic toys to work out how you make them work and what they do. They had a great afternoon. See the pictures below.
In history, we began to think about the Victorians and the children discussed what they already knew about the Victorians.
It has also been our RSE week. We have discussed healthy eating, what makes a good friend, how we take care of ourselves and how we are changing. We have had some really good discussions.
Thanks to everyone who has been sending in fruit and vegetables for snack time. It’s lovely to see so many children eating healthily.
For PE we will be doing some sessions outside so please send your children with a navy tracksuit and trainers if you can. Thank you.
Due to an unforeseen change to the timetable PE will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sorry for any inconvenience or confusion!
Spring Term 2020
Happy New Year and welcome back. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas Holiday spending time with your family.
This half term, our topic is the Victorians . We will be learning about life in Victorian times and comparing life now to then. In February, we are taking a trip to Hartlebury Museum to find out more about Victorian life.
In English, we will be looking at the story of Oliver Twist and writing a variety of diary entries based on the story.
We are continuing to practise our multiplication skills in maths so keep going with Times Tables Rockstars. It’s really making a difference to the children’s confidence.
In science, the children will be learning about electricity, how to stay safe around electricity and how to construct a simple circuit.
Please note the change of PE day from a Wednesday to a Tuesday.
Please ensure that book bags are in school everyday. Please sign your child’s diary when they’ve read with you at home so I can see how they are getting on with you.
Below are a couple of photos of the last week of term when we had a party and a special visitor
Autumn 2 week 6
In English this week, it was time to write the end of their disaster story. The children used the plans from last week to write their exciting ending. The children did really well remembering to add fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and paragraphs. The children are now mostly remembering when they should be using full stops and capital letters.
We are continuing to use multiplication skills in maths. We had some problem solving lessons where the children had to use what they already knew to solve problems and explain their working out. We continued to practise all our times tables using Times Table Rockstars and the children are getting faster and faster. Some children are now answering in less than 6 seconds! Fantastic work!
In science, the children learned about the work of Mary Anning, the fossil hunter. They looked at a variety of fossils before finding out how fossils are formed.
In geography we watched a video about people who lived near Mount Vesuvius to try to decide if living near a volcano was a good or a bad thing. Ask your child for their opinion.
In RE, the children learnt the story of The Visitation when Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist.
The children have also enjoyed learning new Christmas songs this week ready for Mass and Carols round the Chritmas tree next week. They all sang beautifully.
Autumn 2 week 5
In English this week the children began to plan their own ending for a natural disaster story. They had some really interesting ideas, with most choosing to focus on a hurricane or a forest fire.
In maths the children are continuing to recall and use multiplication facts for the 4 times table. They are becoming confident when doing this and are starting to use what they know to solve problems. On Friday, the children had a session on Times Table Rockstars which they loved. They are all becoming extremely competitive and even challenged me. 2 children managed to beat my time! Keep up the good work!
In science, the children went in a rock hunt around the school and we were amazed at how many different types of rock we found. We took them back to the classroom to investigate and make a display with.
In geography the children are still loving learning about volcanoes. This week, we learnt the difference between composite and shield volanoes. Ask your child which one is which.
In art the children are using water colours and will use this technique in the next few weeks to create something to send home at Christmas.
In RE we have focused on our Advent theme by making Jesse tree decorations. The decorations depict stories from the Old Testament.
Autumn 2 week 4
In English this week the children learnt the suffixes er and est and added them to root words such as tall (taller, tallest) small (smaller, smallest) quiet (quieter, quietest). We have still been using the text of Escape from Pompeii to learn about different natural disasters. We have been thinking about how we can show how a character is feeling in a book rather than writing how the are feeling, for example, He moved his heavy legs as he tried somewhere to lie down (to say that they are tired.)
In maths, we are still are still learning the multiplication facts for the 4 times table. We have been counting in 4s and reciting the facts such as 4×4=. The children are beginning to learn their tables so keep working hard with the Times Tables Rockstars and see if you can beat Mrs Jones and Mrs Rollins.
In Science the children enjoyed investigating a variety of rocks to see if they were waterproof and how strong they were. The children loved it!
Autumn 2 week 3
In English this week, the children have learnt the homophone there, their and they’re. They have practised putting the correct word into sentences, for example, The children are over there. They put on their coats. They’re going outside. We have also started to innovate the ending of Escape to Popmeii by changing the volcano to a Tsunami.
In maths, we have started to learn about multiplication by looking at equal groups, for example 4 equal groups of 3 is 12. We will continue working on the 3, 4 and 8 times table
In RE the children have been looking at the different parts of the Mass and focused on the Gospel reading.
In Science the children have enjoyed investigating different types of rocks and doing observational drawings of them. In geography we have used an atlas to find volcanoes around the world and have begun to find out how a volcano works.
This half term our topic is Disaters! The book that we are reading in our English lessons is called ‘Escape from Pompeii’ which is based on the time Mount Vesuvius erupted. We will also be thinking about other natural disasters and using these as a basis for our writing.
St Martin de Porres class have settled in really well in Year 3.
Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt and so far we have looked at a world map to find where Egypt is and we have been finding out all about the different gods.
We really enjoyed our trip to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. We looked at lots of different artefacts from Ancient Egypt. We also saw the Staffordshire Hoard and found out about Birmingham through the years.
Just a reminder that book bags need to be in every day please and PE is on a Monday and a Wednesday.