St Francis Class                                                      

Class Teacher: Mr Sutherland

Teaching Assistants: Miss Vowles and Miss Taylor

The Autumn copy of our Topic booklet can be viewed here

This week's spellings, to be tested on Wednesday 5/12/18













For homework this week I would like you to use each of these words in a sentence. See if you can write 8 super sentences!

Don’t forget your capital letters, punctuation and handwriting! If you fancy a challenge, why not try thinking about using lots of different tenses!

This week's spellings, to be tested on Wednesday 28/11/18









In our SPAG lessons we have been looking at the 'present perfect' tense and how we can change this from the past tense. This week's writing homework is to write some sentences in the present perfect tense and to try and think of your own. 

Remember that if it is present perfect then it normally has 'have' or 'has' before a verb in the past tense. For example:

'I ate a sandwich' (past tense) becomes 'I have eaten a sandwich' (present perfect).

This week's spellings, to be tested on Wednesday 21/11/18











As well as spellings this week, I have given each member of the class a copy of our school's mission statement. I have asked the class to read through the statement and try to think of, and write down, three ways in which they could show that they follow the ethos of the mission statement. 

As I was unable to hand out the homework on Thursday this week I have let the class know they can bring this in on Wednesday instead of Tuesday, to make up for this!

Thank you very much!

Bad Hair Day for Children in Need

Well done to everyone in Year 3 that came in with their bad hair for Children in Need. There were some fantastic creations, including lots of hairspray, hair gel, colours, googly eyes, bows and pipe cleaners! The class had such a good time taking part and hopefully won't be too difficult to undo over the weekend!

Bollywood Dancing

On Thursday we were joined at St Joseph's by Kalpesh Zalavadiya a.k.a Mr. Bollywood, a dance instructor who showed the whole school the amazing art of Indian dancing. He took our class for a 45 minute workshop where he taught us two dance routines, as well as talking to us about the Hindu festival of light, Diwali.

At the end of the day the whole school took part in a performance of the two dances, including most members of staff.

Thank you to all parents and carers that were able to make it along to watch the performance, and for joining in as well!!


This half term we have started a new topic in PE. As the weather has turned a little more autumnal we have moved inside for one of our PE sessions each week to improve our gymnastics. In this topic we are focusing on our balance and control.

This week's spellings, to be tested on Wednesday 07/11/18












As well as these spellings, there will now be a weekly literacy homework as well, as we have practiced over Half Term. This week I would like you to have a look at the picture stuck in your book and use your history knowledge!

When do you think the item was made? What do you think it could be made of? What could it have been used for?

There are no wrong answers, I want you to use your imagination to think what this could have been...

Challenge 21 Fundraising

As part of St. Joseph's Challenge 21 charity fundraising dor the Down's Syndrome Association, St Francis class decided that we would hold a 'Lucky Dip' in order to raise at least £21 that we could then donate to the charity.

We held the Lucky Dip after school and charged 50p per go! If you found a number 21 in our pot of numbers you could bag yourself a big prize!

Thank you to all children, parents and carers that came along to support and donated so generously! 

In total we managed to raise a fantastic £30! 

Chance to Shine

We were joined by Alan, our cricket coach, from Sussex Cricket and Chance to Shine for one of our maths lessons!

Chance to Shine is a charity that aims to increase the number of children and young adults playing cricket and "to ignite new passions, teach vital skills, unite diverse groups, and educate young people".

Alan joined us for an active maths lessons where we were challenging ourselves with multiplication questions that took us to all the planets in our solar system! Well done Year 3!

Bike It!

Some members of Year 3 were joined by Bike It Lucy, for an afternoon of scooter and bike training and development. This is a great opportunity to try cycling for the first time, build your confidence or just to improve your cycling skills!

Well done to all those who took part, hopefully we will have more sessions in the future and improve even more!

This week's spellings to be tested after Half Term on Wednesday 31/10/18










English Homework

After Half Term I will be starting to set an English homework each week as well as a Maths homework.

As a warm up for this, over Half Term, I would like you to use each of these words in a sentence. See if you can write 8 amazing sentences!

I will be looking out for the most exciting sentences and might even have some prizes for the most inventive!

Don’t forget your capital letters, punctuation and handwriting!

If you fancy a challenge, why not try using some speech marks like we worked on last week?


This week's spellings to be tested on Wednesday 17/10/18














 In our maths lesson, we have just started our new unit which focuses on Addition and Subtraction. Using our new knowledge of Place Value we have started off by adding and subtracting from the ones column and learning how this can affect our tens column as well! The class all seem to be picking this up really well!


 As part of our topic work this term on 'Stone Age to the Iron Age' we have been learning lots of interesting facts and information about different periods of time, starting with the Stone Age. Here is a picture of the class having completed a challenge!

We were working out if the facts given belonged in the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic or Neolithic time!


Grandparent's Week

It was lovely to be able to welcome some of our Grandparent's along this week to watch and join in with some of our lessons. On Tuesday, we read an extract from our class novel 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes and recreated the main character using cardboard boxes and aluminium foil!

On Wednesday we all took part in one of our weekly cricket sessions lead by Alan from Sussex Cricket. It was a great session where we all learnt about how to strike a ball, how to work as a team and a few clever tactics to try and remember!

Here are a few photos from the two lessons!


This week's spellings to be tested on Wednesday 10/10/18

  1. decide
  2. exercise
  3. medicine
  4. centre
  5. cell
  6. century
  7. certain
  8. cycle
  9. recent
  10. concert
  11. sentence
  12. excellent



Grandparent's Week

As part of our Grandparent's week activities, Year 3 would like to invite all grandparents to join us for some exciting lessons next week (1st October)!

On Tuesday 2nd October at 1pm we will be looking at our class novel 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes and using our Design and Technology skills to recreate him in the classroom!

On Wednesday 3rd October at 1pm, you are invited to join our PE lesson with our cricket coach Alan. These sessions are brilliant fun and the children have been having such a good time while also improving their throwing, catching and striking skills.

We look forward to welcoming you to our class next week!

Welcome Picnic

It was lovely to be able to spend time as a class and enjoy a picnic altogether. It was also a nice opportunity to meet some parents and carers who were able to attend.

Cricket with Alan, our brilliant coach

This half term we are lucky enough to have a brilliant cricket coach join us for one of our PE lessons each week. The children have been learning about the best techniques to throw, catch and run with a cricket bat. Alan has lots of fun and exciting games that the whole class have been really enjoying!

Academic Year 2018-2019

Welcome back to the children and their families in Year 3. We have had a lovely first few days together and I am looking forward to us all working together over the next academic year!




Homework will be given out on a Thursday, to be returned the following Tuesday. Those children who do not return the homework by Tuesday will have to complete it during their lunchtime and will lose some of their golden time.

Each week children will have maths and literacy homework. Both maths and literacy homework will support what we have been learning in class that week and therefore children should be able to complete their homework independently.

Maths homework will compromise of three 'challenges', A, B and C. Challenges get progressively harder and children should choose the one that best suits them, making sure they are challenging themselves!

 Please encourage your child to look through their homework on a Thursday when it comes home. If your child has any questions/worries or is unsure about something,  Mr Sutherland will then be able to help on a Friday lunchtime so that they are then able to complete their homework over the weekend.



This half term, our PE days will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesdays we will be working with a Alan, a coach from Sussex Cricket, on our catching, throwing and batting skills and on Thursdays we will be working with Miss Pippa on a variety of skills based around football.

Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times - black shorts, a green St Joseph's t-shirt and trainers or plimsolls.

Our class will also be doing the "daily mile" on the other three days. 




Please encourage your child to read every night. This can be to themselves, to a family member or to a sibling and children please remember to record it in your reading record booksReading records and a first book have been handed out in the first week.



 Children will be tested every Wednesday and the spelling lists will be updated on this site each week.




Remember to put names and labels on your child's school uniform, lunch boxes, book bags, water bottles and PE kits. This will help us to return any misplaced items as quickly as we can.

Thank you parents and carers! We really appreciate your support and look forward to working with you.


Year 3 Trip to Frog Firle Farm


Year 3 had a wonderful trip to Frog Firle Farm earlier this week. We trekked up a hill to get a stunning view of the River Cuckmere and saw it's journey all the way down to the sea. 

We got up close and personal with the local wildlife when we went pond dipping and learnt about the many species of mini beasts living in the pond.

The video below shows the children 'meandering' down the hill as a river would, running fast at the top of the hill and weaving back and forth as the slope become more gentle. What a fantastic river the children make!


Year 3 Cake Sale


so much to all who took part in our cake sale on Friday afternoon.

We raised a whopping £100 which is more than we could've ever wished for!

The money will go towards our school trip and any left over will go towards new resources for the classroom.

Thank you again for helping to make our cake sale a success, we hope you enjoyed the delicious cakes and biscuits that were on offer!



Year 3

Please click on this link to view our Summer Term Booklet

Summer Term Topic Booklet


Please click on this link to view our Spring Term Topic Booklet

Spring Term Topic Booklet


Please continue to make sure your child's jumper/cardigan is clearly labelled as there are often unnamed items in the classroom and cloakroom areas. I will always try to match up items with their owners but this is incredibly hard if things are not named. Thank you :)  

If possible please send your child to school with a water bottle to save children queuing to drink from the tap in the classroom (which eats into learning time!). A plastic see through bottle with the child's name on is perfect, it doesn't need to be anything fancy!



Please continue to provide a morning snack of fruit or vegetable for your child as they are often very hungry by lunchtime.



Homework will continue as it did last term.

Each week children will have maths and literacy homework along with a spelling list to learn. Both maths and literacy homework will support what we have been learning in class that week and therefore children should be able to complete their homework independently.

Maths homework will compromise of three 'challenges', A, B and C. Challenges get progressively harder and children should choose the one that best suits them, making sure they are challenging themselves!

Homework will be given out on Thursday and is due in the following Tuesday. Spelling challenges will be on a Friday.

As well as this children will bring a school reading book home which is appropriate to their reading ability. Please read as much as you can with your child. Three times a week is great, even more if possible! Please write down any reading you do in the yellow reading record books. There will be rewards for all reading that is done at home!

Please come and talk to me if you have any concerns, thank you for your support.



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Our PE days this half term are Wednesday and Friday

On Wednesday we will be working with Miss Pippa to practise different ways of moving to music in order to perform dance routines to our favourite songs!

On Friday we will be practising our athletic skills in preparation for Sports Day. Miss Pippa will be helping us perfect our throwing, catching, jumping and running techniques out on the playground.

There are a large number of children who do not have a PE kit. This makes it very difficult to start PE lessons promptly as children are rushing around borrowing kits from other children. 

Please make sure you send your child in with a full, NAMED PE kit each week. This includes green t-shirt, black shorts and trainers or plimsolls. If you need to purchase a new PE kit, t-shirts and shorts are available to buy at the office.

Personal Displays

Each week one of the year 3 children creates a display of their own special things in the classroom. They might bring in their favourite objects, photographs  or perhaps a piece of art work that they have worked hard on.

Recently we have had Noah's display of special photographs and have also had some special visitors!

Fabian showed us his lovely guinea pig Marvin and told us how he looks after him.


St Joseph's Day

Year 3 celebrated St.Joseph's day by making paper lilies, creating pictures of St.Joseph and decorating biscuits. We had so much fun!


In maths we have been exploring numbers up to 1000. We have looked at different ways of representing them using our fantastic maths resources.

We have also explored the place value of 3 digit numbers , looking carefully at the digits to see how many hundreds, tens and units there are in different numbers up to 1000.

We have also been problem solving to see how many three digit numbers we can make using 6 counters in a hundreds, tens and units grid. We loved using our problem solving brains to think logically, in order to solve the problem!  



We have been working with Miss Pippa to create our own dances. We have had to work well as a team, listening to each other's ideas in order to put together a successful dance sequence!   


Click on the link below for a list of the spellings that your child is expected to know

Year 3 spellings