St Christopher's Catholic Primary School

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Life at St Christopher's Catholic Primary School

Year 3

Dear Parents,



Year 3

Dear Year 3 Parents and Children,

Welcome to the summer term 2018.  This is an exciting term for the children as the majority of them will be making their First Holy Communion on Sunday 10th June at 11:00am. Any children not making the sacrament are more than welcome to come along and support their friends. The whole class will also visit Alton Castle on Tuesday 19th June on a retreat day.



  • Easter –


During this unit the children will explore the Story of Easter through the Story of Emmaus and the Story of the Breakfast on the Shore. This way the children realise how the Apostles became aware of the presence of the Risen Christ in these events.


  • Pentecost

In this unit the children learn about the gift of the Holy Spirit and the change it brought to the lives of the Apostles. They think about the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Sacraments the Church celebrates.

  • The Eucharist is a Thanksgiving to God.

This is a very important unit for the children as they deepen their understanding of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and think about why this is such a significant celebration in the life and worship of the Catholic Church

  • Prayer

This unit helps the children to deepen their knowledge of prayer and reflect on the ways Catholics pray and signs and symbols associated.



Fiction : Ottoline and the Yellow Cat


The children start by listening to Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, asking and answering questions and making predictions. They focus on the characters’ thoughts and feelings, and on the features of mystery stories. They revise their knowledge of different types of sentence and clause. The writing tasks include writing a newspaper report, a postcard to Ottoline’s parents and an extract from her notebook.




Poetry : Shape poems.


In this unit, the children learn about and enjoy reading calligrams before writing their own. They go on to look at and explore shape poems, writing their own both as a whole class and individually.


Fiction: The Iron Man


The class will read The Iron Man, asking and answering questions and making predictions. They look at the author’s use of powerful language to capture our imaginations, including similes. They revise their knowledge of speech marks, composing a conversation, and focus on the character Hogarth’s feelings to write diary entries in role. For the final writing task, they create their own imaginary creature, thinking of similes and powerful noun phrases to describe it, and write a story about what happens when it encounters humans.




  • - To use expanded noun phrases.

-     To punctuate direct speech correctly.

-     To spell words that are often misspelt (common exception words).

-     Different sorts of sentences.

-     Adverbs and conjunctions expressing cause.

-     To identify and use fronted adverbials.

-     Main and subordinate clauses - Complex sentences

-     Conjunctions.





The focus of the numeracy lesson will change most weeks and the children will be allocated MyMaths activities to consolidate their learning. This form the basis of their numeracy homework for the year with additional worksheets sent home if necessary. Children will be focussing on their 6 times tables this term. See below for Spring term maths planning.


Year 3 Summer 2 Term Maths Planning.docx





Parts of plants and what they need.

In this unit children will have learned about the parts of flowering plants. Children will have identified and named the basic parts of flowering plants and recognised and described the functions of these parts, including the function of the flower in the plant life cycle. Children will have investigated the function of roots, stems, leaves and flowers and will have researched methods of seed dispersal. In addition, children will have learned about the process of pollination. They will also compare how plants grow in different soils and explore how fertilisers can be used to improve growth. Children will investigate the amount of water needed to help a leafy pot plant grow well. They will also investigate how space affects plant growth by comparing how well grass seeds grow with more or less space


Light and shadows

In this unit children will explore the differences between light sources and light reflectors, and will sort these into two groups. They will be able to describe how shadows are formed and will explore the relationship between light, objects and the formation of shadows. They will work towards completing a Quest entitled, ‘How Can We Make Shadows Change?’ and they will create and change shadows in the context of a puppet shadow play. In this play they will explore the properties of materials that can cast shadows and use the scientific terms opaque, translucent and transparent to describe these materials. Finally children will demonstrate an understanding of the possible dangers to health that the Sun, as a strong source of light, holds for them and others.




Understand programming concepts.  

Email and using internet to retrieve info

Manipulating Sound



  • Countries
  • Hobbies
  • Counting up to 31.
  • Clothes
  • Months
  • Animals

Art/ Design & Technology:

Religious art and imagery (recreating originals and own pieces)

Portraying relationships

Packaging (studying all types of packaging and creating their own)


History:       The Celts.


Geography:   UK countries and cities.


Physical Education – Tennis, Gaelic Football, athletics and preparation for school sports days.


Mr Kearney - Class Teacher