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Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness


Great Gates Road, Kirkholt, Rochdale, OL11 2DN

(01706) 640480


Welcome to Year 3!



Mrs G Walker (Teacher), Mrs J Rushton (Teaching Assistant)


Autumn term 2023



We will be looking at what it means to be part of a family and especially the Christian family. We will learn about promises made at baptism and confirmation. We will look at remembrance, the work of CAFOD and as we move towards Christmas we will be thinking about the season of Advent and how we prepare for the visit of God the person of Jesus.



We will be reading the openings from different types of story, especially stories in familiar settings as well as ways of extending sentences. As well as reading stories set in the Stone Age, we will write in different styles and try to emulate the author. We will read different types of poetry and practice reading aloud.  We will be taking part in drama and reading simple play scripts. We will link to our creative curriculum when we look at non-fiction texts about the Stone Age.



In maths we will recap concepts learnt in year 2, we will be learning to read and write numbers to 999 and understand the place value of each digit. We will compare numbers and look at different ways of representing them. We will also be revisiting and developing our understanding of addition and subtraction using larger numbers than when we were in year 2. We will also be learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.



During our science topic we will be learning about rocks and soils and compare and group them on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. We will study how fossils are formed and learn the names of some different rocks. In our second topic we will study forces and learn about magnets.



Creative curriculum

In topic work we will be studying the history of Stone Age Man until the Iron Age and finding out about the achievements of Early Man in our topic Rock ‘n’ Roll. We will look at timelines, what we mean by sources of evidence and develop an understanding of chronology. We will link our topic to picture books and stories. This will give us the opportunity to link art through designing jewellery and studying cave paintings, design technology to make and evaluate artefacts and make links with our science curriculum.



PE is on a Tuesday. In PE will be focussing upon athletic skills (fitness skills) of running, jumping and practicing throwing techniques as well as long jump, hurdles and javelin. This is to develop core strength and improving stamina. We will aim to reflect and celebrate successes as well as giving ourselves challenge. Later in the term we will be focussing upon rugby. In rugby will be familiarising ourselves with handling the ball and how to run, pass, receive, attack, defend, make effective use of space and then apply these skills in different situations.



Greetings and Introducing Yourself

  • Learning how say hello and goodbye in French
  • How to say what you are called and to  ask someone what they are called
  • Taking part in simple French poems, finger rhymes and songs
  • Identifying question words in sentences
  • Learning how to say how you are feeling
  • Saying who is in your family
  • Learning to count from 0-12
  • How to say how old you are and to ask someone how old they are


Games and Songs

  • Taking part in telling a simple French story
  • Recognising that French nouns are masculine and feminine
  • Learning numbers up to 20
  • Learning about traditional playground games in France
  • Answer a simple question about preferences
  • Read and recognise some simple French words
  • Learning some French Christmas songs and about how Christmas in celebrated in France




Algorithms – 2D shape drawings.

  • Following an algorithm to draw pictures constructed from 2D shapes.
  • The algorithms they follow will include errors and pupils will use logical reasoning to detect and correct these.
  • Creating algorithms within a variety of software and robots (Beebots, Beebot software, Scratch) to accomplish goals.

Digital Citizenship

  • Internet Risks – communicating safely and appropriately online
  • Cyber bullying – consequences and reporting concerns
  • Gaming and Collaboration – risks of online gaming, keeping safe, sharing personal information, identifying friends and foes.


British values and cultural education

We will hold elections for the school council and discuss the need for rules. In religion we will show tolerance for other faiths by looking Judaism- drawing upon the stories from the Old Testament and the Torah.



Each week the children will be given spellings which will be tested every 4 weeks.

Daily homework will consist of practising spellings, times- tables and reading for at least 10 minutes from the home-school reading books.


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