Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness

Welcome to Year 3!


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


Summer term 2021  


As we return to school after Easter the Church is still celebrating this great event. The focus of this term’s work in Religious Education is the role the Holy Spirit plays in our lives. We will be studying the three themes of Pentecost (Serving), Reconciliation (Inter-relating) and Universal Church (World). The children will also spend one week studying Judaism.


In English we will be reading adventure and mystery stories. We will look at speech marks, ways of joining sentences and the use of adverbs in writing. We will build on the skills introduced over the past two terms to write longer pieces that can be organised into paragraphs. In spelling we will continue to look at the relationship between sounds and letters, as well as using prefixes and suffixes, the use of the apostrophe, words with same spellings but different meanings and practice joining letters.


In maths we will continue to recap adding and subtracting three digit numbers using column methods, use column methods for multiplying two digit numbers by 1 digit numbers and division with partitioning using part whole models. We will begin working on fractions of shapes and numbers, practice telling the time, look at angles and turn in shapes and in measurement consider mass and capacity.


In science topic we will learn about what plants need to grow well and why it is important that they do. We will link the study of plants to the work of the artist Vincent Van Gogh. We will also learn about light and how shadows are formed.


In our creative curriculum topic Anthony and Cleopatra, we will learn about life in Ancient Egypt by looking at the evidence that has survived, artefacts and the internet. In art we will be looking at pattern in textiles and artefacts from different times and cultures. We will explore colour, shape and pattern to create our own designs. We will use a word processing programme to combine text and graphics again linked to work on Ancient Egypt and learn and perform songs.


In topic work we will also be studying the history of Britain from the Celts until 410AD and finding out about the people who have invaded and settled here in the past. This will give us the opportunity to link art through designing jewellery, make and evaluate roman weapons and use geography skills to locate places on maps and atlases. We will think about the reasons why people moved in the past and compare that to the present day.


In music all the learning is focused around one song: Bringing us together. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked.



PE is on a Tuesday. In PE we will be learning skills needed to play cricket- bowling under and over arm, sending and receiving a ball as well as developing good communication with a partner. In rounders, we will practising bowling, batting and fielding skills and developing awareness of rules and tactics. Our PE lessons will be supported with Rochdale AFC working in partnership with Primary Stars. Later on in the term we will practice skills in football and athletics in preparation for the school sports day.



FRENCH – Celebrations and Parts of the Body

  • to be able to saying what you can do well        
  • to be able to celebrate achievements and special occasions
  • to be able to make simple statements (about activities)
  • to be able to express praise
  • to know the months of the year
  • to be able to write an invitation
  • to be able to play games (following instructions)
  • to be able to make simple statements (about appearance)
  • to be able to give a simple description of a person



  • to be able to manipulate digital images ( e.g. Morfobooth, 2Paint)
  • to be able to record a video interview and transfer it to a specified location.
  • to know who to speak to in order to stay safe/report concerns.
  • to understand the SMART rules.


Relationship and Health Education (RHE)

During this term we will begin our RHE curriculum. Ten Ten’s new programme for Catholic primary schools, Life to the Full, will teach Relationships Education and Health Education within the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church. The teaching of this project is underpinned with a religious understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God- created, chosen and loved by God.



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.



Our homework will take the form of Learning Logs practical activities which will be given out on Friday, to be returned the following Friday.  The children will be given a learning intention taken from one or more of their lessons in class and will show their own learning on this learning intention. It can be presented as drawings, writing, modelling etc. It is completely up to the children how they show their understanding. If you would like more information, please come and see me or look at the following website - www.learninglogs.co.uk

Each week the children will be given spellings which will be tested on Friday.

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


Please encourage your child to go onto the following sites to support their learning:

www.ttrockstars.com  (Your child's log in information is inside their reading record)