Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

'Living, Loving, Learning Together'

Year 3

Welcome to the Year 3 Class page. I am Miss Hodges, the Year 3 class teacher.  The children will also be taught this year by Miss Kronenburg for Maths and English, Mrs Hunter for Science, Art and Design Technology and will be supported by Miss Duffy. The children are all settling into Year Three very well and are working extremely hard! You can also head over to the Year 3 Curriculum Page to see in more detail what we are learning about this year!


This half term, PE will be taught on  Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school on these afternoons. PE kits can be purchased from the office. It is vital for health and safety reasons that the children have the correct PE kit and pumps. 


Reading is a very important aspect of learning, so we actively encourage children to read every night. It is important that your child has their book bag every day so they are able to take home their reading record and reading book. Book bags can be purchased at the main office. A positive work ethos makes all the difference to your child's learning, so your support from home is welcomed and encouraged. In Year 3, the children are expected to use their own initiative when they need to change their books. They can change their books as and when they need to.


Homework will be set every week and is to be completed for the following week. The homework is to review what the children have learnt during the week and help to consolidate their learning. Most homework will be set online using Mathletics, Purple Mash and Times Table Rock Stars.


I very much look forward to working with you all throughout this year and my door is always open if you have any questions about your child or the curriculum in Year 3.

PE-Outdoor and Adventurous Activities-Magnificent Maps!

In PE this half term, the children have taken part in our Outdoor and Adventurous Activities topic. Year 3 have been doing extremely well learning a variety of skills such as listening carefully, following instructions effectively, working collaboratively and problem solving. Our most recent lesson was called 'Magnificent Maps' and the children had to use all of the skills they have developed so far in order to carefully follow a variety of maps to create different equipment arrangements. These pictures show just how wonderfully they were able to complete the activities and apply a wide range of skills.

The Stone Age-What did people eat during the Stone Age?

The children have been learning all about the Stone Age this half term and their latest challenge has been to find out what people ate during this time. The children were eager to take on the role of archaeologists and use Stone Age poo to find out. As you can see the children were great at investigating this and found out a range of different foods were eaten by these formidable hunter gatherers from long ago. (Don't worry parents-the poo was fake and completely safe for the children to use)

Religious Education-Why Christians should try and love one another

In RE, the children worked together to explore one of St Paul's Letters of advice to the early Christians. They discussed what the scripture meant to them and how and why they should try and show love to one another.


The children created dramas and freeze frames to show clear messages of love, peace, forgiveness and kindness.

Science-Comparing and exploring rocks based on appearance and different physical properties

Science-Exploring and observing rocks outdoors

History-Putting historical events in chronological order

In History, the children have been learning about BC, AD and chronology. We have been using this knowledge to order historical events in chronological order.


Then we applied our skills to create a timeline of our own using the correct scale, this was very tricky as it meant we had to use large numbers and lots of measuring and drawing skills.

History-Creating timelines to scale

Science-Investigating the permeability of different rocks

In Science, the children used water to test how permeable (absorbent) different types of rocks are.