Class Teacher:

Miss Bottomley 

Staff in Our Class:

Miss Dickinson (HLTA)

Miss Dodd (AM)

Mrs Riley (AM)

Mrs Stearne (AM)

Mrs Hughes (PM)

Our Class Governor:

How can you support at home?


BBC Bitesize- This website takes the children through all of the different aspects of writing (nouns, verbs, paragraphs etc).  Children get the opportunity to firstly read the aspect of English and see examples and then get the opportunity to play an online game which tests their knowledge of the area. This is a very interactive maths based website which allows you and your child to select individual programmes of study (Year 3), and within each programme of study there is a breakdown of exemplar questions which match the objectives on the National Curriculum. IXL will track your score, and the questions will automatically increase in difficulty as you improve. There are also over 100 questions based around English, in the exact same manner as the maths mentioned above.

 Homework Days: 

Weekly Spellings – handed out on a Tuesday (glued into planners), to be tested on the following Tuesday.

  • Optional Fortnightly Homework Project activity (glued into the homework project book) – to be handed out on a Friday, to be handed back in on a Wednesday (2 weeks later). One project at a time to be completed on the fortnightly basis.

Weekly maths sheet – a sheet to consolidate the week's learning which is handed out Friday and due in the following Wednesday.

  • Reading - all children take their reading book home daily to support and develop reading skills. 

Times tables - children will have a weekly times tables test, these will written in your child’s planners; or just pop into the classroom and look at our times tables results chart. By year 3, it is expected that all children know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10’s times tables.






Wednesday and Thursday 



Our Class Animal:

Each class, has been given a different animal (from a dragonfly all the way to a panther) to represent their class. You're probably wondering why? As a school, we wanted to be able to identify each class by a different animal, increasing in size through the different year groups. 

All classes at Smawthorne now have an animal to identify them. Each class in LKS2 is represented by a water themed animal. Our class animal being a penguin.

Inside our class we have a penguin themed reading area with an igloo and a penguin themed ‘Happy Feet’ display for the children’s birthdays.

Did you know?

Penguins evolved to stay in the Southern Hemisphere because there are no land predators, like wolves or polar bears, to take make quick work of the plump flightless prey.

No penguins live in the North pole.

Because Lower Key Stage Two classes are named after animals that live in or around water, our class animal is the penguin.

We will have a class pet (who the children will name) and hopefully we will be able to send him or her home for the weekend with ‘Penguin of the week’.

Our table names will link to the different species of penguin and we will try to explore how they are similar or different.


 Do you know any more facts about penguins? Maybe you could write them down and give them to your class teacher?

All About Me:


This will be my third year working at SHMPS and my third year taking on the exciting task of joining a new year group. So far, I have taught Year 5 and Year 4 before moving to Year 3 for this year, however I do have experience across key stage two from my teaching practises at university.

I have always had a passion for helping others so I had decided that teaching was something that I’d be interested in a long time ago.  I have worked in day nurseries and have volunteered in many different schools. More than anything, I love to see children getting excited about their education and enjoying getting hands on with their learning. It is a pleasure to be involved with  groups of young people who are engaged in what they are doing and are viewing the world with fresh eyes.

My roles at SHMPS involve: teaching Year 3 and leading the subject of Religious Education across school. Both of these are new roles to me this year and I am looking forward to the challenge! I am motivated to hit the ground running and hope that I will be able to achieve well in both roles in order to improve experiences for the children in our school.

The Summer Term Ahead:

This term, I’m really looking forward to seeing our children consolidating their learning from the year so far and celebrating the progress they have made throughout Year 3, both personal and academic. Mostly, I am looking forward to sharing the children’s enthusiasm for the different areas that we will be covering through our topic as “Let the Battle Commence” has been enjoyed by all members of Penguin class so I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on with it in the final term. It’s a pleasure to see how well the children have immersed themselves in the topic as it enhances so many areas of our learning.

Information About Our Homework:


Our weekly handwriting is focused upon the formation, size and joining of a specific letter. We encourage the children to use the cursive script as this a requirement of the national curriculum.


The children are split into 3 spelling groups and are given a list of spellings to learn. Your child should know which group they are in and will be able to tell you what their spellings are for the week.

For a full list of spellings. see the school website.

 Homework Project Activity (optional):

During the Spring Term our topic is “Viva Espana.” To extend the children’s knowledge, understanding and research skills even further, there is a range of homework project activities that can be completed.

The aim of the homework project is for you to support your child with an activity of their choice.

The activities allow the children to apply skills that they have learnt through different subject areas. The homework projects are completed over a two week period. 

Our children are also encouraged to access “Bug Club” at least once a week. Penguin class have shown a lot of enthusiasm for the books and many children have commented that it has made them enjoy reading much more!



Summer 2018 Term Events:

The countdown to our Summer Festival begins!

English Focus:

We will begin Summer 2 by exploring the author Jeff Kinney and his books in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series. We will be encouraging the children to improve their understanding of writing both fiction and non-fiction pieces by creating a range of opportunities for writing. This will begin with researching Jeff Kinney as an author and writing biographies and will progress to us digging deeper into his books, retelling the Diary of a Wimpy Kid stories before creating our own diaries in Kinney’s style.

Maths Focus:

Maths – We will be revisiting our learning from the Autumn and Spring terms to consolidate and extend our understanding. Our topics will include; the four operations of + - x and ÷ , fractions and shape. As a year group, we will be challenging the children to show their ‘reasoning’ and apply their understanding to problem solving and in context.


Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon


Summer 2018 Term Educational Visits:


During the Summer term, we have one visit planned which will be linked to our English curriculum, rather than Topic. Our visit will take place at “The Rainbow Factory” which is based in Leeds.

On our visit the children will be immersed in a story that will support them in enhancing their Literacy and writing skills.

This will be the first time that I will be going to visit Rainbow Factory however, it is the second year in a row that Year 3 will be visiting. Last year all of the children came back enthusiastic about the story that they’d explored and created some fantastic pieces of writing on their return.

I am really looking forward to our visit to see what they have in store for us this year and for the writing that we will be able to create following them.


Science Focus:

Our Science for Summer term 2 is titled “Living Things and their Habitats”. We will gain an understanding of what every ‘living thing’ needs to survive, be this a plant or an animal as well as how animals can survive in different habitats.

Topic Focus:

Topic “Let the Battle Commence” – Throughout the Summer term, our Topic work will be all about the Anglo-Saxons. Largely, the topic will focus upon the Anglo-Saxons arriving in England and their relationship with the Scots. This will then lead to a topic in Year 5 where the children will learn about the Anglo-Saxon/ Viking struggle for power in England. We will learn about where the Anglo-Saxon people originated, how they came to England, what they brought with them and how they were able to settle in England. Hopefully, we will be able to work towards answering the question of “Were the Anglo-Saxons invaders or settlers in England?”

Through our topic, we will be aiming to enhance the children’s curriculum learning through sessions linking to History, Geography, Art, English and Design-Technology.

My Challenge:

DIY project time!

Can you create an Anglo-Saxon artefact with your grown-ups at home?

You could make battle armour, shields, coins, jewellery or even a Saxon settlement.

How is Progress Measured in Year Three?

  Across school we use a consistent approach to assessment, using a range of methods. During lessons teachers will use AFL  Assessment for learning) strategies to assess the children's knowledge and understanding. This will then allow the teacher to judge where the class and each child's next step will be. Throughout the school year, we carry out assessment weeks where children complete a Maths, Science and SPaG assessment, followed by a piece of assessed writing. The teacher will then assess the children taking into account the assessment papers and what the child is like in class. 


National Curriculum Objectives:





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