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.


Spring 2018: 

This term I am really looking forward to exploring our topic together and discovering more about the country of Spain, alongside the children. Hopefully, we can work together to learn more about the culture and customs of Spain. I know our visitors will certainly help us to do that!

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. 



Spring 2018 Term Events:

Our school Spelling Bee begins!

English Focus:

For the majority of Spring term 1, we will be focusing our writing around the story “Fungus the Bogeyman”. Our writing will include writing our own stories, writing in role and creating instructions.

We will also be completing writing that is linked to our topic for the term, which is Viva Espana! This writing will include non-chronological reports and debates.

Maths Focus:

We will be revisiting our learning from the Autumn term 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


Spring 2018 Term Educational Visits:

Unfortunately, as our topic this term is based around the country of Spain we won’t be able to go on a visit. However, we will have a piece of Spain coming to us!

During the spring term, the children will be able to experience the culture of Spain by taking part in a Flamenco Dance tutorial. For half a day, the children will practise the traditional dance with the help of two visitors, a dancer and a guitarist who will play the music for our Flamenco.



Science Focus:

Our Science for Spring term 1 will involve learning about “Rocks, Evolution and Inheritance.” We will spend some time looking at; the different types of rock and how they form, how animals have adapted over time, what we inherit from our parents and beliefs around how humans came do being.

Topic Focus:

Excitingly, we will be exploring the culture, people and traditions of Spain. Throughout our topic we will enhance our writing curriculum by creating non-fiction texts about the country. The children will begin to understand the Spanish way of life as well as how the people live their daily lives. Hopefully, we will be able to enhance many areas of the curriculum through our topic including Geography, History and Art.

My Challenge:

Have you ever been to Spain? Write a recount of what you know about the country and what you have experienced there. Can you create a display board?

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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What have we been up to in our class?