Class Teacher:

Mr Powell


Staff in Our Class:

Mrs Waddington

Mrs Stott

Mrs Wood

Mrs Stearne

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) and the children get the opportunity to firstly read the aspect of English and see an example before then getting 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 Handwriting – to be handed out on a Friday, to be handed back in on the following Wednesday.

  • Weekly Spellings – handed out after the spelling test on a Tuesday (glued into planners).
  • Fortnightly Homework Project activity (glued into the homework project book) – to be handed out on a Friday, to be handed back in after two weeks (dates will be inside the front cover). One project at a time to be completed on the fortnight basis.
  • 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. 

Did you know?

Turtles have existed for around 215 million years.

Turtles live all over the world in almost every type of climate. 

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

All About Me:


My name is Mr Powell and this is now my second year teaching at Smawthorne (third year including my training which was carried out here in 2015). 

Prior to teaching I was actively involved in teaching children physical activities, in particular, swimming, gymnastics and athletics.  I have always had a passion for contributing to the development of children and have a very strong passion for children progressing and developing. My desire to become a teacher also stemmed from having such an influential primary school teacher myself. I find each child’s individual learning styles and their very own uniqueness fascinating; it is a pleasure to inspire and motivate the children on our collective learning journeys. 

I am currently a Year 3 teacher, which will be my second year spent in Year 3. This year as well, I will be supporting leading mathematics across school.  This will involve overseeing and supporting the teaching of mathematics across school.

Spring 2018: 

I am really looking forward to learn all about our topic “Viva Espana”, with the children. I am fascinated with the culture and history of Spain and am really looking forward to providing the children with a really insightful and inspirational knowledge and understanding of this and other areas of the curriculum

Information About Our Homework:


Our weekly handwriting is based upon a different letter of the alphabet and age appropriate words that begin with that specific letter. We are focusing on teaching the children the correct letter formation, size, orientation and use of cursive handwriting, as well as writing the letter on the line.


We have split the children into 3 spelling groups and each group will be 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.

New spellings will be given following the test on a Tuesday.

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

Homework Project Activity:

During the first half of the Spring Term our topic is based around “Viva Espana.” To help develop the children’s knowledge, understanding and research skills even further, we have devised a range of homework project activities.

The aim of the homework project is for your son or daughter to choose a homework activity which they can complete with you.There are a range of activities from the different subjects in the curriculum; some are creative activities.

Important: Homework project books are not optional (every two weeks) and will be due in on a Friday, the dates will be inside the books on the front cover. 

There will now also be a weekly maths worksheet going home on a Friday, and to be handed in the following Wednesday. This is in an attempt to further develop and embed the weeks learning focus.



Spring 2018 Term Events:

Our school Spelling Bee begins the first week back.

English Focus:

During Spring one we will be paying a particular focus to the genres of narrative and non-fiction; we will be using the book ‘Fungus the Bogeyman’ by Raymond Briggs to aid our learning. To start with we will be hypothesizing using just the front cover and blurb, writing character descriptions, creating wanted posters, role playing and creating settings.

Succeeding this and still having ‘Fungus the Bogeyman’ at the centre of our learning we will progress onto story writing, creating our characters, settings and plot, and finishing off with some comparative work between text and film.


Succeeding this we will then be carrying out research relevant to our Viva Espana topic and use our research to write a non-chronological report upon of the famous Spanish football teams. Again linked to our topic learning, we will be finishing spring one looking at and writing debates and persuasive letters about bull fighting, stemmed from our study into the ‘La Tomatina’ topic.

Maths Focus:

As we approach a new term, we will be starting our mathematics long term plan again to increase and reasoning and problem solving skills. Key curriculum aims we will be focusing on are:


Place Value

  •  count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number
  •  recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones)
  •  compare and order numbers up to 1000
  •  identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
  •  read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words
  •  solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.


Addition and Subtraction

  •  add and subtract numbers mentally, including:
  •  a three-digit number and ones
  •  a three-digit number and tens
  •  a three-digit number and hundreds
  •  add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction
  •  estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers
  •  solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction.


Multiplication and Division

  •  recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
  •  write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods
  •  solve problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects.

Any support you can offer your child will be of great significance, particularly with their multiplication and division facts. TT Rockstars is an excellent programme the school buy into fro child to access at home. Whilst it is expected that your child knows their 2,3,4,5 and 10 times table by the end of year 3, they will be expected to know them all by the end of year 4, as of next year.

Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon


Spring 2018 Term Educational Visits:

Flamenco Dancing”

As part of our topic “Viva Espana”, all Year 3 children will be having visitors come into school to learn all about Flamenco Dancing.

This visit is planned for Wednesday 1st February 2017.

This is a very exciting, fun and engaging visit for all the children. The flamenco dancers have been in school several times before and the children have always loved it.


Throughout the workshop the children have the opportunity to learn all about the origins and culture of flamenco dancing, and will have the opportunity to receive some first hand, high quality flamenco dancing practice.


Did you know? In Spain, the word Flamenco is the name for its native bird the 'Greater Flamingo'. The male dancer is known as 'bailaor', and the female, 'bailaora'. They wear typical theatrical flamenco dancing costumes. A bailaor wears a tight black or red tuxedo and flat Cordoban hats, while bailaoras wear a long and beautiful frilled dress called 'Bata de Cola', that is colored black, white, red, blue, and sometimes pink, accompanied with a shawl, high heels, and a fan. They also sport a rose behind their ears.



Science Focus:

During this topic, we will be studying Rocks and Evolution & Inheritance. Activities will include comparing the physical properties of the different types of rocks and their functional purposes. We will also be learning about the process of fossilisation and how from this we can trace back and study evolution and inheritance. From this we will then be looking at how plants and animals alike are adapted to suit their environments.

Topic Focus:

Throughout the spring term we have a very exciting topic, we will be delving into our European study of ‘Viva Espana’. Geographically speaking we will be using maps to identify Spain in relation to the rest of Europe, identifying and locating key landmarks across Spain and researching and comparing facts and figures of the weather to that of the United Kingdom. We will be studying and replicating famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and will be attempting to replicate infamous paintings as well as sketching our own. The children will be learning all about the cultures and traditions across Spain from food to the Royal family, from flamenco dancing to bull fighting; we have a very exciting and busy topic ahead of us. To further support your child, please carry out your very own research around Spain, or just ask your child what they have been learning and see if you can extend their knowledge of this topic.

My Challenge:

Can you write find at least one piece of information linked to our Viva Espana topic that begins with each letter of the alphabet a-z.


Can you research how fossils were formed and how they help us understand life millions of years ago

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:





What do the children in our class have to say?



What have we been up to in our class?