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.

Autumn 2017: 

I am really looking forward to learning all about our topic “Walk like an Egyptian”, with the children.  I am fascinated with the history, cultures and lifestyles of Ancient Egyptians 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.



Autumn 2017 Term Events:

The first week of the Autumn term will be Film week.

English Focus:

During Autumn one we will be spending the first two weeks completing our work based around ‘mystery book week’. 

 Afterwards, we will introducing the children to some fantastic Julia Donaldson books such as; Room on the Broom, Stickman and Superworm. During these, weeks the children will be creating and writing non-chronological reports based upon research about Julia Donaldson, as well as using the books to create character and setting descriptions, letter writing and informal diary writing. 

Succeeding this, we will be moving onto a topic themed book named; “The Egyptian Cinderella”.  During this block of work, the children will be introduced to the skill of recalling stories,  writing setting descriptions and making logical predictions taken from elements of the text.

Maths Focus:

Throughout the first half of the Autumn Term , we will be:

  • recognising the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones);
  • comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000;
  • identifying, representing and estimating numbers using different representations;
  • adding and subtracting numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction;
  • adding and subtracting numbers mentally, including:

-       a three-digit number and ones;

-       a three-digit number and tens;

-       a three-digit number and hundreds;

  • 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 methods and progressing to formal written methods.


Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon


Autumn 2017 Term Educational Visits:

“Trip to Leeds Museum”


For our first topics we will be going to the Leeds museum to support our topic learning of the Ancient Egyptians. 

This is a very exciting trip for the children. The trip is split into two halves; the first half of the trip will see the children spending time in some really engaging workshops. Here, the children will get the opportunity to create their own Egyptian gods, design and create their own scarab beetles and help with the staff with a mummification process. 

Afterwards, the children will get the opportunity to explore the museum grounds with a guide. In the museum there is a whole gallery based purely upon the Ancient Egyptians, where the children will be incredibly excited to witness a real mummy.



Science Focus:

During this topic, we will be studying ‘Light’. Activities will include creating our own sundials and learning the significance of their use. We will also be looking really carefully at darkness and learning that darkness is the absence of light, by carrying out some exciting shadow investigations.  The children will also learn about the greatest source of light (the sun), its potential dangers and how to keep safe in the sun. A really exciting activity for you to carry out at home is creating your own shadow puppets and theatre.

Topic Focus:

Throughout the Autumn term we have a very exciting topic, as we will be delving into our Ancient study of ‘Walk like an Egyptian. Geographically speaking, we will be using maps to identify Egypt in relation to the rest of the world. We will be looking at life in Ancient Egypt and who the Ancient Egyptians were by studying mummification, hieroglyphics, Tutankhamun, pharaohs and pyramids. Further to this, we will be focusing on physical Geography and will be looking at rivers, seas and continents.  I am really looking forward to some code cracking hieroglyphics, and learning all of the ‘gory’ parts of mummification.  The topics will stimulate the children’s experiences.  It is an amazing topic to really portray life in the ancient times for the children.  Anything at home you can do to help would be a great advantage, in particular, researching the elements mentioned above and also informing the children of life in ancient times by comparing them to that of today.

My Challenge:

Can you write down a word for each letter of the alphabet that relates the Ancient Egyptian culture, History, Geography, or traditions? 

Can you research and attempt to mummify an object of your choice to fetch into school? 

Can you research 3 ways of keeping safe from the sun?

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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