Class Three

Welcome to Class 3.

Class 3 are a vibrant and enthusiastic group of 14 children in years 3 and 4. They are taught by Mrs Burgess and Mrs Cunliffe.

In Class 3, the children are taught the national curriculum in a creative and fun way. We value using the outdoors whenever we can and encourage the children to play an active part in their learning. We have a class focus this year on building resourcefulness and resilience in all areas of our work and as such, the children are learning to actively look for ways to help themselves when they encounter challenges in school. As teachers, we actively look for opportunities to praise the children when they show resourcefulness or demonstrate resilience and perseverance.

The children in Class 3 study Maths and English every morning and practise their times tables, handwriting and spellings as part of these lessons. On Fridays, the children have a weekly grammar lesson.


Weekly routines:

Games & P.E.
Children usually need their games kit on a Wednesday and P.E. kit on a Friday.
This half term the children are taking part in a short topic on Road Safety on Wednesday afternoons, so they will not need to bring their games kit until after half-term

Swimming lessons take place on Thursday afternoonsat Hornby pool. The children thoroughly enjoy these lessons and make excellent progress. They need to bring their swimwear and a towel, together with a warm coat and hat to wear for the journey to and from school.

We hear children read as much as possible in Guided Reading sessions and individually but they will benefit enormously from reading every day and this is something you can help with at home. We encourage the children to bring their reading record and reading book to school every day. Please read with your child and listen to them read to you as much as you can.

Homework is set on a Wednesday an it is usually due the following Wednesday. When the homework involves a creative task, longer time is given for its completion. Children will also receive regular handwriting practise as part of their homework.

Spellings are sent home on Friday for a test the following Friday.

Times Tables
Children work on times tables during maths lessons and are tested on Wednesdays. The children always know which times tables they are currently working on. Please practise these as much as possible at home with your child.

This term, our topic is ‘Rainforest’, and much of the children’s learning will be taught through this theme. The children will learn about rainforests of the world and why they are found in a particular climate. They will research the country of Guatemala, and make comparisons between the Amazon rainforest and Whinlatter forest in the U.K. They will learn about the different layers of a rainforest and some of its animal inhabitants. In English lessons, the children will learn about the clearing of rainforests for agricultural purposes. They will then use the information they discover to generate punchy, persuasive writing.

Class 3, will also have the opportunity to explore local wildlife and habitats through visits to Leighton Moss and Derwentwater.