St James C of E Primary School

St James C of E Primary School


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Vicarage Road, Hereford, Herefordshire HR1 2QN

Tel: 01432 273961

Class 3

Welcome to Class 3
Class 3 will be taught by Mrs Digby (Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday morning) and Miss Lloyd (Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday).

Mrs Upton is our Learning Support Assistant. 
We are looking forward to a fun packed autumn term and sharing your child's learning journey whilst encouraging them to enjoy ‘life in all its fullness’.

As mathematicians

Develop our understanding of tens from Year 2 and make the link between tens and hundreds. We will understand that 10 tens and 100 ones both make 1 hundred and that 10 is 10 times the size of 1 and 100 is 10 times the size of 10. We will then progress to recognising the place value of each digit in 3-digit numbers, using representations to help us recognise their values. We will use a place value chart firstly organise counters into the correct columns before replacing them with digits. We will then look at 100 more and 100 less than a given number.

We will also be completing daily mental arithmetic lessons.

Times tables will continue be a focus and will be practicing these skills in class during the week through a range of interactive learning activities. TIMES TABLES ROCK STARS is a great resource that can be logged on to at home. All children should know their log ins. Please encourage your child to login to this site regularly as it has been shown to have a big impact on their knowledge of timetables.

 As artists

In Art, we will continue to experiment by using a range of materials, including paint, to create different marks We will also mix

colours and be taught how to use a variety of painting techniques, including tonking and sgraffito. We will also explore how to combine techniques to create texture and shape.


Children will learn strategies to help them improve their spelling ability.
We will have handwriting practice 3 times a week where children will practice joining letters and continue to increase their consistency and quality of their handwriting .

As scientists

 In Science, we will compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. Then, describe in simple terms, how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock. We will also recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.


Autumn Term 1

As historians

In History, we will explore the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Looking at the three distinct periods of time: Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. We will explore cave dwellers as well as nomads who followed their food and had temporary homes, such as shelters or tipis. We will also look at Ice Age animals such as the Woolly Mammoth and Woolly Rhinoceros.

As athletes 

Class 3 will be having PE every Thursday this half term and children should come into school dressed in their PE kit. 

In Tennis, we will use underarm serves and move towards a ball to return it, playing in a game against different opponents We will also use forehand hitting skills to attempt to score points, moving towards the ball to return it.

In football, we will use several skills to move toward the goal - short passes, dribbling and trapping. We will keep up with the pace of the play by jogging, walking and sprinting as well as search for space and move into to receive the ball from a teammate.

If possible, earrings should not be worn for PE. If this is not possible, please send micro-pore tape in with your child so that the earrings can be taped to avoid injuries. 

As reflective individuals in PSHE 

We will be thinking about our achievements and goals, and celebrating differences. 

 As Musicians

 We will be continuing to learn to play the recorder and looking at our question: How does music shape our way of Life? The musical spotlight is ‘Composing Using Your Imagination’ and learning about all the Foundational Elements of Music with a focus on composition, while working implicitly with
all the other elements of music as we go through the steps of the unit.

 As readers and writers

As a writer,we will use sentence structure accurately and explore poetry on a theme thinking about our emotions when writing our own. We will examine the features of non-chronological reports and construct our own based on rocks. Finally, we will write a narrative in the first person using noun phrases, coordinating conjunctions and adverbs to describe a mysterious scene in detail through zooming in on specific items within it.

 As a reader, we will be looking at...

  Greta and the Giants by Zoë Tucker.

The Pebble In My Pocket

by Meredith Hooper.


We will learn that a summary is a brief overview of a text and how real events can be presented as a narrative. We will retrieve key details by reading the text closely and respond to questions based on the core themes within them.. We will look at inference by looking at the views of the books’ authors.

It is so important that children read regularly at home. We expect that the children will read at least five times per week and that this is recorded in their reading diaries. This will enable children to receive a reading gem certificate and progress through these throughout the year.

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As theologians

Our question will be:

What do Christians learn from the Creation story?

We will look at where the Creation story comes in the Bible’s Big Story’, understanding that Christians believe God created the world and then make links between Genesis 1 and what Christians believe. We will explore how Genesis 1 tells humans that they should look after the world and be caretakers of God’s creation, understanding that some Christians look after the world because God has told them to do so. We will also recognise that the story of ‘The Fall’ in Genesis 3 gives an explanation of why things go wrong in the world.



 As geographers

In Geography, we will learn that North is an important cardinal point on a compass and that all OS maps are displayed facing North. We will use the 8 points of a compass to locate human and physical features in the locality and learn how a compass helps explain the location of human and physical features in a place.



As computing experts 

We will plan and create an algorithm for an animated scene in the form of a storyboard, write a program in Scratch to create the animation, including characters, dialogue, costumes, backdrops and sound. Then, we will review our animation programs and correct any mistakes.

If you have any questions or concerns please do get in contact.

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