en English


Miss McClelland
Year 3 Teacher

Welcome to Year 3M!

Our teacher is Miss McClelland. We will be supported by Mr McKeen.

We will be sharing lots of photographs of all our fabulous work on our Twitter class page. Follow us @HolyFamilyL8_3M

Homework is given out on a Friday and is due back by the following Thursday. There will be a Maths focus and an English focus.

This half term we will be covering:




We explore our experience of the energy and power of fire and wind.

We reveal the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  


We explore the choices that we make everyday.

We reveal the importance of examination of conscience at the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


The Morning I Met a Whale by Michael Morpurgo

*Week 1, 2, 3  – Narrative Recount

*Week 4, 5, 6 – Newspaper Report

* Start to use a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures.

* Consistent use of a variety of sentences with different structures and functions.

* Begin to evaluate the effectiveness of own and others’ writing, suggesting grammar and vocabulary improvements.

* Re-read writing to check for meaning and tense form.

* Mostly accurate use of apostrophes for contracted forms, eg. don’t

* A/an used accurately eg. a rock/ an open book.

* Statements, questions, exclamations and commands to create an appropriate effect.

* Adverbs to express time, place and cause (then, next, soon, therefore, finally).

*Prepositions to express time, place and cause (before dark, during break, in the cave, because of him).

* Sequence ideas or events maintaining writing form, eg. bullet points for instructions, headings for an information text.

* Sequence ideas or events and use adverbs and prepositions.

Maths Revision

Addition and Subtraction

*Add and subtract numbers mentally, including a three-digit number and ones, three digit number and tens, and three digit number and hundreds

*Add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction

*Solve number problems and practical problems with the ideas from number & place value

*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

*Count in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; finding 10 or 100 more or less than a given number.

* Recall and use multiplication and division facts for 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables

* Write and calculate mathematical statement for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing into formal written methods


* Recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators

* Recognise and use fractions as numbers:  unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators

* Recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators

* Compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators

* Solve problems involving fractions



Plants (Year 3)

* Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers

* Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant

* Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants

* Explore the part of flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.


History of the Liverpool Docks

Children will look at artefacts from a Victorian Docker’s suitcase, and discuss what they tell us about the past. They will learn about the early years of the Liverpool Docks and how they expanded quickly to become a key point of global trade.  They will look at what life would have been like as a Victorian Docker and compare life for poor and rich Scousers, including evaluating the evidence that they leave behind. They will develop a chronological understanding of what happened at the docks in the past 300 years. They will then look at how the Docks fell into disrepair but were regenerated in the late 1980s to create the Docks that they are currently familiar with.

Can use research skills in finding out facts about the time period

Are able to research what it was like for specific people, eg, the dockers and their families.

Begin to compare and contrast different forms of evidence

Begin to describe changes that have happened in the locality of the school throughout history

Can understand why Liverpool Docks were so important for global trade

Can place events on a timeline using dates

Are beginning to understand the concept of change over time, representing this along with evidence on a timeline

Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources

Are beginning to describe different accounts of history, explaining some of the reasons why the accounts may differ

Can communicate ideas about the past using other areas of the curriculum.


Sculpture and Digital Media/ Artist in Focus: Banksy

We will be appraising the work of Banksy, both graffiti and sculptures. We will be observing his use of symbolism and using this within our artwork. We will also look at how he uses Digital Media to publicise his artwork. We will be developing our modelling skills through the experimentation of different ways to shape, and to create tone and texture in clay. We will then be designing and creating a sculpture in the style of Banksy. Finally, we will photograph and digitally edit these images.


Get Blogging (Digital Literacy and Information Technology)
Understand how wikis work and create their own wiki in small group. Review examples of blogs online and create their own online blog. 





Loss and Bereavement


Bringing Us Together

Disco Music


Numbers 1-39

Animal Descriptions

Sports and Opinions