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Puffin Class

In Puffins class you will find:

Mrs Shepherd (Class teacher)
Mrs Blake (Class teacher)
Tina Rodda (HLTA)

Kim Hayward (TA)

Autumn term 2018

We hope you have all had a wonderful summer break and are fully refreshed for a new year at school. With the start of the new year, there is lots to take on board but most importantly, we hope our new year 3s will have a very happy and enjoyable time in lower key stage 2.


We have lots of exciting learning to look forward to! We will kick off this year with ‘The Stoneage’, a brilliant historical topic, which will hopefully take us on our first school trip of the year to ‘Flag Fen’. This topic will seep into many aspects of the children's learning and hopefully again inspire their creativity. As always, the topic will start off with a bit of excitement and drama!

As the children begin their journey in Year 3, we are looking forward to seeing good learning behaviour and a kind and caring attitude towards eachother.


The term starts with a very important visit to place value, a topic which underpins many aspects of learning in maths. We will then learn about addition and subtraction before touching on shape before half term. Maths as always will creep into other curriculum subjects, especially science and computing. It is extremely important you help to support your children’s learning through regular times table practise as these number facts are so useful in many different areas of maths learning. The Puffins will have a weekly session on a Wednesday where they will be tested on their focus times table as well as have opportunities to sharpen up their skills.


Our big focus in English this half term is ‘Stoneage boy’, a wonderful tale about a boy who accidentally finds himself in the Stoneage. Through it we will learn more about our big topic ‘The Stoneage’ as well as produce a diary written as if we were the main character. We will also learn about the works of a very famous children's author – Roald Dahl.


The children are expected to read at home on a daily basis using books that they have chosen to read for enjoyment. Please support your child by sharing their chosen book with them every night and encourage them to change their books in the school library. Over the next half term we are going to continue our handwriting drive as this seems to be going well. We are looking to improve overall standards of presentation, concentrating on letter shapes and joins in particular. The children will hopefully be practising handwriting every day in class.


Other subjects

Art and DT - We will be creating some Stoneage art, exploring different materials to create a collage and using clay to make Stoneage coil pots.
Music – We will be learning some Stoneage songs as well as trying to master the art of learning a new instrument – An ocarina!

Science – While the sun is still shining a little, we will be learning all about Sources of light, shadows and reflections.

RE – In RE we will be exploring the idea of the Creation.

P.E – The children will be learning about ball handling as well as creating, rehearsing and performing a dance related to our topic of ‘The Stoneage’.


Please note Puffin PE lessons will be on Tuesday and a Friday.


For all P.E activities children should remove watches and/ or stud earrings for P.E. lessons. If children are unable to remove their earrings, they will need to cover them with tape. We are not permitted to remove a child’s earrings or apply the tape; the children need to be able to do this independently. Long hair must be tied back.


Maths homework will be given out on a Friday and needs to be returned on the following Thursday. Times tables will be set and tested on a Wednesday.
Spelling homework will be given out on a Friday and needs to be returned on the following Thursday, as with the Maths homework. The children will be tested on these each Friday.

Please see the homework page for weekly homework tasks.