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St John's Church of England Primary

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Puffin Class

In Puffins class you will find:

Miss Prichard (Class teacher)
Tina Rodda (HLTA)
Kim Hayward (TA )

Autumn term 2019


We hope you have all had a wonderful summer break and are fully refreshed for the new school year. With the start of the New Year, there is a lot of new information to learn. We hope our new year 3s will have a happy and enjoyable time in lower key stage 2.


We have lots of exciting learning to look forward to! We will kick off this term with ‘Superheroes’. 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, finishing off on the final day with a Wow day!


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 Thursday 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 graphic novels and a film comparison. There will be a strong link to our topic ‘Superheroes’ with both. The year group will be preparing graphic novels, which we can hopefully share with you at home, based on their own superhero.

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 classroom and library.  Our biggest push this term is our handwriting. We are looking to improve overall standards of presentation, concentrating on letter shapes and joins in particular.


Other subjects

Science - We will be looking inside our bodies to look specifically at our bones and muscles, as well as how what we eat keeps us healthy.

Art - This term we will be creating a collage of our own superhero badges.

DT - Linking to our science and topic, we will be creating a meal fit for a superhero! Yum!

RE – In RE we will be exploring creation.


P.E – We will be starting the year with dance.


Please note Puffin PE lessons will be on Monday and Wednesday


For all P.E activities children should remove watches and/ or stud earrings for P.E. lessons. Studded earrings should be removed on PE days unless children are able to remove them themselves. If removing earrings at school, please provide them with a suitable container to store them in. Long hair must be tied back.


Maths homework will be given out on a Wednesday and needs to be returned by the following Tuesday.  
Spelling homework will be given out on a Wednesday and needs to be returned on the following Monday, when they will be tested.

Please see the homework page for weekly homework tasks.