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Welcome to Year 3!


Class Teacher: Mrs A. Underhill-Jones


Intervention: Miss K. Stephens

PPA - Miss S. Richards






Meet the Teacher 9/9/19

Important dates


Please see the document below with dates for the year.  I have highlighted important dates for Year 3.


This week's VIP

For working independently when writing an alliteration poem about Winter. Da iawn!!






                   Context for Learning                 



Although we will continue to look at Invaders and Settlers this second half of the term, we will also be looking at the topic ‘Countdown to Christmas’.  There will be a focus on Expressive Arts with the children developing their dance, singing and acting skills.  In Literacy, we will be looking at the short film ‘The Greatest Gift’ and asking ourselves the question of ‘What is the greatest gift at Christmas’?  We will write Winter Wonderland alliteration poems, write a diary of the 12 days of Christmas and write Christmas letters both in English and Welsh.  In Numeracy, we will continue to look at the number system and practice our times tables of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10.  We will look at data bases and time along with measures such as length and capacity.  In Science, we will look at habitats and find out how different animals are adapted to their habitat and in RE, we will look at festivals around the world and in particular how light is used in the festivities.  






Click on the link below to see this term's homework grid. Children may do as many homework tasks as they like and bring them into school to share with the class whenever a task has been completed.



New spelling patterns will be practised in class each week but we will no longer be having a weekly spelling test, we will be

looking for pupils using these spelling patterns in their daily work across the curriculum. 




Reading books should be read every evening and returned to school every morning as the children may have an opportunity to

read their book in class either by themselves or to an adult. Please complete the reading record in your child's book bag each

time you listen to them read. All books are sent home on Fridays and must be returned on Mondays.

Please see the link below for the Oxford Owl website.  The children can access ebooks and parents can access resources to help with reading at home.


To login to our class page please use the following:

Username: mrsunderhill-jones

password: year3




In year 3 we use joined up handwriting.  Here are some practice sheets below.



P.E for this half term will be on Tuesday afternoons and we will be going to Cardiff MET to take part in a variety of different sports.  Your child will need black shorts, house colour or white t-shirt and trainers, labelled clearly with their name. They may also wear black jogging bottoms and a school hoodie for outside activities.  Please ensure your child has their water bottle on Tuesdays to take to Cardiff MET for PE.  



                               Christian Values                                                    

Our school Christian Value for this term is Compassion.


Compassion is about 'standing in someone else's shoes' when they are having a hard time.  In other words, trying to understand how they might be feeling and doing our best to try and help.




Snack money is £1.50 per week, and should be paid via ParentPay before 8am on Monday mornings. We are a healthy eating

school and children can only eat fresh fruit or fresh vegetables for their snack. We provide a wide variety of choice including

apples, oranges, bananas, melon, pineapple, plums, peaches and carrots sticks when in season. If you prefer, you may send in

fresh fruit or fresh vegetables from home for their snack.


Children may bring a bottle of water to school to drink. We are happy to refill their bottles for them during the day.




Dinner money


As a cashless school, dinner money is to be paid in advance via ParentPay.  



Weekly Updates

11/11/19 - 15/11/19

This week we wrote some fantastic poems about Winter using adjectives and alliteration in Literacy.  In Maths, we have been looking at data and have recorded using Venn diagrams, Carroll diagrams and frequency charts.  We had a fabulous day celebrating Children in Need on Friday with lots of activities such as a talent show, joining in with Joe Wicks for the Big morning workout, counting how many laps we can run around the playground and putting coins on a giant Pudsey!! We also had a great time at Cardiff Met developing our football skills.

04/11/19 - 08/11/19

This week the children have been learning about time in maths.  We looked at o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to along with telling the time in 5 minute intervals.  We also used mini clocks to help us work out journey start and finish times.  In literacy, we looked at finding answers to questions in a text about 'Bonfire Night'.  We celebrated our new values day of 'compassion' by writing prayers on hearts and looked at how we can show compassion to all including animals.  We also looked at symbolism in 'Hinduism' this week as part of our faith days and we all created a lotus flower with the 'Aum' symbol in the middle.  We also looked at our new topic of 'Countdown to Christmas' and came up with ideas of what we wanted to find out this half term.



07/10/19 - 11/10/19

This week the children have been learning to place numbers on a numberline from 0 - 100 and 0-1000.  We have investigated what the Celts ate and looked at writing sentences in Welsh about the weather.  We wrote the story of 'The Children of Lir' and then innovated it by changing the characters and setting!



30/9/10 - 4/10/19

This week has been such a busy one!! We had a fantastic trip to St Fagan's where the children learnt all about the Celts.  The children were so well behaved and I was very proud of their enthusiasm during the Celtic workshop!! Well done Year 3!!! In literacy, we have been reading the story 'The children of Lir'. We story mapped it last week and this week we put actions to the story and planned a recount.  In maths, we have been doubling and halving and using partitioning to help us.  Our Welsh this term is 'sut mae'r tywydd heddiw?' - what is the weather like today? and we have been practicing answering this question orally.  In RE, we are learning about Bible stories. In groups, we chose either, Jonah and the Whale, The good Samaritan or Noah's ark and have planned and written a script to re enact the story.  






Web links


https://twitter.com/StDavidsCiWPrm - Please see St David's CIW Primary School twitter feed for updates on what we are doing in class.


https://hwb.gov.wales/ - Children have their HWB logins so can access this resource from home. 


https://plprimarystars.com/sign-in - Premier league Primary stars. Children to use their names as their username and Year 3 as the password when registering.  Children to use the code 38KLWF to join the class where I have put various curriculum games on. 


https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - Great online games for curriculum areas


https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn - BBC Bitesize


http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html - Lots of online games linked to different areas of the curriculum


https://www.learn-welsh.net/welshgames - Online Welsh games


https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zcfygk7 - KS2 History. Life in Celtic Britain


https://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/celts/ - BBC Wales - Iron age Celts


https://museum.wales/stfagans/ - St. Fagan's Museum of Welsh Life


https://museum.wales/roman/ - National Roman Legion Musum