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Welcome to Year 3!


Class Teacher: Mrs A. Underhill-Jones


Intervention: Miss K. Stephens

PPA - Mr A. Joy and Mr Smith






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 trying so hard with her handwriting!! Da iawn!!





Ty Glo

(Coal House)


                   Context for Learning                 



This half term our topic is 'Ty Glo' (Coal House). We will look at the timeline of Coal mining and investigate mining in Wales.  In Literacy, we will be looking at the mining poems 'The Colliers Lad' and 'The Miner' and compare and contrast the two. We will look at the language used by the poets and how it makes us feel about mining at the time. We will look at conditions in the mine and write a letter to the Colliery owner asking for better pay and look at how the United Nations Children's Rights Charter could be applied. In Numeracy, we will look at adding and subtracting including with money. We will investigate direction on a compass and look at units of measure.  We will also develop data handling by creating our own databases and graphs. In Science, we will look at the importance of using renewable energy, investigate magnets and look at food as a source of energy.


We will be going to Rhonnda Heritage Park on 15th January. 





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 is on a Friday afternoon and will be taken by Mr Smith.  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. 


                               Christian Values                                                    

Our school Christian Value for this term is Courage.

Being courageous can mean different things to different people. For example, one person may think it easy to speak in front of a large audience, whilst another would need to find lots of courage to do this. Everyone faces challenges from time to time, and we have to find courage to overcome them.



This term we will be learning some French as part of our language sessions. Please see the link below for Language Nut. I have put some practise games on our class page. Your child's username and password are in their homework books.







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

06/01/20 - 10/01/20

This week we have been working hard on our handwriting and in particular making sure we are joining up our letters.  We looked at the story of David and Goliath as part of our work on this terms value of courage and started learning our words for our family worship.  We looked at number bonds and rounding to the next ten when bridging in maths.  We began our new topic by thinking of things we would like to find out about coal mining and talked about what we might see on our trip to the Rhondda Heritage park next week.




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.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Tourism/RhonddaHeritagePark/Home.aspx - Rhondda Heritage Park


https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z73b4wx - Children working in the mines (video clip)


https://museum.wales/bigpit/ - Big Pit


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