St. Mary´s CE (A) First School

Learning to love, loving to learn

Welcome to the Giraffes

Teacher: Mrs Malkin     Teaching Assistant: Mrs Benning   Year 3

The school rules of LOVE and RESPECT run through our class where everyone is important and part of our class family and where we share the love of learning together. Working walls support class learning and displays reflect the children's work.


Children are expected to read regularly at home, preferably with an adult.  Our target is to read every night. Reading books can be changed any day at school, but parents must sign to say they have heard their child read and that the book is finished. Reading Records will be checked on Tuesdays. The children will get a dojo if their reading book has been signed, a silver dojo point for completing a Reading Bingo square and a Gold for completing a Reading Bingo line. Look at the back of the Reading Records to find the Bingo card. The children will receive a certificate for completing a bingo card. 


At St Mary's we teach maths through the Power Maths scheme of work. We recap and keep different elements of maths alive everyday by completing Mini Maths warm ups, focusing on subtraction, addition, multiplication and division. Instant recall of number facts is an important part of being a good mathematician, so each term we focus on a KIRF target (Key Instant Recall Facts). The children need to practise these facts regularly so they can answer them within a 6 second time frame without using their fingers to calculate. Each week they will be given a timed test on these number facts; the tests are sent home so that they can show you their results and complete extra practice if necessary. 

Autumn 1 Target: x3 tables
Catch up KIRF from Y2: x2, x5, x10
Test day: Friday

TT Rockstars
It is the government's expectation that by the end of Year 4 the children can recall all their times table facts to x12, and recall them within 6 seconds. At the end of YEar 4, the children will complete a SATs multiplication test which is similar to the Soundcheck mode on TT rockstars. Regular practise on TT rockstars at home will ensure the children are prepared for the test and meet this expectation.

TT Rockstars Progress check :Friday
Dojo points will be allocated to children who have been on TT rockstars at home, to those who have gone up the leaderboard and to those who have changed their Rock Star Status!

The children learn 5 spellings each week in their spelling booklet. If two or more spellings are spelt incorrectly on test days, they must stay on this set before they move on. For every set they complete, they can colour part of the picture at the back of the spelling booklet.
Test Day: Friday

Autumn 1 Curriculum

Geography: Rivers
Art: River Artist (Constable, Monet)
RE: God and the People of God
Science: States of Matter
PSHE: Me and my school
English: Text 'The Tear Thief' (poetry, descriptive writing, newspaper reports)
English Targets: Y2 recap Coordinating conjunctions. Y3 target: Subordinate conjunctions
PE: Tuesday and Thursday (please come to school in PE kit)
Music: Violins will be left in school this year
French: Numbers to 10 and colours

Toast: If you would like your child to have toast at playtime, please bring £1 in a name envelope on Monday. This willl cover the cost of toast for one week.