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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Year 3

smileyWelcome to Year 3smiley

A very warm welcome from all of the Year 3 team.


Meet The Team

Miss Wain & Ms. Bamford - Meerkats Class Teachers

Mrs Pacey & Mrs Argent - Raccoon Class Teachers

Mrs Bailey - Teaching Assistant

Mr Barber - Teaching Assistant


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How to Translate the School Website
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Exciting New JC Art Competition

Are you the next Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso?

Enter the new self-portrait competition



Closing date Friday 14th February

Further details can be found in the PPT below!

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            What are we learning this year?


Please see below our Long Term Plan for Year 3 which outlines our upcoming projects and curriculum aims for the year 2019-2020. The children will also take part in regular Outdoor Learning lessons with Mrs Mitchell throughout the year, focusing on Outdoor Adventurous Activities as well as life long skills. 

        What are we learning this half term?

Who were the Ancient Egyptians?
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This week in Maths WC 10.2.20


We are continuing to look at money this week in maths, identifying all of the different UK coins and notes, converting pounds to pence and pence to pounds using our knowledge of place value, beginning to add together coins and notes and use coins and notes to create amounts. 


You can use the following websites for some extra practise;


Toy Shop Money Game - Buy items and calculate change.


Coin Cruncher! - Select coins to make amounts and count amounts of coins.


Custon Car Garage - Use UK coins to customise your sports car.

UK Coins Explained for Kids - Maths Money Learning Video

Make learning about the UK's currency easy with our learning video for children and parents! See if your child can recognise the value of money as it comes out of our piggy bank. Why not give them some of the coins as they watch the video so they can learn the physical shapes and colours of each?

This Week in English WC 10.2.20


This week we are looking at the book 'Egyptian Cinderella' by Shirely Climo. After plenty of 'book talk' and role play around the story we will be using the story to create our own narratives. 

Why not share the story with your families? See the video below.

The Egyptian Cinderella

By Shirley Climo / illustrated by Ruth Heller

                      Homework in Year 3


As the children move into Key Stage Two, they will be set some homework tasks similar to those received in Year 2. Each childhas been issued with a homework book which will be kept inside their homework folders. We ask that these are returned each week so that we can support children with their work and set new tasks. 


                                     Please find attached the homework grid for Spring 1 below.               


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You have all been given your Time Tables Rock Stars login.


Make sure that you log on using lowercase letters!

There is a leader board on your maths wall to show who has collected the most coins this week!

Good luck Rock Stars!

YR3 Trip to Creswell Crags

On Friday three intrepid tribes (Reindeer, Cave Hyenas and Grey Wolf) were sent back in time to the Stone Age! We visited the Robin Hood Cave, wearing our mining helmets, to meet Homer one of the the Homo Sapiens and Ned the Neanderthal, as well as finding stalactites and stalagmites. The children had the opportunity to handle a real flint tool from over 5,000 years ago!! We were also fearless as we switched off all our lights to see what it was like in the dark and listened to the sounds of the cave.


Survival training included shelter building using sticks, ropes, leather and deer skin, fire building and spear throwing to keep off the hungry hyenas. This was a very competitive activity with everyone keen to hit the target (apparently Joey's mum was the champion spear thrower.) We also looked out for animal activity, finding footprints and a large pile of horse poo which we almost brought back to camp as after drying it would make good fuel for the fire. Most of the children thought that they would have been able to survive in the Stone Age (but for how long!)


The third activity was based inside the visitors centre and included looking at a 40,000 year old mastodon tooth, investigating the museum and then we had to don white gloves to put together the skeletons of a cave lion, hyena and a wolf. Who knew they had so many bones!


We had a wonderful day and we were very proud of the knowledge the children had retained from their learning at school, as they were able to share it with the tribe leaders. As always, it was a pleasure to take our children out of school as they were well behaved and polite, and a big thank you to all staff and parents for their help and support

Fruity Figures


We started the year by looking at healthy bodies and healthy minds. We designed and created these fruity characters using a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables some of which we had never seen or eaten before. We learnt the names of the different foods and thought about how we could join them together to make funny faces.

Our Worry Dolls

We have been talking about our worries as we made the transisition into year three. We read the book The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside and talked about who we can we share our worries with. We also read the book Silly Billy by Anthony Browne which demonstrates how in Guatemala people make their own tiny worry dolls to tell all their worries to. They put them under their pillows at night and the worry doll takes care of all your worries for you. 

We made our own versions of worry dolls and we have taken them home to talk to and keep under our pillows if we want to. 


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PE will be every Monday and Tuesday. The children will also be taking part in daily exercise both inside and outside. Please can you ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school all week. PE kit includes a plain white or white JC t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and trainers. Please send socks if your child is wearing tights. Children will need to have earrings removed for PE lessons. 


Water Bottles

Water is available to the children throughout the day in the classroom. Please provide them with a named water bottle. These will be sent home daily. 


Communication Diaries

Your child has been issued with a Communication Dairy. We ask that all children read at least three times a week at home and have their diary signed by an adult at home. If you have any questions or queries, please use the diary and ask your child to let us know that there is a message for us. 



Each half term, your child will be sent home with a 'Homework Grid' sheet. Our expectation is that the children complete the grey boxes weekly, and choose one other piece of homework each week as an optional piece of work. Children may bring in any completed homework at any point throughout the term. 


Parent/Carer Reading Morning

We would like to invite you to our Parent/Carer Reading Morning each Thursday from 8.50-9.05am in your child's classroom. This is a great opportunity to share a book with the children and also have a look at the learning that we are doing too. 



Just a reminder that toys should not be brought into school. 



The Year 3 classrooms are fully equipped with the stationery that the children will need. We encourage children not to bring anything to school that is valuable to them, as we cannot account for things going missing. 


Year 3 National Curriculum