Friday 15th December 2023

Our penultimate week of the half term has been jam-packed with much excitement and fun.

We started on Monday with our Egyptian day.

The children looked fantastic in their costumes and they had a wonderful day making cartouches, Egyptian bread, necklaces and learning about mummification and a new Egyptian dance which was led by Bobbie. Thank you to Mrs Wanless for giving up her time to do such a special activity which all children participated eagerly in.

Click here for more photos from our Egyptian day


On Monday afternoon, the Year 3 and 4 musicians performed for us in a wonderful concert.  The children sang and played their instruments with such confidence.

Well done to: Joseph C, Christian, Amilia, Noemi, Ruth, Erin, Iustin, Anna, Dafne, Sive, Sofia, Leonie and Joseph S.

Wednesday was our Christmas lunch day.  Year 3 sat down to a wonderful meal and enjoyed sharing the jokes on the table.


We have been very impressed by the home learning handed in this week and the children have done a wonderful job of presenting their learning to the class. For those who have not yet presented, they will present next week.

To assist us with our RE learning we even had a visit from Ruth’s mum to share how Christmas is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago.  Thank you Mrs Ennis for taking time to come in and share with the children. They really enjoyed it.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Lines and Mrs McNamara

REMINDER: Monday is the Christmas Party Day where the children wear their own clothes.  




Friday 8th December, 2023

The highlight for this week was Year 3’s part in the Advent Service.  Well done to them for singing, acting and speaking so beautifully during the service.  The children’s reverence and participation was clearly evident and this made the evening special for all.

Candle and Rainbow ornament: Grace and Matilda

Readers: Louis, Federico, Anna, Mikey, Lucas, Fabio, Ruth, Joseph S, Sofia.

Singers:  Sive, Leonie, Amilia, Iustin, Archie (Chorus)  Hugo, Grace, Matilda, Noemi

Nativity: Ayrabella, Erin, Christian, Ariela, Chloe, Jessica, Daphne, Hanna, Joseph C, Tara, Solomon.


This week in our RE lessons we have continued to think about the importance of prayer. Lectio Divina means “divine reading” in Latin. It’s a meditative way of reading the Bible in which we let go of our own agendas and open ourselves to what God is trying to say to us. Using the Gospel of Mark 1:1-14 as the stimulus, the children listened to the story of John the Baptist through the 5 steps: reading/meditating/prayer/contemplation and action. Today, the children researched Christmas customs in Trinidad and Tobago as part of our RE Focus Question on  Christmas Customs around the world.  The children also created an advent calendar writing prayers to be read and shared with the rest of the class throughout the advent season.

In Maths the children have continued to build upon their understanding of addition using the vertical  method (using 1/2 regroups) and investigated many ways to embed this.  In our fluency sessions, the children have revisited many of the skills learnt across this autumn term.  Please keep encouraging your child to log onto Mathletics and TTRs and complete the tasks set for them.

In our English learning, we have practised our editing skills and written up our final pieces. Next week we will be writing instructions about how to make the sandwiches we designed as a part of our Design and Technology learning.

During the last week of term, Pope Paul’s Got Talent is returning!  This is an occasion where each child is encouraged to share their talents either on their own or with a partner(s).  Each class will decide upon two entries from their own class that will go forward towards the whole school’s got talent competition.   Please chat with your child to encourage them to participate.

Monday 11th December:   Year 3’s Egyptian Day.

Year 3 will be taking part in a special Egyptian day on Monday 11th December when the children will find out what it was really like to be an Ancient Egyptian. This will reinforce the learning and hard work which has already taken place in the classroom.  The children can be Egyptologists or Ancient Egyptians.

EGYPTOLOGISTS: jeans or shorts, wacky jumper or t-shirt and hat .

ANCIENT EGYPTIANS: ready-made Egyptian outfits are readily available on the Internet e.g. Cleopatra, Pharaohs, mummies, slaves etc.

Alternatively, costumes can be made out of a length of white material. Old bed sheets are perfect!

The children are still to bring a packed lunch or order their hot dinner as normal and wear a jacket or a coat, hat etc.. for playtime.

Home Learning:  RE      Christmas Around the World

Please read the information on the poster attached.  The instructions have also been added to this week’s newsletter

Spelling have been put on spelling shed as usual.

Friday 1st December, 2023

Another busy week for Year 3!  The highlight for this week was our trip to Westminster Cathedral.  Year 3 took the the overground and the underground to Westminster Cathedral on Thursday 30th November for a special Advent Service in aid of the Catholic Children’s Society.

During the service, we listened to the Angel Gabriel who narrated the Christmas story. We heard about the annunciation, the nativity and the epiphany. Each part of the story was accompanied by a carol. Everyone enjoyed joining in with ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Little Donkey’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’ and ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. The choir was especially beautiful and really helped us to remember the special events before and after Jesus’ birth.



During the service, gifts were collected for the Catholic Children’s Society which is an important charity.  Well done to Hanna and Joseph S who handed in our contribution.  We heard about how the money collected through the service helped a family living in Westminster and prayed together with Bishop John to ask God to continue to help those most vulnerable and in need. It was a wonderful experience and we really enjoyed being in such a beautiful Cathedral…

Outside the cathedral, we met Clover the donkey!

After the class had eaten their lunch, they went along to see the Archbishops House but unfortunately were not able to see Cardinal Vincent Nichols!

It was a wonderful trip and thank you to Hanna’s, Matilda’s and Joseph’s mum who helped us on the trip! We are very grateful to you.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

Home Learning:

  • Learn the words to the Advent songs for the Key Stage Two Advent Service on Wednesday 6th December at 7pm. Click on the link below to see the music link and words to our class song.

Candle of Hope – Philippines

  • Our Class Egyptian Day is on Monday 11th December when the children are invited to dress up for the day.

Friday 10th November, 2023

The focus this week has been remembrance.  The children brought in photos and pictures of loved ones and wrote the names of family members and friends who have died and as a class we had an act of worship to pray for them in class and outside.  The children showed such reverence during this time and we thank Grace, Noemi, Iustin and Hugo who lead us in prayer. We also took part in a school pilgrimage today, where we went from class to class and looked at their remembrance displays.


In Maths we have continued with our work on addition and subtraction using the Think 10 and Think 100 method.  The children particularly enjoyed the dice game of Zero the Hero!

In PE we have begun our topic of gymnastics looking at travelling and balancing.  The children worked hard in their groups using the PE apparatus in the Main Hall.

In English we have been looking at providing evidence for our answers when reading. We thought about what opinions we have of the spider and the fly and why we have them.

In Recorders we have begun learning for our recorder concert.  There are a number of things occurring in Year 3 this half term.  Please put these dates in your diaries:

Tuesday 21st November: Class Trip to the Science Museum for a Music Workshop

Wednesday 29th November: Class Trip to Westminster Cathedral to participate in the Advent Service.

Monday 11th December: Egyptian Day in school (The children will be transported to Ancient Egypt and are asked to dress up in their best Egyptian outfits in preparation for their day of learning all about the Ancient Egyptians!)

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

Home Learning:

Spellings on spellingshed


TTRs…log on and practise your timestables!

Friday 3rd November, 2023

Although this week’s weather has meant a change in lunchtime routine, the children have enjoyed their time inside and outside using the school hall as another area to enjoy playtime where table tennis, lego and drawing are available to them as well.

In Maths the children have moved from working on mental addition using ‘think 10’ to ‘think 100’ and are learning to explore the various ways this strategy can assist them in mental addition.

In English, we have been using the poem ‘The Spider and the Fly’ to build up our grammatical understanding. We have begun by familiarising ourselves with the text by performing it.

In art, the children have spent time using clay to make their 3D art sculpture of their favourite Roald Dahl character…here are some examples.  Can you spot Matilda/the tortoise from Esio Trot/the crocodile?  Next week, the children will spend time painting their sculptures when they are dry.


In Recorders, the children have been revising the notes learnt last half term and we hope to be ready for a small concert to show you nearer Christmas.  Date of concert T.B.C.  This week Corrado, the Italian teacher, spent time teaching the children about the seasons and numbers 1-20.

Today in science, we investigated if having longer legs meant you could jump further. We will look at our results next week.

In the month of November, we remember people who have died. If you know some who has died, please send in their photograph (write their name on the back) so we can include them in our daily prayers and add their name/picture to our class prayer corner.

Thank you.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Enjoy the fireworks!


Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines


Home Learning

Spellings have been set on spelling shed. Print outs of the spellings for this half term will be given out on Monday. You can also download them here.

Mathletics and TTRS.

Friday 20th October, 2023

Our final week of the half term has been jam-packed with learning all about Pakistan. We were so impressed with the quality of your home learning and research- well done, Year 3! You came with so much knowledge to our lessons.Throughout the week, we explored this country in a variety of ways. We have learnt about its geography: the population, currency, mountains, lakes and rivers. We have discovered its music and dancing; a link to balaay, balaay can be found below! We also spent time learning about famous Pakistani people, like Malala Yousafazi and Afraqat Ali Khan.  A real highlight was the cooking. Year 3 made some chapatis with the help of Ariela’s mum and alongside this the children ate chicken biryani, kebab and sweet rice made by Ariela’s mum. What a treat that was! Added to this they sampled Mango juice and Guava juice.

Today they also sampled Asian snacks which disappeared very quickly!  This treat came after they performed a wonderful class assembly.  Thank you for supporting your child with their words which they learnt well.

It was a pleasure to meet with so many of you at parents evening on a Tuesday and Thursday. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your children over the past half term and look forward to continuing to work with you over the coming year.


Have a wonderful half term.Mrs lines and Mrs McNamara



Ballay Ballay 

The children were shown dance moves to this beautiful song.

Dil Se Pakistan    (Heart, heart Pakistan)

Friday 6th October 2023

Our English learning this week has involved using the present perfect tense. We took sections of The Tortoise and the Hare story in the simple past and changed them into the present perfect. Take a look at our freeze frames that we used to develop our ideas for writing.

In Science we improved our knowledge about nutrients and developed our teamwork skills. In groups, the children looked at what nutrients give to our body and they then presented what they had learned.

On Tuesday the children met Corrado who will be coming into year 3 to teach the children Italian once a week. In Maths the children have worked hard on reinforcing their understanding of counting on in ones, tens, hundreds and back in ones, tens and hundreds. The children have played many games to assist them in their understanding.


In our history this week the children have looked at the structure of the Egyptian society and wrote about the role of the vizier, the chief treasurer and the general of armies who were the important officials who carried out the orders of the Pharaohs.

In art, the children looked at ‘exaggeration’ using the many pictures created by Quentin Blake as inspiration.  I was bowled away by their artistic skills in this task.

Well done to the children who took part in the Golf competition this week at the Furzefield.  They wore their medals with such pride.

Mr Gavin Nicola, our guitar teacher, also wanted to let all parents know that he has spaces available if your child is interested in taking up guitar as a musical instrument. He led a concert this week and the children listened attentively and took part with such enthusiasm. He has asked that if you are interested to get in touch with the school office and he would get back in touch with you.

Have a restful weekend.

Mrs Lines and Mrs McNamara


Home Learning

Spellings on spelling shed

Log onto Hit The Button [click on number bonds, then click on number bonds to 10, then number bonds to 20 and up to 100 if the children would like to challenge themselves!!].

Log onto Paint the Squares [Click on 1 – 120.  Go to Paint a Puzzle and try finding the missing numbers when you click on Lines, Crosses and then Patterns.  Try each one five times,  clicking new each time.]

Log onto Mathletics and complete the tasks set.





Friday 29th September, 2023

This week, the children have been continuing with their work in Maths on regrouping.


In English, we have been building up our understanding of newspapers and the features of the genre. Next week we will explore that grammar aspects of writing this type of recount.

In PE the focus on dodging has continued and the class have been learning to shield a ball from an opponent and turn in different ways whilst in possession.

A highlight this week was in RE the children worked in groups and looked at the symbols used during the liturgy of the Eucharist. They dressed the altar and explained what each item is and means.


Home Learning:

Mathletics and TTRs – please log onto TTRS (Timestable Rockstars) every day to improve your knowledge of your timestables.

Spellings are set on spellingshed

Friday 22nd September, 2023

Another week has whizzed by!


In Maths the children have been working hard in their fluency lessons revising number work and place value.  In Maths lessons the children have continued in building upon their place value understanding to notice what changes and what does not when they count in ones, tens and hundreds from a given number within the number range.
They have been provided with a variety of opportunities to represent numbers in different ways
using resources, pictorially, using language and symbols.

Our English unit has come to an end with the children completing their own fables. They have thought carefully about the conjunctions and speech dialogue to create some wonderful pieces. Next week, we will move on to our next genre: newspaper reports. These will be based on The Tortoise and the Hare so you could refresh your memory of the story:–ks2-aesops-fables-the-hare-and-the-tortoise/zbmj92p

Our RE learning has been focused on the Sacraments of initiation. The children looked at symbols of each of them and what they mean. We also learnt about the four parts of the mass. It would be wonderful for them to see each of these in the handout at mass on Sunday.

In PE the children have been working on developing their skills of dodging and in French learnt the names of various parts of their bodies.  We finished the lesson by learning the ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’ song in french which they really enjoyed.  The Egyptians is a well liked topic and as such, we have learnt two new songs: Two piles of stones and Tutankhamun. ( This song, with its distinctive Egyptian flavour, introduces the legendary child king Tutankhamun.) The children have learnt how the ancient Egyptian civilisation began and have begun to learn about the Kingdoms of Egypt.

As part of our cup stacking team building activity, the children have been busy practising building a pyramid stack and pairs competed against others in the class to find out who could stack the quickest!  If your child asks you for 6 cups, make sure they are not breakable!

This afternoon we were treated to a panto performance in the hall. What a great way to end the week!


Can we remind you to ensure that your child’s reading book is in their bag as a number of children forgot their reading logs and reading books this week.  Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara   Mrs Lines

Home Learning this week:

Mathletics  Activities with a focus on Place Value have been set.

TTRs Log onto account and practise.

Spellings on spellingshed.


Friday 15th September, 2023

It was lovely to see many of you at Meet the Teacher meeting yesterday afternoon.  The information shown and handed out yesterday is on the Year 3 Class Page. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

This week, the children have been busy with their learning!

In Maths, the children have been continuing with a variety of opportunities to represent numbers in different
ways using resources, pictorially, using language and symbols. These opportunities have allowed them to experience playful regrouping (partitioning) to strengthen their understanding of place value. They fully immersed themselves in the games they have been learning too.



In English, we have continued our learning on fables and have worked hard to tell one by using a storymap. We have also been considering our conjunctions and trying to use a range of them. The children were fantastic in picking out why certain animals are chosen in fables and could see the themes such as ‘sly foxes’ and ‘loyal dogs’. We investigated a set of fables and looked for evidence of the characters through what they said and did.

In PE the class have started to look at invasion skills and worked together to support their trio/group with the set activities to complete.

This week we have also continued with our music lessons in learning the recorder.  They each have learnt how to hold the recorder and have played alongside some lovely musical pieces remembering the note B and reading the musical score whilst following the tune.

We have begun our French Unit and learnt ways to greet people using: bonjour, bonsoir, bonne-nuit and salut!

In Art, the children have been introduced looking at the work of artists Inbal Leitner and Rosie Hurley to see how they use their sketchbooks to develop characters and refine ideas.  The class then responded by filling a couple of pages in their sketchbooks with visual notes about what they were thinking and seeing. Some of the class explained why they had sketched their ideas and as a class, the children looked at each others’ ideas, an activity which they clearly enjoyed.

In RE, we reflected on how our new Reception class feels about starting a new school and how we want them to feel about being at Pope Paul. The children shared beautiful ideas about how we can make them feel welcome and have a sense of belonging through our words, actions and symbols. This was a great start to thinking about initiation and the sacraments of our church.

Home Learning has been set in:

Mathletics-  Log onto your account and complete the tasks set.

TTRs – log on and try your hand at your times tables!

Spellings on spellingshed



Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines.

Items handed out yesterday at the Meet the Teacher meeting.  

Year 3 Autumn Overview 2023              Meet the Teacher powerpoint            Year 3 Booklist