Class 3 (Barnowls) 2021 - 2022

Mrs Gibson




Welcome to class 3. We are the Barn owls and are Year 3 and 4

Our staff

  Mrs Gibson is our class teacher and we are fortunate to have Miss Hay, Mrs Heald, Mrs Critchley and Mrs Hudson to support us with our learning.

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Below is some useful information relating to our year in Barn owls and your child's learning. However, if you have any queries or questions please don't hesitate to contact me

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Autumn term

Welcome to our new Year 3 Barn owls and welcome back to our returning Year 4 Barn owls,it will take a while for Mrs Gibson to remember our new class name!

Our first few weeks will be focused on settling in to our new class and new classroom together.

Our Christian values for this term are thankfulness and friendship

Trust,feeling comfortable with each other's company,being able to share joys and sorrows are things of immense value.True friendship enables each person to grow and ensures the unique individulity of each person is recognised.All this echoes the value placed by God on the preciousness of each person.

‘Do for others what you would want them to do for you; this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets'

General information

  • Please tied up long hair.
  • Please have a bottle of water at school every day. This can be refilled as necessary.
  • Please bring a small school bag, reading book and reading record every day.
  • Please return your homework book on or before Wednesday for marking. Homework will be sent out on a Friday.
  • All school uniform needs to be named but particularly jumpers and cardigans. 
  • PE is timetabled for Wednesday and will be outside whenever possible. Please add a jumper, trousers and gloves as we will still go outside. 
  • Forest School will be alternative Fridays and warm clothes and waterproofs will be needed even in warmer weather

Our class novel for this half-term is 'The boy at the back of the class' by Onjali Rauf

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As readers and writers, we will be using Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman as our class text. We will focus on letter writing,poetry,non-chronolgical reports and description. Our daily routine will include spelling and grammar sessions, guided reading and handwriting practise.




We will be focusing on the Pathways to Spell scheme as part of our english lessons. The children will be supported to use  different techniques to help with spellings within their work ,they will also be concentrating on spelling common exception words used regularly. 



We will be using the White Rose Hub to support our planning. As mathematicians,the children will learn through concrete experiences moving onto pictorial and abstract methods as their confidence builds.They will also be expected to use their learning to reason about maths and solve problems. 

During the autumn term we will focus on number and place value, addition and subtraction , multiplication and division.



As scientists,we will aim to develop our knowledge and understanding, scientific skills and measuring and recording abilities.  Our learning will be around forces and magnets and we will research the work of William Gilbert to help us answer our question 'What are magnetic materials, how can we find out?'

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 History and Geography

Our autumn term topic has a history focus as we look at the legacy of the Ancient Greeks and use our skills as historians to find out why people today still study the Ancient Greeks and find out how historians know so much about people who lived over 2,500 years ago.

As geographers, we will look at where the Greek islands fit into our world map and discuss how the physical geography of Greece impacted on the development of the Ancient Greeks. We will also have our continuous provision area to explore and extend our learning.

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Our RE work continues to use the Chester Diocese and Understanding Christianity planning.  These plans are built around 11 key Christian concepts and will be revisited and explored in different ways each year.  We will look at what Jesus taught usn about God and discuss how Christians use symbols to discuss what God is like.

Our collective worship and classroom reflective area will also encourage the children to reflect on the Christian values and their learning in RE.



Our PE will concentrate on competitive games and dance. We will look at how we can develop our skills and improve ourselves as players. Barn owls will also have swimming lessons to be arranged through the year. 


Art and Design

Our art will focus on cultural capital, each of our children has thier own heritage,background and experience and knowledge which links to their wider experiences and our art will explore these demonstrating their cultural awareness and competence.

As artists, we will become sculptors, making our own Greek vases and creating our own designs to reflect ourselves and linking with modern sculptures such as Emre Can.



We will continue with My Happy Mind this year which helps the children to understand how the brain works, teaches them exercises to help them feel calm and helps them to develop positivity.  We will also explore a range of ideas about healthy lifestyles and feelings through stories and games and discuss some ideas through P4c sessions and explore what it means to be part of a global community.



Homework will be sent out on Friday to be returned on or before the following Wednesday.  We expect each piece to take about 20 minutes.  Please come and see us if there are any difficulties or write a note on the piece of work.


English – Focusing on basic skills and new techniques used within our writing

Math - Focusing on skills and methods learnt in our maths lessons, including our KIRFs.

Spelling – Linked to spelling sessions.

Reading – 5-10 minutes each night



Possible trips & visitors

In the current circumstances it is necessary to limit trips and visitors but we hope to arrange one after half term. 

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