Class 3 (Barnowls) 2020 - 2021

Mrs Cowell

I have worked at Kingsley St Johns for about 5 years. I work part-time and usually teach maths, science, RE and art/DT.

I enjoy cycling, jigsaws and reading and can often be found building or repairing lego with my daughters.

Mrs Raynor

Welcome to Class 3; Barn owls

We are the Year 3 and Year 4 children who are taught by both Mrs Cowell and Mrs Raynor.  We also welcome Mrs Pickering and Mrs Hudson as part of our support team.


Our staff

      Mrs Cowell

As a part-time member of staff you can expect to see Mrs Cowell all day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.  Mrs Raynor will work on Wednesday morning and all day Thursday and Friday.


Our year ahead

As we return to school after the unusual circumstances of the last few months we look forward to getting to know the Year 2 children who will be joining the class and welcoming back the children who will now be in Year 4.  We will be working hard to ensure key skills in Maths and English are practised and we will be keen to support the mental health of all our learners as they return to school and adjust to the necessary changes in school life.  Throughout the year we will aim to address areas of the curriculum which were missed due to the lockdown.


We are thrilled to well two new children into our class, one Year 3 and one Year 4.  We hope they will quickly settle in to our friendly class and that the children who are familiar with the school will guide them in our routines and expectations.  We look forward to enjoying lots of different activities and experiences together this year.


We continue to focus on our school rules; Ready, Respect and Resilience within school and in our attitudes towards learning and each other. 


As a church school we use the Christian faith as a guide for our values, behaviour and attitudes.  Our first collective worship of the year challenged to think about how changes might make us feel but we were reminded of how Jesus is always the same:


Hebrews 13:8

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.’



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 Tuesday for marking.
  • Please use the reading record for messages if you wish.  It is helpful if your child knows to share the note with the classroom teacher.
  • All school uniform needs to be named but particularly jumpers and cardigans.  A biro pen works well but may need to be refreshed after several washes.
  • The register will be closed at 9:15am.  Children who arrive after this are recorded as late.
  • PE is timetabled for Tuesday and Wednesday and will be outside whenever possible.  Please ensure PE kit is in school each week and is fully named.  Please add a jumper, trousers and gloves in the winter as we will still go outside.  Swimming for this year is still under consideration.



The Curriculum

Here is some information about our Autumn Term curriculum: 



During this term, we will be reading texts based around the Stone Age to support our topic. This will include descriptions and character writing using the technique of ‘show not tell’. They will also look at non chronological reports and poetry.



We will be focusing on the Babcock spelling scheme as part of our Literacy lessons. The children will be aiming to use the different techniques to help with spellings within their work and this is how the children will be assessed. They will also be concentrating on spelling common exception words used regularly. 



We will be using the White Rose Hub to support our planning.  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.


In the autumn term we will begin with place value.  Year 3 will work with numbers up to 999 and Year 4 will extend their number knowledge to 9999.  These numbers will be used in our work on addition and subtraction and then we will explore multiplication and division.  Times tables knowledge is an essential maths skill.  Please can your child continue to practise the counting patterns, times tables and division facts at home.  Y3 must know x2, x5, x10, x3, x4 and x8 by the end of the year.  Y4 must know all these tables and x6, x7 and x9 by the end of the year.  Year 4 are expected to take the Government multiplication tables check in the summer term.



Our science work will aim to develop our knowledge and understanding, scientific skills and measuring and recording abilities.  Our first topic is ‘Animals including humans’ in which we will explore bones, muscles and nutrition.  We will then move on to explore ‘Light’ and ‘Electricity’. 



For the first term, we will be focusing on looking at how Britain changed between The Stone Age and the Iron Age. The children will be researching differences in themes such as homes, clothes and food.



Our RE work continues to use the Chester Diocese 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 some different aspects of Good News, Islam and Incarnation, Christian Community to further explore Christianity and a world faith


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



Our games sessions will focus on striking and fielding games skills.  This will include passing and catching skills using both hands and bats.  The children will play some small games to apply these skills and develop an understanding of how they are used in various sports.


Art and Design

In our art work we will develop our sketching and observation skills and learning about different drawing materials.  We will practise our techniques in some art projects related to our topic and science work. 



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.



Each child will be part of a group working on phonics and/or SPAG (spelling, grammar and punctuation) through regular sessions each week.  Phonics follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ program and each group will learn the graphemes and phonemes for their stage. SPAG will cover the expectations of the National Curriculum relevant to the group.



Homework will be sent out on Thursday to be returned on or before the following Tuesday.  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


Maths – practise of basic skills or new learning, times tables and division facts. Year 3 – x3, x4, x8 by end of year, Year 4 – x6, x7, x9 by end of year


Some homework tasks may be related to our topic or science work or a subject of relevance during the year


Spelling – Linked to phonics group


Reading – 5-10 minutes each night



Possible trips & visitors

In the current circumstances it is necessary to limit trips and visitors until the Spring Term.

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