St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School

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Year 3

Recommended Reading List for Year 3:  

Lit in Colour 

Recommended book list of books by authors of colour


Penguin Books and Lit in Colour state that:


Books create belonging. They help us see each other and understand one another. They shine a light on the world.

It’s vital that the books we read in our formative years reflect the rich diversity of the society we live in.


Here at St. Margaret Clitherow, we have a diverse school community - 55.7% of our school children are from a minority ethnic background.  We therefore think it is important that children have access to books that reflect who they are.  Attached is a list of recommended reads put together by Penguin Books.  You can read the research behind the inclusion of books by authors of colour here:https:// 

2023 KS2 Lit in Colour Book List

2022 KS2 Lit in Colour book list

2021 KS2 Lit in Colour book list




Newsletter 14.11.23

Year 3 have had a busy couple of weeks. Thank you to all parents who joined us for our Liturgical prayer last week. The children really enjoyed leading our worship and sharing their work around the first disciples. They shared thoughtful reflections about how we should be ready to follow Jesus and wrote some lovely prayers. In English we have started writing non-chronological reports on the fascinating Pangolin. Whilst in Maths, we have just started multiplication- please keep logging into TTrockstars to support this! In Geography we are looking at climate zones which links to our Science topic around rocks and soils. In French we are learning names for some animals along with some more simple phrases. We have also had some interesting discussions linked with our anti-bullying week along with enjoying wearing odd socks to celebrate how everyone is different. In RE we have continued looking into Catholic Social teaching with themes such as stewardship and human dignity

3.11.2023 Class update

In Year 3, prior to half term we enjoyed the African drumming workshop and linked this to our learning around 'Black History Month' where we creating some beautiful artworks inspired by Lubaina Himid. We have enjoyed a great first week of this half term writing our own holiday brochures in English. The topic of addition and subtraction continues in Maths; we have been looking at exchanging in our 3-digit subtractions. We are starting our Geography topic looking at climate and weather which is perhaps appropriate with the current stormy skies! We are also continuing learning French with a new theme of animals. In Science, we have started a new topic about Rocks and soils.  In RE we are examining the themes around Catholic Social Teaching and how Scripture inspires us to show good stewardship to God's creation. We are also working together to plan our class liturgical prayer for next week.

13.10.23 Update

Year 3 have had a brilliant couple of weeks. We have continued our Pre-history topic looking at the Bronze and Iron Ages. This has inspired our writing around Skara Brae where we are looking at producing a holiday brochure. In Maths we are looking at addition and subtraction. We have continued looking at humans in Science and have investigated a balanced diet. In DT we are busy producing our books with moving parts and using our lovely English stories as inspiration. In RE we have considered the call of the disciples and been busy identifying what qualities we need to be a child of God. Well done year 3 

29.9.23 Class Update

Year 3 have had a busy couple of weeks! We have continued with our Stone Age topic in both English and History. We learned how life changed from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic period and are busy planning and writing our own stories based on a visit to this period in time. In Science we have looked at muscles and bones in the human body. We have also learned numbers to 10 in French and continued to practise greetings. We have continued with place value in maths and are enjoying learning our 3 times table. In RE we have thought about the sacrament of Baptism, exploring the roles and promises made during this sacrament. Everyone enjoyed acting this out in class! Well done year 3.

15.9.23 Class Update:

Year 3 have had an excellent start. We have already settled really well into classroom routines. We have started our first topic looking at the Stone Age in both English and History. We have looked at the human skeleton and thought about its function in Science. Year 3 have also been excited to start learning French with simple greeting. In Maths we are looking at place value and number. In DT we are investigating how to make books with moving parts and done some drawing and creating too! We have also looked at our Mission statement and started thinking about baptism in RE. It was lovely to meet so many parents at our meet the teacher evenings; thank you to all who could attend.

Year 3 Long-term Curriculum

Introduction to year 3















Archived - Class 2022/ 23

Hampton Court Palace Trip Summer 2023

Lino Print Workshop Spring 2023