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Welcome to Desert Class!


Our teacher is Mr Smith


Our TAs are Mrs Usher, Mrs Hossen and Mrs Stanton.


Welcome back to school after the half-term holiday. I hope you all had a good rest and you are ready for an exciting six weeks of learning before the Easter break. As we continue, we have lots of wonderful topics that we will be looking at. I hope you are all recharged and ready to rejoin us on our fantastic learning adventure!

Important dates for this half term:

Thursday 2nd April - Desert Class Assembly at 9.15am

Friday 3rd April - School finishes at 1.30pm for a two week Easter break.

This week our star learners in Desert Class are…




 Our Star of the Week is 





 Our Star Mathematician is 






 Our Star Reader is 






Our Lunchtime star of the week is 




Well done to all of our award winners this week!


Our School Council Representative is Ashton

Our Eco-Council Representative is Alfie

Our Rights Respecting School Representative is  Angela

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Persuasive Writing: we will read the classic poem ‘The Spider and the Fly’ and write a letter to convince the fly why she should or should not enter the Spider’s parlour.

Report Writing:  we will read the Roald Dahl story ‘The Minpins’ and write a report about the fictional creatures, ‘The Minpins’ and their habitat.

Explanations: we will read the book of activities ‘Go Wild in the Woods’

Grammar: expressing time place and cause using prepositions, headings and subheadings, paragraphs and inverted commas for direct speech.

Spelling: we are recapping some of the key spelling rules and sounds that we need to secure for further year 3 spellings.

We will also be reading a range of rich texts that link to our topic


Calculation – use concrete resources and pictures to multiply and divide.

Problem solving – Solve simple multiplication and division problems written in words.

Fractions –  find fractions of discrete and continuous quantities, order and compare fractions with the same denominator.

Big Maths – challenges every week

Understanding Science and Technology

Science: we will learn about different types of rocks and explore where we might find them around the school.

DT:  we will research different insects and use wire to create an exciting insect sculpture.

Understanding the World

Geography: we will be exploring the woodland area in school and identifying the creatures that live in that environment.

RE:  we will be exploring Hindu and Christian ideas about identity, community and religious leadership.

Spanish:  we will ask and answer simple questions in Spanish.

Understanding Arts and Culture

Art: we will practise using charcoal to create some stone age inspired artwork.

Understanding our Health and Well-Being

PE:  we will continue swimming this term and also playing tennis, focusing on moving appropriately in game situations as well as throwing and catching skills

PSHCE: we will be learning about ‘Dreams and Goals’ and how to decide our own steps to success.

Please note the school PE kit consists of:

  • Pale blue PE t-shirt with the school logo on
  • Navy blue shorts (with vertical line pattern)
  • Navy blue jogging bottoms (for outdoor PE during the winter months)
  • Trainers
  • Socks (a different pair from the ones they are wearing to school)

Please ensure that if your child has long hair that this is tied back appropriately on PE days.

Also please make sure that if your child wears earrings, they are also removed on our PE days, thank you.

Wednesday workshop:

We will be holding a weekly workshop where it would be lovely for you to come in and join in with some of the wonderful activities we are doing in Desert Class.

We look forward to seeing you there!


There isn't much written homework expected in Year 3. However you can challenge yourself by:

  • Reading every day
  • Practising your times-tables (you can play TT Rockstars at home)
  • Learning your spellings (ready for the Friday test)
  • Trying different activities on Education City.
  • Keeping your eyes open for new and exciting discoveries you can share at the end of the day in our 'show and tell' time. (We have already examined crystals and learnt how to pick locks!)