Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School

A Newman Partnership School within the Diocese of Portsmouth

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Class Three

Welcome to the Class Three - Oak Class web page!

Our teachers are Mrs Pepin (Monday - Wednesday) and Mrs Knott (Thursday - Friday). Our classroom assistant is Mrs Hillyar.

Last updated Friday 18th January

The children are now helping to create our class page so some of the writing about the learning will be theirs.

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Our big question for this term is: How does change happen?

We will be using this to explore change in lots of different situations. In science we will be focusing on the changes that occur in states of matter and in literacy we are looking at how characters in stories change and how people can change the world. There will also be the opportunity to explore change in the world and thinking about changes we would like to make. It's a great topic that has already captured their imaginations. 

Home learning project

The children have taken home a home learning project sheet for this half term. There are lots of ideas of the different things that could be done. If you are stuck, please come in and we will be able to help you out.

The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells

This week we have finished reading our class book The Ice Palace. All of our literacy so far has been based on this book. Next week we are going to be writing our own quest stories using this book as inspiration. Everybody really enjoyed it and as a class we recommend it as we thought the action in it was amazing and it was a story really well written. There are some quite scary bits in in though so might not be suitable for younger children!


We have been exploring the different elements needed to create our own quest story. This week we have looked at the importance of setting and the sorts of dilemma a character might face. These will be important for our own story writing. How to use speech effectively has also been looked at with lots of work taking place in groups using sugar paper. Some of it is quite tricky to remember!


To help remember what we need for speech punctuation we use the following acronym:

Speech marks (inverted commas)

Capital letter

Actual words spoken

Punctuation , . ! ? ...

Speech marks (inverted commas)

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This week we have been looking at strategies to help learn our tables. The two we have focused on is doubling and halving, and using facts we already know to work out other ones. Both of these are really great strategies that can support the children well. 


The children had to match a question with an answer and then find the known fact that could be used to help work it out - it made our brains hurt a bit! This will be looked at next week as well as it's such an important tool for the children to have. 

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The document below shows which tables need to be learnt in which year group and you will see that it isn't as daunting as you might think!

Recommended books

Mrs Knott started this off this week bringing in her new Harry Potter 3D Guide to Hogwarts book. She was so excited about! It was agreed to be a pretty awesome book but maybe a bit fragile for some houses...


She also showed off her other new book Inside the Villains which explore the inside of 3 common villains in fairy tales. It was great to explore all the little bits of detail each picture had.

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This half term we will be looking at states of matter.


How do we know gas is there?

A few children were a bit concerned that we would have gas in school for this lesson and then realised that gas is already surrounding us! The number of gases the children could name was very impressive. We spent sometime talking about why gas is important and then carried out a few investigations that proved gas is there even though we can't see it.

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We found out that gas weighs something by using balloons which were inflated and deflated as well as weighing how much a bottle of sparkling water was before and after we got rid of as much gas as we could. 


Blowing bubbles showed that we can capture gas and then we used our sense of smell proving that vapour travels. 

Wednesday afternoons

This half term the children will be learning geography skills with Mrs Mayo. This will include learning to use atlases and finding out all about the world. 


Art will take place with Mrs Sampson where the children will learn different techniques using artists for inspiration. 


Mrs Hillyar will be helping the children create their own, sewn section for a whole school wall hanging. 

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Our PE days continue to be on Tuesday and Friday but children will need their trainers everyday for the golden mile. Please make sure your child has their full PE kit in school for the whole week.

We continued with tennis this week had a go with carrying out a rally with our partner. There were balls flying everywhere! Despite the cold, everyone did really well and most of us managed to get a short rally going. 
Well done to our winner of the PE award this week. Good answering of questions and putting in tremendous effort with his partner!
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Knowledge organisers

These contain key information the children need for some of their learning in the coming term. Research has shown that if children are exposed to the knowledge before the learning, and have learnt these facts off by heart, the quality of their learning increases. 


Thank you to everyone who looked at this over the holidays with their child. It gives that little extra boost of confidence during lesson time and gives children the opportunity to focus on the skills.

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How to help with spellings.

Below is a document which shows some of the strategies the children are taught in school to help them learn their spellings. You could try a few with your child and see which ones they really like!

Spelling strategies from No Nonsense Spelling

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