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Hawthorn Y3

Year 3


Miss McGillicuddy




Summer Term


Welcome to our class page. We hope you will find it useful and it will let you know what we are currently learning about in school. 

Teacher Bio

My name is Miss McGillicuddy and I have been teaching Hawthorn class this year. In my spare time I love playing netball and singing in choirs. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into our learning this term again.


Mrs Stewart will continue to support our class full time.

Class Routines

Our main classroom door for the start and end of the school day is the Hawthorn playground door.


Our regular PE days are as follows:

Outdoor PE - Wednesday 

Indoor PE - Friday

On these days children should come to school in PE kit.


Our regular library days this term will be on a Monday.

On these days children should bring in their library book if they want to swap them. 


The Library is also open for Year 3 students during Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes. 

Current Learning:

This half term our curriculum learning is all about Super Science and this surrounds the Big Question 'How has science shaped out world today?' For full details of this unit, have a look at our Topic Overview and Knowledge Organiser below.


At the moment, we are particularly focusing on this learning:


Writing: Instruction

               Exploring vocabulary

               Developing our use of different sentence structures


Reading: Class Novel - 'the Iron Man' by Ted Hughes

               Linked reading - Sikism texts, Science texts


Maths: Time


Science: Understanding how sound is made and travels in sound waves, how magnets repel and attract, how to make an electrical circuit and what materials are conductor and insulators.


PE: Athletics


RE: Sikism


French: Je me presente... Introducing myself...


Art: Exploring shadowology and taking inspiration from Vincent Bal



Our expectations for homework are as follows:

Reading: Reading aloud with an adult progressing to more independent reading as often as possible, with a minimun expectation of 4 times a week.

Spellings: Children should be able to spell all words on the Statutory Word Lists for Years 3/4 by the end of Year 4 so please learn a few at a time.

Times Tables: Children should know 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 times table by the end of Year 3.

Project: Each half term, children are expected to complete a project that is linked to their current topic.


See the link below for Homework Guidance for this half term.

Other Recommended Websites:


Read Theory

Reading Games



Spelling Frame - activities to practise spelling patterns and rules



The Quest of Comma Castle

Spelling and Grammar








Times Table Rockstars

Top Marks 7-11

Radius of the Lost Arc


Word Problems

Maths Playground -you'll need paper ready for your working out!


Problem Solving and Reasoning

Nrich - mathematical games and problems


Number bonds (number bonds to 10 ONLY)



Addition and Subtraction




Last term in Hawthorn we did lots of work to do with the Great Britain and had lots of fun on our whole school themed days.


Here are some pictures of the children to show you what they did in class. 

In Art, the children created a piece of Anglo-Saxon inspired jewelry out of the clay and then painted them in different colours. 

In History, the children acted out the Anglo-Saxon invasion into Britain. 

In Maths, we looked at money in which the children used plastic money in lessons and during a shop style activity. Also, the children collected class results which they collated in a bar chart. 

At the end of the first term on the last lesson of learning about Great Britain, the children made 3D British landmarks out of card from nets. 

On the last week of term before the Easter break. The children spent lots of time learning about scones, trying different ingredients that can be included in scones, designed packaging for the scones and ultimately making their own scones. 


Additionally, this term we have has many themed whole school days in which the children did different activities. Some of these included:

World Book Day - all the children dressed up in amazing costumes and the class spent the whole day doing different activities related to learning to love reading. 

Red Nose - all the children dress up in red clothes and worked in groups to create sculptures out of lego for their red noses.