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Hawthorn Y3

Year 3


Miss McGillicuddy




Autumn 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 will be teaching Hawthorn class this year! In my spare time I love playing netball and singing in choirs. I studied at the University of Brighton where I trained to become a teacher. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into our learning this term and getting to know you all!

Mrs Stewart will be supporting our class full time from September.

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 - Tuesday 

Indoor PE - Wednesday

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

Our First Week:

During the first week of this school term each year group will be exploring a different country from around the world. We will be learning about Russia! 


Our learning during this week will focus on our school's curriculum drivers (see below). We will be researching geographical features to write a fact file, as well as immersing ourselves in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. We will learn the story, create masks to act it out and learn all about the musical instruments that represent each character. We will end the week by using instruments to create our own animal story, and have a go at making a set of Russian Dolls!


Current Learning:

This half term our curriculum learning is all about The Stone Age and this surrounds the Big Question 'How could you survive the Stone Age?' For full details of this unit, have a look at our Topic Overview and Knowledge Organiser below.


Our class novel this half term will be 'The Wild Robot' by Peter Brown.


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

In Maths we will be starting our learning on place value. These lessons will involve exploring the value of 3 digit numbers, ordering and comparing numbers of different amounts and using concrete resources to support this learning.


In our English lessons this term we will be exploring short stories. We will be using the Stone Age Boy book to increase our knowledge of the Stone Age before using these ideas to write our own versions.


In curriculum lessons we will be focusing on history and learning lots about The Stone Age as well as learning about Sikhism in RE.



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