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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 - 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 Great Britain and this surrounds the Big Question 'What makes Great Britain 'great'?' 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 Highland Falcon Thief' by M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman.


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

In Maths, we will be continuing our learning of multiplication and division. These lessons will involve learning new times tables (3, 4 and 8) and using concrete resources to support this learning.


In our English lessons this term, we will be exploring adventure narrative. We will be using a model entry about an adventure based in Durdle Door to develop our descriptive skills which can be used when writing our own adventure narrative.


In curriculum lessons we will be focusing on History and Geography related to Great Britain. In Art we will be creating clay sculptures based on the Anglo Saxon jewelry style and in RE we are learning more about Sikism.



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




This term in Hawthorn we have been doing lots of work to do with the Stone Age and creating sculptures using natural materials outside. 

Here are some picture of the children to show you what they have been doing. 

In Art, the class used natural materials outside to made sculptures based on Andy Goldsworthy 'land art' style.

In Science, we focused on rocks (particularly fossils) and the children had a go at sketching some on them. 

In computing, the children had a go at making a magazine front cover layout using Publisher on the computers.   

At the end of the term, the class did an exit point afternoon about The Stone Age where they concluded all of their learning and presented a showcase to the other classes in the phase. They created some Stone Age cave paintings, did some weaving using paper, made some Stone Age jewelry out of card and created a stone age landscape using natural materials. 


Also, this half-term at school there has been many themed days related to different significant events, for example remembrance day and Diwali.

To celebrate remembrance day our class created poppies out of pastel and pencils.

To celebrate Diwali some children drew colourful designs from chalk on the playground at break time.