Coach Road, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7TE

01946 696959

St Begh's Catholic Junior School

Welcome to Year 3!

Miss McLean & Mrs. Hufton.




This term our topic is the the History of Whitehaven.





Our focus texts for this term are:

The works of Beatrix Potter, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Rhonda and David Armitage and The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman.

We will be covering the year group objectives by producing; biographies, diaries, stories, advertisement, character descriptions and non-chronological reports.


A major grammar focus this term will be to use speech punctuation and connectives to extend sentences. We will be creating a rich vocabulary in our writing and work on evaluating the effectiveness of our own and others’ writing.


Children will be taught how to use a dictionary to check the meaning of words and prepare poems and plays to read aloud. They will retrieve and record information from non-fiction books.



Our history topic for the first half term is Our Local Area, focusing particularly on the harbour. We will kickstart our topic with a visit to the Beacon Museum where we will be taking part in the town harbour trail .

We will be investigating how the harbour changed over time with a particular focus upon the fishing trade..



We will be covering the following objectives:

Numbers and calculation

  • Learn the 3,4 & 8 x tables
  • Develop mental methods for addition and subtraction
  • Use written column addition and subtraction
  • Solve number problems, including multiplication and division

Geometry and Measurement

  • Measure and calculate using metric measures
  • Measure simple perimeter
  • Add and subtract using money
  • Calculate simple time problems
  • Draw 2-d/ Make 3-d shapes
  • Identify and use right angles
  • Identify horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel lines

Fractions and decimals

  • Use and count in tenths
  • Recognise, find and write fractions
  • Recognise some equivalent fractions
  • Add, subtract and order fractions


  • Interpret bar charts and pictograms



Art/ D&T: 


On Monday afternoons throughout the term children will be taking part in lessons delivered by Daniel, our Sports Plus coach. Could you please ensure that your child has a labeled P.E kit (including names written on the inside of P.E pumps) at all times. This can be taken home at half term to be laundered.

The children have commenced their block of 10 swimming sessions (The last session will be on 20th March). Please remember to supply your child with their swimming kit every Monday.



  Pencil cases

Please remember to leave pencil cases at home. They will come in handy for completing homework tasks and we will supply everything the children need in class. 



The most important work that needs to be done at home is regularly listening to your child read and sharing books. Children need to get into the habit of bringing their books into school and placing them into the basket so that we can change books when they finish them . Don't forget to write in your child's reading record so that we know that they have finished their book. We will collect in reading records to be checked every Monday. Also please remind your child to hand in their weekly homework tasks every Monday. Rewards will be given for completed tasks.

Children can also access Lexia at home, an online reading programme. See link below. Your teacher will give you your login details if you have lost them.


Mathletics is set weekly on a Monday. We encourage the children to complete these activities at home. Please let your class teacher know if you cannot access Mathletics and we will make provisions in school. Your teacher can give you a copy of your login details if you have lost them.