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Bernadette Soubirous was born in Lourdes, France to Francois and Louise Casterot who were very poor. She was the oldest of six children but was frail and often sick. On Thursday, February 11, 1859, around the time of her First Communion, Bernadette was sent with her younger sister and a friend to gather firewood. And this is the story she had to tell, which was taken from a letter she wrote:

"I had gone down one day with two other girls to the bank of the river Gave when suddenly I heard a kind of rustling sound. I turned my head toward the field by the side of the river, but the trees seemed quite still and the noise was evidently not from them. Then I looked up and caught sight of the cave where I saw a lady wearing a lovely white dress with a bright belt. On top of each of her feet was a pale yellow rose, the same colour as her rosary beads. At this I rubbed my eyes, thinking I was seeing things, and I put my hands into the fold of my dress where my rosary was. I wanted to make the sign of the cross, but for the life of me I couldn't manage it, and my hand just fell down. Then the lady made the sign of the cross herself, and at the second attempt I managed to do the same, though my hands were trembling. Then I began to say the rosary while the lady let her beads clip through her fingers, without moving her lips. When I stopped saying the Hail Mary, she immediately vanished."

The beautiful lady who appeared to Bernadette above a rosebush in the grotto of Massabielle was God's Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. She appeared to Bernadette eighteen times and spoke with her. She told Bernadette that she should pray for sinners and do penance. The Lady also told her to have a chapel built there in her honor. Many people did not believe Bernadette when she spoke of her vision. She had to suffer very much. But one day Our Lady told Bernadette to dig in the mud. As she did, a spring of water began to flow. The next day it continued to grow larger and larger. Many miracles happened when people began to use this water. When Bernadette was older, she became a sister. She was always very humble and did not want to be praised. She did not want to receive special treatment just because she had actually seen the Blessed Virgin. Although her own health was poor, she helped care for the sick and elderly sisters. She died in 1879 at the age of thirty-six. Her last words were: "Holy Mary, pray for me, a poor sinner."


Tuesday 10th December

          We have been studying the life of the ancient Egyptian all term and as a way of celebrating all of our hard work and new knowledge which we have gained, we have had an Ancient Egyptian day. We have found out more about the life of some very famous Pharaohs like Tutankhamun and have understood the process of what happened to an Ancient Egyptian person when they died.

          We all had so much fun being dressed up and we even got to learn some very exciting Egyptian dance moves. The children were able to make their own Egyptian pyramid as well as create their own mystery messages using the hieroglyphics. 


Panto Pandomonium



Welcome to Year 3 St Bernadette's website page. 

During the forthcoming term the focus in particular is on the quality and presentation of the children’s work in all subjects.    

As you are aware, we aim to develop thinking skills at St Mary’s to assist the children in their current and future learning.  Regular reference is made during lessons to Edward De Bono’s Thinking Hats, Habits of Mind and Thinking Maps.  Ask your child to tell you about which one/s they have used in class today!

This newsletter gives details on the areas of the curriculum to be covered during the spring term. PE sessions will be on Tuesdays.   As usual, hair needs to be tied back and no earrings should be worn on P.E. days.   Please ensure that your child has a complete P.E. kit in school, with correct size plimsolls and all items clearly labelled with their name.   Please continue to send in boxes of tissues so they are always available for the children to use in class.  Many thanks to those of you who responded to this request in the autumn!


We continue to use De Bono’s Thinking Hats, Habits of Mind and a variety of Thinking Maps to develop the children’s thinking skills.  Over the coming weeks, ask your child to draw one of the thinking maps and explain how we use them or what the habit of mind is for the week!


We look forward to working in partnership with you and your child this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss anything.


We have discussed the rules that we feel will help the children to learn and work in a happy and positive environment. Additionally, the rules reflect the ethos and mission statement of St. Mary’s school. These will be displayed in our classroom. The school’s rewards and sanctions for good and bad behaviour have also been discussed with the children and displayed in the classroom.


Spellings, X Tables, Literacy, Numeracy, Mental Maths and Handwriting homework will be given every Wednesday to be handed in on Monday of the next week. Your child can hand in their homework earlier if they wish.   The purpose of the homework is to reinforce learning that has taken place in class. It is also an opportunity for you to see what your child is learning.  Each week the work will be explained and we will discuss any questions that they may have. The weekly spelling test will take place during the week to allow your child to practise the spelling pattern that they have focused on in lessons. Please ensure your child has practised and learnt their spellings during the week.  Other homework may also be given relating to either RE, Science or history if required.


Now that the children are moving into KS2, a greater emphasis will be placed on being more independent and responsible. Your child’s homework is therefore an opportunity for them to take responsibility themselves; ensuring homework is always completed and handed in on time. 




Topics to be covered this term:

Counting, partitioning and calculating

Securing number facts and understanding shape

Handling data and measures

Calculating, measuring and understanding shape

Securing number facts, relationships and calculating.

In addition:  daily multiplication tables practice and weekly mental maths test.



Reading Collaborative reading groups to develop confidence and fluency of reading skills.

Big Writing – develop beginnings to stories, plot developments and endings. Improve use of adjectives. To develop writing different styles e.g. diary entries, recounts, poetry, letters and descriptions.

Grammar, Punctuation – on going revision and consolidation of capital letters, full stops, speech marks, commas, question marks, exclamation marks etc.

Weekly spellings – to develop children’s store of vocabulary. Each week follow a different spelling pattern.

Handwriting – exercises to practise and improve letter formation, presentation. We will focus on writing words which we have been studying for our spelling focus. 


In this unit, children will learn to:

  • Identify and describe the functions of different plants and flowering plants, roots, stems/trunk, leaves and flowers.

  • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.

  • Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.

  • Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.


Working Scientifically:

  • Ask relevant questions; use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.

  • Set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.

  • Identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.

  • Make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using standard units; use a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers.

  • Record findings use simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables.

  • Report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentation of results and conclusions.



Have a look at our Ducklings!

History- The Egyptians:

In this topic children will learn about modern day Egypt. They will learn about the geography of Egypt and compare it to Ancient Egypt using atlases

Children will conduct independent research to find information about how the Egyptians lived their lives. They will learn about Egyptian beliefs and religious practices and find out about the ceremonies which took place when an Egyptian died.


 (Link with Literacy, ICT, Art and D&T)

 Linking Dance Actions

In this unit, children explore basic body actions e.g. jumping, shapes, travel and use different parts of their body to make movements. They create and repeat short dances inspired by themes.  

The children will be learning French each week where they will be taught vocabulary to help them begin to converse with each other. They will be focusing in particular on learning vocablulary about: members of the family, parts of the body; the weather; vocabulary connected with school work and the curriculum.

In the Beginning:

In this unit, children will be learning about the Creation stories in the Bible focusing on Genesis. They will be comparing creation stories from other cultures and learning why it is important to look after God’s world.

From Advent to Christmas:

In this unit, the children will:

  • Describe and explain the reasons for the preparations for Christmas.

  • Explaining some of the signs and symbols used in the Church during Advent.

  • Explaining the significance of Jesus’ birth for us Christians.


The children will spend a week exploring the Jewish faith. They will be understanding the roots of the religion and any similarities it has with Christianity. They will be looking at how the Torah is essential in the lives of the Jewish people and which days are regarded as special or holy. 



We have been learning about another faith: Judaism


This term the children will be covering three units of coding work:

  • Starter unit

  • Sequencing and Animation

  • Conditional Events

The children will be building up their knowledge of how computer programming works.

They will be experimenting ways of programming commands to make bubbles pop on the screen

And make an alien move up and down.



Egyptian Art:

In this unit, the children will explore the artwork from the Egyptian era. They will use different media such as: paint, water colours and clay to create pieces of art inspired by Egyptian art. This unit links to the History unit of The Egyptians so the children will have a good background understanding of the artist’s inspiration.

D&T- Egyptian Hieroglyphic Hanging:

The children will be revising and learning sewing skills to help them sew a patch for bunting for the Egyptian wall hanging. They will be using a variety of stitches in order to create the patterns on the material and ensure that in the design process, they look at ways of creating a patch which will be durable as well as aesthetically pleasing. 


(Link to Geography, Art and English.)

(Link to Geography, Art and English.)

This term the children will be learning to play the recorder during their lessons, to include:

-history of the instrument;

-care of the instrument;

-reading music notation;

-writing music notation.

A tutor from the EASS will be coming to teach the children. 


New Beginnings:

In this theme, children will learn:

  • To recognise their worth as individuals

  • To face new challenges positively

  • Why and how rules and laws are made and enforced

  • That there are different kinds of responsibilities, rights and duties at home, school and in the community

  • To reflect on spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues

  • That their actions affect themselves and others

  • To be aware of different types of relationships

  • To realise the nature and consequences of racism, teasing, bullying and aggressive behaviours

Getting On And Falling Out:       

In this theme, children will learn:

  • To talk, write and explain their views

  • To face new challenges positively

  • To research and debate topical issues

To realise the consequences of antisocial behaviour



We continue to use De Bono’s Thinking Hats, Habits of Mind and a variety of Thinking Maps to develop the children’s thinking skills.  Over the coming weeks, ask your child to draw one of the thinking maps and explain how we use them or what the habit of mind is for the week!

Visual Maps
The children are now using visual tools in all areas of their learning. These tools help the children map out their ideas and organize their thinking.


We look forward to working in partnership with you and your child this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss anything.

 Thank you in advance for your support,

Mrs Falzone
















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