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Feast Day: November 22 
Born: around 90 :: Died: around 117

Cecilia was a Roman noblewoman who had given her heart to Christ. Under the rich clothes worn by women of high class, Cecilia wore a rough shirt that caused her suffering. She wanted to be able to offer this sacrifice to Jesus, whose bride she intended to be. But Cecilia's parents gave her in marriage to a young pagan noble, Valerian of Trastevere. Celia is considered the patroness of music because during the wedding celebration, the lovely bride sat apart, singing a hymn of love to God in her heart and praying for his help.

When she and Valerian, her husband, were alone, she gathered up courage and said to him: "I have a secret to tell you. You must know that I have an angel of God watching over me. If you let me keep my promise to be Christ's bride only, my angel will love you as he loves me." Valerian was surprised and said kindly, "Show me this angel. If he comes from God, I will do as you wish." Cecilia said, "If you believe in the one true God and receive the waters of Baptism, then you will see my angel." Valerian went to Bishop Urban and was received with joy. After he had professed his belief in the Christian religion, he was baptized and returned to St. Cecilia. There by the saint's side, the young man saw the splendid angel. The angel placed a crown on each of their heads, and offered Valerian a favor and Valerian asked that his brother also be baptized.

Valerian's brother, Tiburtius, learned of the Christian faith from Cecilia. She spoke so beautifully of Jesus that before long, he too was baptized. Together the two brothers performed many works of charity and mercy, like burying dead Christian martyrs. When they were arrested for being Christians, they went bravely to death rather than give up their new faith in Jesus. St. Cecilia lovingly buried their bodies, before she too was arrested. She even converted the officers who tried to make her sacrifice to false gods. When she was put into a fire, it did not harm her. Then they tried to suffocate her and finally, a man was sent to her house to behead her. He struck her neck three times, but Cecilia did not die immediately. She lay on the floor unable to move. Yet by holding out three fingers of one hand, and one of the other, she still professed her belief in the Blessed Trinity. When her tomb was opened about one thousand five hundred years later in Rome, her body was still found perfect and incorrupt.



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Welcome to Year 3 St Cecilia's website page.


The class teacher is Miss Beckles supported by Mrs Romo.

Welcome back to Year 3.   We do hope you and your family have had an enjoyable Christmas break and are refreshed and ready to begin the new school term. 

You will be given some details on the areas of the curriculum to be covered during the spring term.  Please note that PE sessions will be on Tuesdays. Hair should be tied back and earrings should not be worn on these days.  Please arrange for your child to have a complete and correct P.E. kit in school and ensure that all items are clearly labelled with their name in the correct school PE bag.

It would be helpful if you could also arrange for your child to bring in a box of tissues so that they are always available for the children to use in class. 


To further develop the children’s reading, it is imperative they have their reading book and reading record in school everyday. They will have the opportunity to read independently and they will be encouraged to read for longer periods during the school day.

Please endeavour to read with your child for around 20 minutes each night in order to develop fluency.  Spend a little time as well discussing what has been read and asking a few questions.  This discussion not only helps a child to enjoy the experience of reading but it also improves their comprehension skills.  Reading Records are provided for date, book and comments to be added.  Please sign your child’s reading record and encourage them to write a comment about what they have read including page numbers daily. The value of home support in all these activities cannot be overestimated. Please refer to the note in your child’s reading record on how to approach reading at home.


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 term. 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 in 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.


Myths and Legends

Adventure Stories


Information text; report writing (linked with History).


In addition:  weekly spellings and test, guided reading, creative writing, grammar work and handwriting practice three times each week.



Please try to read with your child for around 20 minutes each night, in order to develop fluency.  Reading Records are provided so that the date, book and comments can be added by you or your child.  Please encourage your child to fill in their Records regularly.  When we have Guided Reading sessions in school, the children will be given a question which has an Assertive Mentoring focus for them to answer. Please encourage your child to complete this task as it is a way of showing what they have understood about the text. Also, whenever you read with your child it will be of great benefit if you spend a little time discussing what they have read by encouraging them to think about the content of the text and asking them some questions.  This is appropriate with both fiction and non-fiction texts and will greatly help to improve reading comprehension skills. We have encouraged the children to use a dictionary to help learn the meaning and spelling of unknown words as they undertake their literacy homework.  Please help support them in this.


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. 

Animals Including Humans:

  • To identify the important things that need to be considered in order to survive.

  • To classify food and understand a balanced diet

  • To identify the similarities and differences between skeletons and explore their functions

  • To apply knowledge of skeletons to design a

           vertebrate and its            skeleton

  • To identify different muscles in our body and what they do

  • To plan a pattern-seeking investigation related to the human body

  • To draw conclusions based on data gathered in an investigation

  • To use different sources of information to plan a menu to meet particular dietary needs

Working Scientifically:

  • To explore

  • To group and classify

  • To use secondary sources of information

  • Look for patterns in data



  • To examine different rocks in order to describe, compare and contrast their properties

  • To sort rocks according to their properties using a key

  • To investigate how rocks change over time

  • To explain that soils are made partly from rock that has broken down into smaller particles and describe some of the properties of different types of soils

  • To investigate and test different kinds of soils to see how quickly water drains through

  • To explore fossils to find out what they are

  • To explain how fossils came to be formed

  • To identify where and how fossils are found

Working Scientifically:

  • To group and classify

  • To ask relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them

  • To observe changes over time

  • To carry out comparative and fair tests

  • To use secondary sources of information

  • Finding things out using secondary sources of information



In this topic children will learn about modern weather patterns and climate zones using world maps and atlases. They will learn about how certain weather patterns are formed like, hurricanes and tornadoes.

Children will conduct independent research to find information about these weather patterns and links will be made to ICT. They will present their findings and presentations to the class. The children will focus on the effect these weather patterns have on human life.


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


Year 3 pupils will receive PE lessons by trained PE experts from a company called ‘Non-Stop Action’.

They will begin the term learning the skills of each sport learnt and how to warm up their muscles through a range of games and exercises.

Every lesson will begin with the objectives and aims shared and discussed with the pupils.

Throughout and at the end of the lesson, the children will learn to evaluate their performance and that of others and suggest ways that they can improve.

This term, the children will be focuisng on learning the skills for volleyball.



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.

(see also separate RE Newsletter)

Sacramental People:

The focus of this unit will be to:

  • Allow the pupils to appreciate God’s presence in the world.

  • Have a respect for relationships which bring God’s presence to us.

  • Have an attitude of openness to the Sacraments: words, actions and symbols.

  • Have a willingness to seek God in their own lives.

  • Have a recognition of the need for healing in the world.


From Lent to Easter:

We will be understanding why Lent is an important time of the Liturgical Year for Christians and what we can do during this time of preparation. The children will be describing the events which took place in the Easter story and how this has an impact on our lives today. 



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. 




Introduction to databases:

In this unit, the children will:

  • Collecting and sorting information.

  • Exploring record cards.

  • Creating and searching databases.

  • Using database information to create bar charts.


Our Weather Research Project


In this unit, the children will explore the artwork from different artists who were inspired by different weather patterns. They will use different media such as: paint, water colours and clay to create pieces of art inspired by the weather. This unit links to the Geography unit of Weather so the children will have a good background understanding of the artist’s inspiration.


In this unit the children will research existing biscuits and create suitable weather inspired biscuits linked to our Weather topic in Geography. This topic will develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding of food.  Children will follow a simple recipe to make this their biscuits.

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. 

Have a look at our Recorder Concert: March 2018

(following the SEAL programme of study)


(following the SEAL programme of study)

Good to be me:

This theme is focusing on feelings. It explores feelings in the context of the child as an individual, developing self-awareness and helping the child to realise that it really is “Good to be me.” The theme is about understanding our feelings as well as considering our strengths and weaknesses as learners. It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.


Going for Goals:                

This theme focuses primarily on the key aspects of motivation, with a subsidiary focus on self-awareness. It gives an important opportunity for all children’s abilities, qualities and strengths to be valued. This theme provides opportunities for the children to reflect on themselves as individuals, particularly their strengths as learners and how they learn most effectively.




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,

Miss Beckles

Autumn Newsletter 2018

Autumn Cross Curricular Link 2018

Autumn Term Timetable 2018





Cooking Club