Clarksfield Primary School

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Angela Sweeting (Executive Principal)

Grasmere Road, Oldham, Lancashire OL4 1NG

Meet the staff:

Teachers: Mr Smith and Mr Woodall.

Teaching Assistants: Miss Iqbal, Mrs Bramwell, Miss Yates, Mrs Gilligan, Mrs Nelson, Miss Tellez-Logan and Mrs Rana.

Autumn 2

What will we be learning about this half term? 

Please note, there has been a change to our Topic map below. In Science, the children will be learning about magnets this half term instead of rocks, soils and fossils.


This half term we will be writing our own adventure stories. We will be innovating the story of The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman, our quality text this half term, by changing elements of the story including the characters, setting  and plot. We will be developing our speaking and listening skills as well as practising orally reciting the story by using appropriate action, intonation and volume. We will also be continuing to develop and up-level our vocabulary in our writing by using a range of Alan Peat sentences, including 2A sentences and 3 _ed sentences, to capture the reader’s interest.


This half term, we are reading the book ‘The Firework Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman and we will be continuing to develop our vocabulary and speaking and listening skills. The book is about a young girl called Lila who wants to become a firework-maker like her father, Lalchland, but encounters many obstacles along the way. We will be continuing to develop our higher order thinking skills by looking at Bloom's Taxonomy questions in our English lessons to develop a deeper understanding of the text.


This half term our focus will be on addition and subtraction. We will be using a range of resources, representations and manipulatives to help us with our learning. We will also be continuing to build on our knowledge of place value, using Base 10 to recap what each digit represents (e.g. hundreds, tens and ones).



This half term in Science, we will be looking at magnets and considering which poles attract and repel. We will also be planning an investigation to answer a scientific question, recording and explaining our observations using charts, diagrams and scientific vocabulary.



This half term in Topic, we are looking at the question: 'What makes the Earth angry?'  We will be learning all about earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis and we will even be building our own model volcanoes!

What can you do to improve your learning at home?



Practise your weekly spellings and complete your homework each week!



Read every night to your mum, dad, sister, brother or teddy bear!


Practise your 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables and related division facts. 


Research magnets and think about what poles attract and repel when placed next to each other.


Visit the library, look at holiday brochures or research earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis on the internet (with your parent’s supervision).



When listening to songs on the radio, think about the vocal, rhythm, tempo, pulse, layers, instrumentals, solos that you can hear!


1x Maths 1x English challenge to be completed per week

1x Phonics/spellings homework per week


 Homework will be set on a Friday and must be completed by Wednesday at the latest. Online homework may also be set at Your child will have been given a letter with their username, password and school code. If you require a reprint of this letter, please speak to a member of the Year 3 team.


Times Tables Rockstars:

Practise your times tables online every week, especially the 3, 4 and 8 times tables which we will be focusing on this year. Your child will have been given a letter with their username, password and school code. If you require a reprint of this letter, please speak to a member of the Year 3 team.


We have PE once a week and Dance once a week. Please make sure that you bring your PE each week on the correct days.

 PE for 3PS and 3EC takes place on Tuesday morning and Dance takes place on a Wednesday afternoon.


What exciting things have we been getting up to in Year 3?

3PS had a fantastic time making their very own Diva lamps in Religious Education when learning about the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali. The children also enjoyed painting their own Stone Age cave paintings as well as making their own models of Stonehenge in Topic. Take a look at some of the children's amazing work by clicking on the images below!