St Joseph's Rotherhithe

Mandela Class


Welcome back to another school year!

My name is Miss Keay and I am the Year 3 teacher.

I am really looking forward to getting to know your children this year and working with them to help them learn and develop new skills.

We will be covering lots of exciting new topics this year.

Here are some of our weekly routines:

 PE takes place on Wednesday. Therefore, children should come to school in their PE kit on that day.

Children will be given a new set of times tables to practise every week,  they should practise these in their Times Table Book every night. Their books should be signed by an adult at home and will be checked in class every week.

Every Monday, your child will be given a list of spelling words along with a spelling rule. They will need to learn these by Friday when they will be tested. The test will also include some surprise words, which will follow the spelling rule they have learnt.

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays the children will read with an adult in a small group setting, as a school we encourage you to read with your children for at least 30 minutes every night and sign their reading record.

Homework will be set through Google Classroom each Friday and should be submitted by the following Wednesday. 

I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your child this year!


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to come and see me after school. I
am always happy to see you!
Thank you again for your continued support.

Our Learning - Autumn 1



In RE we are looking at the Church and our families.


This half-term our topic is Flow!

In Literacy, this half term will be writing fantasy stories. We will be reading ‘This Morning I Met A Whale' by Michael Morpurgo. We will then plan and write our own fantasy stories. We will be focusing on using adverbs, conjunctions and speech marks accurately, as well as using the punctuation we learnt in Year 2.  After this,  we will be planning and writing our own non-chronological reports.


In Maths this half-term, we will be looking at place value focusing on numbers up to 1000. We will also be looking at adding and subtracting two-digit and three-digit numbers. We will be using number lines, base ten and counters to help us. 


In Science, our topic is light. Throughout the next six weeks, we will be learning about light sources and light reflectors, how light travels, how shadows are formed and how to keep ourselves safe in the sun.

During Geography this half term, we will be learning about rivers. We will be using geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical and human features of rivers. We will engage in a class debate to decide whether people should settle around rivers. We will also be looking at water pollution and how we can make more sustainable choices. Finally, we will be comparing the River Thames to other rivers around the world!

In Design and Technology this half term, we will be designing and making our own water wheels. We will be learning about how hydropower works and discussing other renewable energies, once we have built our own water wheels we will evaluate the effectiveness of them.

In PE, we will be focusing on dribbling and passing with feet. We will be learning how to move safely in a confined space, how to accurately pass a ball whilst stationary and moving, and finally how to prevent the ball from being intercepted.

In computing, we will be learning about internet safety and making our own class blogs and websites. We will also learn how to make spreadsheets using Purple Mash.