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St Luke's Catholic Academy

St Luke's

Catholic Academy

Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Finding out from Fossils                         

Finding out from fossils

Year three zooms into the past with a Pebble in their Pocket as they discover how fossils and rocks were formed in science and start to discover what makes a successful community. Through learning about the early communities in the stone age children consider the important features of a community, including their geographical locations linking them to where main cities int eh UK are now.  Using charcoal in art we create the drama of life in the stone age through our own cave creations. We create our own simple music, learning notation on glockenspiel's and singing  a final piece in the form of reggae music a form that developed out of changing communities. Finally like the stone age people of the past, year 3 begin to solve problems and logic through the use of scratch in computing.

Please click on the 'Home Learning' tab to find the menu of activities to be completed at home. 

Also, take a look at our 'Learning we are proud of'.


The class will be focusing on recounts, fairy tales and persuasive writing this half-term. The children will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of vocabulary, audience and purpose as we explore these genres of writing. In recounts, we will be using our grammar knowledge of past tense, chronological order and giving detail in our writing. During our work on fairy tales we will be focusing on exploring the view point of a 'good character' and 'bad character' in Jack and the Beanstalk and how we can change this perspective writing from another characters view point. Finally, in persuasive writing we will be looking at adverts and how persuasive language is used to encourage an action or reaction of the reader. 


In Maths, we will be covering a variety of learning areas this half-term:

  • Doubling and halving up to 100.
  • Begin to understand fractions of numbers.
  • Add and subtract money up to £5.00 using knowledge of place value of 3 digit numbers. 
  • Making accurate measurements involving cm, mm, l and ml.
  • Using knowledge of place value to position 2 and 3 digit numbers on a number line. 
  • Understand the relationship of multiplication and division to answer a variety of questions including word problems.


During RE we will cover the topics of Promises and Visitors.

Our topic on Promises will engage the children with the first Sacrament of Baptism including the process of baptism, signs and symbols that are used and the importance of the promises that are made to the baby during the baptism. Children will reflect on their own baptisms or baptisms they have been to and discuss the importance of sharing the Catholic faith.

In our Visitors topic will prepare the children for the season of Advent and why, as Catholics, we prepare and welcome this season. The children will explore the Old Testament scriptures and discover Gods plan to send Jesus. They will also read New Testament scriptures of the Visitation of Mary and understand why she is a key figure in the story of the Nativity. The children will also explore the shepard and wise men visits in the Nativity, exploring the reasons for these visits and why they are significant to us today.