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3 Holly

Welcome to 3 Holly!

Welcome to 3 Holly's class page! Here you will find all the important information you need about our school day and you can also take a look at some of the fun and exciting things we are learning about!

In 3 Holly, we are a class of respectful, resilient and aspirational learners who DREAM BIG AND DARE TO FAIL! Most of all we are TEAM who work together to do our very best.


Miss Cooling teaches in 3 Holly and Mrs Hogarth assists. Mrs Hogarth also teaches us on  Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.


Important Information

Our PE lessons are on a Tuesday afternoon.  Children are asked to come to school in their PE kit and this should consist of black shorts or jogging bottoms, a white polo top and black trainers or pumps. 

It is important to keep hydrated throughout the school day so we have a bottle of fresh water in the classroom with our names on.  We have water fountains in school to refill these when needed.


This year, our library books will be our home readers and we will get a chance to change these regularly so we have books to read at home. 

Key Dates


 06.05.24- Bank Holiday- school is closed

14.05.24- Book Fair for a week

22.05.24- Class


This half term we will be learning ...


As part of English, we will be accessing Guided Reading lessons. In our Class Novel Guided Reading, we will be reading Charlotte's Web. We will be using this book to help us develop our comprehension skills. 



In writing, we will be beginning this half-term by using the book 'The Street Beneath Our Feet' to help us write an explanation text.  We will looking at the world and what makes up the earth below us. We will also be writing the end of a story in our fiction unit.



In Maths this half-term, we will be focusing on Fractions. We will be starting off by looking at fractions in different representations and the difference between a unit fraction and non-unit fraction. We will be talking about equivalent fractions, as well as using the four operations to answer a range of questions.




We will  be continuing to learn and practise our Times Tables using a Rekenrek and Times Table Rockstars!




Our Science topic for this half term is Rocks. We will be looking at the different properties and qualities that a range of rocks have. We will also be looking at different formations of rocks around the world.



Our topic in History this half term is Down the Pit. We will be looking at the importance of Coal Mining and how this has impacted our lives today. We will also be looking at the Combs Colliery Disaster and discussing the impact of this.




 Religious Education

 In RE, we will be looking at the different creation stories from cultures around the world. We will be comparing the differences and similarities between what each religion believes.



PSHE (Jigsaw)

For PSHE our next unit we will be focusing on is, 'Relationships'

We will be using Jigsaw Jino to help us learn and think about the relationships we have and how these are important to us. 




Our music lessons are based on our recorder lessons with Musica every week on a Wednesday.

This music presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked.



Our unit this half term in PE is Kwik Cricket.



Author Focus


 Our author focus is E B White.  Elwyn Brooks White was an American writer. He was the author of several highly popular books for children, including Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan. In a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers, Charlotte's Web was ranked first in their poll of the top one hundred children's novels.


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