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Meerkats Y3

Welcome to the Magnificent Meerkat’s Class Page.

We hope you enjoy having a sneaky peek into the exciting things we have been up to!

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Mrs McArdle is our class teacher and Miss Donnelly is our teaching assistant.



Mansfield Museum

Yesterday we visited Mansfield Museum to learn all about the Romans. We had a fantastic day learning about Roman villages and names. We were given a Roman name and we explored how the ending of the name is different for girls and boys. We also had a Roman feast and tried on some Roman helmets.

Clever Coding!

We have been working hard to create programming codes. We thought carefully about the event, which object we wanted and what the output could be. We even changed the background of our designs and added movement, sound and speech bubbles.


The children can continue to create code at home by logging into Purple Mash.

Pandora's Box

We have been freeze-framing sections of the myth Pandora's box. We were able to get into character and we could share how we were feeling and thinking when we came alive.

We are all looking forward to a really exciting Spring Term!


During this term, we will attempt to answer the question

‘What did the Romans do for us?’



Our English work will be based around our history topic all about the Romans. We will be studying a range of genres including instructions, newspaper reports and non-chronological reports. Our first unit of work will be looking at myths and legends. We will also be including lots of Rainbow Grammar work and working really hard on our handwriting.


In guided reading, we will be focusing on developing our reading skills to help us when answering questions about a text.


Our class book will be Skyhawk by Gill Lewis.




In maths, we will be spending a lot of time studying multiplication and division but we are also learning about length & perimeter. We always include lots of mastery, problem solving and reasoning activities in our lessons. We will also continue to work on our mental maths skills and times table knowledge.






Our science topic for this term is ‘Can you see me?’ where we will learn all about light and dark, shadows, how we see and mirrors.





This history topic is all about The Romans. We will learn where and when the Roman Empire was, life in Roman Britain, Roman beliefs and what impact the Romans had on Britain.




In computing, we will be looking at E-Safety, and learning how to design, write and debug programs. We will be using Purple Mash to help us.




During circle time every week, we will get together across Lower Key Stage 2 to discuss events in the news as well as other things that directly impact us.




Our art and DT work this term includes making Roman mosaics and Roman shields and swords, ready for our Roman battle at the end of the topic!



The Meerkat’s PE day will be Wednesday and we will be continuing with swimming on Friday afternoons. Please make sure you have the correct swimming kit in school. Boys need to wear tight shorts or trunks and no jewellery allowed. Please remove any jewellery before you come to school.






Our Religious Education work will see us looking at Religion and the community.


At the end of this term, Lower Key Stage 2 will be holding their performance. We will be spending time learning songs and dances for this, as well as acting and making props. More information to follow!

Remember to read at home as much as you can, and get your diary signed. Each time you get your diary signed you will earn star stamps! Everyone who reads at least 4 times a week will get a prize! You can read any book, not just your school reading book!



Every Friday Meerkats will have two pieces of homework to complete. They are expected to complete their homework for the following Friday. Please do your best to support and encourage your child with their schoolwork.



Spellings are given out every week and we will have our quiz on Friday morning.


If you would like to have a chat or pass on any information please feel free to come into class, I will be more than happy to see you. For a lengthier chat please arrange an after school appointment.


It's going to be super Spring term with lots going on!

Mrs McArdle 



Santa Claus is coming to town!

The Bull Farm Project


We have started to put together our structures for the Bull Farm project. Our research area is harmony and conflict - we discussed in class what types of buildings and structures this would include. We started to make a fire station, police station, school, sports centre, community centre, hospital and a newsagents. Here we are in action!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

In Meerkats, we have been busy making Christmas tree decorations ready for the Christmas Fair on 1st December!

Perfect Portraits

As part of our Art work, we have been sketching portraits of kings in the style of Nicholas Hilliard. We have been practising with pastels to create the skin tone.



In PE we have been using our bodies to create different shapes and interesting balances.

Can people with longer arms throw the furthest?

In Science, we have been learning all about our bodies and what we can do to keep healthy. We have also been learning about the different parts of the body including the skeleton and the different muscles.

We have planned an investigation into whether people with longer arms can throw a ball further. We decided on how we would carry out the investigation and what equipment we would need. In small groups, we measured the length of our arms and how far we had thrown the beanbags.

After sharing our results, we found out that people with longer arms didn’t necessarily throw the furthest. Instead, we came to the conclusion that there were lots of things that would impact how far you can throw.

Magical Maths!

As part of our maths learning, we have been exploring different numbers and how they are made. We have been using different equipment to represent the value of the digits.

A mountain of muscle and a tower of strength….

In our English lessons, we have been learning a persuasive speech from Henry, a warrior trying to persuade William the Conqueror that he should choose him to fight in the Battle of Hastings. We have been creating actions to help us to learn all the different parts. We have also unpicked the speech to understand how Henry is persuading.

Guide Dog Visit September 2017


Today, Meerkats have had a wonderful visit from some local guide dogs. They had a great time learning all about them and how they can help blind people. Meerkats asked lots of great questions and enjoyed stroking the dogs! Below are some pictures from our visit.