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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.



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.







Autumn 2017



We are all looking forward to a really exciting Autumn Term.

During this term, we will attempt to answer the question

‘Which Royal caused the most riots?’




Our English work will be inspired by our history based topic. We will be writing a persuasive piece to join King John’s army, biographies based on some of the royals we are learning about and instructions based around the Magna Carta. We will also be using Rainbow Grammar and learning how to write effective sentences.


Our class book will be Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.



In maths, we will be focussing on number and calculation this term. We will have skills lessons and then apply these in our using and applying sessions. We will also be practising our mental maths skills.



We will be covering two topics this term.

The first is ‘amazing bodies’. We will learn all about the human body, muscles and skeleton.

The second is ‘Who Am I?’. We will learn about vertebrates and invertebrates and how animals are grouped.



This history topic looks at a selection of monarchs who have changed Great Britain in some way. We will be looking at royals such as William the Conqueror, Queen Victoria and Henry VIII and the impact they had on the country.



In computing, we will be looking at Esafety, internet research and coding. 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.



We will be learning about the Bayeux Tapestry and having a go at creating our own!

We will be studying the portrait artist Hilliard and creating our own royal portraits.



Meerkats will be swimming on Friday afternoons starting on Friday the 15th of September. 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 individual.



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, Meerkat's 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 Fridays.


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.

This term is going to be very busy but I'm looking forward to having lots of fun as well!
Mrs McArdle