Welcome to St John’s Class


Our class is made up of 28 Year Three children.

Our Teacher is Mrs Grindlay,

grown-ups are Mrs Rowe and Mrs Caiger

Class Information

Exciting Events and Weekly News

PE KIT : Please can all parents/guardians ensure that children come to school with the correct PE kit on Monday and Tuesday.  Children must be wearing a yellow t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms, socks and trainers.  Any children without the correct kit will be unable to take part in PE activities. School shoes are not suitable attire for games.

Spellingshed   Log in details can be found in your child’s literacy homework book.  More information can be found in the Reading & Grammar page below.

Class Timetable: TIMETABLE 2019 

What we have been up to this week?

St John’s Class have had a lovely start to the new academic year, settling very well into their new classroom and responding maturely to new routines and expectations for KS2.  The children have been getting to know their new classmates and have created a set of ‘rules’ that they will follow to look after their new room, friends and resources.  In Geography, the children have started to learn how to use an index and grid reference to find countries and cities using an atlas.  They have also discussed the importance of the river Nile to modern and Ancient Egyptians.  



General Information

Home to School Book

Each child has a Home to School Book which eases the two-way communication between parents and our Staff. We use a child’s book to make parents aware of any specific events that have happened during any session or to make our staff aware of any events (good or bad!) that may have happened at home.

We believe in working in a strong partnership with our children’s parents and carers many of whom cannot always be at school for drop-off and pick-up. This book will enable daily contact with the teacher if desired.  An example of this communication may be a note telling the teacher that a child is going home with another pupil etc.  If you have entered a note into the book please make your child aware so that they can hand the book to the teacher at the beginning of the day.

Any absences, requests for a holiday or medicinal issues must still go through the school office.


Reading Records

If your child is in Year 3 they will have received a green KS2 reading record. If your child is in Year 2 they will have a yellow KS1 reading record.  This will still need to be completed either by the parent or the child to show any reading that has taken place – on a daily basis where possible.  If your child has read a particularly enjoyable book, we have book review templates here in school that they could complete and we will then display them in the classroom for other pupils to read. A link to this document is attached. KS2 Book Review Template




















































Parent Information

Termly Topic Homework Grid

Topic homework is a fantastic opportunity for parents to actively engage with their child/children’s learning.  Unlike the weekly maths and literacy homework, parents are actively encouraged to participate. By working together to create something wonderful it can not only increases their understanding of the topic but can also provide an opportunity to have quality time together which has been shown to be a key way of building your child/children’s self- confidence both in and out of the classroom.

Ancient Egyptians Topic Homework

St John’s Class Curriculum Plan Egyptians

Year 3 Maths Homework


Week Commencing 16th September 2019 – Practice 3x, 4x and 8x tables https://www.timestables.co.uk  (or on Maths Shed using your spelling shed log in information)

Spelling & Literacy Homework




Holiday Homework for St John’s Class – Please read any book, fiction or non-fiction and write a review from the template on the homepage.  Be prepared to present them to the class next term. The work will be displayed in our book corner.

Literacy Homework Helper eBook

My Book Review Frame KS2

Continue to learn weekly spellings.  Literacy homework will be issued occasionally, only if the teacher feels it is necessary.


Weekly Spellings 

Please ensure that your child has their spelling books in school on Mondays so that we can issue their new weekly spelling sheets.  They will also need their books on Fridays to take the spelling test. Please make sure that your child practises their spellings, this can be done on any piece of paper as the book will be used for testing.  Although they have some time in school to do this, it is essential that they consolidate their learning during the week at home.

Spelling shed log-ins have been issued and are in the front cover of the spelling book.  There is also a link below to the termly spelling overview.

Autumn Spelling Termly Overview 2019:20


Reading & Grammar

Don’t forget to use your www.Activelearnprimary.co.uk log in and complete the tasks set by your teacher. Log in details will be sent home during the second week of term.

Your child’s log-in will be lower-case, and is their initial followed by their surname.  The password will be given to your child and written in their reading log book.

Bug Club Letter


KS2 SPAG Glossary



Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education. It’s best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.

Think of ways to make reading fun – you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you’re both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.

Books aren’t just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss. Think about books that will engage your child, perhaps related to their hobbies or particular areas of interest. For more ideas and example questions to ask your child when reading together, click on the document below.

Reading with your child prompts


Recommendations for reading books can be found at the links below. 

Recommended Books
Year 3 Mrs G’s Recommended Books RecommendRecommended-books-for-Year-3




Mrs Grindlay’s Favourite Book of the Month for September is: 

Bee Boy: Clash of the Killer Queens

For more information and blurb check out the book review in St John’s Class or click HERE.  Why not let everyone know what you have been reading this month? Fill in a review and spread the word.

Previous Recommendations

January – The Hippo at the End of the Hall by Helen Cooper

February – Mossbelly MacFearsome and the Dwarves of Doom by Alex Gardiner

March – The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson

April – When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth

May – Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

June – Dread Cat by Michael Rosen

July – The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder

August – The Explorer by Katherine Rundell