Year 3

Welcome from staff

Hi, welcome to our new class web page! Working in our class we have Miss Wells (Class teacher), Miss Hadley, Miss Mellows, Mrs Boyd and Miss South.


I’m Miss Wells and I have now taught this class for 2 years and I’m loving watching the class grow and change. It’s been a very eventful journey! Not all teachers have had the experience of working through a global pandemic!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and going on little nature walks, running and boxing.

It’s a real pleasure to work with all your children; they all have their own unique characters and all bring different qualities to our Year 3 classroom. I feel very privileged to teach them.


Hello, my name is Miss Mellows and I am a teaching assistant with special responsibility for the Catholic ethos of the school. When I’m not supporting a class, I spend my time looking at how we can ensure everybody has opportunities to look at their own faith and be part of the wider Catholic community.  I’ll be working closely with Fr Andrew and the Trust. 

I have worked on the Youth Ministry Team in the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese and have been part of many exciting events and retreats for young people which I hope to use to benefit everybody in our two Catholic primary academies.



Hello, my name is Miss South and I am a 1-1 Teaching assistant. I am new to the academy this year and feel very privileged and excited to be part of such an amazing team. I specialise in working with children that require extra support and enabling them to achieve the best outcome possible. I do this by being empathic, getting to know the child and building a long term bond.

Outside of school I have a keen interest in animals, being outdoors and pursuing fitness goals.



Hello, my name is Miss Hadley and I am the teaching assistant in Year 3.
I have recently started working at Saint Mary's.
I have worked with children for over 14 years and I love the experience of helping children develop and learn.
Away from school, I enjoy walking, reading, listening to music and spending time with my partner and my little boy, having fun and being spontaneous.
I look forward to meeting you all!!


 Hello, I'm Miss Boyd. I have the privilege to be a 1:1 teaching assistant in year 3. 

This is my first year here and I am very excited to be a part of the team.

I love to encourage reading, to use their imaginations and to always keep trying.

 I love spending time with my family, going out for walks and seeing what we can find, cooking and baking yummy food and reading.

See what we have been getting up to this term

We are now in our final half term! Please have a look at everything we got up to last half term. 



It's been another strange term during Lent! See what we got up to.




 Safe -searching links






Our topic this term is Urban Pioneers we will explore the culture and environment of city life. Children develop their knowledge of building design, urban art and photography, and learn how to improve urban environments.





At Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy, we aim to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning.  Children are encouraged to see the mathematics that surround them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject. We use Power Maths and White Rose to assist us in the teaching for mastery approach to mathematics.

 Please find below the knowledge organisers to accompany our next units:

addition and subtraction knowledge-organiser.pdf

multiplication and division knowledge-organiser.pdf

Key instant recall facts

We have a set of key instant recall facts (KIRFs) each half term to work on both at home and in school and encourage children to challenge themselves on TT Rockstars

KIRF Advent


For English we will be using Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing structure. This involves a 3 part process. 1 - imitate: we will learn a text off by heart using actions and a story/ text map

                2- innovate : we will then use the structure of the map and change key events / characters to make a new story

              3 - invent : Now children have the structures, learnt new vocabulary and understand the features of the genre they are writing, they are ready to create their own text.



 Please find below the year 3/4 spelling list




We follow the Come and See RE scheme at Saint Mary’s. This term’s topics are Energy, Choices and Special Places.

The current topic is focused on Choices. 

When making a choice, it is important to examine your conscience in order to make a good choice and minimise bad effects for ourselves and others.  We will look at The Sacrament of Reconciliation as a celebration of God’s love and mercy; it is about the forgiveness of sin and being reconciled with God and one another.




Year 3 PE is on a Tuesday afternoon. GTFC coaches provide specialist physical education lessons weekly. Wherever possible this will be outdoors so children will need a dark tracksuit, a white tee shirt, dark school jumper and trainers. No football kits, brightly coloured clothing or lycra please.

Children will also be provided with their own skipping rope so that they can take part in daily skipping practice in an afternoon. This is a fabulous and fun way for children to keep fit and healthy.

Our wellbeing curriculum

We are becoming a therapeutic school. This means we putting the children’s mental well-being as our priority. We are spending time, daily, practising mindfulness techniques, discussing our emotions and how we can control them. It is underpinned by the 4 key qualities we believe children need to learn about in order to flourish in life.


  1. Their mental health
  2. Self-belief
  3. Positive mindset
  4. Emotional intelligence


We have spent a lot of time and money in redecorating the whole school to promote a calm and relaxing environment.

In year 3 we are focusing in particularly on emotions and managing them. We have learnt techniques such as taking deep breaths, focused feet, meditation, calm places we can go to and various other ideas to help the children to self-regulate when they notice their emotions are beginning to take over.