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Y3 - Alligator

This term Year 3 are are lucky enough to have two PE sessions on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. 


Our Tuesday afternoon sessions will be games and unless the weather is really bad we will be outside enjoying the sunshine! On Friday mornings, Alligator class will be going swimming so please make sure that your child brings suitable PE and swimming kits for these days. 



Thank you for your co operation!


Miss Griffiths :)


Welcome to the Y3 - Alligator page!


I am really looking forward to teaching in Year 3. This is my first year in Barley Close Community School and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone in the school.

What is even more exciting is that this is the first Alligator class in school.


In our class we are lucky enough to have Mrs Burton as our teaching assistant who works with us every morning.

Mrs Fortune also helps us out with Numeracy for half an hour each day and Mrs Jones joins Alligator class as our reading ranger every afternoon to support children with their reading.


We are always very busy in Year 3 as we have lots of exciting learning to squeeze in!
In the morning, we work in groups for English and Maths and also take part in interventions and Guided Reading. In the afternoons we have various activities such as the creative curriculum, PE, music, PSHE and this year we will start to learn Spanish!


Alligator class is a very healthy class, we like to drink lots of water and take part in ‘Wake and Shake’ to warm up our brains and bodies!
 A great part of the week is when we all join in 'Funky Friday Fitness' (a whole school Wake and Shake, all the teachers and teaching assistants join in as well!)
Sometimes we get to lead this as a class!

Days to remember

PE will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons – please remember your full PE kit including outdoor footwear and suitable clothing, as these are fun lessons to take part in and we want to be outside as much as possible. (Tape can be worn to cover earrings for PE lessons).


Please remember that children should have water bottles in school and are expected to bring their reading books and reading record to school every day.

Home Learning


Please encourage your child to:

  • Read at home as much as possible, independent reading is just as important as supported reading, but don't forget to sign your child’s reading record;
  • Practise spellings
  • Practise multiplication and division facts
  • Practise doubling and halving
  • Practise telling the time


Remember to read at home as much as possible, even if this is independent, ask an adult to sign and date your reading record so we know this is taking place.


Remember to practise your Mighty Multiples times tables and division facts to help you improve your basic maths skills!


All About Me

In my spare time I really love to get my teeth stuck into a good book. At the moment I am working my way through all of Roald Dahl's books because I think he is a fantastic author. I also enjoy going swimming every week to keep fit.

During the holidays I love to travel. Last year I managed to visit Budapest, Spain and Newcastle which were all great fun!

Two years ago I was lucky enough to travel to South Africa and teach in a school fro three weeks. This was an amazing experience and I met some amazing people who I am still in contact with today. I look forward to sharing these experiences with you all and using my contacts to help us learn about different cultures around the world.

 Miss Griffiths :)







Term 5

Welcome back!

I hope you all enjoyed your Easter break and you are now ready for some creative and fun learning!

Our new topic this term will be 'Bella Italia!'

This is going to be a very exciting topic covering History, Geography and Science!

We will learn all about Italy by exploring the food they eat, finding out what life is like now in Italy compared to the past and learn the story of Pompeii.(We may even get to sample some delicious Italian food! Yummy!)

In Science we will focus on water transportation and we will be looking at the canal routes in Venice in particular.

We will also be carrying out an experiment at the end of the topic during our WOW event to find out the physical processes of a volcano!!

In Art we are going to look at the work of different Italian artists and develop our painting and colour mixing skills by creating our own still life paintings after being influenced by Mario Nuzzi and Fede Galaliza's work. 

We will also look at Mount Vesuvius and learn about the impact this ancient volcano had on the city of Pompeii. We will write newspaper reports recounting what happened during this historical incident!


I hope you are looking forward to learning all about Italy just as much as I am :)


If you have any books, pictures or other artefacts that would help with our work, we would be very pleased to borrow them to share with others!


Please remember to view our Creative Curriculum overview for Term 5, so you can see the range of other learning topics we will be exploring over the next 6 weeks!


It's all greek to me-Homework project

Autumn I Creative Curriculum Overview

Alligator Class Creating Rainforest pictures using different media

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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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