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Popham Class- Year 3

Welcome to Popham Class

Welcome back to a very busy and fun Spring term.


Christmas seems a long, long way away now but it was great fun to hear all the children's festive news on return to school. Our new topic is all about the Jurassic Coast on the South Coast and we very much look forward to taking the children for a trip there later in the term. This area of Britain is a World Heritage Site and is famous, not only for its beauty, but also for the wonders of its rock formations including the famous landmark Durdle Door.

We started the term with a flashback to our Autumn topic. Malachi's Dad had been unwell when he was due to visit and share his knowledge of the Romans so it was rescheduled for January. The children had a rare opportunity to try on a Roman soldier's helmet, pose for pictures with a shield and handle copies of Roman artefacts including an oil lamp, dice game and a metal tool used for cleaning out pores after a day at the Roman baths. Urgh!


I am hoping that you will continue to support your child with their homework this term. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that they should be reading at least 4 times a week, learning their tables and also practising for their Club 55 mental arithmetic test. Practice papers will be sent home on a Monday or Tuesday so you can see where they are making mistakes and help them. There will also be the usual weekly spellings. It would be lovely to have more children with full marks.


Popham class will be having their outdoor learning sessions on Wednesday afternoon and dance on a Friday. Also, after half-term, there will be swimming on a Friday. Please can you make sure that their kits are in school all week, just in case there are timetable changes.


Thank you.


Miss Clarkesmiley




Homework - Popham homework is always sent home on Friday and due in the following Friday.


Spellings - Popham spellings are given out every Friday. To assist your child with learning their weekly spelling, focus on the spelling pattern that they contain. The spelling test will take place on Friday morning.


Maths - The children will be tested on their times table knowledge every Friday. They will also be given a Club 55 test and practice papers will be sent home on Monday or Tuesday.


Reading - It is very important that the children continue to read every night and the information is recorded in their Reading Record Log. This must be signed and dated by an adult. Book bags should be brought into school every day and, if a book is finished at home, please record this in the Reading Record Log.





World Book Day, 7th March 2019


Popham class enjoyed investigating otters on World Book Day. The whole school was looking at 'The Lost Words' by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, a book which educates and interests children in words about nature that, at one point, we're going to be scrapped from the Oxford Children's Dictionary. Popham class enjoyed writing poems about otters and creating one in pastel crayons.

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Our Spring Term is 'The Jurassic Coast'. Please read these documents to see what we are up to.

E-Safety Workshop


Come and join Popham Class on Thursday, 7th February to learn more about protecting your children online. We will have a quiz, create our own digital footprint, find the perfect password and play a game all about online age-limits.


This will be followed by an informative assembly hosted by the police. All parents and relatives are welcomed to attend.


Parents Evening


I look forward to meeting many of you at Parents Evenings next week. I have a lot of good news to share and am keen to form a partnership with you to improve your child's learning.


Music Concert


Mrs Wordley has been teaching singing to Popham class on Tuesday afternoons in preparation for a concert with other Wellington children on Tuesday, 12th March. There will be a rehearsal  at St. John's Church prior to the concert which will begin at 2:30pm. Please come and attend this event to hear your little songbird. It should be very entertaining.


Sports Event


There is another sports festival for Year 3 at Court Fields on March 20th. Please be extra careful that your child has his or her PE kit in school on this day.


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Recycle Workshop 25th September 2018


Popham Class enjoyed a Fantastic Plastic workshop all about recycling. Gary Hunt from the Carymoor Environmental Trust took an assembly and led a workshop in which the children used plastic bottles to make mini greenhouses. I hope the cress grows well.

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