Year 3

3 Dahl are taught by Luke Faith, with assistance from Miss Amy. Please visit this website each Friday for information on what we have been up to in (and sometimes out!) of class!

Class Updates

Friday 14th February


It’s the half term – hooray!

I’ve been away at Woodrow House with the Year 4s for the past few days (I know that your children will enjoy this trip come 2020,) but 3 Dahl were left behind in extremely capable hands!

In Maths, we continued our work on fractions, learning about ways of ‘making the whole’ and starting to explore the concept of tenths.

During English, we continued our work on information texts, carefully writing our own information texts about animals.

We enjoyed Science, where we investigated how the size of shadows change throughout the day, as well as how light is reflected from surfaces.

Here is your child’s homework (please note that this is to be completed during the first week back, not the half term break, and should be handed in no later than Thursday 27th February. We will test the children on their times tables and spellings the following day, Friday 28th February):

Year 3 Homework for 14th Feb 20 – Spr 1 Wk 6 – Spellings and Arithmetic

Year 3 Reading Comprehension 08 – Thunder and Lightning

Finally, in my absence, the children enjoyed several great Art activities, courtesy of the fabulous Miss Amy!

Have a great weekend, and an even better half term!

Mr Faith

Friday 7th February


Another busy week, as the race to half term continues!

During English, we began to look at information texts.  We worked in partners to look at a variety of information texts and identified their key features, including images, headings, subheadings, indexes and glossaries. We later used this knowledge to create eye-catching factual posters about elephants! As the week progressed, we read a range of animal-themed pieces of writing, then used bullet points / short sentences to write notes related to them.

In Maths, we began work on fractions, starting by using visual representations of them to work out fractions of amounts, as well as the difference between unit and non-unit fractions.

During RE, we thought about what makes a person of faith in the Bible, ways in which Christians have shown faith and ways in which they show faith today in spreading the ‘good news.’ So, very faith-orientated. This led to children inevitably punning on my surname. Still, it could’ve been worse for me – at least it isn’t 1987, when George Michael’s hit single and album of the same name topped the charts…

On another famous song-related note, we took a look at the ‘Ring of Fire’ during Geography. No Johnny Cash references mind; instead we looked at the famous area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

During Computing, we started to work on our digital presentations, and will finish them off this coming Monday.

We had a fantastic Coding Day today (Friday), where children across the school worked on iPad and laptop-based capsule coding activities and worked on debugging algorithms. We were also visited by parents (and professional coders) Selina and Simon, who delivered a fantastic talk to the children which contextualised the importance of coding and how it drives our lives. Thank you Simon and Selina for kindly giving up your time to visit us! Thank you also to Miss Billington (my Computing Co-Coordinator) for her invaluable work in helping me organise our annual Coding Days (as well as helping me with the many other technology-related goings-on in and around the school) – I really appreciate your continued support!

Here is this week’s homework:

Year 3 Homework for Friday 7th February 2020

Finally, during Art, Miss Amy did a terrific job (as always!) in leading the children in creating Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired flowery pieces of work.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 31st January


I am writing this entry following a successful trip to the House of Illustration in King’s Cross. We took in a George Him exhibition, sketched our own versions of his works, and then moved onto our character design workshop. During this, we worked with mixed media (collage and marker pens), creating our own truly unique characters. A huge ‘Thank You!’ goes out to Maggie, Rosie and Sylvia, who did a great job helping out on the trip.

In our Maths lessons, we continued to work on scale-related word problems, then as the week progressed, looked at methods of answering a range of other question types, including problem solving, reasoning and varied fluency. We will conclude our work on multiplication and division early next week, moving on to our next topic – Fractions – shortly thereafter.

During English, we finished our unit on ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. We started by writing our end-of-unit pieces. Later in the week, we revisited our work, reading over it with fresh eyes and making any necessary alterations and additions. In glancing over some of the work produced, I was very impressed with the quality of work that was produced! I am looking forward to looking at them in more depth whilst marking them at my living room table over the weekend (yes, despite what some people would have you believe, us teachers regularly work WAY beyond the 8.55-3.30pm your children are here for!)

In our RE, we reflected upon the concept of faith, looking at what the Bible teaches us about faith, and what it means to us.

During Science, we learnt and explored the differences between transparent, translucent and opaque objects, and the differences of each type of object in casting shadows. We did this by means of a hands-on investigation, where torches were shone on a range of objects to test which of the three categories they belonged to.

Geography consisted of a look into the key features of volcanoes, whilst during Computing, we laid the groundwork for the digital presentations we are going to start creating next week.

As our House of Illustration trip had a late start (we headed off at 11.30am, following a – well-received! – early lunch), Miss Amy was able to squeeze in a little Art lesson, where the class finished off their townscapes, alongside other pieces that needed completing on a child-by-child basis.

Here is this week’s homework:

Year 3 Homework for Friday 31st January 2020

Reading Comprehension for Friday 31st January 2020 – An Ants Nest

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 24th January


Another busy week, with lots of fun activities having taken place!

During English lessons, we read an edited excerpt from ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, then carefully answered related reading comprehension questions (in full sentences, of course!) As the week progressed, we began to finish our unit on the book, carefully planning extensions to Gulliver’s adventures. Next week, we will start to write these end-of-unit pieces. During our GPS lesson, we focused on the ‘k’ sound created by the ‘ch’ spelling.

In our Maths lessons, we continued to work on our short division skills, practised our times tables, then related our recently-acquired / practised multiplication and division skills to scale-related word problems.

During RE, we explored the idea of the Bible acting as a ‘map’ to Christians, many of whom seek guidance through verses within the scriptures. We thought about the idea of the ‘armour of God,’ and noted the friends, family, places and items that comprise our ‘armour.’

In Science, we learnt about shadows, in particular how their length varies depending on the positioning of Earth to the Sun.

During our Computing lesson, we continued to work on ways of distinguishing between fact, fiction and opinion online, which included a trip to ‘Dog Island’ by means of a very convincing, but totally fake, website, which acted as a cautionary tale to not automatically believe everything that you might see online!

We also went to Ravenscourt Park, where we had fun playing end ball (a variation of netball) against members of Ravenscourt Prep School. A big thank you goes to our very own Alistair and Clare, as well as the sports teachers at Ravenscourt Prep, who organised proceedings.

We finished our week with Art, where Miss Amy led the class in creating pieces inspired by the work of Gordon Cullen.

Here is this week’s homework:

Year 3 Homework for Friday 24th January 2020

Finally, please don’t forget that we are going on a trip next week. If you haven’t done so already, please provide your consent and payment via ParentMail at your earliest convenience. Thank you to all those parents who have done this already.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 17th January


Astonishingly, we managed to have an even busier time than last week!

In our Maths lessons, we started to bring our work on multiplication and division to a close by working on short division (also known as the ‘bus stop’ method). As with our previous work on column multiplication, we first started with relatively simple calculations that involved no carrying over, calculating answers in a deliberate and systematic fashion. We then moved on to more complex calculations, practising moving digits to adjacent place value columns when necessary. I was impressed with the level of focus on display on what can be a tricky subject to get one’s head around!

During English this week, we put ourselves in Gulliver’s shoes, writing about our adventures on the floating island of Laputa and what happened there. In doing this, we made sure that we included lots of descriptive language – verbs, adverbs and paired adjectives. We also attempted to talk about time, place and cause by using words such as when, before, because and therefore. We also completed a GPS task where we spelled words with the ‘i’ sound spelt with a ‘y.’

In our RE lesson, we continued to learn about the Bible, focusing on how it is organised. In doing so, we looked at how the Bible has an overarching plot, known as the ‘metanarrative.’

In Geography, we explored what happens when a volcano erupts, looking at the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.

During Computing, we learnt the importance of discerning between fact, fiction and opinion online.

We even managed to fit in an Art lesson, where we finished off our Hokusai-inspired wave landscapes.

Oh, and the Life Bus paid us a visit too!

Year 3 Homework for Friday 17th January 2020

Reading Comprehension for Friday 17th January 2020 – ‘Gumdrop Has A Birthday’

One last point: as you are likely aware, a letter went out earlier this week about our upcoming school trip. If you haven’t done so already, please provide your consent and payment via ParentMail at your earliest convenience. Thank you to all those parents who have done this already, and to those who have kindly volunteered to join us on the day. I have received an unprecedented amount of offers – ten and counting! I will conduct a draw and will let the successful parents know if they’ll be joining us by January 24th. As always, thank you for the continued support; it’s hugely appreciated!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 10th January


Happy New Year!

Our first week back was a very busy one indeed!
In English, we completed a range of GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling)-related activities, as well as sharpened up our reading comprehension skills. We also reflected upon the work we have done during the school year, celebrating our achievements and setting targets moving forward.

In our Maths lessons, we started to focus on column multiplication (also known as short multiplication). We started with relatively simple questions that involved no carrying over, calculating answers in a systematic, deliberate fashion. After doing this, we then moved on to more complex calculations, practising moving digits to different place value columns when necessary.

Here is your child’s homework:

Y3 Homework 10th Jan 20 – Spr 1 Wk 1 – Spellings and Arithmetic

During our RE lesson, we started to take an in-depth look at The Bible and began to understand why it is such an important text.

In our Science lesson, we started to learn about light in terms of its strength and its various sources, as well as recognising the simple fact that we need it to be able to see.

During our Geography lesson, we learned about volcanoes, what they are, where they are around the world and why they erupt.

Inspired by our current unit of work on ‘The View’, we capped off the week with a fabulous Art lesson, courtesy of Miss Amy. During this where we learned about and then worked on Hokusai-inspired wave landscapes. A lovely end to end our week!

Finally, please don’t forget to have your child enter Daunt Books’ most recent writing competition if they are keen to do so! Our school librarian (and Spanish teacher) Mrs Pereira sent out a letter about this just before the Christmas holidays, so have another look at your ParentMail for further details if they are interested!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 20th December


Year 3 have had an exciting, activity-packed week, participating in activities such as our annual Key Stage 2 Christmas Quiz. A huge ‘thank you!’ goes out to St Stephen’s alumni Lola, Lucy and Noah, who were invaluable in helping me write and host both of the quizzes that were held.

I hope you enjoyed your child/ren’s first Key Stage 2 carol service; a big ‘Thank You’ goes out to our wonderful assistant head, Miss Bell, who planned, rehearsed and organised the event!

However, it is definitely time for a much-deserved rest! Thank you for all the support you have offered me over the past term; it is hugely appreciated. I would also like to say thank you for the *incredibly kind* Christmas gifts; from London City Pikachu journals to fancy gin to (several bags of) pickled onion Monster Munch and everything in-between, I am extremely grateful! I’ve already written ‘thank you’ cards; I gave them to your children to take home a few days back, so if you haven’t yet received one, have a look in their school bag!

Please note that there is NO HOMEWORK for the Christmas holidays; normal service will resume on the first Friday back (10th January).

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; I’ll see you all on the 7th of January (please remember, Monday 6th January is an inset day)!

Mr Faith

Friday 13th December


As the end of term draws near, there was no rest for the weary as we crammed in a lot of activities ahead of us finishing up the term next Friday!

We also practised for our upcoming carol service – 3 Dahl are in fine singing form at the moment!

During English, we completed a Christmas-themed reading comprehension and also worked on our spellings of commonly-misspelt words.

In our Maths lessons, we continued to work on multiplication and division, cementing our understanding of division inverse operations, using these to answer a range of related word problems. We also reflected upon our various strengths and areas of improvement – I was impressed with the level of self-analysis that was on offer amongst my group!

In our History lesson, we learned about how Bronze Age humans used metal, whilst during Science, we looked at carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Here is this week’s homework:

Year 3 Homework for Friday 13th December 2019 (please note that children will be tested on Thursday 19th December, as we will be exceptionally busy on Friday 20th!)

On Tuesday, we were fortunate enough to attend an interactive storytelling session at Bush Theatre based around ‘The Polar Express’. Everyone had a great time, and I would like to send a huge ‘Thank You!’ to St Stephen’s parents Claire and Millie, who kindly invited us!

We had our DT Day (well, one DT afternoon and one DT morning), where 3 Dahl created Nativity scenes using a wide range of material. A great time was had by all and there were some eye-catching scenes on offer – well done 3 Dahl!

Finally, a message from our school librarian / Spanish teacher, Mrs Pereira:

Dear Parents / Carers,

Last year, many of the children at St Stephen’s entered the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition. Indeed we even had some winners from our school over the past few years. What an honour to have three published authors in our own school. This year, I would like to encourage any other keen writers from St Stephens to enter, as it is a wonderful opportunity to write a story for pleasure and potentially see it in print!

The competition is open to all children aged four to fifteen. The story must be all your child’s own work and must be between 300 and 1500 words.

How do I submit?

You should email your story as an attachment to l.pereira@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk by Friday 20th February. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached.

Eg: Sally- class Y4 Eliot (Age 9)

Please make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. We will then forward all St Stephen’s entries to Daunt bookshop by the closing date. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read.

Results will be announced in April 2020 and winning stories will be published in during summer term.

Good luck and I look forward to reading your children’s stories!

Yours faithfully,

Lia Pereira

Spanish Teacher & School Librarian​

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith

Friday 6th December


Another busy week as the march to Christmas continues!

During English, we worked on our general comprehension, grammar, punctuation and spelling skills, completing a range of tests related to the same.

In our Maths lessons, more work was done on multiplication and division. This week, we worked on our 8 x tables, also looking at inverse operations to calculate a range of division calculations.

During our RE lesson, we looked at the charity ‘Love In A Box’, and reflected upon the importance of making charitable gestures, especially over the Christmas period.

In our History lesson, we found out about early humans and the Palaeolithic period.
During Science, we used the ‘Eat Well’ plate as a jumping-off point into seeing how we can enjoy a balanced diet.

Here is this week’s homework:

Year 3 Homework for Friday 6th December 2019

Design Technology Homework – please make sure your child completes this; it is extremely important that they do this!

We also took part in a whole-year football competition on Friday. A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to Clare and Alastair, who organised the event.

Finally, we enjoyed a great Art lesson with Miss Amy; this time we drew shadow figures inspired by Alberto Giacometti!

Have a great weekend,

Mr Faith