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 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


This Week’s Homework: Y3 Homework 10th Jan 20 – Spr 1 Wk 1 – Spellings and Arithmetic

3 Dahl poem for Spring Term 1: ‘The Scorpion’ by Roald Dahl