St Joseph's Rotherhithe


Mandela Class


Welcome to Mandela Class page!

My name is Miss Keay and I am the Year 3 teacher.

Here are some of our weekly routines:

 PE takes place on Thursdays (swimming) and Fridays, therefore, children should arrive to school in their PE kit, or with their full swimming kit (swimming costume/trunks, swimming cap, goggles and towel).

Children will be tested on their times tables every Friday, once they are confident they will be moved up to the next set, they should practise these in their Times Table Book every night. Their books should be signed by an adult at home and will be checked in class every week.

Every Monday, your child will be given a list of spelling words along with a spelling rule. They will need to learn these by Friday when they will be tested. The test will also include some surprise words, which will follow the spelling rule they have learnt.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays the children will read with an adult in a small group setting, as a school we encourage you to read with your children for at least 30 minutes every night and sign their reading record.

Homework will be set through Google Classroom each Friday and should be submitted by the following Wednesday. 

Thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, I am always happy to hear from you!



Our Learning- Autumn 1


In RE we are looking at the Church and our families.


This half-term our topic is Mighty Metals!


In Literacy this half-term, will be writing play scripts. We will start by looking at the features of play scripts including character lists, stage directions and narrators. Once we have planned and written our own play scripts, we will be practicing our drama, speaking and listening skills through performance. 


In Maths this half-term, we will be looking at place value focusing on numbers up to 1000. We will also be looking at adding and subtracting two-digit and three-digit numbers. We will be using number lines, base ten and counters to help us. 


In Science, our topic is 'Forces and magnets'. We will be planning our own investigations to compare how things move on different surfaces. Through enquiry lessons, we will notice that some forces need contact between 2 objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance. We will also use observation skills to understand that magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others. we will be able to describe how magnets have two poles and we will use this knowledge to help us predict whether 2 magnets will attract or repel each other.

During History this half-term, we will be learning about Ancient Egypt. We will be using sources and artefacts to help us answer questions about life in Ancient Egypt and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter.  Additionally, we will be writing instructions on mummification, after carrying out our own mummification on a tomato! Finally, we will link what we have learnt in Maths (measurement) and Science (forces) to carry out our own investigation into how the pyramids were built!

In D&T this half term, we will be learning about Ancient Egyptian diets and linking them to our diets today. We will also be making our own Egyptian bread!

In PE, we will be focusing on dribbling and passing with feet. We will be learning how to move safely in a confined space, how to accurately pass a ball whilst stationary and moving, and finally how to prevent the ball from being intercepted.

In computing, we will be learning about internet safety and making our own class blogs and websites. We will also learn how to make spreadsheets using Purple Mash.




 Our Learning- Autumn 2

In RE, our topic is 'Promises' we are looking at Baptism.


This half-term our topic is ‘Predator’!


In Literacy this half-term, will be writing non-chronological reports about predators. We will be focusing on using conjunctions, writing in the 3rd person, using a formal tone and organising and structuring our paragraphs.


In Maths this half-term, we will be focusing on multiplication and division. We will be recapping the times tables we learnt last year in addition to learning to recall our 3, 4 and 8 times tables. We will be learning to use mental strategies and formal written methods to calculate 2-digit numbers times 1-digit numbers. In class, we will be solving a range of reasoning and word problems.


In Science, we will be learning about animals including humans. We will be looking at the importance of a balanced diet on our health and well-being, finding out why we have skeletons and muscles, creating food chains and food webs for animals we find in Southwark Park and investigating the diet of owls in the UK. 


During Geography this half-term, we will be developing our fieldwork skills. We will be taking walks around our local area and identifying the human and physical features we observe, we will then compare our findings. Additionally, we will be learning all about compass points, sketching maps, four-figure grid references and using keys. 


In Art this half-term we will be studying the artist Calder Kamin, who makes 3D models of animals from recycled plastic. We will take inspiration from our artist study to design and make our own 3D model of a bird of prey, with the aim to inspire people to recycle and stop using single use plastic where possible.

In computing, we will be learning about coding. To master coding skills, children will have the opportunity to explore program design and put computational thinking into practise.pic is 'Promises' we are looking at Baptism.