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Miss Houghton - Year 3 


Welcome to Kingfisher Class!

Hello, I am Miss Houghton and I am extremely proud to be  the class teacher in Kingfisher Class. Throughout the week, we are very lucky to have Miss Kenny supporting us with our learning.

Kingfisher class have a wonderful classroom on the first floor, we even have our own balcony which we sometimes sit on to do our work when the weather is nice. In Kingfisher class we work together as a team, always try our hardest and look after each other.

We have lots to look forward to in Summer term in Year 3:

In Design and Technology we are starting to cook! The children are very excited to use the school’s new cooking room and so far have made cheese and tomato tarts and scones.

In geography, our topic is South America. We have learnt about the different countries in South America and the continent’s physical geography. Have a look at the mountains we made with facts about the Andes!

In computing, we have been learning to make bar charts using Microsoft Word and Excel.

In Science, we have been learning about plants. Have a look at how our sunflowers are growing! The children really enjoyed learning about pollination because we acted out the process in our school garden and used the iPads to film a documentary.

This term, we have been lucky to visit Stotfold library and take part in street dance and gymnastics workshops in school. We also found out about Brazil’s carnivals for World Culture Day.

We are now looking forward to Dance Morning and our trip to Legoland.


Daily Routine

Year Threes are let in through the double doors at the front of the school, next to the main office. This is also where children leave from at the end of the day.

Doors open at 8:45am and close at 8:55am 

9:00 am: Registration. During this time the children complete their weekly mental maths sheet and read silently.

9:10 am: Phonics and Spellings

9:30 am: Daily Mile

9:45 am: English

10:50 am: Break and snack time

11:05 am: Mathematics

12:05 pm: PE/Foundation subjects

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Time 

2:05pm: Afternoon register and

Spelling/Handwriting practice

2:30 pm: PE/Foundation subjects

3:30 pm: Home time 

 Healthy Living - Run a Mile a Day

Click here for further information.

Roecroft is one of the first schools in Central Bedfordshire to adopt this fantastic initiative.

Year 3 and 4 complete a daily mile when the weather conditions are suitable for us to use the field.


Click on the link below for the Year 3 curriculum overview for the year.

Year 3 Curriculum 2017/2018

Phonics and Spelling Programme

In Key Stage 2 we continue with the Read Write Inc. phonics and spelling programme. Once the phonics programme has been completed children move onto the spelling programme. Children are placed in groups according to which spelling patterns they need to work on. The spelling patterns studied are those in the National Curriculum. Spelling lessons take place everyday between 9:10am and 9:30am. A spelling homework sheet is given out every Friday, the children should work on the spelling pattern at home alongside the learning that takes place in each day in school. The spelling test will take place every Friday. Children's results will be sent home the following week.

Mental Maths Programme

In Key Stage 2 we are currently running a mental maths programme alongside our daily Maths whole class teaching. Children are grouped based on their current stage of learning in the Mathematics curriculum. Children work on a range of mental maths problems each day, with a whole class mental maths session taking place each Friday. The programme is designed to consolidate core learning in all areas of Maths.


Our PE lessons are going to be on a Monday (outdoors) and Thursday (indoors). Please ensure your child has warm clothing to wear outside including trainers or plimsolls as we use the field all year round. 

Indoor PE kit: A white round necked t shirt, black shorts

Outdoor PE kit: A white round necked t shirt, black jogging bottoms, a warm black tracksuit top, trainers or plimsolls and a separate pair of socks.

All long hair should be tied back for PE lessons and earrings should be removed or covered with micropore tape.


Children’s spellings should be practiced daily alongside their class times tables. Children are expected to be reading frequently throughout the week at home to an adult. Learning logs are sent home each Friday with a task to be completed and returned to school by the following Thursday.

Reading and Library Books

Kingfisher classes  library session is on a Monday. If children return their library book they are able to choose a new library book each week.

In Year 3 children can change their reading book on a Monday or Thursday when they have finished reading it and are ready for the next book. Off-Scheme Readers can change their reading book on any day. 

When your child is ready to change their book please ensure you have signed their reading record and say they have finished their book.