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Year 3: Mrs McGowan - Gorillas

Welcome to Gorillas Class.


Welcome to Gorillas Class, which is made up of 30 fantastic children, venturing into Juniors for the first time.  Our class teacher is Mrs McGowan and we are lucky to have differnet teaching assistants who will also be supporting us during each week of our journey: Ms Rawson, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Mulnier.  Mrs Henson also teaches us once  a fortnight when Mrs McGowan is working on our next stage of learning, during her Planning, Preparation and Assessment (P.P.A.) time.


Please feel free to browse through this class webpage to find lots of useful information

and updates on all the adventures we encounter. 

PE Days


  • Our PE Days for the Summer 2 term  are Tuesday (Outdoor) and Friday (Indoor).


On PE days, children should wear their school PE kit which includes a plain red t-shirt with or without the school logo, a plain black zip-up jacket and plain black joggers/shorts.

Please select a leaf from above to find out more about what is happening in each term.  These pages will provide useful information on the subjects being covered, knowledge organisers to support learning and class blogs which provide a sample of our adventures and achievements.



Each Friday one of the following activities will be set online:

  • MyMaths
  • TTRockstars Battle


In addition to the online activities, children will be required to:

  • Read (3 times to an adult and get their school diary signed by them to be awarded a merit)
  • Learning and practising times tables
  • Spellings




Spelling lists of 10 words will be given out each week for children to stick in their school diaries.  Each list will consist of words that follow a set spelling rule and should be learned by the following week. Learning the rule can help to break down the words in order to make them easier to spell. One way to practise is using the Spelling Shed account which will have the same spellings as in the diary.

Supporting your child with homework


Your child may find bbc bitesize helpful in supporting your child on a whole host of subjects including grammar knowledge for the homework.  Please use the links below where you see fit.



Important Dates coming up


Spring 1


  • Monday 8th January - First day of Spring 1 
  • Wednesday 24th January - Gorilla class watching Y4 Violin Concert 9:30 in the hall.
  • Friday 26th January - Interim Reports out
  • Friday 2nd February - NSPCC Number Day
  • Wednesday 7th February - Expert Group Afternoon
  • Thursday 15th February - Last day of Spring 1
  • Friday 16th February - Inset Day


Spring 2

  • Monday 26th February - Start of Spring 2
  • Wednesday 7th March - World Book Day
  • Monday 11th March - heralds the start of Science Week
  • Thursday 21st March - Film Night TBC
  • Monday 25th March - heralds the start of the Lower Juniors Concert "Dragon Days"
    • Listen out of when tickets will be on sale
  • Thursday 28th March - Last day of Spring 2


Summer 1

  • Wednesday 17th April - Parents' Evening 
  • Wednesday 24th April - Expert Group Afternoon 
  • Monday 6th May - Off school for May Day Bank Holiday 
  • Thursday 23rd May - Gorilla Class Assembly at 9am
  • Thursday 23rd May - Last Day of Summer 1 
  • Friday 24th May - Inset Day


Summer 2

  • Monday 3rd June - Start of Summer 2
  • Tuesday 4th June - The Book Bus in school 
  • Wednesday 19th June - Expert group afternoon 
  • w/c 24th June - Celebration Week 
  • Tuesday 2nd July - Year 3 School Trip
  • Friday 5th July - Sports Day and Summer Fair 
  • Tuesday 9th July - Transition Day 
  • Wednesday 10th July - Meet the teacher after school drop in 
  • Tuesday 23rd July - End of the year, last day in Year 4