Hayfield Primary School

Loving Learning, Loving Life.

WELCOME to SOUTH AFRICA CLASS where we try our best each day to be KIND, HARDWORKING, & RESILIENT TEAMMATES as we learn new things and practise our growing skills!


Miss neel - teacher

Mrs insley - TA

Welcome to Year 3! We hope that you enjoy looking at our page. This is our first year in juniors so our learning is becoming more CHALLENGING AS WE DIVE DEEPER INTO OUR TOPICS AND MATERIAL. In English, we are continuing to become increasingly independent with our writing and we are looking at various different genres such as: instructions, RECOUNT< NON CHRONOLOGICAL REPORTS and narratives. In maths, we are enjoying a mastery approach to our lessons and using our Fluenti in 5 morning routine to take ownership of the new vocabulary adn methods. we are practising carefully to become more independent with our problem solving and reasoning. IN SCIEnce we'll be exploring our muscles and bones, healthy diets, plants, rocks and fossils, magnets and forces, and light! Our main leanring topics are very exciting! We'll get to explore history, geography, art, Design & technology and even music as we learn all about South Africa, ww2 & the evacuees,  Volcanoes, prehistory From Stone age to Iron age and oceans of the world! 

Hello to all the children and families of 2021’s Year 3 Class! 

Looking ahead to next year I wanted to check in and introduce myself to you all. My name is Miss Neel and I’ll be the Year 3 teacher at Hayfield for the coming school year. Below you can find a video. In it I introduce myself some more and read one of my favourite stories for you.

I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Northern California and I’ve lived and worked in lots of different countries including Denmark, South Korea and Vietnam. I am looking forward to bringing those experiences into our new class and working together with all of you to help our South Africa class be the best we can! Outside the classroom, I enjoy reading, hiking, dancing and photography. My birthday is December 29. I listen to all kinds of music and eat as much Mexican food as I can. It was so fun so meet most of you during my short visit to year 2. Mrs McErlean and Mrs Bowker have been telling me lots of lovely things about each of you!  I look forward to getting to know more about each of you soon! 

I know last year was full of ups and downs and lots of unexpected challenges for all of us, but watching how the Hayfield Primary community has come together has really been heart-warming to see. As we enjoy our well earned summer holidays, I hope all of you are able to recharge and have some fun! Stay safe and alert, but hopefully we will all be able to get outside, stay active, see some friends and family and enjoy the summer! I can’t wait to hear all about what you do this summer when we gather next school year! 

I am so excited for all that we will learn and do next year! Exploring new topics, learning new skills, and reconnecting with our friends, we are sure to make lots of fun memories together!

Take care & see you soon, Miss Neel


Looking to spread the positivity and highlight all the great helpful choices made - Mrs Insley and I most look forward to our ‘clap cup’ celebrations just before home time. We'll collect and share positive choices and big effort moments that children make throughout the day. 




 In Maths we start by exploring place values and using lots of different manipulatives to show numbers and do calculations in many different ways. Our goals is to hear vocabulary and clarity improving as children explain their methods during our fluent in 5 challenges each morning. Making use of our different representations we will also work to solve additions and subtractions with 1,2 and 3 digit numbers. Making use of our number bonds to ten and really focusing on place value and patterns while doing our additions and subtractions will challenge our growing Maths skills. 




In English, we'll begin with a very fun and mysterious back to school unit. We'll remember our best neat handwriting and careful spelling skills while getting to practise using full sentence patterns on a mix of fun reading and writing activities. When my last year's class did this unit we managed to keep them guessing until the end and they meowwwwed with laughter once they realised who our special book was from! Get ready to put your thinking caps on and gather your best creative and descriptive ideas! What do we use to add description? Oh yeah adjectives and adverbs! Our class guided reading book will be ‘Yours Sincerely Giraffe’ - about a Giraffe and a Penguin who write each other letters and try to learn what each other look like


We have so many interesting things to learn about and exciting adventures to have together this year. To help you get excited, Here are some photos form last years class and a few HIGHLIGHT days!


Our first topic will be our class country, South Africa. We'll start off learning about some of the many unique animals that can be found in South Africa. Growing our geography vocabulary, we will learn about some main geological feature founds in South Africa and use our new cartography knowledge to plot symbols on maps showing where they can be found. We'll try our hand predicting where  animals might be found and researching the parks they actually live in and even go on a data gathering walk before comparing human and natural features found in Hayfield to those found in South African townships. We'll try a bit of drama to help explore fairness and justice a bit personally, before we learn about the unfair rules that existed during Aparthied in South Africa. Gathering the story of Nelson Mandela’s life will be one way we celebrate Black History Month in Year 3.