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Year 3

 Welcome to Year 3!!!


The Year 3 team:

3 Crystal  - Miss Higginbotham (You can call me Miss H) 


3 Lion -  Mrs Smith


with Mr Ramsay,  Mrs Bedford and Mrs Dunn


Important information:


Our PE days are Monday and Wednesday. Please come to school in PE kit on these days.

It will be our turn for forest school this term, 3 Lion will be going first, and 3C will go second. This will either be on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon- a parent mail will be sent directly to you including more details. Starting from 22nd April, 3L will have a six week block of forest school learning with half a class on Wednesday and half on Thursday. After their turn, 3C will follow the same pattern for the next 6 weeks. During the time that their class has forest school sessions, children will not need to come in PE kits on Wednesdays.


Bring a water bottle with a sports top each day.


Reading diaries and reading books should be in school every day.


Reading book change day will be Thursday. (This may change.)


Spellings will be set weekly on Doodle (usually on a Friday). The children should aspire to remain in the green zone by working on the little but often principle. We expect them to complete maths and spelling weekly. Rewards will be given for staying in the green zone as well as a bonus award for 1000 stars. 


Recount writing will be our first text this half term. We will be learning how to write about an event in the past, using a trip to the Eden Project as our model text.

Our class readers will be: Planet Omar- Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian  and The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson. Our book talk sessions will be based around a variety of short fiction books, including our class readers. Children have their reading scheme book and may also borrow a book from the reading corner in the classroom and our school library. Book change for reading scheme books will be on a Thursday. We encourage the children to record their own reading in their Reading Diary - pages read and short reviews would be lovely to see. We also encourage adults to record in this diary when hearing children read.



We are continuing with our learning about Mass, capacity and volume this half term.

Our maths understanding starts with practical apparatus before children move onto drawing or writing. Problem solving and explaining their reasoning is an important part of showing mathematical understanding.

Following our work with measures, we will be working with fractions- building on our work from spring and finding fractions of amounts, drawing links with dividing. Then we will visit money and then time, then off to do some more work with shape, and we will finish with Statistics.


To support in maths, please work on number bonds and times tables, specifically 2,3,4,5,8 and 10. Any practice with telling the time would be very beneficial. We are also challenging the children to learn their square numbers this year. Using money and telling the time are also valuable activities that can be practised at home. Pizza or cake cutting can easily reinforce our work on dividing equally and fractions and any cooking will present chances to use their mass (weighing) and capacity skills. Can they work out what each increment (line) on your jug or scale means?



Our RE question will be- 'What do different people believe about God?'. In PSHE, we will be thinking about our why we should eat well and look after our teeth.


In Science, after finishing our work on states of matter, we will be studying plants.  Through DT, we aim to cook cheese twists and will be preparing curried tuna pitta breads as well as finishing our work on bridges. In ART we will be doing printing and clay-work.

Our geography topic this term asks "Is it better to holiday in the UK or abroad?" We will be looking at a range of holiday locations in the UK as well as throughout the world. We will be learning about capital cities and landmarks.

Our ICT lessons will use J2E to code as well as looking at how email works. 

In French, our unit is called Je peux (I am able to) and will talk about hobbies. Lessons for Music will involve children singing and practicing their performance skills ahead of a chance to sing with some other schools.

In PE the children will be learning tennis skills, then after finishing their Yoga program, will be doing athletics on the Wednesday for the six weeks they are not at forest schools.





Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.