Year 3

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you and your children had an enjoyable holiday. Please find below information about this term.


This term we will be studying and performing playscripts, encouraging the children to use expression. We will also be looking at instruction writing as well as information texts.  The children will explore fables through the text ‘Fly Eagle, Fly!’ by Christopher Gregorowski and will use ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne to inspire poetry.

We will continue to teach spelling and grammar rules weekly as well as giving the children spellings from the National Curriculum Words To Learn. The spellings can all be found on the school website.


This term the children will be will be deepening their knowledge of multiplication and division problems and applying this knowledge to word problems. The children will be learning how to deal with simple and more complex division problems. We will then move on to look at measures including length and mass. The children will continue to develop their knowledge of times tables and this term we will focus on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Times tables are key facts to learn and any extra practise at home is very helpful.


This term we will be learning about rocks and soils.  The children will learn about different rocks and their properties and how they are used in the world around us. When carrying out investigations, the children will consider how to ensure that a test is fair.


We will be studying the Ancient Egyptians, with two key questions in mind: What made the Ancient Egyptians so special? How do we know this? We will be visiting the British Museum as part of our study on this topic. 3D and 3F will be going on Monday 5th February and 3A and 3O will be going on Wednesday 8th February.


In PSCHE we will be looking at keeping safe and healthy.  Our RE topic will be Belief and Belonging. The children will explore ideas about beliefs and friendships through Christian stories.


This half term, all ICT will be taught through a project day with Mr Lynch. The children will be using the BBC microbit control program. After half term, Using Sketch Book Pro on the IPad the children will be creating animated drawings inspired by our Literacy work on the fable ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly’. The children will follow on from this by learning how to make their own animations.

Art and Design

The children will be drawing a self-portrait from a photograph of their face. They will use a grid to judge proportions. Children will look at other portraits and use colours and patterns to give clues about themselves.

Design & Technology

At the end of this term we will be investigating packaging and designing and making our own packaging for chocolate Easter eggs.


All children require a complete change of clothes for PE including suitable footwear.  As we are still in winter, please send your child in with tracksuit bottoms and a separate PE top as lessons still take place outside if it is not wet. It is particularly important that jewellery is not worn on PE days.  We would also ask that all school uniform be clearly labelled with name and class to ensure the safe return of clothing.



Indoor (Gymnastics)

Outdoor PE





Friday - afternoon

Tuesday – period 2

Tuesday – period 4

Wednesday – period 1

Thursday – period 2

Friday – period 1

Friday – period 2

Monday – period 2








Year 3 will be working with Mr Taylor and building on their awareness of pitch, rhythm and applying this to their own composition using various percussion instruments including glockenspiels. They will be developing their skills in reading from standard music notation.  We will continue to sing a range of songs in lessons building on their impressive vocal skills developed in last term's project.


Homework will be set on Wednesday, due back on Monday. This will be English and maths work and is to consolidate what the children have been learning in class. Each piece of homework should take no longer than 30 minutes, if your child is struggling to complete their homework in this time, please let us know and we can adjust the difficulty and/or amount of what is being set for them.

Your child should also complete a piece of reading and spelling homework before their next guided reading session. Your support for your child with homework is invaluable, as this helps them to consolidate their learning.

Class assemblies

3D – Thursday 19th January 2017

3F and 3O – Thursday 26th January 2017

We are in the playground before and after school on a daily basis. If there are any queries or problems please do not hesitate to speak to us. We look forward to another successful term!


Astrid ter Averst (3A)     Emma Dewey (3D)       Andrew Furniss (3F)             Catriona Hill (3O)

Download the welcome to year 3 presentation

Download the Year 3 SPAG letter 2015/16