Year 3

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Welcome to Year 3 class Page.

Welcome to Year 3 website page! I hope everyone has enjoyed a wonderful Christmas holiday and is feeling refreshed ready for an exciting and busy Spring term!

Key dates:

Wednesday 8th January- school reopens
Wednesday 15th January- Termly update for parents (PowerPoint emailed to those who cannot attend)
Wednesday 29th January – Year 3 daily worship
Friday 7th February- NSPCC Number Day (more details to follow)
Wednesday 12th February- Disco. KS1 7pm- 8pm
Friday 14th February- School closes for half term
Monday 24th February- School reopens
Monday 24th February- Spotlight on Year 3 all week – photos to be uploaded on Facebook the following week
Wednesday 4th March- Story Magic Theatre- Read to Achieve- The Magic of Stories
Thursday 5th March – GB athlete visit to school (sponsored event – more details to follow)
Friday 6th March – World Book Day (more details to follow)
Wednesday 18th March- Parents Evening
Friday 27th March- Easter Service 9am. School closes at 2.30pm

Curriculum News

Our topics for Spring Term:
Spring 1 – Mighty Metals – this will be a science focus
Forces and Magnets
Magnetic materials
Attract and repel
Spring 2 – Tribal Tales – this will be a history focus
Stone age Britain
Iron age Britain
Comparing the ages
How did Stone Age men and women live?
How did Iron Age men and women live?


As much as possible, our English will be linked with our class topic to make the learning as immersive as possible for the children.
We will look at a wide range of genres, finding out the features and literary devices used by authors before producing our own writing.
The children will be writing a variety of text types including non-chronological reports (designing their own piece of playground equipment), formal letters, recounts and instructions.
There will be a focus on building stamina for writing and developing editing skills as part of the
writing process.
Handwriting will continue to be a focus in all sessions.

Guided reading sessions happen every day in school and develop key reading skills.
Children are heard independently by staff on a 1-1 basis every week.
Children have a school reading book as well as a library book to bring home and share with you.
Our class novel is also a big part of school life – this term we are reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.
Children are encouraged to read aloud at home at least 3 times every week – even if this is just for a few minutes. Children can carry on reading independently – they will be asking you
for signatures to show they have been reading at home.
We are always encouraging a love of reading and reading for pleasure so if your child is struggling with a book or doesn’t feel it appeals to them, please put a note in their reading record and we can address this at school.

We will be focussing heavily on arithmetic over the next term. In particular the children will be building their confidence in 3 digit addition and subtraction.
We will also look at:

  • Multiplication and division (3 and 4x tables)
  • Fractions – ordering, comparing to decimals, adding and subtracting

On Thursdays and Fridays each week the children will be given test-style questions to complete each morning to increase their confidence.
We will complete a times table grid every Monday which will be sent home on a Friday with up to 5 questions to practice over the weekend.

Our topic this half term is Forces and Magnets.
We will work towards having an understanding of simple forces (gravity, friction, push, pull, resistance). The children will conduct experiments using different materials and investigate the
friction between each. They will test magnetic materials and strength. We will look at the different poles of magnets and explore attraction and repelling. We’ll explore the forces that help us to slide and swing. We’ll bring toys from home to investigate how they work. We’ll look closely at levers and explore how they help us to lift heavy objects. To learn more about forces, we’ll make spinners, play
with parachutes and make magnetic games. We’ll also investigate iron, think about why some metals rust and discover the properties of different metals. Using pots, pans and other metal
objects, we’ll compose a metal musical extravaganza and use our artistic skills to create embossed patterns and pictures.

In geography the children will develop their map reading skills and explore the different symbols used on Ordnance Survey maps. They will begin to sketch simple maps of the local area and look at
land use (i.e. farming, housing, commercial). They will develop these skills further by using atlases and maps to locate major cities in the UK and then countries in Europe and North and South
In history the children will learn about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. What were people’s daily lives like and what epic battles did they fight?

Using techniques such as cutting, scraping and mark making, we’ll make Stone Age tools. We’ll look closely at cave paintings and create our own. As we learn about the Bronze Age, we’ll build
monuments and investigate their shadows. Copying the Beaker folk style, we’ll make clay containers.
We’ll also make Iron Age jewellery.

Our topic is ‘Called by God’. The children will be exploring the questions:

  • What does it mean to be called by God?
  • In what ways does God call people? How does God speak to people?
  • What sort of tasks does God call people to do?
  • Who has been/or could be called by God?

PE will take place on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons.
Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school – including suitable footwear – on these days. Girls with long hair should bring a bobble into school to tie up their hair for health and safety reasons
during PE lessons and earrings should either be covered by tape (provided by school) or removed.

Water bottles
For their comfort, please ensure your child has a water bottle in school every day.

Other information
Knowledge organisers are sent home to support your child’s topic learning. These contain an outline of areas covered in school.

Times Table Rock Stars – ensure quick, rapid recall of multiplication and division facts. Children have their own log ins for this online resource – should be stuck into front cover of their reading journal.

Our reading scheme for this year is Oxford Reading Tree!

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