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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

I am Mrs Downey and am really looking forward to teaching Year 3 this year.

This term our topics are ‘Kings & Queens’ and ‘Active Planet: Mountains, Earthquakes & Volcanoes’.


We have P.E twice a week on Tuesday and Friday.


Children are expected to complete some learning at home every evening. In order to support your child at home with their learning please encourage them to: 

  • Read every night
  • Complete their Lexia time (40 minutes per week)
  • Complete home learning tasks
  • Revise the Y1 and Y2 statutory spelling lists and begin to learn the Y3/Y4 list
  • Revise the 10x, 5x and 2x tables and learn the 3x, 4x and 6x tables (TTRockstars is great)
  • Develop their mental maths skills using Numbots
  • Learn their Year Y3/Y4 glossaries

Home Learning Tasks

Autumn Term Learning

This term in English we will be writing a variety of genres including non-fiction, narrative and poetry. We will be developing our fluency in handwriting and will be carrying out many spelling investigations. We will be developing key skills when reading that will help us understand the texts that we read.


In Maths we will be focussing on working confidently with numbers up to 1000. We will be developing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills


In Science we will be learning about light and magnets.


We will be further developing our coding skills in Computing and will also be learning about spreadsheets. Most importantly, we will continue to learn how to remain safe online.


Our History topic this term is ‘Kings & Queens. We will be learning what is meant by monarchy’ and about the impact of some famous British monarchs over the last 1200 years.


Our Geography topic this term is ‘Active Planet’. We will learn about mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes.


In Art & Design, we will be learning about the Japanese artist, Hokusai, and will be creating paintings in his style. We will also be making 3D models of volcanoes.


In Design & Technology, we will be finding out about seasonal food in Britain. We will learn about healthy foods that are available at different times of the year.  


We will be taking part in the PSHCE Curriculum and completing the topics: ‘Being  

Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’.


In R.E we will be learning about Hinduism and Christianity. Hinduism will focus on Diwali celebrations and Christianity will focus on the meaning of Christmas.


Year 3 will begin their French lessons; this term the topics are ‘Getting To Know You’ and ‘All About Me’.

In PE, we will be developing our ball skills with Mrs Downey and learning to play tennis with Mr T.


Music will be taught by our music teacher, Mr Rollo, and our learning will be based around the song ‘Let Your Spirit Fly’. We will also be learning to play the glockenspiel.


All of the curriculum information can be found on the curriculum page on the website. 


If you would like to speak to me about your child’s learning please contact the office and I will be in contact. 


Please check the website regularly as we will be updating it with all of the wonderful learning that has been taking place. 


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