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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.


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


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

Summer Term Learning


Our English learning will start with a narrative (story) story called ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy'. Our second narrative unit will be based on 'The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs'. Both are really funny and I'm sure the children will enjoy the humour. Our non-fiction unit will be based on writing holiday brochures. Our final poetry unit of the year will be based on limericks. There will be a strong emphasis on developing vocabulary, accurate punctuation and sentence structure.

In maths this term, we will be learning about telling the time, fractions, angles, lines, shapes and perimeter. Children will use their number skills to solve problems related to these areas of learning. We will continue to learn the three, four and eight times tables and their associated division facts. 

In science, we will continue to find out about rocks and soils, including finding out about how fossils are formed. Later on in the term, learn about plants and revise all key learning from the year. In addition to this, Y3 will be growing a range of crops to enter into a growing competition to be held at Cedars Park in July.

In computing, we will learn how to use branching databases; about how simulations can help test ideas; how to create graphs and how to create presentations.


This half term, in geography, we will learn about the continent of Europe - countries, capitals, landscape features, etc. We will then focus in on Italy and its similarities and differences with the UK.

Next half term in history, we will be finding about how life changed for people living the UK during the time of the Roman invasion.

We will be developing our sewing skills in design & technology this half term. We will explore how bags are made and will design, create and evaluate our own.


In art next half term, we will link our learning to history. We will be working with clay, using Roman inspired designs to create our own pottery designs.

In PSCHE, we will begin by learning about relationships with others and about how we can be aware of the impact of our choices on others. Later on, we will consider how babies grow, their needs and how we change as we grow.

In R.E. we will focus on Hinduism all term. Initially, we will consider how Brahma can be everywhere and in everything. Then we will find out about the River Ganges and whether it is important only to Hindus.


In French, our first topic is about being in school. We will be ensuring we use le/la and un/une correctly in this context. After half term, we will move on to developing our vocabulary linked to time, including saying when our birthday is.


Our P.E. lessons will help us to develop our fitness, rounders skills and various athletic events.


Mr Rollo, our music specialist, will continue to teach music this term. We will focus on developing our teamwork when performing, maintaining the correct pitch, volume and timing.


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 the wonderful learning that has been taking place.

Recommended Websites

Pre-history Day at the Waltham Abbey Museum

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