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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

I am Miss Neal and am delighted to be teaching Year 3 this year.

The children have all settled in well and are looking forward to the year ahead.

In our class we are supported by Mrs Ramthor.

This term our topics are ‘Kings and Queens’ and ‘Active Planet’.


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


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

Autumn Term Learning

This term in English we will be writing a variety of genres including explanation. Their fiction writing will include a narrative based on ‘The Happy Prince’ and the book ‘Flood’. Their learning will include a clear focus on the skills of drafting and editing. Year 3 will continue to develop their knowledge of different forms of punctuation and grammatical terms and how these can be used to improve their writing.


In Maths, Year 3 will continue to learn maths following the Maths No Problem scheme. This scheme is based on the highly effective, research based Singapore method of teaching mathematics. Lessons and activities are taught using a problem-solving approach to encourage the development of higher-level thinking. Ample time is spent on topics in order to deepen understanding and master concepts. New concepts are initially learned using concrete examples before moving on to pictorial representations and finally abstract symbols. The focus of the series is on teaching to mastery.


In Science, the Year 3 topics are ‘Amazing Bodies’ and ‘Can you see me?’ They will also be learning about ‘Our Changing World’ - a topic that will be on-going throughout the year.


The children will be learning how to stay safe on line and then studying spreadsheets and coding in computing. 


Our History topic this term is ‘Kings and Queens’. Year 3 will be learning about the monarchy, with a focus on a number of key Kings and Queens from throughout British history, including Queen Eleanor, before coming right up to date with King Charles.

Our Geography topic this term is ‘Active Planet’. The children will locate volcanoes around the world and research the location of earthquakes, before drawing their findings together and linking this with the movement of tectonic plates. The children will understand what happens during an earthquake and when a volcano erupts.


In Art the children will be learning about abstract shape and space. They will explore how three-dimensional forms can represent shapes and negative spaces. Manipulating a range of materials, they will learn ways to join and create freestanding structures inspired by the work of Anthony Caro and Ruth Asawa.


In D.T their topic is ‘structures’ where they will be constructing their own building and ‘Textiles’ where they and they will learn to cross stich and applique while making their own cushions.

The children will be continuing with our PSHCE Curriculum and completing the topics: ‘Being  

Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’.


In R.E, Year 3 will be learning about Hinduism and exploring the associated beliefs and practices – Would celebrating Diwali at home and in the community bring a feeling of belonging to a Hindu child? and considering the question: ‘Has Christmas lost its true meaning?’.

Year 3 will be starting their French lessons this term with the topics ‘Getting to Know You’ and ‘All About Me’.

Their P.E will be with our Sports Coach, Mr M, and they will be focusing on Football and other ball skills.

Mr Turner, will teach our music lessons and the children’s learning will be based around the topic ‘Let Your Spirit Fly’.

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.  


Where usernames and passwords are required, these can be found in your child’s reading record.

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