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Year 3



Welcome to Year 3!smiley

Mrs Davis (Class Teacher) and Mrs Jones (Teaching Assistant) are very excited to be working together and we are even more excited to be welcoming you into our classroom.  Our aim is to make your learning journey fun and memorable.

Please visit our class page regularly and take a peek at what we have been up to.  We intend to share samples of work, photographs of our activities and add any important dates too.



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New Project for Summer Term 2 Kitchen Garden 'Fruit and Vegetables'

From Monday June 8th 2020 New Live Lesson Time-table will start.

Please note that I will set Science on Learning by Questions. For future reference, this will be allocated a time window of 1pm to 4pm. 

It will last around 30 minutes.

RE will be set on Google Classroom.  It should last about 30 minutes, maximum of 1 hour.

Spanish will be set once every two weeks.

Project is already set on the school website on our class page.  Kitchen Garden – ‘Herbs and Spices’. 

I would like to encourage children, if and where appropriate to grow some herbs and even some veg. (I will be growing veg in containers) 

Giving children some responsibility to look after a plant and watching it grow is a good experience.  They could even measure and track the growth.

If you are able to grow anything – even cress – send in photos of planting and looking after the plants please to share with each other.

I will be encouraging children to do some more baking and experimenting with herbs and spices for flavour. 

Friday 22nd May Homework for half term Please practise telling the time. Take a look at the document attached for more detail.

Friday 22nd May 2020 Homework Flapjacks - YUMMY! Can you bake these? Maybe you can add different flavours like chocolate chip, orange or nuts and raisins.Can you add any spices?

Friday 15-5-20 Homework Baking Bread How will you adapt this recipe?

Thursday 7th May - Homework - Baking Scones - Feel free to adapt this recipe using herbs or spices, fruit or cheese. HAVE FUN!

Friday 24th April 2020 - Homework - Baking experience.

SPANISH WORK Friday 24-4-20

Summer 1 Term Project - Kitchen Garden 'Herbs and Spices'

Happy Summer Term everyone!

Hope that you are all keeping well and have all had a chance to enjoy the sunshine, despite being in 'lock down'!


This is a reminder that we start to use Google Classroom from today - Monday 20th April for daily Maths and English lessons.  There will also be tasks posted on Purple Mash.

I have added a project for you to complete: Kitchen Garden 'Herbs and Spices'.  Please click on the relevant word document to see: When it is due in, what I would like you to include plus a suggested page layout.


I wonder if you might be able to grow some of your own herbs and cook with them?  Of course you must have an adult to help you.  Please email photos of your afternoon activities.  I really look forward to seeing what you get up to.


From a science point of view we will be looking at plants and how they grow.  Now could be the perfect time to plant some vegetables, maybe some potatoes, peas and carrots. You could do this in containers, like me! 


Please stay safe and enjoy the project.

School Closure Week 2 Friday 3rd April

School Closure Week 2 Thursday 2nd April

School Closure Week 2 Tuesday 31st March

School Closure Week 2 Monday 30th March

                       Spring Term 2020

Happy 2020 everyone!

This Spring Term, in Year 3, our Curriculum Vehicle is to create an app for children of about 6 to 10 years of age.  This app will be a platform game based on the International Space Station (I.S.S.) and it will include true facts and fun.


Please read below to find out what we will be covering in our subjects.



We will be completing units:

  • CHRISTMAS - Children will learn about the story of the shepherds and how they reacted to the
    news of Christ’s birth. They will be able to empathise with the feelings and reactions of the shepherds at this event. They will also learn that the Crib is an important symbol of prayer and devotion. 
  • PRAYER - Children will know that Jesus valued his relationship with God his Father in prayer. They will understand that people can pray in different ways and will be able to talk about different styles of prayer and some symbols used to help people to pray.
  • LENT - Children will know and understand that the Season of Lent is a time when Christians try to change to be more like Christ. They will know some stories about Christ bringing change to the lives of people who were sick and in need.
  • Holy Week - Children will know that Holy Week celebrates the last week of the life of Jesus here on earth. They will understand that the events of Palm Sunday and the Last Supper tell us about who Jesus is. They will be able to make some links between the Passover, the Last Supper and the celebration of Mass.


In Maths children will continue their learning of Multiplication and Division.  It is so important that all children learn their Times Tables and develop a quick recall of number facts associated with them as it will improve their confidence with number and calculations.

Money - In this unit children will learn to convert between pounds and pence. Although children know from Year 2 that
there are 100 pence in one pound, they have not converted between them. Children will move on to converting amounts such as 720p into pounds and pence and vice versa. Notation with the decimal point is not used until Year 4 so children will continue to use the structure of x pounds and y pence or £x and yp. This will help them unitise 100 pence as £1. Children next go on to solve addition and subtraction problems relating to money. They add the units separately and convert for amounts bridging a pound. Working with money in context is an important skill.

Statistics - This unit exposes children to a range of ways in which information and data can be presented and interpreted. Children will explore pictograms in detail, including exploring the use of keys where one symbol represents
more than 1. Children will be introduced to data presented in bar charts and more complex tables. The unit also
provides a good opportunity for children to practise and apply their calculation and reasoning skills, including
addition and subtraction, and counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.

Length - This unit focuses on measurement in mm, cm and m. Children will learn how these units of measurement relate to one another and convert between single and mixed units. They will apply their knowledge of number to compare, order, add and subtract measurements of length and calculate the perimeter of 2D shapes.

Fractions - Throughout the unit children use a variety of key representations, including the bar model and the number line, to help their understanding as they make a whole out of two fractional parts, explore tenths and fractions as a number, and calculate a unit and non-unit fraction of a set of objects.



We will be listening to 'Stories from Space', which are stories read by astronauts on the I.S.S. about adventures in Space.  We will be comparing these stories and even writing a sequel for one of them.  In addition to this we will be reading Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer.  The overall aims of this  are to:

  • engage children with a story with which they will empathise.
  •  explore themes and issues, and develop and sustain ideas through discussion.
  •  develop creative responses to the text through drama, storytelling and artwork.
  •  write in role in order to explore and develop empathy for characters
  •  write with confidence for real purposes and audiences

In our writing opportunities we will be learning about and using: Adverbials, Prepositions and Conjunctions as well as  the Present Perfect Tense and continuing to present our writing in paragraphs.



We will be learning about Light, both natural (God-made) and artificial (man-made).  Children will develop their understanding of sources of light and reflectors of light.  Shadows will be investigated and also created for story telling.

Leicester Space Centre will be visiting with two workshops for us to consolidate our learning, mid-way through our vehicle.

After half-term we will be learning about Forces and Magnets.  Which materials are attracted to magnets, how magnets are made and what repel means.



Through the use of our Vehicle - The I.S.S. - children will learn about the 5 major lines of latitude and locate countries and significant places on each.  They will also learn about the Prime Meridian and how these lines are invisible in the world, only visible on a map.   Ariel photography will also be used.  Countries and capitals of the British Isles will be explored along with regions and counties too.  Children will be writing an astronauts guide to the U.K.  An understanding of the difference between the UK and GB and British Isles will also be taught.  Children will also be learning about mountains and rivers of the UK.



Ancient civilisations, in particular ancient Egypt will be explored.  This will link to our Vehicle as we will be using aerial photography of the pyramids as a part of our stimulus.  Children will learn about the four earliest civilisations and place them on a timeline.  Order different classes of Egyptian society and investigate what their lives were like.  Use historical evidence to find out about Egyptian clothing before designing and making their own jewellery (D and T) .  After which, children will learn about Rosetta Stone and how she helped people to decipher hieroglyphics.  Children will learn about the pyramids and the sphinx and write poems about them. Following this they will learn about Howard carter and his discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb and the artefacts that it contained.



Our focus during the first half term will be on Holst - The Planets. Children will listen to each movement and discuss how it makes them feel.  They will also compare different movements to say which are similar and which are different.  After half term pupils will learn to play the Recorder.  We plan to attach soundbites from their Recorder playing and Holst to their end of vehicle Product - the I.S.S. app.


Art and D&T:

In art pupils will be practising and further developing their sketching skills by sketching parts of the I.S.S. and we will be learning about Alan Bean, a former Apollo 11 and Space Lab Astronaut who turned into a 'Moonscape' artist when he retired.

In addition to this, pupils will be designing a piece of moon- art in the style of Alan Bean (using prints).

In D&T, children will be designing and sculpting some Egyptian Jewellery and making a foil cartouche.



Children will be developing their programming skills with 'Scratch' and will design a game for their I.S.S. app.


Autumn Term: 2019


We start the year with a unit of work called, 'Belonging - We Gather As God's Family'.  In this unit we will be looking at Baptism, a Sacrament of belonging and children will learn to sequence the Rite of Baptism.They will also be able to discuss elements of the celebration of Mass, about gathering as the Family of God.


Our second unit is called 'Reconciliation'.  Children will learn that we have the freedom to make choices and know the difference between good and bad choices as well as the consequences they bring.  They will learn that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the Church's celebration of God's forgiveness of sin.


Our final unit this Autumn Term is, 'Advent'.  Children will learn the stories of the Annunciation and Visitation.  They will understand that both Mary and Elisabeth recognised and welcomed the presence of Christ.



Guided Reading

We are using a 'Whole Class Guided Read' approach, whereby the teacher reads to the class, teaches a skill and then pupils have the opportunity to practise those skills.


This term we will be reading: 'Tilly and the Time Machine,' written by Adrian Edmondson.  After this text, we will be sharing a picture story book with a  comic strip format called, 'Ug - Boy Genius of the Stone Age,' written by Raymond Briggs.


Our English lessons will be inspired by our whole class guided reading texts (above).  We will be writing: character and scene descriptions with clues, persuasive writing, story writing, diary entries and letters.  Our final piece of writing for this term will be a non-fiction fact file. 

Spellings! Let's make them fun. How do you practise yours?


During the Autumn Term, Year 3 focus on Place Value for numbers up to 1,000.  This will include reading, writing ordering and comparing values.  Adding 1, 10 and 100 more than any given number as well as taking away 1, 10 and 100 from any given number.

They will also learn to add and subtract 2-digit and 3-digit numbers from a 3-digit number which may include exchanges.

After this, pupils will learn how to multiply and divide by 3, 4 and 8.

Vehicle:  What is this? 

It is a very exciting and new way of teaching pupils which includes a ‘real-life’ experience and/or product following a period of learning known as a project.  This adds context to their learning.

Each vehicle focuses on key values, which will be assessed as part of the process:

  1. metacognition and self-regulated learning
  2. teamwork
  3. values (including Gospel values and British Values)
  4. managing themselves
  5. managing relationships
  6. contributions to each Vehicle


Our Vehicle for the Autumn Term is:  Time Travel – Back to the Stone Age and each Year 3 family will be invited to our class exhibition at the end of the term.  This will be planned, organised and run by the children themselves. 


Stone Age Art...LOOK at some of our fantastic work!

Year 3 Exhibition. Thank you for your continued support and sharing your child's learning.

Class Trip:

We are pleased to announce that we are going to Sarehole Mill, in Birmingham for our trip.  It will be quite a long day as we will have to depart early and we will more than likely be back between 4 and 4.30 pm.  A text will go out to parents to give you a more informed time of return when we are 30 minutes away.


October Half Term Project Homework. Please see the attachment.

Y3 Weekly Timetable

Y3 Parents' Information Evening