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Welcome to Year 3

What to expect in Year 4 Transition Story

The Last Three Weeks

So here we are, the last three weeks of the Summer term! I am not sure how we got here, but we have finally made it. What a strange adventure this has been! From the week beginning, 29th June some of you will be coming back to school for 2 days a week and some of you will still be staying at home.

I will be having some of you in my bubble on a Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Botterman will be having some of you in her bubble on Thursday and Friday. We have sorted out the classroom, and like I told you on the phone, you have your own tray of resources and the tables are set out so you have your own space to keep you safe. We will have lots of outside time and our very own areas so we don’t mix with other bubbles.

In the morning, our time to arrive at the Welwyn road gate is 9:15-9:30am but if you have a sibling arriving before this time, you can come when they arrive. Miss Crane will be there to welcome you on a Monday and Tuesday (because I have to drop my children at their school, but I’ll be there as soon as I can!) Your parent can collect you between 3:15pm and 3:30pm, but again, if they are collecting a sibling they can collect you earlier. The teachers will call each other from the gate to send a message to the classroom and an adult will walk you to the gate to meet your parent.

Things to remember:

  • Sun cream to be applied before school and you can bring some to reapply if necessary (please name your bottle)
  • Bring a named water bottle
  • Bring a healthy (nut free) snack for morning break
  • Bring a packed lunch (no nuts) if you are not having a school packed lunch.
  • You do not need to wear school uniform but you must wear clean clothes each day.

We cannot wait to see you and to teach you these last few weeks!

If your child is staying at home or if you would like some work for the days your child isn’t in school please take advantage of the lessons provide by the DfE at The National Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize which you will find in the online lesson section. You can also look through all our old home learning grids, which are found in the additional resources section for each week you were at home. I have also put lots of learning packs in the section marked The Last 3 Weeks. If you need anything printed, please let us know. Our email address at will still be active for all of you, whether you are at home or in school (we may just take a little longer to get back to you than previously). Please also use any of the previous links we have stated in our grids and blogs such as spelling frame and topmarks, which are both great websites.

Thank you for all your support during this time.

Mrs C and Mrs B x

Home Learning

March - July 2020

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Hollybush School - A Million Dreams

Hollybush Primary School performs 'A Million Dreams', with Makaton signing, during lockdown 2020.

Letter to children after school closure-Please read

Year 3 Spring term Newsletter January 2020



Over the next twelve weeks in Literacy we will be focusing on Traditional fairytales which will enable the children to write an alternative tale from a key character's perspective. They will learn how to write a report using research and note-taking skills. The children will aim to confidently record an explanation of a process whilst ensuring relevant details are included and accounts are ended effectively. In addition to this, they will read, write and perform haiku, tanka and kenning poems.Within our spellings, we will continue to focus on the Year 3 spelling patterns and our common exception words. These will come home on a Monday or a Tuesday and the children will be tested on a Monday. Please practise at home. In year 3, WE LOVE READING and the children have been listening to stories everyday, each morning the children vote for which high, quality picture book they would like to hear that day and enjoy having a story before they go home. In addition to these stories, we still have opportunities to read throughout the day, the children read their own reading books in the morning and after lunch for 15 minutes. As a Key stage we are also reading Billionaire Boy by David Walliams, during our reading assembles and as our class text. If you have a copy at home, your child is welcome to bring it to school to read along. We are very excited that we will get to see this book come to life at the end of this term when we go to the theatre to watch it performed as a stage production.



The two units of work to focus on this term are animals including humans and rocks.

Animals including humans

The unit teaches the importance of the right type and amount of nutrition as well as the functions of skeletons and muscles.


In this unit, children will discover the different types of rocks and how they are formed. Children will compare and group rocks based on appearance and simple properties. They will learn how fossils are formed and learn about the contribution of Mary Anning to the field of palaeontology. Children will understand how soil is formed and then investigate the permeability of different types of soil.


The spring long term maths plan will cover;

Multiplication – 3, 4 and 8 Times Tables including Counting Division – 1, 2, 3, 5, 4 and 8 Times Tables Multiplication – Strategy, Associative and Distributive Laws

 Statistics – Pictograms and Scaled Bar Charts

Multiplication and Division Worded Problems Week five 3LS21 Fractions – Finding Fractions of Discrete and Continuous Quantities

Ordering and Comparing Fractions  Adding and Subtracting Fractions with the Same Denominators Fractions – Problem Solving with Unit and Non-Unit Fractions

Multiplication – Multiplying Multiples of Ten Multiplication – Formal Written Multiplication


This Islam unit will teach the children about the key aspects of the Muslim faith. They will work creatively to enhance their learning experience. They will find out where Islam originated, about special places linked to Islam and about key festivals in Muslim life. The children will also learn about symbols in Islam, the Muslim holy book and the main beliefs held by Muslims.


The two units covered this term will be Gymnastics and Dance.

This Gymnastics Movement unit will teach the class how to perform a variety of floor and vault movements. The children will learn pike jumps, straight jump half-turns, cat leaps, forward rolls from standing, tucked backward rolls, chassis steps and the squat on vault while developing their understanding of the necessary flexibility, strength and control needed to perform the movements successfully. Children will have the opportunity to choreograph their own sequences and routines, performing individually and with a partner.

This ‘Dance - Extreme Earth’ unit will teach the children a range of different skills linked to the art of dance with the aim of producing an interesting dance phrase to represent a montage of natural disasters. In each session they will explore different areas linked to 'Extreme Earth', including different forms of natural disaster and the effects they have upon people and the world. The children will learn to use improvisation; design their own dance moves; link and combine movements; perform with expression; respond to different stimulus and create and perform a dance phrase applying their newly developed skills. They will develop their skills of co-operation, working both in pairs and small groups to create these movement phrases.



This ‘British Art’ unit will teach the class how to use a range of media for making portraits: how to make ‘sensory’ boxes, create abstract ‘cut ups’, tell stories in pictures and write memory postcards to create quality artwork that shows progression in skills. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of British artists Thomas Gainsborough, Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Paula Rego and Sonia Boyce. 



Our Geography topic this half term is ‘Exploring Europe’. Last year we focused on the continents of the world and this year we will be taking a closer look at our own continent of Europe in which we will learn the countries within Europe and their capital cities. We will then take a closer look at the UK developing an understanding of the geographical features within our own country. The children have already expressed an interest in finding out more about Hertford, so we will take some time to explore our town and its geography too.

A huge thank you for your kindness and generosity at the end of the year, we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your lovely families.


We are excited to continue all the super learning that has already been started this school year and can't wait to see how much more the children will grow and develop in confidence and knowledge as the term progresses.


Tomorrow we will build upon our knowledge of the continents of the world, which we learnt in Year 2, by taking a closer look at Europe. The children will then learn the capital cities of countries in Central Europe.



For some home learning opportunities please take a look at the links below.

Forest School Fun

The Landlord's Cat


Years 1,2 and 3 came together to perform The Landlord's Cat and they were incredible! The children have worked hard to learn several songs and actions... which I'm sure we will still be singing for another few days....


Lots of children had lines to learn, which they spoke with confidence.  Well done to all of you, you were AMAZING!


Every morning when we come into school we vote which book we would like to read that day. We make sure we read the blurb on the back of the book and take a quick flick through the pages to help us decide. Some chidren have even brought in their own books to be voted for. We also read some of our class chapter book, which is still The Magic Faraway Tree but we are now almost finished. What will we read next? Every morning we have some time to read and every afternoon we read for 15 minutes. Year 3 really do love to read!

Remembrance Day 2019

We sewed our own poppies to remind us of the soldiers who gave their lives for us during World War I and II and all the other incredibly brave service men and woman who go to war. Today we wore them with pride. We reminded ourselves that not all heros wear capes, and we are very thankful for the lives we can lead because of their bravery. We made our own wreath using templates of our hands as leaves and created poppies made of felt and card. Today we observed a 2 minute silence at 11'o clock in a whole school assembly. This afternoon we started some art work linked to Remembrance Day.

We Will Remember them!

Making our Poppies


First we cut out our felt template, then we sewed them together using a needle and thread. After that we gathered the back and added a stich to ensure the poppy was 3D. Next we carefully sewed on our button before finally using a safety pin to attach our poppy to our jumper or a hairband.

We shared our reading books with Year 4 and really enjoyed hearing them read their books to us.

Our Year 3 reading area is our favourite place to be!

Our reading corner

Tudor Workshop

Taking Maths Outside

We used our 'right angle finders' to search the classroom and the playground for right angles.


Learning how to play instruments.

Fabulous Fables!

In English we have been looking at Fables. We spent time focusing on the text 'The Lion and the Mouse' which we read as a class. Then we looked at various fables and focused on how to read them with intonation and expression. In groups we noted the punctuation, read our text and finally we matched them to their moral.

Year 3/4 statutory spelling list

Newsletter Autumn 1

Year 3

Does each Summer holiday go faster than the previous year? We hope you had a fun packed break and feel well rested. As teachers, we are always excited about a new academic year, in particular when it is a new year group and a new job share where the children will be able to get the best of both of us as we plan together an exciting year ahead! Below we have given you an insight in to what the year will entail but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to book an appointment to see us. In addition to this if any problems or concerns arise we will do our upmost to discuss and resolve these and keep you informed of the outcome. Please do not carry problems around with you; we don't want any tears from children or parentsJ


 The first genre of writing we will be learning about is Traditional Tales and Fables. We will begin by looking at a variety of fables, comparing, and contrasting different version of the same story. We will read the fables with expression and note the punctuation when we are reading. We will also look at ‘War and Peas’ by Micheal Foreman and produce lots of great writing around this story. The children will then write their own new fable, which will convey a moral. We will also read ‘Jim-a Cautionary Tale’ by Mini Grey and Hillaire Belloc.



We will cover lots of maths this first term, including: Place Value and Regrouping. Counting On and Back in Ones, Tens and Hundreds. Estimation, Magnitude and Rounding Measures , Mental Fluency ,Addition Written Subtraction. Problem Solving – Worded Problems. Statistics – Interpreting Bar Charts and Tables .Angles, Right Angles and Estimation.



This term we will focus on The Tudors and in particular, Henry's six wives. It had an amazing start this week with our Tudor show and workshop, the children learnt lots of super facts and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They had great big smiles on their faces all the way through and it was very interesting to learn all about Henry’s life. If you haven’t paid for this, please donate £6 to help us cover the cost. Topic covers a variety of lessons which include; History, Religious Education and  Geography.. Geography will follow next term.



During the Autumn term the children will learn about ‘Forces and Magnets’ the children will compare how things move on different surfaces, they will notice that some forces need contact between 2 objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance. They will observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others.



Throughout Key Stage 2, your child will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure full PE kit is sent to school, as this must be worn in order to participate.

We will also be doing Art, RE, Italian, ICT and Forest School.

Forest school is currently taking place on a Tuesday afternoon. Due to the fact we also have PE on Tuesdays, this may change (we will update you if there are any amendments.) The children can come to school in Forest School clothes on a Tuesday if they wish, to avoid changing so many times in one day.

Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and tested the following Monday.

There will be a weekly times table test on a Thursday and a fortnightly mental maths test on a Friday.

Please don’t forget to listen to your child read EVERY NIGHT. Thank you in advance for your support.


Mrs Botterman, Mrs Cracknell and Mrs Eley