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Welcome to Year 3

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


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

Our Year 3 reading area is our favourite place to be! 1

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.

Tudor Workshop

Our reading corner

Year 3/4 statutory spelling list