Building bright futures

Autumn Term

Let me introduce you to the Year 3 teaching team: 

Mr Lester ( Class Teacher) and Miss Hayer (Teaching Assistant). 

Our class target this half term is to be independent learners. This means being able to work alone, in silence and trying to work out the answers ourselves.

Our Christian value for this term is 'Justice'. It would be lovely if you could have a conversation with your child about what that word means.


This half term we will be focusing on Number and Addition and Subtraction. We will also do a little revision about the properties of 2D shapes and how to work calculations in our heads. All children are now expected to know their 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of the term, so Year 3 need to get practising!! The children will be sent home with a multiplication square and you can support them by using this to test them. 


This half term we will be doing a LOT of writing. We will be focusing on mystery stories and learning about the life of Rosa Parks. Remember, good readers make good writers, so READ, READ, READ!

Each child will be given spellings each week and we will begin with the first 300 high frequency words continuing to Year 3 specific vocabulary.


In Science we will be looking at Light this half term. How shadows are formed, how light travels through different materials and about day and night. This includes making shadow puppets and telling stories with them.

We are going to really work hard on our Scientific Enquiry skills, so make sure you are asking lots of relevant questions!


In RE this half term we will be learning about the Qur'an. Also we learn about the Christian Taize Community and its founder Brother Roger. Our final topic will be learning about an aspect of the Lord's Prayer. We will be building a BIG RE book throughout the year, which will document everything we have learnt.


We are studying Geography this half term and our topic is Europe. we are learning to locate the countries and their capital cities as well as the major rivers and mountains of Europe. If you would like to help your child to research some of these countries we would love to see what you have found out at school so please bring in any research!


PE is on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit on these days including trainers.


How you can help

You can help your child most by being interested in what they are doing at school. Ask him/her about his/her day and what they have enjoyed the most. It is very important that your child is reading for at least 10 minutes a day. The children are encouraged to take a book home from the book corner. Reading records  will be checked on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We are encouraging reading for pleasure in Year 3, so your child should bring in his/her book everyday so we can all read for pleasure during the school day.

Homework and spellings go home on a Friday and are expected to be brought back in on a Wednesday. If your child has any problems with the homework, please encourage him/her to come and see a member of the teaching team before Wednesday. Spelling tests will be on Fridays.

If you have any other questions about how to support your child, please come and see a member of the teaching team. We all want to support your child to achieve the best that he/she can!


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