Year 3

Year 3 - Larch and Ash 

Autumn Term 1 – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 3

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fabulous summer.  We are hoping that the children are ready to settle into their new classes and enjoy the challenges of their new year groups.


This half term the children in Year 3 will be following a topic entitled…


We will be visiting Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield - more information to follow!


This half term we will begin by focussing on descriptions of a tropical rainforest – using the story The Great Kapok Tree. We will then move on to looking at poetry about different rainforest animals – using our descriptive skills to describe each animal.

As always the key skills we concentrate on are writing in sentences, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, beginning to use adjectives to add interest and building up stamina for writing.

Reading – Whole Class Reading sessions take place every day – our new book is particularly exciting and is called This Morning I Met a Whale by the fantastic author, Michael Morpurgo.  The children will study the book, learn how to make predictions, make inferences, ask and answer questions, compare this book to others with a similar theme as well as learn how to summarise passages from the book. We will try to ensure that your child reads to an adult individually at least once a week.

Home reading - Home reading continues to be an important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools; we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book.

Spellings and Keywords - Keywords are checked in class and always in a different order from the list. Spellings are tested weekly. Your child will receive spellings on a Wednesday (the spellings will be stuck in their reading records) and they will be tested the following Wednesday.

MATHS - We shall be having a push on arithmetic focussing on place value, using the four operations and  times tables.  It is very important for children to know their times tables as it comes into so many aspects of their maths work and rapid recall of the multiplication facts is what we are aiming for. Please support your child with their times tables at home, or even on the way to school!  By the end of Year 3 the expectation is that children will know their 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

During our Maths sessions, we will continue to build on the children’s previous learning. We will look at writing numbers in both words and digits, investigate place value, and develop understanding of + - ÷ and ×. There will be a focus on both reasoning and problem solving using all four operations. We will be continuing to encourage the children in Year 3 to use practical methods alongside jottings as a method of solving problems.

ART – The main art project that the children will be undertaking is recreating a jungle themed image from the Artist Henri Rousseau. They will explore using a range of different art materials to create the desired effect. 

GEOGRAPHY This half term the children will be learning all about the position and significance of the equator and the Northern and southern Hemisphere, then locating the world’s rainforests using atlases, globes and digital computer mapping.

DT – The children will be designing and making their own rainforest animals out of a range of different materials and then evaluating them with their peers.

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing.   Year 3 will have PE every Monday afternoon.

Homework – It is expected that the children will access Bug Club, Times Table Rockstars and Mathletics at home each week. If you have any issues accessing these please speak to your child’s class teacher.

As always, if you have any concerns regarding your child we will be on the playground every morning and afternoon, please do not hesitate to come over and speak to us.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Allison and Miss Buttrick