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Year Three 2020-21

Class Teacher- Mrs Simmons/ Mrs Yarnold 

Teaching Assistant- Miss Gittings

Year 3 Parent information PowerPoint September 2020

Year Three

Year 3 are a hardworking, enthusiastic and motivated class who love learning and working together!


Hello and welcome to Year 3.  We are so delighted to welcome you all back into school to the start of a brand new school year and the beginning of the juniors.  It's lovely to see you all back in school looking smart, so ready and eager to learn.  We know you have all really enjoyed seeing your friends again too. We are very proud of you all for coming back to school so sensibly.

You may have felt a bit worried about coming back into school, but I hope that all the discussions we have had have put your minds at rest.  We have carried out full risk assessments and are confident that we have done everything that we can to make sure you are safe and happy in school.  Please remember to follow the new rules in school - sticking to our family bubble - and try to adhere to the social distancing measures that we have talked about.  Thank you for signing the Home School Agreement.

We are really looking forward to the year ahead and we are sure it is going to be a fantastic year.  Below is some information on what we will be covering this half term in each subject area: 



This term we will be covering the unit 'belonging.' We will learn that Baptism is the Sacrament of Belonging to God’s Family, the Church. We will identify some signs and symbols of Baptism and express their meaning. We will sequence the Rite of Baptism and be able to discuss elements of the Celebration of Mass about gathering as the Family of God. We will participate in  Mass via zoom each week and will celebrate our class Mass together in the hall with Father David. We will have class prayer services every Thursday afternoon in class.




Our class text this term is ‘The BFG' which is a book written by Roald Dahl. We will use this text to form the basis of most of our English lessons.  We will be looking at using ambitious vocabulary and will magpie words from our class text to use in our own writing. We will begin to use thesaurus' to  up level our vocabulary. The children will complete a piece of extended writing weekly and will learn how to edit and improve their writing. There will be a key focus on reading and to help children with this, there will be weekly reading and comprehension activities to aid knowledge and understanding of what they are reading.  We will go over the year 2 spelling list and will begin to look at the Year 3 and 4 spellings but we will also be looking at lots of other different spelling rules this half term. In grammar we will continue to understand the role of the different word types we use in our writing - nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, articles and so on. 




In Maths this half term we will be focussing on place value and  reading, writing and ordering numbers up to 1000 in numerals and words. We will learn to represent numbers in a variety of ways.  We will continue to work on our times tables and being able to recall facts up to 12 x 12. We will also be looking at addition and subtraction, multiplication tables, number bonds knowledge and improving our mental maths fluency. There will also be a  focus on mental maths and aiding children in being able to calculate problems in their head. 





This term we will be focusing a lot on how we are all feeling, using our emotion board to talk about all the different emotions that we may be feeling during these very strange times.  Remember, whatever you are feeling - it's ok!  We can talk about it and try and work it out together.



We will focus this term on the use of lines in art. They will study famous artist who use a variety of line work in their art. The children will develop their sketching skills.



The children will focus this term on ‘Patriotic Music’. They will study a range and wide variety of different anthems.



You will be having PE on a Wednesday focusing this term on invasion games and gymnastics. You can come to school in your PE clothes on a Wednesday. This should include a yellow polo t-shirt, blue shorts and a pair of pumps/trainers (black). Jogging trousers will be allowed in cold weather for lessons outside. Please note that jewellery is not allowed for safety reasons.


History, Geography and Science will be taught later in the year as we feel it is important to focus on PSHE and mental health and well-being at this difficult time.  Every day will be concluded with a well-being check-in to see how everybody's day has gone and to make sure ALL children feel safe and happy.



Black History Month.


Year 3 have been learning about and researching the life of Rosa Parks. Rosa was an incredible lady who fought for equal rights between black and white people. The children wrote wonderful reports about her life. 

Year 3 Reading List