Year Groups

Year 3

Autumn Termly letter


We have started the term by using the award-winning picture book, “Mr Wuffles” as inspiration for a range of writing including writing in role and a narrative. Later this term, we will be basing our written work on the narrative by Raymond Briggs’ “Ug, Boy Genius of the Stone Age”’ which links to our topic of the Bronze Age, Stone Age and Iron Age. We will then be exploring and writing some poetry during Poetry Week in October. After half term, will move on to writing a newspaper report based on “Ottoline and the Yellow Cat” by Chris Riddell. Finally, we will be writing a narrative text inspired by Robert Swindell’s “Ice Palace”. Throughout the term, will also be developing our comprehension and reading skills in targeted Whole Class Reading lessons, as well as working on the spelling and grammar curriculum for Year 3. There will be a weekly spelling test.


This term we will be using the NCETM scheme to help deliver our maths mastery curriculum. We start by focusing on addition and subtraction; bridging tens and reinforcing a solid understanding of place value. We then move on to reading, writing and comparing numbers up to 1,000 and finding 10 or 100 more/less than given numbers. We also practise measuring the length and height of objects, applying our knowledge of place value and multiples of 10 to help us understand the relationships between m, cm and mm. Later on in the term, we practice the mental and formal written methods for addition and subtraction with numbers up to 3 digits, including estimating and using inverse operations to check. In addition, the children will have weekly times tables tests as the expectation is that all children in Year 3 should have fluent recall of the 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables by the end of the year. It would really help your children if you could practise their tables with them at home. There will be a weekly timestables test to help them practise rapid recall of the facts.  Our KIRF this half term is ‘I know my number bonds to 20’ and then we will move on to ‘I know the multiplication and division facts for the 3 times table’.


Our science topic this half term is ‘Rocks and Soils’, including an understanding of how fossils are formed. Our work will include many opportunities for the children to raise questions and make links with the world around them. They will begin to learn how to plan investigations, collect data and draw simple conclusions based on their observations. We will then move on to look at ‘Forces and Magnets’, considering the difference between contact and non-contact forces and how objects move on different surfaces as well as observing how magnets attract or repel each other, relating this to our understanding of magnetic poles. This science topic links well with our topic work on sorting and recycling waste materials.


This term, we will start by looking at e-safety and the rules regarding being online. We will then be developing the children’s coding skills using Hopscotch on the iPads. The children will learn how to create and use secure passwords and why they are important.  They will also begin to recognise the difference between genuine and “spoof” websites.


Our topic question in Autumn 1 is ‘Would you rather have lived in the Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age?’ There will be many opportunities to raise questions about this period, understand the concept of ancestry and conduct independent research. The topic will include an exciting trip to Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire to experience how people in these periods really lived and find out how we learn about the past.

In Autumn 2, we will be answering the question, ‘Is it better to reduce, reuse or recycle?’ To complement this work and make links with our science topic, we will be visiting the Wandsworth Recycling Plant.


We will start be creating cave paintings using chalk and charcoal. In DT, children will build on their knowledge of early shelters and homes to research, design, build and evaluate a shelter within an Iron Age settlement. We will move on to use watercolours to create wintery scenes linked to Ice Palace.


The children will focus on developing responsibility and taking an active role in the school and wider community as they move up into Key Stage 2. PSHE lessons will aim to build self-esteem and resilience.

Place2Be will also be running workshops alongside the class teachers to support the transition to Year 3 and building new relationships. After half term, there will be a whole school focus on sleep as part of the health and wellbeing strand of the PSHE curriculum.


As the children start having weekly Spanish lessons this term, they will learn to greet others, say how they are and introduce themselves. They will begin to respond to and ask questions about name and age eg by asking and replying to the questions ¿Cómo te llamas? and ¿Cuántos años tienes? The children will learn how to present members of their family; understand and use numbers 1–20 and begin to recognise and pronounce the sounds of Spanish words.  We will also learn to describe colours and play familiar playground games.


The PE coaches will be taking PE this term, teaching the children sport-specific skills in basketball and baseball. PE will take place on Thursdays, so please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit on Thursday mornings. They do not need to bring their school uniform with them.


We are going to be introducing Whole Class Ensemble Teaching for woodwind this term. This means each child will be learning either the clarinet or the saxophone as part of a whole class group taught by Wandsworth Music Service. More information will follow regarding the instruments and start date.


In our RE weeks we will be focusing on Hinduism and exploring the question, ‘What do Hindus believe about God and the world?’

Trips and Special Events

Butser Ancient Farm - Thursday 23rd September

Paradise Cooperative (Rocks and Soils Workshop) – Thursday 14th October

Wandsworth Recycling Centre – 17th and 24th November (one class at at time)


The children will be learning to swim this year as part of the PE National Curriculum and we are lucky to be able to take them to Southfields for their sessions. 3F will be going first in the Autumn term for 12 weeks every Wednesday. We will leave school at 9.15am and be back before break. 3M will be going in the Summer term for 12 weeks. Please make sure you read the letter regarding swimming with details of what they will need to bring with them.


Please continue to support your children at home with spellings, reading and discussing books together, learning times tables facts and completing Mathletics tasks.