Year Groups

Year 3

Autumn Term in Year 3 - 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. Next half term we will start by learning poetry for the House Performance Poetry competition and our writing will focus on non-fiction genres linked to our learning in science and The Pebble in My Pocket by Meredith Hooper. We will then move on to create a narrative text inspired by Robert Swindell’s Ice Palace. We will also be developing comprehension and reading skills in targeted Guided Reading lessons as well as working on the spelling and grammar curriculum for Year 3.  There will be a weekly spelling test.


We will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics, focusing on the themes of number and place value: reading, writing and comparing numbers up to 1,000 and finding 10 or 100 more/less than given numbers, addition and subtraction- mental and formal written methods with numbers up to 3 digits, including estimating and using inverse operations to check. After half term, we will revisit multiplication and division. The children will learn how to solve problems using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods and known multiplication and division facts. We will move on to explore measurement, adding and subtracting lengths and weights, and look at problem solving in practical contexts.  You can support your children at home with this by carrying out practical tasks such as cooking, measuring and cutting lengths of fabric etc. 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 up to 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 tables test to help them practise rapid recall of the facts.


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 be visiting the Natural History Museum at the end of November. We will then move on to the topic Animals including Humans, learning about nutrition and what makes a healthy diet as well as the main body parts associated with the skeleton and muscles. The children will raise and answer scientific questions, collect data, make observations and find links with the world around them. 


This term, we will be developing the children’s coding skills using Hopscotch on the ipads. After half term our focus will be online safety, using Purple Mash resources.  The children will learn how to create and use secure passwords and why they are important.  They will begin to recognise the difference between genuine and “spoof” websites.


Our topic question this term is: “Would you rather have lived in the Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age?”  There will be lots of opportunities to raise questions about this period, understand the concept of ancestry and conduct independent research. We will be starting the topic with 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 the second half term we will move on to explore the religious beliefs of early people and the impact of discovering how to make and use metal. 


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.


We will be taking part in Wandsworth Music Service's specially designed Year 3 Programme. The children will study the recorder, djembe drumming and whole group singing with two specialist music teachers, working towards regular performances throughout the year. Alongside instrumental skills, children will learn the basics of music theory and notation, skills for making music in groups and collaboratively composing their own pieces.  You will have received a separate letter explaining this.


The children will focus on developing responsibilty and taking an active role in the school and wider community as they move up into Key Stage 2. Place2Be will also be running workshops alongside the class teachers to support the transition to Year 3 and building new relationships.  PSHE  lessons will aim to build self-esteem and resilience. Anti-Bullying Week falls after half term.  This year’s theme is Change starts with us.


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. We will learn a well known Spanish song, Tengo,tengo, tengo (‘I have, I have, I have’).


The PE coaches will be taking PE this term, teaching the children netball and tag rugby. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times throughout the week. Swimming lessons will take place at The Aspire Centre on Wednesday mornings for 3GK this term- full details have already been supplied.


We will be focussing on Hinduism and will be learning about the different symbols and deities important to Hindus. 

Trips and Special Events

Friday 20th September - Butser Ancient Farm

Friday 8th November – Little Red Riding Hood at The Royal Opera House (music)

Friday 29th November - Natural History Museum for Rocks (science)


Please continue to support your children at home with spellings, reading and discussing books together, learning times tables facts and completing Mathletics tasks. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times and brings their recorder into school every Tuesday. Thank you!