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Year 3 Page

Miss Garrill
Miss Garrill
Class Teacher
Mrs Northfield
Mrs Northfield
Teaching Assistant
Mrs McPherson
Mrs McPherson
Teaching Assistant
Miss White
Miss White
Teaching Assistant
School councillors

Welcome to our Year 3 page! If your child is in Year 3 please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed here: Newsletters.

Classroom code of conductChild hand up

This list was put together by the pupils themselves in the first week of term. All the ideas came from the children themselves, and they know they must do their best to abide by them.

  1. We take care of our equipment and keep our classroom tidy.
  2. We help other people
  3. We listen to and respect each others ideas
  4. We are kind and friendly
  5. We try our best and work hard
Weekly Timetable

Children and parents please familiarise yourself with the outline weekly timetable for your class, available here or by clicking the link on the right. It will help you to remember for example which day you will your PE kit is in school, though you will of course need your indoor shoes every day and your book bag every day.

Please note that this is an outline timetable only as some scheduled activities may be changed due to other in school events happening that week.

CurriculumChild curriculum

For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please click here: Curriculum map.

Invaders and Settlers: The Anglo-Saxons.

In History this term, we will be looking at Invaders and Settlers, focusing specifically on the Anglo-Saxons. Children will have the opportunity to explore how and why people came to Britain from other countries and investigate their way of life when they arrived. We will be using pictures and written sources to explore the beliefs and lifestyles of the Anglo-Saxons. We also hope to arrange a trip to an Anglo-Saxon settlement later in the term.

In Science, we will learn about forces and explore how things move on different surfaces. We will find out about attraction and repulsion by magnetic forces and which materials are magnetic. We will also learn how to plan a fair test. The children will learn about animal and human nutrition. They will learn that humans and some animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

In Art and DT we will be designing and making a moving monster that is controlled by pneumatics. The children will need to bring in empty cardboard boxes and junk materials to make their monsters.

Also, if you have any balloon pumps or balloons at home that we could borrow to help make our monsters – that would be FANTASTIC!!

HomeworkChild homework

Please try to hear your children read and record it in their red reading record. We ask the children to use these reading records in school so please ensure that children bring their book bag and reading record book EVERY DAY. Some children in Year 3 are developing their independence in reading and may want to read on their own. This is to be encouraged if they are reading fluently but will benefit from some discussions about the book with you afterwards.

The children will have a spelling test and a timetable test each week. The spellings and times table homework will usually be sent home on a Friday. Spellings will be sent via parent mail each week and the children will be given a times table sheet to use to practise their times tables. Spellings and times tables are best worked on little and often. If children can practise for 5 or 10 minutes every day, it will be more beneficial than one long session. Miss Garrill will check and mark spelling and times table practise in the yellow homework books.

Children will be receiving information about their homework research project during the first week of term. Alongside their weekly reading, DLG, spelling and times table homework they will be expected to complete at least 3 pieces of extended research work linked to our history project on The Anglo-Saxons. The children are required to spend time each week researching their chosen tasks and will be asked to present their work in class at the end of this half term.

Activities outside the classroomChild outside school

Here is a list of the activities that take the children outside the classroom this term

  • PE will be every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Please remember to bring your PE kit on a Monday so it is always to hand – and always have a bottle of water in class.
  • Swimming every Tuesday morning for 10 weeks, during the summer term.
  • West Stow
  • Educational visit to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
  • Visits to the Wild Wood
  • Gardening: This term, the class gardeners will be keeping the garden tidy of weeds and planting over-wintering crops as well as green manure.
Classroom activitiesChild in class

Topic work
The children will be working very hard this term on a range of activities across the curriculum. Where possible this will be based around our main topic of The Anglo-Saxons, so if you have any books, information or relevant objects, children are welcome to bring these in to support our learning.

As they are growing up fast, we are currently helping them to develop their independence in school. It would really help your child if you could begin to allow them to come into school on their own as soon as they feel ready to do so. Thank you for your cooperation in this.