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Year 3

Introducing the Year 3 Team:


  • Miss Buckmaster, Class Teacher
  • Miss Adams, SEN Learning Support Assistant 


  • Mrs Jenkins, Class Teachers
  • Ms Sheikh, Learning Support Assistant 


  • Miss Whincup, Class Teachers
  • Miss Tomlins, Learning Support Assistant 
  • Miss Balaam, Learning Support Assistant


This term during our Geography lessons we will be focussing on ‘Volcanoes and Antarctica’. In Spring 1 the children will have the opportunity to explore how volcanoes are formed, and how earthquakes and volcanoes impact peoples lives.In the second half of our unit, we will be exploring Antarctica where they will begin to investigate what type of people live in Antarctica. The children will research the key Antarctic explorer, ‘Shackleton’.


Our first Science topic this term is Rocks. We will be learning about the different types of rock and identifying what makes a fossil. We will explore the process of fossil formation, and research the famous palaeontologist, Mary Anning.


In our English lessons, we will be looking at formal letter writing, based on our model text of a complaint letter. We are using this letter as a springboard for our research into the devastation that plastic pollution causes. At then end of the unit, the children will write their own letter to our headteacher stating the importance of saving the planet, and stopping plastic pollution. The children will focus on using the past tense and adverbs within their writing. Later in the term, we will be looking at ‘Writing to entertain’ and writing narratives.


In Maths, the children will start the term by looking at addition and subtraction and then multiplication and division. We will also be continuing our focus on the 3,4- and 8-times tables. The children will continue to complete their 4 in 4 every day to embed their arithmetic knowledge.



The children are expected to read and bring in their reading book every day. The children will also be given weekly spellings to practice in school and at home. Reading each day does not have to mean finishing an entire book; a few pages will do. Please sign your child’s reading record each time they read at home and when they complete a book.  You will also be able to find a homework grid on our website, which outlines six homework suggestions, in line with what we are learning about at school. The homework is optional; however, it is a great way for you to get involved in your child’s learning and to complete them together, as a family. We would also love to see photos of you completing your efforts; these photos can be emailed into the school office. Please make sure you put your child’s name and class in the subject line. We would also like to encourage the children to be logging onto TTrockstars, to support them with their knowledge of their times tables.



Year 3 will have PE on Tuesday and Thursdays.


On the days your child has PE, please send your child to school wearing their new PE kit uniform. Most of these lessons will take place outside so please ensure that your child wears the appropriate clothing. 


Forest School

3EW and 3SJ will have their Forest school sessions in the Summer term.


The children will need to bring a change of appropriate clothing in a named bag each week for Forest School.


If there is anything else you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher they will be happy to make a telephone appointment with you. 


To help you to keep informed throughout the year, this and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website: 


All of the staff are looking forward to working with you and your children over the rest of the year. Thank you for your continued support.


Miss Buckmaster, Mrs Jenkins and Miss Whincup