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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3:
Kusamen Class & McKenzie Class

Ms. Tildesley is teaching the Kusamen Class this year and Mr. Holland is the class teacher in McKenzie Class.


Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely half term break. In Autumn 2, we have lots of exciting activities planned in the lead-up to Christmas…

We hope that the information below will enable you to engage with your child’s learning during this half term. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach us before or after school.

HOMEWORK DEADLINE: Monday 11th December (the beginning of Week 7).

Key Times


Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn 1.  


In Year 3, the PE day is Thursday. Please ensure that your child has a clean PE kit to bring in at the start of each week, ready for Thursday. The kit should consist of a Harris Primary Academy PE T-shirt, black shorts, black jogging bottoms, black trainers or plimsolls.


This half term, we will be taking the children to the Croydon Grants Cinema to see The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature on Friday 17th November. If you have not yet returned your permission slip for this trip, please contact the school office immediately (so that your child does not miss out on the experience). If you are willing and available to support on this trip, you must have a valid, up-to-date DBS certificate. We would welcome your participation, so please contact Ms. Tildesley and Mr. Holland as soon as you can. Thank you!

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). We would welcome parent involvement in this, and look forward to seeing you then.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. In KS2, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:25.



Read it

Research it

Make it

Year 3 will be reading a fantasy adventure story called Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley. To reflect the subject matter in the story, the children will be writing non-chronological reports about reptiles.

Your reading task is to read a book (or as many as possible) by the same author.

Philip Ridley has written some great short novels, including:

  • Mercedes Ice
  • Dakota of the White Flats
  • Meteorite Spoon
  • Kasper in the Glitter
  • Scribbleboy
  • Zinderzunder
  • Vinegar Street
  • Mighty Fizz Chilla
  • Zip's Apollo

In Science we will be looking at and exploring the forces of push and pull. We will be using magnets to experiment with these different forces.

Your task is to research and create a scientific presentation about how magnets work and what they are used for.


Think about;

  • Using pictures, captions and other features to show how
    a magnet works.
  • How will you present it? (A PowerPoint or DVD presentation, typed or written up?).

We will be continuing our learning about the Stone Age focusing our work around Stonehenge and early humans.

Your task is to make your own version of Stone Henge


Think about:

  • What will you make the stones out of? (papier mache, card, clay, shredded wheat.)
  • How will you arrange
    and secure the stones?
  • What will your base
    look like?

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Spend some time practising the skills we are learning in school:


Maths:                                                                                   - Multiplication facts for the 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables

-Division facts for the 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables (inverse of multiplication facts)


SPaG and Home reading:                                                                              - Spelling the first 200 key words in the Reading Record book

- Reading fluently and with expression.                                                       

In history and geography we will be learning about Stonehenge. The structure
is a bit of a mystery and not many people know who built
it or what it was for.

Your task is to write an exciting story explaining one
of the following ideas:

  • Who built Stonehenge
  • What Stonehenge was used for
  • How the stones used to make Stonehenge travelled from Wales to England (remember there were no cars or lorries)

As part of our IPC unit, we are learning about the Stone Age.


Your task is to research and design your own pot. It can be a flat-bottomed pot with geometric patterns from Skara Brae, or a Neolithic pot/urn from Ancient China.

Think about:

  • The pattern on your pot.
  • Which colours could you use?

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above, or as many of the research pieces as you feel is feasible. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.


What are we learning?

In Literacy we will be reading Krindlerkrax by Philip Ridley. This imaginative and exciting story also touches on the themes of bullying and self-belief – the character of Ruskin Splinter goes from Zero to Hero during the course of the adventure. This will be a great opportunity for the class to discuss the social and emotional aspects of learning.

In Maths, we will be focusing on Multiplication, Division and Geometry. The children will be using their knowledge of Place Value, acquired during the last half term, in order to solve multiplication and division problems. They will also be learning how to use column method for these two operations. Geometry will be a new topic in which they will learn about shapes and spaces in both two and three dimensions. 

Our IPC Topic learning will continue to be focused on Early Humans and the Stone Age. This half term, we will investigate the mystery of Otzi the Iceman – a late Stone Age hunter-gatherer who was killed in the European Alps. Where was he from? How did he die? Who was responsible? We will be exploring the evidence and formulating our conclusions through various games and activities. Please come and see McKenzie class’s assembly, called STONE AGE: THE HARD FACTS, on Wednesday 15th November.


How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is by ensuring that your child is at school every day and on time. We also really appreciate your efforts with regard to the school uniform. Children who look smart at school also feel ready to learn! We encourage all children to take pride in their appearance and work. Look smart and learn smart!

Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school.

Our children also have their personal Word Mania and Mathletics login details – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of literacy-related and mathematical facts. You may wish to remind your children that they are competing against all other Harris schools when they take part in Word Mania – we must not let those other schools win..!!

If you have any questions, please talk to Ms. Tildesley or Mr. Holland, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.

Ms. Tildesley and Mr. Holland