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Year 3

Summer 1

Welcome to Year 3: 
Giant Pandas Class and Polar Bear Class

Welcome to Year 3: 

Giant Panda and Polar Bear Class 

Ms Fairclough is teaching Polar Bear class and Miss Sayers is teaching Giant Panda class. Mrs Jackson and Mrs Gorman are supporting across Year 3. 

We hope you find the information included of great use. The information is useful to help guide your child at home with the organisation of their week ahead and their learning done at home.  


Key times  



Each week, children are expected to learn their spellings, practise their times tables, practise their joined-up handwriting, and read for 30 minutes each night.  



PE this term is Athletics. Both classes have PE on Mondays and Thursdays. Children should come to school in uniform and change in class. 



This half term we will embark on a Thames River City Cruise. 

Key Times  

For Year 3, the school day starts at 8:30am, and finish at 3.30pm. 



What are we learning? 



In Maths this half term we are looking at Fractions and Money, as well continuing to learn our times tables. 



In Literacy we will be learning about how to write a narrative and complete a recount. We will be looking at two books, Bill’s New Frock, written by Anne Fine and The Iron Man written by Ted Hughes.   


In Science we will be learning about the human body, learning about the functions of the skeleton and how certain muscle groups work together. 


In Geography we are learning about London and how its land is used.  


History we will be continuing to learn about the Egyptians. We will be learning about Tutankhamun’s Tomb, and what life in Egyptian times was like. This includes the difference for rich and poor people and how it was governed.  


For computing this term, we are learning how to Code using flowcharts and Purple Mash.  


For RE this term, we will be looking at the relationship Jews share with God. 


For DT this term we are learning how to make a mechanical puppet. 


For Art we will be exploring Native American artist Louise Goodman. We will be using clay to sculpt a pot, based on Goodman’s designs. 



For PSHE we will be looking at physical health and mental wellbeing. We will explore what physical health looks like and what medicines can do to support this. We will be looking at the advantages and disadvantages to sun exposure and why it is important to focus on our strengths. We will also be focusing on the expectations of moving up to year 4.  


PE this term will be Athletics. 


Music this term we are learning about Indian Class Music and how we can use body percussion to imitate the sound of the Tabla drum and Sitar guitar. We will also learn Thank You for a Million Brilliant Things. 



How can I help at home? 


One of the keyways every parent can help, is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 25 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. Practicing times tables frequently is vital, and children should be confident in their times tables by the end of year 4.  

Children have logins for Times Table Rockstars and Purple Mash– please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts.  

If you have any questions, please talk to Miss Sayers or Ms Fairclough alternatively, you can arrange a meeting via the school email.  


Ms Fairclough and Miss Sayers