A big well done to all the children that received their 100% attendance award today!


Extra special visitors at Kent House today!


Final night for our year 6 children!


Nothing beats a good campfire song while on school journey!


Our wonderful PTA are working so hard in our hidden garden. Here is a sneaky peek of the amazing transformation so far! We can't wait for the grand opening!


Spectacular end to our performance arts week with this morning's whole school production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream!


Royal afternoon tea fun in the sun!


Year 3 have had a fantastic day identifying the benefits of different plants on their nature walk...followed by a tea workshop where some truly unique blends were created!


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KH's amazing cheerleading team did an excellent job performing during our Friday celebration assembly! #unity


Lunchtime fun in the sun!


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Spring has truly sprung in our nursery today! &learning


Excellent scientific thinking happening this afternoon in year 5. Super teamwork to create a mechanism to lift a heavy weight!


Some of our wonderful homework projects received this half term. Keep up all the great home learning!


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Excellent online safety day at KH. Thank you Jonathan for working with our children, staff and parents.

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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3: 
Redwing Class & Jay Class  


Ms. Tildesley is teaching the Redwing Class this year and Mr. Rhimes is the class teacher in Jay 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 10th 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 2.   


In Year 3, the PE day is Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has a clean PE kit to bring in at the start of each week, ready for Wednesday. 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 see Peter Rabbit at the Vue Cinema Complex, Croydon Valley Park on Friday 16th 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. Rhimes as soon as you can. Thank you!  

We are taking part in the Tate Year 3 Project with Turner Prize and Oscar-winning artist, Steve McQueen. A photographer will be visiting us on Wednesday 21st November. The photographs will be centre stage for six months next year in the prestigious Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain. Please ensure you have signed and returned the permission slip. Pupils without written permission cannot take part.  

Stay and Read 

 This term we will be inviting parents to stay and read with their child’s class – stay posted for more details including dates and times.  

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.  

Forest school 

 Children in Redwing class will be participating in Forest School every Friday afternoon this term. Jay class will experience Forest school the following term. Please provide children with wellies, a warm coat and gloves for this activity.  






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 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.  

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. Rhimes, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.  


Ms. Tildesley and Mr. Rhimes  



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