Who has taken part in the extreme reading challenge? If you have read in an unusual place, please share your picture with us.


Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing everyone next week. First day back for the children is Tuesday 7th Jan 2020 at 8.45am.


Some wonderful artwork from our year 4s at the Victoria and Albert Museum


Christmas at Kent House


Library Visit – EYFS


Library Visit – EYFS


Road Safety Workshops


Then there was light!


Harris Conference 2019


Cross Country Heroes!


Inspired by the work of Stephen Wiltshire some of our pupils have been imitating his cityscapes. Great job Ruby!


Book Fair Is Coming


Read Write Inc @ Kent House


Remembrance @ Kent House


Read Write Inc Information Session


Chartwells School Meal Parent & Pupil Survey

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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3:
Elder Class & Eucalyptus Class

Mr. Jones is teaching Elder Class this year and Miss Arthur is the class teacher in Eucalyptus Class.


Welcome to Year 3! We hope you had a great Christmas break, and are looking forward to this new year. We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organisation of their week and their learning at home.

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 Spring 1. 


In Year 3, PE is on Monday and Wednesday. 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.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. We will be continuing with our ‘soft start’ approach to mornings.  In KS2, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:25.














Read it!

Say it!

Practise it!

We will be reading a story about a girl’s journey to America. Can you read another story about an adventure, and compare it?

You could compare the:
Time it is set

By encouraging students to think and speak using sophisticated phrasing, they are more likely to internalize it and use it confidently in their writing.

Read, learn and use the key vocabulary listed below.  Work together to incorporate the vocabulary into a conversation


  • Sustainability
  • Environment
  • Recycling
  • Renewable (Non-renewable

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


Maths:                                                                                   - Multiplication facts for the 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 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.                                                       

Make it!

Write it!

Share it!

In Geography we have been learning about sustainability – could you create an invention to help people be more sustainable, and think about the environment?


Or perhaps you were inspired by the Iro  Age, and would like to create something from this period of history?

Could you write a similar short story to “When Jessie Came across the Sea,” but where you are the main character?


Where might you travel to? What might happen when you arrive?

  • Create a poster to demonstrate and explore your favourite aspect of learning this half-term.
  • You can create: a poster, leaflet, PowerPoint demonstration, news report, interview.  Be creative

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. 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. The best homework overall will be presented in assembly and displayed around the school.

This homework will be due in on the week of Monday 27th January.

We are all very grateful for your support!

In addition, we will be looking for every child to read at home with their parents every evening. Listening to children read will enable them to grow in confidence as they become fluent readers. Once children are able to read fluently and with expression and engage in discussion around their comprehension of the texts will be equally beneficial.

Many thanks from the year 3 team

What are we learning?


In Literacy we will be reading “When Jessie Came across The Sea”, which is a gripping story about a girl’s journey to America. Themes of acceptance, tolerance and relationships will be discussed. We’ll write our own chapters, and write in-role as different characters.


In maths we will be starting by learning about time, focusing on being able to tell the time to the nearest minute, and also learning about 24-hour time. We will then move on to Geometry for two weeks, mainly learning about lines and angles. Finally, we will study money and decimals, focusing on calculating with pence and pounds.


In Science we are looking at healthy eating, focusing on food groups, balanced diets, nutrition, and the effects these have on our bodies.


We will be developing our local thinking about the environment, to more global thinning about the environment, learning about energy, food and water production around the world, and thinking about what a “carbon footprint” might be.


In Autumn 1, the Stone Age, Autumn 2 the Bronze Age, now we will progress through to the Iron Age, and try to answer the question “did life improve in the iron age?”. Children will now be beginning to make more sophisticated comparisons of these different ages.


In RE we will be moving on from learning about Hinduism, to focusing on Christianity, specifically looking at Jesus, and miracles.


Spreadsheets and data will be our main focus in computing – how to input data in different ways, and what we can do with the data after it is inputted. We will also be developing our touch-typing skills.


In art we will be learning about drawing, but using techniques other than pencil and pen. We will be looking at “Sgraffito,” an artistic technique which focuses on scratching away to reveal shape, line and colour.


In Spring term (including Spring 2), we will be designing, making, and reviewing a wallet/money pouch. Children will think about the materials needed, and types of stitch used, as well as the design to make it appealing.


In French, we will be starting off by revising classroom commands, before focusing on colour and animals, focusing on the grammar of how to talk about things in the plural and singular. 


In PSHE we will be thinking about citizenship, and how people work and live together safely and happily in communities.


In PE we will continue with Gymnastics inside, focusing this term on jumps, rather than balances.


We will continue to learn to play the Ukulele with our Bromley Youth Music Trust music teachers, learning more, and more complex chords.


How can I help at home?

One of the key ways 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 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. Children also have a Mathletics login – 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 Mr Jones or Miss Arthur, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.


Mr Jones and Miss Arthur