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Year 3 Class Staffing

Miss Downie, Mrs Stacey-Jones and Mrs Wardle

Class Saint

St Teresa of Avila

After receiving many votes during the summer term, it has been decided that our Class Saint for this year will be St Teresa of Avila. St Teresa had many difficulties in her life, yet she always remained grateful to God and her teachings encourage us to be grateful too - she is a great role model for all. Throughout the year, we will be looking at some of the special prayers written by St Teresa and think about how we can commit ourselves to doing the work of Jesus in the world today.

Feast Day: 15th October



Belonging—we gather as God’s family

In this unit, children will learn about Baptism and how this is the Sacrament of Belonging to God’s Family and the Church. We will identify some signs and symbols of Baptism and discuss their meanings. We will sequence the Rite of Baptism and be able to discuss elements of the Celebration of Mass and how we gather together as the Family of God. We encourage children to share their own experiences of attending baptisms or anything they may know about their own.

We listen to God’s Word at Mass

Children will learn about and understand the importance of listening. They will know the structure of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass and will be able to discuss and write about why it is important that Christians listen to the Word of God.



Rocks - Do rocks stay the same forever?

Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties

Describe, in simple terms, how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.

History or Geography 

Volcanoes and Earthquakes - What makes the Earth angry?

Identify, describe and explain the causes of earthquakes

Understand through explanation and reaching conclusions why the most powerful earthquakes in the world do not necessarily cause the most deaths and destruction Locate, describe and explain why so many earthquakes and volcanoes occur around the Pacific Ring of Fire.


How can air pressure control movement?

Linking to our Geography work for this half term, we will be creating our own volcanoes using simple pneumatic systems and learning all about air pressure. We will test some simple systems and design, create and evaluate our own volcanoes, which ‘pump out lava’!


Je parle Francais

Introduce myself and say how old I am

Ask others how they are and respond

Know the French words for classroom objects

Name the items in a pencil case


Word Processing

Could you be the next author?

Use appropriate programs such as Microsoft word or PowerPoint to present information in different ways

Know how to use search engines to bring up relevant and age appropriate information

Use technology safely and respectfully


Being me in my world

We will work to readjust to the new things that are happening and how we can feel happy, safe and comfortable in our new surroundings. We will look at the importance of teamwork and friendships and create an agreement of how we can all work together and maintain happy and positive relationships.


Music will be taught by Mrs Amison each week.

Year 3 will be using ‘Boomwhackers’ – Children will be reviewing their rhythm work and learning how to play Boomwhackers. They will then develop their playing into melodies using colour-coded symbols.

Class Texts

Autumn 1 Hansel an Gretel by Anthony Browne


                                                      Homework/Reading expectations for Autumn 1

Daily Maths and Literacy set each day

Two pieces of homework (Maths or English plus one foundation subject) will be handed out on a Thursday and should be completed and handed in on the Monday that follows.

Spellings and Times tables are tested on a Friday

Particular focus this term - Autumn 1


Hansel and Gretel

We will explore the use of imagery in the text to help enhance the story through its hidden messages. As we explore the text together, the children will be thinking of their own traditional tales and will use a similar structure to help write their own. Following this, we will look at the characters in detail and learn how to write effective diary entries from different perspectives.

Ongoing throughout this and each term will be a strong focus on reading, spelling, punctuation and handwriting. Please help your child to practise the above at home. Spellings will be tested on a Friday and new ones to practise will be sent home after the test ready for the following week. 


In Autumn 1  Y3 will be learning about Place Values 

We will begin the year securing our understanding of place value starting with the hundreds, tens and ones. This will help as we move into using formal written methods to complete calculations.

We will:

Count in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number

Recognise the place value of each digit in a 3-digit number

Compare and order numbers up to 1,000

Read and write numbers up to 1,000 in numerals and in words

Solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas

Each week, normally on a Friday, the children will complete an Assertive Mentoring test and a times tables test to help develop mental arithmetic and to consolidate using written methods in different contexts.

P.E./Swimming – day & kit required


This half term, we will be working with Mr Case to learn skills in Dance on a Thursday morning.

Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.


Friday 18th September - Topic Day

Tuesday 22nd September 3.30-6pm – Parent/Teacher target meeting 

Wednesday 23rd September 5.30-8pm – Parent/Teacher target meeting

15th October – Class Saint Day

Topic Day - September 2019

Recent Trips/Workshops