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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 Class

Miss Downie, Mrs Stacey-Jones and Mrs Wardle

Online Reading Library

Oak National Academy are working with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new online library for pupils. The Virtual School Library hosts free reading and writing content from children’s authors, providing a free-to-access book every week from the platform’s author of the week.

This week’s author is Jacqueline Wilson. A great way to keep children reading at home!

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





We will discuss the importance of the Season of Lent and know that it is a time when Christians try to change to be more like Christ. We will look at some of the stories about Christ bringing change to the lives of the people who were sick or in need and think how we too can help those people today.


Holy Week

We will look at the events of Palm Sunday and the Last Supper and how they told us who Jesus is. We will make links between the Passover, the Last Supper and the celebration of Mass. We will know that Holy Week celebrates the last week of the life of Jesus here on Earth.



In this unit, we will discuss how we have the freedom to make our own choices. We will learn that sometimes we might make the wrong choice which can lead to different consequences for ourselves or for others. We will look at the teachings of Jesus about forgiveness and know that Jesus would want us to follow in his footsteps.




Recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light

Notice that light is reflected from surfaces

Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes

Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object

Find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.



Europe and the United Kingdom

Where would you build a city?

Know the names of and locate at least eight counties and at least six cities in England

Know the names of and locate at least eight European countries




UK Landscape Artists

Use a range of brushes to create different effects in painting

Create a painting of a landscape, taking inspiration from the works of John Constable and David Hockney.





Mon anniversaire

Understand and use numbers from 42 – 60

Understand the time on the hour

Ask someone when their birthday is, and say when their own is

Write a birthday greeting

Listen to a story and select key words and phrases from it.




Turtle Logo and Scratch

Use Turtle Logo and Scratch

Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems.




Healthy Me

Make healthy choices and know how to eat healthily

Know why physical exercise is important for our bodies

Know how to keep ourselves and others safe

Know how to be a good friends and enjoy healthy friendships

Learn how to keep calm and deal with different situations



Music will be taught by Mrs Amison each week

We will explore relative pitch and  begin to learn about treble clef staff pitch notation, performing boomwhacker melodies from standard notation and writing our own short melodies.

Class Texts

Spring 2

This half term, our Class Text will be ‘Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by Eva Ibbotson.


We will use the text to spark interest in our reading and will draw upon different writing styles and themes presented by the Author to be used in our own work. 

Spring 1

This half term, our Class Text will be ‘The Abominables’ by Eva Ibbotson.

We will use the text to spark interest in our reading and will draw upon different writing styles and themes presented by the Author to be used in our own work

Autumn 1 Hansel an Gretel by Anthony Browne

Autumn 2 The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

This half term, we will be using Ted Hughes’ novel, ‘The Iron Man’, as an inspiration for our own writing in Literacy.

We will look at the features of report writing and use our findings to write detailed reports about events that happened in the story. Following this, we will look at formal and informal letter writing from the perspective of different characters in the story.



                                                      Homework/Reading expectations for Spring 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 uploaded on to Teams if appropriate. This should be completed and handed in on the following Monday.

Spellings and Times tables are tested on a Friday

Please continue to read three times a week and sign in the diaries. Diary checks take place each Friday.

Particular focus this term - Spring 2



The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 
(Narrative, Poetry)
Grammar focus: Paragraphing, Planning and sequencing, Varied sentence openers, expanded noun phrases, poetic form
  Reading focus: Drawing inferences from the text and explain how narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole 




In Spring 2


Draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials; recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them

Identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines.



Tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals from I to XII, and 12-hour and 24-hour clocks

Estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute

Know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year

Compare durations of events


Children will take part in a range of activities to develop their stamina and coordination

PE will take place on a Tuesday and children will come in their PE kits on that day each week. Please ensure children are wearing trainers and joggers as most sessions will take place outside if the weather is dry.

Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.