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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 listen to God’s word at Mass

Children will have a greater understanding of the consequences of listening or not listening. They will know and understand that the Word of God guides the life of the Christian people and they will be able to give examples of what the Bible teaches about God and how Christians should live.



Children will have a greater knowledge of the

teaching of Jesus about forgiveness. They will be able to think of ways in which receiving and giving forgiveness are important in life. They will have a good understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and will be able to explain the meaning of different parts of the Sacramental celebration.




Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/ trunk, leaves and flowers

Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant

Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants

Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.




The Mediterranean

Why do so many people choose to visit the Mediterranean for their holidays?

Holiday destinations across the Mediterranean

Famous cities

Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of Italy compared with the UK

What are the advantages/ disadvantages of living in a Mediterranean country?




Mediterranean food

Explore foods from across the Mediterranean and try different Greek foods!

Look at Italian foods and design and create a pizza!







En Famille

Learn and use numbers 21-30

Introduce family members

Ask and answer about brothers and sisters

Use masculine and feminine correctly (mon/ma/mes)

Read and understand a short passage about a family

Write sentences about their own family

Learn colours vocabulary

Match colour words to pictures

Colour picture with colours instructed





Presentation skills

Develop presentation skills

Use slide transitions

Insert audio and video files to a slide

Copy and organize slides as required




Changing me

Looking forward – Identify what I am looking forward to in Year 4 and in the future



Music will be taught by Mrs Amison each week


Class Texts

summer 2


‘Cat Tales’

written by Linda Newbury

It's snowing outside, and Tom's neighbour Gary is building a snowman with his dad. Tom's own dad is ill, upstairs in bed again. He isn't strong and boisterous, like dads ought to be. So Tom builds his own snow creation: a cold, snarling ice cat. It's strange... he didn't mean to build an ice cat.

Summer 1

Sid, Peggy and Amy adore the two gerbils, Bubble and Squeak, but their mother detests them. A major family battle results, and it's clear life is never going to be quite the same again. But after a near fatal encounter between Bubble and Ginger the cat, Mrs Sparrow begins to see that life with 2 gerbils might not be so bad after all.

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

Summer 1

Homework will be set on a Thursday and is due to be returned the following Monday. Like last half term, we encourage the homework to be completed on Teams to allow the children stay familiar with using it should they ever need to learn from home.

Spellings will be tested on a Friday and new ones handed out for the following week.

Please continue to practise times tables - these will be tested on a Friday

Remember to read at least three times a week - Diary checks take place on Fridays

Particular focus this term 

Literacy summer 2



We will be looking at forms of poetry and letter writing with a focus on transition into our new year groups.  We will revise key skills and ensure Year 3 objectives are secure and children are able to successfully apply them.

Grammar focus:

Different styles of poetry

Using standard English

Revision of Year 3/4 Spellings and SPaG objectives

Using different tenses when writing 

Non-Chronological Reports

Write in the third person

Use a formal writing style with formal language

Create list sentences, accurately punctuated with commas

Write in the present tense

Use rhetorical questions to engage the reader


Reading focus:

Ask questions to improve their understanding of a text

Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence

Retrieve and record information from non-fiction


Remember to continue taking your Accelerated Reading Quizzes when you have completed a book



Summer 2


Recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators

Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole


Reasoning and Problem solving

We will apply our skills to a range of problems which use all four operations




Rounders and Athletics

Children will learn the skills required for a game of Rounders and will practise skills in a range of Athletics activities

PE sessions will take place on a Tuesday and a Friday





Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.