Year 3


  • Alison Brien – Assistant Head LKS1/ Class Teacher
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant (TA) – Joanne Leah

Curriculum overview – Spring 2

Our whole school topic this half term is, ‘Our World’. We will be consolidating our learning of the four-point compass and continents, through the vast and amazing continent of Africa. We will be exploring the diverse biomes there including grasslands and deserts – including the animals that inhabit these areas and how they are well adapted. Finally, we will learn about the great river, The Nile and its importance to the people of Africa.

Within English, we will be continuing the novel, Varjak Paw, by S.F Said. The children are absolutely loving it which is clear by the excitement they show when we start a new chapter. It is a more advanced novel than we have previously done and so there is a lot more to it but the children have risen to the challenge- particularly in terms of the vocabulary used. We will be enhancing our English curriculum by ensuring that poetry is covered at least once, every term. Therefore, our performance-poetry unit will commence the first day back. Look out for some confident performers within our phase assembly (March). We will base our writing, reading and grammar learning on this book as well as enjoying daily guided -reading, handwriting and spelling sessions. Spelling tests will on Mondays to give the weekend as additional time to practice.    

We will start the new year by exploring geometry and shape, specifically, angles, rotations properties of shape. We will then be developing our column methods for addition and subtraction, perfecting exchange in the and hundreds columns now – this was difficult last term and therefore needs lots of consolidation. Multiplication and division work will continue, developing more use and application of our times tables – including the 8 x tables recently introduced. We will be covering more of a range of reasoning skills to apply our number work to promote problem solving and real life application of maths. Assessment week will take place within this half term but there will be lots of correspondence about where your child’s learning is.

Year 3 will be finishing the Science unit, Light.   Your child will be experimenting with shadows, understanding about reflective materials and their uses and researching about light and the potential dangers of UV light to our eyes. Throughout this half term, it is British Science Week. There will be an ‘explosive’ assembly as well as lots of exciting activities to get their hands into…

Other Curriculum Areas
RE –  Why is Jesus so inspiring to some people? Including a trip to Christ Church to take part in the fabulous and interactive,’ Easter Experience.’
DT – Exploring Africa through Textiles  
Music – Charanga unit
PE – Games (Wednesday) Swimming (Friday) Daily Mile
PSHCE –  See School Website for More Information
Computing – The Internet continued
*Handwriting lessons and spellings lessons will continue throughout.

Important Dates
Monday 26th February  : Return to school
Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – information to follow
Monday 11th March – Science Week
Friday 15th March – Comic Relief Day
Wednesday 20th March – Pupil progress Meetings
Wednesday 27th March – Celebration of Learning Assembly – All Welcome
Thursday 28th March Yellow Day  

Empowering learning skills

Self manager

  • Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
  • Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
  • Anticipate, take and manage risks
  • Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement
  • Respond positively to change 

Effective participator

  • Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
  • Play a full part in the life of the school
  • Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
  • Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
  • Present a persuasive case for action
  • Propose practical ways forward
  • Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful thinker

  • Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
  • Find links and see relationships
  • Explore & experiment with resources and materials
  • Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
  • Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
  • Try different ways to tackle a problem
  • Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective learner

  • Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
  • Review their work and act on outcomes
  • Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
  • Monitor their own performance and progress
  • Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
  • Make changes to improve their learning
  • Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent enquirer

  • Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
  • Plan what to do and how to go about it
  • Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
  • Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes
  • Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team worker

  • Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
  • Listen and take account of others’ views
  • Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
  • Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations
  • Show fairness and consideration towards others