Term 3              Newsletter            Year 3 ZB   


We are very excited about Term 3. Ready for the start 2019 to be the start of something truly special.


The whole school is putting READING at the forefront of our learning! With a whole box full of new books for our class library and a few more boxes for the whole school library, we should not run out of new and wonderful things to read. As well as the levelled books that the children must take home to read every day to improve their skills, they are now able to take home a book of their choice to read for fun! In just one week, one child has already read 5 extra books! Well done Year 3!!!


Our theme for is The Stone Age this term and Mountains next term. The children will work on history skills as they learn about the use of evidence of the past, chronological ordering of events, extending their use of historical language and learning new historical terminology.  This will link into art, where they will understand the use of a sketchbook, design and evaluate their clay work, increase their attention to detail and use knowledge of the past to construct art and craft, for example, cave paintings, symbol writing, designing and making a Stone Age artefact.  All of which will provide a stimulating and enriching environment for them to learn.

Studying ROCKS in science seems to fit perfectly in that theme. I am thrilled to share my fascination for the rock cycle with the children and impress them with my remarkable collection of rocks, stones age tools and fossils.


We are continuing with informing children that an important part of their learning is taking pride in their work and showing this by improving their presentation of work across all subject areas.


MATHEMATICS – The term is focusing on fractions. The children are learning to count in tenths, order, add and subtract fractions. They are finding equivalent fractions and solving word problems working with fractions. As always, their knowledge of times tables facts is vital for success and I urge you to practice regularly with them at home. By now they should know their facts within 5 seconds of asking at least for the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 times tables. Failure to practice those at home will mean that the children will need to practice at break or lunch.


ENGLISH – The class will start with the book The Stone Age Boy and use this to write their narrative about Stone Age.  This includes a lot of drama, filming, art and writing.    We then move on to using the book Ug – Boy Genius of the Stone Age and will use this text to create dialogue so the children are learning about inverted commas, where they are placed; the correct placement of punctuation in the speech.  They will finish with producing their own comic strip which will be used to write a descriptive opening to their story.


GRAMMAR – we will be looking at noun phrases, use of apostrophes, time adverb, adverbial phrases and inverted commas.


HANDWRITING – children will continue to be taught to undertake small joins in words using Kinetic letters.  Children will move over to pen once they are ready.


PE – children will be learning about skills around different competitive sports outside and will be learning about dance during inside PE.


RE children will develop skills to talk about the promises Christians believe God has made. In particular, remembering the promises of baptism that we studied last term and focussing on the covenant God made with Noah, his promise to never again flood the earth, as well as the promises in a wedding ceremony.  


COMPUTING – children are being bug fixers.  They will be using Scratch to develop strategies for finding errors in programs, recognising a number of common types of bug software.  As is carried out every term, children will start with e-safety.


PSHE – We are using `Go-Givers` to teach children about key values and becoming a good citizen within the community.  Also, children are taught the importance of communicating effectively, knowing their own strengths and weaknesses and to form positive friendships and relationships. Alongside this, children are learning about Growth Mindset and how this can help them with their positive approach to life skills, learning and community.


If you have any concerns or require further information about what your child is going to be doing in school, then please arrange a meeting with the office to see either of us.


Mrs. Z. Brown







Your child will come home a new list of spellings on a Friday which they need to practise each day.  Please support your child with writing these spellings into their own sentences to check understanding and to practise them ready for the test on the following Friday.



Our plan is that an adult will listen to your child read at least once a week in school.  To supplement this practise, please ensure you listen to your child read as often as possible during the week and note in their reading record that you have done so.  It is recommended that your child is listened to at least 3 times a week.  Encourage your child to talk about what they have read by asking them questions.  If your child does not know the meaning of a word, please help them to use a dictionary to find it.  Please ensure your child brings their reading book into school every day. 


Physical Education

PE is a core subject and every child is expected to take part in these lessons.  Our lessons will take place twice a week on a Monday (inside) and Thursday (outside).  Please ensure your child has their PE kit: black or navy shorts, plain white or blue school t-shirt and plimsolls in school every day.  Please ensure earrings have been removed as we are not allowed to remove them.  Also, your child's name should be clearly written in each piece of PE kit, even the plimsolls!


Upcoming Dates for your Diary:

1st February: Numbers Day, dress with a number (or as a number!!!!) and bring a silver coin for the NSPCC.

5th February: Internet Safety Day, the children will be reminded about strategies to stay safe online.

15th February: Children are able to come in dressed as a Cavemen and Cavewomen, make sure to stay warm!








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Mental Maths

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Whole School Worship

Hymn Practice/ Interventions

Worship/ Interventions

Peer Reading/ Interventions

Worship/ Interventions


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Golden Time


Story Time


Home Time

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