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Year 3 Autumn term letter

22 September 2017

Dear Parent/Carer

Welcome to Year 3! We hope that you have enjoyed a great summer break and are ready for an active and enjoyable school year.

Unit of Inquiry

We start the year with our Unit of Inquiry focusing on ‘How we express ourselves’ that explores the central idea:

Nature helps people to express themselves throughout their lives

This is a wonderfully creative unit to start our year. We will be exploring and recording observations from our environment and thinking about how themes from nature can be used as starting points in art work and poetry. This will include a case study focus on some people who are famous for creating pieces of artwork inspired by nature. In addition, we will look at the structure of plants and how they differ in different climates around the world. Please see the attached Unit of Inquiry web for further information.


Our initial focus will be on developing the children’s understanding of number and basic number operations. The class will revise and build on their understanding of the 2,3,4,5 and 10 times tables and memorise other multiplication facts. Children will also further develop their knowledge and recall of number bonds up to 100. Children will extend their knowledge of 2-D and 3-D shapes, as well as measurements and statistics.


During our Literacy lessons this half term we will be focusing on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will be using this as a focus to help us in writing description and diary entries. Towards the end of this term we will be linking Literacy to our Unit and create poetry about nature. The class will also be given weekly spelling rules to learn every Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

In addition, over the course of the year we will be encouraging children to reflect on their independent reading through the discussion of texts and written book reviews. To support the development of the children’s Literacy skills we expect each child to be reading at home for 10-15 minutes every day, preferably with an adult listening to them read at least twice a week. Year 3 will also have fortnightly library sessions.


Each Wednesday afternoon Year 3 will have their weekly P.E. session at the Academy. It is essential that your child has the appropriate clothing for these P.E. sessions. They should bring their P.E. kits in on Monday (in case of any schedule change) and leave them in school. They do not have to take them home weekly.


The children will be given weekly homework to complete and spellings to learn. Either UoI, Maths or Literacy homework will be given each Friday and due for submission on the following Wednesday. Children are expected to spend 30 minutes on their homework each week. Furthermore, children have passwords to access Mathletics if they would like to play on the Maths games and therefore further improve their skills and knowledge.

Dates for your diary

• Harvest Festival – Friday 30 September, 9.00am (Liverpool road entrance)
• Individual Photos - Friday 13 October
• Y3 Class Assembly – Friday 8 December
• Parents evenings - Tuesday 17 October & Wednesday 18 October
• Last day of half term – Thursday 19 October
• Inset day Friday 20 October
• Flu Vaccinations – Wednesday 29 November
• Christmas Show, Cinderella, in school – 14 December

We are really looking forward to the exciting work we have ahead of us this term. If you have any questions about the information included in this newsletter or want to talk to me about anything else, please feel free to catch me before or after school, or book an appointment through the Primary office. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours faithfully

Miss R Ing
Year 3: Class Teacher




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Photo of Primary pupils in one of the stagings of Hamlet

Acting and dance After a term's worth of rehearsals, the Primary School stage two stunning performances of Shakespeare's Hamlet