The Year 3 Teaching Staff: 
Mrs E. Allen - 3A
Miss H. Fenton - 3F
Mr A. French - 3/4 F
Teaching Assistants:
Mrs S. Akbar
Mrs K. Cliff



This half term we are studying the books 'Into the Forest' and 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne.

These two extraordinary tales tell the stories of two curious children and the adventures their dreams take them on. 

Have you ever been scared?

Can you spot any hidden items on the front cover? 

Where do you think the gorilla has come from? 

"One night I was woken by a terrible sound......"


"Hannah loved gorillas. She read books about gorillas, she watched gorillas on television, and she drew pictures of gorillas. But she had never seen a real gorilla."


Click on the picture below to find out some more exciting facts about our author.


 Can you spot any recurring themes in the pictures below taken from a selection of his novels? 

Our topic this half term is... 



Below is the Long term and medium term plans for the foundation subjects. This provides an overview of the topics covered throughout the year and the learning experiences that we aim to provide for children.

We aim to teach as much of this as possible, however, there may be some days/weeks where time will be restricted due to other events happening in school. The activities planned aim to engage children and allow them to experience a broad and balanced curriculum alongside teaching skills linked to the foundation subjects. 

What will we be learning about during the topic Temors? 

As geographers, we will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe their physical geographical features. We will locate the continents on a world map and explore the geographical locations of volcanoes.

As historians, we will study different sources of evidence to find out about key natural disasters that have occurred and answer historical questions. We will recognise the changes that have happened as a result of a natural disaster.

As scientists, we will compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and physical properties. We will explore and describe how fossils are formed and understand how to set up a fair test when investigating this. We will recognise the properties in soil and what it is made up of. We will understand how to set up simple, practical investigations.

As sportspeople, we will play football, matball, hockey and gymnastics and develop skills such as defense and attack, fair play and respect, control and co-ordination skills, sequences of movements including travelling, balancing and springing.

As linguists, we will learn French numbers from 0-10 and learn a range of simple greetings.

As artists and designers, we will explore and master skills in sculpting with clay and sketching techniques.

As musicians, we will describe sounds and match them to their instruments.

In PHSE, we will learn about how to be part of a caring school though making positive choices and relationships, showing respect for ourselves and others, caring for and creating a positive environment as well as exploring friendships and feelings. We will also explore e-safety work which will involve exploring the importance of passwords and how to keep your password safe. 

During RE lessons, we will...



Spellings - Weekly spellings will be given out on a Friday for children to practise at home. They will also practise these at school and complete a spelling dictation the following Thursday. 


Times tables - We expect children to be learning their times tables several times each week. Children have a log in to access the Times Table Rockstars website which is a fantastic way of practicing their 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 times tables. Each week children will complete a times table challenge in school to work through the maths awards - practising their fluency at home will prepare them for this. 

Children must play on the garage section of the website to access times tables set by the teacher but use the studio section if they wish to get onto the leaderboard. This section uses times tables up to 12 by 12. This is challenging for Y3 but they will get much quicker with these complex tables the more they practise. 



Reading - Children will have a log in to access Bug Club online where they can read and enjoy a variety of texts. We expect children to read at least three times per week. Please ensure that your child brings their diary to school everyday as they will be checked each morning and an adult who reads with your child will record it in their reading diary. If your child has read at home and it is recorded and dated in their reading diary this will help them achieve their reading certificates - for every 15 reads that are dated and signed by an adults your child will earn a certificate, on this certificate there could be an opportunity to choose a prize!

Extra homework - If children wish to complete extra activites at home, we have a homework menu linked to our current topic. Children can choose to complete any of the exciting activites and we would love to share their work in class.  


Click on the images below to be taken straight to the websites. 


All of Year 3 will have two PE sessions during the week, one of which is likely to be with our sports coach; Mr Smith. This may change depending on the weather so please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school all week.

Indoor Kit: Plain white T-shirt, black shorts and suitable shoes (pumps or trainers).

Outdoor Kit: Plain tracksuit bottoms and warm jacket and shoes suitable for the outdoors (trainers).

Please be reminded that no jewellery should be worn and earrings MUST be removed by the child for any PE session. Long hair needs to be tied back.

All children in school will be taking part in the '1km a day' challenge. Each day, every class will run the equivalent of 1km within our school grounds - we are currently running 8.5 laps of our school playground. We aim to improve our stamina and resilience for running by timing ourselves and working on our own personal bests! Children will have the opportunity to change into their trainers to complete this, another reason to ensure your child has PE kit in school all week!

For more information on this initiative please visit the following website:





This website has a good range of free games to practise phonics and decoding skills.



This has a good range of games which support your child’s spelling and grammar skills.



Bug Club is a fantastic website for reading – children have their own log in and their teacher will assign books or games to read and play - your child’s log in details will be in their organisers.



This is a new website introduced just before half term. This is a fun and competitive way for your child to learn their times tables. Look out for new competitions and challenges! Children's log in details are in their organisers.