Year 3

Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year! We hope you had a restful Summer break and your children are ready for a busy year ahead. We are so looking forward to working with you and your children and I know that we will have a really brilliant year together. We at Trent recognise that your children’s success is often attributed to tremendous commitment from the whole family team, so thank you in advance for your support.  This letter is for your information, outlining the learning taking place in Year 3 this term. This term we will be covering the following:

 Autumn 1st Half Term TopicTribal Tales

 Autumn 2nd Half Term TopicScrumdiddlyumptious!

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How you can help 


Throughout the term we will be investigating different texts to help develop ideas for writing. Through a variety of texts we will be learning to write letters, adventure stories and newspaper reports during the first half term. 

In the second half term we will be focusing on poetry, instructions and non-chronological reports, linking to our ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ topic. 


Spelling is an essential part if the New National Curriculum. For the first half term, we will be exploring and learning about homophones. In the second half of the term, we will be looking at spelling patterns from the words on the Year 3 and 4 spelling list.


Please discuss the learning from the current topic with your child and ask them what their writing targets are.  Encourage use of a dictionary during home learning. Please support your child in completing their reading journals and by signing off their reading challenges for books read at home. Try to ensure that your child maintains their reading habit (at least 20 minutes every day is advisable for this age group).

Please spend some time going through the Year 3 and 4 spelling list given out at the end of last term and also in your child’s yellow reading journal. A little practise on these each day really will make all the difference. 

Please also support your child to develop a consistent cursive style of writing. The children have the opportunity to earn their ‘Pen Licence’ in Year 3 which they are all very excited about!



Maths will follow the White Rose Maths Scheme in line with the National Curriculum. This first half term will be spent securing and developing skills in number including place value and the four operations. In the second half term we will continue with number skills but also on developing reasoning and problem solving.

Please try to make sure your child knows their multiplication tables. This is another essential part of the National Curriculum. We will be doing early morning challenges to support the children with this in class. 


Cross Curricular Topic 

History, Geography, Science, Art and Design, Computing, English, D&T and PSHE.  

Our Creative Curriculum Topic for the first half of the Autumn term will be ‘Tribal Tales’, focusing on life during the Stone Age, Bronze Age and the Iron Age periods. We will learn what life was like for people during these times and how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years from the Stone Age to the Roman invasion. In Art and DT, we will produce our own Neolithic artwork and make our own tools using only stone and wood!

In science, we will learn about ‘Light’ and link this to our topic. 

In the second half term we will be learning through the ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious!’ topic. This will include teeth and diet in Science, clay modeling and cookery in Art and DT.

We will be covering skills in Computing through all topics covered this year, focusing this term on internet safety and searching, programming and algorithms.


Children should be able to carry out individual research and project work to develop understanding in areas of interest to them.

Here is a list of the websites we will be using in lessons to support our learning. Children can also use these at home to really underpin their learning. (fun craft projects to do at home) (It has great resources to learn how people lived in the iron age)

history/ancient-britain.shtml (lots of fun facts and activities) some interactive stories from the Iron Age)


We will be following the new Diocesan Syllabus for Religious Education. During the first half term we will be investigating Buddhism. 

After half term, we will be exploring ‘What makes a Christian?’ and ‘How do advent and Epiphany show us what Christmas is really about?’

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.


(Wednesday and Friday)

Each week in PE we will have a gymnastics and athletics lesson. Gym lessons will be held indoors and athletics will be outside, weather permitting.

Please make sure your child has their full PE kit in school on these days. Girls are unable to wear tights underneath their shorts/tracksuit bottoms so please make sure they have a spare pair of socks in their PE bag. 



In music this term your child will be continuing to play the recorder. They will begin to develop their use of staff notation.
You can support your child by encouraging them to practice. Further information will be sent home with your child to give more specific information about exactly what to practice.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encouraging additional practice.

Please ensure your child has a recorder for each lesson.


The children will receive a specialist French lesson each week. They will be revising and adding to their vocabulary including links to the Creative Curriculum topic.  This term the children will be learning about words to describe themselves and their families.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.


Year 3 will have outdoor P.E. on Wednesdayand indoor P.E. on Friday. Please ensure they have full P.E kit with them, including trainers, plimsolls and suitable outdoor attire. 

Home Learning

Home learning will be set on a Friday and will usually consist of a piece of Maths, English and either a Science, Topic or RE piece. Mental Maths and Spelling activities may also be included. Home Learning is due in on a Wednesday.  Please encourage your child to get into the routine of returning home learning on time as this will help encourage positive work habits and independence. We would be grateful if you could ensure your child’s home learning is checked and signed before it is returned. 


Your child will continue to benefit from group and guided reading at school. Please make sure your child reads every night. Currently your child has a reading journal which should be signed each day by an adult at home. Please feel free to leave a comment if you wish.


Thank you to all who have organised the school pencil case containing the equipment your child will need this year, each item within these need to be labeled with your child’s name. The children have already shown responsibility in looking after their own equipment, however if items need replacing, we would be grateful if you could support us in this. The items your Year 3 child will need are: a clear pencil case, a pencil, a rigid 30cm ruler, a sharpener, a purple pen, a plain rubber, a glue stick, and a whiteboard pen. Your child will only need a pen once they have earned their pen license- we will let you know when to purchase a pen! 

Play time and wet play

As the children are in KS2, fruit is no longer provided. It is rather a long morning (we break for lunch at 12.30pm as opposed to 12.00pm) and the children do get a little hungry around 11.00am (first play). Please provide your child with either some fruit or cut up vegetable for them to eat at this time.

As the weather can be a little unpredictable, in the event of it being wet play, it would be great if you could supply your child with a plain pad of paper/activity book that they can use. 

Beginning of the day and End of the day arrangements

 The children have been given specific line up orders. They have been superb at lining up after play and lunch. It’ll be really great if you could support us in the morning by ensuring your child is in the correct place and ready to come into class. We do early morning challenges so the quicker we can get into class the quicker we can get down to work.

If anyone else is collecting your child, please do either let us know in the morning or call the school office. If we have not been told that anyone else is collecting your child we will not let them go at the end of the day. 

Important dates

Thursday 11thOctober 2018- Nasal Flu Spray

Wednesday 17thOctober & Thursday 18thOctober– parent Consultations.

Monday 22nd- Friday 26thOctober- Half term week

Monday 5thNovember 2018-Individual photographs 

Monday 3rdhDecember @ 2.00pm, Tuesday 4thDec @ 6.00pm, Weds 5thDec @ 6.00pm- Year 3 Christmas Production. 

We look forward to a fantastic term ahead. As always, please do come and speak to us if you have any further questions. 

Best wishes

Mrs. Howard, Mr Voskou and Mrs Murray. 



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