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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


The staff working in this year group to support your child's learning are : Miss Constanti, Ms Walsh, Ms Calliste, Mrs Georgiou, Ms Corry, Mrs Khajuria and Ms Vaughn.

Homework & Routines

Your child will have 2 PE lessons during the week so please ensure that they come to school wearing their PE kit on these days.  They are not to bring their PE kit bag to school due to restrictions within the school.  Their kit should include; dark shorts/jogging bottoms, a white polo t-shirt, their Queenswell sweatshirt and trainers NOT plimsolls.  



Indoor PE - Tuesday

Outdoor PE – Thursday


Indoor PE - Monday

Outdoor PE – Thursday


Homework will be set each TUESDAY and is due to be handed in on the following MONDAY.  We will be setting homework on Google Classroom, your child will be given further training on Google Classroom in the coming weeks, we are doing this to minimise contact from home and school and to minimise paper usage.  The weekly homework will include; spellings/SPaG, timetables and challenge homework.


Children are also expected to read for 10 minutes every day, preferably with an adult. 


Please send your child to school with one pencil case including; writing pencils, blue/black biros, ruler, sharpener, rubber, a set of colouring pencils, a Pritt stick and a green pen.  Additionally, please send your child to school with a water bottle and a coat.

Our Learning Journey

We will be beginning a power of reading story called Into The Forest.


This half term, the children will be starting a new power of reading book called Into the Forest by Anthony Browne.  One night a boy is woken by a terrible sound. A storm is breaking, lightning flashing across the sky. In the morning Dad is gone and Mum doesn’t seem to know when he’ll be back. The next day Mum asks her son to take a cake to his sick grandma. "Don’t go into the forest," she warns. "Go the long way round." But, for the first time, the boy chooses to take the path into the forest, where he meets a variety of fairy tale characters.


This half term the children will continue to recognise fractions in the context of parts of a whole, numbers, measurements, a shape, and unit fractions as a division of a quantity. They will understand the relation between unit fractions as operators (fractions of), and division by integers. They will practise adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator through a variety of increasingly complex problems to improve fluency.


The children will also use both analogue and digital 12-hour clocks and record their times. In this way they will become fluent in and prepared for using digital 24-hour clocks in year 4.


The children's knowledge of the properties of shapes will be extended at this stage to symmetrical and non-symmetrical polygons and polyhedra. They will extend their use of the properties of shapes. They should be able to describe the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes using accurate language, including lengths of lines and acute and obtuse for angles greater or lesser than a right angle. They will connect decimals and rounding to drawing and measuring straight lines in centimetres, in a variety of contexts.


Finally, the children will continue to measure using the appropriate tools and units, progressing to using a wider range of measures, including comparing and using mixed units (for example, 1 kg and 200g) and simple equivalents of mixed units (for example, 5m = 500cm).






During the final half term of year 3, the children will be focusing their learning on Scientists and Inventors. The children will learn about the men and women who risked their lives to find new plants, and will design their own new plant, thinking about its requirements for life. The children will learn about Marie Curie and her work on radiation. They will find out how she developed the medical use of x-rays and create their own x-ray model.


Children will consider what plants need to grow well through exploring the life and discoveries of George Washington Carver. They will find out about William Smith and how he learnt that the fossils found inside rocks can be used to tell the age of the rocks as well as the modern-day applications of this.  Furthermore, they will learn about Inge Lehmann, the woman who discovered that the Earth’s core is solid. The children will be given time to investigate how images change in convex and concave mirrors and will hear about the inventions and devices that use convex and concave mirrors.


Additionally, the children will complete a timeline of the first electromagnets, create their own electromagnet and test its strength. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions. Towards the end of the topic, they will explore where in the world discoveries and inventions were made and research how they were used to solve problems.

Religious Education

This half term the children will be consolidating their learning of 'Religion, Family and the Community, and Places of Worship'.  The children will visit a local Gurdwara which is the place of worship for Sikhs.  Here the children will understand that a Gurdwara is not only a place for meditation and prayer but it is also the main place for the Sikh community to gather together.  Further to this, the children will learn that it is also a place where Sikhs and the wider community learn about the faith.



This half term the children make links to History where possible through their power of reading text Into the Forest and their Science topic of Scientists and Inventors.


This half term the children make links to Geography where possible through their power of reading text Into the Forest and their Science topic of Scientists and Inventors.


In Art this half term, the children will explore famous artists and architects where they will study an artist's work and recreate pieced of artwork in the style of that artists.  The children will achieve this by using a range of mixed media such as: sketching, paint, collage, printing and junk modelling. 


In D&T this half term, the children will focus their learning on cooking and nutrition.  They will discover how food is grown, reared and caught, read and understand simple recipes, prepare dishes safely and hygienically and understand that a healthy diet is made up of a variety of food and drink.


In PSHE this half term, the children will be focusing on recognising  the role of voluntary, community and pressure groups, especially in relation to health and wellbeing. They will learn about sense of community, participation, world of work, and how community facilities work.


In PE this half term, the children will be exploring Athletics and Net Games.  During outdoor PE and athletics, the children will be exploring the following objectives;

  • Can I run at different speeds e.g. change my pace with control? 

  • Can I decide the correct pace when running a long distance?

  • Can I develop fluency and rhythm when choosing and applying different stride patterns?

  • Can I use different throwing techniques e.g. push/pull throw, fling & heave throw?

  • Can I throw accurately at a target and across different distances? 

  • Can I know different techniques which will help me increase my height and distance of my jump?


The children will consolidate their learning of Net games through Tennis, investigating the following objectives;


  • Can I keep a game going using a range of different ways of throwing?

  • Can I vary the speed and direction of the ball?

  • Can I choose good places to stand when receiving, and give reasons for my choice?

  • Can I describe what is successful in my own and others' play?



This half term, the children will be learning about 'Puedo' (I can).  The children will speak with others using simple words, phrases and short sentences and write some familiar simple words from memory or using supported written materials (e.g. familiar nouns).


This half term children will be looking at rhythmic variations and rhythmic patterns in music. They will be identifying rhythm structures and following rhythms using: crotchet, minims, quavers and rest durations. Children will be using facts and phrases about the Vikings to help create and compose their own rhythm variations. They will be using a range of untuned percussion; including body percussion. They will also be using ostinato forms and cycling patterns to create their rhythms. 



This half term the children will continue to develop their coding skills. They will learn to use logical reasoning to write simple algorithms explaining the sequence commands should run in. The children will also learn to debug their programs so they run correctly.

Online Safety

Be Internet Alert: Check it's For Real.  This unit helps pupils develop skills to learn that online content isn't always honest or reliable. Children will work on how to stay safe online by spotting clues that something may be misleading.