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Welcome to Year 3

Mrs Gleaves - Class Teacher   


I hope you have had an enjoyable Summer and that you are ready to start the new school year, so welcome to Year 3! I am looking forward to working together with you so that your child has a very exciting and productive year that enables them to experience a smooth transition from Key Stage 1. We have an exciting Autumn term planned in Year 3, below are the teaching and learning experiences for our term ahead…


During Autumn 1 our core texts will be Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and in Autumn 2 we will be reading Escape from Pompeii our core texts link to our topics. The genres of writing that we will be focusing primarily on this term will be non-chronological reports, narratives and poetry. The children will also have a range of different writing opportunities throughout the term using the core text as a stimulus for writing as well as taking part in drama activities such as hot seating, role on the wall and conscience alley to help them understand story plot, characters actions and feelings. We will be continuing to develop skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as handwriting.

Please support your child at home by listening to them read regularly and by signing their reading record. Please ensure that they practice their weekly spellings and are accessing Spelling Shed. Accelerated reading books must be brought into school daily.


At Sunny Bank we continue to develop a ‘mastery’ approach to Maths. This term, children will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division in Maths. We will be representing, identifying and estimating numbers up to 1000 using our skills of reading and writing numerals, identifying 100 more and less and ordering numbers. The children will be developing their addition and subtraction skills and will be furthering their ability to solve these equations mentally as well as learning different methods to solve these equations in written form including the column method. In addition to this, we will be developing our times tables skills mentally and in written form for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. We will be using this knowledge to solve problems using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts.  

Please ensure you support your child to complete their weekly Mathletics tasks and make sure they are regularly accessing times table rock stars online.


Our science topic for the first half term will be based on light. Our learning challenge question is:

How far can you throw your shadow?’

During the second half term we will be looking at rocks. Our learning challenge question is:

What do rocks tell us about the way the Earth was formed?’


We will start off the Year with a History focus learning all about the Stone Age to Iron Age. Our learning challenge question will be:

Who first lived in Britain?’

Our History-based topic for Autumn term 1 explores how Britain changed from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will discover more about the lifestyle of our ancestors from the Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) through to the Iron Age via the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) and Neolithic (New Stone Age) times! We will investigate the houses, diets, clothing, animals, materials and tools from this period in history.

During Autumn 2 we will have a Geography focus about volcanoes. Our learning challenge will be:

What makes the Earth angry?’

Our Geography based topic in Autumn 2 explores how volcanoes are formed and where in the world they are located. We will also be learning about tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes. The children will discover how and why these natural phenomena occur, and the ways in which they affect people and the environment.

Timetable for useful information


 RE and French with Mrs Rogan.


 PE-indoor kit




Spellings will be sent home each Friday and will be tested on the following Friday.

Forest School with Miss Luttrell during Autumn 1:

-13th, 20th, 27th September and 4th, 11th and 18th October.

PE with sports coach each Friday morning during Autumn 2.



Please ensure that your child has their reading book in school every day and that reading records are being signed each time your child reads at home.


Please ensure your child has their indoor and outdoor PE kit in school, with the correct footwear for each session, and that all items are clearly labelled.


-Daily reading

-Weekly spellings which will be tested on a Friday

-Weekly online Mathletics games set on a Friday

-Times Table Rock Stars to be used frequently to support multiplication and division.

-Half termly Learning Log homework given out at the end of each half term.


Our Learning Challenge questions this term are:

Autumn 1- Who first lived in Britain?

Autumn 2- What makes the Earth angry?

Class Assemblies 

Our class assembly this term is on Friday 6th December at 9am.

Useful websites


Class Teacher - Mrs Gleaves

Email -

Please address emails to the school office email and put FAO Mrs Gleaves in the subject line. Thank you.

Non Negotiable Parent Leaflet - Year 3

Year 3 Long Term Planning 2019-2020