Year 3

SPRING (1) – January 2019

This half term we are  going to be studying the ancient civilisation of Ancient Egypt. We will be learning about the pyramids, mummification and Egyptian daily life.

Now we are entering the spring term our topic in Science will be plants. We will explore the different parts of plants and their functions. We will also be carrying out an investigation into how water is transported within plants. Later on in our topic we will identify how pollination occurs through the dissection of plants. term.

We continue to have the wonderful opportunity of trained music teachers teaching music on  a Monday afternoon. The children will be learning how to play the violin this spring term. Please ensure you have filled in the letter for your child to take part in the project. Please can I stress the need for children to practise at home and ensure their instrument is brought in every Monday.

In English we are starting the exciting genre of mystery stories and will be reading a range of children’s books from a variety of fantastic authors.

AUTUMN – November 2018

Pupil profile year 3 – autumn

This half term we are  going to be widening our geographical knowledge through the study of a  European country and identifying similarities and differences between this and the UK. We will also be strengthening our map skills and identifying the points of a compass.

Our work in science will focus upon forces and magnets this term. We will be exploring how objects attract and repel in relation to objects and other magnets

Within our computing lessons we are learning about e-safety   and the importance of keeping personal information safe and how to identify and react to risky situations.

We continue to have the wonderful opportunity of trained music teachers teaching music on  a Monday afternoon. The children have been working extremely hard to learn how to play the ukulele. We hope to see many of you at our Music concert later on this term.

In English we are looking at non fiction texts in the form of instructions. This will take the focus of looking at recipes to tie alongside our theme for DT this term. We will be learning about cooking and nutrition to research and make healthy pizzas.

In Maths we will  be increasing our knowledge of the four calculations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Important Dates/Reminders:

Monday—Trafford Music Services. Musical instruments should be brought in.

Wednesday—Team Theme P.E kit should be in school

Friday— Manchester United PE kit should be in school

Thursday 20th October – Finish for Christmas

AUTUMN – September 2018

This half term we are  journeying through history, We will be studying the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. The children have begun to understand the chronology of the topic through construction of understanding timelines . They will learn about how homes, food, farming changed over this time period.

Our work in science will focus upon the interesting topic of rocks and soil. We have lots of interesting lessons planned so be prepared for all the interesting facts the children will be bringing home.

In English we are looking at the story of the Tear Thief  in order to write a diary entry as part of a recount! The children are already immersed in the story and are enjoying exploring the expressive language used in this wonderful text.

In Maths we will be consolidating place value knowledge before moving onto calculations. All areas of maths would be greatly improved by your children regularly practising their times tables. In Year 3 we will be learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

In PE we are lucky enough to enjoy a session with Team Theme on a Wednesday morning. Miss Ifon and Miss Warburton will be developing the children’s skills in tag ruby and this will be every Friday afternoon.


This term we will be learning about our local area, Partington and we will also be looking at the history relating to Dunham Massey, Will we be comparing Partington’s past to what it is like now.

In Science we will be exploring the human body, looking in depth at movement and growth. We will be discussing questions such as ‘Why do we need a skeleton?’ and ‘How can animals be classified?’
Did you know that our skeleton is made up of 206 bones!

Also this term, Year 3 will become experts at drawing self portraits, using various shading and shadow techniques.
Last term in Design and Technology some very Impressive Egyptian necklaces were designed and made, so I can’t wait to see what both Year 3 classes produce in Art this term!

Finally in English this term, the children will be debating and discussing reasons for and against different arguments.
Fun games such as rebuttal tennis and rebuttal boxing will be played, this is when children state their ideas with evidence and then pretend to serve an imaginary tennis ball to the other team, serving good arguments each time. This encourages children to be quick thinkers, justify their answers and serve their amazing arguments to the other side in style!


This term in Year 3, we will be learning all about ancient Egypt in History. We will be learning all about life in Egypt, hieroglyphics, the importance of the River Nile and much more!
We may even make our own mummies! As well as this, we will be looking at ancient Art from Egypt and comparing this with more modern art, such as the work of Georgia O’Keeffe.
Relating to Georgia O’Keeffe’s floral artwork, in Science, we will be studying Plants and Magnets.

This will include;learning about the functions of a plant, exploring how water is transported in plants and describing how objects attract and repel each other.

In English we will look at adventure/ mystery stories and will continue with our Talk4-Writing learning style, which we really enjoy! We will read a range of books from ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne to ‘The thing in the Basement’ by Michaela Morgan to eventually create our own adventure stories, which will most definitely hook the reader in!

We are also very lucky to be continuing our Music lessons, that are delivered by Trafford Music Service, we are so excited to find out what instruments we will be learning to play.

This term we are restarting our PE lessons with Team Theme, which helps to improve our team building skills and coordination.

It is extremely important that children remember their musical instruments every music lesson (Tuesday) and PE kits (Wednesday & Thursday.)

Reading books – Remember our target is 3 reads a week!
Please bring reading books and SIGNED LOGS everyday so that your child can swap their books and earn Olympic points!
Unfortunately Year 3 only earned 1 piece of their Olympic reading Flag last term, please ensure your child reads 3 x each week, so we can achieve a full flag!


To help with your child’s education here are two useful links when reading to your child and hearing your child read.

Ten Benefits of Reading for your Child
Ten Tips On Hearing Your Child Read