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Year 3

Week beginning: 15.10.21




In Maths this week,


This week, the children will focus on:

  • counting in 50s 

  • recognising, describing and making 3D shapes


In English this week,


We will be learning about features used in narratives where our emphasis this week has been on grammar. Children have engaged in role play and writing directed speak using inverted commas. They have created word banks for powerful verbs for travelling and reported clause which have enabled them to write a converation.


This week we will be reading a fantastice narrative called 'The Great Kapok Tree' which is full of rich vocabulary, figuative language, huge range of punctuation and the language features we have been focussing on recently. 


In IPC this week


Next week we will be starting our most thrilling unit called 'Saving the World' where the Children will: 

1.  identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle

2.To use enquiry to find geographical locations

3. To express views on the features of an environment and the way it is being harmed or improved.

4. To know about ways in which animals and plants are suited to different environments.

5. To investigate how the rainforest sustains itself.

6. To know about processes and conditions that have an effect on living things.

7.  To research and construct food chains found in the rainforest.

You can help your child... 


You can help your child by:

  • Reading regularly at home. We expect children to read to an adult for 10 minutes a day to develop their fluency and comprehension. To do this it's good to ask them questions about what they've read too. Don't forget to write in their planner when they've read.
  • Helping them to learn their spellings each week- spelling will be given on a weekly basis. Children are expected to not only learn how to spell but to comprened the word i.e to define it. YOu can challenge your child further by encouraging them to use a dictionary and use the word in a sentence. 
  • Supporting them to complete their learning log which is due in by Thursday
  • Practising their times tables. They can use the new Times Tables Rock Stars for this too. We also have a new game Numbots (with the same username and password as TT Rock Stars) to help them learn  number bonds.
  • School and PE Uniform: Please visit our website to familarise yourself with our uniform expectations specifically the PE kits. Children must have all their uniform items clearly labelled with their names, trainers for outdoor games and plimsoles for indoor activities. Please ensure that the children either bring in their PE kits on the days for PE (Thursday and Fridays) or alternatively they can leave their sports bag on their pegs. 




Reading: 3 times a week for 10 minutes to an adult. Please write a short  comment in the pupil planners. All pupil planners are collected on Friday to monitor reading and where we award housepoints. At the end of each term, we reward the child who has read the most with a Reading Book.


Spelling: Spelling is given to children weekly and these can be found stuck in the 'spelling' section of the pupil planners. Children are expected to learn the spellings, choose 3 words and write a sentence each containing the new word. To challenge your child further, please introduce them to a dictionary so that they learn how to use, locate and define each word. They could write the word and definition too. Children are tested the foloowing week.


Learning Logs: Each week on  a Friday, children are given their learning logs where they focus on a letter of  the alphabet each week. Please refer to the instructions stcuk inside the front cover of the book please. The learning logs are collected on a Thursday where they are marked with a:

  • Silver star = 1 housepoint
  • gold star = 2 housepoints
  • a colour star refers to the learning log not returned on the day specified, though it acknowledges that we have seen it and rewarded the child verbally.