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Welcome to Spring in Year 3








This term we will be learning all about The Stone Age  right through to the Iron Age.  We will be covering the following




Story as a theme: Stig of the Dump’ (stone-age) 

The Stone Age/present day’ Information texts: Either volcanoes, rocks or information about the Stone Age 



Rocks : Compare and group different kinds of rocks; fossils; soils are made from rocks and organic matter.



Earthquakes and volcanoes: Investigate earthquakes and volcanoes: what they are; why they happen; and how they affect the landscape and human activity; focus on Nepal (recent events) 


History Britain: 

Stone Age to the Iron Age What was Britain like after the dinosaurs became extinct but before modern man lived? What was life like after the ice age? 

When, how, where was Stonehenge built?



Using photographs or real fossils, observe and make detailed drawings. From drawings, develop a simplified printing motif of a fossil, create a printing block and design. 


Key questions

  • What is rock?
  • How can rocks be different?
  • What are rocks used for?
  • How can we test rocks/compare rocks?
  • How hard is your rock?
  • Does it float?
  • Does it allow water in? Is it permeable?
  • What happens if you put an acid on your rock?
  • What if all rocks were the same?
  • How do rocks change over time?
  • What are fossils?
  • How are fossils formed?
  • What can fossils tell us about the past?
  • What is soil made up of?
  • How is soil formed?





During our first week back in school we be remembering all those who have sacrificed themselves in two world wars and other conflicts .Remembrance Sunday is a day for the nation remember.

We will then follow by looking at  Mary the Mother of God.

Our objectives are to :

Know God called Mary to be the Mother of his son

Know that Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth

Know about the mystery of the Incarnation

To understand Advent in the celebration of the birth of Jesus

Know about the birth of Jesus and reflect on what it means.






Literacy Units

Our first unit is based on  fables. We will be using "The Hare and the Tortoise" by Brian Wildsmith and Aesop's Fables by Michael Rosen.

Our key reading skills are:

  • Use prefixes to understand meanings e.g. un-, dis-,-mis-, re-.
  • Take account of punctuation, when reading.
  • Retell a range of fables.
  • Identify and discuss themes e.g. weak and strong, wise and foolish.
  • Discuss their understanding of the text.
  • Make predictions based on details.

Draw inferences around characters thoughts, feelings and actions, and justify with evidence from the text.

Our key writing skills are:

  • Use the determiner a or an according to whether the next word begins with a consonant or vowel e.g. a rock, an open box.
  • Select, generate and effectively use adverbs e.g. suddenly, silently, soon, eventually.
  • Read and analyse fables in order to plan and write their own versions.
  • Create and develop characters for a fable.
  • Discuss and record ideas for planning.
  • Generate and select from vocabulary banks e.g. noun phrases, powerful verbs, synonyms for said appropriate to text type.
  • Group related material into paragraphs.


Second unit - Looking at Poems with a structure. 

Our key reading skills are:

  • Listen to and discuss a range of poems with a structure e.g. shape, calligrams, concrete.
  • Read a range of poems and use intonation, tone and volume when reading aloud.
  • Discuss their understanding of poems read.
  • Analyse and evaluate poems looking at language, structure and presentation.
  • Identify, discuss and collect favourite words and phrases which capture the reader’s interest.
  • Prepare poems to read aloud, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action.
  1. key writing skills
  • Explore and collect word families e.g. medical, medicine, medicinal, medic, paramedic, medically to extend vocabulary.
  • Identify and discuss the purpose, audience, language and structures of poetry for writing.
  • Discuss and record ideas for planning.
  • Generate and select from vocabulary banks e.g. noun phrases, powerful verbs, synonyms.
  • Discussing and proposing changes with partners and in small groups.
  • Improving writing in the light of evaluation.
  • Use appropriate intonation, tone and volume to present their writing to a group or class.

Third Unit - Persuasive Letters

Our key reading skills:

  • Listen to and discuss a range of letters including persuasive letters.
  • Read a range of letters including persuasive letters.
  • Analyse and evaluate letters by looking at language, structure and presentation.
  • Discuss their understanding of the text.
  • Discuss the purpose of paragraphs.
  • Identify a key idea in a paragraph.

Evaluate how specific information is organised within a persuasive letter.

Key writing skills

  • Use perfect form of verbs using have and had to indicate a completed action e.g. In Year Three we have been researching the different foods which are healthy.
  • Explore, identify and create complex sentences using a range of conjunctions e.g. if, so, although.
  • Explore and identify main and subordinate clauses in complex sentences.
  • Read and analyse letters in order to plan and write their own.
  • Identify and discuss the purpose, audience, language and structures of persuasive letters.
  • Discuss and record ideas for planning.
  • Group related material into paragraphs.

In Maths, we will be focusing on: addition and subtraction and moving onto multiplication.  Helping at home with addition and subtraction, using inverse and problem solving will support learning in class.  Please follow the link to our maths policies so you can see how the children are taught in school. Also don't forget mymaths.



This class page will keep you updated with all the goings-on in our class and any important information that you may need to know. If you have any questions please feel free to come and speak to me after school. Attached is also a topic overview of all our subject topics for this year.




What you can do at home . . .


  • Daily reading

  • Spellings  Year 3/4 words  

  • Times table to be practiced daily at home.

  • Homework tasks- given half termly.

  • PE- Thursday (Please ensure PE kit and trainers are in school, this is for health and safety reasons)


If you have any other questions or queries, please feel free to talk to me at the end of the school day, or alternatively arrange a meeting with me via Mrs Thompson in the office.

Thank you!


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