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Maple Class - Year Three (Mrs Clark)


In English we will be completing work on The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

Melding science fiction with fairy tale, The Iron Man tells the story of a gigantic metal robot who appears out of nowhere, crashing onto the beach and shattering into many parts. He is discovered by Hogarth, a young boy. The Iron Man proceeds to devour farm machinery, until the farmers rise up against him. There is an act of betrayal as Hogarth agrees to lure the monster into a trap where he is buried underground – yet the Iron Man breaks free. Against demands from the farmers to bring in the army, Hogarth speaks out and suggests that the monster should be left to feed from the scrap metal yard.

We will be developing characters, settings and plots based on the model and will be working hard to improve our vocabulary through a range of methods.  We will be using dictionaries to check meanings of the words we are reading and will start collecting words and phrases that will help us to capture the readers interest and imagination.  We will be raising questions during the reading process to deepen our understanding and will draw inferences around characters’ thoughts, feelings and actions, using evidence from the text to justify our responses.


In Maths we will be starting statistics.  Children will build on their understanding of pictograms from Year 2 and continue to read and interpret information in order to answer questions about the data. Children will begin to understand the value of each symbol used and what it means when half a symbol is used. They will be constructing pictograms and choosing an appropriate key to illustrate. Children will be collecting their own data.

Children will interpret information in pictograms and tally charts in order to construct bar charts and then answer questions relating to the data. They will read and interpret bar charts with scales of 1, 2, 5 and 10 during the lessons and decide which scale will be the most appropriate when drawing their own bar charts. They will use their addition and subtraction skills to answer questions accurately and ask their own questions about the data in tables.


Our topic this term is ‘Magnets and Forces’.  During the lessons children will be taught to:

  • compare how things move on different surfaces
  •  notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
  • observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
  • describe magnets as having two poles
  • predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which way the poles are facing.


Vocabulary; forces, magnets, attract, repel, surfaces, prediction, analysis, conclusion, magnetic, materials, poles, North and South


Our topic this half term is ‘The Iron Man’.  Throughout the topic children will be focussing on Art and Design.  In DT children will be creating a pop-up book to retell the story of The Iron Man to a KS1 child.  They will design, make and evaluate a product.  Children will carry out research on ‘pop-up’ books and ask the following questions:

  • How does the mechanism work?
  • How many pivot points are there?
  • Where are the linkages connected?
  • Which pivots are fixed?
  • What motion is the result of this mechanism (e.g. linear, rotary, reciprocal)?
  • How many different movements result from your one input?
  • Is this mechanism sufficiently robust for a KS1 child?
  • Does it work smoothly?
  • Is the mechanism/mechanical system hidden?

As their illustrations and mechanisms progress, children will discuss their work, identifying where they are meeting their design criteria. Any changes made during the making process will be recorded as annotations to plans and drawings.


In Art, we will explore the role of book illustrators who bring visual impact to a text. In particular, we will look at Laura Carlin and her award winning illustration of ‘The Iron Man’, which is one illustrator’s interpretation. We will look at particular scenes from the book e.g. the scrapyard scene or the picnic scene. We will look at images of scrapyards and make detailed observational studies of cogs, spanners, bolts and chains etc. in our sketchbooks which we will use to inform a larger piece of work. 


Vocabulary; levers, linkages, leverages, mechanism, design, pop-up, audience, smoothly, detail, observation, pivots.



In ICT this term, we will be looking at inputs and outputs.  Children will be taught to:

  • Explain the methods of inputs including keyboard, mouse, touch, microphone, camera, sensors
  • Explain the methods of outputs including screen, printers, speakers, switches and simulated physical control devices
  • Use excel to create spreadsheets and explain how they are used in the real world.
  • Use a formula within a spreadsheet to add up numbers

Vocabulary; input, output, keyboard, mouse, microphome, camera, sensors, printers, simulated, switches, control, spreadhseet


Children will be given their spellings each Monday and will have a test the following week (Monday).  The spellings will link to their learning within lessons.  Please practise these spellings with them regularly as this will aid their progress in writing.



The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy. Just as children walk talk and grow at different times, so their progression through the skills of reading will be at different rates. The key is for your child to feel positive about themselves as a reader right from the start. To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to attitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them.  We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week.  Children will be supplied a reading book, however to keep them engaged feel free to read with them the books that interest them, those that take them to a world of make believe, that encourage them to dream and introduce them to the amazing vocabulary that surrounds them.  Children's books will be changed 2/3 times a week and they will be listened to by the class teacher, teaching assistant and with our parent volunteers throughout the week.



PE sessions will take place each Tuesday afternoon till half term.  Please ensure children's PE kits are in school on this day and each item is clearly labelled. Children will be outside this half term for cricket.  Children are allowed to bring in a plain tracksuit and trainers for these sessions.



Snack & Water

Toast is available to children for snack.  Children must pay £1 at the beginning of the week for a slice of toast each day.  Children are able to bring in their own snack for playtime.  This can be a cereal/breakfast bar (please no sugary cereal bars), fruit or veg.  Water will be available to the children throughout the day.  If you would like your child to bring in their own bottle, please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child's name.



If you have any queries, then feel free to use ClassDojo to send a message or catch me in the playground at the end of the school day. Alternatively, please make an appointment with me through Mrs Thompson in the school office if you feel the issue is of an urgent or sensitive nature.