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Overview for Term 2

We’ve already had a lovely start to the term, the children have been raring to learn.


In reading we will be reading a variety of texts; we will continue with Stig of the Dump for our book we share in the afternoon and we will have Featherlight by Peter Bunzl, once we have finished Stig of the Dump. In some of our reading sessions we will also be doing activities linked to our text used in English.

Our focus to begin with this term will be on poetry to with the book 'Look Up' by Nathan Bryon and illustrator Dapo Adeola, with references to the astronaut Mae Jemmerson. We will then be looking at 2 further texts linking to the rocks element of our science enquiry-these will be revealed once we have shared and made predictions on them with the children. We will be writing a narrative/story and explanation text with these two books.


The maths focus this term will be continuing with addition and Subtraction, moving on to multiplication and division.


In Enquiry we will be answering questions: How are shadows made? And : How are pebbles formed? This will include using our investigative skills and using scientific vocabulary.


RE session will be looking at Christianity and the question: Has Christmas lost its true meaning?


PE is going to be lots of fun this term, along with the PE scheme of work on Dance , children will be learning a dance routine with Debbie Scroggs from Ashton Park.


In art we will be looking at different printing techniques and we are lucky enough to take part in preparations for the Lantern parade-which will take place in January.

We look forward to our learning ahead this term.

End of Term 1

Year 3 have been working so hard to get back into our school routines and taking on board all the changes that happen in Y3 this term. We have been using special handwriting pens in a our writing tasks-writing stories about our book: The Stone Age Boy. We also enjoyed the book: How to Wash  a Woolly Mammoth-especially the part when it  had different hairstyles.

In maths we have been working on 3 digit numbers, adding and subtracting. We have improved our understanding of what each digit represents as a place holder and how to solve addition and subtraction problems.

In art sessions we have been working on our collage skills looking at the Spanish artist Picasso and the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich.  We hope you enjoy some of the creations already sent home.
We really enjoyed Black History month learning about important people that changed the path of history. We had really interesting conversations about about Martin Luther King Junior and the part of his speech where he said: I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by their character. We also learnt about Benjamin Zephania-British writer and poet and Ruby Nell Bridges Hall an American civil rights activist.

Year 3 were lucky enough to end the term on a high with a pumpkin carving session with Miss Prewett and a school trip to the Museum for a workshop on handing prehistoric artefacts. It was fascinating to be able to touch artefacts that are thousands of years old-we had to handle them with care.

We look forward to learning about light and rocks next term.

Overview for Term 1

It’s been a most impressive start to the term in Year 3. It was so lovely to have everyone back together. I have been amazed at how resilient and hard working the children are. They have settled into their new surroundings with confidence and now feel very much at home.


Here’s a little glance at what Year 3 will be learning about this term.


English (including reading)

In English this term we have started by reading our whole school book ‘I am Enough’ by Grace Byers. Children explore their aspirations, creating poetry using exciting adjectives. Starting in week two we will begin reading the book: How to wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley. This will focus mainly writing to entertain and inform and audience-working on using exciting vocabulary. We will also be reading ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King during our afternoon reading sessions.

         I Am Enough eBook : Byers, Grace, Bobo, Keturah A.: Amazon.co.uk: BooksStig of the Dump (A Puffin Book) : King, Clive, Ardizzone, Edward:  Amazon.co.uk: Books


Starting in week two we will begin using our spelling scheme of work, linking to the National Curriculum. These are daily lessons looking at a range of spelling rules and patterns, following on from the phonics taught in KS1. Children will also learn subject specific vocabulary linking to



For our Maths lessons this term, we will be starting with Place Value where we will be learning about counting in Hundreds, Tens and Ones up to 1000. We will continue revise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s in mental maths sessions. Towards the end of the term, we will begin practising our Addition and Subtraction.



Our Enquiry focus for this term is History where we are going to learn about What was prehistoric Bristol and the South West like? Stone Age through to Iron Age. We have kicked started our enquiry by reading ‘Cave Baby’ by Julia Donaldson, exploring cave art and researching prehistoric times through internet sources.Cave Baby : Julia Donaldson, Emily Gravett: Amazon.co.uk: Books



From the middle of the term we will be exploring the question: Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?



Year 2 will be with Year 3 for Art with Miss Perugini. We're looking at portraits using a range of mixed media-including Picasso and Arcimboldo.

          Weeping Woman', Pablo Picasso, 1937 | TateGiuseppe Arcimboldo at the National Gallery of Art - The New York Times

PE and Forest School

In PE (with Miss Wheeler), we are starting off by practising Personal Skills, including co-ordination (footwork) and balance (on one leg). PE for Year 2 and 3 will be on a Thursday this term, with Forest School (with Mrs Prewett) on a Wednesday. Please ensure the children come to school on Wednesdays in Forest School clothes and on Thursdays in their PE kits.

We look forward to the exciting learning ahead.