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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3


Welcome to our Year 3 class page. Here you will find all the information you will need for your child's year group and it will give you an overview of what to expect from Year 3 over the coming year.


History and Geography

Year 3 will be learning about the following topics over the year:


Autumn –

  • What is new about the new Stone Age? During this unit the children will find out about what it is like living in Stone Age Britain. They will explore what life was like in the Stone Age and how much has change happened during this time. Children will look at historical and archaeological sources to learn about the Neolithic family.


  • Where on Earth are we? Throughout this unit, children will learn to describe where places are on the Earth’s surface. They will learn to identify the position of the lines of latitude and name the Equator. They will learn to identify the position of the lines of Capricorn and the Polar Circles, Artic and Antarctic and the North and South Poles. They should be able to identify where they live and compare with somewhere in Europe..


Spring –

  • How unpleasant were the Bronze and Iron Ages? During this unit, children will learn about the impact of bronze and how life changed between the Bronze and the Iron Age. They will use sources of information to assess which was a dangerous time for people.


  • Is Climate Cool? This half term, children learn about climate, climate zone sand biomes. They will learn about the hottest and driest places on earth and compare it to the hottest and wettest places on earth.


Summer –

  • What happened when the Romans came? While studying the Romans. We will learn why they invaded Britain and how easy they found it to take pver. They will interpret sources of information which has survived giving us information about the past to help children to form opinions.


  • Can the earth shake, rattle and roll? In this unit, children will understand the causes, outcomes and location of earthquakes and volcanoes. They will discover why people live in the vicinity of volcanoes and what measures can be taken to make life safer in earthquake zones.



Reading & Reading Books

Reading Books are changed at least once a week. Books will only be changed if an adult has signed to say they have read the books. In school children will have guided reading in a group once a week. Please ensure that your child has their reading books and reading record in school every day so that we can listen to them read and change books when needed.


When reading with your child remember to:

  • Encourage children to sound out difficult words and look for groups of letters that go together eg, igh, ow, ai, ee, ou, ar, or, ng.
  • Ensure children understand the story. Ask them questions throughout and make sure they understand the vocabulary used in the story.
  • Do the children know features of stories such as the author, illustrator, blurb, title etc….


Year 3 and 4 Common Exemption


Independent learning

Spellings will be sent home every Monday. The children will have a spelling test on the following Friday. The spellings will be linked to the spelling patterns that are being covered in class. Please practise these at home.


Additional to this, children all have an individual login to Spelling Shed, TTRS, Deepening Understanding and Purple Mash. These online resources are an excellent way of consolidating learning which has taken place in class.


Uniform & PE Kit

Please make sure your child’s name is written into all items of PE kit, uniform and coats. This makes identification of lost items so much easier. The school uniform consists of a navy blue sweater or cardigan (preferably with school logo – no other logo is permitted). Red Polo shirt (preferably with school logo – no other logo is permitted). Grey school trousers, pinafore dress or skirt. Grey tights can be worn (as part of winter uniform). Dark blue gingham dress (Summer Uniform).  As always, we encourage the children to come to school looking smart, with shirts tucked in, top buttons fastened and black sensible shoes. Trainers and boots are not allowed. Nails should be clean and free of nail varnish.


PE lessons are held every Wednesday morning. P.E. uniform is: White T-shirt, navy blue shorts and plimsoles (pumps). A P.E. bag is required to store P.E. kit.  Beach or play clothes are not suitable. It saves a lot of worry if all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We expect children to be able to dress and undress themselves for P.E.). Children can bring an outdoor P.E uniform for the colder seasons. This needs to be a warm navy or black tracksuit, free from any logos/sporting clubs.


Snacks & Packed Lunches

As a healthy school we encourage the children to eat a wide range of healthy snacks and lunches. In Key Stage one fruit and vegetables are provided for playtime snacks. Your child will need to bring a bottle of water, clearly labelled, for drinks during the day.




Please follow our school Twitter feed, to share in the wonderful work going on in school @StMarysDuk


Class DoJo

We use Class DoJo to set online learning, share examples of good work and share whole school messages.  Please ensure that you are linked in to our class page.


To further enhance the children’s learning experience, if you have any photographs or video clips of any interesting or exciting activities completed at home or anywhere outside of school that you would like to share with us, please upload them on to Class DoJo.


We are really looking forward to working with you and your child over the coming year. With your help and support each child will be able to fully access their learning in order to achieve their full potential.


Thank you for your continuing support,


Mrs Emerton and Mrs Turner


Transition Booklet Year 4