Welcome to Year 3 2017

Welcome to Year 3. I hope you all had a fantastic break and are feeling refreshed ready for a long and busy term ahead!

Morning Routine:

The children need to line up outside the Y3/4 mobile, with their belongings, when the bell rings, and wait for to be collected.  Any coats, bags and PE kits are to be hung on their named peg in the cloakroom when they enter after the bell rings.  Please resist the temptation to enter the mobile or allow children to come in before the bell unless you need to speak to a member of staff as we are very busy preparing for the day.  If it happens to rain in the morning the hall will be open for you to use from 8:30am to stay dry.  Book bags should be brought to school daily with reading and maths journals and will be kept in their named drawer.  Healthy snacks (preferably fruit) and water bottles will be kept in trays in the classroom.


As I am sure you are already aware reading is an essential life skill and at William Barnes we are committed to raising the profile of reading.  Our expectation is that all children will read at least three times a week at home with an adult. Please make sure any reading you do with your child is recorded and signed in your child’s reading journal. When your child has finished with their reading book it is their responsibility to change it during the school day. The children will also have the opportunity to go to the school library each week on a Thursday and choose a book of their own choice.


To help encourage children to enjoy the process of reading we will ask them to complete an activity in their reading journal once a week. Reading activities will be sent home on a Monday, this will be discussed in class and then the children will have one week to complete this.  It will be collected in and marked the following Monday.  Please make sure reading journals and reading books are in school every day.


We are continuing to use Mathletics – online to improve children’s mental recall and quick thinking.

The children will shortly receive their login details again and then weekly activities will be set on the website. In your child’s New Maths Journal (to follow shortly) we have included a record sheet for Mathletics which will be completed as a running record on a weekly basis. 

Mathletics activities will be set on a Friday afternoon and will be checked the following Friday morning. Our expectation is that every child will gain at least 300 points by completing a range of fun and exciting games.  Don’t forget if you reach 1000 points within a week your child will be awarded a certificate.  The children will be reminded how to use the website in class but if you need help accessing or using the website at home please come and see us.

Times Tables:

This year we are also going to be sending Times Tables homework home weekly.  The activity will be sent home on a Thursday and the children will have one week to complete this.  It will be collected in and marked the following Thursday.  It is expected that all children will complete the activities.


Timetabled PE days for Year 3 are Monday and Friday.  This can change due to the weather and other events happening in school, therefore, children must have a complete PE kit in school at all times. PE kit should include – shorts, t-shirt, pumps or trainers and for the colder months a dark coloured tracksuit for outdoors, please ensure that everything is labelled.

PPA Time

As you may be aware all teachers have non-contact time each week for planning, preparation and assessment so Mrs Newell and a Premiere Sports Coach will be teaching Year 3 on a Friday morning.

Dates for your Diary:

Wednesday 13th September: Roald Dahl Day – Please come and join us for our Dahlistic Art Workshop 9-10am.

Thursday 14th September: Meet the Teacher 3:15pm.  Please pop in to say hello, find out about the learning expectations for the year and ask any questions.

Week Beginning 2nd October: Family Learning Week – Activities and Times tbc.

23rd October – 27th: Half Term

Connected Curriclum:

This term our English will be based on Roald Dahl books.  Our Geography topic is India. 

Below is a summary of our curriculum this term.

Subject: Autumn 1 Autumn 2

Narrative – Roald Dahl

Authors & Letters

Narrative – Roald Dahl

Dialogue & Plays

Non-Fiction – Reports India


Number & Place Value

Counting & Estimating

Addition & Subtraction

Multiplication & Division


Properties of Shape

Problem Solving

Counting & Estimating

Addition & Subtraction

Multiplication & Division

Fractions of Shapes and Numbers



Problem Solving

Science Rocks Light



Village Life

Life at School

Geographical & Human Features


The Environment






Report Writing

RE Hinduism – The importance of home Christianity – True meaning of Christmas
PSHCE Being Me in My World Celebrating Difference
Art & DT

Rangoli Patterns

Cooking – Chapattis

Milk Bottle Elephants

Colour Wheel / Watercolour Animals

Christmas Market Items

Music Animal Magic Environment

Dance – Bollywood / Indian

Tag Rugby


Net & Wall Games

ICT SCRATCH – Dressing Up Using Images to create repeated patterns.

Happy Roald Dahl Day! Wednesday 13th September

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who joined us for our Dahlistic Art Workshop.  The children had a great time making Party hats, Roly Poly Birds, Dream jars, placements and BFG ears.  We also managed to create our very own Big Friendly Giant out of a range of materials who is now displayed in the hall with his dream jars.  The morning was a fantastic start to our topic on Roald Dahl and many of the activities could not have been achieved without the support the children had.  The children said:

“I enjoyed having my mum come to help” Chloe

“I liked using lots of glue” Belle

“I enjoyed drawing our own ideas” Alice “and recording my actual dream” Ellie-May

Maisie said “I enjoyed making the ears and looking like the BFG”


Year 3 gallery




Year 3

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