Bridge Street, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1BZ

Welcome To Year 3

Morning Routine:

Year 3 will enter the school site at 8:35am after lining up outside the school gates. Mrs Warwick-Price or Mr Newman will meet the children and lead them into classroom ready for the school day. Upon entering the classroom, the children will wash their hands and then hang up their coats/bags on their peg in the corridor.

Lunchboxes and water bottles are to remain inside your child’s bag and hung on their peg.

Your child will then collect their school issued pencil case from their tray, which contains all they will need, and sit at their desks. Many children brought in their own pencil case on Monday morning and I have asked if they could either stay in school or at home and not travel between the two. The attendance register will be taken before starting the day with some form of short physical exercise or yoga.


Each week, year 3 children will be set a small amount of home learning. This will need to be completed in your child’s reading journal or maths folder and will consist of the following:

  • A minimum of 3 reads with an adult, recorded and signed in your child’s reading journal.
  • To achieve at least 300 points on Mathletics
  • A times table worksheet

Throughout the year, your child may be set some additional homework to complement their learning in class.

Mathletics login details are attached to the front of your child’s maths folder along with their Times Table Rock Stars login.


PE lessons will be taught on a Monday and Wednesday during the autumn termThese days could change to fit in with British weather patterns so please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school every day. PE kit should be placed inside a PE bag/small rucksack and hung on your child’s peg. For PE in year 3, your child will need:

  • A green William Barnes or white PE t-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Trainers
  • Tracksuit bottoms/leggings
  • Jumper/Hoodie

Please could earrings be taken out at home on these days unless your child is able to quickly remove/insert their own earrings quickly.

PPA Time:

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

Home learning in the event of local/national lockdown:

We are hoping that we will be able to remain open for all children this year, however, we are aware that this could change at any time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Attached to this letter, you will find a home learning agreement that outlines our intentions if the current situation changes. Please read this agreement and return the attached form to school as soon as possible.

Dates for your Diary:

Monday 14th September – Dahlistic artworkshop, your child will celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday by creating some Dahl inspired art.

Friday 18th September – Non-school uniform day

Week beginning Monday 12th October – Family Learning Week

Friday 23rd October – INSET day

Half term: Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October

Monday 2nd November – Autumn 2 term begins

Week beginning Monday 16th November – Anti-bullying week

Friday 18th December – Last day of term

There will be more dates added to these so please keep an eye out for the monthly William Barnes newsletter.

Connected Curriclum:

This term our English will be based on Roald Dahl books.  Our History and Geography topics are Word War II and India.

Below is a summary of our curriculum this term.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

English Narrative – Roald Dahl

Authors & Letters

Narrative – Roald Dahl

Dialogue & Plays

Non-Fiction – reports WWII

Maths 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
History & Geography India:


Village Life

Life at School

Geographical & Human Features


World War II:

Outbreak of the war

Battle of Britain

Wartime entertainment

Armed forces

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

Cooking – Potato curry /chapattis

Milk Bottle Elephants

Watercolour Animals

Christmas Market Items

Music Environment Building Site
PE Dance – Bollywood / Indian

Games – Tennis

Dance – Enormous crocodile

Games – Netball

ICT SCRATCH – Dressing up Repeated patterns

Communication is paramount to your child’s learning, therefore, if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to send me an email at

Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Newman                and                  Mrs Warwick-Price

(Class Teacher)                                  (Teaching Assistant)

Click here to view Year 3’s Autumn letter.