‘Nurturing Individual Excellence’

Year 3 2023 - 2024

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Summer Term 2024 

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Class teacher: Mrs Bickerton

Teaching assistant:  Mrs Bundy


During the first half term, we will be focusing our writing around the text "The Story Thief". Our writing outcomes will be:

A character description

A retell on the beginning of the story

A non-chronological report about octopuses.   

                                                 The Story Thief          


In the second half term, we will focus our writing around the text 'The Iron Man'. Our writing outcomes will be:

Character description

Diary entry

Retell of a chapter

                                                   The Iron Man



Grammar will be taught seperately and within the writing sequence during English lessons. Some of the grammar skills we will focus on include:

Recognising and using adverbs/adverbials of time and manner.

The correct use of 'a' or 'an'

Understand pronouns, common nouns, collective nouns and proper nouns

Word families

Use of commas after fronted adverbials

Use of apostrophe for contraction and possession

Use of subordinating conjunctions

Use of complex sentences to express time, place and cause.

Introduction of paragraphs



Spelling is taught 3 times a week and a spelling test on Friday's.

Spelling lessons will focus on recapping previously taught spelling patterns and learning and practising new patterns.

Spelling patterns taught can be seen on a separate document at the bottom of this class page.



This term we will be focusing on several topics which are:

Money where we will be:

Adding and subtracting money

Converting pounds and pence

Finding change

Time where we will be:

Telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes and 1 minutes

Know months of the year - how many days in each month

Understanding hours and days, including the duration

Understanding a.m and p.m



Where we will be:

Recognising and describing 2D shapes

Understanding horizontal and vertical lines

Understanding angles and turns


These skills will be developed through reasoning and problem solving.

Please continue to recap your 2, 5 and 10 times table and

continue to learn your 3, 4 and 8 timestable to help build up quick recall

               Times Tables Rock Stars – Times Tables Rock Stars        Hit the Button Maths – Apps on Google Play



Our history focus is The Romans.

Through this topic we will be finding out:

Why did the Romans leave Italy to invade Britain?

Why did Boudica stand up to the Romans?

How were the Romans able to keep control over a vast empire?

How did the Roman way of life compare to the Celtic lifestyle?

How much of our lives today are influenced by the Romans who lived here 2000 years ago?

How can we solve the mystery of how the great emipre came to an end?

                       The Romans Information Display Poster | Display Resources



In Geography we will be considering: 'Where does our food come from?'

We will be considering:

How can our food choices affect the environment?

What does it mean to trade responsibly?

How do we get our chocolate?

Where does our food come from?

Are our school dinners locally sourced?

                                           Food Waste Affect the Environment ...



During this term our Science topic will be 'Forces and Magnets'.

We will consider;

How some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance

Observe how magnets attract and repel

Compare and group everyday materials

Describe magnets

Make predictions about if magnets will attract or repel

                            Forces and Magnets - St Mark's C of E Primary School    


We will take a scientific enquiry approach to our learning by:

  • Observation over time
  • Pattern seeking
  • Identifying, classifying and grouping                          
  • Comparative and fair testing
  • Research using secondary resources


Our regular PE days for this term will be Thursday and Friday. Please make sure that your child wears the correct Excalibur PE kit. A list of the full PE kit is on our website.


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Please could you send your child in with a healthy snack for their midmorning break.  Children can also purchase warm snacks at breaktime from school.  


Water Bottles

It is important for children to drink water throughout the day.  Therefore, children may bring in bottles of water each day so long as the bottle has a secure lid. It is also really helpful if every bottle is clearly labelled.  Please can you remind your child to take their bottle home every night for washing and refilling.  



Homework will be sent home every Friday, and due in the following Thursday. It will consist of:

  • Maths -  sent home via a paper copy with additional optional activities available on Mathletics. We would also recommend that your child spends time working on their mental maths and timestables (x3, x4 and x8). They have a login for TT Rockstars plus they can visit Hit the Button which is free online. 
  • Reading - sent home via a paper copy with questions set from a short text to help improve comprehension
  • Spellings - either a spelling rule or words from the statutory Y3/4 spelling list.  These will be tested on Fridays.


Please contact Mrs Bickerton if you have any queries or questions. I will do my very best to help you. I look forward to working with you and your child throughout the year.















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