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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 with Mrs Collett-Cox and Mrs Milbourne

Autumn term



Autumn 1

Who First Lived in Britain?

Our theme this term is called "Who first lived in Britain?"  During this time we will spend our History lessons looking at the life of Early Britons, from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.  We will be thinking about what it would have been like to live in those days and comparing them to life today.  In Art we will be painting our own cave paintings and creating our own shelters.


Core Skills

In Core Skills this half term, the whole school will be focusing on "Learning with others".

In Year Three we will be trying particularly hard to:

1) Listen to others speaking and ask simple and appropriate questions.

2)Undertake a learning activity quietly when needed.



In English we will be reading a range of texts linked to our theme, including “The boy with the Bronze Axe” and “Stone Age Boy”. We will consolidate the skills from Year 2 and use these to work on developing our descriptive writing, thinking about both character and setting descriptions. We will also work towards to writing our own short stories with a clear beginning, middle and ending, before editing and improving them. When learning grammatical skills we will focus on vocabulary choices, especially using adjectives and verbs in our writing to add more description, prepositions to link or start sentences and conjunctions to link ideas in a sentence.



In Maths over the half term, we will be focusing on number sense: developing their understanding of numbers and number facts.  Pupil will revise key mental strategies that they encountered in Key Stage One. These will be practised frequently both during lessons and also during Maths Meetings which take part most afternoons.  This will help to develop their fluency and reasoning skills.  We will also focus on the understanding of place value for numbers up to 1000.  Pupil will develop a deeper understanding of the magnitude of numbers and develop useful mental calculating skills such as rounding and place value, addition and subtraction.  They will apply this knowledge to solve problems.



In Science this half term, we will be covering the unit "Can You See Me?".  We will be investigating light and dark and considering why we need light to see.  The children will also explore how some materials reflect the light and also design their own reflectors.



PE lessons will be on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this term, so please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on these days.  This should be a pair of black tracksuit bottoms, a white polo shirt or a house colour polo shirt, a school jumper and trainers.  If you are unsure which house your child is in, please ask.

This term, the units will be


We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:

There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

Useful links:


Oxford owl, access free e-books from home!

The School Reading List: Recommended reading list for Year 3

Audible are offering free audiobooks for children during this period

Login using your username and password to practise those spellings! 

Message Mrs Reed or Mrs long if you need a reminder of your logins


Look out for updates on inter-class battles!

Mathematical games (Login using your Times Tables Rockstars login, they are on the white sticker in the back of your green reading logs!)

BBC Supermovers : Select KS2 Mathematics to find all of our times tables dances and routines!

Other subjects:

Lots of free videos, games and presentations about different topics and themes, see what takes your fancy!

Free resources to help learn more about Science, History and Geography topics

Growing Every Child
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  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
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