Year 3


Topics covered in Year 3 Autumn Term 2018




In English this term we will be developing our sense of writing for a variety of audiences. This work will include letters, poems, factual accounts and creative writing. We will be concentrating on ‘Fiction Narratives’ and ‘Plays & Drama Scripts’. There will be ongoing work relating to punctuation grammar, sentence structure, story structure and spelling.

The children should be reading their books for at least 20 minutes each night and writing in their reading journal about what they have read. The children will be choosing library books on Friday and these must be returned the following Friday. They also have classroom books they can take home.


In Mathematics we will be looking at:

  • Place value and ordering numbers to 1000
  • Counting patterns in 4’s, 8’s, 50’s and 1000’s
  • Properties of 2D shapes
  • Understanding multiplication and division using 2,3,4,5,8 and 10 times tables
  • Estimating and measuring length including mm, cm, and m. Tell and write the time on an analogue clock.
  • Fractions (laves, quarters, thirds and fifths)
  • Problem solving/choosing the correct operation to solve problems.

Arithmetic will be part of the children’s daily numeracy lessons where they will have the opportunity to practice and develop oral and written calculation skills. Mathematics homework will be given weekly and is aimed at extending and supporting work going on in the classroom. We will also be concentrating on all the multiplication tables. The children should be able to recall and use multiplication and division facts for 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables.


This term we will be looking at ‘Movement and Feeding’ where children will scientifically identify the types of food that animals including humans need to thrive and grow. Next term our topic is ‘Light and Shadow’. The children will identify sources of light and learn about shadows through scientific investigation.


We have P.E. twice a week: on Tuesday and Wednesday. This term we will be doing Invasion Games and Dance. Please ensure that children have their P.E. kit, including trainers in school on these days.


We will be concentrating on ‘Animation’ using the ‘Scratch’ program and ‘Exploring programming errors’.


This half term we will be studying the topic ‘The Bronze Age to the Iron Age’.

The children will be learning about what changed from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age.Geography

Next half term we will be investigating ‘Our Local Area’. The children will be learning about the countries that border England and learn about how certain places have changed.


This term we will be studying ‘Hinduism’. The children will look at similarities between other major religions.


Year 3 is involved in Brent’s Recorder Project and each child will be given a recorder free of charge. Is a child loses their recorder there will be no free replacement. Children will not take these reorders home. However, if you wish to purchase one to keep at home, you are welcomed to do so. The recorders cost a few ponds and can be purchased from places like Argos, some pound shops, Brent Cross etc.


The children will be working on a new topic ‘Me in My World’. This involves discussions workshops and activities based on the children’s environment, at school and at home, relationships and how to seek help and assistance.

French Conversation

The children will be learning some basic French conversation. The units for this year are “All about me” and “Introducing Myself”.

Art & DT

The topic will be ‘Relationships through Art’. This will allow the children to talk through and understand art.

In DT the children will make moving monsters, by learning about pneumatic systems.


Class homework will be given on Friday and should be returned on the following Tuesday. Could you please sign your child’s homework. Spellings will also be given once a week.

Daily reading and Reading Journal

Please ensure your child reads on daily basis (including the weekend) for 20-30 minutes. Try to encourage them to read to you, even though they might think they are too old for it! Your child is given a reading journal and we encourage you to write him/her a question based on their reading. The question could be about what happened in the story or could be a creative activity such as designing a poster to promote the book; writing a short poem or creating a cartoon strip. We are looking forward to your support and co-operation.

The children will have access to the ‘Bug Club’ online reading recourses and they have been provided with logins and usernames. Please work through books that are allocated to your child.

Allergies or Medical Issues

Please inform the Year 3 teacher and the office if your child suffers from any allergy or has a medical concern.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 Mrs Emini