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Term 3 


Happy New Year and welcome back to another exciting term.



It is forecast to be very cold and chilly for the next few weeks so please make sure your child always comes to school with a warm coat, hat and gloves.    


Please make sure all of your children’s clothing is named as we have a lot of “lost” jumpers and cardigans!


Dates for your diary: Parent meetings will be held in the week beginning 11th February

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This term we will be learning all about the Romans through our Literacy, History and Dance.

We will be reading the tragic yet exciting myth of Romulus and Remus and the amazing tale of Arachne and Minerva.  In addition, we will be learning more about Roman life by reading the non-fiction text Romans.  From this text, children will learn how to write a set of instructions for constructing a (chocolate) Roman road!  Yes you read that correctly!

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Every Tuesday we will be having dance sessions which will explore aspects of Roman life including Roman invasion, Towns and buildings and Pastimes.

 It is very important that your child has plimsolls (not trainers), t-shirt and shorts or jogging pants for these sessions.



If you are registered to the BBC iplayer (registration is free) you can listen to the  Roman music here.


During our History sessions, children will learn more about who the Romans were and why they were such an important influence on us. You can find out more by looking at these links:

BBC Bitesize



Our science topic this term will be Skeletons (we have moved plants to Term 4)

Children will take part in a number of practical investigations to learn more about the main parts of the skeleton and its main functions.


We will be learning a rather catchy skeleton song to help us learn the main parts of a skeleton. Click here to learn the words!  


You can also learn more about types of skeletons and why we have a skeleton by clicking here.

Manchester University

DK learning

BBC Bitesize


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We have noticed that some children need to practice telling the time, this is something best done little and often and something that you can fit into your child’s daily routine.

It is really important that they use an analogue clock first to understand and read: o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. They can then move on to telling the time to 5 minute intervals e.g. five past two or twenty five to three.

If your child is secure in this, then we will be introducing them to digital and 24-hour clock times.


Children must continue to practice mental- maths strategies including adding on and taking away 10 from any 2 or 3 digit number, bonds to 10  and 100; times tables; counting backwards and forwards in multiples of 3,4,5, 8 and fractions including 1/2 1/4 and 1/10.  



Every day children will be completing the daily mile and we thought  that as we are studying Rome, we could try and “walk” all the way there. 

It is about 1064 miles which means that every child in Year 3 has to walk a mile a day (about 5 times around the playground) for 6 weeks. If we do that then we will have walked 1800 miles which is more than enough to get us to Rome!  If we are able to do it then we will have a Roman banquet at the end of term.

Welcome back to term 2 - what an exciting and busy term we have ahead of us.


We have our school trip to Kent Life on Thursday 22nd November and then of course we will be preparing for our Christmas production. 


Our topic this term is Crafty Celts


In literacy, children will read a variety of non-fictions texts linked to our topic. 


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As part of our link learning, they will investigate and suggest reasons as to why they think Stonehenge was built.  This year is a particularly important year for Stonehenge because it is a 100 years since it was gifted to the nation. Find out more here: 


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Please continue to learn your times tables - Remember children need to know the x and  facts for each times table in order to achieve it.   This term we are learning how to read and create bar-charts, how to tell the time  to 5 minutes and some children will be learning how to add using the column addition method.

Please help your child to learn how to tell the time using an analogue clock 




Have You Filled A Bucket Today?


Last half term, we read "Have you filled a bucket today"  in order to help children understand the importance of using kind words and actions. In order to fill a bucket children have to do simple things like give someone a smile, help others, say please and thank you - perhaps you could ask your child if they were a bucket filler at school or if someone filled their bucket!




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Now that the weather is chillier, please make sure your child has a named coat in school every day. 

Water bottles - please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school every day. 



Welcome to 3HT


We hope you had a brilliant summer holiday and are excited about joining Year 3; we are certainly looking forward to teaching you. 😀


Thank you for coming along to our information afternoon. Please find a link to the parent information leaflet below.



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PE/Games - Children will need their full PE kit in school every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Every Friday, children will be having football lessons with Andy.

Long hair must be tied back at all times and if your child has ear-rings then these should not be worn.


Snacks - Please provide your child with a healthy snack for break times.


Water bottles - Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school every day.


Recorders   -    Children in Year 3 are given the exciting opportunity to learn the recorder; lessons are every Monday and the school will provide recorders.


Spellings will be given out every Monday, children should practise these at home and they will be tested the following Monday.


Maths home learning will be given out on a Friday and should be returned by the following Friday.


Children will be given new reading records on Monday 10th September. Please ensure your child reads at least 4 times a week and that you record this in their reading record; this should be brought into school every day as children will be given reading rewards for reading regularly.

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Our topic this term is Stones and Bones so children will be learning all about life in the Stone Age as part of Literacy and History.  How exciting!

In Literacy, children will be using Talk for Writing to help them to learn, read and then write their own stories based on the Stone Age.





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In Science children will be investigating and studying rocks and soils; learning how fossils are created and investigating the properties of different types of rocks.


You can visit  the following websites to help your child learn more about

the Stone Age

Rocks and Soils




If you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to speak to us. You can either put a note in your child's reading record or catch us in the morning or at the end of the day.

Thank you 


Mrs Thakur,  Mrs Hutton,  Mrs Northwood, Mrs Day, Mrs Wheatley, Mrs. Tizzard, Mr. Matthews and Ms. Thornton




Spelling lists Year 3 /4 5/6

Recommended reading list for Year 3

Maths activities to support your child

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