Year 3 2021 - 2022

Mrs Brereton

Welcome to Year 3 from Miss Parr issued on the 1.10.2020 –

Return to School Arrangements (With effect from Monday 7th September 2020)

To prevent bubbles from crossing as much as possible, we will be staggering drop off and collection times for each class for the foreseeable future.  However, to make this as simple for parents as possible, siblings can be dropped off as a group and collected as a group if required. 

  • Year 3 pupils will be dropped at the main playground gate at 9.15am.
  • Year 3 pupils will be collected at 3:20pm

The children will be met each morning and dismissed at the end of the day by either Miss Parr, Miss Pointon or Miss Powell.

To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus we recommend that adults wear a protective face mask and we thank you for your support and co-operation.

Class Messages

Wednesday 16th December 2020 – Today we have sent the children home with their Christmas cards, 2021 calendars, logins for Google Classroom, Bug Club, Purple Mash and Times Tables Rockstars. We encourage the children to continue to access the online learning resources (Bug Club, Purple Mash and Times Tables Rockstars) over the Christmas holidays. We have had a brilliant first term in Year 3 and look forward to a successful 2021. We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and we send our best wishes for the new year! – The Three Peas

Key Dates

21.10.2020 – School closes for Half Term


02.11.2020 – School re-opens

Important Information

PE – Dance Lessons: These lessons take place on a Monday afternoon with our Dance Coach, Anna. This half term, the children will be focusing on Street Dance. The children are encouraged to practice at home what they have learnt each week in preparation for the following week. Children are expected to arrive in school wearing their PE kits, but we do ask that your child brings a school jumper or cardigan with them.

PE – Outdoors: Outdoor PE lessons take place on a Wednesday morning with our Manchester City Coach, Connor. Please ensure your child is wearing a pair of trainers or PE pumps to school on this day. Children are expected to arrive in school wearing their PE kits, but we do ask that your child brings a school jumper or cardigan with them.

Homework: At the moment, we will not be sending home any homework or homework books. The children are encouraged to read at home regularly, practice their times tables and use online learning resources such as Bug Club, Purple Mash and BBC Bitesize.

Reading Books: Again, reading books will not be sent home at this time. All of the children have a reading book in school and we aim to read with them during the school day. Children should aim to read a book of their choice from home for 5 minutes a night.

School Diaries: Your children have a school diary in school which contains their reading records and also passwords for their online resources in school. These diaries will not be sent home at the moment. Children are given the opportunity to read and use their diaries during the school day.

Water Bottles: At the beginning of the school year, your child was supplied with a school water bottle. The children are asked to take their water bottle home each night and we ask that it is washed each day and sterilised each week. Your child’s water bottle should be filled with fresh water daily.

Bug Club, Purple Mash & Times Tables Rockstars: Bug Club login details have been updated and sent home. Your child should also have their Purple Mash login from earlier in the year when Mrs Seigne sent them home during the lockdown. If you are having any trouble with passwords or logging on, please let us know and we’ll look into it for you.

This half term in Year 3:



Autumn 1

During our first term in Year 3, we will be focusing on the book “Stone Age Boy” by Satoshi Kitamura.


“Step back 15,000 years as a modern boy enters a Stone Age village and learns a few prehistoric tricks of the trade. One day a boy falls down a hole, and an amazing thing happens — when he wakes, he’s in a camp full of people wearing animal skins!”

Year 3 will be predicting, inferring, explaining and justifying alongside improving our comprehension skills.

Our first half term will conclude by writing a Diary Entry.



Abacus Scheme of Work

In our Maths lessons, we follow the Abacus scheme of work.

We will continue to work on multiplication, division, addition and subtraction using word problems.


Times Tables

Children are encouraged to practice their times tables – especially their 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 10’s, before moving onto 6’s, 7’s and 8’s.

You could help your child by encouraging them to rapidly recall these facts regularly.

Your child also has a login for Times Tables Rockstars at the back of their reading diary.


The children will be aiming for bronze, silver and gold stars in all of their times tables throughout the academic year.


Bronze – Be able to say complete timetables without long pauses or errors. e.g “one times two is two, two times two is four…”

Silver – Be able to give the products of numbers multiplied out of sequence. e.g (Teacher) “What are two threes?” (Child) “six”

Gold – Be able to give the answer to the associated division calculation (using inverse) e.g (Teacher) “Twenty-seven divided by three?” – (Child) “Nine”

Also to give the multiplication fact when provided with the product. e.g (Teacher) “Twenty-four?”  (Child) “Four sixes or six fours”




Our PE lessons take place on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings.

On Monday afternoons, the children will be participating in dance lessons with our dance coach, Anna. This half term, the children will be focusing on Street Dance. The children are encourage to practice at home what they have learnt in their lessons in preparation for the following lesson.

On Wednesday mornings, the children will be working with our specialist Manchester City coach, Connor. We will be learning the skills needed for a number of invasion games and learnt how to be a good team player.


After this half term, Miss Parr’s PE lessons will vary between indoors and outdoors. PE lessons will consist of a range of activities including circuit training, dancing and outdoor games.

Please can you ensure that your child is wearing a pair of trainers or PE pumps in school on Mondays and Wednesdays.




Stone Age to Iron Age

We will begin our topic lessons by discussing what we already know about the Stone Age and what we would like to learn during this term.

Our learning will include:

  • How do people often imagine the Stone Age to be like?
  • Who left their footprints on the beach and what were they doing there?
  • What clues help archaeologists reconstruct how people might lived in Stone Age Britain?
  • Why did Stone Age Britons spend most of their time living in camps rather than caves?
  • Why was the Red Lady of Paviland so important?
  • How were people living in Britain at the end of the Stone Age compared with the beginning?


We will link our History work to other subjects including English, ICT and Art & Design.



Animals including Humans (Muscles and Skeletons)

Our learning this term will include:

  • To identify different types of skeletons.
  • To understand what an endoskeleton does.
  • To understand how we move.
  • To label and identify parts of The Human Skeleton.
  • To understand how muscles contract and relax.
  • To understand the importance of food and the types of food groups and there purpose/functions.





Why do some earthquakes cause more damage than others?

During our Geography lessons, we will be looking at letters and diary entries of people who have witnessed an Earthquake. We will be locating continents and countries on World Maps. We will be finding the locations of Earthquake sites in New Zealand and looking at the Richter scale. The children will also be looking at the inside of the Earth and plate boundaries. We will also produce a story board about the formation of a volcano.


Art & DT


This section will be updated shortly.

We will upload some of the art work to our class page. 




Harvest (Autumn 1)

We will be exploring some key questions through discussion with a range of opportunities to reflect.

  • Why do we celebrate harvest?
  • How do we celebrate harvest?
  • What do we celebrate at harvest?
  • What are we actually giving thanks for?
  • When do we celebrate harvest?
  • Who celebrates the harvest?
  • How is the harvest celebrated around the world?
  • Why is the harvest celebrated by everyone?



Body Percussion

In Year 3, the children usually have the opportunity to learn how to play the recorder with our music teacher, Mrs Compston. However, due to the current circumstances the children are participating in Body Percussion.

Our music lessons take place each Thursday afternoon for an hour.



At St. Wilfrid’s, we follow the music syllabus, Charanga.

These areas include Listening & Appraising, Musical Activities (warm up games, optional flexible games, singing, playing instruments, improvisation and composition) and performing.

Autumn 1 – Let Your Spirit Fly

Autumn 2* – Christmas Production Practice

Spring 1 – Three Little Birds

Spring 2 – The Dragon Song

Summer 1 – Bringing Us Together

Summer 2 – Reflect, Rewind and Replay





Online Safety (Autumn 1)

Celebrating Achievements and Being Resilient (Autumn 2)

Being Part of a Community (Spring 1)

Exercise (Spring 2)

Stereotypes (Summer 1)

What I Like (Summer 2)



Coding (Autumn 1)

  • To design algorithms using flowcharts.
  • To design an algorithm that represents a physical system and code this representation.
  • To use selection in coding with the ‘if’ command.
  • To understand and use variables in 2Code.
  • To deepen understanding of the different between timers and repeat commands.

Branching Databases (Autumn 2)

  • To sort objects using just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.
  • To complete a branching database using 2Question.
  • To create a branching database of the children’s choice.
  • To think about different methods of communication.

E-mail (Spring 1)

  • To open and respond to an email using an address book.
  • To learn how to use email safely.
  • To add an attachment to an email.
  • To explore a simulated email scenario.

Simulations (Spring 2)

  • To consider what simulations are.
  • To explore a simulation.
  • To analyse and evaluate a simulation.

Spreadsheets (Summer 1)

  • To use the symbols more than, less than and equal to, to compare values.
  • To use 2Calculate to collect data and produce a variety of graphs.
  • To use the advanced mode of 2Calculate to learn about cell references.

Touch Typing (Summer 2)

  • To introduce typing terminology.
  • To understand the correct way to sit at the keyboard.
  • To learn how to use the home, top and bottom row keys.
  • To practice typing with the left and right hand.


Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Parr, Miss Pointon and Miss Powell

The Year 3 Team

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