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Autumn Half Term 2 - Maths


This half term, our Maths topic is Multiplication and Division.


Our KIRFs test this half term is also multiply and divide by 3.


Why not have a look at some of these websites to help you to practise your 3 times table!


Autumn Topic 3: Why is Greece always in the news?

Our new Learning Challenge topic is all about Greece and Ancient Greece. I wonder what we will find out!


In our English lessons, we have started the topic by reading about Greek Myths.


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Year 3 did fantastically in their end of half term KIRFs test with everyone improving on their scores from the start of the half term! Well done Year 3!

Autumn Topic 2: Are you attractive enough?

Our new Learning Challenge topic is all about magnets and forces.


We have really enjoyed looking at magnets and have done lots of different experiments to discover more about magnets. We looked at which magnets are the strongest, which metals are magnetic and how to move a car across a table using the forces of magnets.


Have a look at these pictures of us enjoying all of our experiments!


Autumn Topic 1: How far can you throw your shadow?

Our new Learning Challenge topic is all about light, dark and shadows.


We learned all about how light travels and how opaque objects stop the light to create a shadow. We did an experiment to look at which materials were opaque, transparent and translucent. Also, we used torches to find out why footballers have 4 shadows in a night.


During our art sessions, we looked at scenes with reflections on water and then recreated these reflections using a water colour background, a painted scene and water colour reflections. They look fantastic!



In our English lessons, we started the topic by reading 'Orion and the Dark' by Emma Yarlett. From this book, we created character descriptions of the characters Orion and the Dark and developed our use of adjectives and adverbs for descriptions.


Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett


We are also reading 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson who is also our Year 3 Star Author this half term! Have you read any of her stories? Have a look in our Year 3 book corners as they are one of our recommended Year 3 reads too!


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Autumn Term 1 – Maths


This half term, we have been looking at addition and subtraction. We started by looking at mental strategies for addition and subtraction and moved on to looking at column addition and subtraction with 3-digit numbers.

We are excited to launch our 'Year 3 50 Recommended Reads'. We have got lots of exciting books in our book corners, just waiting to be read. I wonder which will be our favourite?!

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Welcome to Year 3!

We would like to welcome all of the children starting in Year 3 this year in both Mrs Oldham's and Mrs Barringer's Class. Mrs Oldham, Mrs Barringer, Mrs Gorman and Miss Murray are so excited to be teaching you this year!


Please find below some useful information you may wish to know about Year 3.


Every Day

We have Maths, English, Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, and story time.


Afternoon Sessions

We learn through our Learning Challenge curriculum. This includes subjects such as Computing, Geography, History, Science, Music, Art, Design & Technology. We also have weekly SEAL lessons, where we explore the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. We have two sessions of P.E. a week, one lesson of R.E and one lesson of French.



The day of our P.E. sessions change each week according to our timetable. Children are expected to have their P.E. kit in school every day. We also go swimming once a week, from September to March. Mrs Barringer's class go swimming on Tuesday. Mrs Oldham's class go swimming on Friday.



On Thursday we have a mental maths test. On Friday we have a spelling test. Every half term we will do an overall spelling test of the Year 3/4 common exception words, along with a KIRFs test, which is a Maths test based on the Year 3 curriculum.



Children learn best and make the most progress when school and home work in partnership together. To support your child with this, we will be setting weekly spelling and times tables homework. This will focus very much on the skills and knowledge your child needs to progress successfully in Year Three. Along with this, we will send home a KIRF pack and the Year 3/4 common exception words every half term for your child to learn and practise.


We also expect children to read regularly at home. When your child has read, please write a note in their reading diary. When they have read their book a couple of times, then they are welcome to change it. In Key Stage 2 there is a Reading Challenge where children can receive prizes and certificates for reading at home.


Celebration Assemblies

We hold a celebration assembly each Wednesday for Year 3 and 4 pupils. This provides an opportunity to celebrate success and share achievements with staff, parents and carers. After the assembly, your child’s star will be displayed in the entrance corridor.


The Priestsic Promise

  • We respect and care for each other.

  • We believe in ourselves and always give our very best.

  • We use good manners.

  • We attend school regularly and on time.

  • We have a positive attitude and are good role models for each other.