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Year 3 Newsletter

Term  5 & Term 6 2019

Welcome back to school! I hope that you all had an enjoyable Easter and had the chance to refresh yourselves before our final Summer Term in Year 3. Mrs Gumbeer and myself are very much looking forward to the topic over this term and hope the children do too. This newsletter outlines what the children will be learning in term 5 and 6 and any other information that may help you to support your child at school.


Our topic this term is Blood, Guts and Gore.

As terrifying as this sounds, our topic this term is full of engaging and exciting content. We will be exploring animals including humans; learning all about teeth, bones and the digestive system. This will also link to animal habitats and biomes around the world - plenty to discover!


Our vision is to…

  • Create challenging and stimulating learning that is exciting and engaging for the children.
  • Motivate children through unique experiences and learning opportunities.
  • Allow children to explore new things and develop their thirst for knowledge.
  • Encourage children to have pride and high expectations in their work, to not fear challenge and to push themselves to achieve their individual best.



In English, we will be learning to write ‘Overcoming the Monster’ stories using an up-levelled version of Hansel and Gretel to help us understand the content, structure and purpose required to produce an effective tale. We will identify the key features that include character description, past tense, adverbs, and possessive pronouns. We will also revisit using a variety of sentence starters, expanded noun phrases, complex sentences and similes. Later in the term, we will explore instruction writing through a creative, whole-school approach. Our aim over the Summer Term is to read a range of class books to encourage and celebrate a love of reading for pleasure. This term, we begin with ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl to inspire ideas for story-writing.


Below are details of the grammar content to be taught during Year 3:



Formation of nouns using a range of prefixes

Use of the forms a or an according to whether the next word begins with a

consonant or a vowel

Word families based on common words, showing how words are related in form

and meaning


Expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions, adverbs, or prepositions


Introduction to paragraphs as a way to group related material


Headings and sub-headings to aid presentation

Use of the present perfect form of verbs instead of the simple past

Introduction to inverted commas to punctuate direct speech

Terminology for pupils

preposition, conjunction

word family, prefix

clause, subordinate clause

direct speech

consonant, consonant letter vowel, vowel letter

inverted commas (or ‘speech marks’)




In Maths, we will begin by continuing our learning of fractions. We will explore fractions of amount, equivalent fractions, ordering/comparing fractions and adding/subtracting fractions. We continue to engage in a range of reasoning and problem solving activities to embed Maths learning.  


The below image outlines the following subjects covered throughout this term.



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In computing this term, the children will be learning about Word Processing skills.



Miss Regan will be working with the children in Year 3, teaching them music linking to the topic of Animals including Humans. This continues to be taught every Friday morning.



This continues to be taught every Friday morning.


Religious Education

This term, the children will be learning about the main beliefs, special festivals and places, holy book and symbols within Judaism.



This term, the children will be focusing on the JIGSAW units ‘Healthy Me’. This will look at what it means to be fit and healthy, maintaining a healthy body, fitness and exercise, being safe at home and around place and people.



PE lessons continue to be taught on a Monday and Thursday every week. This term, the children will be taught skills in Athletics and Rounders. This will include one in door and one outdoor lesson per week.


Please remember to take your child’s earrings out on PE days and fasten up any long hair/long fringes with soft hair bands. Parents of girls - remember to include a pair of socks if your child wears tights. For health and safety reasons, if your child is unable to remove their own earrings they will be unable to participate in PE.



In Science this term, we will be learning about Teeth and the Digestive System. The children will explore types of teeth, their different uses and the effects of liquids on teeth, including a practical eggs-periment (the children will be able to explain) within the classroom.



Every morning, Mrs Gumbeer is available to assist the children with changing their reading books. We now have a new and improved reading scheme that the children are familiar with and seem to be enjoying. They can choose to change their books from the library or the classroom as we have a wide variety of choice between fiction and non-fiction.


Children can take out a maximum of two books and keep them for two weeks. Please encourage your child to read their library books and return both books regularly.



Homework books are sent home every Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday. Each week, the books will alternate between Maths and English or Reading Comprehension. Please ensure you follow the books in order, completing one workout per week. This will be connected to the learning that has taken place in school.


Children have their own reading book. May we request that you make a comment each time you hear your child read and sign to say they have finished a book. Your child will be given regular opportunity to change their library books. We recommend that they are encouraged to read a wide range of genres.


Spellings and Times Tables

Spellings and times table tests will be every Tuesday afternoon and spelling booklets will be sent home to practise every week. Times table practise will be provided in school and your support with learning at home will be greatly appreciated.



During this term, we are hoping to have a topic based class visit in order to enrich the children’s learning.

More information will be provided.



Celebration assembly will continue to be held on Thursday afternoons and singing assemblies on alternate Fridays.


Kind regards,


Miss Prentice

Year 3 Teacher

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