Year 3 - Birch and Willow

Autumn Term – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 3

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a great Summer Holiday and that the children are rested and ready for a new school year. This term the children in Year 3 will be following a topic entitled…



Our topic consists of 3 parts. We will be kicking off our new topic by studying plagues. The children will be learning all about the ‘Black Death’ of 1346 – 1353 and I’m sure by now you will have heard all about our ‘RATS.’ I can confirm we do currently have a paper rat infestation in our classrooms! These rats have ignited the children’s imagination and enthusiasm for our topic where we have already started studying how rats were involved in the outbreak.

This newsletter will give you some ideas as to what your child(ren) will be learning about during this half term.  

ENGLISH - we will start the term looking at non-fiction writing. The children will be given the opportunity to write their own explanation and instructions. Their instructions will be for the food they will be baking and the explanation will explain why they have made a ‘rat proof’ container to put their food in. In our fiction writing, we will be looking at the story of the ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin.’ A story in which a mayor must find a way to get rid of the 2 million rats that are overrunning their town.

READING - Guided reading takes place every day. The class will be reading the story ‘Desirable’ by Frank Cotrell Boyce where they will be guided by the teacher, on a daily basis, to unpick short extracts of text. How well your children performs in the first session will determine how they are grouped for the second session later that day. They will either be given a more independent follow up task to further extend their understanding or they will work with the teacher in a small group to ensure they meet the objective.

HOME READING - Home reading continues to be an important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child

become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book with a signature. 

SPELLINGS & KEYWORDS - Keywords are practiced every day in class and always in a different order from the list which is glued inside your child’s reading diary. Spellings are tested weekly.   It is also part of your child’s homework to practise their key words to read and spell every day with you.

MATHS – As ever this half-term we will be having a push on times tables. It is very important for children to know their times tables as it comes into so many aspects of their maths work and rapid recall of the multiplication facts is what we are aiming for. Please support your child with their times tables at home, or even on the way to school! They need to know their 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 8’s and 10’s fluently by the end of year 3.

We continue to build on the children’s previous learning from Year 2. This half-term we will be concentrating on place value, addition and subtraction of numbers up to 1000. There will be a real focus on problem solving. 

SCIENCE – This half-term the children will be focusing on mammals. This will include identifying them as carnivores, herbivores or omnivores; their diet, their skeletons and their muscles. 

ART – This half term our Art will be practical with the children recreating the ‘plague doctor masks.’

DT –This half-term we have 2 activities for our children. The first is baking knot biscuits which were popular during the time period we are studying. The second will be designing and creating a ‘rat proof’ container to put their food in. 

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all jumpers, t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing. 

Homework – will be handed out every Friday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  This includes home reading, learning spellings, learning tables and either English or Maths. We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them. 

As always, if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please speak to us when we are outside in a morning from 8:40 to 8:55 to arrange this.  After school is better as we will have more time to spend with you. Thank you.

The Year 3 Team.