Welcome to Year 3’s Class Page!

Summer 1 HALF-TERM

English - English lessons take place every day and are interlinked with our weekly topic, guided reading and grammar lessons. During Summer 1, we will be exploring a wide range of texts relating to our ‘Riotous Royalty’ History topic for this half term. We will be focusing on using of interesting vocabulary, developing effective sentences, and improving writing cohesion. Our English writing journey for this half term begins by looking at Kings and Queens of England and Scotland, followed by a more detailed look into the life of King Henry VIII and his six wives. We will be creating character descriptions, banquet menu’s, instructions on how to be married to Henry VIII and hot seating as a chosen character. A reoccurring author this term is Valerie Wilding, we will be taking a deep dive into two of her books ‘Fabulously Feisty Queens’ and ‘Little Elizabeth’. We will be developing our reading and retrieval skills, creating diary entries, poems and invitations in honour of the King's Coronation last year. 

Reading - Reading takes place every day in school in a variety of ways: whole-class guided reading sessions, individual reading, subject lessons and our daily home time story session. With daily guided reading sessions that focus on a weekly text, our pupils are able to explore a wide range of text types throughout the academic year. The children will develop their reading speed, expression abilities and general comprehension skills through a range of retrieval, vocabulary and inference based activities. All of the fundamental reading skills are of high priority, but ensuring your child enjoys reading is the main thing that matters! #ReadingRocks

Please encourage your child to read as often as possible outside of school. If you need any recommendations, please ask. Lovereading4kids.co.uk is a wonderful website for recommendations, but we have a vast selection in school. Remember, comprehension and an appreciation of what you have read is of equal importance to speed and fluency. It is so important that each and every child has an enjoyment of reading. There is a book for everyone! If you're not sure what your child should be reading next, please come and ask.

Maths - Children engage with daily mathematic lessons and added challenges. Each morning the children complete a '10 a day' fluency sheet to consolidate and refresh their skills / previous learning. During this half-term we will be exploring units of measure, looking to compare lengths, before moving onto telling time!

Science - Science lessons take place every Wednesday afternoon. The children will be learning about plants this half-term. We will be exploring what all plants need to be healthy and grow. We will be conducting our own experiments and seeing our class sunflowers grow! 


History – This half term our topic is ‘Riotous Royalty’ and is linked heavily with our texts for English writing. We will be exploring William the Conqueror’s reign from 1066 onwards, how King John made himself very unpopular as monarch and why King Henry VIII married so many times. We will also look into who Queen Anne was, what Queen Victoria achieved during her reign and look at the role of the British monarchy today.


Art & Design – During this half term our Art topic is ‘Insects’. We will be exploring how to use pencil, colour, mosaic, design, and sculpture to create quality artwork. We will look at the work of a range of ‘insect artists’ such as Louise Bourgeois and Jennifer Angus.

R.E - This half-term we will be exploring Islam and what it means to be a Muslim. Our enquiry question is ‘Does praying at regular intervals help Muslims in their daily lives?'.

PSHE – Our focus this half term is ‘Relationships’. We will begin by 'Knowing how we can make friends' before covering 'How to solve friendship problems appropriately', 'Helping others to feel part of a group', 'Treating others with respect', 'Knowing how to help others and ourselves when we feel upset' before finishing on 'Knowing what a good relationship looks and feels like'. Additionally, we will be continuing our E-Safety work, ensuring that the children know how to keep themselves safe online at home or in school.


P.E - Physical education lessons are every TUESDAY morning, so don't forget to bring the correct kit, ready for this day. This is a white T-Shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps. It would be ideal if this kit was clearly labelled and kept securely in a labelled P.E. bag, so that any misplaced items can be returned quickly. Have a pair of track pants and something warmer available as we will be outside as often as possible.


Homework - Reading will be the children's main activity that is expected outside of the classroom. If the right book is found, this should not seem like hard work!
Weekly spellings will be handed out every Friday. We ask for this to be completed and handed in by the following Friday morning.

Bedrock and Purple Mash will host extra weekly activities, please ask for any login details if you are unsure. We encourage the children to login into TTRockstars at home to increase their general fluency. Of course, any additional research or work is richly encouraged and will only benefit your child's progress throughout the year.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment or speak to us during drop-off and pick-up times!

Miss Shakeshaft & Mrs Mainprize :)

• Bring a fresh bottle of water every day.
• Bring your reading book and reading record every day.
• Toast and milk can be ordered for the half-term on Parent Pay. If you are unsure how to use Parent Pay, please contact the school office.
• PE lessons are every Tuesday morning.
• Maths homework and spellings are handed out every Friday and collected the following Friday morning.