Year 3

  Summer Term 2019

Leprechaun and Phoenix Classes

Class Teachers: Niamh McAnulty and Jessie Brookes

Teaching Assistants: Rhamana and Prabhuta

Maths:  The children will be learning about measure, data handling and shape. They will continue learning how to solve calculations and word problems using each operation, money, time and metric units.
English:  In English, we will be reading The BFG by Roald Dahl and writing our own non-fiction texts and character and setting descriptions.
Science: Our two topics for this term are ‘Make a Noise’ and ‘Me and My Shadow’. In ‘Make a Noise’, children will learn about how sound is made and how it travels through different materials. For our ‘Me and My Shadow’ topic, children will learn about how shadows are formed by studying their own and about keeping safe in the sun.
ICT:  Children will learn how to use a range of iPad apps which will support their learning across all curriculum areas. Children will also develop their coding skills.
Humanities: Our focus this term is Religious Education. We will be studying Islam and will be learning about Islamic culture and practices.  We will also, in line with our Rights Respecting Schools status, be developing our debating skills.
PE: In PE we will be learning the skills required for cricket and dance in the first half of the term and then rounders and athletics in the second half. P.E. kits need to be brought in for each PE lesson and should include a change of t-shirt, running shoes, a pair of leggings/ sport’s trousers or shorts and a pair of socks.
Phoenix class – Wednesday indoor PE, Fridays outdoor PE
Leprechaun class – Thursdays indoor PE, Tuesdays outdoor PE
Music: The children will continue to have weekly music lessons with Michael. They will also have recorder lessons every Tuesday.  It is important that your child remembers their recorder on Tuesdays and practises regularly.
Art and DT:  Our Art topic is Shadow and Light.  We will be studying the work of Tess Jaray and making our own shadow puppets. We will also look at Islamic patterns links to our Humanities topic.
PHSCE: We will cover a range of topics such as Health and Personal Safety, Empathy and Responsibility.
Latin: Children will continue with their weekly Latin lessons. The aim is to teach children about the roots of our language and to help them with grammar.
This year we will be developing the Enabling Enterprise skills throughout our curriculum in both lessons and assemblies. The skills we will be focusing on this term are Leading and Problem Solving. 
If you have any further questions, please come and speak to a member of the Year 3 Team.
Jessie, Niamh, Rhamana and Prabhuta
How to Help at Home
Please remember to read with your child on a daily basis. This could include reading to your child, talking to them about the books they have read independently or shared reading. Remember that newspapers, recipes and graphic novels are all reading too! You have been given a list of recommended fiction and non-fiction books for Year 3 at Parent Conferences. These can also be found on the school website. Please also remember that children can access Reading Eggs online using their individual logins and passwords. If you have any problems accessing the website please see your class teacher.
Your child may be given specific writing tasks to complete from time to time. Otherwise, you can encourage them to write their own stories, non-chronological reports, newspaper articles or play scripts. Children have learnt about these different genres in class so should be able to work on these independently. However, please help them to go back and edit and improve what they have written. Before independent writing tasks, children will be given ‘Talk Homework’. This is an opportunity for children to formulate their ideas, as well as improve their spoken language skills. Encourage as many family members as possible to be involved with generating ideas and giving their opinions, ensuring they are using full sentences in their speech.
Each child has been given a list of the Year 3-4 spellings to learn. Please practise approximately 10 words per week with your child.
Talk to your child about what they have been learning each week. There are lots of fun games and activities (arranged by topic) on MyMaths ( which link closely to our learning. Times tables rock stars: ( will help children to practise their multiplication and division facts at speed. Hit the Button ( and ICT Games ( are fun online games which also help to increase children’s speed with key number facts and concepts.
Children have been given their logins and passwords for MyMaths and Times Table Rock Stars but if you have any problems accessing the website please see your class teacher.
Humanities and Science
Each child will be given a list of optional, suggested activities to help them find out more about our topics in Science and Humanities. If you child competes an activity they can bring it in to be displayed in the classroom.
Any other ideas or activities that children would like to try are also very welcome. Previous ideas have included: following and making a healthy recipe and bringing in pictures or samples of the finished product; PowerPoint presentations possibly including quizzes or filmed elements; discussion speeches on topics of interest. Get creative!


Year 3 Homework Activity Ideas

Here are some ideas of activities that you might like to do at home to support your learning at school. You can choose to bring them in or not as you like, but although they may be celebrated and shared within the class they will not be marked. Should you need any resources that you don’t have at home, please ask. We would be delighted to help out if we can.
Write a story.
Write a poem.
Make a poster about a Phoenix or Leprechaun.
Make a presentation about your favourite author/ topic from school/ science or anything you like.
Write/draw a character description from a book you have enjoyed.
Write a film/book review.
Write a day in the life of a medieval knight.
Find shapes in the local area and discuss their properties. Can you find a square/pentagon/hexagon/trapezium? How many sides does it have? Does it have any right angles? 
Add/subtract 10, 100, 1000 from local bus numbers – 271 add/subtract 10.
Learn your 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x tables. Count in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 8s and 10s. Can you find the link between 2s, 4s and 8s? Watch times tables songs on youtube. Go on Times Tables Rockstars - ask the class teacher about the login details.
Roll 3 dice and make the biggest or smallest number either by adding, subtracting multiplying or just using the place value (1s, 10s or 100s column).
Play Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Pop to the Shops or any other board game with a dice.

If you have any further questions, please come and speak to a member of the Year 3 Team.

Jessie, Niamh, Maxine and Yvonne.