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Year 3 - Elm Class

Welcome to the Elm Class Page

I hope that everyone has had a lovely half term and ready for an exciting run up to Christmas. 

Key Dates 

Tuesday 1st November: Autumn 2 half term begins.

Monday 7th November: Poppies on sale in school in support of The Royal British Legion.

Tuesday 15th November: Flu vaccinations.

Friday 18th November: Children In Need. More information to follow shortly.

Wednesday 7th December: Lion King theatre trip - please see Mrs Howard's letter for more details and information.

Friday 9th December: Christmas Jumper Day in support of Save The Children. First set of Home Learning Challenges are due to be returned to school for sharing and marking.

Tuesday 20th December: Christmas Party Day.

Wednesday 21st December: Last day in school before the Christmas holiday.

Monday 9th January 2023: First day of Spring 1 term.

I hope you find this information useful but please do not hesitate to speak to myself or anyone from the Elm team should you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Miss Bird and Mrs Saxon.  

A reminder about online safety:

If you are working online, don’t forget to be safe and savvy! 

Never give personal information to anyone! Think about the safety of what you are sharing or posting if you are online or on your phone.

Do not share your school log-ins or change your log-in details. We won’t ask you to do that.

Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.

You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.

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Please find below some information which you will hopefully find useful during the first half of the autumn term: please look at the curriculum section of our website to view more information about our curriculum.

Year 3 - Elm Class Curriculum


Throughout this half term, we will be focusing on place value of numbers up to 1000 and on the value of each digit: place value. Children will learn how to compose and decompose numbers, compare, order and look for patterns. We will then look at simple addition before moving on to addition where renaming is required. Subtraction is also covered in a similar way where simple subtraction is mastered before moving to subtraction where renaming is required. Once the children master addition and subtraction, they start to look at problem solving questions and practice using bar models.


Our first book we will explore is a South African version of the ‘Stone Soup’ folk tale which celebrates generosity and kindness. Children will be given the opportunity to develop the skill of oral storytelling before writing in role. We aim to develop reader response by exploring interpretations of themes, plots and characters’ actions and motivations through discussion and debate. We will then move on to looking at Joseph Coelho’s 'Werewolf Club Rules'. This is a collection of poetry based on school and family life and demonstrates a delight in language and an ambitious use of words. The sessions are designed to explore personal response and expression and to help children understand the different ways in which they can respond to poetry as well as understanding how
it can be a vehicle for personal storytelling. We hope children’s experience of this collection, and their understanding of one poet’s voice and use of language, will support them to use similar techniques, poetic devices and wordplay in their own writing.


Children take part in Guided Reading sessions twice a week in which whole class strategies are used, using different forms of media including pictures, films and whole class texts and written comprehensions. The children also have time to read independently for pleasure after dinner every day with a book from the class book corner as well as frequent library trips. All children have access to Bug Club which has lots of amazing fiction and non-fiction books at your child's reading level and we also provide a Home Reader book each week which is changed every Friday. Please ensure reading records are signed by an adult weekly and returned with the home reader. Please contact school immediately if you have any concerns about your child's home reading book.


The children will receive a new spelling list each Monday and will be tested on these spellings on the following Friday. There will be opportunities to practise these spellings in school throughout the week but you can also find a collection of these lists for this half term below so that you can support your child's learning at home.

Cross-Curricular Topic  

Up until Christmas in topic, we will be looking at the Stone Age to Iron Age. By the end of the half term, children will have an understanding of when the era was, what and where Skara Brae is as well as explore beliefs in the Stone Age. The Home Learning Challenges for this topic can be found on the class page. This should be handed in no later than Friday 9th December. 


This half term our science topic is ‘Movement and Feeding’. The children will be able to understand the various diets both animals and humans have and why. We will also focus on the positive effect exercise has on the body as well as the functions of the bones and muscles.


P.E. lessons will take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with skilled coaches. The children will be focusing on dance and health related exercise. P.E. kits are to be brought into school and can be left in lockers. Long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over for safety.  


This half term there will be a focus on the harvest in RE. Children will explore how the harvest is celebrated around the world as well as the Jewish festival of Sukkot.


Our focus this half term in PSHE will be 'Me and my relationships'. We will be thinking about rules and their purpose, cooperation, friendship (including respectful relationships) as well as coping with loss. 

Modern Foreign Languages 

From Year 3 onwards, children will be taught French weekly. This term we will start our first unit, 'Bonjour' before moving on to 'En Classe' where we will explore classroom objects, instructions as well as comparing French and English schools. By the end of our first unit, Children should be able to use spoken French to greet others and introduce themselves, understand and use numbers 1–10 and begin to recognise, read and pronounce sounds of combinations of letters, words and set phrases.