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Year 3 - Elm Class

Welcome to the Elm Class Page

We hope you all had a lovely half term. We're looking forward to the final term in Elm class. If you have any questions, please just ask during drop off and pick up times. You can also email marked for the attention of Miss Bird and I will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible. Below you will find the information regarding the curriculum coverage. 

Miss Bird and Mrs. Saxon.

Key Dates 

  • Monday 5th June - Summer 2 begins.
  • Wednesday 7th June - Class photographs
  • Friday 9th June: Samba sessions in school led by Mrs Geelan. Parents are invited to watch at 2:45pm
  • Week beginning Monday 19th June: Assessment week
  • Tuesday 11th July - KS2 Sports' day
  • Thursday 13th July - Move up morning 10:15-11:45
  • Friday 14th July - School fair Thursday 20th July - Non-competitive sports' day
  • Friday 21st July -  Break up for summer holidays (2:30pm finish)

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.

Useful reminders about Online Safety are at 

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


Our final unit of the year will be perimeter. Pupils will begin the unit by measuring the total length around a shape before moving onto grid paper to measure the combined lengths of each side. Pupils will be calculating perimeter by adding all of the lengths together, and ending the unit by calculating the perimeter of a rectangle with unknown sides that need to be determined. We will then spend the rest of the year consolidating our skills in the 4 operations as well as revisitng other units. 


Our book of the half term is 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne. This fascinating picture book explores serious issues of loneliness and parent child relationships through the quirky world of human/gorilla transformation. The focus is the loneliness of a young girl and the relationship between a father and daughter. Nothing is straightforward here, and reading the pictures allows important space for children to infer their own meanings. The complexity and beauty of the illustrations provides an incentive for children to share the book and to revisit. Our writing outcomes will be playscripts, letters and recounts. 


The children will continue to 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.


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 as our Home Reading Reward Scheme starts again this half term!


This half term we will be exploring where we are on the map. We will start by locating cities and counties in the United Kingdom before looking at the physical  and human geographical features of the United Kingdom. With this knowledge, we will carry out some fieldwork where we will explore our local environment. 


Up until the end of the year, we will be exploring plants in science. This half term we will focus on ‘What Plants Need’ which covers the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.


P.E. lessons will take place on Tuesday mornings and also on Wednesday afternoons, both with the coach. The children will be focusing on athletics and rounders. P.E. kits (a plain t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms plus pumps or trainers together with a sweatshirt) 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.  


Our final RE unit of the year will be 'Jesus, the man who changed lives'. We will explore the following questions within our lessons.

  • What does ‘change’ mean?
  • How can our lives be changed? Is it easy to change?
  • How did Jesus change lives?
  • When did/does Jesus change lives?
  • What happens when Jesus changes a person’s life?