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Year 3 - Elm Class


Welcome to the Elm Class Page

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a restful Christmas break. We are very excited to welcome our pupils back for a new year, with lots of fun activities and learning planned. If you have any questions, please email CCWalshaw@bury.gov.uk marked for the attention of Mrs. Ryding or post on Seesaw and we will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible. Below you will find the information regarding the curriculum coverage. 

Key Dates 

* Monday 6th January- The term begins.

* Friday 12th January - Cross Country

* Friday 9th February- Home Learning Challenges due in. 

*Wednesday 14th February - Friends KS2 disco

* Friday 16th February- Last day of the spring 1 half 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,

Mrs Ryding and Miss Holgate. 

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 Thinkuknow.co.uk 

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 continue to explore measurement of length, mass and volume. Once raw skills are achieved, pupils will attempt basic word problems which will extend to more challenging word problems.  We will then move on to the chapter on money. Will we use our previous knowledge of recognising different denominations (both notes and coins) and the simple addition and subtraction of money. We will then move on to the concepts related to addition and subtraction of money using number bonds as a key method. Pupils are then expected to apply their new knowledge to solve word problems using bar modelling as a key strategy.


This half term we will be exploring the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. We will focus upon a few retellings of the story, where pupils will complete a range of reading and writing activities, including letter writing and newspaper reports. This will enable the children to acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding of the content and context; the conditions and the actions, thoughts and feelings of the characters in the story. Our next unit focusses on the short film animation, 'Marshmallows', where we will be building up to write a non-chronological report. 


This term in topic we will be looking at volcanoes and earthquakes. By the end of term, children will be able to understand how volcanoes are formed and what causes an earthquake. We will be looking in particular at the structures of a volcano and how earthquakes are measured. The Home Learning Challenges for this topic can be found on our class page and on Seesaw. The deadline is Friday 9th February. 


This half term our science topic is ‘Rocks and soils’. During this topic, children will be able to explain the difference between natural and man-made rocks as well as group and compare them. They will also be able to order steps to show how a fossil is formed, explain what a palaeontologist does and describe the 4 processes of soil formation.


Children will explore what it means to be called by God. We will explore the following questions in our unit. 

·       In what ways does God call people? 

·       How does God speak to people? 

·       What sort of tasks does God call people to do? 

·       Who has been/or could be called by God? 


'Keeping Myself Safe' will be this half term's focus in PSHE. We will explore the following units:

·       Safe or unsafe 

·       Danger or risk? 

·       The risk robot 

·       Super searcher 

·       Help or harm? 

·       Alcohol and cigarettes 


PE will be taught on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Our focus this half term will be hockey and netball. Children will get changed for PE at school, no football kits allowed. For safety reasons, long hair should be tied back for PE and earrings either removed or taped over for safety (tape is supplied by school). Please take into account the weather conditions.