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We hope you all had a lovely summer and enjoyed some great times with family and friends. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you into Elm Class for Year 3. 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 Renshaw.


Please note that as part of the school's on-going measures to guard against Coronavirus and following the Government's advice, we need to keep doors and windows open for ventilation so please consider sending your child to school wearing a vest and/or long-sleeved t-shirt under their uniform during cool spells.


Arrive to school at 08:45 - 08:55; entering through the fire exit.

Break 10:00 - 10:15.

Lunch 12:15 - 13:15.

School finishes at 15:30; leaving from the fire exit.


PE is every Monday and Wednesday. Children should bring a PE kit into school on PE days. This can be left in lockers if preferred. Water bottles are allowed in school and can go home every evening to be washed. 


Dates For Your Diary 

* Monday 6th September: Autumn 1 half term begins.

* Monday 13th September: Meet the teacher. 18:30 - 19:00. Zoom details to follow. 

* Tuesday 21st September: Individual photographs.

* Tuesday 5th October: Road Safety session in school. 

* Monday 11th October: Parents' Evening.

* Wednesday 13th October: Parents' Evening. 

* Monday 18th October: Bulb planting. 

* Friday 22nd October: Last day of Autumn 1 half term.

* Monday 1st November: Autumn 2 half term begins.

* Friday 10th December: First set of HLCs to be returned to school for marking.

* Tuesday 21st December: Last day of the Autumn 2 half term.


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Curriculum News


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. 



For the first two weeks of the half term, we will be focusing on a book called ‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies. Years 3 and 4 will be looking at this text and completing differentiated units aiming to help build children’s knowledge of the importance of plants, trees and flowers to people and wildlife in the local community and engage children in positive acts of change to support rewilding in the local area. We will then be focusing on a book called ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’. The children will use their reading strategies such as making predictions, inferences and understanding language. The book will also be used to inspire writing genres such as poetry, diary entries, leaflets as well as role plays and debates.


Children take part in Guided Reading sessions three times 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. In addition, children are able to choose a book from the class book corner, which is to stay in school. 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 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.


Our topic this term is the Romans. Throughout this unit of work the children will be developing both their geographical and historical knowledge. In particular, we will be looking at the myth of how Rome was created, the invasion of Britain and why the Romans were so successful and the impact they have made on life today. Our first set of Home Learning Challenges will be sent home by Friday 10th September and are due to be returned to school by Friday 10th December. A copy of the HLCs can be found below.



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 Monday afternoons with the Elm teaching team and also on Wednesday mornings with the coach. The children will be focusing on invasion games this half term including hockey and basketball. P.E. kits (a plain t-shirt and shorts plus pumps or trainers together with a sweatshirt or tracksuit for when the weather becomes colder) 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. 


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.

Home Learning Challenge - Romans

A Guide To The Curriculum