Year 3

Curriculum Overview

Meet the Staff

Mrs C Courtney

Team Leader

Miss H Campbell
Miss M Pollard
Termly News

Please click on the links below to access the latest newsletter and topic web.

Year 3 Autumn Term Newsletter

Year 3 Autumn Term Topic Web

Summer Term 2019

Dressed in their dazzling costumes (including a walking talking pyramid!), Year 3 travelled back in time to Ancient Egypt. Throughout the day, all of the children had the opportunity to investigate the importance of the River Nile for the survival of Egyptians, learnt how the Ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics to communicate and designed a necklace fit for a Pharaoh! We were thoroughly amazed by everybody’s efforts with their impressive Egyptian costumes, even the staff! We had a fantastic Creative Day which immersed the children in practical activities to develop their historical understanding.  Activities included making a hieroglyph bookmark and designing an Egyptian pectoral for our necklace.

Spring Term 2019

Year 3 Visit Butser Ancient Farm, Year 3 travelled back to Ancient Britain and experienced it all with great enthusiasm! Butser is one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the UK; it is a real working farm that is used as an open-air research laboratory to explore life in the Stone Age to Iron Age. We had the fantastic opportunity to take part in a range of activities such as chalk carving where the pupils carved a picture on a lump of chalk with a sharpened flint or carved it into a representative shape, just as prehistoric people did. We also learnt the skills of wattling with hazel rods to create a fence and as a frame for the walls of a house. The children explored a range of life size model dwellings and sat as a year group in the roundhouse, discovering what people of these ancient times ate, how they made fire, how they survived and where they slept. It was a wonderful experience (and for the first time since I have been at WJS…with no rain)!

Autumn Term 2018

In the Autumn Term, Year 3 has quickly settled into life at Westfield’s Junior School. Through our ‘Explore London’ topic, we have learnt about the human and physical features of our capital city. We have used this knowledge to write a persuasive letter to Gru from the film Minions to encourage him to visit London. Additionally, in English, we have thoroughly enjoyed writing non-chronological reports about house elves and basilisks that included generalisers, sub-headings and technical language. During this term, Year 3 have also begun to apply their knowledge of addition and subtraction to the expanded column method.  Within the wider curriculum, we have designed, created and evaluated our own shadow puppets for a small child. We were very proud of our outcomes from our first DT project. Of course, we also all enjoyed our amazing Christmas production of ‘Countdown to Christmas’ where we learnt our lines, prepared our props and sung our hearts out!



Trips and Events

For the following trips and events, further details will be communicated to parents in due course.

Year 3 Meet the Teacher Meeting – 9th September @ 2.45pm

Share a Story (Parents invited to read in school with their children) – 11th September @ 2.30pm

Blue Sky Thinking – meeting with the Headteacher/SLT – 17th September @ 8.45-9.45am, 2.15-3.15pm or 6.30-7.30pm

Cardwell & Simmons individual pupil photos – 19th September

PAWS Film Night – 8th October @ 3.15-5.00pm

Whole School Flu Immunisations – 17th October

Parents Evening – 22nd/23rd October @ 3.45-6.45pm

Whole School Fun Run – 24th October @ 1.45pm

Inset Day – 25th October

Remembrance Sunday – children invited to attend, meet in St.Swithun’s car park – 10th November (time tbc)

Odd Sock Day/Anti Bullying Week – 11th September

Your Time to Shine – be bright non-uniform day and Road Safety – 22nd November

PAWS Christmas Pop-Up Shop – 5th December AM

Year 3 Christmas production – 12th December @ 2.00pm and 6.00pm

Christmas Extravaganza – 13th December @ 2.00-4.00pm

School Carol Concert – St. Swithun’s Church – Parents Welcome – 17th December @ 10.30am

Christmas Lunch and Christmas Jumper Day – 19th December

Year 3 & 4 Parents Maths Workshop – 16th January @ 1.30-3.00pm, 6.30-8.00pm

Year 3 Stone Age Creative Day – 27th February

PAWS Mufti Day – 28th February

Parents Evening – 2nd/4th March @ 3.45-6.45pm

World Book Day – dress up – 5th March

Year 3 & 4 Parent SPaG Workshop – 10th March @ 1.30-3.00pm/, 6.30-8.00pm

Year 3 visit to Butser Ancient Farm – 17th March

Year 3 Local Area Walk (linked to Japan) – 7th May AM

Walk to School Week – 18th – 22nd May

Year 3 Egyptian Creative Day – 19th May

School Photographer for class photographs – 9th June

Sports Day – 7th July – Year 3/4 AM, Year 5/6 PM

Celebration Evening – 8th July

Reserve Sports Day – 14th July

Year 5 Business Fair (Fiver Challenge) – 17th July @ 3.15-4.15pm (all welcome)






Whole school letters and newsletters can be found under the Parents tab (link to whole school letters)

Home Learning


English: Complete a food diary Set: Thursday Due in: Tuesday
Spelling: Week 4 Set: Tuesday Due in: Monday (test)

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Knowledge Organisers

Year Group Spelling List

The National Curriculum set out the spelling rules and patterns as well as spelling lists children in each year group need to learn. To help you spell these words, we set weekly spellings for you to learn and we provide spelling booklets which contains all your weekly spellings for the year.

Each week, you will learn a set number of spellings that follow a spelling rule or pattern and then you will have additional words which are words children in your year group should to be able to spell. To help you with your spellings, your teacher will teach you the rules and patterns and in your booklets, there is space for you to carry out the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ strategy at home. This will help you learn your spellings; you can also practise rainbow writing (writing out your spellings on top of each other in different colours, spell them out to an adult, be tested by an adult, write sentences with the spelling word in and you can also make mnemonics e.g. because – big elephants can’t always use small exits.

You will be tested on a Monday and on Tuesday, after your teacher has checked your spellings, you will tick the words you have spelt correctly in this booklet so you can keep a record of your progress. At the end of each half term, you will have a spelling test of selected words from the previous half term to see what you can remember!

Remember…Practise makes perfect!

Spelling Booklets will be handed out at the beginning of the academic year and need to be in school every Monday and Tuesday. If they are lost, please see your classteacher. You will need to bring 50p in for a replacement booklet.