Year 3 – Juniper

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Welcome to Year Three!

The Year 3 teacher is Miss McNeilly and Mrs Spice is the Teaching Assistant. We aim to provide the children with a smooth (but exciting!) transition from KS1 into KS2. We believe in working and playing hard and like to do lots of practical activities so that the children are really engaged in their learning.

Class Information

  • PE on a Monday afternoon and children will need to come to school in their school PE kit on this day. PE lessons will take place outside as often as possible and so please ensure children are dressed appropriately for the weather that day. 
  • On a Wednesday, Mr Powe will teach in the morning and Mrs Chamberlain in the afternoon. On a Friday afternoon, Mrs Spice teaches the children.
  • Homework is set on a Friday and should be returned by Wednesday. There will be a selection of activities to do and dojo points will be rewarded for completed activities. 

If you have any problems or concerns, please come and speak to us. 

Our Topic Drivers

Terms 1 and 2: Through the Ages

In the Through the Ages project, your child will learn about three different periods of British prehistory: the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. They will discover terminology relating to time and sequence dates to make a timeline. They explore the changes to people, homes and lifestyle throughout the different periods and investigate examples of prehistoric settlements, monuments, burials and artifacts in detail. They will also study how technology improved over time, including how the discovery of different metals changed the way that people lived.

Terms 3 and 4: Rocks, Relics and Rumbles 

In the Rocks, Relics and Rumbles project, your child will learn about the different layers of the Earth, including plate tectonics and their potential effects on the Earth’s surface. They will investigate different types of rock to learn about their uses and properties. They will also investigate soil and fossils, including learning about the work of Mary Anning. They will have the opportunity to use maps to learn about the lines of latitude and longitude and a compass to learn about the cardinal and intercardinal points. They will also learn about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and the long and short-term consequences that these can have.

Emperors and Empires

In the Emperors and Empires project, your child will learn about the growth and decline of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. They will discover the absolute power of the Roman emperors and study the hierarchies of Roman society and the Roman army. They will study the first invasions of Britain in 55 and 54 BC and the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43. They will learn about Boudicca’s rebellion, Hadrian’s Wall and the Romanisation of Britain, including how Christianity came to Britain and investigate the legacy of Roman Britain in their local area.

How you can help with learning at home

Times table practice In year 3, children are expected to learn their 3,4 and 8 times tables (after learning their 2,5 and 10s in year 2). In term 2, the children will have weekly times tables to practice, sent home via homework sheets. is a fun way to learn and consolidate their times tables. (login in reading records)

Freckle is a fantastic resource to practice mathematical fluency and build on knowledge and  problem solving. Sometimes tasks will be set via homework but the children can use this website as an additional tool at home when they like. (login in reading records)

Spellings In the children’s homework book there is a copy of the year 1,2,3 and 4 spelling words. These could be practiced through a mini-quiz, pyramid spellings, look/cover/write/check or sentence writing to support spelling at school. 

Reading In year 3, pupils should aim to read a minimum of 3 times a week, for 15 minutes a time. This can be recorded in reading records (each day they have read they get a dojo!).