Class 30

Year 3 Curriculum Letter

Autumn Term 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new school year. Below is some information about the learning we will cover this term, we hope it will be of help to you.



Suggestions on how you can help


Homes Children will be learning about the domestic church through the topic of Homes. Children will be able to ask questions about what they and others wonder about what makes a house a home and realise that sometimes this is a difficult question to answer


Belonging We will also learn about the meaning of commitment and promises made at Baptism and Confirmation in our topic on Belonging.  Children will be able to ask questions about what they and others wonder about why people make promises.


Visitors The children will learn about the coming of God and will explore how Advent is a special time of preparation. Children will be able to ask questions about what they and others wonder about the joys and demands of visitors and why they might feel like that and realise that these questions are difficult to answer


Discuss and share your own experiences of Baptism and Confirmation. 

Talk about your family and its importance.


In English the children will experience writing in different forms such as poetry, creative writing and information writing. Through focused activities, the children will continue to develop their word and sentence level skills covering a range of areas including verbs, tenses and punctuation.   Speaking and listening, drama and role-play are also an integrated part of our teaching. The children’s writing this term will focus on short stories based on myths and legends and the adventure book The Worst Witch.


Listen to your child read daily and record comments in their reading Record. Read and share books with your child and go to the library.

Discuss styles of writing used in myths and legend stories and vocabulary used.


In mathematics we will study reading and writing numbers to 1000, mental recall of addition and subtraction to 20 and doubling and halving. We will focus on word problems based around the four operations. The areas we will study include money problems and decimal notation, time to 5-minute intervals, measuring length, names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes, symmetry and right angles, fractions of shapes and numbers and data handling – pictograms and frequency tables.


It is important to help your child to learn and practise their times tables as this will help them in all areas of maths.


Help your child practise their mental maths skills in everyday life e.g. looking at money and change given.


The Stone Age and bronze Age- Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. Make connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms. This will include looking at the life style, clothes and food of these times.

We will cover the changes that occurred as the tools changed from stone to metal.

Discuss with your child what they are learning about at school.  Use the internet and books to find out more about this period and identify similarities and differences between then and now.



Our World and Rivers Children will name and locate counties and cities in UK Latitude, longitude, tropic lines, time zones, compass points, OS map. Understand similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a chosen region in the UK. Children will also look at rivers and their features.



Rocks and Soils Children will learn to identify naturally occurring rocks and how to group them according to their characteristics.  They will plan and carry out investigations to compare rocks and will discuss the everyday uses of rocks.


Discuss with your child the uses of different rocks.  Walk around your local area or garden and see what rocks you can discover. Look at their shape, size, texture and colour and discuss with your child.



Humans including animals The children will learn to identify the different food groups and what makes a balanced diet.  They will learn about teeth and how to keep them healthy. They will also investigate the diets of different animals.

Discuss the food pyramid with your child.  Share with them the importance of having a balanced diet and how this affects our bodies.


The children will be focusing on communication and research. Pupils are also taught about how to keep themselves safe on line (e safety). Please read our internet safety document on our website.


The children will be taking part in football and dance/gymnastics this term.

All school uniform and PE kits should be clearly labelled. No jewellery is to be worn on PE days due to health and safety. Please ensure your child has shorts, white t-shirt, jumper, jogging bottoms and black plimsoles so that they are able to participate in outdoor PE activities.

Home Learning for Year 3 

Home learning is issued on a Friday to be returned on a Wednesday.


  • Practise spelling words/ patterns using High frequency words for reference.
  • Read daily with your child and record in their reading record.
  • Mathletics tasks will be set weekly.
  • Children may be asked to complete SPAG or writing homework.
  • Children may be asked to complete reading comprehension tasks.
  • Children may be asked to do some research for science, history and geography topics.
  • Children should continue to work on their personal targets.