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Year 3

Autumn Term 2021 


During the autumn term we aim to assess your children with a view to revision and consolidation of some of the main topics covered in Year 2, such as place value and ordering 2 and 3 digit numbers. Children will continue to develop their sense of number and also revise written and mental methods for addition and subtraction where appropriate. Children will find fractions of shape and number, use money and engage in various problem-solving activities. They will have access to TimesTables Rockstars, which will encourage them to learn their times tables and related division facts in order to work towards times tables awards and in readiness for the Year 4 times tables test.


We will start the term off by reading ‘The Colour Monster’ which is about friendship between a young, paper cut-out girl and a scribbly, googly-eyed monster who needs help in sorting his mixed-up emotions. We will look at basic sentences, poems and end the book by writing a story. We shall then be investigating the ancient story of Beowulf, to link with our historical topic of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon poem which tells the story of how Beowulf the hero, defeats the monster Grendel. We will be recapping and consolidating the children’s knowledge of phonics looking particularly at the different phases as well as tricky words. We will be looking at recognising the different sound buttons used within the words and linking these to our spellings. Weekly spelling lists and grammar lessons will be linked closely together for example by looking at suffixes or prefixes. Children will have weekly spelling tests with words linked to the National curriculum lists for Year 3 and if necessary Year 2. We will also assess your child’s understanding of punctuation and grammar and revise the use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Children will identify and use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in sentences. Later in the term they will discuss punctuation and the effect it has when writing texts and reading them.


The first unit is called beginning and belonging. The children will have the opportunity to contribute to creating a safe and happy classroom through developing ground rules. They will also experience activities designed to build positive relationships in the class. They will explore what it feels like to be in new situations, how to cope if they are new, and how to welcome others who are new to their class and school. The second unit is ‘Myself and My Relationships’ where we will look at the importance of relationships and friendships and develop children’s awareness of and ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. This includes the ability to value and empathise with others, manage conflict and recognise how we affect and are affected by others. They will learn about the importance of recognising and valuing both similarities and differences between themselves and other children, including understanding that people live in different family arrangements.

In PSHE we will be exploring ‘Rights, Rules and Responsibilities’ we will be looking at rules at home and at school as well as our rights and the responsibilities that come with them. We


In the first half of the term the children will be finding out all about the Hindu festival of Diwali. They will retell the story of Rama and Sita, as well as finding out about how Hindus prepare their homes for the Festival of Light. The children will explore Rangoli patterns and learn about the customs that Hindu children follow to celebrate this worldwide festival. After half term, the children will be finding out all about the Bible and why it is such an important book to Christians. They will look at how people use the Bible in their everyday lives, the structure and genres of writing in the Bible and they will reflect on why it is a special book. They will compare this with their ideas about special books and make a class book, full things that are important to them and special in their lives.


In art this term we will be learning more about successfully mixing our own secondary and tertiary colours and how we can develop our knowledge of the colour wheel and complementary colours. We will be linking some of our work with our science topic of light and we will learn more about shades, tints and tones. We will look at the work of artists and how they use shading to great effect. Using the phenomenon of the Northern Lights, we will use pastels to experiment in creating our own pieces of artwork. The last few weeks of the term will link our artwork to our history topic of the Anglo Saxons where we will develop our clay work skills to produce a simple pot and work collaboratively to use collage skills to make our own Anglo-Saxon cross.


In the autumn term Years 3 and 4 will be learning about the Anglo-Saxon and the Vikings. Why they originally came to invade our country and why they decided to settle and make it their home too. We shall be looking at their everyday lives, comparing their lives to our modern ones in the 21st century. We will be investigating place names in the local area which are evidence of Anglo-Saxon and Viking settlements. We shall also be finding out: where the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings fit into British history and investigating the mysteries of Sutton Hoo?


In science this term we are going to be finding out all about electricity. We will start by brainstorming what we know so far and discussing some key vocabulary. We will then find out what electricity is and how it is formed, as well as investigating what objects use electricity. This is a practical subject so we will have lots of fun making circuits to light bulbs and make buzzers work. We will also understand the terms insulators and conductors by testing a variety of materials! We know the children are going to really enjoy this topic!

DT and Science – Light

This ‘Light’ unit will teach the children about light, reflections and shadows. They will learn about different sources of light, and that we need light to see. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate reflective materials. They will work in a ‘hands- way to investigate a variety of reflective surfaces and materials. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to use their Design and Technology skills to create periscopes and shadow puppet theatres. The children will also find out how shadows change when the distance between the object and light source changes. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.


Our first topic in computing is ‘Connecting Computers’. The children will develop their understanding of digital devices. They will be introduced to computer networks, including devices that make up a network’s infrastructure. At the end of the topic the children will be discovering the benefits of connecting devices in a network. After half term we will move on to the topic ‘Stop-frame Animation’ where the children will use a range of techniques to create a stop-frame animation using tablets. They will apply those skills to create a story-based animation.


Pupils will take part in a range of fitness challenges testing and recording their scores. They will learn about different components of fitness; speed, stamina, strength, coordination, balance and agility. Pupils will be given opportunities to work at their maximum and improve their fitness levels. They will need to persevere when they get tired or when they find a challenge hard and are encouraged to support others to do the same. Pupils are asked to recognise areas for improvement and suggest activities that they could do to do this. Pupils will be encouraged to work safely and with control.


Pupils will be encouraged to persevere when developing competencies in key skills and principles such as defending, attacking, throwing, catching and shooting. They will learn to use a range of different passes in different situations to keep possession and attack towards goal. Pupils will learn about defending and attacking play as they begin to play even-sided versions of 5-a-side Netball. They will learn key rules of the game such as footwork, held ball, contact and obstruction.

Outdoor learning

In outdoor learning we will be using the outdoor environment to enrich our history topic. We will be thinking about how people lived in the Anglo Saxon and Viking times and trying to create our own shelters. We will also be exploring how they were able to cook over an open fire.