Spring Term 2023 in year 3

Year 3 Spring Term 2023

Hello everyone and welcome back to the spring term in year 3.


We will continue to use Power Maths in school and start by looking at multiplication and division again. We will then move onto measurement by learning to add and subtract amounts of money, we will also look at bar charts and pictograms and learn to measure, compare, add and subtract different lengths. They will then finish the term with a unit on fractions.


We will start the term by focusing on narrative writing inspired by The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, the traditional tale and alternative version to Cinderella. We will start by comparing different versions of a traditional story and then write our own narratives and edit our story. We will then use a short film ‘Tadeo Jones’ to inspire diary writing. We will then move onto a poetry unit. We will use The Sound Collector poem by Roger McGough to inspire our own poetry. We will finish the term by learning how to write a non-chronological text based on the book The Tin Forest.

Topic: Ancient Egypt

Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt and we are going to find out all about this fascinating period of history. We will be doing lots of activities in our Kagan books, looking at Egyptian artefacts and discovering what life was like in the Egyptian times. We will be producing amazing artwork and a design technology project linked to Ancient Egypt too.

Science: Magnets and Forces followed by What Plants Need

We will learn about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. We will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls. We will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces. We will work in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials.We will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnet.

In the plants unit we will explore what plants need to grow well. We will learn about the function of all the components of plants. We will grow our own bean seed. We will take part in many practical experiments.

PHSE: JIGSAW Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me

During the first half term, children will look at understanding what their dreams and goals are and look at how to achieve their aspirations. In the second half term they will learn about making healthy choices with food and activity and how to deal with difficult situations.

RE: Why do people pray?

In RE the children will be looking how and why people pray across a range of different religions.

PE: Dance, hand ball, tennis and netball

The children will now have the sports coach working with them on a Tuesday afternoon. Their other lesson is on Thursday morning.

Music: BRASS

During our music lessons the children will have the opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument with Tameside music service. Music lessons are every Monday. If your child would like to take their brass instrument home to practice, a deposit can be paid to the office allowing them to take it home.

Computing: desktop publishing and branching databases.

This term the children will learn about combining text and images to produce a leaflet. They will then find out what a branching database is and what it is used for.

MFL: French

We will be developing our language skills this term by looking at colours and the French alphabet. Then after half term we will learn to count from 20- 50 in French and begin to look at how to say and write the date.


Homework is set on a Friday and due the following Wednesday. We provide the children with a menu of choices for topic homework activities that they can carry out during the term. They need to complete one piece per week. We will also continue to set maths homework based on what we are learning that week. There are support videos provided each week on Google Classroom. Children will also have a text to practise reading fluently as many time as possible at home. Using TTRockstars is an expectation in year 3 also.

If you would like to email us your child’s homework please email to year3@corrie.tameside.sch or add to Google Classroom.

Home Reading: Reading a school book is part of your homework. Reading books are checked every Wednesday and your child must read at least twice a week. Your child’s reading diary must be signed before a new book is given.

REMEMBER: all homework needs to be completed each week and handed in by each Wednesday to achieve GREEN for Homework in your Assertive Mentoring. If you hand it in on Thursday or Friday you will achieve YELLOW. If you don’t hand your homework in you will be RED for that week.

You all have a Times Tables Rockstar login for other Maths activities, games and multiplication facts practise to enjoy at home online. Please ask an adult to see your teacher for a replacement card if you lose or forget your login. Web links:https://www.ttrockstars.com

Other important information:

Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform.

Please ensure your correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days can change in school.

Bring your reading book and reading diary to school every day. Sometimes a reading volunteer will choose you for extra reading.

PE this term is on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mrs Lynch and Mrs Hall.

Year 3 Autumn Term 2022

Welcome to Year 3








You have all been fantastic in your first two weeks of tem and settled in well to life in the juniors. Myself, Mrs Hall and Mrs Muir are so proud of you already.

On this page you will find loads of information for you and your parents.

Autumn Term 2022

 Reading :

We would like you to read as often as possible. Reading is very important and will help you in many areas of your learning.

Your reading books must be in school every day and you should read at home as often as you can, hopefully every day. Your parents or carers need to sign your reading log at least twice a week. Your reading logs will be checked on Wednesdays along with your homework.



In maths we will be continuing using Power Maths. We will be looking at place value (3 digit numbers), addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be covering this work in great detail.


In English our featured text will be ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. We will also be reading extracts from Stig of the Dump by Clive Davies and The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley to support us with our writing. We will then write our own adventure story inspired by these texts and include some of the SPaG features we have been looking at in class. Other areas of reading and writing will be covered related to Black History Month and Roald Dahl day. We will then be concentrating on writing instructions based on “How to wash a Woolly Mammoth”, followed by reading and writing shape poems.


Topic: The Stone Age

Our topic this term is The Stone Age. Through our topic we will develop our historical skills by looking at what life was like in the Stone Age, studying what we can learn about the past from artefacts and finding out when the Stone Age was by looking at timelines. We will also be looking at Stone Age Art and Craft and create our own cave paintings and analyse Stone Age weapons and jewellery including spears, axes and bear tooth necklaces.


Science: Moving and Feeding

In Science you will learn that animals including humans need the right types and amounts of nutrition to thrive and grow and that eating the wrong types and amounts can lead to health problems. You will investigate some of the health problems associated with not eating well. You will learn that we need to eat a varied diet and list the types of food that we need and why we need them and construct a balanced food plate. You will find out that different animals have different dietary requirements and some foods humans eat may be poisonous to animals. You will also discuss the role of the muscles and skeleton and describe what would happen if we didnʼt have them.

Our second science topic is Light and Shadows.

You will explore the differences between light sources and light reflectors. You will be able to describe how shadows are formed and will explore the relationship between light, objects and the formation of shadows. You will explore the properties of materials that can cast shadows and use the scientific terms opaque, translucent and transparent to describe these materials. You will also demonstrate an understanding of the possible dangers to health that the sun, as a strong source of light, holds for yourself and others.

Working Scientifically, you will set up simple comparative and fair tests to compare materials, and you will make systematic and careful observations of shadows.


PHSE: JIGSAW: Being Me in my World

During this ‘puzzle’ you will be looking at your thoughts and feelings during new experiences. You will be looking at what makes you proud and how this makes you feel. You will create your own personal and class targets linked to our Investors in Pupils and assess your progress in achieving them. The second puzzle is : Celebrating Difference where we look at differences between people, diversity and anti-bullying.


RE: What do different people believe about God?

In RE the children will be looking at what different people believe about God through stories, buildings and art.

PE: Basketball, Tri-golf, dance and gymnastics

In PE the children will learn games skills and dance and gymnastics

Music: BRASS

During our music lessons the children will have the opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument with Tameside music service.


In our ICT lessons we will be looking at Connecting Computers and Stop-frame Animations.

MFL: French

Our first theme is France and its culture. We will then look at greetings and names and learning how to count up to 20 in French, the French alphabet and colours.



Further information

You all have a Times Tables Rockstar login to practise fast retrieval of your multiplication tables. Please ask an adult to see your teacher for a replacement card if you lose or forget your login.


You will need to regularly revise the year 2 spelling list and learn the Year 3 spelling lists.

Practicing Spellings At Home

Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words

Year 3 Spelling Rules and Examples


Other important information:

  • Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform.
  • Please ensure your correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days can change in school (it will be sent home every half term to wash)
  • Bring your reading book and reading log to school every day. Sometimes a reading volunteer will choose you for extra reading.
  • Please bring a school water bottle every day.

All the equipment you need is supplied for you in school. Please do not bring in your own pencils, rubbers etc from home.

PE lessons will be every Tuesday and Thursday for the first half term. Parents please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school. This should be black shorts, pumps and a plain white t shirt or Corrie PE top.

After half term we will be having some forest school sessions on Tuesday afternoons so you will need a change of clothes and some strong boots or wellingtons and a waterproof coat.



Homework will be sent home every Friday and is expected to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. If all homework is completed and handed in by Wednesday you will achieve green on your assertive mentoring chart. If you hand it in later than Wednesday you will achieve yellow. If you do not compete all homework you will be given a red.

You will have maths homework which is linked to your lessons that week, topic homework from the menu and also spelling and handwriting practise and Times Table Rockstars. Remember to do your reading to achieve your green on the chart too.

Take Away The Stone Age


We are really looking forward to a new and exciting term. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask.

Mrs Lynch and Mrs Hall