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Year 3

Year 3 Autumn 1


WELCOME to Year 3 and a warm welcome it is!! I am looking forward to being your teacher this year, as you embark on your journey into Key Stage 2. This is going to be a fun and exciting year, full of lots of learning and also the odd day here and there, full of enjoyable activities. This will be my fifth year at Thorpe Lea and mine and Miss Fell's first in Year 3. We are very excited to begin this new chapter and see what this year will bring.


Below you will find lots of information about what we get up to in Year 3 and if you have any questions/queries, please message the office and arrange for an appointment to see me.


For our English, we will begin by reading the BFG by Roald Dahl, a great book that I loved as a kid. Our History this half term will be all about the Stone Age. See below for some videos about this time.


Remember, we are going to learn lots and have lots of fun doing it!!





Dates for your diary:


Tuesday 1st September - INSET DAY

Wednesday 2nd September - Autumn Term Begins

Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October - Half Term

Monday 2nd November - School Resumes



Please have a look at our E-Safety pages and check that your child is being safe online at home. We do our best in school to educate about online safety, but if this is enforced at home as well, we can really help protect your children. We have had a focus on E-Safety recently, especially as it was Safer Internet Day on 11th February 2020. The next Internet Safety Day will be on Tuesday 9th February 2021.


Click the link below to see the children's E-Safety page on the school website.


Below there are many links and resources to help with different areas of Year 3. There are videos related to our topic, Maths related help and details on uniform and homework expectations.

Welcome Newsletter



Our PE lessons will be every Wednesday (outside) and Friday (inside) but in case there is a change in the timetable, please ensure PE kit is kept in school every day and only taken home to be washed at half term, or unless it is really dirty. We ensure kit is taken home at the end of every half term to be washed. If we complete a particularly muddy lesson, then we will send kit home then as well. 

** Until further notice, please come to school in your PE kit on our PE days. Please make sure that you will be warm on the days where the weather is forecast to be colder.**




Please ensure that the correct uniform is worn to school each day and that school shoes are worn, not trainers. The uniform code can be found on the school website, or a copy can be obtained from the school office.


PE kit should consist of a blue t-shirt, navy shorts and trainers. In wet weather, your child may want to have a spare pair of socks, that are different from the ones they wear during the rest of the day. In cold weather, your child may want to wear a tracksuit and also their jumper/cardigan. Some children also like to wear a set of thermal 'skins'. These can be worn underneath the regular kit, in the cold weather.


Thank you.


We are all Superheroes!


In Year 3, we are all superheroes, each with a different talent and skill. We will try our best, even if we don't always know how to resolve a problem. We will work together as a team, to support one another and ensure we can all have an opportunity to shine. Whilst we won't be taking on any supervillains, we will be taking on the challenge to work, as we move up into Year 3 and Key Stage 2.


Every member of our class has a superhero on their tray and coat peg label. Use your imagination to create your superhero identity and set out on your adventure this year.





We are using the Abacus Maths scheme in our lessons. Please find below the planned lessons for this half term. Please use this to provide extra support to your child at home.


Maths is not the easiest subject for some people at school and it can take time for us to see the value in learning the subject and to get our heads around some of the concepts. Below are some useful sites to practice using the different strategies that we use in class.


Feel free as well to get hold of the CGP Maths books. These are a great resource for going through clear maths questions and they lay them out in an easy to read format. There is a range of different books, some that go together like a textbook and then a question book.

Abacus Help Videos


Click the link below to see some videos explaining the different Mental and Written methods we use for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Use the links below to access your TT Rockstars and Abacus accounts. Use these to keep up with your Maths skills.

Recommended Reads

The Stone Age

The Middle Stone Age | The Story of Britain | BBC Teach

Horrible Histories - Terrible Ways to Live in the Savage Stone Age | Compilation

Life in the New Stone Age | The Story of Britain | BBC Teach

Message from Mr Bernard


A warm welcome again to Year 3, I hope you have had an amazing Summer break and you are rested and ready for the year to come. 


We mentioned on our transition days about having fun this year but also the need to get on and focus on our learning. We are going to have a busy year, but I hope that we can have a laugh at the same time.


I am happy to answer any questions, but due to the current social distancing guidelines, please contact the office to arrange an appointment to see me, if you require a face to face meeting.


I look forward to working with you all this year.


Mr Bernard



We watch Newsround in class, as a way of keeping the children up to date with what is going on in the world. They are a fantastic resource that explains difficult topics in a clear, safe and easily accessible way. Their website has lots of useful articles for your child to read and engage with. Click on the logo above to go to their site.