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Year 3

Year 3 Spring 2


WELCOME BACK to school, I can't wait to see you all in person once more. It has been very strange seeing you only through a computer. We have lots to catch up on and lots to get on with.


For our English, we will begin by reading The Minpins by Roald Dahl.


It is really important this term, to make sure we are being safe in school and washing our hands and looking after our health. There is still some cold weather, so it is important to be dressing suitably for this. We have to have windows open for ventilation at the moment, so a jumper is advised for in the classroom and a coat is needed for break and lunchtimes. Vests can be worn under the school shirt, but if the shirt is a short sleeve one, no long sleeves can be worn under it. The warm weather will soon move in.


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





Dates for your diary:


Monday 8th March - School Resumes

Thursday 1st April - School finishes for Easter

Friday 2nd - Friday 16th April - Easter

Monday 19th April - 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 9th February 2021. The next Internet Safety Day will be on Tuesday 8th February 2022.


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

Home Learning Tier 1


Isolation Pack


As a school, we have made the decision to use Oak National Academy to support home learning should a child need to self-isolate or a bubble close. Oak National academy provides online lessons that are easy for children to follow and consist of input from a teacher and several independent tasks throughout.


Please find a PDF below, which will have links to a series of lessons, closely mirroring what we are currently doing in class.

Click below for the work set during the Lockdown from Jan to March 2021.



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.** 


We are now getting closer to Winter, so it is really important to have warm and comfortable clothes for PE, making sure we still wear the school PE top. A long-sleeve (Skins/Thermal/Base layer/Under Armour) top underneath is fine, I find these very useful in the colder weather.




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 Bronze and Iron Age

Life in the Bronze Age | The Story of Britain | BBC Teach

The Bronze Age | Educational Video for Kids

Life in Iron Age Britain | The Story of Britain | BBC Teach

Message from Mr Bernard


A warm welcome back to school after the half term, I hope you have had a restful and relaxing Christmas break and you are ready for the rest of the half term to come. 


We need to be vigilant with social distancing and washing of hands more and more, so please remind your children that they need to be playing their part and stopping the spread of germs around the school. Life continues to present challenges to us, but together, we will overcome them and look back in pride at what we have achieved. 


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. If the meeting can be done over the phone, it would be best to conduct it this way for now.


I look forward to continuing to work 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.