Year 3 - Dolphins

Autumn Term 2023


Welcome back Dolphins. We hope you have had a fantastic summer and are ready to get started with some great learning this term!


Please can children wear normal school uniform to school unless it is your PE day (Tuesday and Friday for Dolphins) where you will wear your PE kit with t-shirts in your house colours.

Don't forget you will need a pair of plimsolls to change into inside - remember this means that we can use our field and Basecamp right into winter months as we can change out of muddy shoes when playtime and lunchtime is over.


In English, we will be writing narratives based on the book The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy and creating an information text on the Land of Giants. Our class novel will be The BFG by Roald Dahl which will support the children with developing sentence structure, ideas of adventure as well as fantastic setting and character descriptions.


In Maths, we continue to follow the White Rose Scheme. This term, we will be looking at place value, with a focus on: representing and partitioning numbers to 100, then 1,000 as well as estimating, comparing and ordering numbers to 1,000.


In history, we will be learning about the time period from the Stone Age through to the Iron age, looking at their achievement and developments. We will work on developing our understanding of chronological knowledge, whilst developing our vocabulary and deepening our understanding of the period.


The children will be studying computing this term learning about digital devices, whilst developing technological vocabulary and an understanding about the world wide web.

In music, the Children will be learning about pulse using the song Let Your Spirit Fly by Joanna Mangona, developing and using the correct musical vocabulary as well as comparing the similarities and differences across musical genres.


In Science, we will be looking at Rocks and Soils and the children will learn about classification, grouping and identifying groups using identifiable keys. We will then move on to look at light, focusing on its importance and how it travels.


This term, in RE, we will be learning about God with a focus on Hinduism. We will continue to explore R.E through our Faith Afternoons, where as a school we will celebrate and learn about a range of different faiths.


In PSHE/RHE we will be learning about our rights and responsibilities living in a diverse and inclusive community and as British citizens. There will be a focus on our similarities and differences, whilst teaching care and empathy.  Nigeria will be the focus for Cultural Day where the children will have the chance to explore a range of activities and tasks to support their learning.


In Art we will be looking at drawing with a focus on the artist Pablo Picasso. Children will be learning how to sketch facial features and creating their own Pablo Picasso inspired self-portraits.   


For homework this term, we would like the children to focus on reading fluency and reading for pleasure. It is important that the children develop a love of reading and that comes with practice. Please can you support your children by listening to them read and share in conversations about reading in your homes.  Children have access to Spelling Shed, and Times Table Rock Starts (TTRS) and they will need to complete challenges set. Children will be provided with copies of their logins.


Finally, as ever, if you have any questions or would like to offer any help, please do get in touch, either at the school gate at the end of the day or through the office.


Here's to a great year. We cannot wait to get started!


Miss Hook, Miss Dickinson, Miss Barlow and Miss Mini