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Spring 2017

This term our topic will be The Romans. Over the course of the two half terms the children will study the history of the Roman Empire and the changes that occurred in Britain as a result of the Roman invasion. Much of our curriculum, where possible, will be linked to this topic, in particular the humanities, Art and DT topics.

In English, the children will study the genre-specific features of both fiction and non fiction writing and produce their own character profiles, instructional texts, free verse poetry and diary entries. Alongside these lessons the children will have regular handwriting and spelling lessons in order to master the secretarial aspects of writing.

In Maths, We will be introducing some of the children to the formal methods of calculation, including the column methods for addition and subtraction before spending the rest of the first half term focusing on telling the time and developing a working knowledge of the calendar system. (You will receive a copy of the Key Recall Facts for this half term)

After the half term holidays we will focus on multiplication (again, see the Key Recall Facts sheet), measurement and fractions.

In Geography, we will be looking at trade and trade routes, as well as developing children’s understanding of the effect that climate has on plant growth. We will also study earthquakes and volcanoes, where will will make a link to the catastrophe at Pomeii.

In Science we are currently studying Forces and magnets whilst in Spring 2 we will focus on plants, lifecycles and the requirements for life. (A unit that will make links with our DT and Geography topics)

In Art this half term we will be looking at 3d design using paper mache and modrock. Children will have the chance to design and build their own volcano. In Spring 2 our DT unit will be food technology.

In ICT, Children will be learning how to film and edit short videos as well as to collate information.

In RE, we will be learning about the Sikhism and Christianity.


Below are some links that you and your child may want to use in order to consolidate and extend their learning: (Maths/ English) (Maths/ English

Autumn 2016

Our topic this term is The Stone Age. During our History lessons the children will be studying life in the Stone Age and looking at the technological changes that brought about the Bronze and Iron Ages. We have already had one WOW day which focused on cave paintings and we have another planned for the 13 of October. On this day we will be dressing up as Stone Age hunters and learning the basics of archery. Hopefully we’ll prove to be good hunters!

In Geography, we will be studying mountains and volcanoes, looking both at where these are found around the globe as well as their formation and, in the case of volcanoes, the reasons that they erupt. This links in well to our Science topic of Rocks and Fossils in the first half of the term. After the half term break we will then study animals including humans.

In English, we are currently writing story starters with a focus on developing the setting. To this end the children are learning about descriptive phrases including adjectives and imagery as well as prepositions. Our non- fiction writing this half term is newspaper reports. In the second half of the term we will be looking at five part stories and non-chronological reports.

In Maths this half term our focus is on place value and calculation. We will spend a lot of time seeking to build the conceptual understanding that underpins the formal methods of addition and subtraction. We will also be looking at multiplication and division facts before the half term. In the run up to Christmas we will focus on fractions before returning to multiplication and division, looking more closely at halving and doubling.

This year we will be holding half termly maths challenge days that will test your child’s recall skills. In the 1st half term our challenge will be on multiplication and division facts for the 3 times table with the focus being the 6 times table in Autumn 2.

Our RE topic is Islam, looking specifically at the Five Pillars of Islam whilst after half term we study the importance of the Advent in the Christian calendar.

In ICT, we will study programming using software such as Scratch.

In PE, our focus is balance and coordination in gym whilst in Games we are developing the children’s Tennis skills.

Below are some links to websites and online games that will be of great benefit to your child this term:



  • Scratch programming (tablet App)

  • Espresso coding (discovery education website)


The BBC site also has great resources relevant to our RE and Science topics this term.


Summer 2016

This term promises to be a busy one in Year 3! Rehearsing for our production which we will be performing on Thursday the 5th of May.

In the second half of the term we will also be inviting you to celebrate your children’s great work in their class assemblies. Please see website calendar for class dates.


Our topic in the first half term will be the History of Transport; we will be looking at different forms of transport in London and comparing this to other areas of the UK and other countries. We will also make links to our History topic for the second half of the term which will be Victorians.

In Art, we are studying Turner, in particular a painting called ‘The Fighting Temeraire’, looking at his portrayal of the light and the sea. On the 17th of May we will be travelling to Potters Field Gardens, by City Hall, in order to make our own sketches of boats on the Thames which the children will later use to recreate Turner’s famous painting.

In the first week back after the half term we will start our Victorian topic properly with visits to the Ragged School Museum in Mile End, where children will gain first-hand experience of a Victorian schoolroom.

In English, we are reading fables, discussing the moral lesson and preparing children to write their own version of a classic fable. Listen to a host of Aesop’s Fables on the BBC website by following this link:

After our performance of Pinocchio we will move onto a unit of work about play scripts wherein children will identify the features of a script and write their own scene.

During the second half of the term children will learn to write a balanced argument. Following our time in a Victorian class we will be asking the children to weigh the pros and cons of Victorian and our current education systems! We will then delve further into our History topic and ask children to write a letter from someone else’s point of view.


In Maths, we are consolidating our understanding of multiplication and division and will be moving towards more formal methods of calculation; including the grid method for multiplication and the ‘bus stop’, or short division, method of division. All children will be taught these methods but please see your child’s class teacher if you require any further information. We will also revisit fractions, formal methods of addition and subtraction before focusing on telling the time and recognising parallel and perpendicular lines and features of common 2d and 3d shapes.

By the end of Year 3 all children will be expected to be able to recall multiplication and division facts for the 2,3,4,5,8 and 10 times tables. Please follow the link below for a game that your child can play in order to reinforce these skills

In Science, we will be looking at light and shadow. The children will learn about reflection, how shadows are formed and notice patterns in the way our shadows move throughout the day.

Follow this link to find facts, games and quizzes about light and shadows. 

Spring 2016



Summer 1 Transport

As part of our Geography we will be looking at a comparison of transport in local and non- local regions, for example in villages, towns and cities. During our history lessons we will look at history of trains, trams, buses and other means of transport.

In Literacy this half term we will be focusing on fables and shape poetry. The language focus for our poems will be personification and similes.

In Numeracy there will be an emphasis on place value, multiplication and division and fractions. We have worked on the above in the previous terms and this half term we will put our skills into practise by using these to solve word problems.

Our science topic for this half term will be Forces and Motion and the R.E. topic will be Christianity and the church.

During music lessons we will be studying two pieces from the BBC musical project ‘Ten Pieces’  and Art focus will be transport paintings. Have a look online to see if you can find any you like and share these with your class!


Summer 2 Victorian Schools

During our History lessons we will look at Victorian schools and make a comparison of schools then and now.

In literacy the focus will be play scripts and letter writing.

In Numeracy there will be an emphasis on telling the time and reading, interpretation and analysing of data. We will also focus on shape and measurement.

Our science topic will be Sources of light shadows and reflection.

The D&T lessons will focus on making a poster. We will also make shadow puppets; this will link into our science topic sources of light.

The Religious education topic will be Sikhism – The Guru Granth Sahib

More information on these topics will follow in our news letter at the beginning of the second summer term.

Our topic during the Spring term is Rocking Stone Age.

During history we will be looking at the Stone Age, Bronze Age and the Iron Age.

We will look at time zones across the world as part of our geography this term.

In Literacy we started the term by focusing on performance poetry. We have looked at Michael Rosen performing his poem, ‘Down behind the dustbin’.

Our focus for writing this half term will be character descriptions. We will look at the language of description in particular alliteration and rhyme. We will also focus on instruction writing later this half term.

Our science topic for this half term is Animals, skeletons and nutrition.

As part of Art this half term, we will make Stone Age bead necklaces.

In Numeracy there will be an emphasis on measure; adding and subtracting of money. Children will add or subtract money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts. Children will use partitioning to add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers, estimate answers and use inverse operations to check answers.

The Religious Education topic for this term is Hinduism – The Mandir

We will be visiting the local Hindu Temple on Thursday 22 January 2015.


During Spring 2 our topic will be ‘Ready Steady Cook’

During our Geography lessons we will learn about the trade routes climate and why certain food and plants grow in certain areas.

In literacy the focus will be on a 5 part story with two contrasting characters. We will then go onto diary writing from the perspective of another character.

In Numeracy there will be an emphasis on multiplication and division, fractions and reading and interpreting data.


Our science topic will be Plants including parts, life cycle requirements for life.

The food technology topic will be to design and make healthy sandwich or salad using food from different countries.

The Religious education topic will be Judaism - Living the Faith.

Stone Age staff

The topic for Autumn 2 is Dinosaur Stomp.

We will be looking at global and atmospheric effects on dinosaurs which led to extinction as part of our Geography topic.

We will also look at dinosaur facts and in Literacy we will use our information to make dinosaur fact cards. We will also be reading stories about dinosaurs and then the children will invent a fantasy story and in Science we will be exploring fossils.

In Numeracy there will be an emphasis on telling the time and the children will continue to learn multiplication times tables 2-6.

In D&T, we will be using recycled material to make dinosaur settings and landscapes.

The Religious Education topic for next half term will be Christianity, Christmas and Advent.

Our topic for Autumn 1 is Earth.

In Geography this half term we will be looking at countries in Europe and South America. Our focus will be volcanoes and earthquakes. This will fit in with our science topic of classification of rock types.

In Literacy we will be starting the term by looking at poetry about volcanoes. We will be looking at present tense verbs and language that describes movement. We will then look at different descriptive story openers. The children will focus on story settings and then write their own using exciting adjectives.  

The children will be using ICT to further their skills in word processing, saving, editing and printing their work.

In Art, we will be using paper mache to make volcanoes.

In Numeracy there will be an emphasis on addition using partitioning and subtracting by counting on a number line.

Our Religious Education topic for this term is the five pillars of Islam.

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Our topic this term is ‘Down at the farm’.

During history we will be looking at the Stone Age and how hunter gatherers became farmers. We will look at where food comes from around the globe for geography.

In Literacy we will be looking at diary writing. Children will have the chance to read a variety of diary entries, to look at the features and then write their own as the daily life of a child in the Stone Age. Before we write our entries we will spend time hot seating and role playing focusing on emotive language and a variety of sentence types e.g. complex sentences/compound sentences.

During ICT children will use simulation and animation, this will link into our science topic of Helping Plants Grow. We will be looking at how plants can help us, what plants need to grow. The children will learn to make careful measurements and collect information from investigations.

Our Art work this term will focus on adding detail to observational drawing. We will have sketches of the community garden around the unit.

For Numeracy work will be an emphasis on multiplication and division. Please ask your child to show you the strategies that they will be learning and practise these at home with them.

Please continue to learn times tables at home, this will help with the work that children are doing in class.

The Religious Education topic for this term is Christianity- the local parish church.


Some websites that you could share                                

Spring term 2014

We started the term with a fantastic maths week. The number hats that the children made looked great!
Our topic this term is the Ready Steady Cook!
As part of our topic and Geography we will be researching food markets around the world. We will be visiting Walthamstow market to carry out a survey of where the fruit and vegetables come from.

In Literacy we will be looking at instruction writing, poetry and will be designing posters for healthy eating which will be made using ICT.
This will lead us into our topic of Teeth and Eating as part of science. You could look at the different categories of food online with your child.


Later this term we will be visiting the Natural History Museum for a workshop on healthy teeth.
We will also be using ICT to make repeated patterns and design food themed wrapping paper.


In Art, we will be looking at the artist Arcimboldo and as part of DT we will be making healthy foods such as fruit salads. 


In Numeracy there will be an emphasis on addition and subtraction. We will be teaching the children to add larger numbers using partitioning and continue subtracting by counting on. We will be looking at estimation and learning the multiples of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 times table. We will also be looking at Multiplying one-digit and two-digit numbers by 10 or 100, and describing the effect.


The Religious Education topic for this term is Hinduism, the Mandir.

Here are some websites that you could share with your child.

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