Autumn Term


Welcome to Year 3.  We have lots to look forward to in our first term. Here is a brief outline of what is being taught this term and some other useful information.


We are continuing with our exciting chocolate theme, based around Roald Dahl’s story: Charlie and the chocolate factory.

Children will have plenty of writing opportunities based around the theme of chocolate including writing an explanation and a set of instructions/recipe. In guided reading we will be reading other stories by Roald Dahl. Our poetry work this term will be based on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, as well as creating shape poems.

We all found golden tickets inside our Wonka Bars! 

We all waited patiently to go inside the chocolate room.

We had lots of fun in the chocolate room.

We dipped strawberries and marshmallows in lovely, warm melted chocolate!

Before we design our own chocolate bars, we decided it would be a great idea to try different types of chocolate.

We completed a product analysis which focused on appearance, texture and taste.

Later on in the term we will by studying stories from other cultures. We will be reading a story called Elephant Dance, which will also be our theme for our class assembly this term.


Every week we will have spellings, a grammar focus and handwriting practise.

Children will initially write in pencil but have the opportunity to receive their pen licence if they handwriting is consistently neat and joined. Please help your child with this at home.


Children will need to bring their reading book, library book and record into school every day. They should also read for at least ten minutes every evening. Please encourage your child to take care of their books. There will be a charge for any books lost or damaged.


This year we are introducing a new maths scheme throughout the school called Maths – No Problem! This follows the successful Singapore Maths approach but is fully in line with our National Curriculum.

Here is an overview for this term:

Numbers to 1000
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division


Also it is really important children practise their times tables regularly at home. They will focus on a different times table each week and will be tested twice a week (Tuesday and Friday).

By the end of Year 3, all children should know by heart all times tables up to the 10 times table. They is a reward at the end of every term ‘ice-cream sundaes’ for successfully learning their times tables.


During this term, children will be learning more about the Christian Family and Mary Our Mother. This will include a visit to church where Father Paul will baptise a baby. We will also study another world faith. As we get into December, our RE focus will be Advent and Christmas.




In Science, children will be learning about rocks and comparing different types of soil.

The Stone Age is our topic this term and we have lots of exciting activities planned to understand how the Stone Age people lived. This will include a visit to Tatton Park.

Art and Design
We love art in Class 3 and we will have plenty of opportunities to paint, make and develop our artistic skills. This term children will be studying the work of Claude Monet, in particular his waterlily paintings. This will include a visit to the Japanese Garden at Tatton Park.

Design and Technology

Children will be designing and making their own chocolate bar linked to our English topic. We will also be making Christmas crafts.


Children will be developing their mapping skills and will be using direction and grid references.


Our first unit is ‘We are programmers’. The children will be using the coding software ‘Scratch’ in order to make their own computer games. The second unit is ‘Bug Fixers’. Again this will involve coding.

Image result for scratch


Unit 1 is ‘Je parle Francaise!’ which translate to ‘I can speak French!’.


Children will need their PE kits, including black pumps, every Tuesday. We will not be giving out spare kit this year and so failure to have the correct kit, will mean children miss their session. This term children will be:

  • finding special ways of travelling
    isolated running, jumping. throwing and catching
    tag rugby



Music is every Friday with Mr Conway from Tameside Music Service. In Class 3, children will learn how to play a brass instrument.


As well as practising their times tables, spellings and reading, children will be given a project to complete each half term. The first project is to create their own Stone Age house.



Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 13th September

Roald Dahl Day. Year 3 Children will need to come dressed up as a character from any Roald Dahl book.

Friday 27th October

School closed for staff Inset Day.

Monday 6th November

School re-opens today.

Wednesday 20th December

Last day of term.



Please try to make appointments after school or during half term. Holidays will not be authorised during term time. Also please ensure your child is punctual in the morning, as frequent lateness will be detrimental to their progress. Gates and doors open at 8:45am and close at 8:55am. There will be a start of day activity which children must complete during registration.

If you have any concerns or if your child is having problems with their work please do not hesitate to come and see me or any of the Year 3 team.


Mr M Woolley

Year 3 class teacher

Mr P O ’Keefe

Year 3 teacher of science, humanities and French.


Miss T Alcock

Teaching Assistant