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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

Mrs Faiers - Fuji Class:

Ms Niazi - New York Class: 

Learning at Gordon Primary School is broad with a wide range of engaging experiences that reinforce key concepts in every subject. It is balanced so that children receive a full and rich curriculum containing all subjects, and implemented well so that children remember in the long term the information and skills they have been taught. We place priority on the children’s personal, social and emotional development because we know this is key to a successful school career and life in general. Our curriculum is designed to engage and meet the needs of all children and enables them to achieve success in all subjects. 

Spring Term Learning


Our focus texts will be George's Marvellous Medicine, Stitch Head and the short film Marshmallows. While exploring these resources, we will learn to extend our sentences using a wide variety of conjunctions. We will create longer narratives using a range of tenses, including the Present Perfect Form and direct speech using inverted commas. We will also ensure there is clarity and cohesion within our paragraphs with the appropriate use of nouns and pronouns. We will create characters, settings and plots using descriptive devices efficiently, such as noun phrases and prepositions.

When assessing the effectiveness of our writing, we will suggest improvements to spelling, punctuation and grammar. We will also propose changes to our vocabulary to make our writing more interesting and engaging.

During reading sessions we will be using a wide range of texts; Billie and the Minpins, Old Possom's Book of Cats and Moth Story to justify answers, opinions and arguments. Further to this, we will discuss our understanding by predicting what might happen next from details stated and implied. We will also draw inferences and justify them using accurate evidence from the text.



We will be using the Maths No Problem scheme to support our mathematical learning. We will be measuring length, mass and volume and working on money and time.  

We will be learning about money, consolidating previous learning on recognising different denominations of notes and coins and the simple addition and subtraction of money amounts. We will apply this knowledge to solving word problems, using bar modelling as a key strategy. We will be learning about time, using the minute and hour hands and the 24-hour clock. We will measure and compare time in seconds, hours and minutes.



We will be studying two science topics this term. In Light we will recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object. We will find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change. We will also recognise that we need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. Finally, we will notice that light is reflected from surfaces.

This will be followed by Forces and Magnets where we will be able to observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others. We will compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials.



In our Bronze Age River Civilisations topic, we will be learning about what makes a civilisation, what a civilisation needs to grow and succeed, what was the greatest achievement of the Sumerians, what was the greatest achievement of the Indus and what was the greatest achievement of the Shang Dynasty and what these civilisations have in common.



We will explore where our food comes from by being able to identify that different foods grow in different biomes, explain which food has the most significant negative impact on the environment, consider a change people can make to reduce the negative impact of food production and describe the intentions around trading responsibly.



In our Art and Design lessons, we will be looking at formal elements of art and will be exploring two of the formal elements of art: shape and tone; children find shapes in everyday objects; use shapes as guidelines to draw accurately from observation; create form and shape using wire and practice shading neatly and from light to dark.



In Music in this term, Year 3 will be looking at two pieces of music about rivers: The Blue Danube, a waltz by Strauss and then the Symphonic Poem Vltava by Smetana. We will be learning about texture, dynamics, duration and tempo, using this within composition and music technology.

Recorders will run alongside this topic and the children will continue to build on what they learnt last term.



During our Desktop Publishing unit, we will become familiar with the terms ‘text’ and ‘images’ and understand that they can be used to communicate messages. We will start to add text and images to create our own pieces of work using desktop publishing software.

In our Data and Information unit, we will develop our understanding of what a branching database is and how to create one.



During our PE sessions we will continue to develop our skills in the area of tennis and cricket with professional coaches.

After the February half-term break, Year 3 will be having weekly swimming lessons.



We will be continuing to learn French through French phonics, pronunciation, understanding and vocabulary through the topics Playground Games and French Classroom.


Religious Education                

Our topics in RE ‘Is scripture central to religion?’  and What happens if we do wrong?’. Children will be able to explain what some people mean by revelation, evaluate the significance of scripture to some Jewish, Christian and Muslim people, explain how some ways of using and treating the Qur’an, the Christian Bible and the Torah show its importance, discuss the similarities and differences between scripture considered by some to be the word of God and human interpretations or commentary, make links between scripture from the Abrahamic religions and identify similarities within and between worldviews in the way scripture is viewed and used, including in places of worship.


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) / relationships & Sex Education (RSE)   Our topics this term are: Belonging to a Community, Media Literacy & Digital Resilience and Money and Work.

We will discuss the reasons for rules and laws in wider society as well as the importance of abiding by the law and what might happen if the rules and laws are broken.

We will learn how the internet can be used positively for leisure, for school and for work to recognise that images and information online can be altered or adapted and the reasons for why this happens. We will discuss how to make safe, reliable choices from search results.

We will also learn about jobs that people may have from different sectors, e.g. teachers, business people and charity workers, and to challenge stereotypes through examples of role models in different fields of work, e.g. women in STEM.


General Information

  • Your child should read for at least 10 minutes every day. Across the week, this should be a combination of independent reading and reading to an adult. Please talk to your child about the book and check their understanding by asking questions about events and the characters’ actions. Please also explain new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Their bookbag should come to school every day.
  • Your child will have PE on Tuesday and Thursday. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag.
  • Your child needs to bring a water bottle every day.
  • The weather is often cold at this time of year and the children will go out to play if there is light rain. It is important that your child has a waterproof coat, gloves, hat and a scarf.
  • We are a Healthy School. Please do not put sweets or chocolate bars in your child’s packed lunch. Please do not send in sweets or other treats when it is your child’s birthday. If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, you could buy the class a book, send in a healthy snack such as boxes of raisins or buy stationery such as a pencil, but due to the impact on the environment, we ask you not to send in plastic toys.
  • If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. Please try to book medical appointments outside the school day and note that family holidays will not be authorised.
  • If you have any questions or wish to raise a concern, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Please use the email addresses above. 

Diary Dates

Please note the following events and add them to your diary:

  • Friday 19th January - Fuji Class Assembly, 9:10am / 2:45pm 
  • Friday 26th January - Year 3 visit to Royal Observatory, Greenwich
  • Friday 2nd February - New York Class Assembly, 9:10am / 2:45pm
  • Friday 2nd February - NSPCC Number Day
  • Monday 5th to Sunday 11th February - Children's Mental Health Week
  • Tuesday 6th February - Safer Internet Day
  • Monday 12th to Friday 16th February - Half-term break
  • Thursday 22nd February - Year 3 swimming lessons begin
  • Tuesday 5th March - Science workshops 
  • Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
  • Friday 8th March - International Women's Day
  • Wednesday 13th March - Fuji visiting Woodlands Farm
  • Wednesday 20th March - New York visiting Woodlands Farm
  • Monday 25th March – Open Evening 1
  • Wednesday 27th March – Open Evening 2
  • Thursday 28th March - last day of term - school closes at the usual time