Gordon Primary School

Gordon Primary School



Year 3 Learning - Spring 2022

Welcome to Year 3

Mrs Altiparmaki, Asteroid Class ealtiparmaki@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk 

Ms Carter, Cosmos Class acarter@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk 

Learning at Gordon Primary School is broad with a wide range of engaging experiences to reinforce key concepts in every subject; it is balanced so that children get a full and rich curriculum containing all of the subjects and it is implemented well so that children remember in the long term what they have been taught. We place priority on the children’s personal, social and emotional development because we know that is key to a successful school career and life more generally. Every child receives a full and rich curriculum with all of the subjects. We believe this engages and meets the needs of all children and we value success in non-core subjects as highly as we do the more traditional academic subjects.


This term we will be working on the following topics:


Our focus texts will be The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Wolves and Into the Forest. While exploring these texts 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. 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 phases and fronted adverbials.

When assessing the effectiveness of our writing, we will suggest improvements for spellings, punctuation as well as correct use of grammar. We will also propose changes to our vocabulary to make our writing more interesting and engaging.

When reading, we will justify our 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, weight and volume and solving related word problems.

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.

When learning about time, we will use the minute and hour hands and the 24-hour clock. We will measure and compare time in seconds, hours and minutes.

We will be learning how to create, read and interpret picture graphs and bar graphs.



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 reflects 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 that they attract some materials but 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 topic, we will be learning about the changes that happened in Britain at this time. We will explore the advances in technology the new material brought and the changes to society that came about. We will look at the building of Stonehenge and the arrival of the Beaker people. 



We will explore Bronze Age settlements as a way to further improve our mapping skills. We will also study the eight points of compass.


Art & Design             

In our Art and Design lessons, we will be using clay to create Bronze Age style pots and seals and will go on to explore mood boards and weaving.



We will be looking at two pieces of music about rivers: Symphonic Poem - Vltava by Smetana, and then Waltz - The Blue Daube by Strauss. We will be learning about texture, dynamics and tempo and using this within composition and music technology.

Recorder sessions will run alongside this topic that we continue to build on what we 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.


Design Technology (DT)             

In our unit Digital World we will design, develop a program, house and promote a Micro:bit electronic charm to use in low-light conditions.

In our unit on Electrical Systems we will explore the science behind static electricity and apply this new knowledge to generate ideas for and make a static-electricity game.


Physical Education (PE)                

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

Asteroid Class will have swimming from 21st to 25th February. 

Cosmos Class will have swimming from 28th February to 4th March. 



We will be learning key vocabulary and phrases through the following topics: Mon corps and Les animaux.


Religious Education (RE)              

In our lessons on Hinduism we will be learning about daily life for Hindus and will go on to explore the Hindu gods.  


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)

Our topics this term are: Belonging to a Community, Media Literacy & Digital Resilience and Money & 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. We will explore how 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, charity workers and to challenge stereotypes through examples of role models in different fields of work e.g. women in STEM.



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

  • Open Evening – week beginning 7th February 2022
  • Half Term break - Monday 14th to Friday 18th February 2022


  • Your child should read to an adult for 15 minutes three times a week and independently every day. It is also important that an adult reads to your child regularly. 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 into school every day.
  • Your child will have PE on Thursday and Friday Thursday. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag. Please make sure your child has an outdoor PE kit consisting of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt. 
  • Your child needs to bring in 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 will be absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. If your child has had an upset stomach they should remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside of 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.