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Welcome to Class 3

Our teacher is Mrs Johnson.

Mrs Fogg, Mrs Hill, Mrs Manning and Mrs White will also be helping in our class this term.


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Important Dates

Thursday 2nd May - School closed for polling.

Monday 6th May - School closed for Bank Holiday. 

Thursday 6th - Friday 7th June - Year 3 Camp

Wednesday 12th June - DALP Games in school qualifier

Thursday 13th June - Thrumpton Friends Father's Day Breakfast

Tuesday 25th June - KS2 Sports Day (AM)

Thursday 27th June - Thrumpton Friends Family BBQ and Games

W/B 1st July - Transition Week

Friday 5th July - End of year reports go home.

Tuesday 9th July - DALP Games (selected children)

Tuesday 16th July - 100% attenders tea party

Thursday 18th July - KS2 Achievers Assembly @ 2pm



Important Information
Your child will need their reading books and Home/School Contact Book in school every day.

Homework/spelling books will need to be handed in on a Thursday each week.
Swimming kit will be required on a Tuesday and trainers will need to remain in school all week for the children to change into each day for the Daily Mile.
Water bottles will be sent home every Friday in order for them to be cleaned and will need to be returned to school on a Monday morning. Please remember to return these as it is important that children have regular access to a drink (especially as the weather hopefully warms up).




Helping your child to complete their homework is an important way for you to know what they are learning about in school. The children should be becoming more independent with this now that they are in KS2; however some homework may still require your support.

Homework will be given out on a Friday. Children can hand their homework in once it is completed. Spellings will be checked weekly.



This will alternate between the children having time to focus on their times tables using Times Tables Rockstars and completing something linked to what they have been learning in class. This will either be a game on Mathletics, or an activity or game that your child can play at home with you or a problem solving activity that your child can complete independently.

If your child is unable to access Mathletics or Times Tables Rockstars at home, they can do so before school on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning from 8.30am. 


Year 4 Times Tables Checks 2020

From the 2019 to 2020 academic year onwards, schools in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils. This means that the current Year 3 cohort will be the first children to sit this. We will provide you with more information as it becomes available. For now, maths targets will focus around times tables. Please spend some time each week working on these with your child as they will be checked regularly in school and new targets set as regularly as they need to be. 

Please click on the below link for more information on this. 


Useful websites for times tables




Children will receive a spelling list linked to the spelling rule/common exception words that we have been focusing on in class that week. Spellings will be checked towards the end of each week (usually on a Thursday) and new spellings set. Please support your child to learn their spellings using the games on Spelling Shed or by practising these in their homework book. 


Useful websites for spelling


Spelling Shed -



 Our reading this term will be based around the text 'Carrie's War' by Nina Bawden. We will be reading exerts from this and working on the reciprocal reading skills of clarifying, summarising, predicting and questioning 2-3 times a week, as a whole class and in small groups. In addition to this, the children will continue to take part in small group guided reading sessions throughout the week and individual reading will take place where possible, particularly for any children who would really benefit from this to help them to progress with their reading. 


The majority of the class will have an Accelerated Reader book as their individual reading book. Each half term/term, the children will complete a quiz that will determine the level book that is appropriate for them to be reading. They will bring this book home to read with you and will also be given the opportunity to read it in school both independently and with an adult, where possible. Once your child has read their book, they will have the opportunity to complete a comprehension quiz related to this during school time (this can only be accessed in school) which will earn them points towards receiving an Accelerated Reader certificate. Children should aim for 85% in their quiz in order to move onto more challenging texts.

The children will have the opportunity to visit the school library once a fortnight where they can choose a fiction, non-fiction or poetry book to share with you at home. This may be above their level of understanding; therefore you might decide to read it to them. 


This term our will be based around the book...

Carrie's War

by Nina Bawden


We will be focusing on the characteristic of Leadership

We will be exploring the question 'Are leaders born or made?'

We will be discussing Winston Churchill's famous quote - 'Never, never, never give up'.


Click here to access the optional topic homework for this term

Topic Knowledge Organiser

This is what we plan to cover across the curriculum!


Setting descriptions

Diary entries


Stories set in the past


Books/films to enjoy -


Horrible Histories - The Blitz Britz

The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughs

Archie's War by Marcia Williams

Where the Poppies Grow by Hilary Robinson

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Leiws


Handwriting –

Use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined.

Increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting.

Spelling –

We will be continuing to follow 'Spelling Shed' for our spelling this term. 

ze sound spelt sure

ch sound spelt ture

Prefix re-

Prefix dis-

Prefix mis-

Suffixes beginning with vowel letters

Suffixes beginning with vowel letters (doubling)

The long a sound spelt ai

The long a sound spelt ei

Challenge words


Grammar -


Expanded noun phrases

Questions, including using question marks correctly

Fronted adverbials, including using commas to mark these

Speech, including using speech marks correctly


Relative clauses

Present perfect tense

Nouns and pronouns, including using capital letters for pronouns

Commas to mark subordinate clauses

Accurate spelling is a key part of the Year 3 curriculum; therefore it is vital that the children practise and learn by heart any spellings and spelling rules that are sent home this year and that they complete their 'Spelling Shed' homework each week.  




Measurement - Money

Measurement – length and perimeter


Measurement - Time

Measurement - Mass and Capacity

Geometry - Properties of Shape

Times Tables - consolidating recall of 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables and related division facts





During our science lessons, we will be learning about plants. We will be exploring the following questions - 

Can you name different parts of flowering plants and explain their jobs?

Can you investigate how water is transported in plants?

Can you name the different parts of a flower and explain their role in fertilisation and pollination?

Can you record your observations?

Can you present the results of your observation using scientific language?

Can you set up an investigation to find out what plants need to grow well?

Can you understand and order the stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant?


Art/Craft and Design Technology


During our art and design lessons we will be learning about World War 2 Propaganda through the medium of drawing and painting. 

We will also be looking at rationing and trying out some ration recipes, as well as looking at how clothing was rationed and people had to mend or reuse what they already had. 

We will explore the following questions:

Can you design your own propaganda?

Can you experience with various pencils?

Can you make initial sketches in preparation for painting?

Can you create accurate drawings of people?

Can you use primary colours?

Can you mix secondary colours?

Can you create tints and tones using black and white?

Can you use different types of brushes for specific purpose and effect?

Can you investigate existing bags, giving the pros and cons of these?

Can you create your own design criteria?

Can you use a simple running stitch to join materials together?

Can you accurately measure and cut materials?

Can you try out your ideas, evaluating and improving these?

Can you evaluate your finished product against the design criteria?






During our humanities lessons, we will be learning about World War 2. We will be exploring the following questions.

Can you explain why World War 2 began?

Can you order the key events from World War 2 on a timeline?

Can you name some of Britain's allies and axis during World War 2?

Can you nae some of the jobs that women did during World War 2?

Can you describe events from The Battle of Britain?

Can you explain why the Battle of Britain was a turning point in the war?

Can you explain what the Blitz was?

Can you give reasons why some children were evacuated?

Can you name the main countries involved in World War 2 and locate these on a map?

Can you give some key facts in local history in relation to mining?

Can you name some mining towns and locate these on a map of the UK?

Can you explain the importance of mining to the local area?








Exciting Escape (Joseph, Moses and Pesach)




  • PowerPoints
  • Word Processing

Can you plan a branching story?

Can you create slide templates and organise slides with hyperlinks?

Can you add themes, transitions and animation to a presentation?

Can you use hyperlinks?

Can you insert audio and video?

Can you evaluate slide layout and make improvements?

Can you use basic computer skills?

Can you change the case of text?

Can you align text?

Can you use bullet points and numbering?

Can you use the control key?

Can you insert and format text boxes?









Music lesson with Mrs Roberts will resume in the second half of the Summer Term. 

The children will be continuing to learn the recorder and will listen to, appraise and learn songs from World War 2. 

We will explore the following questions - 

Can you play the recorder by yourself and as part of a group?

Can you record sounds with increasing aural memory?

Can you improvise and compose music based on songs from World War 2?

Can you record simple musical notation?






We will be continuing to follow 'Jigsaw' for our PSHE curriculum and will focus on the following areas - 

Healthy Me


Parents / Community


Parent Workshop –  Make, Do, Mend Date TBC




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