Year 3



 Here are some clues to our exciting topic this term

Welcome Back, Year 3!                

Happy New Year and Welcome back!

I hope you all had a wonderful and peaceful Christmas and all ready and eager to get back to learning! We are travelling back through time in an exciting new adventure in a topic called … ‘Heroes and Villains…How Can We Be More Heroic?’

At the heart of our learning this term will be the Sacrament of the Eucharist. 

Our journey in faith will be developed with the themes of Journeys, Listening and Sharing. The children will learn about the journey and sacrifice that Jesus made as they deepen their knowledge of the Eucharist and the events of Holy Week during the theme of  Giving All.

During this time, we will also be discovering more about the Jewish faith.


Come and See

Topics this term:


Listening & Sharing

Giving All


Our topic this term continues with our Dig, Discover, Make and Master theme as we discover all about the Invasion of The Vikings! Through History and Geography we will deepen our understanding of timelines and changes in Britain! We will investigate why the Vikings have such a bad reputation and if recent excavations might lead us to change our opinions…

We plan to follow in the Viking tradition of story telling through becoming skalds (story tellers), writing mini-sagas and learning about Myths and Legends through some exciting and wonderful books, texts and films!

We will reinforce and extend our Maths work through measurement, data, problem solving, fractions, calculations, lines and angles. We are going to continue our revision of number bonds and multiplication facts in order to improve fluency! The children must know their 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x multiplication facts by the end of Year 3.

In Science we will study Plants and what conditions are required for a healthy plant. As the Vikings relied heavily upon plants as part of their diet, we will link this with our work in DT, in which we will research, investigate, design and make our own bread!

In Computing we will use programming skills to create work related to our topic.

In French this term, Y3 will have the opportunity to learn some basic French words and phrases in the topics ‘Getting to know you’ and ‘Numbers’. In Art, we will be using The Saga of Erik the Viking for some inspiring illustrations by Michael Forman, the children will further explore the use of colour and watercolour.

In P.E. the children will take part in swimming sessions on Monday afternoons, Sports Hall skills on a Thursday and Dance lessons on a Friday.

How you can help

Reading, spellings and Maths homework will be given every week. Please ensure that your child learns their multiplication facts and number bonds daily. There could also be follow-up research homework in other areas if appropriate.

Please check the weekly homework sheet that goes out on a Thursday and encourage your child to complete the tasks set. Encourage your child to read regularly and explain what they understand from the text.

Please make sure your child has their swimming kit and P.E. kit (black shorts, white T-shirt and trainers or plimsolls) in school on Mondays and PE kit should stay in school all week. We are attending Clifton Leisure Centre every Monday for swimming lessons, so a towel, cap and appropriate swimwear is required (no bikinis or baggy shorts with pockets please) Please write a note if your child needs to wear googles if they are unable to swim independently.

Please remove earrings on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays!

Your child also needs a painting apron/old shirt in school to protect their uniform during art lessons. This should also remain on their in their bag all week.

Please check the Year 3 Web page for updates and recommended websites. Support your child in blogging and posting comments, please ensure they only use their first name and their own school email address. Blog address:

If you have any spare time and feel you could offer some specialist skills to enhance our learning this term, maybe you have some woodwork skills, are an expert baker or would be able to chat to the children about your job. I’d love to hear from you!

Another exciting term to look forward to! If you have any queries please feel free to ask. Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Byrne

Dates for your diary:

11th January: Whole School Mass

18th January Y3 Class Mass

19th January: KS2 Talent Auditions

2nd February NSPCC Number Day

8th February KS2 Talent Show

14th February: Ash Wednesday 9.30am Mass

16th February: INSET Day

19th –23rd February Half-Term

1st March World Book Day

Parents Consultations

13th March: 4pm – 7pm

14th March: 1.30 – 3.30pm

23rd March Red Nose Day

MATHS Homework Mathletics

All children will have individual maths homework allocated to them on this website. They’ve been given their password & it should be stuck in their HW diary.   Please let me know if access is a problem. You also have access to the free ebooks on this site – it also works on iPads too! Children will have the login and password stuck in their Homework diaries. It is really important that children read daily and demonstrate a good comprehension of the texts.



Details to follow

USEFUL WEBSITES (Copy and paste links)

HISTORY Early Britain

MATHS   Multiplication game or just google ‘Moonmaths’   Place value game InverseMachine Beat the computer in a place value game! Stop the clock game! Set the Clock. Time travelling Fling The Teacher! Weigh and measure the parcel Measure ingredients Weighing parcels

RE  Find out about Islam


ART (scroll down to see interactive games)

ENGLISH (and other games for grammar skills)



A lovely strange game that requires some ‘out of the box’ and creative thinking to move things along. Also tests areas of English, Maths and Science.




  1. Today I did some FANTASTIC work on maths addition, column and numbers. You need to pick two numbers. Put 3 brackets facing downwards and on your numbers put + your number that is facing down next to the bracket and there should be 2 single numbers on the big numbers that you are going to add together. Add the single numbers together and write your answer down before the bracket. Then move onto the next number down which will be a multiple of 10, you will need to add 2 multiples of 10 which will be different then add them together and write your answer down before the bracket. Now, move on to your next number, you will need to pick 2 numbers which is a multiple of 100,add them together and write down the answer before the bracket. Add all of your equal numbers and them all together then that will give you your final answer of =. There you go, this was what we did in our session of maths today 🙂

  2. I did the sports hall challenge with Stanley , Analeah , Matthew we ran as fast as we could . I do not know if we are in the final !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I really enjoyed doing the sports hall challenge yesterday, some of the obstacles were really hard especially the speed jump challenge, but we all tried our best and I hope we are in the finals!😀😀😀

  4. On Saturday, I had a football match with my team, we drew 1-1 and I got a trophy for man of the match. I enjoyed playing football with my friends because it is fun and it keeps me fit. I enjoy going swimming with school on Monday’s because I love taking part in all sports. I hope all of my class friends had a fun weekend.

  5. The spy mision was so exiting. I was with Mrs Smith in team 7 when we got into the mission I was siting in the drivrs seat and Kian was the co-pilot . I had to stear the stearing wheal and Kian had to turn all the swiches on. Every one in our team had a agent name. I was there befor on Matthew birthday

  6. I think year 3s could be the next 007s (James Bond) you were all excellent at solving the clues, good team work and a most enjoyable and rewarding adventure!

  7. I have some very exciting news for the class and the school. My horrible history story about the Egyptians is going to be in a book. I got a certificate and a letter. I’m so excited

    • Another talented writer! Congratulations Matthew. You must bring it in to share, I can’t wait to see it in print!

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