Year 3 Curriculum Booklet Autumn Term 2016

September 12th, 2016

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Published in Letters to Parents, Parents, Year 3


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Welcome to Iver Heath Junior School. We hope you enjoy your time with us and are ready for an exciting and challenging Autumn term! The two classes are Y3ST with Mrs Tanner and Y3JT with Mrs Thomas. Mrs Sayyed and Mrs Monger will be the Year 3 LSAs.

At Iver Heath Junior School we are passionate about children’s learning and their wellbeing. We operate an open door policy at Iver Heath Junior School and if you have anything you would like to speak to your child’s teacher about after school is the best time of day.  If there are pressing situations that might affect your child that day, please write a brief note or ask the office staff to pass on a message.


When children come into Key Stage 2 (Year3-6), class teachers expect that children will be regularly learning at home: –

  • Multiplication tables- starting with 2, 10 and 5 and moving on to 3, 4 and 8.
  • Spellings/phonics practising throughout the week. (Spelling test on Monday and new spellings given out)
  • Reading 10min each night to an adult or older sibling.(Please sign and indicate any strengths or difficulties)

Please continue to discuss with your child the book they are reading, this helps them to develop good analytical and comprehension skills.


At Iver Heath Junior School we encourage home learning and ask that each child completes a half term project. This project is often linked to the history topic being taught that term. The project will be due back on the first day after the half term holiday.  More details of this term’s exciting project to follow.


In Y3 children are given one piece of Maths and English homework per week, plus spellings to learn.

The homework is provided online and children will have chance to do this in school, during their lunch time, if there is a problem with computer access at home. There may also be the occasional times when other work is sent home for your child to complete. Every child has been given a home/school diary which will be used to record their expected tasks to be completed for that week. Please use it as a communication tool between home and school. It must be completed, signed and dated for the Monday morning of every week to receive a smiley face stamp; otherwise they will receive a sad face.

Water Bottles

We encourage every child to bring a clear, plastic water bottle to school with their name clearly labelled on it.  Research shows that good hydration helps children to concentrate in lessons.

Please ensure that only pure water is sent to school.  Squash, fruit juice or soft drinks are not acceptable during class time.

Children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack (fruit or vegetable) to eat at break time and there is a tuck shop at the beginning of the school day and break times where healthy snacks can be bought. Research has shown that children with a good nutrition have better concentration and are healthier overall.


Learning begins promptly at 8:45 so it is vital that your child arrives punctually. If your child is late it could have a detrimental impact on their learning. We have a whole school target of 97% attendance for the year and would appreciate you helping us by making every effort to ensure your child is in school every day.



In Year 3 it is important that children become independent learners. They need to become responsible for their own belongings. They need to have all necessary stationery equipment with them at all times. You are able to buy stationery packs from the school office containing everything listed below. All stationery must be clearly labelled with your child’s name.

This includes:

  • HB Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Large glue stick
  • Coloured pencils
  • Sharpeners
  • Ruler
  • Whiteboard Pen


Music Tuition

If your child is interested in learning a musical instrument please contact the office for further details.



Please ensure that all medication is clearly labelled and left in the office to be placed in the class medical box or medical room and kept in date.


Other information

Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school all week and that it is fully labelled. We a very much looking forward to working in partnership with you to enable your child to reach their full potential by the end of year 3.


 Yours Sincerely


J Thomas & S Tanner


The Year 3 team


  Year 3   Term 1

Subject Your children will learn…
Science Animals- Learning about food groups and how to combine foods to create a balanced diet; basic digestion and skeletons and muscles in the human body.

Forces– Learning how magnets and springs work and how they are used in everyday life. Learning about forces, attraction and repulsion.

DT Photo Frames – to design a free standing photo frame. Develop skills in measuring, cutting and fixing wood to create a stable free standing photo frame.
Computing Roald Dahl – Investigating how computer networks function and creating simple programme.

Robots – Use logical reasoning to solve problems, flow charts and detecting errors in programmes.

Geography Our World from International Space Station – Investigating the UK and its cities and regions
History Our local area – Using maps and atlases to locate local places of interest and focusing on Windsor, map journeys, investigating Windsor and its history.
Art Local buildings – Creating clay relief slab buildings.
Music Three Little Birds – Learn to appraise songs and sing new songs.

Exploring repeating patterns in music– to look at ostinato patterns as accompaniments.  To practise songs for the Christmas Production.

RE Symbols – Finding out about the importance of symbols to people of different faiths.

Festivals – Learning why important events are celebrated and to find out how people do this.

PE Gymnastics – To travel, jump and hold balance positions. Combining these core skills to create a fluent and imaginative sequence.

Games – Taught by outside coaches (more information to follow).

PSHCE New beginnings– developing skills to make a new start. To recognise how to maximise their potential in their new school.

Bullying/Getting on and falling out – to develop strategies to deal with prejudice including how to support each other; to look at different communities.

French This year, French will be taught by Mrs Zubler. The children will learn French greetings and studying the topic “All About Me!”.





 Year 3 Term 1


Each half term a story will be used to support learning a variety of topics. The topics may not necessarily be taught in this order.

Story Topic Over the term we will cover


1st half term

Sleeping Beauty

Traditional tales Children will write a traditional tale based on Sleeping Beauty, from a key characters perspective.
Recounts Children will write a news report based on the story of Sleeping Beauty.



Poetry Children will read, write and perform free verse

2nd half term

Honey and Trouble

Instructions Children will write and evaluate a range of instructions based around Honey and Trouble.
Plays and dialogue Children examine dialogue in stories, before using a playscript to learn about the layout, preparation and performance of plays. They will then write and perform their own plays, including stage directions, based on Honey and Trouble.
Limericks Children will learn and recite familiar Limericks.



                                            Singapore Maths


As a school we have undertaken an exciting and revolutionary approach to teaching maths from this year onwards. We have adopted a Singapore Maths style approach to delivering the curriculum. A great deal of research has been carried out related to maths teaching around the world. Much of it has found that Singapore schools consistently produce world-class levels of achievement in mathematics.

As a school we have invested significantly in the ‘Maths No Problem’ system. This company is a British company who have developed a Singapore style teaching system for British schools. The programme is designed to deliver the curriculum in a systematically and engaging way which can be accessed by all children.

The concept of teaching mathematics to mastery is to ensure that topics are well developed. Pupils will spend enough time to fully explore a concept before moving on to a different topic.

As idea is well formed they reinforced by ample practice. New knowledge is then used on subsequent lessons so that all ideas build on top of each other and pupils have ample opportunity to develop relationships between the topics. Ideas are revisited in a spiral as pupil’s progress through the years, each time at a higher level.

Children will be taught in mixed ability classes and will each have a textbook, work book and maths journal. Throughout their learning they will use a:

Practical > Pictorial > Abstract

Approach to exploring and solving problems. This allows the children to progress at their own pace through the challenge that face them.

For more information about this new approach to maths please visit our website where you will find a set of videos created by one of the maths consultants for Maths No Problem designed specifically for parents.


This term Year 3 will be covering:

  • Numbers to 1000
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Further multiplication and division of 2, 5 and 10
  • Length

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