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Autumn Term

Page updated 18th January 2023

Science Rocks!

In Science this week we were learning about the properties of rocks.

Happy New Year!

After all the excitement of Christmas, the children have come back and settled really well.

We are straight into all our new units of learning. This term we are back to History and are studying the Romans. We are currently in the process of arranging a visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace for later in the term; we will let you know as soon as the dates are confirmed.

Our Science learning this term is about rocks. Hopefully the children have come home sharing some of their new vocabulary with you; metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous.

Despite the cold and rain, we are still trying to get the children outside every Monday for PE. Can we ask that the children are wearing suitable footwear for PE on both a Monday and Thursday and that we are sticking to school uniform jumpers or fleeces on these days.

Our friendly year group reading competition is still going strong! Alligators are the champions at the moment and have won more of the weekly competitions. Can we ask that all children are reading their school book to an adult at least three times a week and that this is recorded in their Reading Log. A huge thank you to all the parents who are regularly hitting seven reads a week.

We had some very proud children this week who achieved their Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for attendance. We can’t stress enough how important it is that your child is in school and how much their learning can be affected by even an odd day out here and there.

We are looking forward to being able to catch up with you all on Parents’ Evening next week but please remember our door is always open if you need to speak to us.

Mehndi Visitor

We were very lucky on Friday to have a visitor, Amy from Creative Capers. She showed us and explained all about henna, how it is made and how it is used. She showed us lots of amazing designs and told us about the meanings behind the designs. She was very clever and gave us a demonstration of how she creates a design. We were then all lucky enough to have our own design on our hand.

Butser Ancient Farm

The children had an amazing day last week at Butser Ancient Farm. We started our visit by having a talk in a massive round house where the children loved sitting round a burning fire. In groups, they completed four different activities; chalk carving, an archaeological dig, wattle fence building and a house comparison. The children were so excited and were absolutely amazing throughout the whole day; enthusiastic, engaged and polite. The staff on the farm were so impressed with the children’s behaviour and engagement, describing them as one of the best schools they had ever had in. We were so proud of them!

Stone Age History

In History this week we have been exploring how and why Stonehenge was built. We studied the layout of the stones and the different types of stones used. Using different resources we build models of Stonehenge.


In Art this half term we are developing our drawing and painting skills. We have looked at Stone Age paintings in the Chauvet Cave and Lauscaux Cave and learnt about a street artist called Banksy. We would like to share with you some of our skills practice, when we drew a woolly mammoth.

Wow! We are so impressed with the way the children have managed the transition into the Juniors and settled into life in Year 3. The have quickly settled into our routines and expectations and are full of enthusiasm for their learning.

Hopefully, you’ve heard all about our Warren Park Circus day, held to introduce our writing unit on ‘Leon and the Place Between’. The children had great fun walking on bucket stilts, juggling, using ribbon batons and eating sweets.

It’s not all fun in Year 3 though, we have also been busy working on our new History unit looking at the Stone Age and our Science unit looking at the forces of pushing and pulling.
To support your child with all the hard work they are doing in school, we are hoping that you can support at home. We will be sending your child home this week with a copy of their spellings to learn and a book to practice in; these will be tested in school on a Monday and new ones given out for the following week.

Your child will also be bringing home a Times Table Record Book. In the Juniors, we ask that the children practice their multiplication tables several times a week. This can be done on paper, by playing games, using Times Table Rock Stars or any online educational games such as Topmarks. The children have been made aware of activity sheets n class that they can help themselves to for practicing at home.

We are asking that the children bring into school both their Home Reading and Times Table Record books every day and they will be checked and celebrated at the end of the week on a Friday.

Reminder: PE days are Monday and Thursday. Please send your child in wearing appropriate kit, shorts or tracksuit bottoms, white or blue school t-shirt and sensible foot wear.

Please ensure that your child has their school jumper or fleece with them especially as it gets colder.
Please come and see us if there is anything we can help with.

Thank you for your support.

Year 3 Team

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