Spring term

Welcome to a new year and a new term!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to another busy term.  Here is some information about the work we will be doing in Year 3 this term.

In maths we continue to follow the Effective Maths program and this term we will learn the following:

  • Recognising fractions: fifths, sixths, sevenths, eighths, ninths and tenths
  • Counting in tenths
  • Finding halves and quarters
  • Finding fractions of quantities
  • Comparing and ordering fractions
  • Equivalent fractions
  • Multiplying by teen numbers
  • Multiplying multiples of ten by 1-digit numbers
  • Multiplying 2-digit numbers by 4 and by 8
  • Understanding angles as the amount of turn
  • Identifying angles
  • Number of angles, number of sides; drawing and reflecting shapes and counting sides and angles
  • Right angles and turns
  • Perpendicular and parallel lines
  • 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Number facts for 100 and related facts
  • Estimation
  • Column method for addition
  • Missing digits in column method for addition
  • Column method for subtraction

In English this term we will finish our work based on “Stig of the Dump”, by Clive King, before moving on to look at the texts “Hansel and Gretal" by Anthony Browne and “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis.   Through these texts we will be focusing on the following:

  • List poems
  • Making comparisons
  • Writing from a characters point of view
  • Emotive writing
  • Writing to describe (setting/scene)
  • Recounts
  • Creative writing
  • Diary Entry


Our science topic this term is ‘Introducing Rocks’ where we will be learning to:

  • Compare and group rocks on simple physical properties
  • How fossils are formed
  • Soils are made from rocks and organic matter

After half term our topic will be “Forces and Magnets”, where we will learn:

  • Forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
  • Attract or repel

Our other topics are:

  • Geography - ‘Beyond the Magic Kingdom: what is the Sunshine State really like?’
  • History – ‘Why did the Romans settle in Britain?’
  • Music – ‘Singing in rounds’ and ‘Untuned percussion’
  • French – ‘French playground games – numbers and ages’ and ‘In a French classroom’
  • RE – ‘Jesus’ miracles’ and ‘Easter - forgiveness’
  • Art – ‘Sculpture and 3D: Abstract shape and space’
  • DT – ‘Digital world: Wearable technology’
  • PSHE – ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’


Homework will be reading at least three times a week and extra activities will be given out on a Monday for that week and can be found on the school web-site ‘www.stbeesvillage.cumbria.sch.uk’.  It will cover work completed in the previous week or planned for that week.  Most homework activities will be set online, on EducationCity, TTRockstars, Spelling Shed or MyMaths, if you have any issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Alternatively, some weeks, your child will be set a practical activity or game using everyday items.

PE will be on a Wednesday afternoon with Mr Dawson, please can children come into school in their PE kit on that day, with long hair tied up.

If you have any questions at all, please contact me at school or e-mail me: kwinn@stbeesvillage.cumbria.sch.uk