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Blenhein Primary School

Welcome to Year 3

Below is information about what your child will be learning this term. Every Friday you'll also find homework for your child to practise over the course of the week.  

 PE Days

Your child will have 2 PE sessions a week. One with their class teacher and another with our PE specialist. Please check your child’s PE day and ensure they are dressed in appropriate PE uniform on these days (jogging bottoms/leggings/white t-shirt, jumper and trainers)

Each class will have their PE lessons on:

3G (Ms Goss) 3R (Ms Russell) 3M (Ms Muldoon)
Monday + Tuesday  Tuesday and Wednesday Tuesday and Wednesday

Autumn Curriculum


During the Spring term your child will be continuing to use a range of reading strategies that will support them in their reading mileage as well as their understanding of what they have read. They will be reading a range of non fiction texts related to the geography unit in addition to a few core texts for e.g Fantastic Mr Fox, Hodgeheg and Diary of a Killer Cat. 

Children will be practising and revisiting the following strategies in their reading lessons: 

  • Retrieval
  • Making Connections
  • Clarifying
  • Summarising
  • Inferring
  • Predicting 
  • Questioning


Reading @home

We will continue to work on our reading habits, encouraging all children to change their books regularly and bring their Rhomebooks in everyday. We encourage every child to read at home everyday for 10 minutes at least and record it in their R@home book. Children will also have access to their Reading Eggs accounts, where they can access online books and practise comprehension questions.


In writing we will be looking at a range of writing text types this term: 

  • letters
  • non-chronological report
  • recount 

Within these texts they will be continuing to focus on:

  • putting in their full stops correctly
  • using capital letters 
  • fronted adverbials
  • simple and compound sentences
  • using commas within a list

Your child will also have 2-3 days where they will have time to write freely without the constraints of handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation. This is to install a love for writing and encouraging them to be as creative as they would like to be.


We will continue to teach children both print and cursive writing depending on where each individual child is at with their handwriting. Handwriting lessons will be taught at least 2-3 times weekly.


In maths lessons, children will be learning about multiplication using the column method (including renaming) and the bus stop method for division. After this we will be learning about: 

Length:  Pupils will learn to measure different items using centimetres, metres and kilometres. They will be able to convert different units of measurement as well as compare different lengths. 

Mass: Children will look at different units to measure mass, specifically grams and kilograms. They will practise reading weighing scales that have different values for each marking. 

Volume: Students will learn to measure volume using millilitres and litres. They will also practise a variety of problem solving questions on volume and capacity. 

Money:  Pupils will consolidate previous learning on recognising notes and coins. They will practise simple additions and subtraction skills to add amounts of money. 

Time:  Children will start by telling the time using a.m and p.m, telling the time to the minute, using analogue and digital time and telling time by using  both the minute and hour hands. After this has been mastered, students will learn 24 hour time. Then they will measure and compare time in seconds, minutes and hours and find start and end times.


Throughout the term and year, we will also be working on a range of basic fluency skills, where children will be practising their number facts such as:

  • Counting on in 4s, 8s, 50s and 100s
  • Partitioning numbers to 1000 to support addition and subtraction 
  • Mentally adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers by looking at hundreds, tens and ones
  • Mental addition and subtraction with 2 digits where the answer exceeds 100
  • Recalling 3, 4 and 8 times table and connecting through doubling

We use https://play.ttrockstars.com/ to help with times tables practice. You can find your child's log in on the front cover of their homework book. 

Jigsaw PSHE

Our Jigsaw unit this term is: Dreams and Goals. By the end of the 6 lessons of this unit, children will learn how to:

  •  tell you about a person who has faced difficult challenges and achieved success
  • identify a dream/ambition that is important to me 
  • enjoy facing new learning challenges and working out the best ways for me to achieve them
  • can be motivated and enthusiastic about achieving our new challenge
  • recognise obstacles which might hinder my achievement and take steps to overcome them
  • evaluate my own learning process and identify how it can be better next time



This term in science, your child will be learning about Forces and Magnets. 

Students will learn the following: 

  • To compare how things move on different surfaces.
  • To notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance.
  • To observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others.

  • To compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials.

  • To describe magnets as having two poles.
  • To predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing. 


During Spring 2, children will learn a variety of skills so that they can enjoy playing a game of badminton with their peers! These skills include: 

  • holding a racquet correctly
  • developing hand eye coordination skills with a racquet and a shuttlecock
  • practise the forehand and backhand swing technique
  • to hit the shuttlecock over the net 
  • how to hit the shuttlecock with power and accuracy
  • to hit the shuttlecock into a big space (to try and win)



The topic of learning for this unit is called ‘The Surface of the Earth.’ During these four weeks your child will learn about:

  • the four layers of the earth and what they are made up of
  • tectonic plates and their impact
  • how earthquakes happen (richter scale) and their impact on human and animal life
  • how volcanoes happen and their impact on human and animal life


During the Spring 2 term, your children will have a week learning about Cooking and Nutrition. In this time, they will learn the following skills:  

  • To follow safe procedures for food safety and hygiene.
  • To follow a recipe to make a healthy meal (controlling timing and the temperature of the oven or hob if cooking).
  • To select appropriate equipment to measure ingredients to the nearest gram or millilitre accurately.
  • To be able to use different food preparation techniques e.g. cutting (bridge and claw, baton and  cubing), grating, spreading etc.  
  • To demonstrate an understanding of where food comes from and seasonality and how ingredients are reared and caught and location globally.

To begin selecting  different foods depending on their nutritional value.

Religious Education

Our unit topic this term is called 'How do Jews Celebrate?'

During this unit, children will learn about different celebrations that people of Jewish faith observe e.g Shabbat, Hanukkah and Sukkot. 

Children will be given an opportunity at the end to reflect on their own celebrations that they and their families take part in throughout the year.

Computer Science

Children will be consistently taught about online safety throughout the year. They will learn how to identify risks and what to do when they come across these risks. 

They will also learn the basics of programming using the platform Scratch 2. They will begin to learn to programme and sequence sounds.


Information about weekly homework can be found on your child's Google Classroom and in their red homework book. If you have any questions, please contact the school office on Info@sheringham.lihtrust.uk.