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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:

3M (Mr Mutallib) 3N (Ms Norman) 3Mu (Ms Muldoon)
Monday + Wednesday  Monday and Thursday Monday + Wednesday 

Autumn 2 Curriculum  

This term your child will be learning the following:


During this term your child will be focusing on using a wide range of reading strategies to support them in their reading and comprehension. We will be focussing on our core text,  Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. 

Your child will be learning the following strategies in their reading lessons: 

  • Retrieval
  • Clarifying 
  • Summarising 

We will also be focusing on using fluency, expression and decoding strategies when reading. 

Reading @home

We are also working on our reading habits, and encourage 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. Children will also have access to their Reading Eggs accounts, where they can access online books and practise comprehension questions.


During the Autumn term your child will be revisiting key writing features taught in Year 2, for example: 

  • identifying and using nouns, adjectives, verbs in our writing
  • capital letters and full stops (when do we use them?)

This term, we will be teaching children how to identify and apply:

  • fronted adverbials 
  • time words
  • conjunctions 
  • adverbs

We will be learning how to write creative stories, including those with a problem and/or a dilemma, book reviews and recounts (from an exciting experience in science!) Children will also be practising to present their work to others orally with confidence and a sense of pride. 


We will continue to teach and encourage children to write using horizontal and diagonal strokes to joining letters together every time we write. 


Children will be taught the following spelling families:

  • homophones, suffixes including  -ies, -ge and -dge, tion and the prefixes including dis, in. im, ir and re.


This term we will be learning about multiplication and division. Children will be expected to show their understanding of multiplying and dividing in their 3s, 4s and 8s. We will then move onto further multiplication and division of problems involving two 2 digit numbers and problems that require regrouping. Children will also solve word problems that stretch their understanding of how numbers and strategies cooperate ie making links to their 4 times table to solve 8 times table problems.

Throughout the term and year, we will also be working on a range of basic fluency skills, where children will be practicing 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 3,4,8 times table and connecting through doubling


We use https://play.ttrockstars.com/ to help with times tables practice. Your child will have a login for this from Year 2, so please make sure they are using this resource regularly at home. 

Jigsaw PSHE

This term in Jigsaw, children in Year 3 will be learning about Celebrating Differences. Children will be developing socially and emotionally through group and paired discussions, prompts and reflection activities. This unit of learning will cover areas such as:

  • learning to accept that everybody is different
  • Resolving conflict, including conflicts at home with family members
  • Knowing how to support somebody who is being bullied
  • Solving problems and finding solutions in a bullying situation 
  • Using kind words and recognising unkind words can harm and affect other people’s feelings


We have a super exciting topic to explore this half term! Year 3 will be learning all about Forces and Magnets! They will be thinking scientifically to understand what a force is and how forces and magnets are present in their everyday life. They will plan and carry out investigations, observe and record data, and interpret their findings to understand how forces and magnets work. There is also a Terrific Magnet workshop to help provide a rich exploration opportunity! In this unit children will be learning to: 

  • 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

Indoor PE

This term in PE, Year 3 will be engaging in some exploratory dance! Children will be exploring different weather characteristics, such as wind, rain and thunder and discover creative ways to express these through exciting movements and actions. Children will be working in small groups, learning to incorporate rhythm, movement and co-ordination. Once children have finished sequencing their dances, they will have a go at performing this to the rest of their year group during a sharing assembly!


Towards the end of the Autumn term, children will be learning about Christianity and exploring The Christmas Story. Children will be learning about why Christmas is special to Christians and also exploring other festivals and celebrations enjoyed across the world in different countries. 


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.