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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) 3N (Ms Norman) 3M (Ms Muldoon)
Monday + Wednesday  Monday + Wednesday Monday + Friday 

Autumn Curriculum



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 focusing on the children’s Summer reading text ‘Wigglesbottom Primary- Breaktime Bunnies’. 

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. 

Later in this term we will be continuing to use the strategies above whilst reading Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.    


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. 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

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. 


Children will be taught the following spelling families taken from the National Curriculum:

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

Spelling words for this term:

berry, bury, brake, break meet, meat, ball, bawl, fair, fare, 

eight, eighth, eighty, weight, neighbour, vein, veil, beige, sleigh, freight

hey, they, obey, grey, prey, whey, survey, convey, disobey, purvey

straight, campaign, contain, brain, faint, waist, claim, praise, complaint, afraid

earth, early, learn, heard, earn, pearl, search, unearth, earl, rehearse

here, hear, heel, heal, main, mane, mail, male, knot, not


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


This term we will be learning about place value and numbers to 1000. Children will be expected to show their understanding of numbers using a range of concrete resources such as dienes, number discs and cubes. 

We will then move onto: 

  • Addition and subtraction 
  • Multiplication and division 
  • Further multiplication and division

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 10s
  • Partitioning numbers to 1000 to support addition and subtraction 
  • Mentally adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers by look at hundreds 10 and ones
  • Mental addition and subtraction with 2 digits where the answer exceeds 100
  • Recalling 3,4,8 times table and connecting through doubling

Later this term 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, for example, making links to their 4 times table to solve 8 times table problems.

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

This term in Jigsaw, children in Year 3 will be looking at the topics 'Being me in my world' and  'Celebrating Differences'. Children will be developing socially and emotionally through group and paired discussions, prompts and reflection activities. Below is an outline of the content that will be covered.




This term in science, your child will continue to work scientifically and begin to explore lights and rocks. During these units, your child will secure their knowledge of:

  • Identifying different types of light and describing how our eyes perceive them 
  • Experimenting with transparent, opaque and translucent material 
  • Classifying and sorting rocks and minerals 
  • Learning how how the Earth works 
  • Exploring how volcanoes work


This term in PE, children will be learning to improve their skills in gymnastics and dance. Some key skills children will develop in their gymnastic lessons includes: 

  • Travelling forwards, backwards and sideways on the floor and at different levels using apparatus.
  • Balancing and stretching in different ways (e.g. tucking, doing the splits, straddle, pike and bridge.
  • Combing a range of actions and movements to create a sequence, either on their own, in a group or with a learning partner

Through dance lessons, Year 3 will be connecting with nature by dancing to the weather! They will explore weather characteristics of Wind, Rain and Thunder and then express them through their body as they dance. Children will be working in groups and work towards creating a dance routine while having to think about sequencing actions, working synchronously and engaging with a rhythm.


This term in Geography we will be comparing the UK to the rest of Europe. We will do this through the lens of an ‘explorer’ and develop our geographical key skills and knowledge. 

We will be working on: 

  • To name and locate counties, cities and landmarks within the UK, and understand their importance.
  • To understand geographical similarities and differences of countries through the study of physical and human geography.
  • To use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the physical and human features in the local area using a range of methods e.g. sketch maps, plans, graphs and digital technologies.


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.