Year 3


Stand Firm in Your Faith…What do you Stand for?


I hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to life in Year 3 and Key Stage Two! Our school theme is inspired by a quote from ‘Corinthians 16:13 This year we are going to continue our BRW Spirit Strong theme and Stand Firm in our Faith, questioning what we stand for. Our learning journey together will be an exciting, risk-taking, challenging but most of all, a fun one. We will learn from our mistakes together!

At the heart of our journey in our faith this term will be the  ‘Come and See’ topics and their Big Questions ….Homes ‘What makes a house a home?’    Promises ‘Why make promises?’ and Visitors ‘Are visitors always welcome?’ Our ’Other Faith’ this term will be Judaism.

We start this Autumn term with out class topic ‘Stand Firm in your Faith: What do I stand for?’ We will use a range of high quality texts, information books, film and music to inspire and motivate us!                                                                          

During our weekly Whole Class Reading  sessions this term, we will be expanding our vocabulary and comprehension skills, using Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’ and Antony Browne’s picture book version of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ’Through the Tunnel’   

We will be examining and analysing various texts in English, and  using imaginative models of writing to inspire us to create our own. To help enhance our Speaking and Listening skills we will participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role-play, improvisations and the occasional heated debate.

In Year 3, we will discover all about The Stone Age and through History and  Geography, deepen our understanding of timelines and changes in Britain, from hunter-gatherers to early farmers. 

This term we will focus on ‘Place Value’ and really mastering our knowledge of numbers. We will  reinforce and extend our Maths  through data collection, measuring and investigations! We are going to revise number bonds and multiplication facts in order to improve fluency!

Year 3 must know their 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x by the end of the year. The children will be given their passwords for the websites Times Tables Rock Stars and Mathletics to support them in this area.

In Science we will be studying ‘Rocks and Fossils’ and ‘Nutrition and Skeletons’ so plenty of  investigative work to be undertaken. Music will be improving our performance skills and discovering how the Stone Age people made music! In Computing we will learn how to stay safe online and use programming skills to create work related to our topic. In P.E. will be Invasion Games and Gymnastics on Wednesdays.

We are very lucky to have Mrs McGurk join us this term on Fridays when she will teach our Geography topic ‘Changes in the U.K’ and also Art, in which we will explore the work of the graffiti artist, Banksy. Next half-term, the children will learn about the diet of the Stone Age people and create our own healthy cave cooking recipe.


12th September 3:30pm STEMkids begins

20th September Stone and Bones Visit Wollaton Hall

Wed 21st September, 2pm: Welcome Mass

28th September: Parents’ Consultations 3:30pm

29th September: Parents’ Consultations  1:30pm

12th October: Whole School Harvest Mass

INSET Day 14th October

Half term 17th -30th October

11th November, 11.00 am: Remembrance Liturgy

14th November Anti-bullying Week and Odd Socks Friday

7th December Y3 Christmas Celebration 2:30pm

12th December: Service of Reconciliation Liturgy

14th December, 2.30pm: Advent Mass

15th December: Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day followed by Carols around the Christmas Tree 2pm

Last Day of Term 21st December

Spring Term Wednesday 4th January 2023

How You Can Help Your Child

There will be reading, spellings and Maths homework every week.  Please try to practice multiplication facts and number bonds daily. There could be follow-up research in other areas if appropriate.

Please check the weekly homework diary and encourage your child to complete the tasks set on time. Encourage your child to read regularly and discuss what they’ve read to check their understanding.

Please make sure your child has their  P.E. kit (black shorts, white T-shirt and trainers or plimsolls) in school on Mondays and PE kit should stay in school all week  and can be taken home for washing on Friday.

Your child also needs a painting apron/old shirt in school to protect their uniform during art lessons. This should remain on their peg in their bag all week

Please check the Year 3 Web page for updates and recommended  websites. Support your child in blogging and posting comments, please ensure they only use their first name and their own school email address. Blog address:

If you have any spare time and feel you could offer some specialist skills to enhance our learning this term, maybe you have some woodwork skills, are an expert baker or would be able to chat to the children about your job. I’d love to hear from you!   If you have any queries please feel free to ask.

Thank you for your support, such exciting times ahead!

Mrs Byrne