Neston Road, Willaston, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 2TN  ​•  T: 0151 338 2421  ​•  F: 0151 327 8244
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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 3

Welcome back

I hope that you all enjoyed your summer holidays and are feeling refreshed and excited about the term ahead! 

Our topic this term is ‘Ancient Egypt’. Using our geography skills, we will use maps and atlases to explore the continents of the world before locating Egypt on a map of Africa. We also examine the importance of key physical features, such as the River Nile, to Ancient Egyptian life. Taking a step back in time, we will take part in interactive explorations of the Pyramids of Giza, replicate the mummification process and create our own papyrus suitable for a Pharaoh. 

We will continue our topic theme in order to explore a range of writing genres that develop our literacy skills. We will begin with the book ‘Flat Stanley: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery’ where we will practise our letter writing, produce adventure stories and create our own comic strips! We will use our non-fictional genre to write diary accounts and newspaper reports. We will also get a chance to showcase our drama skills! Finally, we will use our poetry genre to explore rhyming couplets and create our own Egyptian senses poetry. Our SPaG input will include introducing a range of suffixes and prefixes, commas for fronted adverbials and inverted commas in direct speech.

In maths, we will begin with place value of 3-digit numbers developing a range of strategies to support reading, writing and estimating numbers up to 1000. We will then progress through to addition and subtraction, which will include introducing the column method. After half term, we will be focusing on multiplication and division facts for our 3, 4 and 8 times table!
As a class, we will continue to develop our problem solving and reasoning skills through designated problem solving lessons and regular use of our black belt challenges.

In science, we will be using our investigative skills to examine a range of forces, including magnetism. We will conduct a number of fun and exciting experiments and will use our new-found skills to create our own magnetic compasses!


Homework & Reading Books

Homework will be sent out on a Friday. Please return the completed homework no later than the following Tuesday. Spelling lists will be sent home in addition to homework on a weekly basis. Reading records will be needed in school with your child at all times for the recording of independent or guided reads. This term, we have placed a reading basket in class for children to put their completed books in. This will allow us to ensure that your child has an opportunity to regularly change their reading books. 

P.E and Forest School
Our PE slot is every Thursday afternoon and Forest School will take place every other Friday morning. It is important that your child has a fully labeled PE kit in school and wears appropriate water-proof clothing for Forest School.

Please read our Year 3 Autumn Term Newsletter for more curriculum and classroom information.

Drop-in sessions will continue to take place on a Monday from 3.15pm-3.45pm. If this time is not convenient, please arrange an alternative time to speak to myself on the phone, or I may be able to offer a meeting at a later time, by prior arrangement.

Thank you,

Miss Atkinson 


Autumn Newsletter .pdf (PDF 248.3KB)
Beat the clock.pdf (PDF 249.3KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 3 and 4, including word lists.pdf (PDF 69.2KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 3.pdf (PDF 63.9KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 3.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)