Helen Williams Lisa Howard Stephanie Bygrave
Mrs Helen Williams Miss Lisa Howard Miss Steph Bygrave

This term our topic is called Roots and Branches. We will be finding out about ourselves as Langstone Learners and our local area.

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Year 3 Topic Homework Autumn 1

Please stay tuned for further updates on the new homework task for this half term!



This half term we will be exploring place value. We will use practical resources to develop our conceptual understanding of written methods and deepen our understanding in a variety of ways. Developing our ability to explain our thinking both orally and in writing will be a focus over this term and over the course of the year.

Throughout Year 3, we will be developing our arithmetic skills by carrying out daily activities which will aid with our fluency.  This includes rapid recall of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts as well as fluent recall of place value, fractions and other key number skills. Children will have the opportunity to bring home further activities to practise these skills at home should they wish.

We will be consolidating our 2, 5 and 10 times tables facts- applying these in a variety of ways to challenge ourselves and improve our skills. All children have access to Times Tables Rockstars (https://ttrockstars.com/login) to support the development of these skills. We will then begin to explore our 3, 4 and 8 time tables.

To support your child further with this, please consolidate reciting these facts, finding related division facts and rapid recall in a variety of ways. These website links that may be of use:







This half term, we will be exploring the book “The Day The Crayons Came Home”. We will be learning how to use descriptive language in a variety of ways and writing letters in the style of the book. We will begin to learn a range of techniques for reading which will include skimming and scanning, making predictions and writing summaries.

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All children have started the year using a mechanical pencil to support the development and consolidation of neat, cursive handwriting. They are beginning to become more confident when using these to write, working hard to  overcome the challenge of inserting their own leads independently!

Once they can consistently demonstrate this skill, a special visit is arranged to see Mrs Bush who may award them their own special pen! We will continue to teach handwriting and look forward to seeing how many children gain their pen licence this half term.

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Over the year we will be using our investigation skills to explore different spelling rules including the use of prefixes and suffixes. We will also be developing strategies for learning the Year  Three National  Curriculum exception words which you can find below. These will then be assessed in class at the end of each half term.

Year 3 words

Our spellings for this half term are:

actual, arrive, learn, group, heard, circle, often and build.

Below are some of the ways that we will be learning these words if you would like to try them at home.


look cover write check     Looking for small words in side words     Speed writing     pyramid writing



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This half term, we will be learning about plants.  We have already planted some seeds to observe how they grow and change over time. In this half term, we will be looking at what plants need to survive and be healthy, how they adapt to their surroundings and their life cycle. Each Science topic we cover allows children to work scientifically using their scientific skills such as questioning, predicting, observing and recording their findings.

Foundation Subjects


In PSHE, we will be introducing the skills of a Langstone Learner. These include using different hand signals to show different types of thinking, sharing and celebrating golden moments, and reflecting on marvellous mistakes in Pink, Stop, Think moments.


Within R.E, we will be looking at the concept of messages, exploring these within stories and a religious context. We will use our thinking skills (Philosophy for Children) to challenge and question ideas.

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In PE this term, we will be looking at different static balance and coordination skills as part of the teacher lead PE lessons on Thursdays. The children will be participating in a mixture of outdoor and indoor P.E. with sports coaches on a Monday.  The activity this half term will be Netball. Year 3 usually have PE on a Monday and Thursday unless weather or special events mean a change of timings. Therefore, it is best if your child leaves their PE kit in school during the week.

Please remind your child that they should have a complete change of clothes when participating in a PE lesson. This includes dark shorts/tracksuit bottoms (for outdoor PE if the weather is cold), a white t-shirt, socks and appropriate footwear. (Trainers or plimsolls – not school shoes)

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In Music, we will be creating a composition based on the sounds and activities in our local area and how to make different sounds to accompany a poem. We will be working as part of a small group to create a composition before performing as part of a whole class musical ensemble.

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In French, we will be exploring the country of France and learning about other French speaking countries around the world. We will also introduce basic classroom commands and other simple French phrases.

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In Computing, we will be exploring the technology that we have available to use in the Junior school, how to log on and use this equipment correctly and remain safe on-line. E-safety remains a priority at Langstone Junior School and we will create a ‘recipe’ to ensure that we keep passwords, log on details and ourselves safe in this virtual world.

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Important Dates

Local area visits- 18/19/20 September 2018

Fieldwork trip- 2/3/4 October 2018

Year 3 movie night- 10th October 2018

Inset day- 29th October 2018

World War 1 day- 9th November 2018

3LH Class Assembly- 13th June 2019

3SB Class Assembly- 20th June 2019

3HW Class Assembly 27th June 2019



All children in Year 3 have now been given a Home Learning Book. These should be in school every day for the teacher to check and also record their daily reading which happens each afternoon.

Our homework has 3 elements:

1 – Daily reading

Regular reading of a variety of genres is an integral part of the curriculum and develops a range of skills that children can utilise on a daily basis. Your child has been given a Home Learning Book in which they need to write in the reading that they do at home. We expect children to read regularly and aim for at least 5 times a week. They should record the book title and the pages that they read. We encourage them to reflect on their reading and record this in the comment box. For example, what was the best bit? What happened next? What interesting fact did they find out?

2 – Daily times tables practise

This could be chanting, rapid recall or quick fire questions with a family member, use of Times Tables Rockstar, playing different times tables games or completing different worksheets available on-line and from your child’s class teacher. The squares should be coloured in to show the different times tables facts that have been practised. By the end of Year 3, Government expectations are that children will have rapid and fluent recall of at least the 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x and 8x tables.

3- Project Homework 

There will be details of a suggested project homework task sent home each half term. Children are encouraged to further their own learning at home by researching an area of the current topic that has particularly interested them. Children can choose to present this information in any way that they choose – we have had some brilliant models, presentations and other creative ideas in the past and look forward to seeing what projects appear from Year 3 in 2017-2018!

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We will be visiting Treetops Library on a weekly basis during this half term, teaching the children various library skills and developing their love of reading both for pleasure and research.. They can borrow a fiction and a non-fiction book which they can read both in school and at home. Children are responsible for their chosen books at all times and must return or renew them regularly. Children can also visit the library during most breaktimes and lunchtimes.

Don’t forget that you can visit the library with your child on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the following times:

8.30am to 8.50am

3.30pm to 4.00pm.


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