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

This term we will be learning about…

Our local area in a topic called

Street Detective

This topic will focus on the Geography and History of our local area.

As historians and geographers, we will be looking at a variety of sources including both primary and secondary. We will use these to explore the local area and investigate the changes that have occurred over the last 100 years.

As part of our learning, we will be reading the The Tunnel by Anthony Browne which will lead to a visit of the Hilsea Lines and Foxes Forest to explore the local history and geography of Portsmouth, as well as support our creative writing.

This local visit will take place on Friday 12th January 2018

No contributions are required however permissions slips need to be in school by Wednesday 10th January 2018 please.



Year 3 Fundraising Cinema Night

Monday 15th January 2018

As mentioned on the school website, we are inviting your child to a movie evening on Monday 15th January 2018. The purpose of this event is to raise the money for canvases that the year 3 children can use for the final art piece. Therefore, we are asking children to pay £1 for their cinema ticket that will allow them entry into the ‘cinema’.


The year group will hold a democratic vote in order to determine the movie they will be watching. The evening will begin at 3.30pm and finish at approximately 5.30pm. The children will need to be collected at 5.30pm from the school hall – they will not be allowed to walk home unaccompanied. The children will NOT be required to wear uniform and therefore can bring a change of clothes into school.


We will be selling the following items on the evening. The prices will be as follows:


  • Hot dog = 50p
  • Popcorn = 30p
  • Squash = 20p


If your child is able to attend, please complete the slip below and return to your child’s teacher, along with the £1 cinema ticket fee, no later than Friday 12th January 2018 as we will need to know how many are attending in order to arrange food. Paper copies of this letter are available in the office if required.


Year 3 Topic Homework Spring 1


In English, we will be reading the Secret Garden. Please use your imagination to plan and create your own secret garden to share in class and use as part of your writing in English. You can present your homework in any way you want. For example, a painting, a sketch or a model.


Please bring your homework in to share on the 9th Feb 2018.

Here are some examples:


We will be continuing to explore multiplication and division.  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 continue to be a focus over this term.

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 consolidate 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 ( to support the development of these skills. Once confident, we will move onto exploring our 3 and 4 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:

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Year 3 children will also have an account with Lumio ( which can be accessed from home.  Once all Year 3 new intake details have been uploaded, we will send home log-in details to each parent. Watch this space for updates!

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This half term, we will be introducing ISPACE which focuses on improving the start of our sentences. We will then be looking to introduce the use of complex sentences, building on our Autumn Term work on simple and compound sentences.

We will be using both the Secret Garden and the Tunnel to inspire our writing throughout this half term with the aim of writing two setting descriptions.


All children started the year using a mechanical pencil to support the development and consolidation of neat, cursive handwriting. They are now more confident when using these to write, overcoming 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:

eight, caught, centre, century, heart, breath, busy, early

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


Forces and Magnets

This half term, we will be learning about forces and magnets.  We will be exploring pushes and pulls, friction and magnets through child lead exploration and investigations. 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 continue to develop the skills of a Langstone Learner. We will be exploring the skills needed to be reflective, resilient thinkers which help us to be independent learners.


Within R.E, we will be looking at the concept of good and evil, 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 completing an introduction to Football as part of the teacher lead PE lessons. On Thursday’s, the children will be participating in a mixture of outdoor and indoor P.E. with sports coaches.  The activities will either be Dance or Hockey. Year 3 usually have PE on a Tuesday 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 exploring beat 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 continue to explore basic greetings, colours and numbers with a focus on correct phonetic pronunciation.

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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

Friday 12th January Hilsea Lines Morning Trip

Monday 15th January – Movie Night – fundraising

Friday February 9th – Home work hand in & Last day of Autumn Term


Assembly Dates

All assemblies are held in the school hall. They begin at 9am.

A gentle reminder that photography and videos cannot be taken for safeguarding reasons.

3LH- 19th April 2018

3SB- 26th April 2018

3HW – 3rd May 2018



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 during the second week of this half term where all children will be issued with their own library bar-code. This allows them to 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.  We also visit the library  on a weekly basis as part of our English lessons, teaching the children various library skills and developing their love of reading both for pleasure and research. 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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