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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…


Divorced, Beheaded, Survived

This topic will focus on life in Tudor Times

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As historians, we will be looking at a variety of sources including both primary and secondary. We will use these to investigate what life was like in the past and follow our own lines of enquiry to answer a historical question. We will also be exploring chronology using artefacts and events from the past.


As part of our learning, we will focus on the life of Henry VIII, exploring why he was such a memorable king and what life was like in a Tudor Court. We will end our topic with our very own Tudor Banquet held in the school hall.

As geographers, we will be learning about the Tudor influence on the city of Portsmouth and the surrounding area which will include a visit the Weald and Downland Living Museum near Chichester. (

This trip takes place on Friday 17th November 2017.

Contributions and permissions slips need to be in school by Wednesday 15th November 2017 please.

Visit Weald and Downland

Our homework project for this half term will deepen our understanding and develop historical and geographical enquiry skills. We are looking at the impact of Henry VIII on Portsmouth and the surrounding area. You can present your findings in any way you like. The due date for this project homework is Monday 11th December 2017. Please do not bring it into school before this date due to limited storage space.

Here are some ideas :

  • Create your own Mary Rose model.
  • Visit Southsea Castle and write a report of your time there.
  • Timeline of different key events
  • A diary in role as Henry VIII as he visited Portsmouth
  • Visit the Tudor House in Southampton (or its website)
  • Explore the history behind the Hampshire Rose

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We will be using our knowledge of place value to help us explore addition, subtraction, 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 exploring and manipulating sentences, focusing on clauses and phrases. We will be using our writing toolkits to improve the quality of our sentences which includes using adjectives, adverbs, fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases.


We will be using a variety of texts and images to inspire our writing throughout this half term.


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


Rocks and Soils

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This half term, we will be learning about rocks and soils.  We will explore different types of rocks, their properties and how soil types differ. We will be investigating permeability of different soils and rocks, how igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are formed, and finding out more about the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning, her discoveries and how fossils are made which is a perfect opportunity to develop our working scientifically skills.

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 angels, 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 exploring elements of Tudor dance, in preperation for our Tudor Banquet, with our class teachers on a Tuesday afternoon. On Thursday’s, the children will be participating in outdoor P.E. with sports coaches.  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

Wednesday 15th November – Deadline for payments and permission slips for Year 3 Weald and Downland Living Museum Trip

Friday 17th November – Year 3 trip to Weald and Downland Living Museum.

Friday 1st December – Heartbeatz event


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- 7th December 2017

3SB- 14th December 2017

3HW – 21st December 2017


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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