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

This term our topic is called ”Broadening Our Horizons…”

In Autumn Term, we explored our local area and compared the UK to Spain where Picasso was born. This term we are expanding our horizons to explore a different continent. We will focus our learning on Africa, specifically learning about Egypt, Kenya and South Africa.

As Geographers, we will be exploring the world around us, using atlases and maps to learn more about the continent of Africa, comparing this to places we know in Europe. We will be using our research skills to learn more about three specific countries in Africa, becoming ‘mini-experts’ and sharing this information with our peers.

We will generate our own lines of enquiry and using our newly-acquired skills to answer questions and form opinions about the places that we study.

We will be interviewing Mrs Wessels, one of our Assistant Headteachers, to find out about her life in South Africa before she moved to England. Later on in the term, we will visit Marwell Zoo to learn about animals that are native to Africa, conservation and explore skeletons of real animals using their resource boxes and skeletal displays.

Our Design Technology (DT) this term links with our topic. We will be exploring the history of shadow puppets within the African culture, learning to draw animals and creating our own puppets to retell a traditional African Tale.

Year 3 Project Homework Spring 1


This half term, we will be learning about the human skeleton and using this knowledge to compare the skeletons of other animals. When we visit Marwell Zoo in February, we will also look at some real animal skeletons as part of the trip.

We would really like to create a display of the homework that the children create this half term as this is usually an opportunity for them to show how creative they can be! It can focus on any animal and can be presented in any way suitable for table or wall display.

Here are some ideas:

  • Poster showing common and scientific names of bones
  • A comparative piece showing similarities and differences
  • A model of a skeleton e.g. using dried pasta shapes
  • A PowerPoint non-chronological report



This half term we will be continuing to explore number with a focus on the relationship between addition and subtraction. 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. Later on in the term, we will focus on multiplication and division.

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 and moving onto our 3 times tables- 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 reading the short novel by Alexander McCall Smith – Akimbo and the Elephants, set in Africa. This links with our topic which focuses on the same continent.

We are starting off the term looking at words classes, recapping nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and determiners. From this, we will explore adverbial phrases and how to manipulate word order within sentences to vary the structure that we use in our writing.

In reading, we will be looking at the language and structures used by the author to create the narrative and ‘magpieing’ ideas to plan, write, edit, redraft and publish our own adventure story set in Africa. We will use different parts of the book, including the front cover and the blurb, to predict and summarise.


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Year 3 continue to work on improving the formation of our letters and presentation of our written work. We have seen some major improvements since September and we have several children who now have a pen licence. Well done to those individuals!

We hope to send even more children up to see Mrs Bush this half term to see if they will be awarded their own special pen! We will continue to work on their handwriting on a daily basis to ensure this trend continues.

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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:

continue, decide, island, minute, difficult, earth, consider, enough

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


Animals Including Humans- Skeletons and Muscles

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This half term, we will be learning about the skeletons of both humans and other animals. We will be learning some of the names of the bones that make up the skeleton and following our own lines of enquiry to find out about different skeletal structures. We will also look at how we move using our muscular system.

Each Science topic we cover allows children to work scientifically using their scientific skills such as questioning, predicting, observing and recording their findings. This half term, we will be focusing on writing conclusions.



Foundation Subjects



In PSHE, we are looking at 3 key words: danger, hazard and risk. Once we have a good understanding of this, we will be looking at ways in which we can stay safe in a variety of situations including at home, in school, near a road and at the beach. We will also be learning about the different people who can help us including ‘stranger danger’. This also includes an element of E-safety when we take part in Safer Internet Day in February.

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Within R.E, we will be looking at the concept of Good and Evil, exploring this by discussing our own and other’s experiences and within the Hindu religion. 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 a Dance unit which will focus on the children’s creative social skills. The theme will be in line with our Topic of Africa. The children will explore different types of African Dance, including Gumboot which they will choreograph their sequence using body percussion. They will also get the chance to tell a story through dance using inspiration from watching clips about the day in the life of an African Village.

In addition, 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 a mixture of dance and . 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 linking our learning to our Science topic on the Human Body. Year 3 will be exploring musical structure. We will be learning skeleton songs and dances, using percussion instruments to improvise, and creating word rhythms.

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In French, we will continue to consolidate our understanding of some of the French phonic sounds, using signs and symbols to help us. Once this is secure, we will begin to explore the associated graphemes and use this information to help us read and pronounce the different colours accurately.

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In Computing, we will be learning how to safely and effectively search for information on-line. This will help us to follow our own lines of enquiry in all areas of our learning. We will also continue to look using code to programme a ‘robot’ to create a cup stack using algorithms. E-safety remains a priority at Langstone Junior Academy and will be explicitly taught as part of our PSHE curriculum as well as within computing lessons.

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Important Dates

Golden Mile Launch Day – 21st January 2019

Arts Week – whole school – w/b 28th January 2019

Year 3 Trip to Marwell Zoo – Tuesday 5th February 2019 

Safer Internet Day – 5th February 2019 (Yr3 will do on 6th due to trip)

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 2018-2019!

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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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