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Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 3

Our topic this term is Comparing Plymouth and South Africa.



In writing, we will begin by exploring a range of traditional African folk tales. We will develop our skills in using subordinating and coordinating conjunctions and also learn how to inverted commas (speech marks) and apostrophes correctly. We will also be learning how to write a letter and using correct structure and form.



In reading, we will be focusing on developing our inference skills. Our class text will be ‘Journey to Jo’burg’  by Beverley Naidoo and we will be linking this to our geography topic. We will also use this story to help with our writing.



In maths we will continue to work on developing our multiplication and division skills. As well as recapping our 3,4, and 8 times tables, we will be moving on to using short multiplication to multiply a 2-digit number to a 1-digit number and use sharing and equal grouping to divide. We will then use money to recap and consolidate our knowledge of addition and subtraction. After this, we will use bar charts, pictograms and tables to analyse data in our statistics unit. Our focus after this will be ‘length and perimeter’ where we will be using centimetres and metres to measure length, add lengths, subtract lengths and calculate perimeter.



This term the children will be learning about ‘Animals including Humans.’  They will be learning about the different nutrients that animals need to survive and thrive. They will be comparing the diet of different groups of animals.  Sorting animals based on their skeletons and identifying and naming bones.  They will be identifying and explaining the main functions of a skeleton and learning about muscles. They will also be setting up a practical enquiry.


Other Subjects

Our topic this term, ‘comparing Plymouth and South Africa’, will have a geography focus and the children will look at the similarities and differences between the two localities, with a focus on climate, education, infrastructure and the economy through research and enquiry. In art, we will be making African masks and looking at the work of Hundertwasser. In D.T. we are making paper bags and paper jewellery. In music we will continue to learn to play notes and compose short pieces of music on the glockenspiel. We will then move on to playing the Ukulele and using our voices in different ways. In computing we will continue to look at computer based programming using the programme Scratch and we will continue to develop our e-safety knowledge. In PE, we will be consolidating our hockey skills and begin to play small 3 vs 3 games. We will then move on to our badminton unit. In RE, we will be learning about places that are special to Christians and Hindus. In Spanish, we will be learning how to describe animals using colours and conjunctions. In SMSC, we will learn how to make amends if we have done something wrong and sharing our best features with each other.


PE Days

P.E. will be on Tuesdays (outdoors) and Thursdays (indoors)


Key Dates and General Reminders

We are planning on visiting the Eden Project as part of our science unit.

We are swimming at the Life Centre every morning from 8th January to the 25th January.

Spelling books will go out on a Monday .The children’s spelling test will be on Fridays. We visit the Library on Monday. Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Thursday.





In Literacy, we will be developing a love for and understanding of poetry. We will learn a poem off by heart to perform to the rest of the school as well as creating our own creative pieces. Following on from this, we will move on to exploring Instruction writing linking to our Stone Age topic. We will be working on using subordination, inverted commas for direct speech and continuing to use a range of conjunctions in our writing. Reading, spelling and handwriting will continue on a daily basis. 




During the first half term we are looking at light. We will consider light sources and reflection as well as how shadows are formed. We will also consider how reflective substances can be used for safety.


In the second half term we are studying forces and magnets. We will use practical experiments to study gravity and force, we will explore magnetism and learn how to record data.



Our topic is ‘The Stone Age to the Iron Age’  We will be learning about this fascinating period of history and the children will be using their enquiry skills to find out lots of facts about this period of time including how people lived, what clothes they had, what they ate, how they lived and how they survived.


In art we will look at cave paintings and research famous artists. In D.T. we are making clay pots.


In music, we will be learning to play the glockenspiel, singing and learning about the pentatonic scale.

In computing we will begin to look at computer based programming using the programme Scratch, this will include the children making their own animation.





In P.E. the children will be continuing with their fundamental skills and they will be introduced to basketball and hockey. 

In R.E. we will be exploring Hinduism and the Christmas Story.


This year we are going to be learning Spanish, which will start with basic conversational skills and counting. We will also be learning about Christmas in Spain






For SMSC we will be taking part in Friendship Week, visiting the Life Ed Caravan and looking at what makes us unique.




Class Information 

  • P.E. will be on Tuesdays (Outdoors) and Thursdays (Indoors.)
  • The children’s spelling test will be on Fridays. The children will be given their new spellings on Mondays.
  • We visit the Library on Monday.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Thursday.
  • Please come in to see us if you want to discuss anything. 

Mr Young, Miss Sykes and Miss Ramsden