St Stephen's Church of EnglandPrimary School

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we aim high with God in our hearts

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


A message from the teachers to our wonderful parents:


During the time of school closure, your support has been appreciated by all year 3 staff. Without your help, we would not be able to provide the amount of provision we have given to your children. This is an extremely difficult and anxious time for everyone. You have been a ray of sunshine during such a grey time.


Meet the team:         

                                              3 Lime                               3 Palm 

                                                 Mrs Gheewala                      Mr Brennan

                                                 Class Teacher                     Class Teacher


Our support staff are:

                                        Mrs Sidat (3 Lime)                       Mrs Khanani (3 Palm)

                                                      Mrs Deshmukh SSA (3 Palm)


'Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it'.

Proverbs 22:6 


Covid School Closure


The hours of the school day are slightly different due to the current school closure because of the national lockdown. The current times for both classes are:


9:30 am register and GR session on zoom with class teacher

11:00 am Worship

12:00 Lunch

1:00 zoom session with class teacher

2:00 pm independent work

3:00 pm school finish


We appreciate all of the hard work parents have been putting in to help with the online learning. 

Our learning this term:



When children return back to school, we will be looking at a story called 'Stone age boy'. The outcome of the English unit will be to write a diary entry as if we had gone back in time to the stone age times for a day.


Guided Reading

We are continuing with the story of 'Stig' in our GR sessions which links to our stone age topics.

We will focus on developing the DIAL reading concepts.


Deduction - draw conlcusions based on the evidence in the text and knowledge of the world.

Inference - answer questions based on the evidence given in the text.

Authorial - think about the vocabulary and choice of language the author has used in the text.

Literal - answers that can be retrieved from the text.





In Maths, the children will be looking at money and then moving onto statistics.


The children will continue to revise the 2, 5, 10 times tables and will begin to familiarise themselves with the 4 and 8 times tables. This is also something parents can reinforce at home.



In Science, we will be exploring rocks and soils. We will be handling rocks and fossils during our science lessons.

BIG QUESTION: How can fossils tell a story?



In R.E we will be studying the unit called, 'Joy, Sadness, Joy'. We will be looking in depth at the Easter Story.

BIG QUESTION - Is Easter just a joyful celebration?



We will be learning about the Stone age civilisation and how people during the stone age time lived their lives.

BIG QUESTION- How did the first people live?


Physical Education - Dance and invasion games

ART - Cave paintings

DT - Design and create their own stone age tool.

PSHE - The brain and how sleep is important to us.

Home Reading Books



Home reading books will be changed every Monday and Friday. This will allow us to quarantine them before they are returned into the communal areas. Please do listen to your child read every day and sign their reading diaries. It is extremely important that your child reads for 15 minutes everyday as this will help your child to develop fluency and have a better understanding of the book they are reading.


Teachers have been given access to the Oxford Reading Owl during the school closure. Children should choose a book and then read that story. Please ensure that you record what is read in your child's reading record.


Library Books

Each class has been timetabled to use the library in school. Your child will be allowed to borrow two books until their next visit.


Suggested QUESTIONS you can ask your child when listening to them read.

TOP TIPS for Reading

- Encourage your child to use the RWI sounds to sound out unfamiliar words.

- Ask questions about what may be happening in the story and make links to real life.

- If you don't know how to pronounce a word, type it in google and use the microphone tool and listen to the pronunciation.

- Always check that children are understanding the words that they are reading.

- Refer to the pictures in the book to help your child gain a better understanding of what is happening in the text.

- Use the parent question prompt sheets to support you in asking your child questions whilst they're reading.

- Take some time out to read to your child.

- Encourage your child to read for 15 minutes every day.

All you need to know about PE!



Your child will take part in PE on the following days:


Lime class

Palm class

PE sessions are currently being held over zoom on Wednesdays with Blackburn Rovers




Your child can come into school dressed in their PE kit on their PE days. Children will not be allowed to get changed in school. Please remember that your child can wear their normal PE top, jogging bottoms (black or red), school jumper and school shoes. Pumps should already be in school and will remain in school until the end of the year. If your child does not have any jogging bottoms, please don't go out to buy any, it is okay for them to wear their school trousers. Jewellery must not be worn by any children on the day your child has a PE lesson.

Take a look at the suggested year 3 books! Which one would you like to read?

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