St Stephen's Church of EnglandPrimary School

Respect, Aspire, Achieve

In our school, whatever the challenge,

we aim high with God in our hearts

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


We are extremely excited to welcome you back to school! We hope you are ready for a half term filled with lots of fun and new learning! We appreciate that this is an anxious time for everyone but we can assure you that your child's safety will be in the centre of our hearts and minds in everything we do.


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 Patel 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 


School start and finish times:

8:50 am - 3:20 pm

It is extremely important that you are punctual in dropping off and picking up your child. Please queue up in the designated area for your child's class and patiently wait until your child is sent out to you.


We greatly appreciate your co-operation and patience with this.

Our learning this term:


In English we will be learning a text titled 'Firebird' by Saviour Pirotta. The children will learn how to act out the text using expression and progress towards using a variety of punctuation and descriptive vocabulary within their writing. The writing outcome for this unit will be to write an innovation of this story.


Guided Reading

We will explore the texts 'The Dark' by Lemony Snickett and 'The Firebird.' 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 adding and subtracting amounts up to 999. 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.



In Science, we will be exploring light and dark. We will carry out investigations to learn how we need light in order to see things.

BIG QUESTION: What would life be like without dark?



In R.E we will be studying the unit called, 'God is with us.' 

BIG QUESTION - How do we know that God is with us?



We will be learning about the achievements of the earliest civilisations, ancient Egyptians and how their contributions have inpacted on our lives.

BIG QUESTION- What did the ancient Egyptians achieve?


Physical Education - Gymnastics/Invsion Games

ART - Autumn Art - We will be using sketches to produce a final piece of art.

DT - Shadow Puppet Theatre 

PSHE - Friends and Feelings

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.


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 - Monday and Tuesday

Palm class - Monday and Tuesday




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. 

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

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