Welcome to Willow Class!

Year 3


Class Teachers: Mrs Knighton and Miss Batool (Thursday)

Support Staff: Mrs Ley

Spring Term


We're going to start this half term by reading Shackleton's Journey, a true story about Ernest Shackleton who set out with his crew of men to become to first man to cross Antarctica.  His quest led him, his crew and their ship across tough terrain, into dangerous waters and near treacherous icebergs. We are going to use this tale to inspire our non-fiction writing.  Our first task will be to write a newspaper report about Shackleton's mission and his return, before we write an information text about Antarctica. We will focus on some of the features of non-fiction texts as well as writing in the past tense, using technical vocabulary. We will aim to keep our writing precise and succinct.  


We're starting off this half term with Multiplication and Division.  We will learn to recall the multiplication facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables as well as write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that we know.  


Our Topic for this term is I'm an Explorer... Get me out of here! This Topic will involve learning about historical figures who have explored different parts of the world.  We will learn about them and their quests as well as deepen our geographical knowledge of places. This will include learning about the human and physical features of different countries.  Our Topic will also include some art and design. We will design a boat for an explorer and learn different paintbrush strokes to create pictures.


Miss Batool will teach Science this year. This half term's topic is animals, including humans.  We will identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.  We will also identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.


This half term is a range of different team games. Our P.E. days are Wednesday and Thursday.  We will be doing P.E. inside and outside this half term.

 Please ensure that your child has their full P.E. kit on both Wednesday and Thursday



Homework will be topic based again this term and your child will be given 2-3 weeks to complete their project.  If you require any extra resources for their homework, please ask.


Please check planners for weekly spellings. They will be sent home on Monday to be tested the following Monday.


How can you help your child at home?

Your child should have a copy of their Maths Passports.  These passports are an indication of the mental maths facts your child is expected to know.  We will have time in class to work on these too. 

Please read with your child as often as possible.  Ask questions about the plot, characters and what they  think will happen.  Your child should also have a card with their username and password for access to BugClub which will be updated weekly.  You can support your child by helping them answers questions about the books.