Welcome to Willow Class!

Year 3


Class Teachers: Mrs Knighton and Miss Batool (Thursday)

Support Staff: Mrs Ley

Autumn 1


We're going to start this term with a big focus on accurate sentence structure and effective use of simple punctuation.  We will link our English to our Topic work on The Stone Age and write descriptions of Woolly Mammoths and other Stone Age animals.  We will then move on to reading a book: How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth, which is a fantastic instruction text.  This book will support us with writing our own instructions for how to wash a Stone Age creature of our choice.  We are going to have a big focus on vocabulary this term, especially selecting appropriate, engaging vocabulary that is suited to our writing.  We hope that we will write some amazing, clear instructions that you might be able to use, should you ever need to wash a Stone Age animal!


We are kicking off with a unit on Place Value this term.  We will begin by counting in 100s, before understanding and representing numbers to 1,000.  We will learn to represent and manipulate numbers in different ways, solve missing number problems and use our reasoning skills to solve more difficult problems.  Our knowledge of place value will then support us when we come to place numbers on number lines and find 1, 10 and 100 more than any given number.  


We're starting this term with The Flintstones! A fabulous theme where we will learn all about life during the Stone Age.  We will learn how people survived and how they adapted over thousands of years.  During our lessons we will write instructions for how to make Stone Age tools as well as describe Stone Age homes when we learn about the historical village of Skara Brae.


Miss Batool will teach Science this year. The first topic is ROCKS! Children will compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties and then describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rocks.  By the end of the unit, children will be able to recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.



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.