Denholme Primary School

Happy Learners High Achievers

Minorca Mount, Denholme, Bradford. West Yorkshire BD13 4AY

01274 832123

Welcome to Birch Class

Year 3

Class Teacher: Mrs Toft

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Clark  


St John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School | Autumn Term  




This half term in English we will be reading "Stone Age Boy" by Satoshi Kitamuri. This links with our History Topic where the children have really enjoyed learning about The Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age and this should continue to spark their enthusiasm to find out how we used to live in prehistoric times. The children will write their own historical story using conjunctions, prepositions and inverted commas. We are continuing to embed use of capital letters and full stops and learning word families following the Jayne Considine Write Stuff English planning which is benefitting all the children.



The children will all chose a book from the library each week to bring home to read and will have a Year 3 reading book to bring home as well. These are brand new to school this year and have been carefully selected by our English lead so they are challenging and appropriate for each year group. These will take the children a while to read through. You can help by encouraging them to read as much as possible at home and ideally for at least 15 minutes each day. Please note all their reading in their reading journal. 

Ask questions about the plot and characters. What does your child think will happen next? What are some of the key facts they have learned if reading a non fiction text? Ask your children if they can summarise what has happened. If they do not know the meaning of a word, can they find this out from the surrounding text or use a dictionary to look this up?  Can they explain what punctuation is used and how this helps them to read the text? Can they use expression and intonation? We will be continuing to develop these reading and oracy skills in class this year.



We will be learning about Addition and Subtraction. In Year 2 the children learned addition and subtraction of 1's and 10's to and from a 2 digit number and will now learn addition and subtraction of 1's and 10's to and from a 3 digit number including crossing a 10 and 100 and using exchange. They will also learn strategies to add and subtract a 2 digit number to and from a 3 digit number.

We will also be continuing with our school wide push towards increasing times tables fluency so please encourage your child to  use Times Tables Rock Stars and recap 2x, 5x and 10x tables. We will be learning 3x, 4x, and 8x tables this year and the children will benefit if they can practice and develop fluency at home too!

YouTube has great videos for this.


Please also encourage children to work on their key instant recall facts and practice these as much as possible at home to help them to move to mental addition and subtraction -  this half term we will still concentrate on number bonds to 20.


The children may like to use "Hit the Button" and "Mathletics" which the school now subscribes to to help them. 

Useful websites for Maths at home



This term we are learning about The Impact of the Roman Empire on Britain. The children will learn the chronology of this period, understand the role of the Roman Army, find out what life was like during the Roman Invasion and know about the Roman Legacy. The children will learn how to use different sources to find out about the past and will also be learning about Printing of Roman Mosaics in Art and will develop design and construction skills building a Roman Chariot with turning wheels in Design and Technology.



This half term we will continue to investigate and find out about Rocks and Soils. The children will learn to recognise that soil is made from rocks and organic matter and to describe and compare different components of soil. The children will learn writing and speaking skills to explain what they have found.



Our P.E. day is Wednesday. We will be learning gymnastics skills. Children will need to come to school in full P.E. kit. We will also be making use of the Running Track on a regular basis.

Reminder: school P.E. kit is black jogging bottoms, plain black hooded jacket, plain black shorts, red school P.E. T-shirt and plain black trainers



Homework and spellings will be sent home on Friday each week. Please return the homework by the following Wednesday to allow for work to be marked. Spellings will be tested in class on a Friday.



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