Year 3

Autumn Term Year 3

Welcome to Mr Sykes' class page. I'm so excited about the year ahead and I can't wait to get to know the children. I am sure that by working together, they will all be able to rise to the challenge of BEING IN THE JUNIORS.

This year I have a new classroom in the old year 4 classroom. The staff and I have been in during the summer to make it feel more like a year 3 space and I think the children will enjoy their new school home. We have one of the best classrooms in the school which also includes...air conditioning!

Please ensure children come to school with a named drinks bottle and ensure all belongings are clearly named to avoid complications with lost property.

I'm always available to chat so please feel free to make an appointment to talk to me or grab a quick word with me on the playground.

So let's talk about the year ahead...

Topics - The Stone Age Boy and The Iron Age

For our topic this half term we will be working from the Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura and The Iron Age (Usborne). These books will form the basis of our literacy work but will help to inspire our topic work too! We will be creating Stone Age artwork, making tools and learning about life in The Stone Age through to the Iron Age.


Topics - Ancient Greece

In our second half term we will be learning about Ancient Greece and its influence on the modern world. The children will learn all about Ancient Greek myths, create their own plays, create Greek sandals and lots of other things.


I love English lessons. In the first half term children will explore some of the key grammar concepts of year three. Please re-assure your children that they do not need to be scared of writing in year three. All of our writing focuses on the children learning to think about their writing, plan and then experiment with the grammar we have learned. Our main focuses for the first term will be writing character and setting descriptions from The Stone Age Boy, creating an information text about the Stone Age/Iron Age, writing our own Greek Myths and creating and performing our own Greek plays.

Reading homework will be set each week but children will manage their own book borrowing from our school book library. When your child finishes a book, record it in the homework book and ask them to change their book at school the next day. They will be able to change their books at any time so all they need to do is ask. Mrs Gidman/Miss Croft will carry out regular assessments to check the reading level of your child (book banding). We will also read with your child weekly and record their progress against their school targets. All of this sounds very formal but in conjunction with our English work and class story time, we hope to encourage reading for pleasure as well as aiding the reading attainment of your child.


I love maths, too! This term we start by exploring some of the key facts around place value and how children can use this information to understand numbers and solve problems. We will then move on to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Maths is one of the key areas that parents can help at home. I will be setting a weekly maths homework linked to the work we are doing in class via Maths Whizz. It is really important that the children practice their maths outside of school, especially, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Children will gain points for their class through the time they spend on Maths Whizz so please make sure they complete their weekly practice.


Guess what...I love science too. In science we will work hard to become independent thinkers, and careful observers of the world around us. Our first topic is Rocks and we will start by exploring where they come from, some of scientific vocabulary associated with rocks and then move on to the properties of different rock types.


For the first half term children will create a variety of art inspired by our Stone Age topic, predominantly through drawing and painting. In the second half term the art work will turn toward Ancient Greece and will include vases and printing. 


Our main DT focus this term will be the creation of Greek Sandals. Children will explore, design, create and evaluate a Greek Sandal for a Greek God.  They will selecting and cutting a range of materials for this and note will be sent home about things they may need to supply, closer to the time.


We will cover elements of e-safety and how to use technology respectfully through the use of SeeSaw. This is an iPad app that children will use regularly across the school which also has a class blog feature.Later on in there term, children will also use scratch to create a Greek Myth animation.



We will begin our music lessons by exploring musical standard and non-standard notation symbols, musical vocabulary and playing together in time. We will learn and perform our songs for the KS2 Christmas production and we will learn about musical vocab in class music sessions.


PE takes place twice a week and children must have their own PE kit which they will keep in school, including a house team t-shirt which can be purchased from the school office. PE kits will be sent home at the end of each week for cleaning. As with previous years, children must have long hair tied back and jewellery should be removed.

In the autumn term PE we will be practising our Gymnastic skills using the apparatus in the hall. We will also be practising our athletic skills through Sports Hall Athletics. In the second half term we will have Premier Sports for games sessions and we'll also be practising a Greek dance.

 Meet the Teacher powerpoint - September 2017


Year 3 Curriculum






Art and Design


Design and Technology


Physical Education


Religious Education



Year 3 Calculations booklet for parents