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smiley   Welcome to Elm Class - Year 3  smiley


Teacher: Mr Paton

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Hayes

Summer Term:


Violins: Tuesday - Linked to Topic - Stone Age - Iron Age

Dance:   Monday - Miss Wendy

PE:         Wednesday - Cricket, Outdoor Adventure / Athletics (am) / Swimming (pm)

Homework: Set on Friday - To return on Tuesday

Spellings: Sent home on a Monday every two weeks -To be tested on Thursday of the second week.



Spring Term - 

Our topic this term will be Spectacular Spain!


As historians we will be studying through our topic on Spain:


  • Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
  • They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


Activities will include:


  • Learning about modern Spain and the differences from England.
  • Speaking and Listening (British values)
  • Learn about Spanish history and how to place events onto a timeline.
  • Research the history of bull fighting and how it is currently viewed in 21st century Spain.
  • View and describe what Madrid looks like and compare its differences from London.
  • Investigate a Spanish school and the differences from English schools.
  • Compare Spanish tourism to British tourism and why do people visit either country.
  • Research Spanish food and make instructions to make our own.
  • Design a poster advertising different Spanish festivals.
  • Have a look at holidays, when did people first start travelling abroad and what methods of transport did they use.  
  • Look at the history behind different festivals in Spain.
  • Look at the life of Picasso


As geographers we will be studying through our topic on Spain:


Locational Knowledge:


•Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities


•Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time


Place Knowledge


•Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom.


Human & Physical Geography


•Describe and understand key aspects of: Physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers &  mountains.


• Including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water


Geographical Skills & Fieldwork


• Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied


•Use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world


•Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.


Activities will include:


  • Use atlases and maps to find Spain and mark it on a map.
  • To be able to investigate a region of Spain and describe what it is like.
  • Look at the characteristics of Spain.
  • Look at the weather in Spain throughout the year.
  • To look at everyday life in Spain
  • Geographical difference.
  • Understanding/contrast between Spain and England.  



Spring Term 1


  • English - Classic Tales - Dick Whittington - Alice in Wonderland / Flotsam By David Weisner 
  • Science - Spring 1 - Plants - Working Scientifically
  • Computing - Spring 1 - E-Safety - Chatting with care
  • PSHE - Going for Goals



Reading is a key skill. Without this, children are unable to access much of the world around them. It is important that they read regularly in school and at home. We recommend a minimum of 10 minutes a day. At times they will prefer to read a book from home rather than from school. That’s fine as long as they are reading and responding to a range of texts. We also ask that you sign their reading record and should you want to comment on their progress, please do. 




Helping children to see that Mathematics is part of everyday life can help them see that it is relevant and can be fun!


As part of their weekly homework, the children must work on their multiplication facts (times tables). All pupils will be quizzed each week. When working with your child, please remember that each fact must be learnt – it is not enough to recite the tables in order. Help your child by quizzing them regularly in different orders. When learning their multiples of five, you could ask them: 4x5, 9x5, 2x5, 6x5…as this is how they will be quizzed in class.


Useful Websites



Woodlands Junior School:

Phonics Play:

My Maths:

Top Marks:

Nrich Maths:

BBC Bitesize:


Spelling Bug:


Science Week - Year 3 learned about air resistance while making awesome parachutes!

Year 3 - Science Speed Challenge! Hopping, walking backwards, walking and speed walking. - Investigating distance, time & speed

Year 3 Football Tournament!


How to be a kind friend - Group Presentation