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A selection of photographs from our shadow puppets for parents morning - Videos are available on the @Parkgate_pupils twitter page.

Year 3

Hello Lemurs, welcome to Key Stage 2. 


We have an exciting and engaging year ahead with lots of activities planned. I am really pleased with our last half term and the progress that we have all made. This half term we will be exploring a Tin Forest in English, learning about multiplication, division and fractions in Maths and investigating Light in Science and DT as well as learning lots in our RE, PSHE, French, PE and Music lessons!

I am really excited to continue working with you all - our super year three team!

Parents, I have an open door policy so please come and meet me and if you have any questions/queries please do not hesitate to ask. 




This half term we will be working with Multiplication and Division before moving onto Fractions. Please see our calculation policy on the school website so that your child is consistently learning the school method.  We will be counting in multiples of 3,4, 8 and 50 at the beginning of every lesson to help us with our number knowledge. We will then be achieving targets such as:

  • recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
  • writing and calculating mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods
  • solving problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects.

For Fractions we will work towards:

  • counting up and down in tenths; recognising that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10
  • finding and writing fractions of a discrete set of objects
  • recognising and using fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators 
  • recognising and showing diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
  •  adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator within one whole [for example, 7 5 + 7 1 = 7 6 ]
  • comparing, ordering and solving problems. 




In English we will be reading The Tin Forest, our DT and Science work will also be linked to this book. The children will be writing character descriptions, setting descriptions, persuasive letters and creating their own fantasy story. We will be visited by an Author who will help us to create our own narrative and we will use our knowledge of light to improve our descriptions. This term we will focus on compound and complex sentences. 


Spellings, Handwriting and The Reading Challenge


There are lots of children who have nearly managed to gain their bronze reading certificate! The competition in the classroom is buzzing and it is brilliant to see that the children are enjoying their reading, please keep this up! We have some new books that the children can take home to read, they are KS2 level books to improve understanding.  It is highly important that you still read with your parents frequently and that your parents read to you.

As a reminder - If you read 5 times within a week then you will earn a stamp in your reading record.  If you earn 10 stamps then you will receive a bronze certificate in celebration assembly. You will need to collect a further 10 stars to get a silver and then a gold certificate. Please make sure you bring your reading record and book into school every day in order to keep track of your reading and make sure somebody signs your diary.

We will have handwriting every morning in year 3 and some children have gained their pen licence. There isn’t a rush for pens so you shouldn’t worry if you do not receive your pen licence yet, I will be noticing how hard you are working in your books and praise will be given. Spellings will also be given out every week to be learnt and tested the week later.




The turn out for parents morning was amazing and it was great to kick start our Science topic in an active way. The children will use their shadow puppets to experiment with light and shadows, recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. The children will also notice light reflecting from shiny surfaces and discuss that the sun can be dangerous to our eyes.



The term we will focus on our local area - Parkgate. We will look at the physical and human changes that have happened as well as using an ordnance survey to find NESW, our whereabouts and our neighbouring towns.



Our big question in RE will ask Why is the bible important? Within this topic we will explore the Christmas story from other's perspectives and find references to God in the bible. 



I will join you with Mr Hall on a Tuesday morning for PE and Mr Kelly will take our afternoon PE session on a Wednesday morning. Please make sure you come to school in a PE kit on a Tuesday and Wednesday with your correct uniform to change back into.   




Mrs Hibbert will be continuing our Light topic and making Nightlights on a Wednesday afternoon. The children will research and design their own Nightlight to be made in time for Christmas. 



I changed the topic to keeping clean last term and so this term we will focus on staying organised. The children will review their weekly diary and plan how they can spend their time efficiently, as well as making a checklist to remember all school items. 




We will learn all about Multimedia this half term. The children will learn to type on a laptop as open up a word document. They will learn to copy and paste as well as delete and how to add music to their work. The skills learnt will help us when presenting some of our other pieces of work. 



Miss Phillips will help us to explore Mozart and Beethoven. The children will learn the history of both composers before composing their own music. 


Homework and Spellings


Maths and English homework will be given to you every Wednesday, to return to school the following Monday. Your spellings will be given out and tested every Tuesday. There is a homework and spellings tab on the Year 3 webpage where you can find your homework electronically.

Maths homework will be through the My Maths website which you should already have log in details for. I have a spare copy if needed.

If you are finding any homework difficult and you would like guidance or extra practice then please attend homework club on a Thursday lunchtime with Mrs Rashid and I in Year 4.


I am so pleased with our first half term and I am excited to continue learning with our super Lemurs’ team in Year 3!