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Hello Lemurs, Happy New Year! 


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 reading Fly Eagle Fly in English, learning about multiplication, division and fractions in Maths and investigating Magnets and Forces in Science and Geography as well as learning lots in our Art, 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 Fly Eagle Fly The children will be writing character descriptions and setting description to lead into a final writing of a Newspaper Article. This term we will focus on Adverbial Sentence Openers. Please ensure you are working on spelling at home as well as in school.


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.




We will complete our third Science investigation this term, measuring the strength and force of different magnets. We will compare how things move on different surfaces, observe that magnetic forces can be transmitted without direct contact, test the attraction and repelling of magnets and compare and group materials by their ability to attract to a magnet. We will link this into our Geography work using the magnets in a compass to follow maps. We will also learn about OS survey symbols and begin to use 6 figure grid referencing. 



Our big question in RE will ask How did people feel once Jesus healed them? Within this topic we will explore different healing stories and discuss the ability to heal some people in hospitals, along with the crucial fact that not everybody can be healed. 



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 exploring Kandinskey on a Wednesday afternoon and the children will generate their own design of a leaf to add to our cross curriculum trees in the corridor. 



As Fly Eagle Fly is set in Ghana, we will be looking at Multicultural Awareness in PSHE, focussing on African civilisations. 




We will follow the studio code programming plan, sequencing, achieving solutions and problem solving.



Mr Jollife will teach us how to play the Ukulele on a Tuesday morning, we will advance throughout the programme to use steady rhythms, chords and fret boards. 


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.


Let's keep up the hard work and have another fantastic half term in Lemurs' Class.