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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 3 – The Rabbits


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Dear Parents/ Guardians,


       Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I am really looking forward to the coming year and I am so pleased to be teaching this wonderful class once more. I am sure that they will make a great transition to KS2 and will go from strength to strength.  




       Just a reminder that your teaching team will be Mr Risdale supported by Mrs Macallam and Mrs Nyarko. Mrs Scriven will cover the class on a Friday morning in order to allow me time for my new role as Assistant Head.


PE/Swimming/Forest School


For your information, children in year 2 will have PE lessons on a Tuesday afternoon led by our highly experienced Superstars team. PE kits should be in school at all times. Swimming will take place every Thursday afternoon until the end of the academic year. Kits can be brought in and taken home on the day. Children will continue to do Forest School/outdoor learning most weeks. However, the times for this will be flexible and you will be informed in advance.   For these sessions, children will require a change of clothes which should be brought in on the day. Wellington boots can be left in school on the boot rack outside the Y3/4 exit doors.




Reading books will now be changed every Friday. The children will need their books in school every day and it would be fantastic if you could read with your child every evening at home and ask questions about the books they have read to help them understand the content.




Your child will continue to have weekly spellings to learn. In addition to this, there will be additional homework tasks for English and maths. The maths task will be set through the Mathletics programme. Any children without access to this are encouraged to attend the Mathletics club within school time. Homework will be set each Friday ready for submittal by the following Friday.  


Parental involvement


Parents are still encouraged to come in from 8.55-9.10 to practise times tables with their children. These sessions have been a great success and I am really thankful for your support. A letter will be sent out to arrange a suitable day for this.


Creative curriculum


We will soon begin our new topic of ‘Prehistoric Britain’. This will involve learning about different civilisations through British history.  An excursion for this is being planned and details will be sent out soon.


     Please don’t hesitate to make an appointment to see me if you have any issues you would like to discuss. I am really excited about the wonderful learning opportunities your children will have this term.


Best wishes,


Mr Risdale and the Year 2 team

Autumn overview 2017 – Year 3 (Rabbits)


  • Shape/statistics

recognise angle  a description of a turn (link to compass directions and time)

identify right angles, recognise that two right angles make a half-turn, three make three quarters of a turn and four a complete turn; identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle

  • Place value

find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number

recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones)

 compare and order numbers up to 1000

  • Calculation – and +

add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction

 estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers solve problems, including missing number

  • Fractions

recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators

recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators

  • Time

know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year

Tell and write the time from an analogue clock, and a digital for  12-hour

  • Calculation

recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables

write and calculate 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

  • Measure

measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths (m/cm/mm);

measure the perimeter of simple 2-D shapes (from measures) – teach as part of length

  • Statistics

interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables


  • Narrative

-The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff

Teaching focus: Description of character

-The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Teaching focus: Action



  • Poetry

-The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

-Bed in Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson


  • Non fiction

-Instruction Text

-Persuasion Text


Cross curricular theme

  • Forces and magnets

-compare how things move on different surfaces

-notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance

-observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others

-compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials

-describe magnets as having two poles

  • Light and shadows

-recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light

-notice that light is reflected from surfaces

-recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes

-recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object

-find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.



  • E safety

use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

  • Programming

design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts












Cross curricular theme



Prehistoric Britain



-cave painting

-Artefact sketches

-Stonehenge recreation

-Descriptive writing

-food preparation and making

-archaeological dig




Through assemblies and Forest School

  • Getting on and falling out
  • Say no to bullying


Using Charanga

  • Let your Spirit fly- All the learning is focused around one song: Let Your Spirit Fly. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked.
  • Glockenspiel stage 1- introduces the children to learning about the language of music through playing the glockenspiel.


  • Swimming
  • Invasion games (taught by Superstars team)



  • Useful phrases
  • Colours
  • Numbers
  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year



Cross curricular theme


  • The Christian Family

-understand that the church is the family of God

-Know that when we join his family we receive the sacrament of Baptism

-know what happens at Baptism

-Know the signs used at Baptism

-Know that Baptism is a sacrement


  • Mary our Mother

-know that God called Mary to be the mother of Jesus

-Know how Mary responded to God’s call

-Know the ‘Hail Mary’ and begin to understand ot

-know that Advent is the time to prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas

-Understand that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus- the son of God



Cross curricular theme


  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  •  to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay



Cross curricular theme


  • Design, make and evaluate a free standing structure
  • Prepare and make a healthy food dish