St Philip's Church of England

Controlled Primary School

Year 3

Year 3 had a wonderful time working with a professional photographer from Photos by Kids. They learned how to capture interesting views of the environment all around them. Have a look at some of the wonderful images they captured.

Thursday 23rd February 2017


Thank you so much to all of our parents/carers at home who have already created wonderful Roman temples with their children, accompanied by a short piece of research . You are all so creative and they are looking fabulous beneath our Romans display.

Please could those who have not yet completed their temple, aim to bring it into school either tomorrow or at some point next week.






Class Teachers: Miss Rainford and Mrs Hartley


Teaching Assistant:

Mrs Darlington


We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the parents/carers of Year 3 2016/2017. We do hope you are looking forward to the journey your children are about to embark upon within KS2 and wish your children success throughout their time with us.


In Year 3 we believe that working as a unit will build the correct foundations for your child to achieve their potential. Because of this, we do have an open door policy so please feel free to speak to the class teacher either at the beginning of the school day, 3:00pm or we can arrange for a meeting at a more convenient time.


If you are interested in what we have planned for year 3 this year, please use the links below to the class HAST forms and termly planning to discover more about our wonderful topics.

Circus Skills- January 2017

White Scar Caves- January 2017



Now there is no excuse...You can find all of the Year 3 spelling using the following link!


Reading at home

As promised at the curriculum meeting, here is a list of assessment focus questions you can ask your child during a reading session at home.

Please take the time to read through each and try to incorporate these questions into your reading sessions.



Here is a brief summary of what we have done so far within our topics and what is yet to come within our current Roman topic.



Autumn 1- Who first lived in Britain?

During Autumn 1, our topic will have a History focus. The children will be learning all about life in the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages. The history topic will focus on how different our lives are today in relation to shelter, food sources and transportation, chronological understanding, primary and secondary sources and their reliability, the progression of the English language and will allow the children to learn about famous monuments from this period of time (Skara Brae/Stonehenge). The link between life today and in the past will allow children to understand how privileged they are to live in the 21st century and how we have our ancestors to thank for the lives we lead today.  There will be many cross curricular links within this topic and we are sure the children will love every second of it!


Autumn 2- What makes the Earth angry?

During Autumn 2 the children will embark upon a geography topic based upon natural disasters and their effects on the earth and the beings that live upon it. They will use the index of an atlas to name and locate various famous Volcanoes from around the world. Using the vocabulary achieved from this lesson the children will then be able to discover how people’s lives will be altered when they live near such features. The children will write a letter to an Icelandic child asking questions relating to the impact of their lives. Once the children have researched how volcanoes are created and have a greater knowledge about its many parts, they will be asked to create their very own volcano as a parents as partners task. The children will be given the opportunity to present their creations and explain how each feature works.

Moving on to earthquakes and tsunamis, the children will learn how an earthquake is created and its effects on people’s lives and the earth’s crust. The children will create their own seismograph to learn how earthquakes are recognised and recorded.

As the children move on to learning about the various weather types around the world, the children will embark upon music, drama and dance opportunities to express their knowledge. To round off the topic, the children will learn about the human and physical features of their locality in relation to that of a volcanic area with a computing cross curricular link.


Spring 1- What did we learn from the Romans?

To begin this topic the children encountered an 'invasion' in their classroom. This lesson was used to introduce the new topic and new vocabulary. Throughout the topic the children will learn what an invasion was and how Caesar invaded Britain. They will explore the differences between Britain and Rome in 55BC and discuss which country they would prefer to live in. In order for the children to understand what the Romans did for us they will explore how events from the past are still shaping our lives today, here and across the country. The children will learn about the battles that took place in this era and the reasons behind the building of Hadrian's Wall. To finish this unit of work the children will learn about Boudicca and the interesting story behind her powerful actions to save her home and family.
The Roman era is studied across all subjects. The children will read Roman myths and a story about Mount Vesuvius in Literacy, they will create beautiful mosaics and shields in art and also designed and build Roman temples for their 'Parents as Partners' project.









Useful Links:  - This website will help with any maths concepts you are not comfortable with and will give you example questions and resources to support your child. - This website will give you mathematical problems and challenges to extend your child's knowledge of a concept. Lots of information about prehistoric events.

How can you help?


• Help your child learn their spellings and high frequency words.


• Read with your child daily and complete the Reading Record book.


• Help your child organise themselves to complete their homework.


• Talk to your child about their homework and what they are learning.


• Help your child recall their tables facts quickly and accurately.


• Ask your child if they asked any good questions today at school.


• Talk about everyday maths e.g. "If this box of cereal is half price how much will it be?"


• Provide your child with a water bottle.


• Remind your child to remove jewellery on PE days.


• Name all clothing to help your child find their own belongings in school