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Welcome to Year 3

We wish your child every success for the coming year. Here is some information to make the transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 as smooth as possible.

Term topics

We continue to explore persuasive writing linked to our geographical learning about Kenya and design persuasive posters to invite tourism to this country.’ 
In History, we continue to learn about the importance of the River Nile in Ancient Egypt and make comparisons to life in modern Egypt. We study key historical people like Cleopatra and Wangari Maathai.

In Geography we study the river Nile and consider its’ importance today in Egypt. We explore the wonders of Africa and focus on Kenya and the Masai Mara, in particular. We use maps and atlases to support our understanding of Kenya and consider the meaning of the Kenyan flag.  Through the study of Kenya, we consider the climate and compare this to the climate of the United Kingdom. We explore the African savannah and all its natural beauty. 

In Science, we research animal families that live in Africa, and explore their habitats. 

We look at plants and trees, and investigate the requirements for their healthy growth. From this, we learn about light and shadows. We investigate pollination and the importance of bees, and link this to our English work on explanation texts.


Through Art, we begin to appreciate the work of Georgia O’ Keeffe and her painting of flowers before creating our own pictures using different media. Whilst in Design Technology we investigate about different foods grown in Kenya and the UK and make African themed drinks.

In Computing, we work on using technology safely, and identify efficient use of suitable keywords when using search engines. We explore branching databases and explore presenting results in graphic form. Meanwhile in French, we learn about different foods, including breakfast and going on a picnic. In Music, we listen and appreciate music, and learn to play the glockenspiel.

In PSHE, we focus on ‘Relationships’, where we discuss family roles and responsibilities, keeping ourselves safe and being a Global Citizen. Our puzzle piece of ‘Changing Me’ helps us understand that many changes happen in humans and animals during the growing up process.  In RE we learn about and consider the enquiry questions ‘Do Sikhs think it is important to share?’ and ‘Would visiting the River Ganges feel special to a non-Hindu?’ 

PE gives us the opportunity to develop our skills in Swimming. We also focus on the Cognition and Creative units of Jasmine, where we work on many aspects including ball skills, sequences of movements and partner work.

Who are our Year 3 teachers?

Copper Beech

Mrs Ashmore and Mrs Smith

Silver Birch

Mrs Garden and Miss Roworth


Mrs Hodges and Mrs Marchant

Year group Teaching Assistants

Mrs McPhee and Mrs Joseph, Ms Newton and Mrs Blackman

Welcome to Year 3

Read our Welcome to Year 3 sheet containing some information to make the transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 as smooth as possible.