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Lionel Primary School

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Year 3



A huge warm welcome to the start of a new new term. 


This term, the children will continue to have a soft start. The doors will be open from 8:40 every morning until 9am.  Each day children should bring with them a ruck-sack or bag, a water bottle (which can be re-filled from the water dispenser in school) and if possible, some fruit as a mid-morning snack, and their packed lunch if they are not opting to have a school dinner.



Physical Education


Children need to have their P.E. kit in school on a Monday morning and they can take it home on Friday for washing. The P.E. kit consists of: a pair of navy shorts, a white polo T-shirt, plimsolls and navy track-suit for cold weather. Trainers may be worn for outdoor games. Please ensure that all items belonging to your child fit them and are labelled with their name.

  • Fir Class P.E. – Thursday and Friday
  • Chestnut P.E. – Monday and Wednesday
  • Pine P.E. – Monday and Thursday          


Please ensure your child is in full school uniform (see policy on website).



Home Learning


Children should be reading their books every day at home. Reading records must be signed every night and brought to school the next day to be checked. Children who have not read for a minimum of three times a week at home will need to join a Friday reading club in the class. Whilst your child is reading, ask them questions about the text, such as asking them to tell you what they are reading about.


Homework is given out on Friday and is to be returned on the following Tuesday. Each child has access to Google Classroom where weekly homework for English, Maths, Spelling and times tables will be set. Homework is linked to work being studied in lessons and is explained to the class before going home. Children are expected to complete their homework to a high standard and submitting by the deadline on Tuesday. Homework that has not been submitted completed will be done during lunchtime. Additionally, weekly spelling words will be handed out on Monday and are expected to be practised every night, ready for a test on Friday.





Year 3 is an exciting year for your child. They will continue to grow their learning independence and build upon existing knowledge. In English, we use a scheme called the Power of Reading. We study books in depth and the children develop fundamental comprehension skills that will benefit them in the future. Some of the books we will study in Summer term are Oliver and the Seawigs By Philip Reeve and Lost Happy Endings By Carol Ann Duffy. At Lionel Primary, we foster a love of books and reading and so we will enjoy a whole class text together for 15 minutes every day. Spelling, grammar and punctuation will be integrated into our English lessons.


Our Maths curriculum covers all areas of maths, including number and place value, operations, fractions, measurement (including time), statistics and geometry. The maths lessons consist of short, speedy activities that cover a range of topics, including Fluent in 5 (a short 5 minute arithmetic activity), Big Maths (a speedy times table test in 90 seconds) and various starters related to previously taught objectives.


In the Summer term, for our Foundation Subjects, your child will study:



Plants: How does your garden grow?

For this topic, children will revise and build on their understanding of plants learnt in KS1. They will learn about the absorption and transport of water and nutrients and the role of the leaf in making food for the plant (photosynthesis). They will also learn about the parts of the flower, their roles in plant reproduction and the stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant, building on observations of growth of seeds and bulbs from Year 2. How does your garden grow? Compliments the topic Our Changing World.


Light: Can you see me? (Light)

In this module children start their formal look at light, and whilst they will have some prior experience at home, this has not been covered in school before. They will learn about how we see objects, the ways in which different objects reflect different amounts of light and how these ideas can be applied to staying safe at night. They will explore what causes a shadow, as well as how the shape and size of a shadow can be affected by its position. They will learn how exposure to sunlight can cause harm, and about ways by which they can protect themselves.





Ancient Egyptian rituals and daily life

The children undertake a thematic overview of how people lived in Ancient Egypt. Children will consider how the River Nile helped the Ancient Egyptian civilisation expand and thrive. The children will identify the significant lasting contributions that the Egyptians made on our lives: writing, architecture, monarchy and the treasures they left behind. 




In our Rivers topic, children will understand how a river is formed, the different parts of a river and explore major rivers around the world. They will learn how rivers were used in the past, the flora and fauna native to the riverina areas and how pollution and climate change affects the river ecosystems.




Children begin by understanding the terminology of typing and the correct way to sit at the keyboard.  They will become accustomed to using the home, top and bottom row keys, as well as practice typing with the left and right hands.


Branching databases

Children will sort objects using just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions and completed a branching database using 2Question.



Children will consider what simulations are and explore, analyse and evaluate a simulation.






Children will learn about what makes a positive, healthy relationship, including friendships, and how to maintain them. They will explore their own feelings and feelings in others, how their actions can affect others, the difference between acceptable and unacceptable physical contact. They will explore the concept of keeping secrets and when they should agree or disagree to keep a secret as well as appropriate ways to resolve conflict.



Rules and How they influence actions

Children will look at the rules Muslims follow, such as the five pillars of Islam, Sawm and Ramadan. Children will then compare the rules of Islam to those followed by the Christians.


Special Sacred places

Children will look at the meaning and significance attached to special places and sacred



Ancient Egypt and Rivers

Children will continue to develop their drawing skills, focusing on tone, light source, textures and composition by skilfully sketching a tree, under river landscape and a 3D tea cup.

Focusing on textiles, children will create famous Egyptian icons and practise their sewing skills. Their artist study is the French impressionist artist, Monet. Children will create their own lily pond drawings using the technique of smudge painting.


Design and Technology

Money Containers
Structures: Textiles

Children learn how textile money containers such as purses, wallets and belt bags are designed for different purposes and users. They use this information to generate their own ideas and identify design criteria. They make and evaluate their own product using patterns, templates, sewing and reinforcing techniques, as well as adding decorative features.



Bringing Us Together

The song Bringing Us Together introduces children to Disco. The children will learn to sing a song about friendship, peace, hope and unity.


Reflect, Rewind, Replay

This Unit of Work consolidates the learning that has occurred during the year. All the learning is focused around revisiting songs and musical activities, a context for the History of Music and the beginnings of the Language of Music.



For French, children will revise and develop the French language they learnt earlier in Year 3 on the following topics:

  • Greetings
  • What is your name?
  • Numbers
  • Colours
  • Days and Months
  • My Family
  • My house
  • Animals
  • Clothes
  • French Christmas song


Once children have finished revision, we will continue to build on their French language development and learn key vocabulary from the following topics 

  • Food
  • What do you like doing?
  • What time is it?
  • In my town
  • Masculine and Feminine
  • Body parts




At the beginning of the summer term, children are taught the skills in long jump, sprinting, shot put, javelin, vortex, skipping, triple jump and relays, ready to compete in the whole school sports day.  These skills will be revisited throughout their P.E. education at Lionel Primary. Athletics will also help children in athletics competitions, should they wish to compete against other schools. 



To finish the year, children are taught the game of rounders and participate in a year group competition.



A positive partnership between home and school is vital in helping your child achieve to the best of their ability. If you have any questions, please contact your class teacher or the Year Lead by calling the school office or emailing:


We are looking forward to finishing the year as great as we started. 



Thank you for your support with your child’s learning.


Ms. Baldwin (Year Lead) & Miss Allnutt (Fir Class) 

Miss Lusted & Miss Hussein (Pine Class)

Miss Muhumed, Mrs Hussain and Mrs Power (Chestnut Class).