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Lionel Primary School

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Year 3



A huge warm welcome to the start of a new academic year. This letter outlines some useful information for you and your child.


This year, the children will 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 Thursday
  • Pine P.E. – Monday and Thursday          


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


Currently, our swimming program will not begin until after the Christmas holidays. More information will follow in due course.



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 been given a homework wallet. Homework is linked to work being studied in lessons and is explained to the class before going home; children will also have times tables to learn as well as reading. Children are expected to complete their homework to a high standard, using a pencil or a blue pen, using the school’s joined up handwriting style. 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 Autumn term are Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers, Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister and Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age by Raymond Briggs (please do not share these stories with your child in advance). 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 Autumn term, for our Foundation Subjects, your child will study:



Rocks and Soils: In this topic, children will work as ‘Rock Detectives’ establishing core knowledge and understanding of rocks, their relationship to soils and how fossils have formed over time. In learning about rocks children will identify and name rocks, describing and comparing their observable properties and sorting them using a key. They will identify ways in which rocks are used in the local environment and suggest why the properties of certain rocks make them suitable for particular purposes.


Forces and Magnets: Children will explore how forces can make objects start to move, speed up, slow down or change direction. They will compare how things move on different surfaces. During this topic children will explore how forces can make objects start to move, speed up, slow down or change direction. They will compare how things move on different surfaces. They will identify that magnets attract some materials and not others and that these are known as magnetic materials. They will learn that some metals, but not all, are magnetic and that all non-metals are non-magnetic.



Stone Age to Iron Age: Exploring the Stone Age through to the Iron Age is an exciting period of history for children to learn. They will discover when the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age begins and ends, the differences between the three eras, how the hunter gatherer societies were different to the early farming societies and changes in civilisation due to technological development.



United Kingdom’s Natural Resources: Children will understand what constitutes as a natural resource and will then distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources. They will investigate what natural resources are available in the United Kingdom whilst also analysing the sustainability and depletion of natural resources.



Coding: In coding, children design algorithms using flowcharts that represent a physical system. Children will use the ‘if’ command, use variables and will deepen their understanding of the different between timers and repeat commands.


Online Safety: Online safety is an important subject for children in the 21st century. Children will know what makes a safe password and methods for keeping them safe. They will know how the internet can be used in effective communication, including how blogs can be used to communicate with a wider audience. They will consider the truth of the content of websites and learn about the meaning of age restriction symbols on digital media and devices.



Health and Wellbeing: Children will begin by setting goals and reflecting on personal achievements. They will revise a healthy diet and making healthy choices. They will investigate how the media does not necessarily reflect reality. Students will look at changes in life and how they can encourage different feelings associated with these changes. Children will look at risk and how to appropriately manage risk situations.



Christianity and Islam: Key religious leaders: This unit is about: stories of key religious leaders; some key Christian and Muslim beliefs and practices.


Ways to describe God and Christmas: Children describe how religious belief is expressed in different ways and explore significant practices, places and objects within the Christmas story.



Children will observe and draw leaves, shells, fossils, Stonehenge and their own self-portraits, focusing on textures, patterns, finer details and perspective. They will complete a colour wheel, focusing on secondary colours and brush technique/discipline. Children will also study Andy Goldsworthy and will create their own leaf collage and Christmas/event cards.


Design and Technology

Moving Monsters: (Control: Mechanisms: Pneumatics) Children will develop their understanding of control through investigating simple pneumatic systems that use air to make them work. They will design, make and evaluate a model of a monster that has moving parts controlled by pneumatics (plastic syringe, tube and balloon).



Let your Spirit Fly: Children will learn to listen, appraise and sing along to this R&B song for children.


Glockenspiel Part 1: This 6 week unit introduces children to the language of music through the use of a glockenspiel.



For French, children will revise and develop the French language they learnt in Year 2 on the following topics:

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



Games Throughout our games topic, children will work in a team to successfully achieve a set objective, working on teambuilding, spatial awareness and communication.


Hockey: Children will learn and develop skills to control a hockey ball with a hockey stick using correct techniques. At the end of the unit, children celebrate their achievements by applying learnt skills to a hockey match.


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 the year ahead which will include lots of exciting topics and activities!



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


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

Miss Lusted & Miss Hussein (Pine Class)

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