Year 3 2021 - 2022

Mrs Maguire


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Welcome to the Spring Term! 

This term we are looking forward to learning about the following:


Our Religious Education topics will be ‘Sacrament of Reconciliation’ and ‘Celebrating the Mass’.

During our ‘Sacrament of Reconciliation’ topic, the children will understand what it means to make wrong choices and know what reconciliation means. They will learn about what happens during the Sacrament of Reconciliation and what it does for us. We will then understand the purpose of Lent and how we can prepare for Easter.

During the ‘Celebrating the Mass’ topic, the children will learn about what happened at the Last Supper. They will understand what happens at the beginning of Mass and the importance of readings at Mass. They will know what happens at the Offertory and Consecration and that we receive Jesus in Holy Communion.


In Maths, we will continue to work through the Power Maths Scheme that I am sure many of you are now familiar with. The units we will be focusing on in the Spring Term are Multiplication and Division, Money, Statistics, Length and Fractions. Children will be expected to continue to learn their times tables ready for their weekly tests. They also have access to Times Tables Rockstars to help with their times tables practise.


In English, we will mainly work on a text based approach, and enjoy reading a range of quality picture books, non-fiction texts and extracts from longer novels.  Now that many of the children are becoming confident decoders, the reading focus begins to shift in Year 3, and concentrates more on developing comprehension skills.  Our shared texts will also inspire writing in a range of genres including, narrative, poetry and instructional text types.  In addition, discrete grammar, spelling and handwriting lessons will also be taught. This half-term we will be focussing on the text 'The Hodgeheg'.


In Science, we will be learning about ‘Animals Including Humans’. In this topic, the children will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.

The children will learn that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat. They will also learn that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection, and movement.

Topic (Geography)

This term, for our main topic, we will be studying ‘Exploring the UK’ This is a really interesting topic that gives children an opportunity to learn more about the country where they live, including capital cities, rivers and seas. Many other areas of the curriculum such as English, Art and D&T will also be integrated into this topic. 


The children will have the opportunity to use laptops and IPads. We follow the Purple Mash scheme of work and this term the children will be learning about touch typing and emails.


If, unfortunately, your child is off school, self-isolating, please see the attached letter regarding suggested home learning activities.

I hope you find the following links useful for supporting your child:

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at


Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Homework will now be set online wherever possible.
  • Spellings will be uploaded here, to the class website.
  • Maths homework will be set on Purple Mash.
  • English homework may be set on Purple Mash, or here on the class website.
  • Timestables are set on Times Tables Rock Stars.
  • Occasionally homework may be printed and sent home on a Friday if it cannot be set online.

Maths and English will be set on alternate weeks. Each week I will let you know which homework has been set and where to find it.

Homework for this week is Maths ('Sorting Multiples Venn diagrams') has been set on Purple Mash.

A reminder about spellings:

-If you child learns 15 spellings, they are in group 1

-If your child learns 10 spellings, they are in group 2

-If your child learns 5 spellings, they are in group 3

-If your child works with Mrs Clark in spelling time, they are in group 4


Kind regards,

Mrs Maguire


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St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Well Lane, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 2PG