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Thomas Harding Junior School

Achievement Through Aspiration

Year 3



We have two classes in Year 3. In 3T, the children will be taught by Miss Thornhill and in 3S, the children will be taught by Miss Smith.

We will be supported in our learning by our Learning Support Assistants who are: Mrs Bennett, Mrs Connell and Mrs Digby.


Summer Term 2022





This term, we are focusing on writing to inform and narrative writing to entertain. Our writing unit the first term is a non-chronological report about the discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb. We will be reading a variety of texts about Howard Carter, Tutankhamun and the discovery. Using what we have read to inform our readers. We will be focusing on how we structure sentences and paragraphs to inform our reader, making sure we include our ambitious vocabulary that we will be learning in class.  In the second part of the term our writing unit will focus on narrative writing based on a fairy tale. We will be looking at atmosphere and setting, studying how the author has created atmosphere to entertain us.  



This term we are going to be working on telling time to the nearest minute, reading a 24 hour clock and comparing durations. We will also be studying properties of shape, looking at angles, 2D and 3D shape. We will continue to work on learning and embedding our times table knowledge. You have logins for Times Table Rockstar to learn and practise your times tables at home. 



We will be reading a variety of texts during the Summer Term alongside our class texts. We will continue with our text The Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah and The Ship of Cloud and Stars by Amy Raphael. 

 The children will have an opportunity to explore different types of text and develop a love of reading in our Whole Class Reading Sessions alongside the books they read and enjoy at home. 



These are checked regularly. Children must aim to read at least 5 times a week for at least 10 minutes. If reading on their own, we expect children to be writing comments in their records using the VIPERS at the front of the book to guide them. The children should aim to write at a minimum of 2 sentences per comment. Don't forget to tick off the tic-tac-toe grid at the front in order to move on to the next reading challenge and collect their certificate. 



We are continuing with our History topic which is all about Ancient Egypt, where we will be focusing on their civilisation's achievements and significant people. We will be studying sources of evidence which teach us about one of the greatest civilisations in history. There will be an Egyptian day in school which will give the children a greater opportunity to dive deeper into the world of the Ancient Egyptians.



We will be moving onto animals including humans. We will be learning where we get our nutrients from as well as how our bodies are  structured internally (muscles and skeletons). The final science topic of the year is plants, where we will be identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering planes, investigating how water is transported within plants as well as exploring plant lifecycles. Our learning will include lots of practical experiments and child-led learning, applied through the various streams of working scientifically. 



PE kits need to be brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. We have PE lessons every Tuesday and Wednesday. This term we will be focusing on athletics, cricket, outdoor adventure (orienteering). 

PE kits consist of: a white or burgundy t-shirt, black shorts, plimsolls or plain black/white trainers. Please make sure your children's PE kit is labelled. 



Spellings - Your child will be given their spellings on the Friday and will then be tested on their spellings on the following Friday. Please make sure spelling journals are brought into school everyday. 


Homework grid  -  We will be sending out a tic-tac-toe grid for children to complete a variety of tasks based on topics from the classroom. One week the children complete something from the tic-tac-toe and the next they complete online maths which will be set via MyMaths. Each child has a login for MyMaths at the front of their homework books.