Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 Key Information

Teacher 3A: Miss Garside    Email: bgarside@victoriousacademies.org

Teacher 3B: Mrs Shemeld    Email: sshemeld@victoriousacademies.org

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Davenport & Miss Grogan

Who to follow on Twitter: @miss_bgarside    @MrsshemeldY3   @MissVjGrogan

Weekly Spelling Test:

Friday 1:1 Spellings and times tables: Monday

PE days: Wednesday and Friday

Year 3 Long Term Plan


What’s happening in Autumn term?

In Autumn 1, the children will be transported to the start of human existence, the Stone Age. Children will learn about what it was like living in the Stone Age, what the used to eat, how they used to hunt for food, what they did for entertainment and where they would live. Throughout the term, we will look at the differences between the Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age.

In Autumn 2, we will be looking at Plastic in our World. Children will learn all about the damage that plastic is doing to our planet, what humans can do to help and how this is affecting wildlife around the world.

Class Reading Text








The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepard

A lively action, adventure tale covering everything you need to know about how to care for a dragon. When Thomas (Chipstick) unearths an unfamiliar spiky, red fruit, in his Grandad’s garden he makes the terrible mistake of taking this fruit inside and leaving it in his bedroom! Themes of friendship, caring, honesty run through this book, delivered in an outrageously funny and heartwarming way.








The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

Full of innocent charm and humour, The Christmasaurus follows the adventures of a little boy named William Trundle who travels to the most magical home of Santa Claus, The North Pole. A book full of friendship, families, sleigh bells, Santa, singing elves and flying reindeers. This magical, charming book, full of glee will have you hooked from the first page.


What’s happening in Spring term?

In Spring 1, we will move on to study the Egyptians. We will spend a full day living and eating like an Egyptian. On this day, we welcome children to come into school dressed as an Egyptian. In addition to this exciting topic, we hope that we have some keen bakers in year three as we will be baking our own bread. The children will be investigating the differences between Egyptian bread to the variety of modern day bread products, before creating their own unique flavoured bread!

In Spring 2, we will move on to study The Romans. My favourite topic! Here we will be looking at why The Romans invaded Britain, the role of a Roman solider, Julius Caesar and the very famous, Celtic queen, Boudicca. Our topic will also run alongside our DT unit, where the children will be designing and making their very own roman shields.

During this term, we also have Science week, International Women’s Day, Children’s Mental Health Week, Red Nose Day, World Book Day and Easter.

Class Reading Text

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone  (Spring 1 and Spring 2)

The magic starts here. When mysterious letters start arriving on his doorstep, Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They are swiftly confiscated by his aunt and uncle. But, on Harry’s 11th birthday, a strange man bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard and has been awarded a place to study at Hogwarts. Let yourself escape normality and enjoy an unmissable series ,that has sparked a lifelong reading journey for children and families all over the world.



What’s happening in Summer term?

In Summer 1, the children will be looking at two cities; Rome and Chester. During our geography topic, we will look at the human and physical features of both cities, comparing the similarities and differences. Working on our map skills, we will be using atlases to find landmarks in these cities.





In Summer 2, the children will be learning all about Coasts and the Water Cycle. They will take a virtual tour of the world to look at different types of coastline and beaches and how they are formed.

Class Reading Text

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

A magical tale in which Harry Potter, an eleven-year-old orphan, discovers that he is a wizard and begins his journey to developing his magical skills finding friendship, adventure, and a little bit of trouble along the way. We follow Harry and his friends through the happiness and struggle, to see good triumph over evil.

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

What would you do if you woke up one morning  to find all the grown-ups had disappeared? If you’re anything like Lucy Dungston, you’ll do all it takes to find out why.

A gripping book, full of adventure and mystery about the upside-down world underneath your bed.







Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

Michael’s parents buy a yacht, and take him off to sail round the world. Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island – and soon discovers he’s not alone. Kensuke, a former Japanese soldier, survived the war and the bombing of Hiroshima, but his family perished. As an extraordinary bond forms between the two, Kensuke faces a heart-breaking choice: can he give up the secluded life he’s built for himself to help reunite Michael with his parents? Knowing the pain of losing his own family, Kensuke knows which way he has to decide…

Changes this year

  • Children will no longer be provided free milk or free snack. If you want to pay for school snack and milk please contact the office. Alternatively, children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack each day.
  • French will now be taught as part of the curriculum. Children will have a 30 minute French lesson each week.
  • Each child will be provided with a school pencil case containing everything they need to support their learning.

Homework Expectations

This is just a reminder of the expectations for KS2 homework. Every day all children should complete, five minutes of spelling practise, reading and times table practise. Children should also complete a twenty minute session of Reading Plus at least once a week.

At Inspire we are passionate about reading and it is massively beneficial to children. It supports their development in all areas of the curriculum, their mental wellbeing and broadens their imagination.