Welcome to Year 3

Welcome to our Year 3 page. Here you will find useful information about our termly curriculum, PE days, homework expectations and useful websites.

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Our 2017/8 curriculum map can be found here:

Year 3 Curriculum Overview

We use our CLIC values to help us to learn to the best of our ability. We believe that every child has the right-

CLICC– to be a confident communicator

L– to learn

I– to improve their health

C– to be part of a community

At Netley Abbey Junior School, these ideas underpin all of our learning. With this in mind, please take some time to see what we have been up to in class.

If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please feel free to talk to our class teachers in the first instance who should be able to answer any queries. After talking to the class teacher, if there are any further enquires, they can be directed toward our head teacher.

Our Learning

Meet our Teachers

Miss Tebbutt/Mrs Opoku —– Castle

Miss Warraich—– Westwood

Miss Smith —– Grange

Physical Education

We would like children to have their PE kit in school every day, however, we understand that they do need washing!PE

Our PE days are-

Castle – Tuesday and Thursday

Westwood – Monday and Wednesday

Grange – Tuesday and Wednesday

Spelling Homework

We use a spelling scheme across the whole school (No Nonsense Spelling) which means that all children in year 3 will learn the same spelling pattern. We will give the children two sentences to learn which will include spelling pattern and statutory spelling words.

Some children will receive an additional 5 key spelling words, which they will be tested on fortnightly.

Times Tables

Please continually practise your child’s times tables with them over the year. For the autumn term we will be focussing on times table homework for maths.  May we remind you of the government expectation that children should know all times tables up to x 12 by the end of year 4. With this in mind, it is important children consolidate their learning regularly at home in order to meet age related expectations.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and due back in on the following Wednesday. Spelling tests will take place on a Friday.

Thank you for your continued support with your child’s homework. If you do have any queries please do not hesitate to speak to one of us directly.

Autumn 1

This half term we are learning about our local area in Geography. To further enrich our learning we went on a wondrous walk around Netley Abbey. We spotted the human and physical features in the village, discussing the materials used and how they have survived. As well as this we also explored the roads where our class names came from. We all had a great time and were very tired when we returned to school; luckily it was just in time for break! Here are some photos of us enjoying the day.

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Also during this half term  in our Science topic we have been learning all about muscles and skeletons. We took a deeper look at how the body functions; what part the skeleton plays in helping the body move and even created our own model skeletons and socket joints!

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Autumn 2

This is turning out to be a very busy half term! We were in full swing for our new topics and have started our practices for the Year 3 Christmas performance in the first week of December! We are looking forward to our trip to the Nuffield Theatre to watch Hetty feather and our visit from Hobgoblin Theatre Company to perform A Christmas Carol.

This half term our Science topic has been on Forces and Magnets and some of the learning outcomes we are looking at are:

  • I can compare how things move on different surfaces
  • I can notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
  • I can observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
  • I can describe how magnets have two poles.

These have allowed us to carry out our own investigations on forces and experiment with magnets to further our understanding on how they work. We even came up with our own magic tricks using these magnets!

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In geography we have been looking at the topic of Mountains, Hills and Coast! During this topic we have been able to provide children with opportunities to learn about the different types of mountain ranges, where they are located and the sorts of activities that can be carried out there.

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Recently covered topics in our core subjects :

Maths – We have been learning to read and write analogue and digital time

English – We have been writing to entertain using diary entries and alternative endings.

Guided Reading – We have been reading The Butterfly Lion to further enhance our skills to infer, predict and use dictionaries to look up meanings of words and thesauruses  to find their synonyms.



To finish of the term in style Lower School went for a lovely Christmas  Christingle service at St Edward’s Church. There the children were able to sing some on the Christmas Carols we have been learning and light up their Christinlges. The service was enjoyed by everyone!


Spring 1

This half term we have been very busy learning about Volcanos and different types of rocks and their origins!

After our amazing discovery of what might have been a volcanic rock, we launched into our learning on volcanos and how a stone we might pick up today would have travelled over hundreds and thousands of years to get to us.


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We used The Pebble in my Pocket as our core book to futher our understanding on the journey a rock takes from being part of a volcano to becoming a pebble you find on the beach.





Spring 2

Year 3 really enjoyed their Tea Talks on Tuesday morning! They were able to ask our visitors lots of questions about their childhood and were fascinated by their responses.

Thank you to all the parents for the lovely cakes and biscuits.

They went down a treat!




Year 3 really enjoyed their fantastic day at Butser Ancient Farm on Monday! They were able to further enhance their learning on their topic of Stone Age and Iron Age by experiencing how they; lived, hunted, made clothes and jewellery and even craved paintings to remember events. Year 3 were very lucky to have the sun shining as they had a go at Watling and becoming archaeologists for the day.

What an excellent end of their Topic!


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