Year 3

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to link their learning to the real world. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.

During Spring 1, Year 3 will be learning about water pollution and the river Thames. We will begin by locating countries in the United Kingdom using a range of media (atlas’ and maps). We will explore the topographical features of different localities and will reflect on their similarities and differences. The children will also begin to identify the features and key characteristics of the river Thames and how this physical geographical feature has changed over time. We will later begin to look at the history of the river Thames and will use our learning to identify the impact of past events and create a timeline using the skill of chronology. To conclude, we will discover how the sewage system was introduced and how this benefited the lives of people living in London today, specifically focusing on the introduction of the Poor Law.

In English we will be exploring the theme of sustainable development and thinking about how we as humans can take responsibility for helping the environment and conserving the river Thames. Our core text will be ‘This morning I met a whale’ by Michael Morpurgo, a story of a young boy who finds a whale in the river Thames and receives a message that humans must act and mend the damage they have done to the planet before it is too late. We will be exploring the emotional journey undertaken by the characters throughout the story. We will be leading up to writing our own newspaper article, based on a real-life event. We will look at including key features, focusing on how we can include the different types of speech to show different points of view.

In Maths this half term, we will begin by focusing on different units of measurement. We will identify how to compare and convert between millimetres, centimetres and metres and will use this to calculate the perimeter of different shapes. After, our main focus will be on multiplying and dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers using different strategies, such as the grid method and short division method. The children will be given opportunities to apply their learning to complete a range of problem solving and reasoning challenges. They will also be deepening their learning by identifying connections and relationships between calculations using a range of representations (bar models and arrays).

In Science, we will be learning about light. We will begin by exploring different sources of light and will later investigate how light is reflected and shadows are formed through completing a variety of practical experiments. We will focus on oracy and will be using specific scientific vocabulary to deepen our learning. 

This term in Art, we will be taking inspiration from the artist Monet. We will begin by creating an observational drawing of Tower Bridge and will develop this using different perspectives. We will also explore the work of Monet and will discuss the different techniques that he uses within his work. We will be building up to creating a final piece using watercolour and broken colour to create effect.

In RE, we will be learning about Sikhism, with a specific focus on the Gurdwara. The children will identify the importance of the Sikh place of worship and the Guru Granth Sahib within the faith. We will also explore the life of Guru Nanak and his teachings and will identify how the 5Ks are significant.

Reading every day is essential. Please support your child at home and take the time to read a range of different texts which include newspapers, comics, fiction texts, blogs, information books. Children are encouraged to change their book every week and record their comments in their reading journal. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you would like to communicate with your child’s teacher, please contact through the class email inbox.