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Y3 Reverence class

September 2018

Bishop John Robinson Church of England School

Curriculum News Letter

Reverence Class

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to school. I hope you and your families enjoyed a restful break. I am so excited to be back and am looking forward to working with Year 3 on all of our new topics. We have a very busy term ahead and below you will find details of what we will be covering in school.

Now that your children are in Keystage 2 we will be working hard to foster independence in their learning. Please still work with your children on their homework and discuss their learning with them. I would be grateful if you could sign their homework each week so that I know you are aware of what has been set and completed. I will talk more about this at our Meet the Teacher Meeting next week and look forward to meeting you all then.

Reading is a key priority for Year 3 and the whole school and we will be working hard on making sure that children are really comprehending what they are reading. To aid this I ask that you listen to your child read every day and sign and comment in their Reading Record. Again, I will talk about this next week including giving you some strategies for helping with understanding and questioning in Reading.

I am always happy to discuss your child’s learning and development and am available at the door at the beginning and end of each day. If you feel you need a longer meeting then please do contact the office who will be able to arrange an appointment so we can meet.


Autumn Term: Time Travellers


Core Christian Value: Compassion

Termly Christian Values: Thankfulness / Generosity



Texts: George’s Marvellous Medicine, Ug Boy Genius of the Stone Age, Stone Age Boy, Into the Forest

Writing outcomes:

Instruction text, Descriptive writing, information text

Grammar focus

  • Effective use of: Capital letters, Full stops, Question marks and Exclamation marks
  • Using and spelling contracted forms correctly
  • Adding suffixes to most words correctly
  • using the diagonal strokes needed to join letters in their writing.
  • Use paragraphs to organise ideas
  • Describe settings and characters (adjectives, expanded noun phrases)



  • Place value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division

We will be focusing on both fluency and reasoning and problem solving. We will use concrete resources (cubes, counters, place value grids etc) and pictorial representations before moving on to abstract working.



Children will discover different types of rocks and how they are formed. Children will compare and group rocks based on appearance and simple properties. They will understand how soil is formed and then investigate the permeability of different types of soil.

Forces and Magnets:

The children will learn about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. They will conduct an investigation in to the strength of different types of magnet. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.


Our Science learning will be recorded using new technologies this year and we will make eBooks of our learning.

Religious Education

The Bible:

  • How The Bible came into being. How we got The Bible we use today?
  • Whether The Bible has many plots or one plot. What the term ‘metanarrative’ means.
  • Why The Bible is sometimes referred to as a map for Christian life.
  • What The Bible teaches about faith, reflection of what faith means to us.
  • What makes a person of faith in The Bible?
  • How Christians have shown faith and show faith today in spreading the ‘Good News’.


  • Why is it important to remember?
  • How does remembering help the cause of peace?

Advent and the Epiphany

  • Advent as a time of preparation
  • The signs in the Bible that point to the birth of Jesus. the impact of the message of Christmas on the people of God
  • Clues to be found in the celebration of Epiphany about Jesus’ life.

Miss Parr will be teaching

Physical Education

Children will need to bring PE kit on Mondays. Miss Parr will be teaching.

Modern Foreign Language:


  • Getting to know you
  • All about me

Miss Parr will be teaching.

Art and Design

Stone Age Art

  • To learn why Stone Age art is historically important.
  • To understand why civilisations, use art to convey meaning.
  • To develop skills in a range of different media using different tools.
  • To apply my knowledge of Stone Age art to my own work.
  • To create my own tools to recreate the way Stone Age artists worked.


Word Processing Skills

Children will learn to use various features for formatting text. They will also learn to use screenshots, the snipping tool and the secure use of passwords.

Presentation Skills

  • Children will learn:
  • Setting the theme
  • Slide transitions
  • Animating objects onto the slide
  • Creating hyperlinks in the action settings
  • Adding audio and video


The children will be exploring emotional understanding and self-control.

Miss Parr will be teaching.


Children will be learning the recorder in weekly lessons with our Music specialist teacher, Miss Cioffi.


Will be given out on a Friday and will be collected on Wednesday. Sometimes the homework will be set on Google Classroom – the children will be given instruction on this before it is handed out.

Trips and events:

Welcome back service @ Church 7th September

Meet the Teacher Meeting 12th September 3:45pm and 4:15pm

Roald Dahl dress-up day 13th September

Y5 Kip on a Ship Parent meeting 17th September

Harvest Festival 3rd October

Y3 Night at the museum parent meeting 18th October

Black History Month Day 19th October

Parent-Teacher meetings 6th&7th November

Y3 trip to the Cinema. Early Man at the O2 North Greenwich

Y5 Kip on a Ship 15th November

Pop-up museum (Y3 Night at the museum) 23rd November

Nasal Flu vaccinations 7th December

EYFS Nativity 12th December

Christmas Jumper Day 14th December

Christmas Service 21st December (last day of term)


With all thanks for your continuing support

Mrs Renner-Thomas

Year 3 Class Teacher, English and Keystage 2 Leader