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Year 3

Welcome to the summer term in Year 3. I hope you had a fantastic Easter break and managed to have some time relaxing with your family. This half-term, as part of our focus on social justice and equity, we will be learning about Victorian Britain. We will be exploring the ‘hidden stories’ of non-white British circus performers as well as gaining insight into what was like being a child in the Victorian era.

English and Reading

This half-term, our core text is ‘ Son of the Circus’. The story centres around Ted, a 12-year-old boy who lives with his mother and brother in South Yorkshire in 1867. But his whole world is flipped upside down when a man rolls into town, announcing himself as Ted’s father and a well-respected circus owner, looking to get his son involved in the family business of horse tricks and acrobatics. The story deals delicately with the experience of being a person of colour in the latter part of the 19th century, and gives insight to the intricacies of circus life.

In English, we will be using this book to write a diary about Ted and how he felt being forced to leave his family to join a circus with his father. We will be reflecting on Ted’s emotions at particular points of the text and how his relationship develops with other characters. We will explore Ted as a character by identifying his physical and emotional characteristics and how his personality affects his actions in the book.

We will be using our reading lessons to explore a variety of text types including narratives, fiction and non-fiction. All of our texts are related to Victorian era topics, so the children can have a deeper understanding of that period. We will use each text to focus on various learning strategies throughout the half-term. Children wil use their prior knowledge to infer about different parts of texts, they will also be making connections to their own experiences to relate to the different sections of the book. We will be using newspaper reports to develop our clarifying and evaluating skills.


During this half-term, we will be learning about time. The children will learn to tell and write the time from an analogue clock including using Roman numerals from I to XII and 12 hour and 24 hour clocks. We will then move on to learning about properties of shapes. Using mental calculation strategies and practising our times tables will continue to be the focus of our arithmetic sessions. Children will also be building on their knowledge of using the formal method for multiplication and using the column method for addition and subtraction.


Our focus for this half-term is ‘light’. Children will learn to recognise that light is needed in order to see things and dark is the absence of light. They will then distinguish between light and the light source. They will build on their prior knowledge that sunlight can be dangerous and necessary safety precautions need to be taken. They will explore how shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by opaque objects.

Design Technology

Throughout this half-term, we will be focusing on the history of puppetry and in particular the history of Punch and Judy. The children will learn how to sew and create prototypes of a product. They will discuss how sewing is used in textiles products as a way of joining pieces together and then investigate how to create a prototype. For their final outcome the children will produce their own Punch and Judy puppets.


This half-term we will be learning about Victorian Britain. The children will learn that the the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign from June 1837 to Jan 1901. They will understand how children often had to work during the Victorian times in dangerous conditions e.g in coal mines or chimneys. We will be also focusing on the origin of compulsory education before moving on to learn about the hot summer of 1858- which was known as the ‘Great Stink’ and how Health Acts were introduced to improve the health conditions of ordinary people.


In RE we will be focusing on Islam. The children will study and reflect upon the key events in the life of the Prophet Muhammad and how muslims believe in one god. Understanding the significance and use of the Qur’an and its importance to many muslims will be the focus of our lessons. The children will then learn about the five pillars of Islam and their significance for many muslims.


There will be a focus on striking and fielding in outdoor PE. The focus of indoor PE will be gymnastics which will be lead by coach Stephanie.


The focus will be on menthol health, positive and negative behaviour, exercise, managing their feelings. The children will identify the things that affect feelings both positively and negatively and then think of strategies to identify and talk about their feelings.

French (KS2)

The children will be focusing on naming classroom objects and learning the names of common pets before moving on to answering questions about their pets.


The children will be continuing to focus on algorithms using Purple Mash software.

Useful Information

PE Kit
Children will have PE every Monday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school in the correct PE kit and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.

Reading Records and Passports

Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary, books and reading passport. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in EVERY DAY the same as the reading passport. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box. Well done to those children who have already achieved their bronze and silver sticker passports!

Water Bottles/Clothing

Children are encouraged to bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.

Diary Dates

30th May – 3rd June 2022: Half Term