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Dear Parents,

We have had a very enjoyable start to the year. This next half term promises to be even better! Here is what we will be learning:


Our topic for this term is ‘Weather Around the World’. The children will be learning about hot and cold climates and how animals cope with surviving in extreme conditions. We will also learn that the Earth has temperature zones, varying from the North and South Poles to the Equator, and how this influences the weather and the types of animal that live in these areas. The children will also be lucky enough to attend a Weather and Seasons Workshop in November.


The genres we will cover this term are poetry, narrative and reports. We will be continuing to develop our writing skills, with an emphasis on visual literacy, using a short animation as the focal point. Not only does this very popular unit of work cover the English curriculum but also links seamlessly to our topic of Weather Around the World.

Can we ask that you ensure that your child continues to read regularly at home, as this has not only been shown to be one of the most effective ways of improving reading skills but it also helps children make progress in many other aspects of school life!


This half term children will be continuing addition and subtraction, leaning how to use formal written methods to calculate answers. Following this, we will move onto multiplication and division. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you to encourage your child to learn the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 times tables. Our Year 3 maths Inspire will be held on Thursday 9th November. Please save this date in your diary and remember it is carried out in the children’s maths sets.


We will be learning about ‘Plants and Growing’. We will plan and carry out investigations into what plants need to be able to grow, moving on to learn about how they get nutrients and water and noting how plants respond to different conditions. We will take into account the role that weather plays in the lifecycle of a plant, particularly the effect of the sun and rain.


Depending on the units covered last half term, the children will be participating in dance, gymnastics, orienteering skills or swimming. 3BM and 3P boys will be going to Moseley Swimming Baths for their swimming lessons up until Christmas and will require a swimming costume and a towel. Please make sure that the children have the correct kit of a white t-shirt, black shorts/trousers/leggings, pumps for indoor PE and trainers for outdoor PE.


In RE, we will be learning about the meaning of community and the similarities and differences in different religions as well as visiting a Sikh Gurdwara. This will be followed by thinking about Christmas and different ways it is celebrated around the world.

We look forward to another successful half term.


The Year 3 team



Year 3 Recommended Reading List

Parents often ask us for suggested books for their children to read so we have put together a list of books which are recommended for children in Year 3. It is by no means an exhaustive list but represents a cross section of books suitable for your child. Please do take your child to borrow books from their local library. (They can take TEN books out at a time for free!) Please also encourage your child to read for 20 – 30 minutes every evening as it will impact hugely on their writing ability and general learning.


Anything by Dick King-Smith as this is Year 3’s special author.

eg The Hodgeheg, The Sheep Pig, Dragon Boy, The Golden Goose, The School Mouse

The Children who smelled a Rat/Woof                        Allan Ahlberg

Awful End                                                                             Philip Ardagh

Railway Cat                                                                          Phyllis Arkle

Wasim in the Deep End                                                    Chris Ashley

Where the Forest meets the Sea                                   Jeannie Baker

The Monster Crisp Guzzler                                             Malorie Blackman

Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave                                    Quentin Blake

Secret Seven/Famous Five Series                                 Enid Blyton

Happy Ever After series)                                                  Tony Bradman

Agent Amelia (series)                                                        Michael Broad

Flat Stanley                                                                          Jeff Brown

Fungus the Bogeyman                                                      Raymond Briggs

The Julian Stories                                                               Ann Cameron

Mr Majeika                                                                          Humphrey Carpenter

Clarice Bean (series)                                                          Lauren Child

Wicked Day!                                                                                    Rob Childs

The Tree House                                                                  Gillian Cross

The Twits, Matilda, The BFG                                           Roald Dahl

Jamela’s Dress                                                                    Niki Daly

Animal Ark (series)                                                                        Lucy Daniels

The Dragons of Wayward Crescent                             Chris D’Lacey

The Starburster                                                                  Berlie Doherty

The Gruffalo                                                                                    Julia Donaldson

Amina’s Blanket                                                                 Helen Dunmore

Bill’s New Frock/Diary of Killer Cat                               Anne Fine

Witch in Training                                                                Maeve Friel

Harry Rabbit on the Run                                                  Adam Frost

Meerkat Mail                                                                       Emily Gravett

The Runner                                                                          Keith Gray

Daisy (series)                                                                      Kes Gray

Dear Max                                                                              Sally Grindley

Amazing Grace                                                                   Mary Hoffman

How the Whale Became                                                   Ted Hughes

Red Planet/Lost in the Jungle                                         Roderick Hunt

The Abominables                                                               Eva Ibbotson

Pandora’s Box                                                                     Rose Impey

Leon and Bob                                                                      Simon James

Invisible Brother                                                                Peter Johnson

Myths of the Norsemen                                                   Roger Lancelyn Green

The Great Piratical Rumbustification                            Margaret Mahy

The Librarian and the Robbers                                       Margaret Mahy

Judy Moody (series)                                                         Megan McDonald

Fierce Milly and the Amazing Dog                                 Marilyn McLaughlin

Winnie the Pooh                                                                A A Milne

The Dancing Bear/Cool/Tom’s sausage/Cool            Michael Morpurgo

Henrietta the Great Gogetter                                         Martine Murray

Invisible Vinnie/The Owl Tree                                        Jenny Nimmo

Winnie the Witch (series)                                                Laura Owen

Football Academy                                                              Tom Palmer

Impossible Parents                                                                       Brian Pattern

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak                                   Philippa Pearce

Hue Boy                                                                                Rita Phillips Mitchell

Soccer Squad: Stars (series)                                           Bali Rai

Horrid Henry (series)                                                        Francesca Simons

My Granny’s Great Escape                                             Jememy Strong

The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog                                     Jeremy Strong

The Littlest Viking                                                               Sandi Toksvig

Boy Racer                                                                             Ian Whybrow

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark                           Jill Tomlinson

The Deathwood Letters                                                   Hazel Townson

Li Fu’s Great Aim                                                                Karen Wallace

Stuart Little/Charlotte’s Web                                         E B White


Poetry and Rhymes

Please Mrs Butler                                                               Allan Ahlberg

Let’s Twist Again                                                                Paul Cookson

Raps, Riddles and Concrete                                            Pie Corbett

Football Crazy : poems, raps and beats                      Tony Norman

Juggling with Gerbils                                                         Brian Patten

You can’t catch Me                                                            Michael Rosen

Or any book connected with a topic which is being studied in school or which interests your child. What is most important is that your child is reading and developing a love for reading.

Happy reading!




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Dear Parents

Autumn 1 Overview for Year 3

 We would like to welcome you all to Year 3 and look forward to getting to know you and your child over the coming year.

As the children are now in Key Stage 2, we would like to bring a few changes to your attention. School no longer provides a morning snack, however children can bring in food to eat during the morning break. We would like to continue the healthy eating habits started in Key Stage 1 and encourage your child to bring in a piece of fruit or vegetables and a bottle of water.

Also, as of next Wednesday, the children will be starting swimming lessons at Moseley Swimming Baths. A rota system has been set up whereby two of the three classes go swimming and the remaining class has PE sessions in school. Classes are then swapped around each term, so please keep an eye out for your child’s class in the Wednesday letter. We will be starting off with the girls in 3BM and 3P.Please ensure that your child comes in with the appropriate kit on the day.

Our topic this term is the epic story of Rama and Sita and how that is linked to the festival of Diwali. We have a cross-curricular approach and the children will be learning about different aspects of this story via the different subjects. In R.E., we will be thinking about how the Hindu celebration of Diwali is an expression of joy and happiness and how other religions celebrate important occasions. The dance element of PE looks at synchronizing movements using traditional Indian music as well as practising and developing football and swimming skills. The children will also be making a series of pictures using collage and other art techniques to make diva lamps as well as doing rangoli patterns and mendhi designs. Finally, in science we will be looking at light and shadows and will carry out a range of investigations to find out more about how shadows change. In keeping with our theme of Diwali, the children will then produce a shadow puppet show about Rama and Sita.


In English, we will be covering narratives and some work based on Black History.


We will start the year in maths, by counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s, both going forwards and backwards as well as starting from different numbers. Following on from this, we will be partitioning numbers and using number lines to help calculate additions and subtractions.

We also have 3R’s assembly to look forward to on Tuesday 3rd October.

We thank you in advance for your continued support with your child’s education at Park Hill.



The Year 3 team.

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