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Brambles Primary Academy


Year 3 AspenSee the source image

Did you know ....

Aspen trees are a deciduous tree and aspen leaves are shed once a year during autumn. Their lifespan is up to 150 years, although a few have been known to survive for over 200 years !

Welcome to Year 3 Aspen

 Welcome to Year 3!

Year 3 is the first stage of Key Stage Two and we are so excited to help you learn lots of new and exciting things !

We have three school rules:

-Be Ready

-Be Responsible

-Be Safe


Miss Azeb- Class Teacher

Miss Farook - ETA                                

Important Information

The School Day

The class register will be taken at 8:45am and learning will begin immediately after this. It is vital that pupils are on time to school so that they do not miss any important learning. Children start with morning arithmetic and spelling practice, which is vital for the children to practice.

Pupils are to be collected from school at 3:15pm


Attendance every day is crucial. Each lesson follows the previous day, so missing one day may put the children behind for days.



 PE is taught on a Tuesday and Thursday.

Please send your child to school wearing their PE kit. For more information on uniform, please click - Uniform


Spellings are given out on a Tuesday and tested on a Monday morning. Please practice these with your children as it will help them build their skills as writers and build their confidence.


It is important to keep hydrated throughout the school day so please bring a bottle of water to school with your name on it every day.  The children can fill these up at the tap as needed.


It is crucial that your child reads every night at home with an adult who asks them questions. While the children are now mostly able to read without help, questions will help them develop their comprehension skills. There are questions in each reading record to help you direct the questions you ask them. 


Times Tables

The children have all been given Times Tables rockstars logins. They should be encouraged to play for  short time every day.

Key Dates

 Spring term 2

 Monday 20th February 2023 - Pupils return to school

Thursday 2nd March 2023 - World Book Day 

Friday 31st March 2023 - Last day of Spring term 2

Saturday 1st April - Sunday 16th April 2023 - Easter holidays

This half term we will be learning...


At Brambles, we use the 'Write Stuff' scheme of work, created by Jane Considine.

Your child may have spoken to you about chotting! This is a mixture of chatting and jotting- where we brainstorm great vocabulary before using it to create some wonderful sentences.

Our writing targets this year are taken from the national curriculum.

This term we are focussing on writing poems! We are going to write a poem based on Spring during our sentence stacking lessons. At the end of this unit, we will be independently writing our own poems based on the season of Summer which we will edit and publish.
Spring Weather And How It Affects Insect Activity | U.S. Pest Protection

 Guided Reading

In reading this half term, we have started reading 'Planet Omar' by Zanib Mian. We will use this book to help us with our reading domains.

planet omar - Hinsdale Public Library


In maths this half term we have begun our study of fractions. Here are our small steps we are focussing on :

Step 1 - I can understand the denominators of unit fractions

Step 2 - I can compare and order unit fractions

Step 3 - I can understand the numerators of non-unit fractions

Step 4 - I can understand the whole

Step 5 - I can compare and order non-unit fractions

Step 6 - I can show and understand fractions on a scale

Step 7 - I can show and read fractions on a number line

Step 8 - I can count in fractions on a number line

Step 9 - I can identify equivalent fractions

Step 10 - I can understand equivalent fractions on a number line

Step 11 - I can understand equivalent fractions as a bar model.

Step 12 - I can understand the importance of half and a quarter

Step 13 - I can count in fractions

Step 14 - I can understand tenths

Step 15 - I can count in tenths

Step 16 - I can understand tenths as decimals

Step 17 - I can compare fractions

Step 18 - I can add fractions

Step 19 - I can subtract fractions

Step 20 - I can identify fractions of a group of objects

Step 21 - I can identify fractions of pictures of objects

Step 22 - I can identify fractions of a number


In science this half term, we are studying 'Plants'. 


Our Geography this half term is 'Climate and Weather'

We will :

  • know different types of weather and can explain how to measure these.
  • locate and name the different climate zones/ biomes around the world.
  • describe the climate in the UK.
  • describe weather that occurs in other parts of the world and relate this to their climate zone.
  • know the impact that rain and clouds have on weather and the climate.
  • understand what climate change is and the impact it is having on the world



Our art  topic this half-term is 'Formal Elements of Art'. We will be exploring two of the formal elements of art: shape and tone. Children will find shapes in everyday objects; use shapes as guidelines to draw accurately from observation and practice shading neatly and from light to dark


We are studying 'How do people show and celebrate their faith'


In PSHE we are learning about 'Healthy Me'. 

We use the Jigsaw scheme of work. Jigsaw is a mindful and child-centred approach to PSHE. It is an original and comprehensive scheme of learning which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with an emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development.


We will continue to be taught music by Musica Kirklees. We will practise the drums and study rhythm and beats.


In PE, we use the 'Real PE' scheme of work to support teaching of PE. 

Shared Reading

Our shared reader book this half term is 'The Nothing to see Here Hotel', written by Steven Butler. 

Image result for the nothing to see here hotel


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