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Brambles Primary Academy

Year 3 Holly


Welcome to Year 3 Holly

 Welcome to Year 3 Holly!

Year 3 is the first stage of Key Stage Two

We have three school rules

-Be Ready

-Be Respectful

-Be Safe



Mr McNulty- Class Teacher

Mrs. Bibi- 1:1 Support


 Miss Farook- ETA

Important Information

School Times


School starts at 8:45 am

Children start with morning arithmetic and spelling practice, which is vital for the children to practise, so please ensure the children are on time.

School finishes at 3:15 pm. You can collect them from the Key Stage Two entrance at the side of the building. 


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


 PE is on Tuesday and Thursday

Children can come to school in their PE kit or can change at school.


For more detail on the school uniform, please click - Uniform


Spellings are given out on a Tuesday and tested on a Monday morning. Please practise 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. Glass bottles are not safe for school due to the risk of breakage. 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 a 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. You can see the writing targets below.

 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

We will then be writing stories inspired by the book 'The Ocean Calls' by Tina Cho.

 Ocean Calls, The: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story : Cho, Tina: Amazon.co.uk: Books



In reading this half term, we have started reading 'Planet Omar' by Zanib Mian. We will read some of the book every day and answer questions based on the Year Three reading targets


planet omar - Hinsdale Public Library

You can see the Year Three reading targets here



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


You can see our methods of the operations below

You can see how to add using the method in this video

Our subtraction method is demonstrated below


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

Some questions to ask your children 

 - What parts of the plant can you see?

-What does ____ part do?

- What does the plant need to survive?

- How does this plant reproduce?




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 'What do creation stories tell us about our world?'


In PSHE we are learning  '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 'toot' This is somewhere between a recorder and a flute.



In PE, we use the 'Real PE' scheme of work to support teaching of PE. We have a specialist coach once a week and practise team games once a week.

Shared Reading

 We read for about 15 minutes every day from a book of the children's choosing.

Our current book is 


Links to try at home


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