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Year 3 (Silver Birch)



Summer 1


Thank you so much for your support over the last term. We have an exciting half term coming up and will be focusing our learning on writing newspaper reports for the Tameside Reporter..


Polite reminder: Please stay mindful of the start time of school 8.50am. We are still having lots of late marks in the register and children are missing out on vital learning time. This also impacts of other pupils within the class.


English:  Our Power of Reading Book is 'Into the Forest' by Anthony Browne. We can't say too much about this book just yet, as the children need to describe what they think the book is about and predict what will happen before we start reading it. 



Our focus this half term will be :

Week 1: Number and place value

Week 2: Addition and Subtraction involving money

Week 3: Properties of shape

Week 4: Assessment week and multiplication and division

Week 5: Multiplication and division and fractions

Week 6: Length

Week 7: Addition and subtraction including measurement



We are going to carry on focusing on mastery as a school. This means spending greater time going into depth about a subject instead of racing through the things that all children should know. Previously, racing through content in the old curriculum, lead to some children having gaps in subject knowledge because the concept they had just learned was either too big or learned too quickly.



Our topic this term is called Making the News!

In this topic we will be learning about what roles there are in creating newspapers and being a journalist, photographer and editor to publish our own reports. We will be working with Matt Hewitt from the Tameside Reporter which we are very excited about.


It is incredibly important that children read at home everyday. Please read with your child and sign the reading record. Both reading record and reading book need to be in school every day.



Homework is now given out on Thursday and is due in the following Wednesday.

Homework will still consist of 6 spellings, writing 4 sentences, 3 reading sessions at home, arithmetic questions and a game on Times Table Rock Stars.

Failure to do all of these each week will mean it will be completed at break/lunchtimes.


P.E. is on Wednesdays and the children need to wear black shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps. This half term, Mr Baugh, the sports coach, will be teaching gymnastics.

Please make sure PE kits are in school at the start of the half term and stay in until the half term break.

Swimming: Will remain every Thursday morning. Please remember that this is part of the National Curriculum and every child must take part on a weekly basis.

Physical Education:


All children must participate in two sessions of PE each week. In Year 3 and 4, we are lucky to have one as a PE session in school with Mr Baugh and one at Romiley Swimming Pool with swimming teachers there.

PE will be on Wednesdays this year and the children need to wear black shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps.

Children will be starting swimming lessons every Thursday. The children will need to make sure they come to school with their swimming kits every Thursday morning. This must consist of a swimming costume or trunks and a towel. Swimming trunks must not be baggy and be above the knee in length. All children with long hair must bring a swimming cap with them to avoid having wet hair for the rest of the day.




Finally, just a reminder to make sure your child is reading every day at home and learning their spellings and times tables.

If there is anything you would like to ask me then as always please feel free to see me after school.


Kind Regards

Mr Jenner

Miss Tetlow