Year 3

Welcome to the Year 3 Class Page

Mrs McLaughlin is the class teacher.
This page will keep you well informed of what Year 3 are learning each term as well as important pieces of information.

What have we been learning?



In Maths we begin with the consolidation of Number and Place Value. This forms the foundation for understanding all the operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).  Form here, we will continue to build upon the mental strategies used in both addition and subtraction. Then, we move onwards to an introduction to written methods for these operations. After that, we will focus on Multiplication and Division, so that by the close of the Autumn term we have met all operations.


In lower KS2, children begin to follow Talk4Writing which is used across the key stage to support English in Years 3 - 6. Each text type is studied for approximately 5 weeks. Across the teaching cycle children get the chance to read, explore, plan, create and publish the studied text.

Our focus in the Autumn Term is narrative fiction and Myths. The children will use Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura to introduce them to the Stone Age and the structure of stories to develop their understanding of writing a beginning, build up, problem, resolution and end.

Our discovery of myths will help us discover how the ancient Egyptians believed their world began. Focusing on Egyptian Gods will help deepen our understanding of the structure of stories but introduce the use of direct speech.


Our journey begins in the Stone Age and continues to the Iron Age. We will gain a deeper understanding of how these periods impacted Britain. We will learn how man survived in a harsh environment, why Skara Brae was important in the Stone Age, how copper mining was crucial to the Bronze Age and why Stonehenge was built. Our focus on Britain ends with looking at why Iron Age people developed hillforts.

We then turn to the achievements of the ancient civilisation of the Egyptians. We will learn about how and where the ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, who Tutankhamun was and how mummies were made. Finally, we will find out how hieroglyphs were used to communicate and compare the powers of different gods.


In the Autumn Term, Year 3 will look at Islam and key aspects of the Muslim faith. We will learn where Islam originated, about special places linked to Islam and about key festivals in Muslim life. Finally, the children will also learn about symbols in Islam, the Muslim holy book and the main beliefs held by Muslims. Following this we will re-visit The Nativity Story.

They will find out how the Nativity Story began, the journey undertaken, where Jesus was born and why, the visitors who came after the birth and how baby Jesus’ life was at risk.

Year 3 in the community

The Britishness Project, at Firstsite, offers a selected number of schools in Essex the opportunity of producing artwork to be displayed in an exhibition early next year. This is a rare and fantastic opportunity and Year 3 at St Michael’s are thrilled to have been invited to take part. During the Autumn term, our class will have regular sessions with a professional artist to produce a range of artworks exploring cultural identity and Britishness.  A selection of these artworks will then be displayed in the gallery from March – June 2018.  Firstsite is a public art gallery in the centre of Colchester that showcases works from international artists, such as Andy Warhol and Grayson Perry. 

Sex Education

We teach sex education through different aspects of the curriculum. While we carry out the main sex education teaching in our personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum, via the use of the Tom and Yasmine programme, we also teach some sex education through other subject areas (for example, science and PE), where we feel that they contribute significantly to a child’s knowledge and understanding of their own body, and how it is changing and developing. (For a list of learning outcomes for Key stage I & 2, see St. Michaels Primary Sex and Education Policy).

Learning and Life Skills

At St. Michaels Primary School, we equip learners for lifelong learning, no matter their Key Stage, or their age. Built around the development of a logical hierarchy of skills, Learning and Life Skills develop learners’ capacities in the following three skills categories:

Personal and Social Competencies

Thinking Skills


Across the Autumn and Spring Term children will develop these Skills in units designed with these outcomes in mind:

  • Learning as part of a group
  • Being a good member of a social group
  • Taking individual responsibility for self and others
  • Developing ability to act independently
  • Monitoring and evaluating own learning
  • How I learn and how I develop - learning styles
  • Organisation and planning skills
  • Managing ones moral and social development
  • Recognising feelings and understanding emotions
  • Developing a positive sense of one's self
  • Stress management and conflict resolution


20 minutes per day
Minimum 15 minutes Daily Reading at home
Weekly Maths Homework
Spelling Practice – spellings are given out every 4 weeks. A weekly spelling test will take place every Friday. 

PE Days

Wednesday & Friday

Red shorts or Jogging bottoms in cold weather, White T-Shirt with St Michael's badge, Plimsolls/Trainers .

All Uniform can be purchased from Brigade online store.

Welcome Letter Year 3 2017.doc.pdfDownload
Showing 1-1 of 1