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 began with the consolidation of division followed by fractions. This unit introduced children to the concept of tenths based on division by 10, finding fractions of sets of objects and amounts, identifying equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and comparing/ordering fractions. We will conclude Spring term by moving onto measurement, starting with time followed by money. This will leave us ready to continue with measurement following the Easter break


We use Talk4Writing, which is used across the school to support the development of English. Each text type is studied for approximately 5 weeks. Across the teaching sequence children will read, explore, plan, create and publish the studied text through a process of Imitation, Innovation and Independent activities. 

Our focus in the Spring Term has been Non- fiction texts: Newspapers and biography. The children used an alternative fairy tale, The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. This helped the children to create a newspaper article based on the alternative viewpoint of The Big Bad Wolf aka Mr A. Wolf.

Our investigations into electricity was supported by looking at the famous American inventor of the incandescent light bulb, Thomas Edison.


Our topic Bright Sparks, which has a science focus gives the children the opportunity to develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions. It also offers their first introduction to studying electricity in Key Stage 2. Children will learn how to construct circuits and conduct investigations. Our topic also encompasses forces, friction and magnetic attraction. Working scientifically, children will investigate friction and the strength of magnets. As well as, learning about forces in the context of pushing and pulling.


This term we will learn key aspects of the Christian faith. The children will find out where Christianity originated, about special places linked to Christianity and about key festivals in Christian life. We will also learn about symbols, the Christian holy book and the main beliefs held by Christians.





Year 3 in the community

The Britishness Project, at Firstsite, offered a selected number of schools in Essex the opportunity of producing artwork to be displayed in the FirstSite Gallery in Colchester. This is a rare and fantastic opportunity and Year 3 were thrilled to have been invited to take part. During the Autumn term, our class had regular sessions with a professional artist and produced a range of artwork exploring cultural identity and Britishness.  A selection of this artwork is being 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. Michael's 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.

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