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Year 3 have been searching the sand dunes...

Diving into the river Nile...

Analysing a range of evidence...

and coming up with their own theories surrounding the death of Tutankhamun.

weighed and mixed...

shared out amounts..

and timed how long the cookies needed to bake.

Of course there was a little taste testing too!

Of course there was a little taste testing too!

Year 3 set off on an adventure to Highclere castle.

They learned about Lord Carnarvon and Harold Carter.

Looked at their famous discoveries, especially that of Tutankhamun.

Exploring the magnificent grounds.

What an adventurous group of children!

A great time was had by all.

Year 3 Spring Term 1 Curriculum


Year group message

 We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and the children are raring to go again! They have certainly started this term well with lots of enthusiasm for our new topic.

Thank you for all your continued support.


Year 3 Team

Bumblebee: Mr Tabner (Year Leader)

Dragonfly: Mrs McQuay/Mrs Booth

Butterfly: Miss Carey
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Mintram, Mrs Parkes, Miss Peck



Curriculum Spring 1 - The Firework Maker's Daughter

In this topic the children will be taking part in a book study around the book ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by author Phillip Pullman. They will be developing their reading skills, in particular retrieval and inference. Alongside this the children will be performing a gymnastics routine with the theme of ‘fireworks’, singing and producing artwork for public display.

In maths the children are continuing their work on addition and subtraction, learning how to solve up to 3 by 3 digit calculations using formal written methods.


The children will have homework set on a Wednesday and it will be due in on a Monday. The children will have both Spelling practice and a times tables homework every week. The children will be tested on their curriculum words at the end of the half term. Also, can we encourage the children to read as much as possible at home and we want the children to reflect on their reading in their planners. The expectation is that children read 4 or more times a week. Any questions regarding homework or the expectations please contact your child’s class teacher.


PE & Games


Thank you for your support in the amount of children are now remembering their PE/ Games kit. It has been noticed by the Year 3 team.

This half term Games (outdoor) is on a Monday and PE (indoor) is on a Wednesday.

Just another reminder about earrings and that if your child wears any they must be removed or taped over for PE lessons. You must provide the tape and your child must put it on themselves.



Spring Term 1 Dates for your Diary

Monday 22nd Jan – Cricket taster session for Year 3

Tuesday 6th Feb – Share my learning (3.20pm)

Thursday 8th Feb – Firework Maker’s Daughter publishing evening 5-6pm. (Letter with more details to follow)

Thursday 8th Feb – Share my learning (8.45-9.15am)



For further information regarding Year 3 please visit the official school Facebook page. Shirley Junior School Year 3 2017-2018 (Please note that any other SJS Facebook pages/groups are not endorsed or managed by the school.)  

Thank you for all of your support.

The Year 3 Team

Mr Tabner, Miss Carey, Mrs McQuay and Mrs Booth


"Relationships between staff and pupils are good and this makes a good contribution to the quality of the lessons because pupils want to work hard."