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Shrewsbury Cathedral

Catholic Primary School

Chestnut Class Year 3

Welcome to Chestnut Class


Teacher: Mr Higgins

Teaching Assistant: Miss Sanderson and Miss Elaine Young


Spring 2019

English Maths RE Science Computing PE

In English this term we will be using the Ironman as a stimulus to write newspaper articles, reports and a story.


In Maths this term we will be learning calculation methods for the four operations. In RE this term we will be reflecting on what it means to change. In Science this term we will be learning about rocks and soils. In Computing this term we will be learning to become presenters. In PE this term we will be learning to develop our net and wall games skills.


Autumn 2018 Curriculum



  • Draw inferences such as character’s feelings from their thoughts and actions and justify with evidence from the text
  • Identify how language, structure and presentation aid meaning


  • Discuss writing similar to that which they are going to write to learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • In  non-narrative material use simple presentational devices
  • Compose and rehearse sentences orally(including dialogue), progressively building a rich and varied vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures


  • Extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions 
  • Use fronted adverbials
  • Using and punctuating direct speech – introduce inverted commas, use of inverted commas and other punctuation for direct speech  (Speech marks)
  • Express time, place and cause using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions (Yr3)


Adverb, preposition, conjunction, sentence, adverbial, direct speech

     Spoken Language

  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including expressing feelings

Reading, writing and ordering two- and three-digit numbers

Counting and estimating

Number facts to 20 and to 100

Addition and Subtraction of 1 and 2-digit numbers

Multiplication and division facts

Measuring using mm, cm and metres

Recognising, describing and making 2D and 3D shapes

Counting and estimating

Addition and subtraction of two- and three-digit numbers, using a number line and columns

Multiplication and division: doubling, halving and TU × U

Fractions: representing, comparing and ordering unit fractions of shapes and numbers

Read and write time to 5 minute intervals

Read, present and interpret pictograms and tables

Religious Education

1. Have the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be part of a family.

2. Have the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be part of the Christian family.

3. Have an opportunity to know that we join the Christian family when we are baptised.

4. Have an opportunity to know what happens when we are baptised.

5. Have an opportunity to know the signs used in Baptism and understand why they are used

6. Have an opportunity to know the promises made by parents and godparents at Baptism



Animal Homes

This unit is intended to be taught across the whole year with a minimum of two lessons in each term. 

Pupils look at the "homes" that insects and birds need and make the school friendlier towards these creatures.

They evaluate the success of the measures they have taken.

Pupils also observe plants over time to explore the development of seeds and the life cycle of plants.

Animals and Skeletons

Overview of the unit:

Pupils revisit the classification of animals according to diet as carnivores, herbivores or omnivores, researching

the diets of animals in more detail.  They look at human dietary requirements and begin to identify different food

types and their different uses in the body.  Dissecting an owl pellet provides a link between learning about diets

and the study of skeletons. Pupils learn about external and internal skeletons , making a life size skeleton diagram

and studying the names and functions of the major bones in the human skeleton.

TOPIC - The Romans

Other notices:

PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday.

Homework will be set on Friday and due on Wednesday.

Reading, spellings and times tables should be practised every day and recorded in reading records.




Welcome back to what looks to be a fabulous Summer term!

Below are a few reminders of our expectations regarding homework as well as an overview of the curriculum this term.

PE will take place on Wednesday and then either Thursday or Friday. Water bottles need to be in every day.


Time tables


Mr Hawes’ challenge

There will be spellings set every week.

They will be tested on Wednesday.

The result for the spelling test will be found in their reading record.

Time table grids are in reading records with the correct time table for learning this week. They should be completed each day. Time tables will be tested on Thursday mornings. If your child passes the test they will move on to the next time table.

The children are expected to read every night to an adult. If they have five recorded signatures in their reading diary they will enter a raffle on Friday.

Mr Hawes will set a challenge every week.

Curriculum Coverage for the Summer Term

In Literacy next term we will be writing an adventure story based on natural disasters and using an information atlas as our non-fiction text to find out about the world around us and recreate our own version.


We will continue to improve our grammar, spelling, punctuation and handwriting as we go!

In Maths next term we will review all the main concepts covered so far in numbers and their properties, take a deeper look at fractions and decimals, review the methods we use for all calculations, learn how to solve multi-step problems and do two larger units on measure and shape and space. 

In RE next term children will be learning all about Easter and the Pentecost as well as what it means to be a good Christian.

In science next term carry out a long-term investigation of the factors that affect the growth of plants, observing and measuring their plants for the course of the unit.  They learn about the main functions of the different parts of a plant and will study the life cycle of a flowering plant, including studying the structure of a flower and the different methods of seed dispersal.


In PE next term we will be learning how to hit and field a ball as well as looking at the skills needed to be successful in athletics – running, jumping and throwing. 


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