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Bears (Y3)

Welcome to the Bear Class






Welcome to Bear class with Mrs Lilly and Mrs Glaves. We are so excited to be spending this year with you! This page is for our parents and children to use together. It includes information about what Y3 are learning, key dates, homework and helpful websites. Our focus this year, is to increase children’s confidence with their times table and encourage them to further their love of reading.

Please click here to download the Y3 Topic Long Term Plan 

Please click here to download the Y3 Maths Long Term Plan 

Please click here to download the Y3 Writing Standards

Autumn 1

Our topic for Autumn 1 is ‘Stones and Bones’. This will take us back 12,000 years. We will be learning about a period of time from the Mesolithic times (the middle Stone Age) all the way to the Neolithic times (the late Stone Age). We will be learning about Stone Age jobs including hunter-gatherers and farmers, as well as houses and settlements, Stone Age landmarks and changes that happened during this period of time.

But how do we know about these times if there is no written evidence?


Key Vocabulary

Mesolithic                      Neolithic                       social                            economical                     hunter-gatherer                         farmers             archaeology                    immigrated revolution                      Stone Age                      Iron Age                       Bronze Age                    Ice Age                         BC/BCE                         AD                    time period

Learning what these words mean will help you during our first topic.



In English, we will be learning about our class animal and using the information we have discovered to write acrostic poems and shape poems. We will then write a non-chronological report about bears before creating a persuasive piece of writing, explaining why it is important to protect endangered species. After this, we will be using the information we have learnt in our history lessons to create a character description of a Stone Age boy. 

In Maths, we will start the year by recapping our place value knowledge. This will then progress on to learning about formal written methods for Addition and Subtraction.

In Science, our focus is rocks and forces. We will investigate rocks and their properties as well as looking at how rocks and fossils are formed. Additionally, we will look at forces with a focus on push and pull.

Autumn 2

Our topic for Autumn 2 is ‘Record Breakers’. We will be looking at the human and physical features of geography and comparing longest and shortest rivers, biggest and smallest countries and the tallest and shortest buildings around the world.

Do you know what the tallest building in the world is? Do you know what the longest river in the world is?


We will be learning record-breaking facts about our planet.

In English, we will be using our narrative writing skills. We will start by writing a portal story. Then, we will be looking at traditional tales. 

In Maths, we will move on to written methods for multiplication and division. We will be learning about the 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables. We will be learning this through using practical objects, pictures and through rapid recall. This is something we can also be practising at home in preparation for the Y4 multiplication check.

Important Information

Our P.E days are Monday and Wednesday.

Our weekly Spanish lesson will be on a Wednesday.

Our weekly spelling test will be on a Friday.

We will complete book swaps on a Monday.

Dates for your diary

Learning showcase - Friday 10th November (14:15)

Workshops - Thursday 19th October (09:00) 

Home Learning

In KS2, it is expected that your child reads 4 times a week at home and that this is logged in their planner.

Playing on TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed will help your child learn their times tables and feel prepared for their weekly spelling test. 

Each half-term, we will send out a home learning bingo grid with tasks for you to complete at home. Here are the Autumn challenges for you to try. Remember home learning = Dojos!