Holmgate Primary School And Nursery

Let your light shine

Respect, Responsibility, Resilience

Welcome to Year 3

We are Japan Class!

Class Teacher: Mrs Allen

Class Teaching Assistant: Mrs Skinner



This term, our topic will be when was a rocket also a train? As part of this topic, the children will be looking at the history of the railways, as well as investigating how and why steam locomotives changed over time. 


This term, Y3 and Y4 will be doing their school play. Additional details to follow!

During this term the children will continue to be taught mastery maths in order to gain a greater depth of a mathematical understanding. We will be learning about multiplication and division, money and using and creating graphs. The children will be using practical methods wherever possible to help them with their work.



This term, we will be writing stories linked to 'The Railway Children'. As we are doing our play this term, we will also have a go at writing our own play script.

 In grammar, we will be focusing on using adjective phrases and fronted adverbials in our fiction story writing. We will also learn how to include stage directions when writing play scripts. We will continue to teach grammar using a 'Rainbow Grammar' approach, in order to ensure that this knowledge is consistently applied in the children's writing.


Your child will bring home spellings to learn each week and should record their home reading in their reading diaries four times per week. Additional dojos will be handed out to children who remember to do this.



In science, the children will be learning all about forces and magnets. We will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls. We will also work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces.



This half term, we will be using Purple Mash to learn all about graphs. We will be learning how to enter data into a graph and answer questions, as well as solve an investigation and present our results in graphic form.

We will also continue to teach the children how to use the Internet safely.  Please be aware of the websites that your children use at home and please come to see us if you have any questions about staying safe online.


Other Subjects
Year 3 PE takes place on Tuesday mornings.  The children will be doing PE on the field at times so please ensure that they have appropriate PE kit in school all week. 


In R.E. this term, the children will be looking Sikhism, focussing particularly at what makes a leader worth following.


In MFL, the children will be having an introduction in to the language of Mandarin Chinese. 


A menu of homework is handed out each term. We also have a selection of online activities on Purple Mash and Mathletics.  Spellings will be tested every Friday. Twenty dojos will be given to children who complete the termly homework. 


On Friday 18th January, years 3 and 4 will be having an exciting trip to Barrow Hill Roundhouse and Chesterfield Canal.


* P.E. will normally take place on Tuesday. However, we do occasionally have additional lessons so please ensure children have their P.E. kit in school every day.
* Children can bring their own healthy snacks to school for break time.  They are allowed to bring a 'treat' for snack on Fridays.
* Please ensure that your child comes to school with the correct school uniform, including the correct coloured jumpers and black shoes or trainers.
* Please remind your child that we have a NO chewing gum policy in school.  Many think they can pull the wool over our eyes - but we have not been fooled!



There are a wide range of useful websites that your child can use to enhance their learning.  Here are just a few that you might find useful:

This is really useful for all round research.  Most areas of the curriculum are covered and you will find information relating to most topics we have been learning about in class.

This is a great website to remind you of things you have been learning about in class.  There is a section about English, Maths and Science.
A wonderful website that the children have login details for.  Please encourage them to use the site and complete their homework activities