Class 3 – Autumn 1 



This half term, Class 3 will be linking most of their curriculum subjects to the topic ‘Superheroes’. A lot of their work, from English through to Art will be based around this topic to allow the children to have a thorough experience throughout their learning!





English this half term will be based around the famous Roald Dahl story ‘Matilda’. The children will be exploring the different super powers which Matilda has and how she uses them throughout the story. To kick off the new year, the big focus will be on punctuation and grammar where the children will recap the use of different areas of punctuation in their writing, from capital letters to the different types of apostrophes. Furthermore, the children will explore the use of adjectives as expanded noun phrases, along with the use of past and present in their work. The children will complete activities such as character descriptions and story telling. 



This half term the children will begin the year by learning about:

  • Place value and partitioning 2/3 digit numbers.

  • Ordering numbers to 100/1000

  • Counting in steps of 2,3,5 and 10s (Y2)

  • Counting in steps of 4,8, 50 and 100 (Y3)

  • Addition

  • Subtraction

  • Solving number problems with all of the above.

Throughout their work, the children will be challenged to transfer what they have learnt into mathematical problems. 



This term, the children are learning all about scientists and inventors. They will have the opportunity to learn about different inventors and scientists throughout history and what their discoveries were. Furthermore, they will also look at our very own superheroes, such as doctors, investigating how they use science to assist them with their work. 



For the first half term, a lot of the computing will focus around basic skills such as using the internet safely, how to use common applications such as word and basic keyboard skills. However this will all be done around the theme of ‘digital art’ which will be incorporated into our superheroes topic! The children will have the opportunity to use a range of digital art programmes such as paint and 2simple and will recreate famous digital images. 





During History this half term, the children will be learning about nurses throughout history and how they have become our very own superheroes through the work which they have done. The children will be completing lots of different activities which allow them to use their own research. They will be learning about nurturing nurses from the past such as Florence Nightingale.    



The children will have 2 PE lessons a week, one outdoor and one indoor.


Please make sure your child has their PE kit with them every day as some weeks the date of these sessions may be subject to change. 




The children will continue with their Spanish this term, with Mrs Stewart our Spanish specialist teacher still attending school for these sessions, working alongside other teachers in class. 




This half term the children will be learning all about Christianity with a focus on God.


The children will be investigating the question 'why is it important to have a routine?'.


Art and DT

Art and DT will as always be closely linked to our topic. For this half term, the children will be exploring the work of the famous artist Joan Miro and will be using learnt techniques in order to recreate their own superhero inspired piece of art work similar to the work of Miro. 


This half term, the children will be learning all about China. They will be looking at aspects such as landscape to cities and also will touch on the different warriors in China which will link to our superhero topic.      



As always, one of the big focusses throughout school remains reading. Please make sure that your child has their new reading diary with them at all times as they may read any day. In addition to this, it is expected that your child should be reading at home at least 3 times a week. Please record this also in their reading diary and have the relevant page signed ready to be checked at the end of the week. The children are given raffle tickets for good reading, which is automatically entered into the reading prize box to be in for a chance of winning book tokens.




Phonics and SPAG

The Year 2 children in Class 3 will still receive daily Letters and Sounds sessions with Mrs Moore, Mrs Hunt, Mrs Lockhart, Miss Woodward or Mrs Jones. This will be a continuation of Phase 5 last year and will eventually lead on to Phase 6. In addition to this, the children will also receive a second session each day during the morning in which they will have the opportunity to apply what they have learnt in the morning to their writing. The Year 3's will instead receive daily 'SPAG' lessons (spelling, punctuation and grammar) in order to assist their writing and understanding as a whole. Some Year 3's however will still receive Letters and Sounds sessions in order to fill any relevant gaps. 




Throughout the school this year, we are having a big push on writing and the different features which a piece of work should include. Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) is going to be at the forefront of English sessions to ensure that the children are applying different features to their writing in order to improve. Their English will still revolve around a story, however more focus this year will be placed on the SPAG associated with the writing they will be asked to produce. 


How to help your child at home!


Above is the breakdown of what the children will be learning about in school, however if you wish to help at home, there are a variety of games, websites and activities you could do.

How to help your child Autumn 1 2017 Superheroes

High Frequency Words Checklist Y2

Year 2 Homework Grid Autumn 1 Superheroes

Year 3 Homework Grid Autumn 1 Superheroes

Year 2​ Common Exception Words List

Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words List

Supporting your chil​d Yr2

Supporting your child Yr3






• Practise times tables (2, 3, 5 and 10) (variety of maths games) (variety of maths games)

• Play a variety of maths related games such as bingo.

• Whenever there is an opportunity, ask your child to count the objects you are buying etc. and encourage them to count out the correct money/work out how much change you should get.

• When you see 3D or 2D shapes, ask your child to name it.

• Play hide and seek using directional language (I am on your right) etc.

• Encourage your child to identify the day, month, year etc. and ask questions such as 'which day came before today'.



• Read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and discuss the differences.

• If doing an activity which involves them participating, encourage them to explain to you what they have just done, or write it down as their own personal recount!

• Encourage your child to keep a diary or journal.

• Look at different stories and point out adjectives, capital letters, full stops etc.

• Read a variety of fantasy books with your child

Collect information texts and discuss the features.

• Lots of reading! 

Discuss how to write a letter/let them write their own letter.




Useful websites:

 ​ – for games and support materials in phonics. – for games and support materials in maths and literacy. - for short educational clips. - online learning activities and resources for all subjects. For resources and information about phonics.

PE Days:               

Our PE days this half term are Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor).

Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school with them all week. The children make take their kit home on a Friday in order to be washed ready for the following week.