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Topic - Our topic this term is all about rocks and fossils. We went on the mini bus to Folkestone Warren to hunt for fossils. Mr Godfrey is a fossil expert and he came with us to show us what to look for. We had a successful day and found lots of interesting things to take back to school.

Maths - Maths this term is focused on place value and shapes. We have been using practical activities to reinforce our understanding of place value, using numbers up to 1000! We have also been looking at the properties of 2D shapes, and making symmetrical patterns - maths can be lots of fun!

Star Author - Our Star Author this month is the fabulous Roald Dahl. We are currently reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but he wrote many, many books. We will be reading others, including his poems, and finding out about this wonderful author loved by millions.

English - In English we are reading the book Stone Girl Bone Girl - the true story of a young girl called Mary Anning who went on to be one of the greatest fossil hunters ever!

School Council Elections - We held an election in Courtesy class to find our representative for the school council. It was a closely run race with three superb candidates.

In year 3 we are learning to play the ukulele! We are lucky to have a musician like Mr Cook come into school and teach us these brilliant skills. We’re hoping to be able to play together in front of the school, so lots of practice ahead!

Courtesy class have been making 3D shapes with different building materials. Here we are making them with Frameworks. We made shapes like this cube, cuboid and triangular prism. We learned to name the parts of 3D shapes - the face, the edge and the vertices. There are so many 3D shapes - sphere, cube, cuboid, prisms, pyramids and more!

English - Our fiction book this term is Stone Age Boy. It tells the story of a boy who was walking through the woods, when he tripped and fell down, down, down… into the Stone Age! Or was it all a dream? We just don’t know…

Term 2’s topic is Stone Age to Iron Age

We have started to find out about how everyday life was long, long ago. Homes, clothes, food, activities were all very different to now. Imagine a world with no shops, no electricity, no plastic and no fabrics. It’s hard to think about!

Our Star Reader for Term 2 is Dick King-Smith.

He wrote so many books – I wonder if you can find out just how many?

He worked as a farmer when he was young. This gave him a love of animals, and he went on to write many animal stories for children. We are reading The Hodgeheg at the moment.

One of his most famous stories is The Sheep Pig, which was made into a film and renamed Babe… maybe you’ve seen it!

PE -  Mrs Parnell is leading gymnastics every Tuesday – please make sure the children remember their PE kits!

We are also doing reading comprehension and dictionary work in our English activities. It’s very busy in Year 3!

We imagined what it might be like to creep through a dark, scary cave. We did some drama using a black blanket to make a cave, and pretended we were in the Stone Age!

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Our teacher is Mrs Kearl and our TAs are: Mrs Cook & Miss Covatti.


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Term 5

 - Term 2 -


- Term 2’s Targets -

Maths: I am beginning to recall the 4x tables.


Writing: I can learn and use 20 new spellings accurately.


Reading: I can answer comprehension questions based on the text

I am reading.

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 - Term 1 -


- Term 1’s Targets -

Reading: I can discuss a text I have been reading.


Writing: I can learn and use my weekly spellings.


Maths: I can recall the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and related division facts.

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We had Forest School!

Courtesy spent the day in Kearsney Abbey woods, learning new skills and having lots of fun!

Here we are making tree protecting fairies, sawing wood, climbing trees, toasting marshmallows round the campfire, and so much more…


Anti-Bullying Day - We were thinking about what ‘All different, all equal’ means.

We drew posters of ourselves to show how every one of us is different.

We don’t judge our friends by how they look or what their beliefs are – we are ALL DIFFERENT, ALL EQUAL!

 - Term 3 -


- Term 3’s Targets -

Reading: To retrieve and interpret information from the text I am reading.

Writing: To learn and use my 20 new spellings.

Maths: I can recall the division facts for the tables I have learned so far. (2, 4, 5, 10)

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English - This term we are basing our English lessons around the book The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizaz. It’s a wonderfully funny, topsy-turvy tale that turns the traditional story upside down.

Our Star Author this term is a bit different – not just one author, but we will be listening to some traditional fairy tales that have been handed down through the years. Which is your favourite traditional tale? Cinderella? Red Riding Hood? Rumplestiltskin?

Welcome to term 3!


Topic - Our topic this term is Invaders – we shall be finding out about the different groups of people who have made Britain their home, starting with the Anglo-Saxons. There will be lots to discover, and lots of fun activities to help us with our learning!

In Maths we will be focusing on ways of multiplying and dividing. We are still practicing our times tables every day, the children are getting very good at them! We will be practicing our times table division facts this term, so that we get really confident with them. Also in maths we are learning about statistics. He we are sorting shapes in a Venn diagram.

HISTORY WEEK - Year 3 were learning about Victorians. Here we are examining some Victorian photographs to see what life was like 150 years ago.We used a lot of first hand resources in our learning. Here we are modelling some Victorian clothes. We also handled original kitchen utensils, such as a washboard and carpet beater!

We have been learning about statistics.

We surveyed our friends on different subjects – what their favourite pet was, their favourite dinner or colour – then we created bar charts to present the data. It was great fun!

We went to Dover museum to find out more about the Anglo Saxons

Learning about the Bronze Age boat.

Making clay Anglo Saxon brooches.

Martin showed us some Anglo Saxon artefacts and explained lots of things about their daily lives.

We painted our brooches when we got back to school.

This is a millstone for grinding flour.


This is a millstone used for grinding flour.


This is a millstone used for grinding flour.

 - Term 4 -


- Term 4’s Targets -

Maths: I am beginning to recall the 3 times tables and related division facts.  

Writing: I can use 20 of the NEW words I have been given.  

Reading: I can explain the purpose of a text and discuss the author’s choices.

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Topic - In Term 4 we are finding out all about light and shadow! Where does light come from? How are shadows made? What is a light source? There are SO many questions to ask! We will be doing lots of science activities to discover what it is all about. We went on a shadow hunt around the school. Look at what we saw…

English - Our writing this term is based on the book Moonbear’s Shadow. Moonbear goes fishing and discovers that his shadow scares the fish away. He then sets out to catch his shadow – will he succeed?

Maths - We are loving our fraction work this week!

In term 4 Courtesy enjoyed learning about programming and fractions with the Beebots. We challenged each other with 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 turns. To better understand horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines Courtesy class had a mathematical art lesson. We explored fractions by creating an exotic zoo using Lego.

Our topic this term is Light Fantastic! We have been performing some fairy tale stories to our class using shadow puppets.

Courtesy class have also enjoyed some interesting maths lessons this term!

 - Term 5 -


- Term 5’s Targets -

Reading: I can recall  the 8x table and related division facts.

Writing: I can us the correct homophone in the correct context.

Reading: I can comment on the author's choices.


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Topic - In Term 5 we begin a new topic all about British Life and Culture. We will be looking at all the things that make life in Britain so British! Do you think of tasty fish and chips? Her Majesty the Queen? Classical music? Doctor Who? Britain is amazing and there is so much to learn about.


English  - We begin our term learning about Haiku poetry. It is a very special type of Japanese poem – ask your children about the rules!

We will also be learning the story of Robin Hood. It is a British legend that goes back about 500 years. He had a lot of adventures!


PSHE - We are thinking about the different relationships we have with different people – our families, our friends and the other people in our lives, like teachers, dentists and neighbours. We have thought about good and bad relationships, and what we can do to improve them.


- Term 6’s Targets -

Maths: I can confidently recall each of the times tables I have been learning (2,3,4,5,8,10).   

Writing: I can spell a range of homophones e.g meat/meet.   

Reading: I can express my own opinions about a range of different texts.

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 - Term 6 -


English - We are using The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry in our English work this term. It is a story set in the rainforest. Each of the animals tries in turn to convince the man to not chop down the Kapok tree. I wonder if they succeeded?

Music - In Term 6 Year 3 will have a special music day! We will be visited by Year 3 classes from other Dover schools and will be singing mediaeval music together! We will also have a visiting musician who will show us lots of mediaeval instruments. We are very lucky to get such great musical experiences!

Star Author - Our star author this term lived a very long time ago – almost 3000 years ago in Ancient Greece. His name was Aesop and he wrote fable stories – stories that have a message in them. There are many stories to read, some of which are very famous, like The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.

Topic - Our new topic is all about the Rainforest.  We have been learning where in the world the Rainforests are. We also found out about the climate that the rainforest needs. We will be doing some art work soon – watch this space!