Welcome to Year 3

Wasp and Earwig are our Year 3 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum each half term and all the work we get up to in and out of the classroom.

Children have PE on Monday and Tuesday. They will need to arrive in their P.E. kits on these days.

We will also be updating our website with pictures, work and more!

Who works in Year 3:

Miss Lucy Peck                 Miss Helen Pham             


Mrs Amy Wreathall            Mr Neil Lloyd 


Miss Michelle Reitinger

Our Curriculum:                                                                   

 This half term we will be learning:


In Talk for Writing we will be writing a persuasive text after learning from the model, Perfect Parrot For Sale. The children will be looking at how to give readers strong emotional responses to description and will revisit rhetorical questions and imperative verbs to hook readers in then tell them what to buy!


In maths we will be developing the children’s understanding of money. We will be adding, subtracting and converting money into pounds and pence. We will also be touching on statistics by interpreting tally charts, pictograms and bar graphs.


Our science topic is plants. We will become botanists and study a plants appearance and function.


In history, we are continuing to study the Anglo-Saxons, looking at Danelaw, the unification of ‘Angle-land’ (England), Alfred the Great and King Cnut.


In geography, pupils will learn about the different types of settlements. They will compare and contrast cities, towns, hamlets and villages.


P.E. will be on Tuesdays. We will be focussing on basketball and gymnastics this half term.

R.E (Religious Education)

In RE, pupils will continue their study of Christianity.


In Spanish, we will learn about Spanish festivals and increase our vocabulary when learning more colours and numbers.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

In P.S.H.E. this term the pupils will be learning all about relationships including: family responsibilities, online safety, friendships and being a global citizen.


Our art topic is about landscapes and still life.  Pupils will look at examples of significant artists’ work that employ these features and create their own landscape art.

D&T (Design and  Technology)

In D&T, pupils will learn how to make cushions. They will learn and apply two new sewing techniques – cross-stitch and appliqué.


In music pupils will be learning about Jazz music, its history and musical features.


Pupils will be developing filming and editing video skills through the storyboarding and creation of book trailers.

Home Learning

If a pupil is required to self-isolate due to Covid restrictions, work will be uploaded to Teams or emailed to parents. All pupils can also access TTRockstars at home. You may also wish to find additional activities on Oak Academy or BBC bitesize.


Knowledge Organisers

At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to help our children learn more and remember more and to allow parents and carers to support their children's learning. In our knowledge organisers, you will find essential knowledge, key dates, important vocabulary and key figures. The knowledge organisers can also be used as a fun assessment tool which will help children to see the progress they have made.

Science     History     Geography     Music     Computing     Art     R.E.     Spanish

Our Class Text is:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

This is a link to all the common exception word spellings from Year 1 to Year 4 for you to practise with your child at home. 

Common Exception Words spelling mat

Many parents asked how to support reading at home. Firstly, read, read, read! Reading to and with your child is always a great thing and helps them progress as well as encouraging them to read to you. If you would like help accessing books, please let us know. When your child reads at home - whatever text it is - you can use the questions here to support their understanding and recall.  There are different types of questions to allow them to think about different things e.g. remembering details accurately, inferring what the author or character values, considering the choices authors have made and comparing the text to others they may know.

Questions about reading

Our current spellings are uncommon sounds/letter correspondence: gn/kn and wr, o sounds as 'u', a before l sounds as 'aw' and ey sounds as 'ee'

What have we been up to?

Newsflash w/c 25th March

Thank you for all of your support over this shorter yet incredibly busy half term. The children have worked hard to complete end of topic assessments and we hope you all enjoy a safe and restful break.

Newsflash w/c 18th March 2024

It has been another busy week in Year 3 as the children have worked really hard completing their assessments. In English the children completed their innovated writing where they persuaded their reader to buy a kitten using persuasive features such as rule of 3, alliteration and rhetorical questions. The children were very convincing and used their innovated writing to help plan their own hot write where they can write a persuasive text about a topic of their choice. In Maths, we have been incredibly resilient when learning about mass and capacity. The children have been learning to identify grams and kilograms on a scale. In R.E. the children continued their learning about Easter and explored how it is celebrated around the world. A big well done to the children who performed in their rocksteady concerts for parents on Wednesday, we are looking forward to seeing them perform in their school performance next Wednesday.    

Newsflash w/c 11th March 2024

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend parent evening consultations this week; it's always a pleasure to be able to share details of the progress that the children are making. For anyone who was unable to attend, please contact us via the school office if you would like to discuss your child's progress and targets. We have assessments this coming week which will allow the children to see exactly how much more they have learned this year and give some specific targets for the summer term.

This week we investigated water transportation in plants by observing each day what happened when celery was placed in an ink-water mix. We planned our own persuasive advert which will be written this coming week and really enjoyed beginning to film our own trailers in computing! In history, we learned that Viking beliefs were similar to the Anglo-Saxon settlers that came to these shores before them (they were the exact same gods and goddesses) and the Vikings also later converted to Christianity - at least in part down to the favourable deals Christian traders only offered to other Christians. Enjoy your weekend.


Newsflash w/c 4th March 2024

In English, the children were introduced to their new persuasion text, Perfect Parrot for Sale. The children have worked hard learning their text and finding the features of persuasive texts such as alliteration and rule of 3. In maths, the children have continued their fantastic work on fractions and began to identify equivalent fractions. In geography, we learned about the different types of settlement and what facilities can be found in them as well as the pros, cons and reasons for living in these settlements. On Thursday. year 3 looked super in their world book day costumes and they enjoyed discussing their character and books with each other.

Newsflash w/c 26th Feb 2024

Spring is here! Everyone returned after the week's break ready to continue learning and working hard. We have published our version of a chapter from The Twits where we used 'show - don't tell' and a range of sentence types to build tension and atmosphere. We have begun the Y3 work on fractions in maths and it has gone fantastically. In a sequence of small steps the children worked hard to make sure they understood numerators, denominators, how to compare and order unit and non-unit fractions and finally, how to find partner fractions to make one whole. In history we learned about Danelaw and in PSHE we explored family responsibilities which tied in with this week's school value. We have also really enjoyed science this week; we were botanists and used careful observations and secondary research to study violas in detail (see our pictures below!) Have a great weekend.


Newsflash w/c 12th Feb 2024

This week, the children planned and wrote their innovated dialogue text for the Twits. The children worked hard to include -ing sentence starters, show not tell and correctly punctuated speech to produce fantastic work. In Maths, we finished learning about length and perimeter and explored trial and error within problem solving which the children really enjoyed. Throughout the week, the children were introduced to pneumatic toys and spent their time understanding, designing and creating their own toys powered by air. They learnt about how to produce thumbnail sketches and exploded sketches in order to design their toy. Have a great half term!

Newsflash w/c 5th Feb 2024

This week, Earwig and Wasp classes have begun learning to write dialogue - punctuating it correctly - and using 'Show - don't tell' so readers can infer atmosphere and emotion in our writing. We're enjoying practising these tools so that we can write our own Twits argument next week. In maths, we have been busy solving problems involving converting different units of length. This week was Children's Mental Health week and we had two special assemblies this week, one remote and one in-person, with mental health specialists who taught us that looking after our mental health is just as important as our physical health. We learned that being social, spending time with others, using the internet carefully, being out in nature and eating, drinking and sleeping well are all excellent ways to help ourselves.

Newsflash w/c 29th Jan 2024

This has been a very busy week in year 3. We started the week welcoming parents to join us for a maths reasoning and problem-solving session and shared how we work strategically to find answers. For the rest of the week, the children have begun learning about length and measuring, including converting meters into centimetres. In English, the children started their unit on dialogue in which they text mapped an extract of The Twits and identified features of dialogue. In geography, we explored famous features of Ely and in music the children continued composing their own music linked to Chinese melodies. Have a lovely weekend. 

Newsflash w/c 15th Jan 2024

This week we have begun to write our own instructions and paid attention to using the features we'd learned: rhetorical questions, time adverbials and imperatives and organisational features such as subheadings and bullets. If you would like to know how to find a Yeti, let us know! We're really enjoying The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and have begun to understand more about the text (we're up to the part where Edmund meets the White Witch for the first time). We've been practising our mindfulness both in our developing Yoga flows and our new Jigsaw PSHE lessons as well as learning about the formation of the kingdom of Alba in the 9th Century. This week ended in the most wonderful way - the Red house fundraising talent contest. Well done to the Y3s (and everyone else) who auditioned and performed. If you would still like to contribute to the charity fundraising, please do. Have a great weekend.

Newsflash w/c 8th Jan 2024

The children have been busy this week challenging themselves with lots of new learning. In English they were introduced to our new instruction text 'How to trap a troll'. They have been practising re-telling the story as well as learning the features of an instruction text. We made predictions about our new guided reading text 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and read the first chapter. The children made a good start to using the formal written method for multiplication in Maths which we will continue to practise next week. In History, the children began their learning about the Anglo Saxons and settlement in the United Kingdom. Have a lovely weekend!

Newsflash w/c 1st Jan 2024

Welcome back and happy new year to you all. It was so nice to see everyone after the break and all the children came back ready to learn straightaway which was fantastic. Already we've begun to learn more about multiples of different numbers and their properties and recapped some learning about word classes in English. It was enjoyable to have a Spanish lesson on the first day back and to introduce our new topics in R.E., in geography and in computing. Enjoy your weekend.