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Year 3 - Eagle Class

Welcome to Eagles Class!


Eagles Class is taught by Mr Lack and Ms Goodger.


Here you will find information about what your child is learning in school and also be able to see photographs of what they have been getting up to.

Remember to regularly check our Class Dojo page too - this is where you will find the most up to date information and news, as well as helpful learning links.

There is a useful 'messenger' function on Class Dojo, so you can communicate easily with us.

You will also get notifications when your child is awarded Dojo points!



Children in Eagles Class are starting their journey into Key Stage 2. As well as continuing to develop academically, they will be encouraged to take greater ownership of their learning and work more independently.


You can help develop their independence at home by encouraging your child to get ready for school on their own, giving them some responsibilities such as feeding/taking care of pets and tidying up or organising their belongings more independently. 





Year 3 learners will continue to develop their reading skills, making full use of the resources available to them. These include: library books, MyOn and our Accelerated Reader programme, which allows children to select and read books at an appropriate level of challenge.

Year 3 children will read and understand a greater range of vocabulary and will learn the words from the 'Year 3 and 4 Spelling List'. Children in Year three will read to an adult at least once a week and will work on improving their reading speed and comprehension.


Being confident to read and understand a variety of text genres is the best learning tool your child can gain.


It is vitally important that you engage with your child daily in a reading task - this does not have to be a long process, and can take many different forms. Ideas include: Taking turns reading pages from a children's book, listening to your child reading an easier book which they feel confident with (encourage them to add expression), reading to them from a more challenging book, or even trying to memorise a short poem or story over the course of a few days or weeks.



Your child will become familiar with a wider range of writing genres including the preparation and performance of poetry and playscripts. We look at how to improve the structure of our writing and add depth, description and emotion to our stories. We will continue to deepen our understanding of grammar and work on improving the consistency of our handwriting.

Children will be challenged to infer meaning, information and emotions from texts, as well as being asked to make predictions based on what they already know about a story, as well as what they can infer. 


You can help develop this skill by asking your child to predict what might be about to happen in a story, or how they think a character might be feeling.



Your child will continue to learn their times tables, which will help them with almost all other aspects of their maths. They will practice formal methods of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. We will look at fractions of quantities and will dive a little deeper into finding out what fractions are, and what they mean. We will look at the properties of shapes, angles and sets of lines too.


Any opportunity to use maths in a real-life context is really useful. For example, ask them to help you pay for items or predict totals when shopping. This will help to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. Learning to tell the time, especially to five minutes, is another great way to support your child's learning at home; this also links neatly to their counting in 5s in the 5 times-table.


Perhaps most importantly for maths, you can help your child at home by practising their times tables regularly.


There are many different ways you can do this, but it helps if your child can use and apply this knowledge — for example, not just knowing that 10 x 2 is 20, but also realising that 20 divided by 2 is 10. You could use journey time to school to give your child fun times table challenges. You can also make up word problems relating times-tables facts to real life




Summer Term 2

Life on the river: How has it changed?


This half term,  we will be investigating different aspects of our local history.
Our first class trip will take us to the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth and give us a glimpse into the lives of the fishing industry of the town's past. We will look at how the people lived and then write a diary from the point of view of one of the seasonal herring fishery workers.
Then we will turn our attention inland, to the lives of the wherrymen and the communities whose livelihoods depended on the marshes and rivers of the Norfolk Broads. We will imagine life as a wherryman's mate and go on to make a non-chronological report about the thatching process.


Our class texts will be some of Isabelle King's wonderful short stories based on local museum artefacts.


In Maths, we will spend a little more time on 'Time', before moving on to secure our understanding of the 'four operations'. After this, we will look at how decimals are used to represent values less than one in a place value grid. To finish up the year, we will spend some time looking at 2D and 3D shapes.

There are some ideas for homework within the Class Newsletter.

Eagle Class Newsletter - Summer Term 2

Summer Term 1


Are you healthy enough?


This half term,  we will be looking into different aspects of plants and animals.
First we will look at the function of different parts of a flowering plant and also find out how it transports water and nutrients around.
Then we will move on to look at how our bones and muscles work together to make us move around, and how our movement differs from other animals.
We will also take another look at healthy eating and nutrition whilst looking at what some other animals eat to survive.


In literacy lessons, we will be learning about character description, linking with our class text and using the descriptions in the book to inspire our own new character in the story.

We will also look at recipes for healthy snacks and instruction texts for how to grow a plant.


Maths will focus on division techniques before moving on to measure of time later in the half-term.

Download the new class newsletter to look at - there are some ideas for homework on there which you might find interesting.

Spring Term 2



Do all rivers lead to the ocean?

This half term, we are learning about rivers. From their source to their mouth, rivers are entwined with human history - we will be looking at what makes a river, how rivers are used and how they have affected both the human and physical landscape throughout history.

There will be the opportunity to look at our local rivers and find out about their interesting recent (geologically speaking) history and also to think about their future too. 


During Literacy, we will be learning a river story by heart, then using this to create our own narrative. We will also look at personification and investigate why rivers and personification go hand in had in many literary works.


Maths lessons will continue to focus on becoming comfortable and familiar with fractions, before moving on to multiplication, including formal written methods of multiplication.


There will be plenty of Geography learning, with lessons covering both the physical features of rivers and the human aspect of river use. This will, of course, allow us the opportunity to look briefly at the globally unique local history of local communities and the Broadland landscape.


Art will focus on replicating the techniques used by famous artists to paint river scenes. DT will investigate how superstructures (such as bridges) can be made strong enough to span rivers and support enormous loads.


Spring Term 1



What's under your feet, exactly?

This half term, we are learning about the earth beneath our feet. We will be looking at what goes on deep beneath the earth's crust, and how this is linked to earthquakes and volcanoes. In turn this will help us understand how the world we live in today was made, and how it will continue to change.


We will be planning a (fictional) trip to a far away volcanic landscape, then writing a fictional recount based on what we discovered there. We will also create newspaper articles about geological events, as well as continuing to practice our descriptive writing skills.


In topic lessons, we will learn about the earth's structure, volcanoes and earthquakes. We will learn how different types of rock are formed and why you find fossils in some areas and not others.

We will also look at how soils are formed and what they are made of.


RE this half term will be an interesting look at Islam, the beliefs of Muslims, and how their beliefs might affect their day to day life.

Autumn Term 2



How does your food compare to Stone Age food?

This half term, we are looking at how early humans lived and how society developed in the thousands of years leading up to the Bronze Age.

We will be writing a descriptive narrative based on the story 'Stone Age Boy' and will be investigating how early humans developed tools to help them survive as they migrated across Europe and into Britain after the last major ice age.


In topic lessons, we will focus on History and investigate questions such as 'How long have humans been around?' and 'Would a human ever have met a dinosaur?'. We will also investigate the sort of places early humans would have lived and how early societies would have developed.


In Science we will be looking at the topic of 'Light' and investigating the properties of light and how it interacts with other materials.


We will be looking at Christian belief and the bible in the run up to Christmas, as well as practicing stitching and needlecraft in order to create our own Christmas decorations.

Eagle Class Spring Term 1 Newsletter

Eagle Class Autumn Term 2 Newsletter

Eagle Class Autumn Term 1 Newsletter

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