Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

01707 652714

Cranborne Primary School

Learning Together

Autumn term 2023

.Welcome to Year 3

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Information Evening - attached below are the slides we used. Please come and speak to a member of the Year 3 team if you would like any extra information.

Staff contact details

If you need to contact us about your child then please use the email addresses below.


Mrs Davis  

Mrs Wasilewski



 Mrs Majevadia 

Mrs McCarthy -

Key Dates and Reminders


Friday 1st September - INSET Day - no children

Monday 4th September - 1st Day of term

Tuesday 19th September - Year 3 Information Evening -  5pm

Sunday 24th September - Family Photo Day - FOC

Monday 25th September - Flu Vaccinations

Friday 29th September - INSET Day - no children

Monday 2nd-Thursday 5th October - Book Fayre

Tuesday 10th October - Open Morning

Monday 16th/Tuesday 17th - Class and Individual photos

Friday 20th October - FOC Spooky Disco and end of half term


This half term, we will begin by looking at place value and regrouping of numbers. The children will count on and back in ones, tens and hundreds from any given number. We will then move onto magnitude of number and estimating and rounding. This half term will finish with looking at mental strategies for adding and subtracting before moving onto formal written methods. 

Each week, the children will be tested on their times tables. We will begin by recapping the 2x, 5x and 10x table before moving onto the 3x and 4x. Please encourage your child to use Times Tables Rock Stars and Purple Mash as fun ways to rehearse and practise. 


This half term, we will be looking at the book Ug: Stone Age Boy. This is an entertaining story set in the Stone Age that charts the developments that occurred. From this book, the children will write a set on instructions and a recount. Please encourage your child to write at every opportunity and always insist on them using full sentences.

We will be continuing to work on handwriting. The children will continue to practice a cursive style focusing on their letter formation, sizing and correct joins. 


Useful Websites



Please find your child's log in details in their Reading Record. If you have any questions, please come and see us.


Purple Mash can 


Curriculum Overview for Year 3


At Cranborne, we are  committed to developing in children a love of reading. We will be introducing the children to new, exciting texts in class and in order to develop their fluency and comprehension skills, the children are expected to read everyday for at least 10 minutes (from a variety of texts). They will need to have their reading record signed and these will be checked regularly in school. In Year 3, the children will continue with the Accelerated Reader programme which focuses on comprehension as well as reading skills. The children will complete the Star Reader test at the start of term. This may mean that their current reading level may change slightly, but once they are back in the swing of reading each night this will improve once again.



Foundation Subjects

Art - In Art this half term, we will look at  Cave Paintings. The children will have a chance to recreate their own paintings and talk about how these pictures can tell a story.

Music - In class, the children will continue to sing a variety of songs. They will also develop their instrumental skills through learning to play the recorder and the glockenspiel.

French - The children will begin to learn French with a topic entitled 'I am ...'

Science - In science, our topics will be Forces and Magnets and then Animals including Humans

PHSE - Our Jigsaw themes this term are 'Being Me' and 'Celebrating Differences'

DT-  We will be looking at seasonal eating and we will be creating our own seasonal dish.

IT - This will be taught weekly and will focus on online safety, branching databases and emails.

Geography - We will complete a mini topic later this term about cities, rivers and seas in and around the UK


PE this term will be on a Wednesday morning, taught by Mr Roberts our Sports Coach, and a Friday afternoon, taught by class teachers.

On these days, the children need to come in dressed in their PE kits. Please ensure their clothing is  weather appropriate and that all PE clothing is named.

Water Bottles

Please ensure that your child comes in each day with a labelled water bottle. It is vital that the children stay hydrated throughout the day. 

Pencil Cases

The children will need pencil cases in school this term.  Please make sure all the equipment is clearly labelled with your child's name. Please include the following items

  • HB pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Pink pencil
  • Green pencil
  • Glue Stick
  • Whiteboard pen 

You may also want to include some coloured pencils as well.


Please ensure that you are hearing your child read regularly (4/5 times a week). The reading records will be checked daily in year 3.


Homework will be a Maths activity and an English activity each week. It will be given out on a Thursday and will be due in on the following Tuesday.


Our topic this term is Prehistoric Britain. This is the central theme through which we will be teaching many areas including Art and English. We will be looking at how life developed from the Stone Age, through the Bronze Age and into the Iron Age

Please consolidate children’s learning by asking a variety of questions such as;

  • What does prehistoric mean?
  • Where did Stone Age people live??
  • How did people communicate?
  • How did prehistoric people find food??

Children could also do some research at home to discuss in the classroom.

We won't be having a trip this term but look at for information about our Stone Age Day that we will be having later this term.


Home Learning Work 

If you would like any extra work for your child to complete then please have a look at the work below or visit the websites listed on this page.


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Maths and English Skills

 Maths and English skills.pdfDownload
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 Year 3 Independent Maths and English Workbook.pdfDownload
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