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Year 3 Mr Silk

Welcome to our class page.


This term we will be studying World War II and asking the questions, 'What was life like for children during the Second World War?' and 'Who was Hugh Thomson?' In order to answer our key questions, we will complete a series of enquiry led lessons focusing on a broad range of different topics to held broaden our understanding of this key point in history.  Examples of these enquiries are;

-What was evacuation?

-What was life like for evacuees?

-What impact did WWII have on Sale?

-How did the war end?

-Why should we remember?


Along the way we will write a create a leaflet offering advice for evacuees, create a biography of a local war hero and a non-chronological report on a World War II aircraft. We will also go on a field trip to our local war memorial and to Stockport Air Raid Shelters. 


The Imperial War Museum is a short journey away at Salford Quays and offers the children a fantastic opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Second World War. It would be fantastic if you and your child could visit it at some point and discuss some of the artefacts and information that are on show there.

Also, here are some ideas for extra work you could do together at home to help your child have a broader understanding of WWII.

  1. Create a profile of some of the key figures in World War II.
  2. Visit the library or search the internet to find appropriate non-fiction and fiction texts on the war.
  3. Produce a timeline of some of the key points in the conflict.
  4. Ask your child to explain what they have learned in their topic lesson each week.


Please feel free to come and speak to us if you have any concerns or queries.


Kind regards


Mr Silk and Mrs Reynolds Smith

Year 3 Newsletter- Autumn

In English we will be writing explanation texts, newspaper reports, myths, poetry, non-chronological reports and other fictional creations.

Pupils will be taught to:

Plan their writing by:

  • discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • discussing and recording idea

Draft and write by

  • composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structure
  • organising paragraphs around a theme
  • in narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
  • in non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices [for example, headings and sub-headings]

Evaluate and edit by:

  • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvement
  • proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
  • proofread for spelling and punctuation errors
  • read their own writing aloud to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear


Grammar will also be an important focus this year. Children will be learning how to use conjunctions such as, when, if, because, although. They will also be learning about pronouns, commas, apostrophes, and, speech marks.


Handwriting expectations remain high, for further information please see our Penpals support for handwriting, on this page.


Children are expected to listen to and discuss a range of texts including, fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks. They will be using dictionaries to check the meaning of words. Additionally, children will be preparing poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action. We will be discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.


We expect children to read daily and record which pages and books in their reading logs.


We understand that going into the juniors can be big transition for children, our aim is to ‘Inspire, Believe, Achieve!’ we wish for all children to feel happy and safe in school, please,  if there is anything that you need to know or you have any worries or concerns about your child, or school life in general then please don't hesitate to contact me.


Thank you for your continued support.


Mr Silk (Class Teacher) and Mrs Reynolds-Smith (Teaching Assistant)


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Here is a copy of the new Numeracy Framework for Y3 to help you understand what your child will be learning and when.

Here is a copy of the Year 3 expectations - this covers what children will be learning throughout the year in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Penpals for Handwriting: Year 3 information for parents

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