Welcome to Year 3 Chestnut Class!

Class Teacher – Miss Elson

Teaching Assistant – Miss A McLaughlin

Our class governor – Elaine Speakman-Davies


During this term Chestnut Class will be considering issues of Social Justice. Early in the term we will be exploring what a home is and what makes a somewhere a home. We will be drawing on our previous learning of Stone Age settlements and the location of towns near water, in considering why civilisations have migrated throughout history.



In English (Writing) we will be looking at Narrative writing, Poems, Fiction and Non Fiction books. Our first book of this term is ‘Dreams of Freedom In Words and Pictures’, through which we will consider our rights as human beings. Following this we will be studying ‘The Silence Seeker’ by Ben Morley. The fictional story tells of a meeting between two young boys who become neighbours, having experienced very different home lives. Through drama and study of the text, the children will have an opportunity to explore the characters and their experiences, before writing their own meeting tale in third person narrative.



In maths during this term we will be looking at statistics, interpreting and presenting data using bar charts, pictograms and tables. We will be solving one-step and two-step questions using information presented in graphs. Later in the term we will be focussing on fractions, counting up and down in tenths and recognising that tenths arise from dividing an object or number into 10 equal parts. We will use our learning in finding and writing fractions of a set of objects, before focussing on measuring length and perimeter.



In science we will be looking at rocks and soil. We will be comparing and grouping different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. We will be setting up practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests. We will look closely at how fossils are formed and recognising that soils are made from rocks and organic matter. Throughout the term we will be gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.



This term we will focus on Christianity during our Religious Education lessons. Our Big Question for this term is ‘What is a church and why are churches important to Christians?’. We will be exploring different denominations of churches, comparing both the physical features and structures of worship. We will be exploring Christian beliefs and Biblical text, using this to gain a greater understanding of Christian views on God.



Music lessons will continue every Thursday, when the children are learning to play the drums. There will be a short concert for parents during the Spring term – information about this will be sent home nearer to the time.



The children will continue to receive training in sports from Premier Sports. They will be learning new techniques in many sports and fitness games. Please ensure your child has their kit in school throughout the week.