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Autumn 1

Welcome back!

The main focus this term is to settle into Year 3, work independently and in groups and ultimately have fun. We all learn best when learning is accessible and enjoyable. We will continue to grow a positive mind-set. We can do this! Have a look below to see what we will be learning about this term and keep an eye on Seesaw for extra information and to keep up to date with what we are all up to in school.

Theme: Egypt and Rivers

We will be still looking at the topic of Ancient Egypt and Rivers. This term will focus on using the new Humanities' curriculum with Haringey Education Partnership. For each topic, children will explore a wide range of important vocabulary and ideas, which will support them in developing their reading skills by deepening their knowledge of the world and expanding their vocabulary knowledge.

The first topics in the HEP curriculum are Ancient Egypt and Rivers. In out Egypt learning we will be learning about settlements around the Nile, the role of the Nile in Ancient Egyptian Civilization, religion, government, art, great monuments, farming and beliefs about death. In our Rivers learning we will be learning about the mighty River Indus, how rivers get their water and how rivers shape the land. We will also be looking at Britain’s longest rivers; the River Severn. We will learn about these areas through stories and discussing key vocabulary, which you can see below.


Egypt - Valley of the Kings, archaeologists, tomb, ancient Egypt, remains, hieroglyphic, ebony, Tutankhamun, historians, civilisation, BC/Before Christ BCE/Before the Common Era, Nile, Mediterranean Sea, kingdom, Upper Egypt, Lower Egypt, united, crown, double crown, pharaoh, taxes, enemies, priests, scribes, sacred carvings, fertile, mine, Old Kingdom, New Kingdom, pyramids, Giza, Cheops, ankh, overpower, weapons, Amun Ra, hawk, Osiris, Isis, dependent, flooded, universe, order, Ma’at, Anubis, afterlife, underworld, limb, decaying, preserve, embalming, mummification, Rosetta, hieroglyphs, Rosetta Stone, translated, Demotic, Greek, cartouche, inscriptions, carved, papyrus

Rivers - Tibet, mountain range, Himalayas springs, Indus, India, Pakistan, glaciers, monsoon, Arabian Sea Afghanistan, dams, reservoirs, canals, irrigation, irrigate, turbine, source, water vapour, evaporates, evaporation, condenses, transpiration, erosion, erodes, particle, spurs, mature meanders, sediment, mouth, estuary, streamlined, pollute, pollution

English: Lost Happy Endings

Our English learning will be based around the book Lost Happy Endings, we will explore this novel through discussions, drama and other activities.

We will write a newspaper report (recount) relating to the book. You could write your own newspaper report at home to practise.

Bedrock will be introduced to improve pupils’ vocabulary knowledge. Pupils will be given opportunities in class to complete sessions with the expectation for pupils to complete at least 2 lessons a week at home.

Vocabulary - fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks, fairy stories, myths and legends, homophones, composing and rehearsing sentences, oral, possessive apostrophe,

Guided Reading

Pupils will continue with their work on Reading For Inference which was introduced last year. Pupils will look at and annotate texts with prior knowledge and links that they can make to either themselves or other books that they have read. This approach enables the pupils to gain a deeper understanding of what they are reading and helps pupils to learn strategies to support their in becoming good and confident readers.

Vocabulary: background knowledge, links, pace, stamina, fluency, prior knowledge

Maths: Place Value

We will be recapping tens and ones using addition. We will be developing our number knowledge up to 1000. We will be comparing objects and numbers and also ordering numbers. The children will begin to count in 50s. We will also be continuing number and lightening, children will be recording their scores independently enabling them to track and be proud of their own progress.

During the first term we will also be focusing on closing any Maths gaps from Year 2 as a priority.  Please check Seesaw as you will be updated on what we are learning about in Maths for you to support and continue practise at home.

Vocabulary – ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, place value, digit, value, amount, compare, more than, less than, equal, ascending, descending, rounding, nearest, total, method, trial, error, systematic

Other Curriculum Areas


We will be looking at networks and the internet. We will introduce the concepts of networks, learning how devices communicate. We will learn how communication is shared and deepen this understanding by exploring examples of real-world networks. We will explore the internet learning how data is transferred worldwide.

Vocabulary – network, device, wireless, file, website, image, router, packet data, transferred, corrupted, lost

French - Core unit one- pupils will focus on greeting each other in a variety of ways and finding out basic information about another person.  

Vocabulary – Hello, Goodbye, Hi, Good evening, See you soon, Sir, Madam  

PSHE / RSE – Families and Relationships

We will be learning how to resolve relationship problems, developing our listening skills and non-verbal communication. We will look at the impact of bullying and what action can be taken. We will explore trust and that stereotyping can exist.

Vocabulary – families, support, problem, arise, friendships, resolved, impact, identify, break trust, stereotype, re-enforce, gender,

Physical Education – Multi skills and gymnastics

Multi skills (outdoors) - developing running, jumping, throwing and catching through a variety of activities with a variety of equipment- could be with a Netball or Basketball focus.  

Gymnastics (indoors) – rolls, balances, stretches and sequences. Use of smaller apparatus such as the benches. Pupils will watch others and comment on what they have done well and what can be improved.

Vocabulary – Roll, Balance- points and patches, Agility, Evaluate, Sequence/ combination, Transition, Linking movements, Core strength 

Design Technology – Shell structures

We will be teaching the children design technology over one week. Here will be researching, designing, making and evaluating a product.

Children investigate a collection of different shell structures including packaging. Use questions to develop children’s understanding e.g. What is the purpose of the shell structure – protecting, containing, presenting? What material is it made from? How has it been constructed? Are the materials recyclable or reusable? How has it been stiffened i.e. folded, corrugated, ribbed, laminated? What size/shape/colour is it? What information does it show and why? How attractive is the design?

Children take a small package apart identifying and discussing parts of a net including the tabs e.g. How are different faces of the package arranged? How are the tabs used to join the ‘free’ edges of the net?

Evaluate existing products to determine which designs children think are the most effective. Provide opportunities for the children to judge the suitability of the shell structures for their intended users and purposes. Discuss graphics including colours/impact of style/logo/size of font e.g. What do you prefer and why? What style of graphics and lettering might we want to include in our product to meet users’ preferences and its intended purpose? Which packaging might be the best for…?

Vocabulary – User, product, purpose , design, make, evaluate, design criteria, design brief 

Religious Education – UC – Creation -  What do Christians learn from the Creation story? 

Vocabulary – The Fall, Forgiveness, Commandment, Worship, Obedience 

Music – Ballads

Children will learn what ballads are, learning how to identify their features and how to convey different emotions when performing them. We will be learning how to write our own ballads following the structure of a traditional ballad.

Vocabulary – ballad, feature, convey, emotion, perform, animation, inspiration, lyrics, incorporating, structure, traditional.

Links to Learning sites

Bedrock -

TT Rockstars -

History - 'world history'