Hawthorns (Year 3)

Welcome to the Hawthorns!

Class teacher: Miss Driscoll-Geeves


TA: Mrs Martin

Our topic this term is Fairgrounds!

We will be exploring the Victorians in History, looking at childhood and fairgrounds. Fairgrounds will also be a focus of both out Art units over the term (textiles and then painting). In Science we will begin by looking at Light, and then move onto Forces and Magnets, which will also work with our Mechanisms DT unit.

Maths For The Year


This term we will be writing a persuasive letter, narrative, playscript, poetry and book study.


PE Kits: Please bring PE kits into school on Monday mornings and take them home to wash after school on a Friday. We will have a mixture of indoor and outdoor PE lessons so please ensure your child's PE kit is appropriate for all weathers. We will begin the term with gymnastics, so please ensure your children have shorts and short sleeves (unless exempt for cultural reasons).

Reading books: Please make sure your child has their reading record and reading books in school every day.

Water bottles: Please make sure your child has a water bottle in class every day.

Home Learning

We expect children to read daily with all reading recorded in our school reading records. School books need to be brought into school each day.

Over the course of the week, we expect children to spend time learning their Year 3 and 4 common exceptions words. their times tables (using Times Tables Rockstars) and learning their Key Instant Recall Facts

Home learning

Your child should choose at least one of the following long-term, home learning projects, to complete over the following weeks:

  • Design a Victorian fairground ride and create a prototype of it.

  • Research an aspect of Victorian life, housing, school, daily life or medicine, and share my research creatively.

  • Create a timeline of significant Victorian event.

  • Write a biography of a famous Victorian

  • Write a diary entry of a school day from the point of view of a Victorian child.

  • Create a picture inspired by the work of William Morris.

Recommended Home Reading

If you are looking for inspiration for books for your children, below is a list of books that are recommended for Year 3 children.

Year 3 Reading List:

The Street Beneath My Feet - Charlotte Guillain

The Abominables - Eva Ibbotson

Egypt Magnified - David Long and Harry Bloom

Meet the Ancient Romans - James Davies

This Moose Belongs to Me - Oliver Jeffers

The Pebble in my Pocket: A History of Our Earth - Meredith Hooper

The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Steven Butler and Steven Lenton

The 13 Story Treehouse - Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Mr Gum - Andy Stanton

The Boy Who Grew - Andy Shepherd

The Sheep Pig - Dick King-Smith

Who Are You Calling Weird?: A Celebration of Weird and Wonderful Animals - Marilyn Singer

Three Cheers for Women - Marcia Williams

The Watcher - Jeanette Winter

Arthur and the Golden Rope - Joe Todd Stanton

My Name is Not Refugee - Kate Milner

The Tin Forest - Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson

Journey to the Centre of My Brain - Macmillan Poetry

The Story Tree - Hugh Lupton

Hello World - Jonathan Litton

A World of Cities - James Brown and Lily Murray

A Street Through Time - Steve Noon