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Elephants & Gorillas (Year 3)

Teachers: Mr Hadden, Mrs Stannard & Mrs Cragg

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Rounsefell, Mrs Hunt and Miss Jones

Academic Year 2021/2022


Welcome to the year 3 page on the school website! We are Elephants and Gorillas.


We will upload a weekly review letter to this website. This contains information about weekly learning and any home learning.

You can view and download copies of the current and past newsletters by following the link below.

Home learning letters will also be uploaded each week to our Google Classroom.

Click this link to access our weekly reviews.


Each half term we carry out our learning through different topic. Please see below for an update on this term's learning.



The first half of term:

Our main topic for the first half of term is history based and asks the question "How can we learn about the past?” You can see the overview and knowledge organiser for this topic below. These can also be found on Google Classroom.


The second half of term:

Our main topics for the second half of term are Science and History based and ask the questions "What are rocks, soils and fossils?” and "How did the Ancient Egyptians live?". You can see the overviews and knowledge organisers for these topics below. These can also be found on Google Classroom.

Home Learning

Click the links below to access Times Tables Rock Stars or SpellingFrame.

To learn maths through high quality games, use the Topmarks website.

Use the White Rose Maths website for daily lessons from a national leader in maths learning. Please click on the relevant week, watch the lesson video then print out and complete the activity.

For further information and links please see


In year 3 we will be teaching reading following the V.I.P.E.R. acronym. This stands for Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation and Retrieval – hopefully this sounds less scary than a poisonous snake. Each week we would like you to focus on a different VIPER element when listening to your child read.

Please download the attachment below for some example questions to support your child with their reading. 

Further home learning links for English 

Writing: Whole units of work (we will specify which are appropriate in the event of a pod closure)

10 minute writing challenges set by well known authors 


Reading: Listen to authors read their books aloud on YouTube. 


School Motto

‘Enriching Lives Every Day’

Mission Statement

For in Him you have been enriched in every way, with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. – 1 Corinthians 1-5 is the basis of our Christian Values of: Excellence; Nurture; Respect; Integrity; Compassion; Hope (ENRICH)

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