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Witton Gilbert Primary School

Look at the bottom of our page to find our Year 3 blogs. 

All Aboard for Year 3 

Our Stone Age experience was great fun and very informative. We made berry peorridge, built houses in the Mesolithic style and very carefully lit fires! Most of us even enjoyed the mackerel cooked over the fire too. 

In our January science session we have been investigating forces with a special focus on magnetism .

Important Information

From Tuesday 25th September arrangements for swimming have changed. Children will swim for blocks of six weeks with a smaller group attending the sessions. This will allow for longer in the water with more focussed support for each child. Check the letter sent home on Friday 23rd September for details. 

Swimming for year 3 starts on Tuesday 11th September. Every child will take part. Bring kit to include: swimsuit, towel and swimming hat. You can buy a hat at the pool for £1.50.

Autumn Term Newsletter

Curriculum plan

Weekly Timetable Autumn Term

Three important things to know (at least)!

Our class teacher is Mrs Shevills most of the time but on Thursday afternoons we have some lessons with Mrs Bailey and PE with CNS.

 Mr. Hunter is helping us with our work in most sessions.

Year 3 members all agree they want a happy, friendly atmosphere to work in and make great progress this year. Therefore our first task was to create our own class charter. This reminds us that we are part of a team who should always show each other respect, kindness and tolerance. We know that we all have rights, including the right to a good education, the right to play and to live in a safe, healthy and happy environment. We recognise that everyone has a talent and is an individual, with their own hopes, dreams and fears - even Mrs Shevills!

 Responsibilities and Rewards

Each class member will have a responsibility, either as a class representative or to carry out tasks which help our lessons and activities to run smoothly.

Impressing our teacher can earn you “Star of the Day” or “Star of the Week” award. Sometimes it is for working our hardest but also it might be because you have shown improvement in your courage, independence, sense of humour or enthusiasm too.  If the whole class impress our teacher she will let us put shells in the jar. We are saving them up to get a special whole class reward like a special snack or some extra playtime. 


Our first text this year is There’s a Pharaoh in our Bath by Jeremy Strong which is helping us understand some of the strange rituals used by the Ancient Egyptians. Our author focus this year will be Michael Foreman, who has produced some excellent novels for younger children as well as stunning picture story books. Look out for these authors in your local library or bookshop too.


In year 3 we will meet new challenges in our key objectives including:

  • Telling the time on analogue and digital clocks to the nearest minute
  • Converting between different units of time
  • Making sure we know our 2,4,5,8 and 10 times tables
  • Exploring fractions of things, numbers and measures and using our knowledge to solve problems.

Every day in our lesson we will tackle tasks that demand skills for reasoning and problem solving.

 In our daily basic skills sessions we will continue to practise basic calculation skills and recall of number facts. The Times Tables Challenge set by Mrs Shevills encourages us try to beat our own previous best score.


This year in year 3 we have some new and interesting topics.

Science topics include our Amazing Bodies, Forces and Magnets, Rocks and Soils and Light.

Our exciting history topics include Ancient Egyptians and the Stone Age and Iron Age.

Geography topics include finding out about natural disasters caused by geological phenomenon such as earthquakes and volcanoes. In contrast we will also be exploring and mapping our local environment. Perhaps we can come up with some ideas to improve the village too!


In class 3 P.E. is very popular. We have weekly swimming sessions, which everyone looks forward to. On Thursday afternoons we are lucky to have sports coaches working with us some of the sports we hope to cover include: rugby, gymnastics, cricket, and dance. We will take part in competitive tournaments throughout the year.  We are also taught to understand how to warm up properly, listen carefully and keep ourselves and each other safe from injury.


Now we are in key stage two our curriculum should include French lessons. But learning French in year 3 is not just in French lessons! During the day we are given some of our instructions in French.

Every day we will start to practice numbers when we answer to the register and we will start to write the date too. Games and songs help us to remember the names of foods, colours and animals.

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World book day

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A famous author called Saviour Parotti visited our school. He told us some interesting stories about his life and we all wanted to write our own story afterwards. 



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Soil investigations

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To investigate how soil varies we had samples of soil from 3 different places around Witton Gilbert. We were surprised that the soil from the school grounds had more worms than the one from the farmers field. 

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Judo jousts

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We found our taster

judo session showed some surprising talents.

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Conquering division

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Working at our practical understanding of division will now be helped by RockStars. Please give us chances to work on the on-line programme at home. 

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Snowman and Snow dog

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Before Christmas we enjoyed a day spent with our buddies in Reception. We watched the film an The Snowman then worked together to retell the story. Later we went outside and had to look for "treasure" on a scavenger hunt. In the afternoon we worked on craft activities designing and making snow creatures and eating marshmallow snowmen.

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