If you have any concerns about a child, please do not hesitate to report your concern to one of our Designated Safeguarding leads- Mrs Skillern or Mrs Deacon by emailing head@isleham.cambs.sch.uk or ddeacon@isleham.cambs.sch.uk or telephoning 01638 780336. If you think you or the child is in immediate danger and need urgent help, please call the police on 999. Alternatively, you can contact the local authority safeguarding team directly- if you are not a professional involved with the child or family, you do not have to give your name and your conversation will be treated confidentially. Telephone: 0345 045 5203 (8-6pm Monday to Friday) 01733 234 724 (out of hours) Email: referralcentre.children@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

2022-23 Year 3

2022 - 23 Year 3 Summer

I hope everyone enjoyed the Easter break and is looking forward to the start of the Summer term in Year 3.  We want to make sure that you are fully informed so please come and ask if you have any questions or queries or jot something down in the Reading Record or send me a message on Class Dojo or through the office.


  • This term our topic is 'East Anglia, Plants and Riot.'
  • If you would be interested in offering assistance with other aspects of the curriculum, please contact the school office for further information.

How to help your child in Year 3:

  • Support your child with daily reading and encourage them by ticking that you have heard/seen them read in their home school book. Don’t forget to add a comment yourself.
  • Home School books to come into school every day, please.
  • Spellings are posted on our Class Story on Class Dojo and can be practised using the Spelling Shed website without the app.
  • It is also very helpful if you can practice the x3, x4, and x8 times tables using their Times table Rockstars account.
English: Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure
The focus for the first half of the term will be our class story ‘Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure ‘by Alex T Smith.
Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this new Alex T. Smith series with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure. Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design.

Mr Penguin is twiddling his flippers waiting for an adventure. That is until the phone rings!

Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin's silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. The quest finds them solving secret codes, fighting ferocious beasts, eating fish finger sandwiches and travelling deep below the museum to a lost jungle...
Watch / listen to Mr Walker read the first 4 chapters below.  Some questions have been included for you to think about. 
We will develop settings, create our own characters and finally write our very own adventure. Watch Alex T Smith talk about being a book detective to help come up with stories. 


Reading is really important in Year 3. We have lots of different things to read. We have 100s of Beano comics and First News Newspapers. We also have 'Horrible Histories' and 'Horrible Science' magazines. There are also National Geographic Kids issues and 100s of exciting 'Phoenix' stories to jump into. Year 3 also has audio stories to listen to on our mp3 players.

Guided Reading: I am the seed that grew the tree collected by Fionna Waters

In Guided Reading this half term we will be looking at the poetry collection 'I am the seed that grew the tree.' poetry for kids, gift book, Christmas gift, poetry book, poems, poetry anthology, poetry collection
  • Published in collaboration with the National Trust, this anthology is a brilliant introduction to a wide range of nature poetry
  • Explore the wonderful world of animals, plants, trees, weather and much more with each carefully selected poem
  • Stunning original artwork lets you travel through the changing seasons and immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of the natural world


Following our Power Maths scheme, we will begin Unit 9 about Mass.  First, children will learn how to measure and read a scale, focusing on unmarked intervals. Next, different masses will be compared and ordered. Following this, children will learn to add and subtract different amounts using a range of strategies. Finally, they will apply their knowledge to real-life problems

Times tables:

Year 3 will be learning about the x3, x4, and x8 times.  Your child should have learned the x2, x5, and x10 times tables in Key Stage 1. To help your child become more fluent with their times-tables they have a password for the Times table Rockstars app.

Videos to help your child learn their x3, x4, and x8 times table can be watched below. Try them out.

Science: Plants

In Science this term we will be learning about Plants. We will be identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves, and flowers. We will also explore what a plant needs to grow and thrive. Later we will investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.  Finally, we will explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation, and seed dispersal.
Find out more about plants by watching Dr Binocs below:
Religious Education:
In RE this half term, our “big question” is What do Christians mean when they talk about the Kingdom of God? We will learn that, to Christians, the kingdom of God has less to do with geography than with hearts and minds. The kingdom of God is present wherever God’s kingly rule is recognised and lived by. Christians may be praying that God’s rule will be acknowledged throughout the world, in all places, and in all countries, but more significantly it is a prayer that God’s way for human life, God’s purposes for his creation, will prevail in the hearts and minds of all people and over all that he has made.
Watch Jesus' parable of the sheep and goats below.

Art: Sunflowers in the style of Vincent van Gogh

In art, we will be looking at Sunflowers created by Vincent van Gogh.  Watch the video of 'Camille and the Sunflowers' by Laurence Anholt.  One day a strange man arrives in Camille's town. He has a straw hat and a yellow beard. The man turns out to be the artist Vincent van Gogh. This is an introduction to the great painter, seen through the eyes of a young boy entranced by his painting.





We will then create sunflowers using different media:

1. Sketch and paint sunflowers

2. Create sunflowers using ipads and brushes app (relate to the artist David Hockney)

3. Use different media to create a sunflower. (Card / pottery)

4. Clay tile sunflower


Watch the video below to see how we will sketch and paint our sunflowers.


In Music, the children will be learning the songs for our upcoming Year 3/4 production of 'Panto Pandamonium.’  It's complete pandemonium in Pantoland! Aladdin's lamp, Cinderella's slipper and the goose that lays the golden eggs have all been stolen - and none of the Good Fairy's magic is working. There can only be one culprit: the Wicked Witch!

We will be using the vocabulary we have learned so far to talk about the songs such as tempo, pulse, rhythm, pitch, and texture, and will think about how best to perform the songs using actions. The children will also be learning to sing songs with multiple parts with increasing confidence.

You will find the songs and lyrics below. Enjoy!

Geography: East Anglia

In Geography, we will be investigating our local area of East Anglia. East Anglia is an area in the East of England,[1] often defined as including the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.[2] The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the East Angles, a people whose name originated in Anglia, in what is now Northern Germany. The children will find out about:

  1. East Anglia – A region of the UK.
  2. The physical geography of East Anglia.
  3. The human geography of East Anglia – Farming in East Anglia.
  4. The physical geography of East Anglia – Coasts.
  5. East Anglia, Off-shore power generation.

Computing - Branching databases
In computing, we will be using the Purple Mash app to investigate branching databases. A branching database is sometimes referred to as a ‘binary tree’ or a ‘key’. • Branching databases classify groups of objects. • If you have created your branching database correctly, someone else should be able to use it to identify an object that they have in front of them, e.g., to find out the name of an insect, a fruit, or a vegetable by using a series of simple questions and yes/no answers. We will use 2Question to: 

1. To sort objects using just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.

2. To complete a branching database using 2Question.

3 / 4 To create a branching database of the pupil’s choice.

We will also continue to learn about how to stay safe online. We will find out how to be Netiquette experts. Netiquette is a set of rules that encourages politeness and respect on the internet. It's very useful and helps us to protect our privacy and that of our friends online. It also helps us to stop cyberbullying. Watch the video below on how to use netiquette.


Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online.  


o   Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online

o   Use safety tools on social networks and other online services,

o   Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet

o   Check out - http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ for more advice



In French this term we are going to be looking at colours, opinions, word order and the Enormous Turnip story. Watch the video below about colours.
Our theme for this half-term is 'Healthy Lifestyles.'
Year 3 will be learning about the following: 

1. A balanced, healthy lifestyle.

2. Physical Activity.

3. Healthy Eating.

4. Dental Hygiene.

5. Making Healthy Choices.

6. Processing the learning


Watch the video below about developing healthy habits.

PE - Physical Unit 5 Physical Skills
In Real PE we will be looking at Reaction / Response to see if they can from a distance of 1, 2, and 3 metres react quickly and catch a tennis ball dropped from shoulder height after 1 bounce.
Coronation Gala
Year 3 are learning the song 'Long Live the King' to celebrate the coronation. You will find the song, backing track and words below.