Welcome to Year 3

Wasp and Earwig are our Year 3 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum each half term and all the work we get up to in and out of the classroom.

Children have PE on Monday and Tuesday. They will need to arrive in their P.E. kits on these days.

We will also be updating our website with pictures, work and more!

Who works in Year 3:

Miss Lucy Peck                 Miss Helen Pham             


Mrs Amy Wreathall            Mr Neil Lloyd 


Miss Michelle Reitinger

Our Curriculum:                                                                   

This half term we will be learning:


Unit of Work


In Talk for Writing we will be learning a passage from, The Twits by Roald Dahl. The children will be learning how to write interesting dialogue by punctuating the speech accurately, using synonyms for said and having actions between bits of speech.

Our non-fiction units will be instructions and later, persuasive texts.


In maths, we will be developing the children’s understanding of multiplication and division further with written methods with larger numbers. Pupils will use place value table, base ten, place value cards and pictorial representations to support them in solving multiplication and division problems. We will also explore length and perimeter.


In science, pupils will be studying the concept of light. They will learn about light sources, how light travels and why it is important.


In history, pupils will study the influences and impacts of the successions of settlers and invaders between the Roman and Norman eras on the British Isles in the unit New Arrivals in Britain.


In geography, pupils will be studying the geography of Ely and the fens.

Physical Education

P.E. will be on Mondays and on Tuesdays with the class teachers. The children will do yoga inside on Mondays and dodgeball on Tuesdays.

Religious Education

In R.E., pupils will learn more about how Jesus is portrayed and perceived in the Christianity unit of study Bread of Life.


In Spanish, pupils will learn some animal names and how to describe our favourite animals using colours.

Personal, Social and Health Education

Our P.S.H.E. this term focusses on diversity and communities.

Design and Technology

In D&T, pupils will learn about castles.


In art, our topic is about the elements of art – form and symmetry.  Pupils will look at examples of significant artists’ work that employ these features and create their own. Our art topic is about texture and shape.


In computing, pupils will be learning how to create a database and apply filters.


In music, pupils will be learning pentatonic melodies inspired by Lunar New Year.


Knowledge Organisers

At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to help our children learn more and remember more and to allow parents and carers to support their children's learning. In our knowledge organisers, you will find essential knowledge, key dates, important vocabulary and key figures. The knowledge organisers can also be used as a fun assessment tool which will help children to see the progress they have made.

Science     History     Geography     Music     Computing     Art     R.E.     Spanish

Our Class Text is:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

This is a link to all the common exception word spellings from Year 1 to Year 4 for you to practise with your child at home. 

Common Exception Words spelling mat

Many parents asked how to support reading at home. Firstly, read, read, read! Reading to and with your child is always a great thing and helps them progress as well as encouraging them to read to you. If you would like help accessing books, please let us know. When your child reads at home - whatever text it is - you can use the questions here to support their understanding and recall.  There are different types of questions to allow them to think about different things e.g. remembering details accurately, inferring what the author or character values, considering the choices authors have made and comparing the text to others they may know.

Questions about reading

Our current spellings are using apostrophes for contraction:

What have we been up to?

Newsflash w/c 12th Feb 2024

This week, the children planned and wrote their innovated dialogue text for the Twits. The children worked hard to include -ing sentence starters, show not tell and correctly punctuated speech to produce fantastic work. In Maths, we finished learning about length and perimeter and explored trial and error within problem solving which the children really enjoyed. Throughout the week, the children were introduced to pneumatic toys and spent their time understanding, designing and creating their own toys powered by air. They learnt about how to produce thumbnail sketches and exploded sketches in order to design their toy. Have a great half term!

Newsflash w/c 5th Feb 2024

This week, Earwig and Wasp classes have begun learning to write dialogue - punctuating it correctly - and using 'Show - don't tell' so readers can infer atmosphere and emotion in our writing. We're enjoying practising these tools so that we can write our own Twits argument next week. In maths, we have been busy solving problems involving converting different units of length. This week was Children's Mental Health week and we had two special assemblies this week, one remote and one in-person, with mental health specialists who taught us that looking after our mental health is just as important as our physical health. We learned that being social, spending time with others, using the internet carefully, being out in nature and eating, drinking and sleeping well are all excellent ways to help ourselves.

Newsflash w/c 29th Jan 2024

This has been a very busy week in year 3. We started the week welcoming parents to join us for a maths reasoning and problem-solving session and shared how we work strategically to find answers. For the rest of the week, the children have begun learning about length and measuring, including converting meters into centimetres. In English, the children started their unit on dialogue in which they text mapped an extract of The Twits and identified features of dialogue. In geography, we explored famous features of Ely and in music the children continued composing their own music linked to Chinese melodies. Have a lovely weekend. 

Newsflash w/c 15th Jan 2024

This week we have begun to write our own instructions and paid attention to using the features we'd learned: rhetorical questions, time adverbials and imperatives and organisational features such as subheadings and bullets. If you would like to know how to find a Yeti, let us know! We're really enjoying The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and have begun to understand more about the text (we're up to the part where Edmund meets the White Witch for the first time). We've been practising our mindfulness both in our developing Yoga flows and our new Jigsaw PSHE lessons as well as learning about the formation of the kingdom of Alba in the 9th Century. This week ended in the most wonderful way - the Red house fundraising talent contest. Well done to the Y3s (and everyone else) who auditioned and performed. If you would still like to contribute to the charity fundraising, please do. Have a great weekend.

Newsflash w/c 8th Jan 2024

The children have been busy this week challenging themselves with lots of new learning. In English they were introduced to our new instruction text 'How to trap a troll'. They have been practising re-telling the story as well as learning the features of an instruction text. We made predictions about our new guided reading text 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and read the first chapter. The children made a good start to using the formal written method for multiplication in Maths which we will continue to practise next week. In History, the children began their learning about the Anglo Saxons and settlement in the United Kingdom. Have a lovely weekend!

Newsflash w/c 1st Jan 2024

Welcome back and happy new year to you all. It was so nice to see everyone after the break and all the children came back ready to learn straightaway which was fantastic. Already we've begun to learn more about multiples of different numbers and their properties and recapped some learning about word classes in English. It was enjoyable to have a Spanish lesson on the first day back and to introduce our new topics in R.E., in geography and in computing. Enjoy your weekend.