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 Thursday. 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                  Mrs Amy Wreathall      


Mr Neil Lloyd                       Miss Michelle Reitinger


Our Curriculum:

  This half term we will be learning:


In Talk for Writing we start the term looking at persuasive writing and then we will be learning the text Theseus and the Minotaur - a ‘Defeating the Monster’ tale. The children will be looking at how to write exciting action using –ing openers, patterns of three and show me don’t tell me sentences.


In maths we will be developing the children’s understanding of fractions. We will be adding and subtracting fractions using pictorial representations and finding fractions of amounts. We will also be learning how to tell time to the minute and calculating changes in time.


Our science topic is rocks. We will become geologists and learn about how rocks are formed and changed.


In history we are studying the history of law and power.


In geography pupils will learn about physical and human geography of the countries in Western Europe.


PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will be focussing on tennis and yoga this half term.

R.E (Religious Education)

 In R.E., pupils will learn about Judaism and God’s family.


 In Spanish we will learn about Spanish fruits, vegetables and other foods.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

Our Jigsaw unit this half term is Changing Me. We will learn how babies grow and about their needs, about we grow and change, about family stereotypes and challenging ideas and also begin to prepare for transition to Y4.


Our art topic is about architecture.  We will be learning about architects and will be drawing buildings.

D&T (Design and  Technology)

Learning about how to eat seasonally in our food and nutrition unit.


In music pupils will be learning about traditional Indian music and instruments.


Pupils will be learning to create simple programmes using Scratch.

Home Learning

 All pupils can also access TTRockstars at home. You may also wish to find additional activities on Oak Academy or BBC bitesize.

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


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.





Religious Education





Design Technology

Our class text is: The Twits by Roald Dahl

Our current spelling words are:

Weekly newsflash

Week beginning 13th May

As we approach the end of this half term, the children have been working hard to consolidate their learning from this half term. We have been telling digital and analogue time to the nearest minute, calculating time differences and recording the same times in different ways i.e. 'past' and 'to'. Any opportunities you get to practise telling the time at home will be very beneficial to secure this life skill. Everyone enjoyed developing their tennis skills after last week's coaching session and in science, we learned how fossils are formed; see what your children can tell you about the necessary stages for fossil formation. We look forward to seeing lots of you first thing Monday morning for our 'parent share' session (0830 - 0900) as we kick off Arts Week with the theme of Resilience. Enjoy your weekend.

Week beginning 6th May 

This week, the children were completing their own action stories inspired by Theseus and the Minotaur. The children completed short burst writing activities to brainstorm some fantastic personification and similes for their own plans. The end results for the writing was very successful. In maths, the children started their unit on Time. On Wednesday, the children learnt how to read roman numerals and applied this to the clock face and on Thursday the children began telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes. We recapped counting in our 5 times tables to help with this. Next week, the children will begin to tell the time to the closest 1 minute. In geography, year 3 learned about trade in Western Europe and the journey that our imported goods go on. The children also explored which good come from each country. In P.E. the children were visited by coaches from Ely Tennis club and had lots of fun improving their tennis techniques and playing lots of tennis related games. 

Week beginning 29th April

This week, the children have been co-planning their 'defeating a monster' story by writing their own variations of the shared class version of Theseus and the Minotaur. Next week, the children will use all the writing tools they have learned to write their own, original versions. In maths, we have completed a short unit on calculations with money and this will be followed with next week's learning about telling the time accurately. This is a life-skill so any and all practise you can do with your child to tell the time at home will be very beneficial. In P.E. we have been honing our racquet control with forehands and backhands in tennis and improvising 'rag's on drone basses as we learn more about traditional Indian music styles. Enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 7th May.


Week beginning 22nd April 

Year 3 have been busy this week! In English, we have been learning and practising the features of action texts such as similes, personification and dramatic fronted adverbials. The children particularly enjoyed creating their own similes and did a superb job. In maths, the children learnt how to find an amount of unit and non-unit fractions using their multiplication and division knowledge. In problem solving the children deepened their understanding of mathematical explanations using 'because' and 'so'. In history, the children enjoyed learning about the story and friendship of Henry II and Thomas Becket and acted out the main events. The children enjoyed the Blue house charity day in their pyjamas or blue clothes with their soft toys. Have a lovely weekend!

Week beginning 15th April

Welcome back! We've had a brilliant week after the Easter break. In maths we have been deepening out knowledge of fractions and the children have been so impressive adding and subtracting fractions as well as beginning to find fractions of amounts. In English, we have begun to learn our new text: Theseus and the Minotaur. The weather has made P.E. extra exciting this week and our lessons on the ABCs of sport (agility, balance, coordination and speed/strength) were made challenging by dodging hail, rain and trying to balance in the wind! Have a great weekend.