3D – Miss Derbyshire

3DS – Mrs Davidson-Sault

3M – Miss Matthews

TA’s – Mrs Thatcher, Mrs Cole, Mrs Hogg, Mrs Perry and Mrs Smith

Some of our ‘best bits‘ from our last project ‘How long have you had that pain?’

Term 3 and 4 – Who Likes Olives?

Over the next two terms Year 3 will be learning all about the Ancient Greeks. We will be using our map skills to locate Greece and the Greek Empire on a world map. Also, we will become Ancient Greek soldiers and learn how they defended their land in battle, looking at what armour and battle tactics they used! Another exciting aspect of Ancient Greece is their amazing pottery, which we will have trying to understand how they were made and what the different pots were used for. We will even have a go at making our own Greek pots!

This term our science focus is Forces and Magnets, where we will be investigating different materials to find out if they are magnetic. We will also be identifying and investigating lots of different forces! This term for music there will be an external music teacher coming in to teach Year 3 how to play the ukulele, learning specific notes and by the end of term hopefully a  song they can perform!



Year 3 have a 12 week block of swimming lessons that take place every Monday, beginning Monday 7th January. They will need to come into school with their swimming kit and a snack to have once back at school. Children will be taken to the pool, where they will be looking at specific skills each week. Swimming kits are to be taken home every Monday to dry.


A copy of our 2018/19 Information Booklet can be found here:

booklet year 3 2018


A copy of our Year 3 Arithmetic Methods Booklet can be found here:

Year 3 Arithmetic Methods Booklet


Key dates for this Term: 

Term Begins: Monday 7th January

Warburtons Visit: Tues 5th/Weds 6th/ Thurs 7th February (One class per day tbc)

Parents Evening: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th February

Last Day of Term: Thursday 14th February

INSET Day – Friday 15th February

Key dates for Term 4: 

Term Begins: Monday 25th February

Bristol Museum Greek Trip: Tues 5th/Weds 6th/ Thurs 7th March (One class per day tbc)

Last Day of Term: Friday 5th April


Rights Respecting Schools

West Town Lane Academy is a Rights Respecting School. This means that all of the children are made aware of their rights as outlined by the UN convention. It is important that they understand that these are what they are ALL entitled to have and no-one can take these away from them. Every class has a charter outlining some of these rights. They look great so keep an eye out as you are around the classrooms.

General Information

Every day, the children will have an English and Maths lesson as a whole class. Afternoons will be filled with foundation subjects, all set within the context of our current project.

The children now change their own reading book in the school library. We will take them down once a week but the children can change their books more frequently if needed. Now that their books are longer we encourage children to not rush through them and even try re-reading a book before changing it. They should be able to recall the story’s events, describe the characters and identify language patterns such as rhyming in the book they are reading. Please try to listen to your child read regularly and record this in their reading record – this can even be for only 10 minutes. If they read to themselves, help their learning by asking them questions about what they have read.

Homework will be given out every Friday, to be returned back every Thursday. The children will be required to complete a maths and English challenge given in their homework books, which will relate to the learning the children have been focusing on during the week.

Please ensure children arrive at school with all belongings clearly labelled with their name and class. In year 3 children no longer have fruit provided therefore are able to come to school with a healthy snack or 50 p for morning break time.

The best time to speak to your class teacher is at the end of the day, after all the children have left. Occasionally due to meetings this will not be possible. However, we will always be happy to arrange an alternative time to talk to you.