Welcome back to the new term and to Year 3 - Puffins Class!  I hope you’ve all had a fabulous summer break and are refreshed, ready for the new learning ahead, including our new and exciting topic – MARVELLOUS ME!  We will start to consider key questions such as: 

  • What makes me unique?

  • What if Humpty jumped?

  • If at first you don’t succeed, have some cake” said Mole. Agree or disagree?


Puffins Class - Year 3

Welcome to our very own class webpage, dedicated to sharing and updating you with our teaching and learning with the pufflings.  I'm looking forward to the new Autumn Term and I can't wait for us to get learning.  Take a look at the curriculum map (topic web) to give you a more detailed overview of our learning this term.  

YEAR 3 MARVELLOUS ME Curriculum Web Autumn 2020 (2)

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Becoming creative and imaginative writers...

 This term we'll kick-start our creative writing brains with poetry:

  • to ignite our imaginations
  • to help visualise and reflect on our emotions - linked to mindfulness
  • to broaden our vocabulary knowledge

We'll be imitating, innovating and inventing our class list poem inspired by our class text, 'A Teacher's Day' by  David Orme.  Then, we'll use and apply our growing knowledge of what makes us unique and special to create a whole class performance poem titled 'A day in Puffins Class'.  Afterwards, we'll explore the messages within Charlie Mackey's bestseller, 'The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse', to create our own personal proverbs, mantras and narratives. 

Throughout the term, we'll be sharing a range of different books linked to 'Believe, Belong and Become' and how these can help us in Year 3 to become resilient, confident and happy pufflings as we learn and grow.  


“A good speller is someone who makes increasingly accurate decisions when spelling unfamiliar words.” (Woolacombe School Teaching Team).

To be a super speller is to remember vocabulary, but at Woolacombe School we have piloted a new approach - DECISION SPELLING.  Every learner is different and therefore different strategies resonate and become more meaningful for different individuals.  So, each day we have a dedicated spelling session where we learn through the class texts, videos and topic scenarios to build our knowledge of the phonemic code, patterns, rules and etymology (origin of a word) to help us remember and write words which are phonetically plausible - the writer and reader can share them.  Additionally to support the transition into Year 3, we will over-learn and practise the Year 2 spelling list and high frequency words (also known as 'common exception words').  Click on the links below of the the spelling lists to practise at home. 


Year 3 & 4 Word List Grid


Also, we will be practising grammar skills to explore and make connections with specific grammar terminology and how it's used.  For the first few weeks, we will revisit grammar basics to create confidence and over-learn ready to help us to record our ideas.  Use the website for helpful hints and videos:


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This term, we will be working together as individuals, pairs and as a group to share their learning skills, such as: remembering, understanding, applying and evaluating. There will be a focus on explaining our maths thinking using full sentences orally and in writing.

Our main aims are to:

  • count in multiples of 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit (hundreds, tens and ones)
  • compare and order numbers up to 1000
  • read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words
  • add and subtract numbers mentally up to 3 digits
  • solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction
  • recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
  • write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know.



We will be focusing on becoming scientific investigators, using a range of scientific inquiries in the classroom and outdoors to develop scientific skills (predicting, observing, recording, analysing and explaining) about PLANTSROCKS and WOW science experiments.  



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Our PE sessions will take place on a Monday and Friday afternoons:

  • Monday - FOOTBALL.  The children need to wear their full PE kit to school (jogging bottoms over shorts is recommended in case it's cold) and it's essential to have a spare and complete PE kit with trainers should they get wet or muddy to change into before pick-up.  ALL PE kits will go home, so that they can be washed and prepared for the following PE session.
  • Friday - SWIMMING at Ilfracombe Swimming Pool (please check your email for up-to-date information).

Please see the kit list reminder letter link:

Autumn Term 2018 Kit List



The home learning tasks are split into THREE areas of learning:

1) Maths - 5-15-minute daily task linked to the maths lesson or to help practise and consolidate number facts - up to four times each week.  This can also include some regular times tables practising.  We will be using IXL, so please use your logins used in the Summer Term.

2) Literacy and Topic - this will be shared on Google Classroom each Friday and submitted back on the following Wednesday.  The aims are to create an opportunity to research, use and apply their reading skills or be creative and reflective.  Please visit the School Twitter page for amazing examples of our efforts.  

3) Reading - 10-15 minutes to share a levelled or 'free-reader' book up to 5 times times a week.  Then recorded on the home reading record sheet (a NEW online reading record will be rolled out shortly). 



Reading underpins all our learning in class.  Our class promise is that each child will read once each week with an adult or peer and then share weekly whole-class guided reading sessions, where we practise our VIPERS reading skills.  We explore VOCABULARY and unfamiliar words and synonyms, understand INFERENCES, begin to make PREDICTIONS, EXPLAIN what is happening in a text to others, RETRIEVE facts and understanding from a text, and build our SUMMARISING skills, which are different from describing what has happened in a text.  I have collected and prepared a range of quality books, visual texts and extracts to draw out higher order thinking skills, but also to create opportunities to magpie and develop our skills as writers.  Look at one of our whole class poems, inspired by Pie Corbett, that previous pufflings penned. 

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We know that the more you read, the more vocabulary you see and hear and the more you know about the world.  Yet, the real value of reading is where a few pages can take you.  In these times, this is more powerful than ever!

The Woolacombe School expectation is to read for up to 10-15 minutes each night and to record the reading progress (or words that are a 'pickle') on the temporary reading record sheet.  A NEW online reading record will be rolled out shortly.  This will be checked regularly and updated with some helpful hints and texts to try at home - if not already shared face-to-face.  However, I will also encourage the pufflings to select new book genres and authors to challenge and excite them.  

The children will have ONE book (levelled or 'free-reader') each week and then change the following week.  The aim is to over-learn the text and know it off-by-heart to build fluency and confidence as a reader.  More information about reading strategies and how to support your child will be shared in a pop-up reading web-seminar in the Autumn Term with me and Mr Martin.  You can also click on this practical website for useful book and reading ideas:


Our Puffin Team to help our learning and inspire us...

Clare Russell will continue to develop the pufflings' Art and Music skills each Wednesday and Mr Martin (Apple Educator) will support with our computing skills and e-safety.

This term's computing focus will be to revisit e-safety and how to use the internet carefully and smartly.

Looking ahead to our future projects in Year 3, we will be developing our programming skills.  Click on the link for more information.



This term, we'll be exploring our values, beliefs and Christianity and then comparing with other faiths from around the world.  We will consider and reflect on big ideas, such as:

  • Texts are special because…
  • What does it mean to be a human being?
  • What do Christians believe and how do they show their belief?


  • Remember that the weather can be unpredictable, so we recommend that the children wear a Woolacombe School sweatshirt or cardigan AND wear a quality water-proof coat EVERY DAY, so that they can enjoy the outdoor learning environment at break time, lunch time and for outdoor learning - especially at these times...
  • Pack a healthy snack (no crisps, chocolate or biscuits) - NO Tuck Shop until further notice.

I hope you find this webpage useful?  If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Let's make this term one to remember and let's sparkle.

Sam Simpson (Year 3 Class Teacher) and Nigel Martin (Year 3 Learning Support Assistant [LSA])