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Year 3 - Otters


Welcome to Year 3- Otters

Mrs Foster is our Class Teacher

Term 5 - The Roman Empire and Its Impact on Britain


In term 5, we will be learning about another exciting time period: the Romans.  We will be learning about when the Romans conquered Britain and why they invaded. We will look at how Britain was influenced and shaped by Roman occupation.  We will be finding out how people lived during this time and reading ‘Escape from Pompeii’ in English, which is linked to this topic.

Our science topic this term is light and shadows and we will be learning about why we need light and how it is reflected.   We will also be reading ‘The Tin Forest’ in English and will link this where possible.  In maths, we will be focussing on time and angles and shapes.


Term 4 - The Power of the Earth


During the first week of term 4, the whole school will take part in 'Environment Week', learning about climate change and the importance of the three R’s, 'Reduce', 'Reuse' and 'Recycle’.  In English we will be reading the book, ‘Greta and the Giants’ and our topic lessons will be linked to this, with lots of creative activities planned. 


Our main topic this term is ‘The Power of the Earth’, where we will be learning about the impact of volcanoes and where possible, we will be linking this to our English, using ‘The Pebble in my Pocket: A History of Our Earth’.  Our science topic is ‘Plants’ and we will be learning how plants are essential, the lifecycle of flowering plants and the requirements for life and growth.  In maths, we will be focussing on interpreting and presenting data, fractions and time.

Term 3 - Africa


During Term 3, we will be learning about Africa and how to use correct geographical words to describe a place and events that happen there.  We will be doing lots of map work in geography, identifying key features of a locality, beginning to use 4 figure grid references and plotting NSEW on a map. In English we will be using the book ‘African Tales’ as our Power of Reading text and will link this into our topic on Africa where possible.  Our science topic this term is ‘Animals, including Humans’.

Term 2 - The Bronze Age to the Iron Age


This term in Otters class, we will be learning about the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.  We will be finding out about how people lived during this time and comparing it to the Stone Age life and life now.  We will also be learning about the Celts and the famous Celtic warrior ‘Boudicca’.  In English we will be using the book ‘The Iron Man’ as our Power of Reading text and will link into our science topic on forces and magnets, where possible.  In maths, we will be focussing on addition and subtraction and length and perimeter. 

Term 1 -  The Stone Age




Welcome to Otters Class 2020-2021. We hope you have had a wonderful summer. We are so pleased to be back at school and cannot wait to start learning together again.  In Term 1, our topic is the Stone Age and we will be finding out how people lived during this time.


We will be focusing a lot on key skills to enable all children to catch up any learning they may have missed over the school closure. In English, the whole school will be learning about the book ‘Here We Are‘ by Oliver Jeffers and then in Year 3 we will be reading UG, Boy Genius and Stone Age Boy that are linked to our topic.  Our science topic this term is rocks and soils and, where possible, we will also be linking this to the Stone Age. 


In Maths, we will be focusing on number sense, exploring calculation strategies and place value.  


Reading is a massive focus in Year 3 so please ensure your child's book is in daily. It is expected that the children read every night or every alternate night. This is vital to help them progress further with their reading and become fluent readers

Key Information:

We will be doing PE on a Friday, so please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit in school and that it is labelled. PE is a legal requirement and helps children to make healthy lifestyle choices for the future. If your child cannot do PE for medical reasons, please write a letter on the day of the lesson. Please also remember long hair must be tied back and jewellery cannot be worn during PE.


Now your child is in Key Stage 2 they no longer receive free fruit as a snack at break time.  Children are more than welcome to bring in a piece of fruit as a snack or alternatively can have free porridge.  Every child needs to bring a water bottle to class on a daily basis that is filled and labelled with their name. 


Homework is set on Friday and is due back in on the following Wednesday. This helps children to consolidate their learning and helps you to support in their progress.  Spellings are taught through a range of activities and a list of 10 words will be sent home every Friday ready for a spelling test the following Friday.  Practise at home will greatly enhance your child’s understanding of the spelling patterns being taught. 

Helpful websites:

  • Riverside Primary School and Nursery
  • St Edmund's Way, Rainham, Kent, ME8 8ET
  • E-Mail:riverside-office@remt.org
  • Telephone: 01634 338700
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