Mars (Year 3)


Mars Class   

Mrs Smith, Mrs George

Mrs White and Mrs Heron

Autumn Term 2020

Year 3 staggered day is 8.55am – 3.10pm.
Where you have children in more than one year group please bring your child at the earliest time and pick them up at the latest time slot.
Mars PE day is Friday, so please wear PE kit all day on that day.
Mrs Smith will be teaching on a Monday and Tuesday.
Mrs George will be teaching on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mrs White will be in class all week and Mrs Heron on a Monday and Thursday.


Each week we are learning a times table together.  We practice it throughout the week and then we test that times table on a Friday.  This half term we will be working on the 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables.  Please see below for which times table is being concentrated on each week and also the test that will be used to practice at home.  Thank you!

Test on Friday 25th September, 2 times and divide

Test on Friday 2nd October, 5 times and divide

Test on Friday 9th October, 2, 5 and 10 times and divide

Test on Friday 16th October, 3 times

Thursday 22nd October, 3 times and divide

Each week we will have a spelling test on the Thursday.  Here are the spellings for each week so you can print them out and practice at home.  Children on different spellings I will message you on class dojo your list each Thursday. Thank you!

Test on Thursday 24th September Week 2

Test on Thursday 1st October Week 3

Test on Thursday 8th October Week 4

Test on Thursday 15th October Week 5

Test on Thursday 22nd October Week 6

Self isolating at home?

If you are self isolating at home then please follow this link.  It will take you to Oak National Academy and you can find a schedule for daily videos and activities that will help you continue your learning while you are at home.

As our library is at the moment understandably closed we would like to recommend you have a look at this new initiative set up by the Literacy Trust.

Our half term topic is

You’re an engineer, a scientist, a maker of men (iron men, of course). Explore the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials. Expand your mind as you test and trial, build and move. Which force is at play as you slide down a slide or swing on a swing? Can you explain why magnets repel and attract? Can you make a penny look shiny and new or build a steel band from pots and pans? Then, meet Hogarth the Iron Man’s companion. The Iron Man wants a friend. Can you build him one? You must make him strong, sturdy and ready to rumble. If you were a metal, which one would you be? Gold, a shimmering, precious and costly mineral? Or steel, that strong and useful alloy? Maybe you’re iron, malleable and easy to shape, but ready to rust. Maybe you’re not a metal at all, but a force to be reckoned with.


We will begin by looking at toys and household objects and the forces that make them work. We will be studying the play equipment at local playgrounds and the forces that make them work. We will be using all our gained knowledge to design our own piece of playground equipment, producing a report to show the local council. We will also carry out a fair test investigating how different materials affect how fast an object slides down a slide

We will make simple spinners from cardboard discs with a cocktail stick or pencil pushed through their centres and explore different materials to improve the spinners and trial them on different surfaces. We will play with a large playground parachute, experiencing what happens as we move it up and down. We will then make mini parachutes using a selection of materials, such as plastic bags, nylon and paper and tie small figures or plasticine to the parachute and see what happens when they are dropped from different heights. We will investigate magnetic materials and design and make a travel magnetic game.  Investigate the North and South poles on a magnet and how they attract and repel. We will also investigate what happens to tarnished pennies when soaked in water, vinegar, coke, ketchup and lemon juice. We will create embossed patterns, using a range of tools on a range of different coloured foils. Use the tools to create different designs and imprints into the foil. We will finish our developing knowledge by investigating different metals and writing list poems.

We will end our topic by making our own companions for The Iron Man. We will use our newly gained knowledge to make a companion that is:

• made from various recycled metal objects
• can communicate with their big metal friend by lighting up, speaking or buzzing
• move around, just like he can
• is magnetic
• looks absolutely magnificent.

RE – Understanding Christianity and Hinduism

PE – Football with Mr Mason on a Friday. Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate outside PE kit all day on a Friday.

Spellings – At the moment we are not able to send home homework books with spellings in. Therefore new spellings will be put on class dojo on a Thursday and your child will be tested on these words the following Thursday. Your child will be told how many they achieved in their test and will hopefully remember to tell you!

Times Tables- We will have a times table that we will work on as a class each week. We will let you know using class dojo which times table it is.

Ways in which you can help your child
Reading, reading and more reading! Please encourage your child to read as often as possible. Listen to them and ask questions about the text to develop their understanding. Make sure they understand the meaning of unknown words and enjoy as many different types of books as possible.

Below is a great website with a detailed list of books perfect for this year group.

Practise all times tables up to 12 x 12, especially the 7’s, 8’s and 9’s.

If you have any queries or questions please contact us.

The Mars Team

We can’t wait to see you!