St John's Upper Holloway C.E Primary School

Jesus said: 'Love each other as I have loved you'. - John 15:12

Welcome to the Year 3 class webpage!

Summer term 

Welcome to the summer term section of the Year 3 webpage. Despite a very disrupted year, we are looking forward to a full and exciting term ahead including Spanish Day with workshops for music and dance. In addition, we will have visitors deliver workshops on computing and PSHE. The children have also been enjoying watching our nature garden bloom as spring arrives and there has been much excitement surrounding the frogspawn and young tadpoles in our pond so we will continue to enjoy observing the changes. 

Our science topic this term is Light and we are exploring 'How does light effect what we see?' 

In this unit we are learning how we see objects by the light travelling to our eyes; that objects reflect different amounts of light and how these ideas can be applied to staying safe at night. We are also finding out what causes a shadow, as well as how the shape and size of a shadow can be affected by its position. Finally, we are learning that exposure to sunlight can cause harm and how we can protect ourselves. 

Our humanities topic is Rivers and we will be asking 'Are all rivers the same?'

In this unit, we will study rivers from around the world. We will look at the timeline of a river: where it begins, how it travels and where is ends.  We will investigate how communities use rivers and the affect they have on the people around them.  We will compare the similarities and difference of well know rivers and if see they have changed over time.

You can find out more about our summer term curriculum as well as key dates and reminders by clicking here to see our summer term parent curriculum letter. 

Spring Term 

Year 3 had a superb World Book Day! The class looked fantastic in their different costumes, and they talked thoughtfully about what and why they were dressed up as their favourite characters.  They all had a fun filled day packed with lots of book-related activities. Some of these activities included: a Philosophy for Children Enquiry based activity centred around the book Croc and Bird; a close examination of two illustrations by the famous illustrator Chris Van Allsburg; reading a variety of different genres of books, and using a setting description as an inspiration for creating their own illustrations.


                   Autumn Term                     

I am delighted to welcome the children back to school for what should be an exciting and busy Autumn term. 
Focus on settling back in to class after what for many will have been a very long break - routines, wellbeing and being part of the school. 

To view our Autumn 1 welcome letter please click this link:


Here are a few points to get started: 

Punctuality:  It is really important to be at school on time every day. The classroom door will open at 8.45am, giving everyone the chance to settle in a calm and supportive way. 

Homework: Most of our homework will be set online using Doodle Maths, Doodle English, Doodle Spell and Doodle Tables. The children should be 'working in the green zone' on all of the Doodle Apps. We will be using Seesaw to set additional tasks to support the curriculum. Homework will be set on a Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday. Please log into Seesaw on a Friday to see the homework 'overview' 

Reading: It is very important for children to read every day. Reading books will be sent out on a Monday and should be returned the following Monday. Please read each day and record a comment in your yellow reading journal using the prompts at the front. I will be looking at these and using them to communicate with you. 

PE: Our PE day is Tuesday. Children should come to school dressed in their PE kit which includes a Navy blue PE shirt and blue shorts or jogging bottoms. 

Covid: There have been a few changes to our routines this year. Please enter the school through the side gate and into the playground to reach Year 3. It is important that pupils do not play and mix with children in other year groups in the playground but go straight into class. 

*Children should not come to school if they have any symptoms of covid (dry, persistent cough, high temperature, lack of sense of taste) and must be taken for a covid test. If the test is positive, they need to inform the school and self-isolate for 10 days from when the symptoms started and other members in the household also self-isolate for 14 days. Children should not return until all symptoms have gone.
* School will continue to have a programme of hygiene and cleaning for all pupils and staff including regular hand washing and increased cleaning of school premises and resources. We will be asking children to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day. 
Please send in a named re-usable water bottle with your child.
If you have any questions, or I can help or support in any way, pleased don't hesitate to ask at drop off or pick up. Alternitively you may contact me via phone or make an appointment to come in and meet with me.


History - The Stone Age to the Iron Age

Our Big Question: How did stone age discoveries change life and war? 




In this unit, we will look when the Stone Age started and when the Iron Age ended. We will learn about the importance of farming and how that helped them decide where to live.  We will investigate the main discoveries of pre-historic Britain (focusing on housing, feasting and fighting) and we will discover how this was affected by the land they were living on.


Science - Rocks and Soils 

Our Big Question: Are rocks and soils the same thing?



In this unit we are learning to identify different types of rocks based on their properties and sort them using a key. We are also learning about how fossils are made and how soil is made from rock and organic materials. We will be gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answer questions, we will be setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests and using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support our findings.


Click on this link for our cirriculum map to see what else we will be learning about this term. 


Useful Links:

Seesaw -


The London Grid for learning has excellent resources to support children learning at home in all subjects.

Purple Mash -

Purple Mash is full of excellent games and learning opportunities, we will be using it as the basis for our Computing classes and some homework may be set through this system.

TT Rockstars -

Times Tables Rockstars is a brilliant way to practice your multiplication number facts that you will need to know by the end of Year 3!

Doodle Maths -

Doodle Maths is a great way to get tailored questions that will help you to be really confident in your Maths learning!

Doodle english

BBC Bitesize -

BBC bitesize is great for all areas of the curriculum including English, Maths and topic