Coach Road, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7TE

01946 696959

St Begh's Catholic Junior School

Welcome to Year 3!

Miss McLean, Mrs. Hufton & Mrs. Gomme.




This term our topic is 'Romans'.


Our focus texts for this term are all connected to our History topic 'The Romans'. These include the Captive Celt by Terry Deary and a variety of non-fiction texts.

 We will be covering the year group objectives by producing; biographies, diaries, stories, advertisement, character descriptions and non-chronological reports.

 A major grammar focus this term will be to use speech punctuation and conjunctions to extend sentences. We will be creating a rich vocabulary in our writing and work on evaluating the effectiveness of our own and others’ writing.

 Children will be taught how to use a dictionary to check the meaning of words and prepare plays to read and act aloud. They will retrieve and record information from non-fiction books.



We will be covering the following objectives:

Numbers and calculation

  • Learn the 3,4 & 8 x tables
  • Develop mental methods for addition and subtraction
  • Use written column addition and subtraction
  • Solve number problems, including multiplication and division

Geometry and Measurement

  • Measure and calculate using metric measures
  • Measure simple perimeter
  • Add and subtract using money
  • Calculate simple time problems
  • Draw 2-d/ Make 3-d shapes
  • Identify and use right angles
  • Identify horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel lines

Fractions and decimals

  • Use and count in tenths
  • Recognise, find and write fractions
  • Recognise some equivalent fractions
  • Add, subtract and order fractions


  • Interpret bar charts and pictograms


Forces and magnets is our science topic for the first half of the Autumn term. Children will learn how objects move on different surfaces as well as explaining how some forces require contact and others don't. Children will make predictions about whether objects are magnetic and carry out an inquiry to test this out. Scientific vocabulary such as attract and repel will be used throughout lessons and children should be able to give reasons why magnets do attract and repel. 


We will begin our topic with two exciting trips to Vindolanda Roman fort and the Roman Army Museum, followed by a session at the Beacon Roman gladiator exhibition. This will allow us to study artefacts and historical evidence in a 'hands on' way. Also, we will be using a timeline  within the Romans period to set out the order in which things may  have  happened and using research skills to find answers to specific historical questions about the Romans.


On Monday afternoons throughout the term children will be taking part in lessons delivered by Luke, our Sports Plus coach. Could you please ensure that your child has a labeled P.E kit (including names written on the inside of P.E pumps) at all times. This can be taken home at half term to be laundered.

Children will have an extra PE session at another point during the week. 


The most important work that needs to be done at home is regularly listening to your child read and sharing books. Children need to get into the habit of bringing their books into school and placing them into the basket so that we can change books when they finish them . Don't forget to write in your child's reading record so that we know that they have finished their book. We will collect in reading records to be checked every Monday. Also please remind your child to hand in their weekly homework tasks every Monday. Rewards will be given for completed tasks.

Children can also access Lexia at home, an online reading programme. See link below. Your teacher will give you your login details if you have lost them.


Mathletics is set weekly on a Monday. We encourage the children to complete these activities at home. Please let your class teacher know if you cannot access Mathletics and we will make provisions in school. Your teacher can give you a copy of your login details if you have lost them.