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Yr 3 - Derbyshire Reservoirs

Welcome to Year 3


We have had a fantastic year so far. We kickstarted the year with a Victorian experience day which was followed by Roald Dahl day. The children have settled in well and are living our Super Hero Code. We have so many new experiences planned for our children. Watch this space for updates. 

Teaching Staff


Mrs Saini



Miss Hassall



Miss Cave


Mrs Slater and Mrs Sullivan are the teaching assistants that work across Year 3. Miss Black supports wellbeing across year 3.  


Meet our team!



Our Learning this Term

This term we are learning about the Victorians. Our big question is, How have the Victorians influenced my life today? We shall be learning about who the Victorians were, what Victorian Derby was like, famous people from the Victorian period, Victorian inventions and how they have influenced our lives today. 


In English, we are reading Fair's Fair by Leon Garfield. We have been writing descriptions of settings. You could help your child by encouraging them to describe what they can see. 


During our Maths lessons we are learning about the place value of digits within three digit numbers. We shall be learning about addition and subtraction next. Please let your child handle small amounts of money, let them help pay for items and work out the change they will get when they have been shopping.


Please listen to your child read for at least 15 minutes a day. Quiz your child on their times tables and help them practice their spellings.


Homework shall be given out on a Friday and is due back on a Wednesday.

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How have the Victorians influenced my life today?


The children have thoroghly enjoyed the launch of our topic. By bringing it to life through our Victorian Experience Day, the children have been able to participate in a typical Victorian school day, from the lessons to some of the punishments. They even took part in Victorian PE drills and learned to play the Hop Scotch. The adults looked very stern and very scary. 


By becoming 'history detectives' the children were able to identify signs of Victorian homes on the buildings around school. We were amazed at how much evidence there is of Victorian architecture in Pear Tree. 

Roald Dahl Day


Friday 13th September was Roald Dahl Day. The staff were dressed up as extras from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children read the book and they dove deeper into the text, identifying vocabulary that inspired them. They finished off the day by learning the song of the Oompa Loompas. 


Attendance Hero Day


Attendance Hero Day is a day that is selected by Mrs Burdis when all of the children at school can have an extra break time. The year 3 children have thoroughly enjoyed their extra break times. 



Diwali 1
This week, we have been learning about why Hindus celebrate Diwali. We have also learned about how they celebrate this festival by designing our own rangoli patterns and henna patterns then making our own diva lamps. 

Key Dates

Friday 25th October 2019 - End of term

Monday 4th November 2019 - Start of Autumn Term 2

Friday 20th December 2019 - End of term

Monday 6th January 2020 - Start of Spring Term 1

Friday 24h January 2020 - INSET Day

Monday 27th January 2020 - INSET Day

Friday 14th February 2020 - End of term

Monday 24th February 2020 - Start of Spring Term 2

Friday 3rd April 2020 - End of term

Friday 8th May 2020 - Bank Holiday

Monday 25th May 2020 - Bank Holiday

Monday 20th April 2020 - Start of Summer Term 1

Friday 22nd May 2020 - End of term

Monday 1st June 2020 - Start of Summer Term 2

Friday 26th June 2020 - INSET Day

Friday 24th July 2020 - Break up for the summer break 


Thursday 25th July 2019 - End of the school year


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