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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. The children took part in Victorian school lessons. They used chalk and black paper as slate to write on and create technical drawings upon. They recited their multiplication facts and had Victorian PE drills as part of their PE lesson. 


To celebrate Roald Dahl Day, we looked at the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children enjoyed learning the song of the Oompa Loompas. 


We all gathered on the playground for a service to mark the end of the First World War. We created felt poppies and completed other activities too. 

Teaching Staff


Mrs Saini



Miss Hassall




Miss Dolman


Teaching Assistants Mrs Slater, Mrs Sullivan and Miss Saleem work across Year 3.  



Our Learning this Term

This term we are learning about light and dark. Our big question is, Why is light important? We shall be learning about what light sources are, how light travels, what dark is, how shadows are made and why they change size. We shall also be learning about how to stay safe on the roads now that it is getting darker. As part of our cross curricular learning, we shall be learning about why light is important to Hindus. You could help your child identify the different light sources at home.



In English, we are reading The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. We have been writing to inform Plop why the dark is nothing to be afraid of. You could help your child by discussing what the good things about the dark are. 


During our Maths lessons we are adding and subtracting with renaming. 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.

Picture 1

Road Safety Week


During this week, we created a road and discussed how to cross the road safely. Some people were knocked over by the car whilst other people were able to cross the road without getting hurt. Mr Paul came to visit us with his Crossing Patrol Uniform. It was very interesting to learn about how to keep safe on the road. 


Did you know...it is best to wear reflective materials when it is dark so you can be seen! 

Road Safety Week

Key Dates

Friday 21st December 2018 - End of term

Monday 7th January 2019 - Start of Spring Term 1

Friday 15th February 2019 - End of term

Monday 25th February 2019 - Start of Spring Term 2

Friday 12th April 2019 - End of term

Monday 29th April 2019 - Start of Summer Term 1

Friday 24th May 2019 - End of term

Monday 3rd June 2019 - Start of Summer Term 2

Thursday 25th July 2019 - End of the school year


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