Diss Church of England Junior Academy

Diss Church of England
Junior Academy

Year 3

Our Year 3 Team



Birch class - Mrs Serrano Bird                                   Poplar class - Mrs Mace and Miss Hawes


                                                             Teaching assistant - Mrs Paines  

Autumn Newsletter

What learning looks like in year 3:

Click the link below to see an overview of the terms learning:

 Long Term Plan


Reading is promoted and modelled to all our children throughout their time at school. Children will have a daily reading lesson where they will learn how to read fluently as well as make predictions, infer and retrieve key words or phrases to answer comprehension questions. As children encounter new vocabulary we will explore the definitions of these words within the context of the book and the effect this has on the meaning. Alongside daily reading lessons, we have a class story  every day to continue fostering a love of reading. 


Spellings are taught everyday. Children will explore spelling patterns and rules and be encouraged to apply these to their writing. 


In English, we will be using a range of books linked to the topic to inspire our writing. Each half term, we will focus on one fiction, one non-fiction and one poetry unit. At the end of each unit, the children will produce a piece of writing to go into their best writing folder.


We use the Power Maths scheme which follows a mastery approach to Maths. All children have access to a range of manipulatives to promote their concrete understanding of abstract concepts. Alongside this we promote fluency within the 4 operations through an additional arithmetic lesson each week.


We have a thematic approach to our learning and link our topic to the other subjects where possible.   In History and Geography we follow the Ark+ mastery curriculum. This embeds key knowledge and skills in these subjects and these progress as children move through Key Stage 2. 

Here are our Knowledge Organisers 

Stone Age to Iron Age

Settlements and Land Use


In Science we follow the Ark+ mastery curriculum. Children are expected to ask questions, perform tests, identify and classify and gather and record data. They will also have the opportunity to learn about key scientists.

Skeletons, Muscles and Nutrition

Rocks and Fossils



Every day we will be running PATHS sessions in class. This is a PSHE programme which empowers children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills which enable them to make positive choices throughout life.

As part of this, each day there will be a Pupil of the Day. This is a randomly selected pupil who will receive compliments from their teacher, friends and themselves. At the end of the day, they will bring home their compliments to share with their family. We ask that you talk to your child about this and share your own compliments with them. 


PE is on Monday Children need to come into school wearing their kit. Please make sure they have warm clothes as the majority of PE will take place outside. No earrings and appropriate footwear essential.


Homework will be posted on Google Classroom half termly. There are six activities to choose from and complete. Completed work can be uploaded to Google Classroom but this is not compulsory.

The code for the Google Classrooms is:  bxncs3g

All children have access to TTRockstars (an online Maths APP). Children should practise their tables as often as possible. By the end of Year 3 children must be able to recall their 1,2,3,4,5,6,8 and 10 times tables at speed.

Reading books are being sent home each day. Children should be reading every day, please remember to sign your child's diary each time that they read at home.