Year 3 Autumn 1

Welcome to whitchurch junior academy!

Hello from the Year 3 teachers

Our first topic this half term is 'Keep Believing'

We will be focusing on mental well being and confidence building, as well as key skills in maths and writing that would have been covered during lock-down.

The Year 3 school day starts at 9.15am and finishes at 3.20pm

All children will be met by their teacher, wash their hands on entering school and have their temperature taken before starting work

3NW will enter via Salisbury road and line up by the playhouse
3HB will enter via Station Road(station side) and line up on the courts
3BE will enter via station road and line up on the courts

PE days

Children must wear their PE kits to school on the days that they have PE. They may be more comfortable in joggers rather than shorts or skort. Federation PE tshirt and school jumper / cardigan must be worn. Please do not send children in branded sports clothing

3BE have PE on wednesday and friday
3NW have PE on Wednesday and Thursday
3HB have PE on Thursday and Friday

Quotes from our Year 3 Children

"When I first came back I felt a bit worried but I'm starting to get used to it now. I really like having my own locker!" - Tyler

"I was a bit nervous when I started last week but I knew my way around because I came here for my sister's parents evening. I feel comfortable at WJA now. I like sitting at a desk with just one other person because I can concentrate better." - Milleigh-Paige

How we keep ourselves safe in School

Our Golden Rules
E-Bug Hand Washing Guidance

The Creative Me will:

Create an original piece of artwork to promote the Academy Christian values of Perseverance, Compassion and Creativity.

For Perseverance, children will be inspired by the story of the The Three Wise Men; for Compassion, the story of The Feeding of the Five Thousand; for Creativity, the influence is the Parable of the Talents.

'Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus for help.' (Hebrews 12 1 & 2)

Children will experiment using a range of collage techniques such as tearing, overlapping and layering to create and represent images. They will use a wide range of drawing implements e.g. charcoal, pencil, crayon, chalk pastels, pens etc. and experiment with different grades of pencil and other implements to create lines and marks.

'Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.' (Colossians 3 v12)

The Healthy Me will:

Well-being (pshe)

The first half term of this academic year has been developed to allow us to explore different emotions, stresses and anxieties that we all face as we start back at school. Each day, we will be looking at different factors affecting our lives such as the way we are dealing with Covid-19, how we relate to others and how we understand grief. We will be following the recommended 'Jigsaw' programme as well as the most up-to-date government guidance to support our pupils (and staff) with their mental health and resilience to cope with a variety of situations.


This half term, children will be learning dance and invasion games as part of their physical education. They will have an opportunity to express their creativity and develop flexibility as well as a connection to music through dance; and an opportunity to refine their ball skills including striking, throwing and catching, possession and passing skills through invasion games.

We aim to provide children with time to practice mindfulness as a way to manage stress and anxiety; They will take part in yoga to help us to relax, breathe, stretch and have fun.

The Independent Me will:

Reignite our love of reading through class stories and the selection of home reading books. Every child will have their own Reading Planner to complete and keep.

Read the text 'The Sea Book' by Charlotte Milner and explore the structure and organisation of non-fiction texts and identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.

In our reading lessons, they will identify and discuss the use of contents and index pages to locate information. Children will begin to understand the purpose of the paragraph and how they help to group information. They will discuss why the author has chosen a range of vocabulary to describe a character or setting.

Read the text 'Counting on Katherine' by Helaine Becker and use it to write a fact-file about Katherine Johnson and the Space Race.

The Inquisitive Me will:

Explore Number: Place Value in maths to represent numbers up to 1000; to find 1,10,100 more or less; to compare objects and numbers to 1000 and to count in 50s.

Pupils will be completing early assessments this half term ensuring that we, as teachers, know how best to move the pupils forwards and to set work for individuals according to their needs ensuring that all pupils are able to make the expected progress or catch up, where necessary.

The This Is Me will:

Spiritual - Reflect on the Academy Christian Values, complete mindfulness activities, take part in Yoga exercises and respond to artwork.

Moral - Participate in Collective Worship, create a class charter of rules and behaviour, understand consequences of behaviour, make healthy choices.

Social - How to resolve conflict, take part in activities with others to develop social skill development.

Cultural - Study black role models through reading and writing.

Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician who worked for NASA on the Apollo space missions.

Throughout all lessons, children will be given the opportunities to express their views in a safe and supportive space.