Contact details

Year Leader/3LH: [email protected]

3HW: [email protected]

3LW: [email protected]          [email protected]

Year 2 Summer 2019 Challenge

Over the summer holidays, we are setting you a few challenges so that you can be super ready to start at the Junior school. When you can independently do the different tasks below, colour in the square super neatly.

Return the challenge to your new class teacher when we return to school in September. All completed challenges will receive a small prize.

Have a super summer holiday!

Here are some links to games and activities you may wish to print/use/enjoy with your child.

Times Tables Links

Days of the week/months of year/time

Number Bonds

NB: Some of these websites are designed for younger children but contain useful, fun ideas to help your child learn them if needed.

Thank you for a lovely transition day and we look forward to meeting you all again in September! The children have explored the many new areas of the school, getting to know the staff and their peers.

We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you our upcoming events, summer holiday challenges and routines for the start of next year.  

First Day expectations

Miss Howard, Mrs Williams and Mrs Wessels will be out on the playground at 8.40am when the gates are opened. Year 3 will walk around near the field to their classrooms and so it is best to wait near the shelter at drop off time. This is also the area that the children will be delivered back to at the end of the day. Please do not go round to the classroom doors for safety reasons.

Year 3 teachers will be holding whiteboards, clearly labelled with the class name (3LH, 3HW, 3LW) to show you where your child should line up.

School finishes at 3.25pm.

3HW and 3LW will come out of the library door.

3LH will walk around from the field area. Again, please wait on the playground to meet your child.

As children become more independent, settled and learn the expectations to keep them safe, we will adapt this routine as needed. We will keep you informed via ParentMail when this happens.

If there are any changes to your child’s collection routine, please inform a member of staff so that we can ensure your child remains safe at this busy time of day.

Fruit Snack

Children are allowed a fruit snack during playtime or alternatively can purchase a healthy snack from Tuck Shop which is usually in the school hall. Children should bring in no more than 50p for tuck. It is the child’s responsibility to look after this money.

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                       In the afternoons we have a short fruit and toilet break during which we often watch BBC Newsround to follow current affairs. Your child may want to bring in a fruit snack to enjoy during this time.

Please note that nuts will not be allowed due to allergies.

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PE kits

All Year 3 children have PE on Thursday and Friday unless weather or special events mean a change to the timetable. Therefore it is best if your child leaves their PE kit in school during the week. As with the school uniform, all items should be clearly marked with your child’s name and class. This allows lost property to be returned promptly.

Please remind your child that they should have a complete change of clothes including trainers, not school shoes when participating in a lesson.

Therefore, correct PE kits is as follows: 

* White polo top     * Black shorts/tracksuit bottoms      * Trainers/plimsoles        * Socks   

* Waterproof coat in case of wet weather

Pencil Cases

The children will be given a pencil case that contains all of the equipment that they will need to facilitate learning in school therefore they do not need to provide anything from home. It is their responsibility to look after this equipment and check that they haven’t lost anything! A considerable amount of money has been invested to provide this for your child so please encourage them to take care and be responsible for their belongings. The pencil cases should remain in school at all times.


It is really important that your child continues to read regularly over the summer holidays in order to maintain their reading skills.

We would love to hear about the books the children read when they start in September. 

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Times Tables Rockstar

Time Tables Rockstar is an exciting website that offers challenge and promotes the learning of times tables. All children create an avatar who starts off as a ‘Wannabe’. As the children make progress with learning and correctly recalling their times tables facts at speed, they progress ‘through the ranks’ to ‘Rock Hero’.

On transition day we set up an account with Times Tables Rockstar for your child and they were all handed their log-on details to take home with them. The summer holidays would be the perfect time for children to explore the site and begin practising their times tables, ready for September.

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Plans for the Year

Detailed below are our plans for the different trips and experiences that we hope to offer your child during their time in Year 3. This underpins our vision to provide a curriculum rich in opportunities to question, deepen understanding and provide first-hand experiences wherever possible.


                         Trips and Experiences for Year 3    2019 – 2020

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                        Local Area visit                         Southsea Castle                      Baffins Pond           Local Art Gallery


                            Local artists           Marwell Zoo          Skeleton Workshop           Open Box Theatre Workshop


                            Tutankhamun Museum and Dinosaur Museum – Dorchester       Viking Day     Tudor Banquet     


                                                                      Movie Night        Historic Dockyard          Egyptian Day


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. There is usually a member of the Year 3 team on duty in the mornings and at the end of day.

 Have an amazing summer holiday and we look forward to hearing all about their adventures when the children return to school on Monday 9th September 2019.

Best wishes from the Year 3 team!


We begin the term looking at 2D and 3D shape. We will use practical resources to develop our conceptual understanding and then compete challenges to deepen our understanding in a variety of ways. Developing our ability to explain our thinking both orally and in writing will be a focus over this term and over the course of the year. We will then be looking to move onto place value – exploring number in a variety of ways. 


Throughout Year 3, we will be developing our arithmetic skills by carrying out daily activities which will aid with our fluency.  This includes rapid recall of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts as well as fluent recall of place value, fractions and other key number skills. Children will have the opportunity to bring home further activities to practise these skills at home should they wish.

We will start by consolidating our understanding and rapid recall of our 2, 5 and 10 times tables facts – applying these in a variety of ways to challenge ourselves and improve our skills. Don’t forget to use TTR (Times Tables Rockstar) to support this.

To support your child further with this, please consolidate reciting these facts, finding related division facts and rapid recall in a variety of ways. 


On transition day, we read the story The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and wrote our first summary of a story. We will build on this learning in September and after reading and analysing the book The Day the Crayons Came Home, we hope to be inspired to write our own letters in role as a crayon. We will be exploring how different features of our toolkits are used by the author effectively including alliteration, adjectives, commas in lists and simple sentences. 

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Year 3 continue to work on improving the formation of our letters and presentation of our written work. We are looking forward to seeing who will be the first person to earn a pen licence from Mrs Bush!

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Over the year we will be using our investigation skills to explore different spelling rules including homophones and the use of apostrophes for possession. We will also be developing strategies for learning the Year Three National Curriculum exception words which you can find below. These will then be assessed in class at the end of each half term.

Year 3 words

Our spellings for this half term are:

actual, learn, group, heard, arrive, circle, often, build.

Below are some of the ways that we will be learning these words if you would like to try them at home.


look cover write check     Looking for small words in side words     Speed writing     pyramid writing


Forces and Magnets

This half term, we will be learning about forces and magnets. We will be investigating how magnets work and the effects of forces in different situations.

Each Science topic we cover allows children to work scientifically using their scientific skills such as questioning, predicting, observing and recording their findings. This half term, we will be focusing on predictions and setting up fair tests.

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We are starting this year with a topic called Broadening our Horizons to an Ancient Adventure. We begin with a geography focus learning all about the countries of South Africa and Egypt on the continent of Africa. By following a chosen line of enquiry, we will research these different places and make comparisons to where we live. Once we have a good understanding, we will travel back in time to explore what life was like in Ancient Egypt. 

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Foundation Subjects

In PSHE, we are being introduced to the Tier One Langstone Learner skills. These different sets of skills focus on resilience, thinking and reflectiveness.

Tier 1

Thinking Resilience Reflective

I can share ideas

I can use talk partners to deepen thinking

I can disagree

I can build on other people’s ideas (symbols/listening)

I can ask sensible questions to deepen my understanding

I can use resources to be independent

I can choose an appropriate way to present my learning

I can make links to my own previous learning

I can give myself thinking time

I can use the 5 ‘B’s’ to be more independent

I can  start a task even when it looks or sounds tricky

I recognise a marvellous mistake and remain positive

I can carry on with something that I find challenging

I know there are some things that I cannot do YET but with hard work I can

With support, I can manage my emotions

I can accept that people may disagree with me

I can encourage and celebrate other people’s Golden Moments

I reflect on how my Golden Moments help me to improve

I see Pink Stop Think as a positive

I respond straight away to Pink Dots

I use what I already know to help me complete a challenge

I think about written feedback, building on my learning and respond in full

I can take time to reflect on my choices

I can recognise that everyone has different strengths and use/support these

At Langstone Junior Academy, we aim to develop learners who are reflective, resilient thinkers and challenge themselves in all areas of learning both in and out of school.  We believe that children need to develop a skills set that enables them to achieve this and become confident ‘Master Learners’. The Langstone Learner award is a three-tiered system which empowers children to recognise and develop a set of progressively challenging skills as they develop as independent learners.


Within R.E, we will be looking at the concept of good and evil, linking this to the Hindu festival of Holi.  We will be discussing our own and other’s experiences of the concept as well as within Hinduism.We will use our thinking skills (Philosophy for Children) to challenge and question ideas.

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In PE this term, we will be looking at the sport of handball and developing hand eye coordination skills.

In addition, children will be participating in a mixture of outdoor and indoor P.E. with sports coaches on a Monday.  Year 3 usually have PE on a Monday and Thursday unless weather or special events mean a change of timings. Therefore, it is best if your child leaves their PE kit in school during the week.

Please remind your child that they should have a complete change of clothes when participating in a PE lesson. This includes dark shorts/tracksuit bottoms (for outdoor PE if the weather is cold), a white t-shirt, socks and appropriate footwear. (Trainers or plimsolls – not school shoes)

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In Music, we will linking our learning to our Topic lessons. Year 3 will be exploring musical instruments.

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In French, we will be introduced to this language and the countries that speak it. We will be learning facts about these countries, particularly France and learning basic classroom commands that we can use everyday.

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In Computing, we will be learning how to safely and effectively use the range of computing equipment that we have at Langstone Academy. We will focus on E-safety which remains a priority and will be explicitly taught as part of our PSHE curriculum as well as within computing lessons.

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Important Dates

INSET – Wednesday 4th September 2019

INSET – Thursday 5th September 2019

INSET – Friday 6th September 2019

Children start back at school – Monday 9th September 2019

Internet Safety Day – Tuesday 8th October 2019

Whole School Flu Immunisation – Tuesday 15th October 2019

Half Term Holiday – Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019

3LH Class Assembly – TBC

3LW Class Assembly – TBC

3HW Class Assembly – TBC



Home Learning Books should be in school every day for the teacher to check and also for children to record their daily reading which happens each afternoon.

Our homework has 3 elements:

1 – Daily reading

Regular reading of a variety of genres is an integral part of the curriculum and develops a range of skills that children can utilise on a daily basis. Your child has been given a Home Learning Book in which they need to write in the reading that they do at home. We expect children to read regularly and aim for at least 5 times a week. They should record the book title and the pages that they read. We encourage them to reflect on their reading and record this in the comment box. For example, what was the best bit? What happened next? What interesting fact did they find out?

2 – Daily times tables practise

This could be chanting, rapid recall or quick fire questions with a family member, use of Times Tables Rockstar, playing different times tables games or completing different worksheets available on-line and from your child’s class teacher. The squares should be coloured in to show the different times tables facts that have been practised. By the end of Year 3, Government expectations are that children will have rapid and fluent recall of at least the 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x and 8x tables.

3- Project Homework 

There will be details of a suggested project homework task sent home each half term. Children are encouraged to further their own learning at home by researching an area of the current topic that has particularly interested them. Children can choose to present this information in any way that they choose – we have had some brilliant models, presentations and other creative ideas in the past and look forward to seeing what projects appear from Year 3 in 2018-2019!

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We will be visiting Treetops Library on a weekly basis during this half term, teaching the children various library skills and developing their love of reading both for pleasure and research. They can borrow a fiction and a non-fiction book which they can read both in school and at home. Children are responsible for their chosen books at all times and must return or renew them regularly. Children can also visit the library during most breaktimes and lunchtimes. Some of the books have a related quiz which the children can complete in school to demonstrate their understanding of the text that they have read.

Don’t forget that you can visit the library with your child on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the following times:

8.30am to 8.50am

3.30pm to 4.00pm.


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