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Westover Green Community School and Autism Centre


Welcome to the Year 3 page 2021-2022. Year 3 consists of two classes:

Holly and Silver Birch.

Holly class is taught by Mrs Davies (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs Jolley (Wednesday- Friday). Mrs Seal is the class teaching assistant. Mr Loat also supports within class.

Silver Birch is taught by Mrs Stevens (Monday- Wednesday) and Mrs Payne (Thursday and Friday). Mrs Redman is the class teaching assistant. Miss Balwin and Mrs Portlock also support within class.

Please keep your eyes on this page as we share aspects of your child's learning and experiences throughout the year, as well as letters and updates relevant to Year 3.

Letters and Notices

PE and Forest School

PE Days:

Silver Birch- Mondays (PE Kit) & Tuesdays (Swimming Kit)

Holly- Mondays & Wednesdays

Please ensure that children bring their PE kit in to School (to change for the PE lesson in School). It would be helpful to leave it in school, so that children can use it when spontaneous opportunities arise.

Forest School Days: Alternate Thursdays

Silver Birch: Thursday 5th May, 19th May, 9th June, 23rd June, 7th July and 21st July.

Holly: Thursday 28th April,12th May, 26th May, 16th June, 30th June and 14th July.

Children may wear their forest school clothes into School on these dates, but please provide indoor shoes for the classroom. Outdoor shoes/boots can be left outside of the classroom.

Ashley the Donkey: For Christmas, Silver Birch adopted Ashley the donkey. Ashley lives at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon. We look forward to receiving regular updates about Ashley and his friends at The Donkey Sanctuary, but in the meantime, the children can have a look out for him on the Shelter 4 webcam: https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/webcams

Platinum Jubilee Song: We have re-written Abba's Dancing Queen for the Year 3 children to perform at our Platinum Jubilee celebration assembly on Wednesday 25th May. We have attached the lyrics of 'Reigning Queen' and the backing track we will use, for the children to practise at home.

You can also find the songs that the whole school will be singing, on our Special Awareness Days page (under the Curriculum tab).

Reigning Queen Reigning Queen (with timing guide)


Curriculum Overviews

Curriculum Overview 2021-22



Year 3 are expected to read at home for at least 20 minutes, 5 times a week.

How can I help my child to read?

* Help Your Child with Reading- Poster for Parents

* Top Tips- Reading with Your Child at Home


Spellings will be sent home for the children to practice.

How can I help my child to learn their spellings?

* Help Your Child With Spelling- Poster For Parents

HT1 Spelling Patterns, Rules and Word Lists

HT2 Adding Suffixes

HT3 Spellings

HT4 Spellings

Summer Term Spellings

Times tables:

Times tables will be sent home for the children to learn.

How can I help my child to learn the times tables?

* Oxford Owl Times Tables In School Booklet

Independently, they can also use:


TTRS passwords can be found in your child's reading record.


Activities in Year 3

Year 3 enjoyed a glorious afternoon building shelters, drawing the wildlife, climbing trees and making ‘noodles’ and ‘dumplings’ in the mud kitchen!

The children have shown how fantastic they are at working as a team, building shelters, creating 'delicious delights' in the mud kitchen, solving a puzzle and even creating a structure with building bricks.

Book Sharing

Book Sharing

Throughout the year, children in Silver Birch are invited to share and talk about one of their favourite books or magazines.

The children are really enjoying both sharing and engaging with what their peers read for enjoyment!

What would you choose to share?

Autumn Term in Year 3

Christmas Celebrations


16.12.21- Stone Age Shelter Building

26.11.21- Designing and Making Stone Age Houses (DT)
22.11.21- Stone Age Art

18.11.21- Forest School

Silver Birch enjoyed toasting marshmallows over the fire, and of course, eating them!

15.11.21- Odd Socks Day

Odd Socks Day marks the first day of Anti-Bullying Week (15-19 November). The children were encouraged to wear odd socks to express themselves and celebrate their individuality.


Holly Class spent the morning in Forest School learning about how Stone Age people lived. We used knives to shave a piece of stick to make a spear and collected leaves to represent the flint. We made Stone Age shelters using leaves and sticks.

3/11/21 - REAL PE taster session

20.10.21- French

Well done to those pupils who received a certificate postcard for making a significant contribution during their French lessons during the first half-term of Year 3.

08.10.21- Hello Yellow Day
22.09.21- Developing Bowling and Defending Skills (Cricket)

15.09.21- An Introduction to Cricket

This half-term, we are lucky enough to have some sports coaches teaching the children the skills needed to play Cricket.

Spring Term in Year 3

Author Day with Andrew Powell-Thomas (22.03.22)

Mr Powell-Thomas created some competition for authors everywhere, as Year 3 became top authors in the making! The children were completely inspired by his journey into becoming an author and how he penned the book ‘Alfie’s Adventures in Ancient Rome’. They then thoroughly enjoyed planning and creating their own books. Some even asked to continue with their writing through their lunch break!

Equality and Diversity Workshop with Pete the Poet (16.03.22)

World Book Day 2022
The Cat in the Hat, Dennis the Menace, Alice in Wonderland, Dog Man, Mary Poppins and Pinocchio, to name a few, all made an appearance for World Book Day 2022! Staff were thrilled to see children so enthusiastic about their chosen characters and excited to participate in our WBD activities, and we thank you for all the effort made towards their fabulous costumes.

During the day, Year 3 focused on the colour blue from our chosen school book, 'One World, Many Colours'. We looked at the Earth's oceans and seas, spending time naming and locating them through group tasks using maps. The day ended with an Art activity, creating 'Under the Sea' shoe boxes using paints, string and card. We also heard a number of stories throughout the day and took part in a book swap!

Children's Mental Health Week (WB 07.02.22)

This week we have been discussing the importance of looking after our minds as well as our bodies. We explored Yoga as a form of relaxation and discussed the importance of expressing our feelings, using the book The Tell Me Tree.

National Story Telling Week (30th January- 6th February 2022)

We began with a discussion about what story telling is, why we tell stories and what makes a good story teller. Following this, the children watched a video of Tony Wilson telling the story of The Gingerbread Man, which they couldn’t help but join in with.

The next day, the children were lucky enough to have a story telling experience with Westover’s very own engaging story teller, Miss Bell. The children were taken on an adventure in the school’s forest area and fully immersed in the story ‘The Gurt Wurm Of Shervage Wood’.

We concluded the week with using our story telling skills to tell the story of how the animals of the Chinese Zodiac decided who would have which year named after them.

25.1.22 - SCIENCE - (Rocks and Soils)

In science we have been learning about Rocks and Soils. We learnt about how soil is formed over hundreds of years. We made our own soil profiles in an afternoon using cereal, cakes, biscuits and worms!

Then we went to Forest School and made 'real' soil profiles, some included worms too!

18.01.22- PE (Gymnastics)

Before learning about the static shapes of Star, Pike, Straddle and Tuck, we were using our bodies to show letters of the alphabet.

17.01.22- Science (Rocks, Fossils and Soils)

We learned about Venn and Carroll Diagrams and then grouped rocks according to their characteristics.

06.01.22- Computing (Programming)

We have been learning how to make a programme using Scratch.

Summer Term in Year 3

27.04.22 and 28.04.22- Design Technology (Making Pizzas)

We designed a pizza that would meet the requirements of a balanced diet and then made them. For evaluation purposes, we had to eat them, of course!