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Term 3

Key Dates for Term 3


Tuesday 2nd January 2023Inset

Wednesday 3rd January 2023

Term 3 starts
Friday 9th February 2023

Pupil of the term Assembly


End of Term


Timetable Changes for Term 3

For Term 3 PE will now be Wednesdays. Children will need to come to school dressed in their kit.

Thank You

Week 1

The children returned with a great attitude to learning. We introduced Drawing Club to encourage the children's fine motor skills and imagination. The children had to then add a code to make their drawings "grow" or "come alive".

In Maths we reviewed our learning from Terms 1 and 2, number sequencing and 1 more/1 less.


Week 2

In English we looked at the traditional tale "The 3 Little Pigs". The children were challenged to write simple sentences about the story. The children enjoyed making houses from straw, sticks and bricks. We discussed the difference between fiction and non-fiction books and looked at a non-fiction book about houses around the world.

In Maths, inspired by the architect Le Corbusier, we designed houses using 2D shapes. We also began work towards addition. The children combined groups practically to find the total altogether.

In Forest school we built dens to protect ourselves from "the big bad wolf".

Week 3

In English this week we studied the book "The 3 Billy Goats Gruff." Again the children were challenged to write sentences about the story. The also made bridges from a variety of materials including pegs and lolly sticks, and paper.

In maths we looked at the number 6 and 7. We looked at them in relation to 5, so they were "5 and a bit". the bit being 1 in the case of 6, and 2 in the case of 7. This idea will help with number bonds and addition as they move forward.

Due to the extremely cold weather this week we didn't go to Forest school, instead we had an extra session of drawing club.

Week 4

This week we have been reading "The Ugly Duckling."

Through this we looked at the similarities and differences between each other and celebrated them.

In Maths we went "bird watching" counting birds hidden around the classroom and outdoor area. We also looked at 8 and 9, and how to make them using "5 and a bit".

We enjoyed a walk to Page Park to look at the birds, and a quick play in the playground.

Week 5

This week we have been reading "What the Ladybird Heard" by Julia Donaldson. The children enjoyed "the 2 bad guys" coming into the classroom and wrote about the directions they mentioned. We then created a Wanted Poster to help the Police find "Lanky Len".

We had a visit from the local PCSOs on Wednesday. They explained that the most important part of their job is to keep people safe. They let us try on some Police hats and sit in the Police car.

In Maths we have been playing games to help us learn our number bonds to 5.

At Forest school, some of us made fat balls for the birds and some used the binoculars to go bird watching but we all enjoyed being out in the sunshine.

PCSO visit.

Week 6

This week we celebrated the Lunar New Year.

We looked at the story behind why the years are named after animals. We tasted some Chinese food  and had a go at writing Chinese characters.

We learnt a Red Ribbon dance, and created our own Dragon and paraded him around the playground to wish others health and happiness.

In Maths we explored money, looking at the similarities and differences between different coins. We also started to look at subtraction from 10 using objects. We used the stem sentence 

10 subtract __ is  __

to give our answers.

In PE we continued to practice our ball skills by rolling and throwing underarm at a target.



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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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