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Highfield Primary School

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 7486096

 Autumn 2                 Consideration    Aspiration   Responsibility    Enjoyment                        Year 3


I hope you have all had a relaxing break. I am looking forward to another busy half term with lots of exciting things happening in school. The children have settled in really well to class 5 and have impressed me with their growth mindset and attitude towards their work. Do not forget to scroll down this page to find some links that will support the children with their learning. 

Please do not hesitate to speak to me on the playground or on the phone if you have any concerns you wish to discuss. 

We will post updates on twitter of activities and fun things we get up to so keep checking the page regularly!


Science Homework

Produce a grid of all the living things you find in your local habitat (invertebrates and vertebrates).  Your investigation could take place in your garden, park or even whilst on a walk around Urmston.  Perhaps you could include photographs of your findings.  Don’t forget to include both plants and animals.
 This is due to be returned by Monday 10th December.

'Marvellous Manchester'

We will be continuing with our Marvellous Manchester theme this half term. This will include:   

  • learning geographical skills whilst gaining knowledge of our local area.
  • identifying Manchester on a map
  • learning the difference between physical and human features
  • investigating why people originally settled here
  • why people love living here today 

In Art we will be creating a collage of images of Manchester’s buildings and learning to apply depth to architectural drawings.


Linked to our Marvelous Manchester theme, we will be designing and constructing our own bridges in Design Technology.






This half term, our class text will be The Twits by Roald Dahl. In these sessions, a key focus will be understanding new vocabulary and using contextual clues to understand the meaning.


Our first literacy non-fiction unit will be based on ‘How to train a Dragon’ Children will write a set of instructions for looking after pet dragons.






We will continue to work on our comprehension skills using the 'Cracking Comprehension' scheme. Please continue to read with your child at home. This reading time is incredibly valuable for them and exposes them to new vocabulary and helps with their flow and comprehension of a text.



We will also be working on our spelling skills this term so that our writing keeps on improving. 


The children will be working on their cursive handwriting through daily handwriting lessons.

If you would like further information about how we teach letter joins please look at the following website: 




In Maths this half term, we will be focusing on addition and subtraction and formal written methods for these. Within this topic we will: 

  • add and subtract numbers mentally including hundreds and ones and hundreds and tens 
  • add and subtract numbers with up to 3 digits and use formal written methods for these
  • estimate the answer to a calculation
  • use the inverse to check and answer
  • use all of these skills to problem solve




It is REALLY important to practise times tables & learn them off -by-heart. We will be focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 times table this term.


There are some great videos on Youtube and websites with games that can help the children to learn their times tables. Sometimes it is easier for children to remember them in a song as they can be quite catchy.     


In a recent parent and pupil questionnaire both parents and pupils expressed an overall preference for the homework book format for homework. However, most responses noted that online activities were enjoyable and provided an alternative learning style. Please find below a list of suggested links for your child to use:


Adverbs and Adjectives

Nouns and Adjectives


Word classes


Prefixes and suffixes



Times tables facts and number bonds

Rounding numbers

Place value

Ordering numbers

Mental maths

Place value

Value of a digit

Times table rockstars

For further resources please click here


coding -  - this 'Hour of Code' website gives children access to a range of coding apps and activities to help build their programming skills and knowledge. Many of them are related to popular characters and games such as Minecraft or Star Wars.


ExpeRimental - ideas for science experiments that can be done at home

BBC Bitesize - science interactive games and videos related to KS2 topics




In Science we will continue learning about ‘living things’. The children will be identifying and naming a variety of plants and animals in the local and wider environment, using classification keys to assign them to groups.

They will then be looking at how environments can change and how this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.



This half term’s focus is- ‘Friendships’. This will encompass what makes a good friend and we will explore how we can solve disagreements amicably


This half term our unit of work is: ‘We are bug fixers’

- Finding and fixing bugs using scratch.






As well as swimming, the children will be doing Gymnastics where they will be

focusing on different ways of landing, rolling and jumping.

Please ensure that your child's school uniform, including their PE kit is labelled with their name, to avoid items getting lost. Thank you in advance for your support.

Please ensure that you check our web page and the school Twitter page on a regular basis, for updates and photographs.