Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

Class teacher – Mr Ben Boisseau    Teaching assistant – Mrs Jo Leaver.

Summer Term 2019

What a Waste 

Trash, recycling and protecting our planet.



This term we are learning about the global problem of pollution. While we will focus mainly on marine plastics, we will also be coming to understand what happens to our rubbish and how to increase the amount we recycle. We feel this topic is extremely important, as it addresses real world issues and will see the children making a difference to their school and local area. The topic will run over 8 weeks, 6 weeks of summer 1 and a further two weeks after half term.


Important Dates

Trip to recycling centre - 1st May

Plastic Free Day - 8th May


To help us with our topic, we have decided to work towards achieving Plastic Free School status from Surfers Against Sewage (SAS)  There is a 5 step programme to follow:

  1. Action plan:  Hold a plastic free meeting to highlight areas in school where plastic pollution is escaping.
  2. Trash mob: ’Organise a litter pick on the school grounds and audit what is found
  3. Challenging Government - Send a letter to our local MP asking for their help in the fight against plastic
  4. Challenging Industry - Based on the school ground litter audit, send 3 electronic messages to the  industries responsible with photographic evidence
  5. Challenging yourselves - Lanner School to make a commitment to remove 3 single use plastic items


In addition to these 5 steps, we will be organising a beach clean at Portreath beach on



In whole class guided reading, we are reading the non-fiction book, ‘What a Waste - Trash, recycling and protecting our planet’ by Jess French.


Unit 1- Narrative- 3 weeks:

Wild Tribe Heroes - Our narrative unit will be inspired by a book by Cornish author, Ellie Jackson. Duffy’s Lucky Escape is a story of a sea turtle that ingests plastic and is rescued by fisherman. Children will first learn the text, then come up with their own adaption.


Unit 2 -Letter writing- 3 weeks -

We will be focusing on writing letters to persuade and encourage others. This is an important skill for children to learn as it can be transferred into real life contexts. We will be writing to family and friends, explaining why it is important to keep beaches clean. As part of the SAS Plastic Free Schools we will be writing formal letters to our local MP George Eustice, asking him to write to the Secretary of State for the Environment asking what

steps the Government are taking to reduce plastic pollution.


Unit 3 –Explanation text- 2 weeks



For the first 3 weeks of the term we will be continuing our learning on fractions. After consolidating finding fractions of amounts, we will be looking at comparing fractions, equivalent fractions how to add and subtract fractions.

For the remaining 3 weeks of the term we will be learning how to tell the time.



This term we will be looking at forces and magnets in science. We will be looking at how magnets help with recycling


Children will have two PE sessions each week - please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every Wednesday and Friday.


The children will be learning to use chrome books, creating and storing documents on a cloud based server.


Year 3 will continue with their Spanish lessons this term.


In year 3, children need to read as much as possible. All children are expected to read at home most nights for 10 - 15 minutes either to themselves or with an adult. This could be their school reading book, listening to a story read by someone else or sharing a favourite book. All are equally valuable.   All children have a reading record book in which parents, carers or the children themselves can record what they have read or make any comments.

Spellings will be tested, and new spellings issued, each Friday. Please support your child to work on the accompanying sheets, these are designed to make spelling practise more fun and varied!

In addition, children all have access to Times Tables Rockstars, an online site for practising their times tables.