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Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Term 6 - Monday 5th June 2017 to Friday 21st July 2017... SUMMER FAIR NEXT SATURDAY - Saturday 24th June 2017
Welcome to BarmingPrimary School
Barming Primary School is a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 4 to 11 years old. There are currently 403 children on role.
A Message from the Head of School
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Last Week's Attendance:

  • Reception 98.8%
  • Year 1 95.2%
  • Year 2 98.0%
  • Year 3 98.1%
  • Year 4 94.3%
  • Year 5 97.8%
  • Year 6 96.3%
  • Whole School - 96.9%

Year 3

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Welcome to Year Three!



What the children will be learning in Term 4:


E  English

Non-fiction: We are learning how to read instructions, looking at a range of instructional texts and identifying common features. This has included understanding how sentences are constructed using imperative verbs. The children will be writing sets of instructions.

Fiction: We will be learning about stories from other cultures. We will be sharing different stories and the children will then be writing their own story.

To link with Book Week, we will be exploring the book ‘Flotsam’ by David Wiesner as well as sharing our own favourite books.

How you can help.

Continue to listen to your child read aloud every week and encourage them to ask you questions about what they have read. Discuss the book they are reading, as this will help to develop their understanding and comprehension. Continue to build up vocabulary by collecting examples of interesting words from reading. Continue to support your child with learning the list of Y3 and Y4 spelling words that was sent home at the beginning of the year.


  1. & Division: We will be recalling and using facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times-tables and the associated division facts. We will be representing multiplication and division using informal jottings and learning to use the inverse to check calculations. We will also be learning how to multiply and divide 2 digit numbers by single digit numbers.

Fractions: We will be revising how to find fractions of amounts, linking this to division. We will be learning about equivalent fractions and how to identify these. We will also be comparing and ordering unitary and non-unitary fractions such as 2/8, ¾.

Time: We will be revising how to tell the time, to the nearest 5 minutes and nearest minute. We will be comparing times and be learning how to find the duration between a start and end time. The children need to know the relationship between units of time, for example the number of minutes in an hour and days in each month.

Problem solving:

Throughout these units of maths, we will be continuing to develop our problem solving skills.

How you can help

Continue to play games to make learning and recalling multiplication tables fun, as well as number facts for addition and subtraction. Practise telling the time with your child using a clock with hands; connecting the time to specific times of the day and activities. Use fractions practically, e.g. sharing sweets and dividing up a cake into equal parts.


Our topic is light this term. We will investigate different light sources, look at how light is reflected from different surfaces and investigate how shadows can change. We will also be linking our work to other areas of the curriculum. For example, we will be designing and making moving puppets. Once we have written a playscript, these will then be performed.


Our unit of computing this term is ‘We are network engineers’. In the unit of work, we will be learning to understand some features of internet protocols and find out how network connections operate.


We will be learning about Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent. We will be finding out about how Jesus was tempted in the desert. Leading up to Easter, we will be finding out about about special days such as Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.


We will be continuing to build our vocabularies learning days of the week and revising adjectives, such as colour and number. We will also learn how Shrove Tuesday and Easter Sunday are celebrated in France.

H   History

Our learning about the Victorians culminated in a brilliant visit to Horton Kirby to discover what it was like at a Victorian school.


We will be learning and performing songs from Victorian music halls. We will also be finding out about the music of Elgar and Holst.

D    DT

We are designing and making a modern sampler based on handwriting patterns.

P   PE


In our indoor PE lessons we will be working with Mr Saunders (PASS) to develop our gymnastic skills. We will be making different patterns and considering different ways of travelling both on the floor and on the apparatus. In our outdoor PE lessons will be learning skills to enable us to play rounders.



We will be looking at the kinds of groups that children belong to within the community. They will be considering how families and friends care for each other. We will be finding out how and why rules and laws are made and why different rules are needed in different situations.


How you can support your child’s learning:

Thank you for helping to ensure your child is ready to learn through the school day; this has meant that most children have the right equipment in school such as PE and Games kit. The expectation is for children to read to an adult for 10-15 minutes on a regular basis each week. Please remember to write a note in their Homework & Reading Diary when you hear them read. Telling us how they have read also enables us to see how they are getting on with their reading book.


What homework the children will be set:

  • Reading aloud to an adult for 10-15 minutes every night.
  • Learning and practising multiplication tables and number bonds 2-3 times a week.
  • Plus one piece of curriculum based homework which will be set on a Friday to be returned by the following Wednesday – we wouldn’t expect this to take any longer than 20 minutes.


Homework & Reading Diaries have been working well over the first two terms and will continue to contain a note of work set, along with the day for return. Please make sure that you sign and date the homework diary at least once a week. This is so we can see that homework and any messages are being passed on. If your child has not understood the task that has been set, please put a note into their Homework & Reading Diary and ask them to draw it to the attention of their teacher. If you have any notes for teachers, please write them in this book too.


Days that the children have PE:

Wednesday – Indoor PE

Thursday – Outdoor PE games, please bring trainers and a tracksuit, (this can be any colour).


Other information:


Mrs. Alexandre - Wednesday

Miss. McLoughlin - Thursday

Photographs from our recent trip to Horton Kirby (apologies for the incorrect date on the photos - we really did go this year - not in 2015!!) The children had a wonderful time and found the Victorian lesson really interesting, when they were not copying lines, converting pennies to shillings, wearing the dunce's hat or getting "the cane" that is!

Life in Year 3

Life in Year 3 1
Life in Year 3 2
Life in Year 3 3
Life in Year 3 4