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Wild Wood science session today. ‘Can you make a floaty boat to get an alien around their water planet’ Using a variety of natural materials and working fully outdoors year 1 took on the challenge wholeheartedly for their topic


The whole school took part in the today and collected 8 bags of litter. Well done all was an interesting and informative session. Our Eco Warriors will collate our results and update the school on the findings


Year 1 are super excited to be launching their rockets in science today


High excitement for our first football match against Good luck to both teams. We look forward to hearing all about it. Thank you to AllMech Pipework for sponsoring our lovely new kits.


Huge thanks to the wonderful parents who came in over the weekend to help develop our sensory garden. We can’t wait for the children to see the changes tomorrow!


An alien spaceship crash landed into Wild Wood today for our ‘moon zoom’ topic. The friendly alien had left a letter with recipes for the children to recreate using the mud-kitchen, lots of natural materials, imagination and a tonne of fun!


Having fun and fundraising for £220.00 raised from own clothes day. Well done and thank you to all our families on this great effort. #


What a brilliant visit from today. The children were in awe of them and had such fun trying handcuffs, listening to a safety talk and even trying out the siren. Thank you so much for making our ‘what’s your emergency’ topic come to life


Wow! Well done!


Looking forward to fundraising for tomorrow!


Our Eco Warriors held an assembly with video presentation to the whole school to launch our plans for the great big school clean up next week. We are excited to get out and get cleaning


Reception had a fantastic visit from Beckenham firefighters. They got to try out the equipment and hear all about the work of this amazing team. Huge thanks to


Y3 have visited to take part in a workshop from . A fantastic experience to get close to some amazing animals


An exciting science lesson for some of our children at as part of


Y3 have visited Harris Beckenham secondary to learn about different medical professions. We are very lucky to have such good links with our secondary academy. Huge thanks to and


Year 3 are having a really wild time today at for their topic The children are documenting their visit on iPads and we cannot wait to see what they have learnt when they return.


Thank you to all our wonderful children, families and fantastic staff for making today by far the best World Book day celebration possible.


Our wonderful World Book Day celebrations ended with Head Teacher’ Storytime with Mrs Rigby-Drake reading The Ugly Five. Such a lovely end to what has been such a fun day celebrating, stories, books and a love of reading.


Lunchtime saw the opening of our Book Swap Shop 📚. Children had been donating books all week in exchange for book bucks which were spent today at lunchtime at the swap shop. ❤️ lots of happy faces to be taking home a new book. Thank you for all the donations.

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Year 3

Mr Little will be teaching in Wrens class and Miss Trushkina will be teaching Robins.


Year 3 Topic Curriculum


Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  English, Mathematics, R.E., Modern foreign language (French) and Music are generally taught as discrete subjects along with PE which is taught by specialist coaches. All the remaining subjects are taught through the Curriculum which is a stimulating topic based approach to learning.  


The  Curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. It is a comprehensive, thematic and creative curriculum that really engages children and gets them interested in the world around them. Learning with our Curriculum takes a global approach by helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The curriculum also emphasises the history and culture of Britain and promotes fundamental British values.


The theme for each term's topic can be found in the table below.

Autumn 1 Urban Pioneers
Autumn 2 Scrumdiddlyumptious
Spring 1 Gods and mortals

Spring 2 

Tribal tales
Summer 1 Predator
Summer 2 Tremors




We use an innovative, focused programme of work, which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording. This is based on the Singapore Maths approach to teaching and aligns well with the focus in the National Curriculum on ‘mastery’.


The key features of Singapore Maths are:

•Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.

•Careful scaffolding of core concepts through: •visualisation, as a platform for comprehension;

•mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities;

•pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.


•Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.




Lessons and activities for all areas of English are planned carefully to help children continually develop and improve their skills in speaking and listening,  reading, and  writing. We use the Year 3 Programmes of Study based on the National Curriculum to ensure all children gain the knowledge and skills they need.



In Year 3, we believe that reading is the gateway to learning but should always be pleasurable and fun. We aim to give children a concrete set of skills to decode and understand text but also enable them to develop a lifelong love of books. As children progress through year one they continue to read regularly with adults in guided reading sessions and other classroom activities. Our well stocked fiction and non-fiction class library areas aim to offer children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for learning activities.



Year 3 are taught to use a pre-cursive script. We believe that this promotes flow and speed, and supports spelling as the children develop as writers. All teachers in Year 3 model the pre-cursive script when working with children or marking books. Once a child is a proficient writer, they will be awarded a pen licence and will begin to use a pen in their work



In Year 3 writing is taught through English lessons that use Power of Reading texts as the main stimulus. Children learn to write all the genres of writing, using their core text as their stimulus. This means that all the children  have a shared understanding of the storytelling elements of the writing they are doing. Wherever possible we ensure we offer children the opportunity to write for a real purpose.


Grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Discrete teaching of phonics ends at the end of Key Stage 1 and is replaced by grammar, punctuation and spelling lessons. These skills are taught discretely and are also embedded within English lessons.