Topics & Curriculum

This term our topic is:

‘The Rainforest and Maya Civilisation’

The children will be learning all about the rainforest, as well as the Maya Civilisation, with a lot of their learning being linked to these topics, across the curriculum.

A Learning Journey giving an overview of what the Year 3 children will be covering this term together with a Topic Tree will be published on Friday.

In PSHEE the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of ‘Physical Health’: exploring healthy lifestyles, physical exercise and its impact on mental wellbeing, balanced diets and making choices and sun safety. After half term, the children will move on to learn about ‘Economic Wellbeing’.


Your child has a Prep Diary, which they must bring into school each day. The diaries are checked daily by us. Throughout the course of the term, the children will be set occasional homework tasks to further their in-class learning. The children are expected to practise their reading, spellings, times tables and Doodlemaths at home, ideally every day.

Please assist your child with homework, but allow them to lead tasks as this will encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning.


This term the children will enjoy a Chocolate Workshop Day on Wednesday 24th January and they will visit Legoland on Friday 8th March.

We’re so excited to be able to offer the children some real-world experience of what they are learning in school. Trips are a brilliant way of making learning more tangible and memorable, as they enable the children to engage with the material in a more active and immersive way than can often be possible in the classroom. They are a powerful tool for broadening the children’s horizons, and also a lot of fun; we cannot wait to enjoy these special days over the Spring Term!

More information will follow nearer to the dates.

Health & Wellbeing

Please ensure your child is well enough to attend school each day. If they’ve required Calpol in the morning, they aren’t well enough for school, so please don’t send them in. If in any doubt, please contact Matron to discuss your concerns.

Children are to bring their water bottles to school and take them home daily. It is very important that the children drink water throughout the day, and using bottles in the classrooms helps to prevent spillages! If you do forget a bottle, just let us know and we can ensure that children have a cup to drink out of.

Year 3 Routine

Drop off is at 8:15am on the Terrace or in the Drop off zone, for registration at 8:20am. Children arriving earlier should be booked in for breakfast from 7:30am or join our Early Birds in the Sports Hall or Courts from 8:00am. Children shouldn’t enter the Clock Block earlier than 8:15am.

Pick Up is at 4:00pm at the front of school. Please ensure that your child blobs out with a teacher before they leave the school site.

If you’d like your child to join us for breakfast, or stay beyond 4:00pm for hobbies or after school supervision/supper club, please contact to arrange this.

Dates for your Diary

As well as your pocket-sized diary, parents can also view the Spring Term calendar via the website and Parent Portal.

Please do have a look through and pop important dates in your diary.  Of course, sometimes plans need to be updated, and so any changes will be updated on our electronic calendar and communicated to you as soon as possible.

The key events for our Year 3 parents include:

  • If you are interested in finding out more about the Prodigy Programme, we will be hosting an information evening on Tuesday 23rd January at 7:00pm and Thursday 25th January at 8:30am.
  • The Year 3 children will enjoy a Chocolate Workshop Day on Wednesday 24th January.
  • Parents are invited to our PSHEE Tea & Talk for Reception to Year 4 on Thursday 1st February.
  • Parents are invited to come along to our informal ‘Tea & Talk’ session with Heads of Year on Tuesday 27th February at 8:30am.
  • All our parents are invited into school to Come & See What We Do Afternoon on Friday 1st March.
  • We will celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. The children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character for the day.
  • The children will visit Legoland on Friday 8th March.
  • Year 3 parents are invited to attend a Specialist Subject Parents’ Evening on Thursday 14th March with appointments starting from 5:00pm.
  • Wednesday 27th March is the end of term with school finishing for Year 3 children at 11:50am.

FoP events

Our brilliant Friends of Pennthorpe, as always, will be doing lots to support our school and community this term. Key things for you to watch out for include:

  • Bags of Support Collections on Friday 12th January and Friday 22nd March.
  • Please save the date for the FoP Quiz & Curry Night on Friday 2nd February.
  • The Friends of Pennthorpe Mother’s Day Shop will open it’s doors on Tuesday 5th March.
  • Pop Up Second Hand Uniform Shop on Tuesday 12th March.
  • After-school Tuck Shop on Friday 15th March.


With the continuing cold weather, please can you ensure your child has a named Pennthorpe hat, scarf and gloves in school each day.

Children are expected to wear smart uniform each day, with clean shoes and tied back hair as required for girls. All children should wear their blazers coming to and from school.

As a reminder, all PE and Games kit should be brought in to school on a Monday morning and should be taken home for washing at the end of each week (see below for sports kit requirements).

The Year 3 Team will be conducting a complete kit check at the beginning of term.  This will include wellies, waterproof trousers, school play coat, water bottle and sports kit. Do talk to your children about the importance of looking after and organising their own property, as we gently begin to encourage their independence and development of organisational skills.

Please ensure that all items of uniform are named, including water bottles, shoes, wellies and trainers.

If you have any uniform requirements, please place an order via our website here. You can also book an appointment at the Uniform Shop by contacting or drop in during the times below:

  • Monday 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Tuesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Thursday CLOSED
  • Friday 8:30am – 9:30am

Sports Kit

For the first half of the Spring Term,  boys will be continuing with rugby and the girls with netball. A full kit list is available here, and all branded items can be ordered through Blueblood


  • Games kit
  • All jewellery must be removed
  • Base layers (recommended)


  • Games kit
  • Shin pads
  • Mouthguard
  • Base layers (recommended)

Please can the boys have a separate bag (such as a bin bag) in their games kit bag so muddy sports kit can be kept away from clean PE kit/uniform and a named towel to wipe excess mud off after rugby sessions.


After half-term the boys will be switching to hockey and girls to football.


  • Games kit
  • Shin Pads
  • Football Boots (optional)


  • Games kit
  • Shin pads
  • Mouthguard

Car park

Please do not park in the drop-off lanes at the front of school if you are coming past the gates to drop your child into school, or collect them from one of the school buildings. These lanes are intended for dropping-off only!

Instead, please park up in the car park, or find a safe place to park on the neighbouring roads (being considerate of our neighbours, especially with regards parking near to junctions or driveways).