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Kestrels and Kingfishers

Welcome to Year 3 at Derwent Road. Please find below information about your child's learning topics this half term, including learning logs and topic leaflets. Please see our specific class pages for photos and information about each classes individual learning journeys.

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During the Summer term children will be finding out all about their local area! We will kick start our topic with a locality walk where children will learn about the history of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade and take part in the Children's Trail based in the town centre. Children will be able to see first hand where Mary Norton, the author of The Borrowers, lived and be inspired by the sculptures in and around our local area so they can then design and create their own in our Art lessons. In English we will look at stories with familiar settings and read The Borrowers by Mary Norton. In History and Geography children will continue to look at the local area and also look at our twin town in France! Which will help children for our French Wow Day half way through the topic and we will then end our local area study with a trip to Pizza Express where children can make the chosen pizza they have designed earlier in the term. In Science children will be getting hands on with how plants grow and learning about the different functions that the parts of a plant have.

Important Dates

Friday 27th April- Locality Walk

Tuesday 15th May- Talent Show 6pm, parents/ carers welcome

Friday 25th May- Family picnic 2:30, parents/ carers welcome

Monday 4th June- Training Day

Tuesday 5th June- Children back to school

Friday 8th June- French Wow Day, children to dress in a french theme or blue, white and red.

Friday 15th June- Sports Day (weather permitting) 

Wednesday 11th June- Kingfishers to Pizza Express

Friday 13th June- Kestrels trip to Pizza Express




This term in Year 3 we are leaning about ‘The Tudors’. In English, the children will be learning how to write a set of Instructions and a Play Script. Our focus will be William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. They will be looking at the key features of these text types and using them within their Tudor topic. In History we will be learning about Tudor monarchs and their reigns. We will gain an in-depth knowledge of Henry VIII and investigate why he had six wives. We will find out what type of Monarch Henry VIII was. In Art, the children will be focusing on Tudor portraits. They will be learning how to draw a face and its features as well as sketching Tudor clothing. The children will be using soft pencil to create line, tone and texture and pastels to blend colour.

Important Dates


22nd January: Shakespeare theatre production - Children come dress in all back (top and trousers/ leggings/ jeans). Parents' welcome at 2.35pm in school hall.

9th February: Tudor Banquet- Children come dressed as Tudor royalty- Children only

19th February: Learning Logs to be returned

28th March: Easter production- Y3 parents' welcome at 9.15am