GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Brunel (Year 3)

2 1185 eBrunel (Year 3)

Class teacher: Mr McLeod

Learning Assistants: Mr Champion, Ms Santo and Mrs Bryan

Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter

 Year 3


Welcome back! We are all so excited to get back to learning and hope your child is looking forward to the new term.

As ever this term is a busy one, packed full of exciting learning. Within this curriculum newsletter there is some key information to help you support your child’s learning.


Monday is our PE day this term. We will be learning orienteering, problem solving and teamwork skills.  Please can your child bring appropriate Outdoor PE kit to school each Monday.  Earrings either need to be removed or covered.  (Children are only permitted to wear stud earrings)

Thursday is our swimming day.  Your child will need a swim hat, a towel, swimwear (trunks or short shorts for boys – NOT baggy shorts down to the knees, and one-piece costumes for girls) and a bag to put it all in.  Please ensure that if your child has long hair, that it is tied up as this makes it easier when helping to put the swim hats on.  

Earrings must be removed or covered.  We cannot provide plasters to cover earrings as these are part of our first aid provision.  We are not permitted to remove earrings or put them back in.



Children will have one homework book which will be used for all homework. They will have weekly reading and maths homework. The maths homework will be set using the website Timetables Rock Stars. If you have any queries about the homework please do not hesitate to come and speak to us.

Times Table Rock Stars

Longford Park Primary School is signed up to the Times Tables Rock Stars programme to support your child with their multiplication and division facts. The curriculum states that all children should be able to recall accurately their multiplication and division facts up to 12x12 by the end of year 4. Therefore, daily times table practice is crucial. When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more fluent they are with their facts the easier they will access other aspects of the curriculum. In Year 3 the national expectation is that children become fluent in the 3-, and 4-times table as well as using their knowledge of the 1-, 2-, 5- and 10-times tables which they have already learned. For their maths homework, children are expected to complete at least 20 games (or 20 minutes) in garage mode on Times Table Rock Stars. Certificates will be awarded to children in celebration assembly for progress and for completing their homework.

Topic Homework Menus

Children will have a termly topic menu with additional homework options based on our STEAM curriculum. We would love if all children could bring in at least one piece of homework that is based on our STEAM topic each term.  STEAM homework will also be showcased at our showcase at the end of term.


We expect children to have daily opportunities to read to, or with, someone at home, as well as independently. Reading can include: books, newspapers, magazines, online reading, eBooks, reading tablets, information books, adverts, menus, poems, song lyrics – the list is endless. The important thing is that your child reads regularly (preferably daily!) and enjoys, and is engaged with, the reading!

All children have a reading diary, which they should bring to school in their book bag every day. Please record your child’s reading (as well as any additional comments) in the reading diary including the date and, where appropriate, page numbers. Halfway through the diary is a guide to help adults to support children’s reading as well phonics/spelling guides for children as they progress through the school.

We will check the reading record is completed regularly.




This term our STEAM focus is art and we will be answering the question is ‘Can I create a piece of art based on a period of history?’ We will be using our knowledge and sketching skills to create a portrait based on the portraits painted in the Tudor period.

To help with our STEAM project we would like to ask for an uploaded photo of your child’s face and another uploaded photo of your child with their things of personal significance to them.  It would also be good if you could briefly explore your child’s family tree with them.


1st person mysterious narrative.

A non-chronological report.


Multiplication and division (2, 4 and 8)

Scaling known multiplication facts by 10.

Column Subtraction





Relationships – safeguarding relationships, respecting self and others,


The Dragon Song – the children will be creating their own performance of this song.


Family and Friends



Swimming (Every Thursday morning, leaving school at 8:40)


This term we will:

  • explain the significance of Holi within Hinduism
  • explain the significance of Easter within Christianity
  • identify similarities and differences between Easter and Holi

Thank you for your continued support – we’ve had a great year so far, so let’s carry that on!

Mr McLeod

Year 3 Teacher


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