Australia – Year 3

Welcome to Australia Class 2017 – 2018! My name is Mr Restall I will be your classroom teacher and will be joined by Mrs Gafton (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Gill and Mrs Hamblin (1:1). Hope that you enjoyed a lovely summer break and your children are ready for the exciting learning opportunities that we have planned.

Class List

Bonito, Tycie, Samuel, Lucy, Aiden, Brooke, Leanne, Kai, Olivia, Shyla-Lilly, Jahkill, Alfie, Jodie, Judyta, Ryder, Harrison, Cleo, Sebastian, Andi, Aron, Neve, Aayushi, Divya, Eden, Chloe, George, Matthew, Morgan, Ella and Brandon.
Here is some information that we hope will help your child settle in to Year 3. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to speak with myself or Mrs Garner at the end of the school day.


Your child will be given a reading book and a record to bring home. They will get the opportunity to change their reading book on a daily basis. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and record any comments in the reading record.


Homework is set every half term in the form of a ‘homework Bingo, grid tailored to the needs of children in Lower Key Stage Two. Please try and complete as many of the challenges during term time and ensure your return your book so we can share all your hard work with the class and award lots of house points and Dojo points.


P.E. will be on a Tuesday (Indoors) and Friday (Outdoors). Please ensure that your child has the correct named indoor and outdoor kit, which is to be kept in school.
Indoor Kit:
Named plimsolls
Named white t-shirt
Named black shorts
Outdoor Kit:
Named black jumper
Named black tracksuit bottoms
Named black trainers.


The children will be swimming every Monday during Autumn 2 and Summer 2. Your child will need: Swimming costume (no bikinis), Towel, Hat (if hair is long, girls and boys), flip flops (or other shoes) to walk to the pool and a plastic bag to store wet clothing.

Topic Learning:

Topic – Stones and Bones
Australia class had a strange discovery at the start of the topic, they found a camp site and a book called Stig of the Dump. The class have explored all about the Stone Age and how life was different 2.5 million years ago.

We’ve had a great time this term learning about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. The children thoroughly enjoyed the Stone Age Day trip to Celtic Harmony. We all dressed up and brought the past alive. We had the opportunity to explore the authentically-built round houses and take part in Stone Age activities.

Year 3 Spring Topic Extreme Earth

Our Spring topic focused on natural disasters. We looked at: the weather on our planet; the creation of volcanoes and earthquakes; types of volcanoes; and the dramatic and explosive physical effects of volcanic eruptions. We then studied the distribution of volcanoes and earthquake zones around the world before exploring the human impact of volcanic activity and the reasons why people choose to live near volcanoes.

Other Events:

Torchlight Procession
Year 3 and 4 took part in the yearly Dunstable torchlight procession. They attended the service at Priory Church, with several other schools within the Dunstable district. The children then carried their lanterns across Priory gardens and sang beautifully as part of the Dunstable schools concert in front of the church.


Your child will need a healthy snack to have during morning break – any pots must have names on if you wish them to be kept.
Your child will continue to need a named water bottle that will be kept in the classroom and refilled daily.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to speak with myself or Mrs Gafton at the end of the school day.

Additional Information

We will be doing lots of creative and messy learning this year and it would be helpful if your child could bring in a named old t-shirt or shirt that could be worn over their uniform during messy art lessons.

Please keep checking our class page for updated and photographs of our learning throughout the academic year.