Alresford Primary School

Headteacher: Sarah Dukelow

Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AU

01206 822731


Teachers : Mrs Williams

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Hawes


Curriculum Letter

Here is a copy of our Autumn Term curriculum

Year 3 and 4 Performance

 1. The Melting Song LYRICS.m4aDownload
 10. Use It Again LYRICS.m4aDownload
 11. The Melting Song INSTRUMENTAL.m4aDownload
 12. We're Great Big Polar Bears INSTRUMENTAL.m4aDownload
 13. The Walking Song INSTRUMENTAL.m4aDownload
 14. The Walking Song REPRISE INSTRUMENTAL.m4aDownload
 15. If You're Feeling Cool, Dress Hot INSTRUMENTAL.m4aDownload
 16. Trees INSTRUMENTAL.m4aDownload
 17. The Recycling Song INSTRUMENTAL.m4aDownload
 18. One World INSTRUMENTAL.m4aDownload
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Here is a copy of the Alresford PSHE curriculum for your information



This term, our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in a PE kit that is suitable for colder weather. Please also make sure that long hair is tied back on these days and any jewellery is removed.

Forest Schools

This term, our Forest School session is on a Monday. Our first session is 20th September and then every other week from then on. 

Times Tables

In maths, there will be more of a focus on times tables. These are really important as this forms a large majority of the work the children will cover within the year. Please encourage your child to play Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) at home. 


Spellings will be sent home weekly on a Tuesday once we have taught the children the spelling rule/pattern that will be the focus for the week. Spelling tests will no longer be taking place on a weekly basis but it is still as important as ever to ensure that your child learns and practises their weekly spellings. We will be looking to see whether the children are able to spell particular words on a half-termly basis and whether they can apply the words they are learning at home to their writing.


Reading regularly is paramount as reading is a transferable skill across all areas of the curriculum. It is really important that your child is reading for at least 80 minutes each week so that they are improving their fluency and comprehension skills and consolidating what has been taught in class. Diaries will be checked every Monday so that I can keep a tally of how many minutes your child has read for each week. Children who read for 80 minutes or more will receive a certificate.



In English we have been looking at how to write instructions. Today the children made a Stone Age necklace from salt dough to wear for our Stone Age day. They will then use this experience to write instructions for. The children really enjoyed the activity!

In art as part of our Stone Age topic the children have been using clay to sculpt cave painting symbols in. They used a thin twig as a tool. They then made their own natural pigments to paint them with using mud, chalk, blackberries and charcoal.

The children liked learning about the health and safety aspects of lorries and having a go at sitting inside the cab.

Reading and spelling information 

Phonics and Reading-

At Alresford Primary School we use letters and sounds for phonics.

Letters and sounds - GOV.UK (

We do not follow a reading scheme, our early reading books are split into colours based on phonics phases.

We also use VIPERS-

What are Vipers?

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.

VIPERS stands for

  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Explanation
  • Retrieval
  • Sequence or Summarise


Please remember to use our class page for any information you need to know about year 3

if you have any further questions please email me on

Please see the Year 3 curriculum targets below...

Last update: 2022-02-02