Windrush Valley Preparatory School Oxfordshire – Year 3

Mrs Katy Lockyer

BA Hons Primary Teaching
Windrush Valley Preparatory School Oxford

Academic Studies

The children will follow the schools Maths and English programmes throughout their time in Form 3.  We follow the Target Maths programme.  In English we follow the Ginn 360 reading scheme as well as Focus on Literacy.

Performing Arts

Form 3 join in with the singing and performing at our annual Harvest Festival, as well as the Key Stage 1 Nativity.  They have an opportunity to perform in the Key Stage 2 Easter production where they learn songs and dances.  All pupils have an opportunity to play a musical instrument of choice in music lessons.


Form 3 have the opportunity to take part in a variety of competitive individual and group sports including football, tag-rugby, netball, cross-country, athletics and swimming.  Form 3 have weekly swimming lessons at Kingham Hill School and take part in an annual inter-house swimming gala in the Summer term.

Our World

Windrush Valley Preparatory School Oxford Year 3 join Year 4 once a week to participate in My World studies.  They have access to their immediate environment and are able to carry out studies on specific scientific and geographical topics.  Topics we cover are local and world wide farming, ‘field to fork’, habitats, plants and trees, minibeasts (specifically bees) and many other environmental issues.  An ancient Anglo Saxon site in the village is also used for History topics.

Topic Studies

During the Autumn term, the class are introduced to Prehistoric Britain with a trip to enhance their learning.  We then move on to the Greeks in the Spring Term, supported by a trip to the Ashmolean Museum.  In the Summer term, we learn about Roman Britian and venture out to Chedworth Roman Villa.

In ICT, Form 3 pupils are introduced to ‘Studio Code’, a coding programme which teaches the the essentials before moving on to the schools’ Lego based coding programme.  Here, they develop their skills in coding and follow projects linked to scientific topics.

In My World, we look at several topics over the course of the year, specifically friends and friendships, keeping safe at home and at school, as well as healthy living.  This is also combined with religious education where we learn about the Christmas story, Easter celebrations and Judaism.

In Art, we cover many topics, some of which are linked to our History topics.  The children have access to a variety of mediums from collage and textiles, to paints and pastels.  Some topics covered include Vincent Van Gogh, Celtic weaving and Roman mosaics.


Each week the children are set Maths and English homework to complete. They are given a week to complete it and the work focuses on reinforcing what has been taught in the week.  They also receive spellings and time tables to learn, ready for a weekly test on Fridays.