Year 3

YEAR Three

Across the year, Year 3 will learn about Myths and Legends, weather, the Ancient Egyptians and the Vikings. We will also cover a number of investigations relating to our science and maths topics.

We have a huge focus on reading in Year 3 and we are very lucky to have weekly visits from Rocky, our Read2Dogs canine, and his owner.

During the year we are fortunate enough to have several sports coaches supporting the children to with their skills, including golf, tennis and swimming.


Spring termSummer termAutumn term
Term starts:Term starts:Term starts:
Wednesday 3 JanuaryTuesday 17 AprilTuesday 4 September
Half term:Half term:Half term:
Monday 12 February - Friday 16 FebruaryMonday 28 May - Friday 1 JuneMonday 29 October - Friday 2 November
Term ends:Term ends:Term ends:
Thursday 29 MarchFriday 20 JulyWednesday 19 December
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TEACHERS: Mrs C. Urrutia & Mrs K. Cook

The children will be working extremely hard this year with the new curriculum. The children will be working extremely hard to make the best progress they can, both in school and through regular homework. We appreciate your continued support with homework, especially reading, spelling and learning tables and number facts.

In LITERACY we will look at the poetry of Roger McGough and other poets, focussing on shape poems. We will study Ottoline and The Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell. We will be practising our science report and note making skills during investigations and challenges in Science.   

In NUMERACY our focus will be on fractions, time, money, all four number operations, weight and multiplication tables. The children are expected to know multiplication facts for 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables as well as the corresponding division facts.

In SCIENCE the children will be learning about plants and soil. They will particularly focus on the skills of planning, predicting, carrying out and evaluating experiments.  

In ART the children will be exploring the artist Andy Goldsworthy, using natural materials to create 2D and 3D art. We will also be exploring Viking artistic techniques.

In History we will be learning about the Vikings.

In PERSONAL SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION we will focus on the importance of positive friendships, and the emotions involved in relationships.

In PHYSICAL EDUCATION our PE lessons will take place on Tuesday and Thursday. We will have a tennis coach working with the children on the Thursday session.


SPELLINGS - Spelling books will be brought home each night with spellings to be practiced as usual, ready to be tested each Friday.  Children are expected to complete sentences for their spelling words on Monday and do at least 2 activities to help them learn the spellings on Wednesday and Thursday night.

READING - Your child will also bring home a reading book or library book each night and is expected to read for 10-15 minutes. Please listen to your child read and discuss the text with them. 

It is important to sign the Reading Record book to indicate that the reading homework has been completed. Feel free to comment on your child’s reading and add words of encouragement too! Please encourage your child to read for pleasure as well.

Children also have access to Rapid Reader (via the website ) at home and should be reading most days, using the computer to access books. All children have been given their new log-in details. If you are having trouble accessing the programme, or do not have the internet at home, please let us know.

NUMERACY - We are pleased to be using our new Abacus scheme to set online activities for Maths homework each week. This can be accessed using the same log-in as rapid reader. Teachers will check whether homework has been completed. It will often be a game or activity for you to carry out with your child, please support them in this. Again, if you are having trouble accessing the programme, or do not have the internet at home, please let us know. 

Children will be set their maths homework on a Tuesday, to be completed by Friday.

GENTLE REMINDER: Please ensure that your child is prepared for the school day by providing them with a basic pencil case (writing pencil, eraser, ruler and sharpener, coloured pencils would be helpful but no pens please) and healthy lunch and snack (biscuit or fruit please).

If you have any concerns or queries about your child, do please come up and speak to us to arrange an appointment time to meet after, or before, school.


Classroom equipment

A pencil case that fits into the desk drawer

2 x HB writing pencils without ‘toppers’

A sharpener and eraser

Coloured pencils

A clear 30 cm ruler also marked in millimetres

A glue stick

Please label equipment where possible and discuss with your child about taking responsibility for their belongings so that they are prepared for each lesson.

School bags

Each child should come to school with a book bag and lunch box only. Larger size book bags are available from the school office. Due to storage and space restrictions, we kindly request that large bags and rucksacks are not brought into school. Any concerns or queries should be discussed with your child’s class teacher.

Water bottles

Please ensure that your child has a named, reusable, water bottle in addition to their lunchtime drink. This will be stored in a central area within your child’s class.

Lunch and snacks

Please ensure that your child brings a healthy snack and lunch each day. No sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks!

School uniform

We expect all children to be smartly dressed and take a pride in their appearance. As a reminder: 

Long hair should be neatly tied back using plain/blue accessories.

No jewellery to be worn except small stud earrings for the girls.

No make-up or nail varnish should be worn to school.

Smart black shoes, that are appropriate for school, should be worn.

PE kit

Mr Le Fevre will take all PE lessons in Year 3. On PE days pupils are to come into school wearing their PE kit and bring trainers for lunchtime football in a bag on other days.

The school expected PE kit is:

Navy shorts

White polo shirt

Proper sports trainers

White sports socks

First Tower School or plain navy tracksuit

Full Value Contract

Within our classes we have devised a Full Value Contract, this states the rules that each child has agreed to abide by. Please do reinforce these rules at home and remind your child of our expectations.

These agreed rules include:

Be a good listener

Be kind

Be polite

Be hardworking

Be safe


Spelling and reading home will be sent home daily and children are expected to complete the tasks set and bring their books in each day. Children are expected to read for 15 minutes each night and their reading diary must be signed by an adult.

If you are able to read to your child, especially in your home language, for 10 minutes a day, research suggests that your child will progress at a much faster rate.