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.

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

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TEACHERS: Mrs Urrutia & Mrs 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 the children will continue to develop their knowledge, understanding and experience of speaking and listening, reading and writing. They will be exploring Myths and Legends for the first half-term, before studying the story of Storm by Kevin Crossley-Holland, with a particular focus on how to write about settings for stories. They will continue to work on their VCOP skills (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) to raise their writing levels. In handwriting we will focus on using joined script.  Spellings will be set weekly (see homework section). Children will continue to read in guided reading groups each day and we hope to have the support of our ECOF reading helpers. 

In NUMERACY the children will be covering the following areas: place value, ordering, estimating, rounding, adding and subtracting, money and ‘real life’ problems, mental calculations strategies, measures, counting, properties of numbers and number sequences, and reasoning about shape and space.  

In SCIENCE the children will be developing their skills through investigating forces, including magnets and using a range of materials and types of magnets. They will learn to understand the importance of a fair test and use this to plan and carry out a variety of experiments. During the second half term children will research the types of nutrition needed by different animals, including people, and explore the different food groups. They will also investigate the functions of the skeleton in vertebrates. There will be an emphasis on healthy eating. 

This term in PHYSICAL EDUCATION the children will develop their co-ordination skills, with a focus on fitness.

For their PE kit your child will need navy shorts, a white polo shirt, trainers and a plain navy tracksuit. Please ensure that all items, including trainers, are named. 

In GEOGRAPHY we will be exploring rainforests and learning about climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts. We will be examining maps of the world and looking at where different countries are located. 

In COMPUTING the children will be learning about coding, using programmes such as Scratch and Kodu. They will also learn about the importance of e-safety and learning ways to keep themselves safe online. 

In ART we will be focussing on the work of Rousseau, in line with our study of rainforests. The children will create a rainforest using a range of techniques and materials. 

In DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY we are lucky enough to have a specialist teacher this half-term and the children will be learning about food technology and making pizzas. 

In RELIGIOUS EDUCATION we will learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali, before moving onto the theme of incarnation as we approach Christmas, with an emphasis on Christianity. 

Our PERSONAL SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION will be enriched by our Jigsaw program which will focus on starting Year 3 positively and children will be supported to celebrate their achievements and develop friendships. Children will also think about why rules are important and what the consequences for not following rules might be. 

In MUSIC the children will learn songs and make music using the Charanga programme of videos and music. They will also be singing and learning Christmas songs in preparation for festivities.



Your child will bring home their Spelling Book each night, which will contain their words for the week. On Monday they will need to write a sentence for each word demonstrating understanding of the words to be learned. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday they should do one of the fun spelling activites from their books such as putting the words in a story or writing in fun ways to aid memory. Children are expected to practise the words daily, and may use the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method. Spelling tests will take place on a Friday. 


Your child will bring home a book and will be expected to read for 15 minutes each night. This may be a guided reading book, a fluency book or a library book. Please listen to your child read and discuss the text with them and remember to sign the reading journal so that your child can earn a sticker on their reading bookmark. 


We will set online activities for Maths homework on a Tuesday night. Children will be allocated the homework through the same log-in they use for Rapid Reader (via the website), please speak to your class teacher if you need a reminder of your child’s password. 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. Practice with number bonds and multiplication tables is also really helpful as well as practical measuring activities such as cooking,  DIY making and capacity using water jugs and bottles.

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.