Year 3

Miss Barnett

Miss Barnett

Mrs Dyke

Mrs Dyke

Mrs Thorner

Mrs Thorner

Welcome to our Year 3 Page

Here you will find out about all that is happening in year 3. We will post regular updates and photos of our learning as well as useful tips and advice on how to support your children with their learning.

During this year we focus on supporting your child as they make the transition from Key Stage 1 into Key Stage 2. Teaching them the skills they need to become increasingly independent learners; further embedding the 6 R’s and promoting a growth mind set so that they are able to achieve their full potential and adopt a love of learning.

What we will be learning…with top learning tips

Reading… In Guided Reading we will be reading texts that will deepen our knowledge of our history topic. We will also explore the features of reports and discuss their impact on the reader. Our fiction texts will help us focus on our inference skills and predicting what might happen next.

Learning Top Tip: Decode and read a sentence through once, then reread it for fluency and add expression.

Writing… After discovering a nest full of eggs in the school grounds, the children were sent a report all about it. We will be studying this report, along with others, in detail so we can learn to write great reports of our own using headings and sub-headings accurately. We will then be moving on to a narrative unit where we will meet ‘Mr and Mrs Weevil’. An eccentric, time travelling couple who collect weird and wonderful objects along the way. This story will inspire us to write lively and exciting stories of our own.

Learning Top Tip: “Remember a sentence MUST include a noun and a verb –can you spot them in your reading?

Maths…We will be reinforcing and extending our number skills. Place value, number bonds, addition and subtraction will be the main focus during this half term. Alongside this, weekly practice of our times tables will be happening. We will be making sure we are secure in 2’s, 3‘s 5’s and 10’s and learning the 4 x tables.

Learning Top Tip: Use the resources to help you visualise your maths.

Spelling…We will continue with daily phonics and following the Read, Write Inc spelling program. Children will be grouped to support their needs. The rules we are focussing on will be reflected in the weekly spelling homework, plus some common exception words.

Learning Top Tip: Think carefully about how a root word changes when you add the suffix e.g. run + y = runny (short vowel sound, double the consonant) shine + y = shiny (drop the e).

Science – Materials and Forces and Magnets.

History– The prehistoric era – Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. The children will build their skills of historical enquiry by becoming archeologists and traveling back in time.

Art – Linked to our History topic – Cave painting, collage to create a woolly mammoth and using watercolours to create atmospheric art.

DT – Linked to French and Science – creating spoon puppets and using magnetism to create a box scene with floating character.

PE – Outdoor PE is on Tuesday afternoons. Chilcombe A have indoor PE on Wednesday and Chilcombe B will swim on Fridays.  It is crucial for your child’s health & wellbeing that they participate in all PE activities. Please ensure they have their PE kit in school. We will be calling with a polite reminder for any who forget. Thank you.

To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 3 learning letter.


All homework is set on Thursday and due in the following Tuesday. Each week the children are expected to complete the English and maths learning activity. As well as these set pieces, your child should read regularly and get an adult to sign their reading record book.

Spellings are set on a Friday and are linked to the spelling pattern we have been focussing on throughout the week in our Read, Write, Inc sessions. Spellings are assessed through teacher marking in your child’s writing.

Times tables learning – children have the opportunity every week to achieve a bronze, silver or gold star in their target times tables. Times tables practise is included in your child’s home learning every week and they are encouraged to practise them regularly. Times tables knowledge is a crucial key skill that underpins many aspects of maths and makes a huge difference to a child’s mathematical learning.

General information

Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. Please include joggers and a sweatshirt for outdoor PE.

Outdoor P.E is currently on a Tuesday afternoon and indoor P.E is on a Monday.

Please let the school and the teacher know if your child has any allergies (that we do not already know about) or needs to take any medication.

Remember that your child will need to bring a piece of fruit to school if they wish to have it at break time as fruit is not supplied in Key Stage 2. (Please no fruit or snack bars)

Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months.

Please click on the useful links below for extra information about Year 3:

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