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Year 3

Welcome to year 3 

Meet the Year 3 Team! 

Mrs Carlton - Teacher 3CD (3 days-Wed/Thurs/Friday)

Mr Davies -Teacher 3CD ( 2 days-Mon/Tues)

Mrs Butcher -Teacher 3B (5 days)

Mrs Ladd -   Teacher Assistant 

Mrs Mitchell - PPA Teacher (3CD)

Mrs Cowin   - PPA Teacher (3B) 

General Information

Welcome to the Year 3 page. You will find all of the things you should 

need to know for the year.

Your teachers in Year 3 are Mr Davies, Mrs Carlton and Mrs Butcher. We are supported by Mrs Ladd  who is our teaching assistant and shared between both classes.

Year 3 is a key year and involves the children taking greater responsibility for their own learning. That said, we are very keen to work together as a partnership, with the children, parents, teachers and school,  working together to help us 'to be the best that we can be'.

Please feel free to contact the Year 3 team if you have something you wish to ask or would like to discuss. We have an open door policy and will see you as soon as possible.

Please ask at the office if you would like to see us in person or would like to pass on a message.

Thank you,

The Year 3 Team

Merry Christmas to all our parents and friends!

What a great first term in year 3 for our children and we are very proud of all of them! 

It has been a very long term but a rewarding one,

culminating in our Carol service on 3 afternoons in the last week.

From the year 3 team, let us wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Our Topic in January will be 'The Rotten Romans!' So please find feel free to find out as many fun facts as you can so you return oozing with interesting information.

See you all in 2020!

The Year 3 Team 

Egypt-here we come!

Egyptian Day Thursday 29th November !

Wow! What a great day we had!

Such a lot of fun learning which involved all of our school's learning values! 

We collaborated, ate healthily, researched facts curiously and resiliently and finally we were reflective, making informed decisions about the activities we preferred!

We were exhausted at the end of it but we all agreed with Stanlee that, 'It was my favourite day so far this year!' 

We hope you enjoy some of our photos? 


The Year 3 Egyptian Team 

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Home learning

  • Each Friday, children will be given spellings based around the expectations of their year group. They will have a suitable number based upon their ability level. The test will be on the following Friday
  • The children are expected to read regularly throughout the week, with parental completion of the reading record on three occasions. This should indicate when and how much the children have read. It would also be helpful to include a very brief comment on any problems or successes from the activity. This can be handed in EVERY day and counts towards our class rewards.
  • Maths and English homework alternate every  Friday. It is due in on the Wednesday of the following week.
  • Our expectation is that the children should be able to complete their homework on their own and that it should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. If it is problem, please speak with the class teacher and we will try to help out.


Current learning

We are currently using the brilliant book, 'Charlie and the chocolate factory'  written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake . The story involves a young boy who wins a Golden Ticket to an amazing chocolate factory-it's the prize of a lifetime!


In guided reading, we are looking at reading skills and the fluency of the children when reading aloud. This skill is key to be embedded as it will allow better access to the kinds of texts that we will be working on this year and beyond.



Regular reading at home is essential. The children should be heard reading aloud at least 3 times per week, even for those children who are free-readers. Discussions between the child and the adult are key to helping to improve and develop their understanding but also allows the children to work on their expression when reading aloud. 


Free readers may read anything they like but we would like you to always have a challenging fiction book on the go at all times.


Children on the reading scheme must read their scheme books but can also add any additional reading you have done (non-fiction, magazines, other books etc).


Each child has their own reading record and these need to be completed with approximately three adult signed entries per week, indicating when the child read, what they read and anything that arose from the discussion. If the record has been misplaced or left at school, the entries should be completed on a piece of paper, which can be stuck into the book.



Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. We will teach the spellings patterns and rules throughout the week. The words given each week are primarily taken from the required National Curriculum spelling list for year3/4 children. Mrs Ladd however, will be working with some children who need greater practice, repetition and  reinforcement of some of the phonics work done in year 2. This has proved extremely beneficial in the past in raising the standard of these children, allowing them to access the year 3 curriculum with more ease and confidence. 



Throughout the week we will ask the children to practise their spellings through handwriting. Part of the curriculum expects all children to be joining their handwriting.

We keep the children's best handwriting on their tables so that they are always trying to improve their work to be the best that it can be.

PE Kit and days

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Games kit - (Preferably) long sleeved plain BLUE football top, white shorts, BLUE football socks, trainers and football boots (boots are optional). Shin-pads are not necessary.
  • Gymnastics kit - white shorts and a plain t-shirt. Trainers may also be needed.


Planning Days

  • Mrs Cowin and Mrs Mitchell cover Year 3 every other Friday.


Current Learning


Our initial focus will be based around place value and number represenations. This will involve looking at be able to read and write any number to 10,000, both in numbers and words. This skill is something that is always tested during assessments. We will be looking at how numbers can be represented not just as numbers and words, but also as pictures, images, objects and other practical representations.


Times tables facts


This year will be the first year group that must be assessed on their times table fact knowledge. As a school, we piloted the process in the last academic year. Our pupils performed incredibly well and this was in main due to regular learning at home of the tables, either through playing apps or internet games  or by repeated questioning by others. Both can be a fun way to learn and enhance the knowledge of the tables, making all of their maths skills much quicker and accurate.


 It would be helpful if they could learn these at home as well as in school so that class maths challenges that encompass times table facts (fractions, multiplications, problem solving etc) will be so much easier and exciting to solve. 

Telling the time is also something that we would appreciate your help with, particularly as we have to ensure by the end of year 3, that children can tell the time in 3 different ways and using 3 different types of clocks- analogue, digital and 24 hour. 


By the end of year 4, the expectations in maths have changed significantly. ALL children are expected to know their times tables, up to 12x12, by heart and with instant recall, so we endeavour to make this easier for them by encouraging these recall skills in year 3. The new curriculum focuses heavily on calculation strategies, particularly for multiplication and division, so it is essential that the children work at learning these at home. They are a key skill which they will use throughout their lives.


We are having a huge push on our times tables at the moment as it forms a key part of what we must know to move forwards in our learning. We would really appreciate any help with the learning of this key skill please. 

Useful websites to support your learning 

(To practise those times tables!)



Overview for the Year

Autumn Terms -"Chocolate"

and  “Walk like an Egyptian”

(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ancient Egypt, rocks and volcanoes and earthquakes)

Spring Terms 3 & 4 “May the Force be with you!”

(Forces and Romans)

Summer Terms 5 & 6 Kensuke’s Kingdom

(Survival, nutrition and health, plants)