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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 

Year 3 information booklet
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Autumn 1. 

English lessons this half term are themed around fairy tales involving wolves. These may include 'The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig' written by Eugene Trivizas and 'Little Red Riding Hood' written by Jonathan Langley. These books will encourage and inspire the children to use their imagination and develop their sentence structure and writing skills. Over the course of the term, the children will have an opportunity to develop their understanding of direct speech, commas in lists and use of correct punctuation through writing stories focusing on familiar traditional tales and characters. 


The teaching of reading will focus on retrieval and inference skills as well as widening their current vocabulary base. Children will begin to use accelerated reader to select books which are appropriate for their current reading level. Their reading level will be assessed half termly and levels changed in accordance. 

There will be an Accelerated Reader parent workshop on Tuesday 1st October. 

Grammar and spelling patterns and skills will be taught specifically in SPaG lessons whilst being integrated into English lessons. Whilst we are not sending home weekly spellings, the year 3/4 statutory list is available below and also attached to the front of your child's learning log. Please support your child in learning these in a way that suits their individual needs.



Weeks 1, 2 and 3 - Place value 

Weeks 4, 5, 6 and 7 - Addition and Subtraction 


100 club - In year 3 the children begin to complete a weekly times table quiz in preparation for the statutory times table assessment in year 4. They are given an allotted time of 6 minutes to complete 100 random times tables up to 12 x 12. This will carry on until the end of year 6. Whilst we understand that the children haven't been formally taught all of these times tables at present, over the course of this year and next they will have the opportunity to explore the full range of times tables in class and improve recall speed. 


Diary Dates 

Accelerated Reader parent workshop - Tuesday 1st October

S.T.E.M week - Begins Monday 7th October

Parent/ Teacher consultations - Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th October

Half term ends - Thursday 17th October 


General reminders 

- Please remember to take out earrings on P.E days. 

- Pencil cases only need a small range of essential stationery. 

- Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform and all items of their clothing are clearly labelled with both their name and class. 

- Log ins for purple mash are inside your child's reading record. 

- Please make sure your child reads at least 3 times a week and gets their reading record signed. 

- Please ensure your child's learning log is completed and sent back into school on the date specified. 

LEGO Club. Well done to Jasmine for winning this week with her version of a submarine!

Spring 1. LEGO Club! The Deep Sea is the theme. Look at all these fantastic pufferfish! Well done to William for star builder!

Year 3 LEGO Club - Final week! Well done to all who attented this half term. A special well done to Nathan this week for his polar bear creation. Keep an eye on Parentmail for the sign up sheet for next half term!

Year 3 LEGO Club. In our penultimate session, Saihaan gained the accolade of star builder for his construction of an igloo. Well done Saihaan and to all the others!

Year 3 LEGO Club. This week Year 3 had a whale of a time building . . . you guessed it - a whale! Well done to Oliver for getting star builder!

Year 3 LEGO Club - To build an Antarctic Explorer. Well done to William for star builder this week!

Year 3 Anti-bullying and Positive Messages November 2019

Year 3 LEGO Club has started again and some excellent builds of penguins this week! Well done to Zuby and Nathan for their team effort and getting joint star builders!

Wolf sculptures using natural resources inspired by Andy Goldsworthy