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Year 3

Our topic this half term:




Scientific understanding of light—how it travels, different light sources and shadows—will be our main focus. We will be learning about how light is used in different faiths, beginning with the story of Rama and Sita. We hope to develop our creative flair, writing adventure stories as well as poems using imagery. Through the ‘Arts’ subjects we will explore the spectrum.


The Year 3 team are:

Mrs Loynds - 3 Crystal

Mrs Davis and Mrs Downing - 3 Lion

Mrs Perks support in Year 3


In Maths this term Year 3 will cover:

  • Number and place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
    In English this term Year 3 will cover:
  • Adventure stories
  • Poetry using imagery
  • Non-chronological reports
  • Discussion (Speaking and Listening)



Class Assemblies: 3 Crystal - Thursday 21st May

                              3 Lion - Friday 22nd May




Reading - All children have access to our class book shelves every day. They can choose any book and change it when they wish. Children have been asked to write down the title of their chosen book in their notebook which stays at school. We encourage children to take the book home and share it with you, but ask that it is brought into school each day for registration time and other reading opportunities. If your child has chosen a particularly challenging book, you may like to take it in turns to read or even read the entire book and ask questions to check that they have understood the text. 


Some children may also have a Rapid Reader book to support their reading at a specific level. These will be changed each week.


Spellings - The children will be sent home with a list of spellings which they will be tested on the following week on a Tuesday. Time to practise their spellings will be given in school, however you should help your child to work on them at home too. We will look at weekly test results and whether the children are able to use their learnt spellings in their everyday class work to determine the spellings the children are allocated.


Number Heroes (times tables) - Times tables are essential as building blocks to all maths. The expectation for year 3 pupils is to have learnt the following times tables by the end of the academic year: x2, x10, x5, x3, x4, x8. This includes division as well as multiplication (eg. 2 x 3 = 6 and 6 ÷ 2 = 3) The following webpage explains the government's plans: 

Each week (Fridays) we intend to do our 'Number Heroes' times tables sheet. Children will be sent home with their paper as soon as possible after their test day to inform you of their progress and to help children know which tables they need to work on. Practise time will be built into our school week, but additional practise at home would be hugely beneficial.


Mathletics: Children will be given their log in details to enable them to access Mathletics at home. Once this has been done, children should complete set homework tasks linked to classroom learning before having access to the rest of the site to play live.


Weekly events:



Number heroes


If your child needs medication in school, such as inhalers, please ensure that these are sent in as soon as possible.


Water bottles are encouraged. They should be taken home each day and brought back to school with fresh water. A clear sports topped bottle is preferred.


The children have already begun to learn some of the new routines for Key Stage 2. In the morning, on or before hearing the first bell at 8:50am, children should say their goodbyes and make their way to the top playground. When the second bell sounds at 8:55am, children should enter the school building via the double doors on the top playground. At the end of the day, the children will be brought onto the top playground where they will wait with staff until we are able to send them directly to you. Please wait on the top playground near the fence between the steps and the slope, and bear with us while we learn who collects each child. A wave may be helpful to us as well as your children!

There is no afternoon break timetabled for KS2 pupils, but during the initial transition    period, should they need it, we will take them outside for a break.


We hope you find this information useful.





Our PE days are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Trainers are preferred while we are able to go outside.


Indoor kit: T-shirt, shorts, pumps

Outdoor kit: T-shirt, shorts or long tracksuit trousers/joggers, tracksuit top, trainers or pumps


For PE, please note that long hair must be tied back and jewellery must be removed (including earrings)


If you have some spare time, you might like to try some of these activities:


  • Read!! Enjoy a book, read about the places you visit or research your favourite science or history topic.
  • Practise your times tables. In Year 3, our aim is to know the following times tables forwards and backwards (eg.  2 x 3 = 6  and  3 x 2 = 6  so  6 ÷ 2 = 3  and  6 ÷ 3 = 2): 2 x table, 10 x table, 5 x table and then 3 x table, 4 x table and 8 x table.
  • Maths: Keep working on telling the time, using money when you go to the shops, measuring in the kitchen and playing games involving dice and counting.
  • Writing: You might like to write a diary, send a postcard, make up a quiz to test your family or friends, write a story or copy from a book to work on your handwriting.
    With best wishes from
    Mrs Loynds, Mrs Davis, Mrs Downing and Mrs Perks
    The Year 3 Team


Suggested topic homework tasks


  • Make a sundial


  • Describe and draw what happens when you write a word on a piece of paper and then look at it in a mirror.


  • Draw a bar chart or a pictogram to show which room in your house has most light sources.


  • Firework safety poster 
  • Make your own periscope and find out how it works


  • Firework art using any media or ICT skills


  • Write an acrostic poem about something related to our topic (light, fireworks, Aurora Borealis)


 Look at these links for further information and ideas

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