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Year 3 Staff

Lions  Tigers 

Teachers: Mrs Dorn (Mon-Weds)

                Mrs Mackie (Thurs- Fri)

Teachers: Ms Jones (Mon-Weds)

                Mrs T Pritchard (Thurs-Fri)

Teaching Assistant: Miss Sullivan Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Denney
1:1 Learning Support Assistant: Miss Treagust

 Spring 1 Home Learning



Key Information


P.E DaysTuesday (indoor), Thursday (swimming)

Children wear P.E kit to school on these days


Library Day - Friday (children can take out 2 books - one to remain in school and one for home)


Mile Run - three times a week on the days the children are not doing P.E. Wear or bring in trainers on these days 


Phonic Book- some children may have an additional phonic book. This will be a fully decodable book that they are encouraged to read more than once through the week and these will be changed on a Friday. 


Independent Reading Books - children can change these on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please try and listen to your child read at least 3 times a week as this will have a huge impact on the progress they make. Discussing the book will also help them to develop their understanding of the text they are reading.



Celebrations - If your child has an achievement that they would like to share, we would love to hear and see what you have been up to. Please bring in any certificates, trophies, rosettes and badges on a Tuesday for a special in-class celebration. 



                                                                  English Writing 

 During this half term, we will be using the ‘Dream Giver’, a short animation, as our stimulus for writing. The children will be generating and using creative language to retell the story in their own words before writing an alternative ending of their own creation. This theme will also run through our dance lessons this half term, where the children will work in pairs to retell the story through movement to the music used to accompany the video.






For the first part of this term, the children will continue with length and perimeter where the children will learn to measure, compare, convert, add and subtract millimetres, centimetres and metres. Following on from this unit will be fractions. The overall objectives will be to recognise, find and write fractions of a set of objects using unit and non-unit fractions. Practise lessons and tasks will be set on the Mymaths platform to help consolidate learning.



Tables Test - children are encouraged to practise their tables as often as possible. Each child has a TTRS log in to help with this. Each Friday, the children will be given the opportunity to take a tables test in which they must be able to answer a mixture of sixty multiplication and division questions in three minutes. The children receive a certificate when they have passed their test and we will celebrate this in class and through our online learning platform SeeSaw.






English Spelling 



In Year 3, our spelling tests take place on a Monday and are in line with the National Curriculum. The spellings sheet for the following week will be available on a Tuesday. Please feel free to chase this if your child does not bring their spellings home on this day. We encourage children to practise their spellings daily. The help you give your child to support the learning of their spellings at home does make a difference. The spellings lists are sent out weekly and spare copies are available in class.


Additionally, it is important for your child to practise the Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words that are linked below. There is an expectation that children are able to read and spell the words and apply them in their writing by the end of Year 4.


Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words 



We would like your child to read every day for 10 minutes. This is really important for them to continue building their reading stamina and fluency. Reading frequently has a huge impact on your child's literacy and progress in class. As well as Independent reading we would encourage children to read to an adult at least 3 times a week so that they get the chance to talk about their books.  This will support your child’s comprehension skills.  




In Year 3, we follow a cursive handwriting scheme called Letter-join. This scheme teaches children 4  'handwriting families' to ensure they have the opportunity to practise correct letter formation. This supports children in working towards meeting the end of Year 3 handwriting expectations as stated below:


  • Use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined
  • Increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting




  • Homework is sent out at the beginning of each half term. We encourage the children to complete one of the activities or more if they can. We are very accepting of whatever way the children choose to present their home learning. 



For more information about the Year 3 curriculum please click here.