Year 3

Meet the Year 3 Team

Mrs Rowe

Mrs Rowe Mrs Preece

Mrs Essex

Mrs Taylor

Mrs Jones

Mrs Taylor Mrs Clode

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 learning about different fiction and non-fiction texts, and furthering our comprehension skills. We will be immersing ourselves in cause and effect texts and exploring what language is used for an exciting story or information text.

Learning Top Tip – Mrs Rowe suggests, ‘Improve your skimming and scanning techniques by asking someone to pick a word in the text that you have to find as quickly as you can.’

Maths...In maths we will continue to master the column method for addition and subtraction incorporating money and measure. We will also be learning how to find fractions of an amount and linking fractions to division and multiplication. As we explore measure, we will be finding perimeters and applying our skills with 2D and 3D shapes.

Learning Top Tip – “Use the inverse method to help work out mental subtraction calculations. E.g 12 – 7 = ? is the same as 7 + ? = 12,” suggests Adam.

GRAMMAR – Using our new text map – Why Horned Red Back Dragons are extinct, we will continue learning to write in paragraphs and focus on expanding our vocabulary. We will be using a range of punctuation such as exclamation marks and inverted commas. We will also focus on using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions as a way of making our writing livelier.

Learning Top Tip – “Don’t be afraid of the ‘struggle zone’, just work hard at it and you WILL get there,” says Mrs Preece, thinking about the possessive apostrophe and present perfect tense.
Geography- We will begin our topic on rivers. Finding out about their features, how they are formed and following their journey to the sea. We will also look at famous rivers of the world.

Art and DT – Linked to our Shows. We will be making props and costume.

Computing – We will be using the internet to research our Geography and Science topics. We will also focus on internet safety.

PE – Dance and Hockey –Tuesday and Wednesday. ChB swim on Fridays.

Jigsaw (PSHCE) –Our topic this term is ‘Dreams and Goals’.

Music – In music we will be focusing on the music of Bob Marley. We will find out about the origin of reggae music and look at its influence worldwide. We will also learn to sing ‘Three Little Birds’.

Latest Year 3 Newsletter

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.      


The BBC bitesize website has teaching, activities and quizzes that will support you in your learning: 

BBC Bitesize

The Top Marks website has fun spelling and grammar activities.

Top Marks Website

Woodlands Junior School has many useful links to different subjects to support you in your learning:

Woodlands Resources

Click on the link below to view the Punctuation and Grammar Glossary

Punctuation and grammar glossary

If you have a grammar question or want to look for an example - check this fantastic website out:

These short video clips clearly shows you how to pronounce the sounds your child has been learning in school.

Articulation of Phonemes

Sounds of the English Phonic Code




St Andrew's Road


Headteacher: Mrs. Helen Farmer
01308 422846
Fax: 01308 458710