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Year 3

Year 3

Hello and welcome to Classes 7 and 8

Class 7 is taught by Miss Marshall and Class 8 is taught by Mrs Haslam. Miss White and Mrs Paice support in both classes. Mr Smith supports individual pupils. We all work together in a team alongside pupils and parents. 

Key information

  • P.E. days are Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure that P.E. kits remain in school and are only taken home for the half-term holidays. Anyone with ears pierced will either need to take their earrings out for the lesson or cover these with plasters/micropore tape, which are provided for by their family. 
  • Please send your child with a water bottle each day which is filled with water and ideally labelled. 
  • Year 3 homework expectations are Reading, Spelling, and Times Tables Rock Stars.
  • Reading - To support your child with their reading, please read with them at least 4 times per week for about 10 to 15 minutes. Please record and sign in pupil Reading Diaries. All children have a book in school at their reading level. We encourage them to bring these books home. Please ensure they are returned each day, so they can also be read in school.
  • Spelling – Please spend time learning the spelling pattern each week
  • Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) – Please use this app to increase speed and accuracy with tables recall. Year 3 should know x2, x5, x10, x3, x4 and x8 facts.


Last half, we explored the text, ‘The Long- Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Gladiator’ by Tim Collins.  We wrote in the first person, linked writing around a theme in a paragraph and revised punctuation skills. We used key vocabulary linked to our Roman topic, such as amphitheatre, retiarius and gladiator. In addition, we explored clauses and conjunctions through the text. We also developed out VIPERS skills through the text.

This half term, we are inspired by the legend of Robin Hood. We’re looking at the Usborne Illustrated Robin Hood, retold by Rob Lloyd Jones, together with different versions of the legend. We will be consolidating our understanding of writing in paragraphs around a theme. Punctuation will be revised, including, inverted commas for direct speech. In grammar, we’ll look at apostrophes for single and plural possession. During our writing phase, we’ll use varied sentence starts to interest our reader. We’re all making progress with joined handwriting.

Spelling patterns are studied each week and we will continue to learn to spell words at home.

Look out for our amazing Robin Hood story openings with character descriptions…

History Topic Summer 1

This half-term our topic is Castles! We will focus on the question, ‘Why were castles so important to the Normans?’ Year 3 pupils will be able to explain why William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066. In this topic, we’ll learn about the first Norman Castles, how they changed over time and why people like to visit castles today. We’ll be linking our History work to our Art and Design work.

Within the topic, we’ll be using key evidence, such as the Bayeux Tapestry, written accounts of early castles and the remains of castles. We all enjoy being History detectives!