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Welcome to Year 3

Mrs Howard, Mrs Riley and Mrs Crebbin welcome you to Year 3! We are lucky enough to have Mrs Day supporting us in class for some of the week. We also have a specialist music teacher, Fran, who teaches our classes each week. We're sure that the children would agree that this is a highlight of the week.

Throughout the year, we go on some exciting trips to the cinema, Catalyst Museum and the Dewa Roman Experience in Chester. As part our learning in D.T., we have the opportunity to create our own healthy stuffed peppers and to make a moving monster using pneumatic systems.


In Year 3 we expect children to read at least 4 nights a week for 15-20 minutes. Questioning is really important so please try to ask your child questions about the book they’re reading. If you need support with the types of questions to ask, please refer to the 'Reading Question Prompts' document on the school website (Curriculum tab - Reading tab). Please encourage your child to make notes of any of the books they read, noting the title and pages read in their reading record.  Your comments are also very welcome.  If the book your child has chosen proves to be too easy or difficult, or no longer keeps your child’s interest, then please let us know.  Both reading books and reading records should be brought into school each day.


Spellings linked to the daily spelling lessons will be sent home at the beginning of the half term and a random selection will be tested at the end of each half term. To practise these spellings with your child please use the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check’ approach, play snap games or try colour coding the patterns or sounds within the words. We also use Spelling Frame website, which can be used at home to practise the weekly spellings through interactive activities and games. 


English homework is set once a fortnight (alternating with mathematics).  We expect the homework tasks to take approximately 30 minutes so please feel free to stop your child after the allotted time.  Your child should complete their tasks in their English homework books in pencil, unless they have been awarded their pen licence.  They should be able to complete the majority of the tasks independently but may, on occasion, need some guidance. After Christmas, a grammar hammer task will also sent home in addition to their English task. If your child finds any aspect of this difficult, please write a note in their homework book.

Maths homework will be either a written task to be completed in homework books, or an online task using the My Maths website. We expect this to take approximately 30 minutes.  Maths should always be completed in pencil.  Please encourage your child to show their working out.  It is through seeing the mistakes children have made that we gain a greater understanding of what misconceptions they may have and can take appropriate action. In addition to their maths homework task, your child will receive a mental arithmetic task every week. This will allow them to work on the four key number operations.


We begin the year by covering place value and then focus on the four number operations which underpin our learning throughout the year. From this we will then cover measures, geometry, fractions and statistics. Every child will complete the same times tables test on a Tuesday, linked to the tables from the Year 3 curriculum (x2, x5, x10, x3, x4, x8). They will also be given a times table test on a Friday which is progressive and moves from the x2 table to the x12 table. Your child will be given the results of this so that they can practise for their next one the following week.


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