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John 10v10

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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


Welcome to Mrs Massey's and Mrs Litchfield’s Year 3 class!

Mrs Massey teaches all day on a Monday, Tuesday and a Wednesday morning. Mrs Bruce teaches (covers planning time) on a Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Litchfield teaches all day on a Thursday and Friday. On this page you will find useful information about our learning and ways you can help your child at home.


Back to School- September


We can't wait to welcome you all back to school and start Year 3! We understand that it will be very strange and possibly difficult coming back to school after being at home for so long. I'm sure everyone will feel a little worried and anxious on the first few days, that's ok, we are all in this together. The teachers are doing everything they can to make things as normal as possible. We will do our best to answer any questions you have. 

Although starting back might seem a little worrying, we've got lots of exciting things planned and are looking forward to having lots of fun together.


General Reminders



Initially homework will be set weekly on Google Classroom. Please keep an eye out for more information on this.

On a Friday, your child receives weekly spellings to practise for the spelling test the following Thursday.



Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day. We will be trying to follow our usual PE timetable as much as possible, whilst following the COVID-19 guidlines. Therefore it is important that all children have their kit ready for their lessons.


PE kit should consist of:

  • White t-shirt or polo shirt
  • Black or navy blue shorts or leggings
  • Pumps or trainers
  • Tape for earrings (if they cannot be removed).



Please hear your child read every night for around 15-20 minutes (where possible). Fluency in reading helps children to build their understanding of the world, their comprehension, vocabulary and develops empathy for others. Reading can be from many sources, not just their reading scheme book. Try this list for ideas:


Our learning in Year 3


English & Topic

This half term our English is focused around the text ‘The Minpins’ by Roald Dahl. We are gradually sharing this book with the children (so please hold back from reading it with your child until we’ve shared it all as a class). The text provides opportunities for children to develop a richness of vocabulary and descriptive language, including similes, as well as exploring different sentence structures. We will be writing a forest setting description, describing characters, predicting the next part of the story and writing our own part of the story.

Our Topic 'Our Community, County, Country and Culture' will also link in well with text. This will include finding out about our local area of school and town, as well as county physical and human features. We will explore land use and changes over time, the location of counties and cities of the UK. 



In KS2 we all follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme. Each week children have lessons on how to spell the patterns needed to be successful spellers for their age group. Recent patterns include ‘ch’ making the ‘k’ sound, as in ‘Christmas’, and homophones (words that sound the same, but are spelt differently have different meanings). A selection of these words are then sent home on a Friday for the children to practise for their spelling test the following Thursday. See below for a copy of the Year 3/4 spelling list from the National Curriculum.



The whole school follows the ‘Maths No Problem’ approach to lessons. If you would like to know more about the Maths No Problem programme, follow this link:


For support with basic number facts and times tables, encourage children to try the Top Marks website and play some fun games that help consolidate learning!


Google Classroom

We will be encouraging the use of Google Classroom to help the children build up their technological skills and competency as quickly as possible. Please keep an eye out for your child's Google login and more information about Google Classroom.

Year 3 Curriculum Overview