Year 3

Welcome to the Year 3 page!

In Year 3, there is a big focus on reading. By the end of Year 3 we would expect the majority of children to be reading Grey or Black book bands and to be able to read with fluency. Throughout the year we will be teaching children how to accurately answer comprehension questions and will focus on identifying the different types of questions they could be asked (retrieval, inference and choice). Children will be able to frequently change their book banded book or bring home catch-up reading books.

We also use the Oxford Reading Buddy where children can access further texts:

Oxford Reading Buddy – Log in

Learning times tables will also be a key focus. By the end of Year 4 all children should have rapid recall of all of their times tables and will sit a government test in the summer term of Year 4. To ensure all children feel confident and ready to take the test we work hard in Year 3 to help prepare them and also highly value the benefits of having a rapid recall of these facts as this helps children to reduce their cognitive load when tackling more complex multiplication word problems. TT Rockstars is an exciting way to engage all our children and is something we would strongly encourage all children to have go at when they are at home. In school, we regularly check children’s progress and how often they are logging onto the app and it is also regularly celebrated within assemblies with ‘rock battles’ and ‘battle of the bands’ competitions between classes.

Times Tables Rock Stars (

Year 3 and 4 spelling words:

The national curriculum in England – English Appendix 1: Spelling (

Spelling Shed – Home Learning

Log in details for the above links can be found in your child’s diary.

Wider curriculum learning

As scientists this half term, we are focusing on the key question, ‘How does water travel through a plant?’ The children will identify and describe the functions of different parts of the flowering plants as well as exploring what plants require in order to grow. As part of our continuous learning, the children will also be revisiting their learning on magnets from earlier in the year.

The following links will help introduce this topic to your child:

The structure of plants – BBC Bitesize

What do plants need? – BBC Bitesize

Plants and water – BBC Bitesize

As geographers, the children will be looking at key geographical terms, including ‘equator’ and ‘hemispheres’. As they will be using maps, the following links may help to reinforce their learning and enjoyment in this area.

Google Maps

Mapping the world – BBC Bitesize

In RE, the children will be studying Christianity in further detail, looking at the following question, ‘Do Christmas celebrations and traditions help Christians understand who Jesus was and why he was born?’

Christmas – BBC Teach

If you would like more detail about your child’s learning please come and talk to your child’s class teacher.

Home learning

Children should read a minimum of 3 times a week and record this in their home school book by colouring the reading book picture each time they read. Children have a home learning book which they take home on a Friday and is due back in on the following Wednesday. Home learning will be a maths task which focus on increasing your child’s fluency and arithmetic skills. We also encourage all children to log on to TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed as much as possible.