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 (

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

Wider curriculum learning

As historians, the children will be looking into the history of The Stone Age, describing the beliefs and experiences of past societies. Some background links on The Stone Age can be found below:

The Stone Age – Years 3/4 and P4/5 History Collection – BBC Bitesize

Life in the Mesolithic Stone Age – BBC Bitesize

As scientists, the children will group everyday materials into magnetic and non-magnetic items, and they will predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other. The children will begin to design their own scientific experiments, posing their own scientific lines of enquiry.

KS2 Science – forces: What are magnets? – BBC Teach

Which metals and materials are magnetic? – BBC Bitesize

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 Oxford Reading Buddy as much as possible.