Welcome to the Year 3 Page

Class 1 is taught by Mrs. Chapman. Class 2 is taught by Mr. Lennon (Monday-Wednesday) Mrs Webb (Thursday and Friday morning) Mrs. Rootes (Thursday and Friday afternoon). We are supported by three wonderful Teaching Assistants; Mrs Lark, Mrs Jenns and Mrs Kerr. 

In year 3, we study a range of subjects across the year. These subjects are: English, Maths, Whole Class Reading, Spelling and Phonics, Science, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, RE, Computing, Music, French, PE and PSHE and wellbeing.


In the Autumn term in English, the children use colourful semantics to support their sentence creation. They also write a seasonal poem inspired by ‘Autumn is here’. For fictional narrative, they write a story based around ‘A Crow’s Tale’ and ‘Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx’. As a class text, we read a number of Christmas related texts as well as, Toto the Ninja Cat, The great Egyptian Sleepover, The Nothing to See Here Hotel and Rabbit and Bear.

In the spring term, year 3 write a narrative inspired by the traditional tale of the 3 little pigs as well as write a magazine article about climate change in Antarctica. As a class text, we read The Last Polar bears and have a book of the children’s choosing.

In the summer term, children continue their writing journey by using the text ‘Stone Age Boy’ and ‘Wisp: A story of hope’ for narrative and in non-fiction they write letters around the topic of plants linking to science.


At the beginning of the academic year, children are assessed and given a coloured book band that relates to the reading level. These books can be changed as and when. The children are encouraged to change their books independently. Children can also access books from the school library and the classroom reading corners.

Children have the opportunity to read in a number of ways when at school. 4 days a week, the children are able to take part in whole class reading sessions that focus on vocabulary, contextual clarification, echo reading, partner reading and answering questions that focus on vocabulary, inferences, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising. During the week, children may also be heard read by adults in the year group and reading volunteers. Children can also be selected to read with our reading therapy dog called Nelson!

Phonics and Spelling:

On entry to year 3, the children are assessed using the Phonics International assessment system. Children are then placed into phonics or spelling groups based on the results. Children who attend the phonics sessions work through the units of sound covering 4 sounds a week until unit 6 is reached. During unit 6, one sound is taught over 2 days. Children who attend the spellings groups have 4 sessions across a week and are taught using the sounds and syllables scheme. One spelling pattern is taught across a week.


Autumn – Number and place value/addition and subtraction/multiplication and division/angles/lines/shape

Spring – Further multiplication and division/fractions/money/time

Summer – length/mass/volume/perimeter/pictograms and bar graphs

Foundation subjects

A curriculum overview for the other subjects can be found below.

Each week, we have two PE sessions that cover a range of topics. Our PE days in year 3 are Monday and Thursday. On these days, children should come to school in their PE kit.

We have French and Music taught each week by a specialist teacher and these lessons take place on a Wednesday afternoon.

Trips and experiences:

Across the year we have exciting visits and trips including: an Egyptian Workshop day, an outing to the Saxon village of West Stowe and a boat trip along the river Cam. 

Home Learning

Each week, we ask that the children read to an adult 3 times for the duration of 10 minutes. This read should then be logged in their reading diary which is checked by an adult in the year 3 team. Children who attend the daily phonics groups will also bring home reading that directly links to the phonemes learned that week. These should be read and practiced. These can also be entered into the reading diary.

Maths home learning is set through the Mathletics website and your child’s log in details can be found in the back of their reading diary. Tasks are set weekly for the children to complete and these are linked to what they have been learning in class but also previous consolidation of what has been learnt in keystage 1.

Extended opportunities for learning are given and these can be found from the menus below. Each extended opportunity menu is linked to the following terms learning so that the children have an opportunity to research and find out information before they are taught it in the classroom.

Recommended Reading List for Year 3

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