St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to St James CofE Primary School where our values of Kindness, Wisdom, Respect and Joy underpin our aim to provide an outstanding education for all our children, which develops and nurtures the whole child so each individual can flourish confidently.


Remember we have trips planned 3rd and 7th June - don't forget your pack lunch!

Year 3 Elm and Lime


Welcome to Year 3.  Our class value is JOY

Year 3 is the beginning of your child’s learning in Key Stage 2 and as your child begins their journey, we would like to promote their independence. We will focus on encouraging and teaching children to become responsible for their own learning. Our topic this half term is HOW DO SAILORS SURVIVE AT SEA?

You can find out all about Year 3 on this page - including what we are studying this half term, your home learning for the week, information on any half term projects and lots of great resources for parents and children.


What are we reading in class?

Our School Book Challenge

To take part in our book challenge or just to find another book you might enjoy reading, take a look at the some of these suggestions here

You can download a book review form here

What are we learning this half term in Year 3 ?

In English

This half term in English Lime Class will be looking at the book ‘The Mousehole Cat’ by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley and Elm Class will be looking at 'Why The Whales Came'. We will be using the images in our books to help us predict what we think the book might be about and building our summarising skills. We will be using the language and the images from the book to help us create descriptive settings using adjectives and similes. We will also be using point, evidence, explain paragraphs to stage debates.   

In Maths

This half term, we will be working on drawing and interpreting data and fractions. We will be thinking about when and why data is collected, different ways of presenting data and how we can use this to answer questions. After we have interpreted data, we will be drawing our own bar charts from data we have collected. When we have finished interpreting data, we will be moving onto fractions. We will be ordering and comparing fractions, working out equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions. 

In Science

Our Science topic this half term is animals. We will be focusing on nutrition and how animals, including humans, get the nutrition they need from their food. We will then use our scientific knowledge to plan a healthy meal for a sailor as part of our topic.

In RE and PSHE

In RE we will be discussing the question; how can Brahman be everywhere and everything? We will be thinking about the different roles we have in our life, such as; sister, brother, friend, and how although we have many different roles we are always the same person. We will then be looking at this in relation to Hinduism and how there are many gods but they all represent the one God Brahman.   


Lime PE days are Wednesday and Tuesdays. Elm’s PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure PE kits are in and children have the appropriate clothing and footwear and that long hair is tied back.

Parents - helping at home with Maths

If you would like to know more about how we teach Maths from Reception to Year 6, you can click here.  There are some useful downloads and videos to watch.


In the Autumn term, we learnt about the Egyptians and visited the British Museum

Our Focus On The Week Ahead and Elm Class Home Learning











At home


Login to your TT Rockstars here and practice your tables at home

At home

Enjoy lots of reading this week

At home

Please log into to  Spelling Shed here to practice the spellings that have been set for you

At home


At home

What is a habitat?  How many different kinds can you think of?  Which one would you like to know more about?

Our Focus On The Week Ahead and Lime Class Home Learning

Maths English Spellings Grammar Topic





At home At home At home At home At home

Login to your TT Rockstars here and practice your tables at home


Please continue reading with our book challenge which you can find more about above.

Please log into to  Spelling Shed here to practice the spellings that have been set for you


What is a habitat?  How many different kinds can you think of?  Which one would you like to know more about?



Half Term Home Learning Research Projects

Maths Fair

We are going to be holding our very own Maths Fair and we’d like everyone who wants to, to be part of it.  Here’s what you need to know:

First you need to decide whether you want to do your project on your own or with a small group of friends.  Then choose your project.  You can chose any area of Maths that interests you.  Here are some heading that may help or you can come up with your own one.

  • A project about the number 5
  • Numbers we see around us every day (prices, bus numbers, phone numbers)
  • Maths in our every day lives (cooking, shopping)
  • Cool numbers (pi)
  • Special number (like prime numbers or sequences, Fibonacci numbers)
  • Favourite Maths puzzles
  • Maths in nature (fractals)
  • Infinity
  • Maths in sport (football, chess)
  • Rubik’s cubes
  • Maths in the universe
  • History of Maths
  • Why is Maths important?
  • Maths tricks

You need to present your project on a three panelled board (made from a cardboard box) so that it stands up by itself.  Projects must be completed and brought into school on Friday 17th May.  These will then be judged and on displayed at our School Maths Fair in the hall for children and parents to enjoy.


Topic Research

Find out five facts about the Mary Rose and what it might have been like on board. 


Other Great Resources For Year 3 Parents and Children

There are lots and lots of great websites that can help you with everything from  practicing your timetables to your half term research projects.  Here are some that we think are the best.

Spelling - You can click here to learn more about your child's developing reading skills and if you'd like to find out more about spelling as part of the national curriculum, then please click here

Reading - Please make sure you log all your reading at home in your reading log books and don't forget to take part in our School Book challenge.

Maths - For a wealth of fun Maths games, take a look at the Nrich maths website here.  You can also try Maths Is Fun.  You can also try testing your times tables here

ICT Games - To practice lots of different Literacy and Maths skills, you could try ICT Games 

Topics - If you want to find out more about your topic - whether it's Geography, History or Science, two great resources are BBC Bitesize and Books For Topics


Tests and Assessments


National Curriculum Guidance And Expectations

To find more about the Primary National Curriculum, you can download Government information here and to dig into further detail by subject, please click here


Where should your child be at the end of Year 3?  According to national age related expectations, your child should

In Reading

  • Comment on the way characters relate to one another.
  • Know which words are essential in a sentence to retain meaning.
  • Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions.
  • Recognise how commas are used to give more meaning.
  • Recognise inverted commas
  • Recognise: plurals, pronouns and how used, collective nouns, adverbs
  • Explain the difference that the precise choice of adjectives and verbs make.

 In Writing

  • Use conjunctions (when, so, before, after, while, because).
  • Use adverbs (e.g. then, next, soon).
  • Use prepositions (e.g. before, after, during, in, because of).
  • Experiment with adjectives to create impact.
  • Correctly use verbs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person.
  • Use perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause.
  • Use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech.
  • Group ideas into basic paragraphs.
  • Write under headings and sub-headings.
  • Write with increasing legibility, consistency and fluency.

 In Mathematics

  • Compare & order numbers up to 1000.
  • Read & write all numbers to 1000 in digits and words.
  • Find 10 or 100 more/less than a given number.
  • Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100.
  • Recall & use multiplication & division facts for 3, 4, 8 tables.
  • Recognise place value of any 3-digit number.
  • Add and subtract: 3-digit nos and ones, 3-digit nos and tens, 3-digit nos and hundreds
  • Add and subtract: numbers with up to 3-digits using written columnar method.
  • Estimate and use inverse to check.
  • Multiply: 2-digit by 1-digit
  • Count up/down in tenths.
  • Compare and order fractions with same denominator.
  • Add and subtract fractions with same denominator with whole.
  • Tell time using 12 and 24 hour clocks; and using Roman numerals.
  • Tell time to nearest minute.
  • Know number of days in each month and number of seconds in a minute.