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St James C of E Primary School

Learning to live, living to learn, learning from Christ

Year 3 

This year, we will become Olympic champions and top athletes

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. 

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.

To take a look at our long term curriculum planner for the year, please click here

What are we reading in Year 3?

Into The Forest  by Anthony Browne

Reading In Year 3

If you're looking for a new book to read or stuck for inspiration take a look here  at 100 books to read for Year 3


What are we learning this half term in Year 3 ?

Welcome back to the new school year, I am looking forward to getting to know your children over the coming months and have a busy and exciting half term ahead. For information about our learning this half term, please see the curriculum map on the left of this page. It would be helpful if you don’t read our class book ahead of us, to allow the story to unfold in class!

Home learning

Home learning will be added to the class page of the website each week. This will include a spelling shed activity and Times Tables Rockstars. There will also be information about the work we will be doing in class over the coming week and some questions/ activities for your children to complete.


Please ensure your child is reading at home for 20 minutes every day. Reading books should come into school every day and there will be opportunity in the week for children to share what they have been reading.


Year 3 will be swimming on Monday. As well as their swimming kit, please send your child with a coat. Our other PE day is Thursday. Children need to be prepared for PE outside, including suitable footwear Please also remember that jewellery is not permitted and long hair should be tied back.

Drop in

There is an informal teacher drop-in every Tuesday from 3.30 – 4.00 should you wish to meet with me. If there is something urgent you wish to discuss, please arrange an appointment with the school office.


Kind regards,

Mrs Garrad



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.


Our Focus On The Week Ahead and Home Learning.

Maths English Spellings Grammar Learning Journey

We will move from 2-step word problems with division into strategies for metal addition and subtraction.


This week we will be creating a retelling of our story, using different grammar features to create interesting description. This week the focus is words spelt with the c sound spelt ch

This week’s grammar focus is prepositions



We will be starting our geography topic.



At home At home At home At home At home

Here is a word problem to try. Draw a bar to explain the problem. How many bars will it have?

Abby, Daniel and Nick have £360 altogether. Abby has 4 times as much money as Nick.

Daniel has £45.

How much money does Nick have?

Keep practicing your times tables!

Try describing people and things around you using a relative clause

Recap your history learning by telling someone what changed in the way we lived through the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras. Watch the video again here:


You could make a fact file or drawing of Stonehenge or Skara Brae.


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.