Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


Mrs Fairbrother, Miss Hockley, Miss Mya, Miss Kahtoun, Miss Brooks and Miss Quinnell welcome you to Year 3.




I wonder what these could have to do with literacy? Ask your children about our new talk for writing unit!

I wonder what these could have to do with literacy?  Ask your children about our new talk for writing unit! 1

School Trip!


Your child should have brought home a letter about our planned trip to the Natural History museum on Monday 15th October 2018.


This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn more about the dinosaurs and fossils they are studying in our Magic lessons!


If you have not received a letter then please speak to the class teacher.


Mrs Fairbrother and Miss Hockley are really looking forward to the trip and can't wait to explore the museum!  There is a rumour that there might even be a REAL dinosaur this space!!!!!

Welcome back!


We hope that you all had a lovely summer and are keen to return to school and move to key stage two!


Important things to note:-



P.E. day is Tuesday - all children should have a full p.e. kit in school.  Please ensure all items are named.  Long hair should be tied back and earrings taken out on p.e. days.



We do not provide a snack for KS2 children.  Your child can bring a healthy snack to school to enjoy at breaktime.  No crisps or chocolate please.



Children are not automatically entitled to a hot school meal in KS2.  If you believe that your child is entitled to a free school meal then please ensure that you have completed a form and returned it to the school office.  If children are not having a school meal then they should bring a packed lunch in a suitable container.



Spellings are tested on a Monday.


Lost Property

We are trying to ensure that we do not end up with a huge pile of lost property this year.  Please ensure all items are labelled with your child's name and class.



All children should read at home at least 3 times a week.  They should also practise their spellings and times tables.  All children have a doodlemaths and doodle times table login to access this at home.  Topic homework will be given out soon!


If you have any other questions then please speak to your child's class teacher.


We are looking forward to having a fun and tiring term!


Mrs Fairbrother and Miss Hockley.

Year 3 Alzheimers Awareness Walk.

Year 3 have made some surveys that they would love you to answer!


Click on the links below to take you to each team's survey!


Szilard, Imran, Aadi, Drishti and Ishijah's survey  about school subjects -


Rhnae, Scarlet, Peyton and Millie's survey about school uniforms


Alfie K, Wiktor, Jay, Gabriel and Jack U's survey about sports day


Barni, Siraad and Tyra's survey about favourite subjects


Olivia, Jasmine, Grace and Eniola's survey about homework


Harry, Jack, Alfie R and Adam's survey about school logo and meals


Kayleigh, Meadow and Annaiyah's survey about bullying


Adassa, Ema & Victoria's survey about school uniform -


Dawud, Oliver & Daksh's survey about school uniform  -


Tanjida, Addison & Courtnei's survey about school dinners -


Jack, Ivan and Gabriella's survey about school sports -


Grigore, Hassan and Joshua's survey about school sports -


Lexus, Vina & Suraiya's survey about school dinners -


Saleem, Eva and Naidan's survey about school sports -


Frankie, Rihana and Tasmi's survey about school dinners -

Class 3R - Performing our text map for our newspaper report.

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Some of the class performing part of our text map.

Year 3 go to the Cobblers!

Making music in RE

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Today the children used instruments in RE to make a musical piece about light and dark. Some future musicians in 3R!

3R Dramatics! Today we were acting out the Hanukkah story!

Experimenting with colour in Magic today. Learning how to make a colour wheel and blend two colours together. Messy, but fun!

Some great text mapping for our Jack and Beanstalk suspense story from Erin and Rihana in 3R!

Some great text mapping for our Jack and Beanstalk suspense story from Erin and Rihana in 3R! 1
Some great text mapping for our Jack and Beanstalk suspense story from Erin and Rihana in 3R! 2

Happy New Year!


All of the year 3 team would like to wish you all a very happy New Year!


This is going to be a very exciting and busy term in year 3!  In science we are moving onto our new topic of light.  We are going to be investigating light sources, shadows and reflections to try and answer the question "Can we live without light?"


In history and geography we are going to be examining the Stone Age and exploring how people lived, hunted and survived.


In maths we are continuing to look at number, place value, mental maths and the four operations.  We will also be looking at data handling as well as exploring time and roman numerals.  We are still encouraging the children to learn their times tables and are concentrating on the 2, 5, 10, 3 & 4 times tables in Year 3.  Please continue to practise these with your child and encourage them to use Times Table Rockstars at home!


This term the whole school is studying a talk for writing unit on Jack and the Beanstalk.  We are looking at suspense and are aiming to write our own suspense story!  We will continue to do spellings every week.  We were really impressed last term at how the children moved up the spelling lists really quickly and how keen they were - we are hoping that this can continue this term!


P.E. is on Thursday afternoons.  Please ensure that your child has a suitable PE kit in school every week.  Earrings should be removed and long hair should be tied back on this day.


We are always happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns that you may have.  Just make an appointment to meet with us and we will do our best to help!

Tackling symmetry in maths - year 3 hit the playground!

Something has rampaged through the school and destroyed the field - don't worry - year 3 are on the case!

Breaking News! Year 3 have spotted dinosaurs at the Natural Museum in London!

Spelling Lists

Here is the full list in case your child has lost their list.

Doodlemaths and Times Table Rockstars

Doodlemaths is an online website that allows your child to practise maths skills they have learnt in school and improve their recall of number facts.  Your child has been given a password and username so that they can access the site.  Please encourage your children to use the site and earn certificates for doing so.

Times Table Rockstars is also an online website that allows your child to practise their times tables whilst listening to rock music. It is a fun way of learning them so please encourage them to use this site at home.


Welcome to Year 3

The Magic Curriculum at St James

The Government released a new National Curriculum to be implemented from September 2014.  The National Curriculum provides children with an introduction to essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens in modern Britain.


Here at St James we believe that a rich and relevant curriculum should be taught and embedded through the application of key literacy, numeracy and speaking and listening Skills.  We have therefore developed the “Magic Curriculum” which at present Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 follow with Years 2 and 6 commencing this way of working from September 2015. 


The Magic Curriculum is Memorable, Aspirational, Gripping, Inspiring and Creative.  Each year group studies three units over the year to enable broad and balanced study over different subject areas.  These units are Science led with other subject areas being linked in a meaningful and creative way. 


Children learn best when they get the opportunity to apply the key skills learnt previously and therefore at St James we have developed Magic Fridays.  Every week each class has a Friday where they apply key skills and have a Magic Curriculum focused day using key skills learnt in Literacy and Numeracy over the week. 


For more details of what is covered in Year 3 please click on the Curriculum map below:

Have you seen the Kids' Zone?  Play games, and visit some cool websites like the one below. You can vote for your favourites!