Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Mrs Evans, Mrs Fairbrother, Mr Doughty, Miss Mya, Miss Krish, Miss Quinnel and Miss Ellen welcome you to Year 3.




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!

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!