Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

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Miss Felton, Miss Callaghan, Mrs Stevenson, Mrs Read, Mrs Stafford, Mrs Khatun and Mrs Ali welcome you to Year 3.

KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in school.  Instant recall facts help enormously with mental agility within maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these facts can be very beneficial.  Each child will have a termly handout which sets out their KIRF and other facts which can be practiced at home.  This means that the work at school can be supported at home.  

Spellings - Common Exception Words.


The expectation for the attainment of children in Year 3 has grown massively.  In writing, children are expected to spell high frequency words, or common exception words (words we can't use our sounds to spell) correctly. Below is a list of all the words they should be spelling correctly in their independent writing. We will be sending home lists with a range of these spellings on for them to practise ready for their fortnightly test.

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to welcome you and your child to Year 3. The children have an exciting year ahead of them. Below are some notices to help the children settle in well to Year 3.



We do not supply snacks for break time for children in KS2.  Please ensure that your child has a healthy snack such as fruit or a cereal bar to eat at break time even if they are having free school meals.


Water Bottles

Children can bring in a water bottle to keep in class that they can access throughout the day as needed.  Please ensure that any water bottle is clearly labelled with their name.  Please do not give them squash or juice as we only allow water in class.



Each child has a Reading Record Book to take home for you to sign when you hear them read throughout the week. They must show that they have read three times a week by handing in their reading record to their teacher every Friday. Like last year, if they read three times during the week, they will get extra carrot rewards.  Over the next week, your child will also be bringing home their new banded book. If you have any questions regarding their book band level, please come and speak to us. Reading is a very important skill and we encourage the children to read as much as possible.



The children are very lucky to have the sports coaches teaching them P.E every Tuesday afternoon. They need to make sure that they have their kit in school which includes a pair of black shorts (trousers for when it is colder), a blue T-Shirt, change of shoes and a warm jumper (please no hoodies). It is expected that all children bring in their own P.E kit. Children should keep their P.E. in school in their locker and will bring it home at the end of each half term for washing.



As well as reading at least three times a week, the children are expected to practise their times table target regularly. One of the ways you can do this is to use the Doodlemaths app. We have really enjoyed sharing some of the children’s aquariums that they made over the summer.  Children can continue to bring in their creations up until half term. There will also be some more interesting topic-based homework to come.



Our class book this term is Evie and the Animals.  Using Kassim and the Greedy Dragon and Billy the Brave Knight, children will explore, read and write journey and action stories.  We will be encouraging the children to use descriptive language to paint a picture in words to bring a setting to life.



Your child will bring a spelling list home next week.  We test on a Wednesday on alternate weeks so the first test will be on the 18th September.  All children will be working on the year 3 / 4 words this year.



Number, place value and the four operations will be the main focus of our work in the first term, with a special push on times table knowledge up to 12x, including the division facts for each times table.



We do lots of fun but messy art in year 3.  We are happy for children to bring in an apron or old shirt that they can wear to protect their school clothes.  Please ensure that these are labelled with their name.  The children can keep these in their lockers and use them as needed.



We will be going to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham on the 26th September.  This will be a great experience for the children and a great introduction to our first topic this year of “Under the Sea.  The cost of the trip is £15.  We will be leaving school at 8:30am and returning at 16:30pm.  We have arranged to have a behind the scenes tour of the sea life centre so think that this experience will really enhance the children’s engagement in our topic.  We would appreciate it if all payments could be received by the 16th September 2019.


If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to speak to any of the year 3 team.  We are all really looking forward to sharing an amazing year with you and your children!


Mrs Fairbrother, Miss Hockley, Miss Krish, Mrs Lorenz, Ms Matlock