Year 3

Welcome to year 3 with Miss Pierides and Miss Connolly

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home
English We will do most of our writing through our topic, Predator and Heroes and Villains. The children will start by learning how to use a dictionary and find relevant meanings. They will be writing recount, character descriptions, leaflets, scripts, biographies, narratives and presentations.There will also be daily Spelling, grammar or handwriting lessons to develop technical skills that they can apply to their writing. Talk about our topics. Any additional research will make them better writer!Practise looking up words in a dictionary and choosing the relevant meaning.Reading for at least 30 minutes each day makes a huge difference.Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meanings. Use a dictionary to look them up.Spelling for this term will be sent home each week and taken from the year 3 and 4 common exceptional words. Click for list of year 3 and 4 common exceptional words.Make sure that anything they write is in joined up handwriting (except for capital letters), the spelling is correct and the sentences make sense. Practise makes permanent.
Maths The children will start by focusing on place value up to 3 digit numbers, then move on to carrying out calculations with all four operations and then ending the term with measurement. The list of objectives for the next 12 weeks is below.Click for the list of objectives for the next 12 weeks. This is rough guide and may change depending on the classes progress and understanding.   On Thursdays, they will be challenged on their times tables. They will complete 30 questions on a specific times table, in 5 minutes. To pass and move onto the next challenge, they need 30/30. After they complete three challenges, they will receive a badge in assembly. Children can be quite competitive and it has been a successful way to get children to learn their tables.In 3P, Mrs Forde will teach one maths lesson a week on Friday mornings. They should know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables from year 2.By the end of year 3, they are expected to know 3, 4 and 8s times table and division facts.E.g.    3 x 4 = 12         12 ÷ 3 = 4

Monkfrith encourage them to learn all their tables through the weekly times table challenge.See list of times table challenge order below.

Click for list of times table challenge order. homework will be set weekly but can also be used to anytime to practise anything they have learnt.

Information about how we teach calculations is available here – Year 3 Calculation Policy Leaflet.

In Autumn 1 our topic is called Predator and will focus on Science.The children will learn about insect predators, food chains, skeletons, and plants – how they live.We will be drawing close ups of predator eyes and using art straws to build skeletons.In Autumn 2 our topic in called Heroes and Villains. The children will be learning about real life heroes and villains and creating comic script style cityscape.


We hope to see 3P parents at their class assembly on the 29th November, so your child can show you all they have learnt.

Please talk about the topic and encourage your child to do additional research to help improve their knowledge, using scientific words and feel more confident to contribute in class.In addition, you could:   Predator

  • Visit the local library to find non-fiction books about predators. Look for information using contents, glossaries and index pages. Write down any new facts you have learnt.
  • Research a predator from each of the subgroups: mammals, birds, mini breasts, reptiles, amphibians, fish and plants.
  • Discuss what predator they would be for the day and why? Where would they live? What features would help them hunt, catch and kill their prey?
  • Research what different predators eat, creating different food chains.

   Heroes and Villains

  • Read newspapers and magazines about everyday heroes. Heroic acts might include saving people or animals from danger, fighting fires or donating organs to help another person.
  • Visit the local library. Use contents and index pages to find information on heroes and villains from the past and present.
  • Ask them to imagine they are a hero. What heroic act did they perform? What happened and who was involved? They could record this as a newspaper report.
  • Make a list of five positive things that they and their friends could do to improve their school environment.
  • Write a set of instructions to explain how to be or what makes a hero.
Computing In Autumn term, we will start by teaching the children the importance of how to be safe online. Ensuring they remember what they have learnt in previous years and creating avatars of themselves that they can use online instead of photos.We will also build on their understanding of what an algorithm is and create them to move, direct and control each other and objects. Please talk to them about the importance of being safe online. Ask them to tell you the Monkfrith online safety rules. Ensure that they are using these rules at home too.The following websites have more information and advice for parents on how to help your child stay safe online.

Algorithms can be used every day when giving or following instructions and directing objects, not only through online games but with describing the movements of practical objects.

Encourage them to use word processing software and a keyboard to improve the speed and accuracy of their typing.

This website teaches them how to use all their fingers on the keyboard:

PE Our PE lessons will take place on Thursdays this year.This term, year 3 are also fortunate to have an additional Dance lesson on Fridays. Please ensure that all kits are in on the right days. Navy tracksuits are advised for the colder months as they will be going outside.
These lessons are taught by specialist teachers following the National Curriculum, on Thursdays. Please ask them what new words they have learnt in Spanish and songs they’ve learnt in music.
In year 3, they get to learn a musical instrument. This year they will have the exciting opportunity to learn how to play the African Drum, once a week, on a Thursday. Experiment with different rhythm games.


Your child will be reading each week during their guided reading session and independently reading daily, encouraging reading a range of genre, including non-fiction text, from the class book corner or a book of their choice from home. We expect them to have their guided reading in their book bag every day, in case they need to read it to an adult.

Guided reading books will continue to go out on a Friday and will be collected in on a Wednesday. 

Home Learning

This will be set on a Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday.

It will consist of spellings to practice, maths and then either grammar or something related to our topic.

We also expect each child to do:

  • 20 minutes independent reading everyday
  • 10 minutes mental maths/times tables everyday (Year 3 are expect to know a 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 and will begin the Monkfrith times table challenge each week).

If the piece of work is project based it may extend across several weeks 

Workshop or Trip Dates to look forward to:

Safari Pete will be visiting our classes with a range of exciting predators (approx. £7 each)

In addition

  • Any tissues would be greatly appreciated! As would any unwanted newspaper or magazines, as we use these frequently during our lessons.
  • If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to write me a note or make an appointment to see me.
  • We look forward to the term ahead.

Miss Pierides, Miss Connolly and their teaching team