Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 with Miss Shah and Miss Donaghy 

Please read below for details on our Spring term

If you would like a reminder of “Virtual Meet the teacher”, please read the information again, please download the meet the teacher September 2020 presentation.

Spring Term

Subject Learning How you can help at home
English We will do most of our writing through our topic: “Gods and Mortals” and “Flow”. The children will be writing a diary entry, explanation text, instructions, recounts, setting descriptions and poems.

During Gods and Mortals, they will use their research skills to learn about different gods and create vivid character descriptions. Next, they will enjoy reading different Greek myths and use them to create different text.
During Gods and Mortals, they will get to experience a virtual visit to the Wallace Collection.
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 multiplication using the grid method to multiply 2 digits by 1 digit. Moving on to using their addition and subtraction skills to solve money problems, including: recognising money, converting pounds and pence, finding change. Next, they will be interpreting and presenting data using tables, pictograms and bar charts. They will also learn to add, subtract, compare length including calculating perimeter of 2D shapes. Finally, they will look at fractions.

Each week, they will be challenged on their times tables. They will complete 30 questions on a specific times tables, in 5 minutes. To pass and move onto the next challenge, they need 30/30. After they complete six challenges, they will receive a badge in assembly. This is a Monkfrith School Challenge that they will continue through to Year 6. Children can be quite competitive and it has been a successful way to get children to learn their tables.
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.
Click for list of times table challenge order.  

Time Table Rock Stars is a great way to learn their tables and it records the facts they know and do not know. 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.

The website below has lots of great maths games. Choose the area you want to work on at the top and select a game to play. The link takes you to the problem solving games.  

Hit the button is one of the children’s favourites.  

Other good websites: 
Learn the number of day in each month

If your child enjoys song, try learning times tables through these songs:
3 times table:
4 times table:
6 times table:
7 times table:
8 times table:
9 times table:  
Creative Curriculum In Spring 1, they will focus on the topic Gods and Mortals, a stimulating topic with a history focus, where they will discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis, and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.

In Spring 2 our topic in called Flow and will focus on science and geography. The children will put on their wellies and explore our local river, discussing the soil types, the topic vocabulary they have learnt and observing the living things around. They will hop on an imaginary journey from the mountains where the river begins to the sea mouth where it ends.
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:

Gods and Mortals
– Read and retell the story of Medusa, the Gorgon, who could turn people to stone if they looked at her. Illustrate your story with a detailed drawing of Medusa’s face, showing the venomous snakes that sprouted from her head instead of hair.  
– Design a mythical creature. Which animals’ body parts could you include in your design? What personality will your creature have?
– Be inspired by Greek art! Look at online examples of pottery and create a design for an ancient Greek jug or bowl. You could choose a scene from Greek mythology to represent in your artwork or maybe another familiar story.
– Spot buildings influenced by Greek architecture around your nearest town or city and take photographs to show in school. Hunt for columns, statues or pillars.
– Read about Narcissus, the young man who fell in love with his own reflection. What is the moral of the story? Write a letter to Narcissus, telling him to change his ways!

– Visit a river and test the flow by dropping sticks into the water and seeing how fast is flows.
– Visit a gallery and look at painting inspired by water. Why do you think so many artists are inspired by water?
– Grow something edible.
– Go pond dipping. Take a net and a light-coloured bowl or bucket to get a good view of your collected specimens. Remember to take care of your environment and return any creatures found. 
Computing In Spring term, we will continue teaching the children the importance of how to be safe online. Ensuring they remember what they have learnt in previous years.  

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 3P’s PE lessons will take place OUTSIDE or inside on Tuesday this term.
3D’s PE lessons will take place OUTSIDE or inside on Thursday this term.    
Please ensure that all kits are in on the right days. Navy tracksuits and trainers are advised for the colder months as they will be going outside.


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, as the books get longer they maybe asked to read them for longer than one week.

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

This will all be set on Google Classroom. Their login information is stuck inside their books. You will find their mymaths and times table rockstar login information there too. 

We also expect each child to do:

  • 30 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 know ALL their times tables by the end of Year 4. They will begin the Monkfrith times table challenge each week).

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 us a note or make an appointment to see us. 

We look forward to the term ahead.

Miss Pierides, Miss Donaghy and their teaching team