Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 with Miss Pierides and Miss Bowman 

We hope you had an amazing Summer holiday.  We welcome you to Year 3 and we are looking forward to the exciting term ahead. 
Please read below for details on our Autumn term

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Autumn Term

Subject Learning How you can help at home

We will do most of our writing through our topics, Predator and Tribal Tales. The children will start by learning how to use a dictionary and find relevant meanings. They will be writing character descriptions, recounts, leaflets, diary narrative, non-chronological reports and instructions.


There will also be daily spelling, grammar or handwriting lessons to develop technical skills that they can apply to their writing.


Dictation will take place on Fridays. This tests their weekly spellings.

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. 






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. 

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.

Mrs Powell or Mrs Sutton will teach one lesson a week on Thursday 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. 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:



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 28th 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:


  • 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.

Tribal Tales 

  • Visit the local library to research the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age history of your local area.
  • Visit a local prehistoric site.
  • Discuss the understand of the British history timeline.
  • Research what they eat during these times. can you still find them in their local shops?
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 Tuesday afternoons this year. 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. Children can also bring in trainers for these lessons.

This term they have started with dance in the hall so they will not need trainers and tracksuits this term.


Music lessons are also taught by specialist teachers following the National Curriculum, on Thursday mornings for half a term each term.

3B have Music Autumn 1

3P have Music Autumn 2

Please ask them what music or instruments they have learning and playing.


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.

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


Workshop or Trip Dates to look forward to

On 9th September, Ranger Stu will be visiting our classes with a range of exciting predators (£8 each). This is on Parent Pay and a letter has been sent home.


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 Bowman and their teaching team