Year 3 2023 - 2024

Mrs Hover

Mrs Leake


Autumn Term - Second Half

 Year 3 Team: Mrs Hover, Mrs Leake, Mrs Jones and Mrs Minghella


Welcome back! The Year 3 Team hope you’ve enjoyed a well-deserved week’s break and you are feeling ready for another busy and exciting half-term!

In English, we will be starting our new book which will be revealed in Week 1! There is a small clue in the picture above! We will also begin our new text in Guided Reading which is a mystery-adventure book called ‘Ottoline and the Yellow Cat’ by Chris Riddell.


In Science, we will be looking at ‘Lights and Shadows’ and in History, we will be learning about the Stone Age. The Stone Age was a broad period of history where humans used stone tools; it’s also the earliest period of human culture. You may have watched the film, ‘The Croods’ which is set in the Stone Age!

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We will be continuing to learn about Christianity and Christmas in RE and in D&T, we will be creating our very own Christmas stockings. In French with Ms Anders, you will be learning how to say the days and months of the year and also how Christmas is celebrated in France.

In Maths, we will be finishing ‘Addition and Subtraction’ and then we will move onto ‘Multiplication and Division’. You can practise your times tables at home using ‘Times Table Rockstars’.

PE lessons will take place on Wednesdays (Dance) and Thursdays (Hockey) so please come to school dressed in your PE kits. Also, remember to bring in a waterproof coat every day as we will be going outside for playtimes in almost all weathers!

During Week 4, we have our school trip to Liverpool to look forward to which is on Thursday 23rd November. Here you can see a picture of The Walker Art Gallery and the special exhibition called ‘Return of the Gods’ at The World Museum. This will help us later in the year when Mrs Leake teaches you all about the Romans!



Finally, we will also be practising our Christmas play! You will be doing lots of singing practice in the classroom and Ms Vickers will be teaching you how to dance and perform the songs to show your families in the last week of term.






Monday: Reading and library books exchanged


Wednesday: Homework due; PE lesson (Children will need to come into school in their PE kit)

Thursday: PE lesson (Children will need to come into school in their PE kit)

Friday: Reading books exchanged; Homework handed out 


PPA (Planning, Preparation & Assessment)

On Wednesday afternoons, Ms Anders will be teaching French followed by Dance taught by Ms Anders (Mrs Hover's PPA). On Friday mornings, Mrs Hover will be teaching English (Mrs Leake's PPA). 


Other important information

Snack - Toast is 25p a day. Please book your snack on Parent Pay for the week ahead. You could also supply your child with a piece of fruit/vegetable.

Water bottles - children should continue to bring their water bottles in daily.

Please make sure your child has a waterproof coat each day as we go outside during playtimes in most weather conditions.

Please label your child’s clothing, packed lunches and water bottles.



Homework is one task linked to our learning in school that week - either English, Maths or from the Wider Curriculum. It should take your child about 20 minutes and should be able to be completed independently or with some adult support. When your child is completing their homework, please encourage them to present their work neatly.

There is also a short Spelling task to complete each week linked to our learning in spelling lessons. Click on the Handwriting & Spelling tab above with information to help your child.

Homework will be set on a Friday and is due on the following Wednesday. 


We love reading in Year 3. Children become better readers by practising reading as much as possible. We would encourage children to read with an adult or to be read to at home every day for 10 minutes. Children will bring home a levelled reading book that they can read with you. When children have read the book twice with an adult at home or at school, they may change it for a new book. We will also share many texts together in class in our English and Guided Reading lessons and the children can borrow a book of their choice from our reading corner to read in class or at home.

Click on the Reading tab above for lots of book ideas or come and chat to us for some book recommendations.

Times Tables

Being able to recall times table facts quickly and accurately helps children succeed in all of our Maths lessons. In Year 2, children learnt the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. In Year 3, we will be learning the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Repetition is key to knowing the facts quickly and accurately. Please help your child at home to practise these times tables as much as they can. Questions, chanting and Times Tables Rockstars are all good ways to learn (regular short bursts are the best way!) Click on the Maths tab above for further games.


Contacting Class Teachers

The Year 4 class teachers are Mrs Hover (Monday - Wednesday) and Mrs Leake (Thursday - Friday).

Please always feel free to come and speak to us or alternatively our emails are:


‘How to help your child in Year 3' - coming soon!

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