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Year 3

PDFGlossary of Teaching Terms and Abbreviations


Jen Beech, Kathryn Whalley Ben Halima, Rachel Day/Joe Welsh.

Teaching Assistants

Kym Harman & Tracy Buckley


View our most recent Topic Web here: Topic Web- Spring 1- Year 3

View our 2019/20 Curriculum Overview here: PDFCurriculum Overview Year 3

View our Spelling Sheet here: PDFSpelling Lists for Years 3 and 4

If you have any questions about our curriculum please contact our Headteacher, Deborah Howard, to pass on to the Curriculum Lead.


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Year Group Targets

PDFYear 3- Maths

PDFYear 3- Writing

PDFYear 3- Reading

Reading Expectations

Learning to read
Teaching our children to read and write independently will provide them with the key skills they need to access the rest of the curriculum as well as impact massively on their self-esteem and future life chances.
Being able to decode a text alone though is not enough. Children need to understand what they are reading and need to be taught key comprehension skills from an early age. This is done through comprehension activities linked to the books they are reading. We know that good readers question, check and engage with their own understanding and these are some of the skills we seek to develop. Decoding and comprehension need to be taught at the same time.
Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on learning and acquiring new vocabulary. Children need to know what words mean in order to understand what they have read. Texts are chosen carefully with this in mind so that children are exposed to a rich and wide vocabulary.

Reading at home and reading for pleasure
Most importantly of all, in all year groups, we encourage children to be reading at home every night. Sharing a book together with your child gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child and can be bonding and relaxing. Reading for pleasure will help develop your child’s vocabulary, communication, empathy, imagination and concentration. Whether this is sharing books by reading together (when children are in Nursery, Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3 this is crucial) or beginning to read more independently, we advise that all children read for at least 10 minutes a day. Ideally, 20 minutes a day would be the most beneficial.

Reading for just 20 minutes a day = 1.8 million words a year!

Once a child is reading independently, they still need to be able to retell their texts coherently and confidently to a parent/carer using book vocabulary and answer questions about what they are reading.

Reading records
Every child is provided with a reading record/diary to record what they have been reading. It also provides an opportunity for parents/carers to comment on their child’s reading. When parents/carers sign that they have listened to their child read this indicates to teaching staff that the child is ready for new books to be sent home.

Colour bands
Different publishers use different schemes so we put our own colour stickers on the books. Please refer to the stickers that we put on to see what colour band your child is reading.


Every Friday in Year 3 your child will be given the following homework, which is optional:

– Daily reading of a home reading book – please ensure you sign your child’s reading record. Your child will be given a day of the week when their home/school reading book will be changed.

– Spellings, which the children will be tested on the following Friday. We encourage the children to apply their spellings in their work.

– Topic homework every two weeks – information about topic homework will be given in your child’s homework book.

At the back of your child’s homework book are:

 – Year 3 and 4 new curriculum spelling list – these are words we will be learning throughout both Years 3 and 4.

 – Times tables mat – by the end of Year 3 children are expected to know the following times tables: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10.

You may find the following documents helpful when reading with your child:

PDFReading Comprehension Parent Handout

PDFReading Comprehension Bookmark

PDFHomework Policy

PE Days

PE Equipment

Games – shorts and jumper/sweater, t-shirt and trainer (jogging pants can be worn in very cold weather). Dance/Gym – close fitting shorts (above the knee) and t-shirts. Please ensure that your child’s name is on each item.


Please make sure your child’s name is on their lunchbox. All lunch boxes are kept on a trolley outside 3DW.

Home Time

Children will be collected from the main playground next to the bike shed. 


Coats and PE kit should be put on pegs outside the classroom.
Please name your child’s coat.


Please don’t allow your child to bring toys into school.

Contacting a Teacher

Please make an appointment via the school office by emailing, to arrange a mutually convenient time. If your child is going to be absent from school please ring the office on 0161 881 4266 and leave a message on the answer phone before 9.30 am. If you are collecting children for an appointment please remember to sign your child out at the school reception.


Our PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time will be on Wednesday morning and covered by Midge Murray, Kieran Bentley and Nicky Appleby.