Year 3

Year 3

Teachers – Mrs Pooley (Tuesday – Friday); Mrs Hudd (Monday)

Learning Support Assistants – Mrs Winslade-Moon, Mrs Harrow, Mr Ortiz, Miss Griffiths

Welcome to Year 3!

We hope the following information is useful for you as your child continues their Andrews’ journey through Year 3:

Year 3 2021-22 year overview          Welcome to Year 3 Parents

In year 3, we are:

explorers – from the Romans to Canada, from Spain to the Surprising Stone Age, we take interesting journeys into the past and to foreign shores, to find out more about different places and the lives of others.  How are they different from ours?  How are they the same?  How have they impacted on our lives?

investigators – from plants to magnets, from light to the human body, what can we find out about the world around us and how it works?

creators  – we use words, paint and modelling materials to bring our imaginations to life and share our visions and stories with others.  We design, make and review to create structures and other products.

self-reliant and collaborative – we start to learn to take responsibility for our own learning and how to improve our work.  We put into practice a growth mindset and reflect on how we learn. We learn well together and work with partners and in small teams.

thinkers – what can we learn from the Bible stories and the beliefs of other religions?  What do we believe and what values do we think are important for life?  What role do we want to play in our community and how can we contribute?

preparing for the future and learning to be adaptable – We use different technologies, start to learn how to program – including writing, evaluating and debugging simple algorithms, and consider how to stay safe online.

performers – come and share our drama, poetry performances and singing at class assemblies and Carols around the Tree.

We would love you to be part of our learning journey.

Forest Schools


We enjoy interesting visits linked to our topics – Butser Ancient Farm visit (Autumn)

We create dragons and write poems about their powers (Spring)

Y3 Wonderful Weaving

Our Curriculum

I love Year 3 because I am creative and arty.  Max


I love everything! Joey

The teachers help me. Cami

As a community we build on believing. You may say impossible.  I say I’m possible. Archie

I like our books: Wolves in the Walls, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Mr Gum.  Alex and Charlie.


Below you will find details of Weekly Homework Expectations, and the arrangements for setting and submitting homework. 

We heartily thank parents and carers for their support with homework – it really does make a difference to your child’s progress!    

Weekly Homework expectations in Year  3:

Spelling A spelling list is stuck in children’s homework books each week.  Please practise these at least twice (or as often as necessary) before they are tested in school each week.  Should your child have lost their list, they are also shown on Google Classroom.
Reading Your child should have a reading book and reading diary – your child may be reading a colour banded book, or may be a ‘free reader’.  Books and diaries should travel to and from school each day.  Children should aim to read for at least 15 mins daily – an ideal wind-down activity before sleep! Please complete the reading diary each time they read, with the title of the book and the page they have reached.
English and topic English and topic homework is set on Google Classroom (Y3 Weekly Homework)  – and this is also where your child should upload homework documents or photos for marking.  Google classroom shows a grid of activities – linked to our current topic – that your child can choose from.  They should choose one activity a fortnight (they have maths homework the alternate week). 

Times Tables – there is a big emphasis on learning times tables in Y3 and Y4, building up to the new statutory times tables check that has now been introduced by the Department for Education for children in Year 4.  By the end of Year 3, children should be fluent with 3x, 4x, 6x and 8x tables (in addition to 2x, 5x, and 10x they should have learned in Y2).  In order to become fluent, children should practise at least twice a week, or as often as needed.  Times tables suitable for your child are set on Times Tables Rockstars, or alternatively, you may prefer to use paper sheets.  Free, printable sheets may be found on many websites, including:

Maths  – Maths Homework is set on Mathletics. Your child will have one activity a fortnight, linked to our in-class learning.  Set activities should pop up on Mathletics several days ahead of the due date, to allow flexibility regarding when you complete them.

Home Learning for Periods of Isolation

Unfortunately, because of the current COVID situation, there may be times during the school year when children need to isolate at home (because they or a family member have symptoms) or when the school needs to send children home because of an outbreak.  At Andrews’, we recognise that by far the best place for children to be is in school. However, should the need arise, we are also committed to ensuring that there is as little disruption as possible to children’s learning by providing easily accessible, structured home learning. 

As with weekly homework, Google Classroom will provide the means for children to upload their isolation learning for marking.  We have sought to support home learning using resources such as Oak National Academy and White Rose maths, as these offer short videos and related structured tasks to support the children’s independence.  

A typical weekly timetable for home learning in isolation would be as follows, although we naturally understand that in a COVID situation, this may not always be possible.  The timetable shows the relevant Oak National Academy units that cover material similar to that which we are covering in school this half term, so that home learning can commence from the first day away from school.   😊

Links to White Rose Maths and Oak National Academy