Welcome to Year 3.

Class teacher-Miss Swanson.

Teaching assistant-Miss Thomasson

Teaching assistant- Miss Stansfield



Reading books and reading records need to be in school every day. Books will be changed every Friday. 


When your child reads, they should fill in their reading record. If they read to an adult, the adult should sign it. Children will get dojos for bringing in their reading books and reading at home. Reading is so important for their education.


So our class runs smoothly, please:


  • Arrive promptly to school each day for 8.50am registration. Children can wait in the yard from 8.35am.
  • Please wear the correct uniform to school, including black shoes.
  • PE is on a Tuesday, so please come into school wearing your PE kit. This is a black track suit top and bottoms, white T-shirt, pumps or trainers. There should be no logos on PE kits.
  • Please complete homework that is set. We will give out a paper copy of spellings each week and also they will be put on Class Dojo. 
  • To read at home at least three times a week to an adult, and please sign the Reading Record Book. Reading books will be changed if required on Mondays. 





Our topic this half term is the Rochdale Pioneers. Photos of our learning will be on dojo.


Here is our knowledge organiser: 




We will link our English lessons to our topic, using the same text in Reading, Writing and Topic lessons. 


In our writing, we will be aiming to develop our grammar, spelling and punctuation. We will practice using more descriptive language, such as adjectives, expanded noun phrases and subordinate clauses. We will look at how we can include verbs and adverbs to make our writing more powerful. As a school, we are developing writing skills using Alan Peat tools, through this scheme, Year 3 will work on using repetitive language, questions and detailed description.


Children will also have opportunity to proof read their work and redraft to up-level it.


If you would like to practice building your skills, take a look at the links below.






We use PowerMaths to teach maths. Please see the yearly overview for what we will be focusing on this half term. 


Please practise your times tables at home. Try and think of all the different places you could practise - whilst walking to school, whilst brushing your teeth or whilst eating ice cream!

You can practice your times tables on the games if you follow the link below.  



Times Table Rock Stars is a fantastic tool, paid for by the school, to help children learn their times tables. It can be accessed by clicking on this link: Times Table Rockstars 

NB - every child has their own username and password to access this  website. If you have problems accessing it, please contact school.


If you want to practise at home, please use the links below for some fun maths games:  







This half term we will be learning all about light and shadows! 



We have a fantastic music teacher that works at St Mary's on a Monday.

Year three will have an opportunity to carry out different activities.

This half term we will be developing our skills using string and percussion  instruments to develop our performance skills, whilst learning about pentatonic scales.


This half term we will be participating in PE on a Tuesday afternoon. Please come to school in our full PE kit (plain black tracksuit, white t-shirt and trainers). 




Year 3 visit Balderstone Library every other Tuesday. Children are given the opportunity to choose a book from the wide range on offer and bring them back to school to read in class.


Spellings will be sent out on Class Dojo on a Friday and as a paper copy and are expected to be practiced at home, children will have the opportunity to learn the spelling rule through guided spelling sessions each Friday.



Maths homework is to practice on Times Table Rockstars AT LEAST three times a week. If there is any issues in logging on at home, please let one of the year three adults know ( a quick message on Class Dojo is the best way).  


Learning Log homework will be put on either Class Dojo or as a paper letter in their Learning Log Books, whichever is more appropriate. These will be handed out every other Friday and is due back two weeks later. 


Learning logs will be shared with the class and a selection of the work will be displayed in the hall.



As ever, if parents, carers or pupils have any questions, please feel free to speak to a member of the year three team at drop off and pick up times, or send a message on class dojo. One of the team will endeavour to answer your question or query as soon as possible.


Thank you for you support in helping Year Three to

'Be the best that we can be'.