Year 3 2016 - 2017

Miss O'Donovan

Year 3 class teacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you all had a fun-filled Easter holiday. It is hard to believe that we are now in our final term! Many people have remarked on how the children in year 3 are flourishing in confidence, ability and stature; looking more like year 4’s every day.


We will begin our Summer Term work by looking at how to write a set of instructions. As with recent writing work, we will learn to recite a set of instructions and once the features of this text type have been fully embedded we will then think about rewriting these instructions while making slight changes. This will get us to a point where the children feel confident enough to invent their own set of instructions. Grammar, punctuation and spelling work will also continue this term.

In our reading comprehension sessions, children will have the opportunity to read, listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books. We will continue to focus on developing inference skills in order to interpret information in a text. This work will also help the children to develop their ability to infer characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, backing up their ideas with reference to the text.

Please continue to listen to your child reading at least three times a week. Their reading diaries need to be dated and signed and any comments about their reading would be appreciated.


This term we will be looking at Fractions and Geometry: Property of Shape. Through this work the children will become equipped with a range of new problems solving skills, while developing existing ones. During the second half of the summer term we will move onto Measurement and Statistics. We will also set aside time during our lesson starters for work on addition and subtraction, multiplication and division as it is important that all children revisit all areas of maths on a frequent basis to fully consolidate their understanding.  


This term we are looking more at Light as the cloudy weather experienced in spring did not lend itself to our outdoor work on shadows. Following on from this we will then begin on a unit on Plants. This will give children the opportunity to identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants. Through investigative work, the children will explore the requirements of plants for life and growth and how they vary from plant to plant, while also discovering the way in which water is transported within plants. As we move though this unit of work the children will be able to develop their understanding of the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.


Our next cross curricular study is a geography topic called Rivers. During this topic work the children will be asked to locate rivers, both with the UK and beyond. We will look at the key aspects of rivers (including how they are formed) and the water cycle. We will also look at how the uses for the River Weaver have changed over time.


We will continue to develop our skills in programming and presentations; linking our work to other of our learning such as data handling where appropriate. 

P. E.

From Monday, 24th April, all children in year 3 will begin on a 10 week swimming course. It is hoped that by the end of 10 weeks all children should be well on their way to swimming unaided, up to 25 metres. Our Wednesday morning PE session for this half term will focus on athletics to equip children with the skills needed to participate in sports day and other sporting activities.

Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school and that pumps and trainers fit properly.


Homework, will be given out most weeks, with a return date specified on the top of each piece.

Spellings will continue to be sent home on a Monday / Tuesday and tested on Friday. The spellings are linked to the keywords and spelling rules set out in the National Curriculum.

Lastly, as it gets warmer it is advised that all children should bring a water bottle to school. It can be filled up in school and replenished throughout the day.

If you have any questions or concerns please come to see me after school or make an appointment through the office.

Kind Regards

Miss E. O’ Donovan


In the meantime, why not have a go at these activities to give yourself a head start on our next topic - Rivers. (click on the image below)

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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750





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