Year 3 2017 - 2018

Miss O'Donovan

Year 3 class teacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am very pleased to announce that the children have come into year 3 smiling, refreshed and eager to get started on every task that is set for them.

I am looking forward to a busy and exciting year ahead during which all children will hopefully flourish and thoroughly enjoy their time in year 3. This letter provides some information about the Year 3 curriculum for the Autumn Term which I hope you find useful.


We will be looking at a number of different texts (both fiction and non-fiction) over the Autumn Term. ‘The Kingston Frost Dragon’, ‘Stone Age Boy’, texts based on both fictional and non-fictional creatures and poetry will form the basis of our work in literacy.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling work will also continue this term.

In our reading 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.

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. While your child reads it is recommended that you talk about the book; using questioning to check that they fully understand what they are reading


This term we will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. Through this work the children will become equipped with a range of new skills, while developing existing ones which can then be applied to many areas within problem solving. Later in the term we will move onto measurements. Throughout the autumn term we will also set aside time during our lesson starters for work on fractions, property of shapes and statistics as we feel that is it essential that all areas within the maths curriculum are visited several times through the year.


This term we are looking firstly at Rocks and then moving onto Light. Through these units children will learn to identify and classify different types of rocks, what fossils are and how they are formed, recognise that we need light to see things and that darkness is the absence of light, that shadows are formed when a light source is blocked and that light can be reflected from some surfaces.


Our next cross curricular study is history topic called ‘What Were Cave Men Really Like’. The children asked questions such as:

  • What happened to woolly mammoths?
  • How long ago was ‘The Stone Age’?
  • Where did Stone Age people get their food and clothes?
  • What were their homes like?

Through our work we hope to find answers to all of these questions and more. I was very pleased to hear that some of the children have lots of prior knowledge in this area.  


The first unit of work is called ‘We are programmers’ and it is all about becoming a better programmer. The children will create an animated cartoon using characters they design. Children will also have the opportunity to record sound effects/music to their cartoon. After half term we are looking at “We are bug fixers”. This unit will be carried out using a program called Scratch, during which the children will be taught how to spot and fix bugs in computer programmes. Our ICT work will link to other curriculum areas where appropriate.

P. E.:

Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school and that shoes fit correctly. Indoor kit should consist of shorts, pumps and t-shirt. Long trousers, sweat shirts and suitable outdoor sports shoes for outdoor lessons. P.E. lessons will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.


Homework, as usual, will be given out on Monday /Tuesday and returned to school on Friday. Numeracy and literacy homework will be sent home on alternate weeks.  All homework will be based on the previous week’s class work, and most children should be able to complete it with minimal support. In addition, there will be an exciting reading challenge (to be set on a half termly basis). More details to follow. 

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, and it is important that the children spend a little time each evening practising their spellings and becoming more familiar with the spelling rules.

If you have any questions/concerns please come to see me after school or make an appointment through the office. I look forward to meeting you all during the parent evenings in October.

Kind Regards

Miss E. O’ Donovan


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Contact the School

Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750