Year 3 2017 - 2018

Miss O'Donovan

Year 3 class teacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday and that the children are ready for the final term of year 3.  We have a busy term ahead of us; from character descriptions, to the life cycle of a flowering plant to Sports Day preparations.   


We will begin our Summer Term work by looking at a character description based on Willy Wonka. As with recent writing work, we will learn to recite this piece of text and once the features of this text type have been fully embedded we will then think about rewriting this character description while making some changes. This will get us to a point where the children feel confident enough to invent and then describe their own character. Grammar, punctuation and spelling work will also continue this term.

In our reading comprehension sessions, 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.

It is really important that you continue to listen to your child reading at least three times a week. Their reading diaries need to be dated and signed by an adult.


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.  


Through our work on Forces and Magnets children will have the opportunity to compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials. 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 history topic called The Romans. Through this topic work the children will learn all about life in Britain during the Roman era. During this term we are also hoping to organise a trip to Chester to explore life in Roman Chester to investigate the Romanisation of Britain (date to be confirmed).


We will continue to develop our skills in programming and presentations; linking our work to other areas of our curriculum, where appropriate.

P. E

The children in year 3 have now begun on a 10 week swimming course. It is hoped that by the end of 10 weeks all children should be able to swim unaided up to 25 metres.

Our Thursday afternoon 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. We are unable to provide cups during 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


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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750