Year 3 2017 - 2018

Miss O'Donovan

Year 3 class teacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you all had a lovely time over our half-term break and now feel ready to tackle the second half of our Spring Term. 


We will be looking at a number of different texts (both fiction and non-fiction) over the Spring Term. We will begin the New Year by looking at a set of instructions entitled How to Get to Starshine City. The children were gripped when I first shared these instructions, so do not be surprised if you see your child digging in the garden searching for access to this magnificent world. Even though the place itself is fictional, the instructions on how to get there are jam packed with real examples of imperative verbs, fronted adverbials and noun phrases. Over the course of a few weeks, we will build up to writing a new ‘altered’ version of these instructions. The children will then have the opportunity to develop their instructional writing skills by completing a set of instructions to an imaginary city, of their own choice.

We will also look at a text called 'The Caravan' which will give children the opportunity to further develop their descriptive writing skills. 

As it is key to children’s progress, 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.

Our next whole school reading challenge is due back on the 23rd March. This time I will be asking all of the children in year 3 to produce a character description from a book that they have read; describing their chosen character's appearance, personality and traits. Additional guidance shall be given to the children in class.    


This term we will be focusing on multiplication, division and measurement. Through this work the children will become equipped with a range of new problem solving skills, while developing existing ones. During the second half of the spring term we will move onto fractions. We will also set aside time during our lesson starters for work on addition and subtraction, property of shapes and statistics 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 firstly at Animals including Humans and then moving onto Forces and Magnets. Through these units, children will identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; learning how they get nutrition from what they eat. The children will also be able to identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. 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.


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. In addition, we will 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 areas of our learning such as data handling, where appropriate. 

P. E.

P.E. lessons will continue to be taught alongside a specialist PE teacher on a Thursday afternoon, which aims to develop their ability to follow rules of games and play fairly, while maintaining possession of the ball and passing it to teammates when appropriate. Elements of these lessons are then further developed during our Friday afternoon PE lesson.

Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school and that pumps fit. Indoor kit should consist of shorts and t-shirt, while at this time of year long trousers, sweat shirts and trainers are required for outdoor games.


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.

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.

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


Keep up with what goes on in year 3 by following us on Twitter. These photos were taken during one of our Forest Schools sessions with Mr Hadfield. 


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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750