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Year 3

Updated October 2022

Welcome to Year 3!

Year 3C are taught by Miss Cherry and 3S by Mrs Stone. They are supported by Yvonne and Katrina.

Year 3 can be contacted via email:  year3@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk


 Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful break with your family and friends and feel refreshed ready for the final term of Year 3. This term is going to be filled with engaging topics where we will be looking at the designer Vivienne Westwood, the Indus Valley civilisation and the wonderful world of plants!

In English, we will be exploring texts such as The Village that Vanished and Firebird and engaging with our final class novel The Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley. We are really looking forward to all the creative writing opportunities these stories are going to give us. In preparation for Year 4, please continue to help develop your child’s love of reading by hearing them read as often as possible and discussing the books and poetry you have read with them. Please ensure you are recording your child’s weekly reading in the Guided Reading section of their Pupil Handbook. As we look at more complex spelling patterns, daily practice of their spellings will also help your child greatly so please make sure you remind and support them with this. Doodle English and Doodle Spell are great ways for your child to practise their spellings and grammar in a fun and engaging way. They should continue to use the same login for this which can be found at the front of their Pupil Handbook.

In Mathematics, we will be continuing our topic of Fractions for the first part of this term before moving on to Time. It is vital that your child is continuing to learn and revise their times tables and division facts as often as possible. This will allow them to confidently progress in their Maths this term and help prepare them for the Year 4 Times Table check. Your child can continue to practise their times tables using Times Tables Rockstars  All other maths learning can be consolidated using Doodle Maths. This is an intuitive programme that will set the tasks for you based on areas of strength and development. As above, their logins can be found at the front of their Pupil Handbook.

Our history-based topic for the first half of the Summer term is How are we influenced by designers? This is where we will be looking at the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and how fashion can be eco-friendly. We are really looking forward to working creatively and looking at the sustainable side of fashion which will culminate in our Punk Day! Throughout the topic, we will look at our role as citizens and reflect on our wider world by looking at the Sustainable Development Goals linked to Good Health and Wellbeing, Gender Equality, Responsible Consumption and Production and Climate Action. We are also thrilled to be heading to the Victoria and Albert Museum in May. In the last half term of the year, we will be studying the Indus Valley and exploring the question: What can we find out about ancient civilisations from what they left behind? We will be looking at how they planned their cities and what it was like living during this time. We have a great interactive museum visit planned to help us bring this topic to life! Our Art lessons will also be linked to our topic of sustainable fashion where we will be creating our own eco-friendly accessory.

In Science, for the last term of Year 3 we will be growing our knowledge on Plants and will learn how to observe changes over time. We will be developing our learning with a trip to Paradise Co Op, hopefully the sun will be shining! We are really looking forward to our Science topic being so hands-on and collaborative this term! Encouraging your child to question the world around them, make observations, asking them what they predict could happen and why will support their learning in Science.

We are continuing with our recorder lessons this half term. The children have made such brilliant progress so far this year so we hope their enthusiasm and passion continues this term! Please ensure that the recorders are travelling between home and school every week, as without them the children cannot get the full benefit of the specialist Music lessons.

AM Sports will continue to lead our PE lesson each Tuesday and we are so excited to start our swimming lessons on Wednesday. We cannot wait to dive in!

Madame Clark will continue to teach French to each class fortnightly - parfait!

We would like to thank you for all the support you have given your child in the Autumn and Spring term. We appreciate your continued participation and we are looking forward to even more engaging learning as we head towards warmer, lighter summer days!

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to email our Year 3 address.

Key Learning

You can find out about our approach to all our subjects through the curriculum page but the headlines for the year  group are below.


Children can maintain positive attitudes to reading and understanding by:

  • I can continue to read and discuss a wide range of age appropriate fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
  • I can increase my familiarity with a wide range of books including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, and books from other cultures and traditions
  • I can recommend books I have read to my peers, giving reasons for my choices
  • I can identify and discuss themes and conventions in writing
  • I can make comparisons within and across books
  • I can prepare  poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience

Children can understand what they read by: 

  • I can check that the book I am reading makes sense  and I can discuss my understanding and explore the meaning of words in context
  • I can ask questions to improve my understanding
  • I can draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justify inferences with evidence
  • I can predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • I can discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • I can distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
  • I can retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction
  • I can participate in discussions about books building on their own and others' ideas and challenging view courteously



By the end of Y3 a child should be able to write down their ideas with a reasonable degree of accuracy and with good sentence punctuation.  They are beginning to understand the skills and processes that are essential for writing: that is, thinking aloud to explore and collect ideas drafting, and re-reading to check the meaning is clear. Common words are spelt correctly including exception words and other words that have been learnt. 

  • I can begin to create setting, characters and plot in narrative piece
  • I am beginning to organise paragraphs around a theme.
  • I can use simple layout devices in non-fiction texts –e.g.  headings and sub-headings to aid presentation.
  • I can express time, place and cause using conjunctions [for example, when, before, after, while, so, because], adverbs [for example, then, next, soon, therefore], or prepositions [for example, before, after, during, in, because of]
  • I can use the present and past tense mostly correctly and consistently
  • I am beginning to make deliberate ambitious word choices to add detail
  • I can use full stops and capital letters (including for proper nouns) question marks and exclamation marks correctly
  • I am beginning to use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech
  • I can use commas to separate items in a list.
  • I am beginning to use subordinate clauses
  • I can use ‘a’ or ‘an’ correctly
  • Use of the present perfect form of verbs instead of the simple past  [for example, He has gone out to play contrasted with He went out to play]
  • I can form nouns using a range of prefixes [for example super–, anti–, auto–]


  • I can spell some of the year 3 and 4 spelling words correctly


  • I can use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are left unjoined.

Greater depth (working above the national expected standard)

  • I can confidently use conjunctions, adverbs or prepositions to express time, place or cause
  • I can organise paragraphs around a theme
  • I can use the present tense and past tense correctly and consistently
  • I can choose ambitious words

Statutory spellings


Autumn  1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

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 Year 3 Maths Objectives



Animals including humans

Rocks and Soils

Light and Shadow



 How did the Roman invasion affect British life?

How did the Windrush generation influence British Culture? 

What makes a good community?


 We set homework in Key Stage 2 in the following ways:

  • Spellings - bring handbook to school as usual
  • Guided Reading - bring handbook to school as usual
  • Literacy and Topic - Google Classroom
  • Talking Homework - Google Classroom
  • Maths - TTRS (Times Tables Rock Stars) and Mathletics

Students without digital access will get paper copies (need to return book)

You can access our guide to google classrooms or if you have any technical or password issues please email techsupport@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk   

Days to remember

Day Activity

Spelling test (and new spellings given out)
Art lessons 


Homework turned in on Google Classroom (TTRS and Doodle daily practice included)

Times tables practice

PE kit to school

Recorder brought in to school (to be taken home on the same day)


Swimming lessons. Wear PE kit to school and bring swimming kit in a labelled bag. 


 Guided Reading homework completed in Pupil Handbooks and handed in
Homework set on Google Classroom

PE kit to school


Pupil Handbooks given out with new Guided Reading task to be completed and reading recorded

As frequently as possible. Reading, Time Tables Rockstars and Doodle


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