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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

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

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

Welcome to a new adventure in Year 3. We hope you had a lovely summer break. We have lots to look forward to this Autumn term and cannot wait to get to know you all. We are feeling enthusiastic about kick starting the year, constructing our class charters together and settling into our new classrooms. We are excited to be in school and continuing with our learning.  We have lots to look forward to this year! 

In English, we will be exploring some wonderful books including Into The Forest and The Frog Prince continued. Please continue to encourage a love of reading by listening to your child read regularly. As your child enters KS2, we are putting an emphasis on reading and will expect your child to read daily, in and out of school. Regular practice of their spellings will also help your child greatly so please make sure you remind and support them with this. 

Learning your times tables, division facts and knowing number bonds to and within 10 are crucial. Having a rapid recall of these number facts will support your child throughout Earlsfield and their entire lives. Your child can practise their times tables using Times Tables Rockstars https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth. They will have their own login that will be stuck into their Pupil Handbook. All other maths learning can be consolidated using Doodle Maths https://students.doodlelearning.com/  This is an intuitive programme that will set the tasks for you based on your abilities. Again, their login can be found in the front of their Pupil Handbook. 

Our first topic in Year 3 is ‘The Romans’ where we will be exploring the question ‘How did the Roman invasion affect British life?’. We will be launching this topic with an immersive Roman Day. After half term, we will move onto the topic ‘How has the Windrush Generation influenced British culture?’ where we will learn about what it was like to be a Windrush passenger and how it has changed and improved British culture.

In Science, we will be exploring and investigating Animals (including humans) in Autumn 1 where we will look at the diets of different animals. In Autumn 2 we will be studying Rocks and Soils, grouping and sorting them by their properties as well as recording information about the different types of rock. Encouraging your child to question the world around them, make observations, ask them what they predict could happen and why will support their learning in Science.

We are incredibly fortunate to  have lessons taught by our specialist teachers in Art, Music, PE and  French. We welcome Mr Osborn, our new Art teacher, who will be based in the Art Studio. This year your child will be learning to play the recorder. They will be bringing it home to practise so please ensure they take good care of this instrument and remember to bring it to school every Tuesday. AM Sports will also lead our PE lesson each Monday (3C) and Friday (3S) Madame Clark will be teaching French to each class fortnightly.

We look forward to working with you to support the children with their reading development. Guided reading will start from Wednesday 15th September and we will share weekly home tasks in your child’s pupil handbook. Weekly spellings will also be shared in these handbooks. Please encourage your child to read and practise their spellings regularly.

We value your support enormously and we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. 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)

Times tables test (and new times tables given out)

3C wear PE kit to school

Daily Doodle Math and English homework


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

Guided Reading homework completed in Pupil Handbooks and           handed in

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

Art with Mr Osborn


Pupil Handbooks given out with guided reading book

3C and 3S to wear PE kit to school

Daily Doodle Math and English homework


Doodle Maths and English homework

Homework set on Google Classroom


3S to wear PE kit to school

Daily Doodle Math and English homework

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


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