St Michael'sChurch of England Primary School

Sandhurst, Berkshire

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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

Class Teachers: Mrs. Billins (Mon-Wed), Mr Handy (Thurs-Fri)

Support Staff: Miss Ivancic, Mrs. Newman, Miss Crew, Mr. Doward

Spring Term 2023


We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. The children did well least term, getting used to the increased expectations in Key Stage 2, and showing enthusiasm for their learning. The Spring term will present them will a new set of opportunities and challenges; we are sure they will have fun making a success of the term.


What to bring to the classroom 

We will continue to award regular housepoints to children that bring their Super Six stationary to school. The Super Six are:


  • A pencil
  • A Handwriting Pen
  • Pencil sharpener (the type that collects the shavings please)
  • A glue stick
  • a 30cm ruler
  • An eraser


The children may also bring in a few coloured pencils in a small pencil-case, if they wish.




This term will be focusing on Multiplication and Division. We will re-visit Perimeter, and learn about Area.  We will be learning how to use the place value system to carry out arithmetic skills. The children will continue to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills.


How can you help at home? Many children are enjoying using Times-Table Rockstars regularly, and this is being reflected in their learning of the tables. They are showing good progress, and some are on track to learn all their tables to 12x by the end of the term. Well Done! 


Please try to find opportunities to practise everyday maths in the real world: counting coins to find the correct amount working out the correct change; weighing ingredients using scales and reading the time on an analogue clock. 





This term will start with reading and writing around the Swindells novel 'The Ice Palace'. In writing, there will be an emphasis of widening the children's vocabulary and composing well-structured sentences. We will then be writing stories and non-fiction texts based on our Geography topic; Rainforests.



How can you help at home?  Please ensure that your child reads aloud at least 4 times a week. This is absolutely vital if the children are to shine to their best ability; it is the biggest factor in how well your child progresses. The children should bring in their reading record books every day, signed by an adult when they have read. Remember to colour in the stars on their bookmarks each time they have read, so the children can be presented with their reading certificates.




We will be learning about fossils, soil, and light. How was fossils formed? What is soil, and why is it so important? What is light and how do we see? 



The children will be thinking hard in RE this term, learning about Hindu childhood, and considering questions such as "Does Easter make sense without Passover?




PE will continue to be taught on Mondays and Wednesdays; the children should continue to come to school in their PE kit. In Spring term the children will be doing Dance, Volleyball, Gymnastics and Swimming.




Alternating Maths and English homework will be sent home every Wednesday, and should be handed in by the following Monday. All children will be expected to complete their homework by this deadline.


We recommend that children complete their homework earlier in the week, as this gives them time to ask their teachers for help, if it is needed.


Of course, you are welcome to help your child complete their homework, but if they need a lot of help, please let us know, so we can give them further support.


Please remind your child to bring in their homework every Monday (or earlier, if it is completed early) so that homework can be marked and new homework can be issued. 


As always, if you require any further information, please come and chat to the class teacher after school or send an email via the school office



Stone Age Day