St Michael'sChurch of England Primary School

Sandhurst, Berkshire

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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3


Class Teachers: Mrs K. Dossett, Mr R. Handy

Support Staff: Miss N. Ivancic

Learning Support Assistant: Ms M.Milmead


We are so pleased to be welcoming you all into Year 3 and are very much looking forward to getting to know you and your children. As they start their journey into Key Stage 2, we hope that they will enjoy the exciting topics and new opportunities we have planned and they will have the opportunity to show their curiosity and creativity. 


Year 3 Topics

Year 3 will start this academic year focusing on the 'Home and Away' topic in which we will study the journey of adventurer Alastair Humphreys as he cycles from the UK to South Africa. This will be followed by our 'Egyptian' topic which will investigate ways of preserving food and using colour and texture to create art work and understanding ways of life from this ancient civilisation. We will finish the year studying The Stone Age and it's legacy upon modern day Britain.


Autumn 1:

English: We will be reading some of Roald Dahl's books and poems and creating our own characters and adventures, as well as writing diary entries, letters, recounts and explanation texts, and then moving on to writing their own fairy tales. In addition we will focus on handwriting and a new phonics programme to improve spelling. 


Maths: We will be looking at place value and understanding numbers up to 1000, then moving on to addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers using the column method. Revising their x2,x5, and x10 timestables and introducing the x3 and x4.


For our topic: Our Home and Away topic is reading the book The Boy who biked the World based on Alastair Humphreys adventures as he cycled for the UK to South Africa. We will be learning about the physical and human geography of the countries he travels through and his survival skills, as well as understanding more about life in African through art and culture and how it compares to the UK.


PSHE:  It is very important for children to be able to express themselves and share how they are coping, everyone is different and deals with situations in their own ways, so we will be doing a variety of different activities so that everyone feels confident to discuss or share these emotions.


For a more detailed overview, please see the curriculum overview at the bottom of this class page. 



Alternating Maths and English homework will be sent home every week on a Monday and then marked the following Monday. Please remind your child to bring in their Homework book every Monday so new English or Maths sheets can be stuck in!


In addition to this set homework, your child should read aloud for about 10 minutes most days and their reading record books and bookmarks signed. Please could you (or encourage your child to) write the number of pages they have read so that we can keep a record for our school reading competition.


It is vital to encourage your child to learn their times tables. By the end of Year 3, all children must be able to recall their multiplication and division facts for the 3x, 4x and 8x tables in addition to the 2x, 5x and 10x tables that they would have learnt by the end of Year 2.


Class PE

PE will take place on a Wednesday PM with Mr Louis and Friday AM with the Mr Handy.  We will continue to allow children to come to school wearing their PE kits - please ensure the correct school PE kit is worn by the children. Earrings and watches must be removed prior to each PE lesson.


Useful websites


Writing Inspiration

Spelling Help

Times Tables


Maths Salamanders

Natwest MoneySense

Oxford Owl for home

Interactive teaching clock

Maths Interactive Teaching Programs

Story Book Collection Apps


Useful Information