Welcome to Year 3

Welcome to our Year 3 page. Here you will find useful information about our termly curriculum, PE days, homework expectations and useful websites.

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Our 2020/21curriculum map can be found here: Year 3 2020-2021

We use our CLIC values to help us to learn to the best of our ability. We believe that every child has the right-

CLICC– to be a confident communicator

L– to learn

I– to improve their health

C– to be part of a community

At Netley Abbey Junior School, these ideas underpin all of our learning. With this in mind, please take some time to see what we have been up to in class.

If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please feel free to talk to our class teachers in the first instance who should be able to answer any queries. After talking to the class teacher, if there are any further enquires, they can be directed toward our head teacher.

Our Learning

Summer Term 2021

On Monday, we were left clues in the forms of similes to help us work out who the mystery character is in our new text…and it is The Iron Man! We are studying this famous text by Ted Hughes alongside other machine and robot texts. We are looking forward to exploring machine mechanisms in DT and magnets in Science to help us make links in our learning and bring our knowledge of the wider world into our English work.

In Mathematics, we are using addition and subtraction strategies to solve problems using measures, including using the inverse to check our answers. We are excited to practising our new skill of column method!

We will continue to work hard on our times tables and the division facts that go alongside these. We are learning our 4 and 8 times tables this term.

Geography is all about mountain and hills this term! Do you know how mountains are formed? Do you know the difference between a mountain and a hill? Just ask Year 3 and they will explain it to you using technical language!


Spring Term 2021

This term we are studying the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age! We whizzed back 2.6 million years ago to the Stone Age in our time machine and we are now ready to explore!

We are studying the story of Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. It has lots of helpful information about what it might have been like to be a child living in the Stone Age to help us with our History, too!

In Maths, we are consolidating place value of numbers to 1000 and using these skills to add and subtract.We will be reading word problems linked to our work on mass and capacity and using the language carefully to help us solve them. We will be trying expanded column method as a new strategy.

In Science, we are investigating different kinds of rocks and soils. This will help us make links to our learning in English and History.

We are going to become great researchers!

Autumn Term 2020

What a great start to life at Junior School! We have had to learn lots of new rules and expectations, and we are trying hard to follow them so we can follow the Netley motto of being “The Best We Can BE”

We are really enjoying reading “Meerkat Mail” by Emily Gravett, and following Sunny’s adventures as he tries his best to find a place where he belongs on his journey.


We are researching and writing fact files about meerkats and we have found out some really interesting facts!

In Geography, we are learning the location of the seven continents and five oceans. How many continents have you visited?

In maths, we are making sure we have a good understanding on ten and ones, then hundreds, tens and ones so we can be confident with place value.

Meet our Teachers

SEAVIEW CLASS               Miss Wells – Progress and Attainment Lead

WESTWOOD CLASS         Mr Oliver – Class Teacher

PRIORY CLASS                 Miss Huskins – Class Teacher

Physical Education

The children need their full PE kit in school every day including trainers. We will send PE kits home every Friday to be washed and they must be returned to school each Monday please.

Earrings must be removed.

All PE is currently being taught outside.PE

Our PE days are-

Seaview – Tuesday and Thursday

Priory – Tuesday and Wednesday

Westwood – Wednesday and Thursday

Homework will be set every Friday and must be completed by the following Wednesday.

Each Friday, the homework for the week will be posted on Seesaw and the teachers will check on a Wednesday that all the children have posted their responses.

Each week, a Year 3 child is expected to complete:

  • READING Read at least 5 times a week and record a response in their reading record (this could be wriiten by a child or the adult reading with them)
  • SPELLING Each child will receive 6 spellings a week that they will be tested on each Wednesday. Teachers will also check that the children are using these spellings in their class work and not just learning them for a test!
  • ARITHMETIC Each half term, Year 3 will be set key number facts to learn. They will have been taught them in school to be practised at home. You can do this as often as you like! Car journeys are good for practising these mental recall skills!
  • TIMES TABLES The children can log in to Times Tables Rock Stars to practise the multiplication tables set for them by their teacher. We may use other games and ideas to help them through the term.
  • MATHS OR ENGLISH The children will be set either a piece of Maths OR English each week to complete based on class learning or a particualar skill they would benefit more practise of.

Spelling Homework

Year 3 are currently revising key word spellings from Years 1 and 2, moving onto Year 3 statutory spellings once they are confidently using their Year 1 and 2 spellings in their classwork.

Each child will receive 6 spellings each week to practise in a spelling homework book. They may practise on Seesaw as well if they wish. These spellings will be tested each Wednesday, and the class teachers will check the children are spelling the words correctly in their class work, too.

Once the children have built up 50 correct spellings over the term, they will receive their Bronze Spelling Award.

Times Tables

Please continually practise your child’s times tables with them over the year. May we remind you of the government expectation that children should know all times tables up to x 12 by the end of Year 4. With this in mind, it is important children consolidate their learning regularly at home in order to meet age related expectations.

In Year 3, we learn the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5, 10, 3, 6, 4 and 8 times tables.

Thank you for your continued support with your child’s homework. If you do have any queries please do not hesitate to speak to one of us directly.

Recommended Reads

Many parents have asked if we can recommend age-appropriate challenging texts for their child.

Below are links to two book lists of ‘recommended reads’ which are suitable for Year 3 Readers and for More Able Readers:

SLS Booklists Able Readers at KS2

Year 3 Book list

Grammar Guide for Parents

This useful guide is an excellent tool when helping children with their homework or revising key grammar vocabulary:

A Parents_Guide to grammar