Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 3


Teacher: Mrs Strugnell

TAs: Mrs Waller and Mrs Kumar


Welcome to Year Three!


It is so lovely to have the class again and I sincerely hope we manage to get to the end of the school year this time around.


Our topics for this half term are Ancient Egyptians followed by Stone Age through to the Iron Age. During topic lessons in the first half term, children will be learning about the history of Ancient Egypt.


English this year will follow an exciting, new book-based curriculum developed by Hertfordshire.  We are kicking off the year by looking at fables - their features and their meanings.


In Maths, we are following the Herts for Learning curriculum, starting off by investigating Place Value, before moving on to investigating the four operations.  In Science, our topic is currently Forces and Magnets.



PE lessons will take place every Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Please make sure that PE kits are named and at school on these days.



Children will be given a designated day to read with an adult at school. Their books will be changed on that day providing that they have read them with an adult at home. We expect children to read at home three (or more) times each week.  Please sign the reading record provided. Despite having a designated reading day, we ask the children to bring in their folders every day, as this allows us to hear a few “extras” when time permits.


Reading will also be taught by daily guided reading lessons. I will read with a different group each day, whilst the other children either read with an adult or take part in other, reading-based activities such as comprehension or phonic work.



Homework will be handed out every Wednesday and will consist of a maths and a reading/writing activity. The homework needs to be handed back in on the Monday.    Instead, we will be teaching spelling in the classroom so that children are encouraged to spot rules and patterns, instead of simply learning from a list every week.


Thank you for your support. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to me. 

Many thanks,


Sarah Strugnell

Year 3 Autumn Timetable 2021

 In Year 3 we learn to:








  • Comment on the way characters relate to one another.
  • Know which words are essential in a sentence to retain meaning.
  • Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions.
  • Recognise how commas are used to give more meaning.
  • Recognise inverted commas
  • Recognise:

o plurals

o pronouns and how they are used

o collective nouns

o adverbs

  • Explain the difference that the precise choice of adjectives and verbs make.

Our phonic scheme is Letters and Sounds

Our reading scheme is Phonics Bug and Bug club from Pearson






  • Use conjunctions (when, so, before, after, while, because).
  • Use adverbs (e.g. then, next, soon).
  • Use prepositions (e.g. before, after, during, in, because of).
  • Experiment with adjectives to create impact.
  • Correctly use verbs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person.
  • Use perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause.
  • Use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech.
  • Group ideas into basic paragraphs.
  • Write under headings and sub-headings.
  • Write with increasing legibility, consistency and fluency.




  • Compare & order numbers up to 1000.
  • Read & write all numbers to 1000 in digits and words.
  • Find 10 or 100 more/less than a given number.
  • Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100.
  • Recall & use multiplication & division facts for 3, 4, 8 tables.
  • Recognise place value of any 3-digit number.
  • Add and subtract:
  • o   3-digit nos and ones

    o   3-digit nos and tens

    o   3-digit nos and hundreds

  • Add and subtract numbers with up to 3-digits using written columnar method.
  • Estimate and use inverse to check.
  • Multiply 2-digit by 1-digit
  • Count up/down in tenths.
  • Compare and order fractions with same denominator.
  • Add and subtract fractions with same denominator with whole.
  • Tell time using 12 and 24 hour clocks; and using Roman numerals.
  • Tell time to nearest minute.
  • Know number of days in each month and number of seconds in a minute.