Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 3


Teacher: Miss Adler

TAs: Miss Payne and Miss Idowu


Welcome to the Spring Term and Happy New Year!


I hope you’ve all had a lovely break and feel refreshed and ready for the year ahead. I am very excited to introduce Miss Idowu who will be supporting in the class as well as Mrs Payne.


Our set curriculum this term is as follows:

English:  This term year 3 will be exploring the Big Question: Where would you like to live? They will read an information book about different countries, identifying similarities and differences between the lives of children around the world. They will then go on explore and compare legends such as ‘The dragon slayer’.

Reading: Children read daily in ‘guided reading sessions’. They also read 1-1 with an adult during the week.   

Maths: In Maths we will continue to work through the new ‘Maths Essentials’ by Hertfordshire covering key skills such as multiplication and division.

Science: For science this term, students will be learning about Light. They will have opportunities to do their own experiments to answer enquiry questions about these topics.

Computing: The children will be working with a coding program – espresso coding.  They will learn how to create their own simple game by coding.

RE:  The students will be looking at the life, times and stories of Jesus. 

PE:  Students will have Swimming on Wednesday and PE on Friday. Please ensure your child has the correct kit.

Topic/ Art:  Our Topic is ‘The Stone Age’ in History for the first half term. We will then look into the big question ‘Where on earth are we?’ in Geography. 

Music:  In Music all the learning is focused around one song: Three Little Birds. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, elements of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked. 

MFL:  In Spanish, students will be developing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  They will be revising numbers up to 20 and colours and learning basic conversation. 


Homework remains similar to last term. Students will receive their homework and spelling words on a Wednesday. This will be due back completed by the following Monday. They will also be tested on their spelling words on a Monday. Also, please ensure you do read with your child for a short time, every night and remember to sign in the book so that we know the book needs to be changed.


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Miss Adler

Year 3 Spring Timetable 2020

Year 3 Termly overview

 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.