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St. Margaret’s C of E Junior School

Year 3

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Picture 1 SM1 - Miss Sangha
Picture 2 Class SM2 - Miss Steele
Picture 3 SM3 - Mr Collier
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Spelling Activities


Please note that from this week, we will no longer be sending home a look, cover, write check sheet with your child’s spellings.


We believe that this wastes unnecessary amounts of paper each week, for an activity which can easily be completed on a scrap piece of paper or in a notebook.


Please see below for a list of great activities and games which can be used at home with your child to aide and enhance their spelling accuracy.


Interactive/ online tools



Activities which do not need a computer

(Your child should be used to these games from our spelling lessons)


  • Pyramid spelling- Start by ordering your spellings from the easiest to the hardest. Look once at your easiest word, cover and write once. Look at your second word, cover and write twice underneath, repeat with your third word- writing 3 times underneath, 4th word- 4 times and so on..
  • Spelling sentences- Ask an adult or older sibling to help you with this. Version 1- your adult reads aloud the spelling word, you must write a sentence using that word. Version 2- your adult reads you a sentence with your spelling word in, you must correctly spell your word.
  • Spelling ping-pong- take one word at a time, work with an adult to spell out your word one letter at a time with each person saying one letter at a time until the word is correctly spelt.
  • Spelling jumble- ask an adult to write out a range of spelling words on a piece of paper- they should write each word correctly AND incorrectly a few times each. Your job is to circle the words which are spelt correctly and correct any mistakes.


Watch us blossom in the Spring Term!


Welcome back to both parents and children, we look forward to sharing our journey through the Sprint Term with you. Please take a look below to see what we have in store for this term. 


In maths, we have been finishing off our unit on multiplication and division. Ask your child about using repeated subtraction for division or the formal method for multiplication to see what we have been up to! This term we will continue our focus on times tables, please ask your child which table they are on - we test every Friday to see who is ready to move up to next table! 


In English, we are looking back to the Victorian times with a classic story by Charles Dickens. So far, the children have been learning all about writing a F.A.S.T description - be sure to ask them what each letter stands for! We have also been looking at the ways in which we can retrieve information about characters through inference and reading between the lines. We are looking forward to sharing with you some of the work they produce, later in the term. 


In our first week back, we have introduced the children to their new topic ‘Illuminating Victorian Britain’ – which looks at what life was like during the reign of Queen Victoria and also delves into how light helps us to see, the formation of shadows and reflective materials. Take a look below for a few photos from our first experiment, where we investigated light sources. 


Please continue to browse our class pages where you will find essential information about homework and other useful links.


Many thanks,


Mr Collier, Miss Steele and Miss Sangha



Key Messages


  •  Please continue to read with your child at least 3 times a week and remember to sign your child’s diary. Lots of children have seen an increase in their ZPD scores and this will continue to improve with your support at home.


  • With our ‘Black Country Living Museum’ trip coming up on Thursday 14th February, look out for a letter coming home soon- please be sure to complete the reply slip and return to school promptly. 


Reminder: Please note below what day your child's P.E lessons are on, we are noticing that some children are not coming into school with the correct kits.

SM1: Monday = outdoor P.E, Friday = indoor P.E

SM2: Thursday = outdoor P.E, Friday = indoor P.E

SM3: Thursday = outdoor P.E, Friday = indoor P.E

Visit to The Black Country Museum

Investigating Light Sources

Investigating Light Sources 1
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Investigating Light Sources 3
Investigating Light Sources 4
Investigating Light Sources 5
Investigating Light Sources 6
Investigating Light Sources 7
Investigating Light Sources 8

Autumn Term Gallery...

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Autumn Term Gallery... 2
Autumn Term Gallery... 3

Reading with our Year 6 Buddies...



Your child's home learning tasks should be recorded by your child in their Home-School Diary and will usually follow the pattern outlined below:



English homework will be set where and when we think it is needed and so this will be dependent on the focus for English lessons for that week. For example, in week A your child may be set a task around sentence openers ready to be used in week B when we write our own stories.


Your child will always be given 1 whole week to complete their task, with homework often being set on a Monday to be returned on the following Monday.



At St. Margaret’s we have invested in a new system called Accelerated Reader- where children will be quizzing on their books once they have completed reading them at home and school. Children can change their reading books daily or when they have finished reading them.


They will then take a short online quiz about each book once they have finished reading it to check their comprehension. These quizzes can only be accessed in school but the children will record their results on their bookmarks so that they can share their progress with you at home. Please see the Accelerated Reader letter sent to parents for more information.


We request that you read with your child at least 3 times a week for 10 mins. Please ensure all reading is recorded in the Home-School Diary and is signed by an adult.

Where possible, please focus on questioning when listening to your child read. Simple questions about the text they have just read will support your child to develop and train their comprehension skills.


Types of question you might like to ask are; Why was the character feeling like that? How do you know that character is feeling that way? Without looking, explain and summarise what you have just read.



Spellings will take place once a week and your child will be sent home with a set of spellings to learn- please use this opportunity to identify the spelling rule with your child and see if they can spell other words using the same rule which might not be on their lists.

Spelling tests will be administered 1 week after spelling lists have been sent home. Scores will be recorded and your child will be encouraged to share them with you after school.

This year, whole class spellings will be taught to ensure all children are learning and revising the spelling patterns and rules assigned to their year group as per the National Curriculum. Any children working below this level will be identified and will join an intervention support group based on their needs and level of knowledge. Please note, this intervention will run as an addition to the main spelling lessons.



Each week, your child's Class Teacher will also set them at least one online mathematics task to be completed at home before the following Monday. Once completed, your child can then access the maths games and other support materials available. The more they play, the more points they can earn towards certificates and the chance to become 'St Margaret’s Mathlete Of The Week'!


Remember, if your child has forgotten their login details, they can be found stuck into the back of their Home-School Diary.


Please also help your child to learn-by-heart all times table facts for the x2, x5, x10 tables (revision from KS1) as well as the x3, x4 and x8 tables. They will need to be able to recall these facts at speed, including their inverse form, for weekly times table tests in school.


Telling the time is also another key area for learning at home. Children in Year 3 are expected to read, show and write the time to one minute intervals on both digital and analogue clocks.


Many thanks for all the great support from parents that our new Year 3s are already receiving with their home learning - it is appreciated by staff and really helps your child to make the best progress possible.


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