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St. Margaret’s C of E Junior School

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 Autumn Term Topic - The Stone Age

Autumn Term

For the first couple of weeks of term we are using ‘Can I Build Another Me’ by Shinsuke Yoshitake as our learning focus.

All classes in the federation are basing their lessons on this beautiful book, with fun and interesting learning planned.


The Year 3 autumn term topic is The Stone Age. In History the children will learn about hunter gatherers, early farmers and stone age drawing and will write stories and poetry in English inspired by the book Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.


Maths lessons are starting with extending place value knowledge and will move on to addition and subtraction. In Science lessons, the children will be studying rock/soil types and volcanoes. Children are also having their first French lessons on greeting others.



At St Margaret’s, we ask that pupils read daily at home, read to an adult at least three times a week and that this is recorded in their home school diary. We use the Accelerated Reader programme, enabling children to access the most suitable range of reading books for them to improve their comprehension skills. It also allows them to take on-line quizzes, in school, about the books they have read. Year 3 will be set up on this system by Friday 17th September and the following week, you will receive a letter with further information about reading ranges (known as a ZPD) and quizzing.



All children should wear the correct uniform, including proper black school shoes. Long hair should be tied back and hair accessories should be purple or black. Nail varnish is not permitted. Children are allowed to wear earrings (small studs only) to school. If they do so on days they have PE, they must either bring in plasters, from home, to cover them or take the studs out during the lesson. They are responsible for doing this themselves. Our suggestion is that they do not wear their earrings to school on PE days. Please ensure all uniform is named for ease of return when items are left on the playground/classroom etc.


Homework & School Diaries


We use on-line programs for English and Maths home learning. Children will be given log in details to stick in their diaries so they can access them at home. If your child does not have access to a computer or tablet, please let us know by emailing the year group email address. We will also send letters to help home adults with getting children started on these websites in due course. Please check your child’s diary every week to see what homework has been set and for occasional messages (which we will also text home). Please can a home adult sign your child’s diary weekly. Staff will check diaries every Friday. Pupils can earn a housepoint if reading is recorded at least 3 times every week. At St Margaret’s we allow either home adults or pupils to record their reading. If you are busy, please encourage your child to write the book title and the page numbers they have read that evening.


Click here for Mathletics Login

Click here for Study Ladder Login

Click here for Times Tables Rock Stars Login



On outdoor PE days, please send your child to school in their outdoor PE uniform. This is black jogging bottoms/leggings/shorts with a white round-neck t-shirt and black zip-up hoodie with trainers. Please refer to our federation Sports Uniform launch video here.


Is your family eligible for free school meals?

Free school meals come with Pupil Premium Funding. This funding enables the school to provide extra support such as interventions, access to clubs and additional teaching resources. The school will also provide parents/carers with a £50 budget that you can use to support your child’s education in any way. For example, to pay for school or external clubs, uniform or trips. Families who receive the following are eligible for free school meals: income support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), income-related employment and support allowance (ESA), guarantee element of state pension credit, Universal Credit (with an annual income of less than £7,400). Please follow the link to apply online


Snacks and lunches

Unfortunately, free fruit for morning snacks is only provided for KS1 pupils. At KS2 onwards, if you want your child to have a snack at morning break (10am), please send something in with them. As a healthy nut-free school, we ask that this is restricted to things like fruit, vegetables, cheese or bread sticks etc. Please label any snack pots with your child’s name. Please check labelling for nuts: we are a NUT FREE school as some pupils have severe allergies to nuts.


Contacting Us

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need to. You can do this by writing a message in your child’s home school diary (which they will receive next week) - please ask them to show the message to their teacher, by emailing the Year 3 email address or by ringing the school office (we will then call you back when we are free to do so).

Email:  Tel: 01926 426216

Writing Instructions

Inspired by the short film 'Egg Hunt', SM3 tried to move an egg (a marble) using only two spears (pencils). It was really hard!

Storytime with the teachers on the Learning in Action page...

Christian Values

Prayers you might find useful

Reading - Quizzing only available during school hours - access using the link in the document below.


Additional Spelling Activities

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.



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Our Briar Hill and St. Margaret's vision: 'Flourish as a family, love to learn, make memories, shine!' We look forward to seeing our Year 1-6 children on Monday 6th September.