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St. Margaret’s C of E Junior School

Year 3

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Picture 1 Class SM1 - Mrs Guest
Picture 2 Class SM2 - Miss Steele
Picture 3 Class SM3 - Mr Collier

Welcome to Year 3!

Autumn Term Round-up


A huge thank you to all of our Year 3 children and parents/carers for all your hard work and support this term.


The second half of our Autumn term has been just as busy as the first!


Year 3 have been investigating volcanoes and earthquakes, finding out how fossils are made and exploring methods for multiplication and division. Be sure to ask your child, ‘what is an earthquake?’, ‘how are volcanoes formed?’ and ‘what kinds of fossils are there?’ to be wowed by their fabulous explanations and answers smiley


We have of course been working up to our fantastic performances of ‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’. I am sure all of our parents and carers will join us in congratulating the children on such an enjoyable performance. I know that all of the Year 3 team were impressed with how quickly lines were learnt and how brilliantly songs were sung. Well done!


Please take a moment to browse through some of our learning below and be sure to check on any key messages.


We hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all fresh-faced and ready to return to school in January,


Many thanks,


Mr Collier, Miss Steele and Mrs Guest

Key Messages

  • Please can we remind all parent/carers AND children that P.E kits should be in school every day. Please ensure your child has the appropriate clothing for both indoor and outdoor P.E as we may need to switch between indoor and outdoor sessions at short notice.
  • Ready for January, please check on your child’s stock of pencils and rulers. It would be lovely to start the term off with every child bringing the correct equipment into school smiley
  • Over the Christmas break we will NOT be setting any Mathletics or English homework. You may wish to continue recording reading in your child’s diary/ practising their times tables so they are not too shocked upon returning to school in January.
  • Finally, this week we have had several parents approach us about the amount of water drank at school. All children have been reminded that they must take responsibility for drinking enough water. Everyone is given plenty of time during early bird, play time, lunch time and towards the end of the afternoon to have a drinks break. May I reassure parents that we will (and do) of course allow children to have their water more frequently should they be suffering from a sore throat or cough.

SM1 having a lovely time reading with their buddies in SM10

We have been learning...

We have been learning... 1 Estimating lengths in Maths.
We have been learning... 2 Spelling on the playground.



In science, we have been investigating which

materials are magnetic as part of our forces topic. 

Tinsel and Tea Towels

What We Have Been Learning This Term...

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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 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.



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.


Reading with our Year 6 Buddies...

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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