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Harthill Primary School

‘A school at the heart of its village’

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


Who's Who




                                Mrs Tordoff                                                             Mrs Booth

                              Class Teacher                                                         Class Teacher


Learning Support Assistants:



                                   Mrs Pridmore                                                Miss Dodds



                                       Mrs Mann                                                   Mrs Horan                           






Ways to help your child


This term our focus for homework is on basic skills.  We feel that these are really important and will help the children for the rest of the year.  We’re also aware of the fact that time can sometimes be of a premium and therefore wanted to make it more manageable.


Learning spellings can be tricky, help your child by spotting patterns in the words, writing them in different colours, playing games like Hangman and singing out the letter, anything to make it fun! If your child has mastered the spellings early try encouraging them to find the definition in a dictionary or use a thesaurus to extend their vocabulary knowledge.  Spellings will be given out weekly, each  Monday, and the children will be expected to return their spelling sheet on a Friday ready to be tested the same day.


Reading: Reading is the key to all learning, by supporting your children read, sharing a book together and talking about the characters, events and the authors language choices, you will aid them build their confident which will extend to all areas of the curriculum. Reading for at least 10 minutes together and recording a comment would help us to see how they are getting on at home. Please feel free to write about other books you and your child read together. They could read all forms of writing, including instructions or magazines alongside their reading books.  Read yourself (even if it is the newspaper) this will encourage your child to want to read, as they will see you modelling and enjoying this activity. We would like children to read at home 3 times a week and for a parent/carer to sign their reading diary.  Volunteer in school will check reading logs, and all children who read 15 or more times over half term will receive a prize before the holidays.  Reading logs will be checked weekly on a Monday.


For Maths, a fast recall of times tables if very important to help children with all areas of their learning.  For this reason we’d like the children to practise the times tables for their year group, forwards and backwards. In Year 3 we will recap 2s, 5s and 10s and then focus on multiplication of 3s, 4s, 8s over the year. We will look at fact families to secure our knowledge, for example 5 x 4 = 20 4 x 5 = 20, 20 divided by 5 = 4. It would also be beneficial to practise counting in 10s, 100s and 1000s from any number.  Fun online games can be found at



Handwriting:  We will also be sending a ‘handwriting guide’ that can be used to copy and practise letter formation.  This will include a line guide, which can be placed under a piece of plain paper to practise whenever the children have time.  We won’t be expecting to have these handed in, as teachers will see the skills transferred into the children’s writing in their books at school.  To support your child games like scrabble and hangman help consolidate the position of letters, giving the meaning of words and encouraging your child to guess the word or finding the letter patterns and how they change (the ‘rule’) will also enable a deeper understanding of the spellings. 

Summer term


What a busy first half term we have had in Year 3.

The story study this term is called ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King Smith. This fitted in nicely with our ‘Beep Beep’ road safety day, as the story is about a clever hedgehog called Max who finds a way for all hogs to cross over the road in safety.


In science we have been learning about living things both plants and animals.  This learning will continue after the holidays, so far we know what the characteristics of  living things are and have researched life underground, to produce non fiction writing, concentrating on subheadings and paragraphs.  


In art we continue the living things topic and have focused on Monet’s ‘Water lilies’ painting. Take a look at our research in the school corridor. We all think it looks amazing.




In maths we are learning how to complete the formal method of multiplications, understanding time, and solving elapsed time problems even using Roman numerals! 


We still need to concentrate on our timetables, those 8’s are proving to be tricky.



In English we are improving our writing, using paragraphs, subheadings and adding detail through adjectives, adverbs, and subordinating conjunctions.  We know from our author Dick King Smith that we need to keep the reader interested.  Spellings will still be handed out on Monday to be tested the following week.


Wider focus


Year 3 are famous!  It all started with a mysterious package from London on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. We had been sent a message from St Martin in the Field, London.  We started the ball rolling for an art exhibition to be displayed in London.   We all wrote a message of hope and peace (which nearly made Miss V cry!), and then we carefully followed origami instructions to make a dove. Our birds will flock together with others, 2,000 in total.  Look at the link:   



Next half term we will be putting on our 'enterprise heads', here we come Allan Sugar!

We would like to raise funds to adopt a class hedgehog, more details to follow. 


Key dates



KS1 Sports Day





11.7.17 - 20.7.17

Transition into Year 4



End of term!

Big Maths Beat That Sheets (100seconds to complete)