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Excellence Everyday

Year 3 class 2020-2021 

'Excellence Everyday'

'Learn, Live, Laugh and Love Ashurst'

Learn to be inspiring and make a difference to this world, we know how amazing you are,

Live with understanding and compassion for others, knowing we are all different and special in a community where equality stands tall,

Laugh and listen to the enjoyment of learning and excitement of everyone celebrating their achievements,

Love Ashurst, our special school and the hub of supportive staff, parents and children who aim high to be the best they can be.

Our new stars of Year 3! 


Miss J. Fildes

Learning Assistant

Mrs M. Thomspon

 Learning Assistant

Mrs N. Wood



About the class...

Year 3 - Miss Fildes

Learning Assistants - Mrs Thompson and Mrs Wood

Year 3 is an exciting year as the children learn how to be more independent and practice skills to encourage independent learning such as researching on the internet and using books and dictionaries. They are encouraged to solve problems for themselves and rely less on support for day to day tasks. Presentation and handwriting is very important and as the children move into KS2 they learn how important it is to present their work well. Most children will earn their pen by the end of year 3 – but this can only be achieved once they are joining their writing, spelling accurately and presenting their work neatly.

Learning Environment 

We have a safe, caring learning environment where children’s individual talents and achievements are recognised and built upon. Mental health and well-being are high priority in Year 3.  We work hard to support the children to be happy and free from worry and anxieties.  We promote positive self-talk and resilience and guide children through any difficulties they face. 


What do we learn?

We have daily Maths and English/SPaG lessons.  Our English lessons are taught around books such as 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'The Twits' and 'The Iron Man.  We use the text to explore grammatical features and to provide us with inspiration for exploring and writing different text types. We also have reading lessons to help us work on year group reading objectives.  In Maths, we use a mastery approach to enable all children to gain a deep understanding of the unit of work. The activities we complete range from practical to written  to cater for the different learning needs of the children. 


We learn about lots of exciting topics such as the Stone Age, Animal and Humans, Rivers and Coasts, Computer Coding, Painting and Sculpture, Spanish, PE, Playing the Glockenspiel and different Religions. Click on the 'Topic Web' documents, for more information on the exciting learning journey that takes place in Year 3.


Important things to remember: -

  • PE for this year is on a MONDAY and THURSDAY. In line with Covid-19 guidelines, please ensure that your child comes into school wearing their PE Kit on these days. Indoor PE kit is red shorts and white t-shirt. If you choose to send your child into school wearing an outdoor PE Kit, it must be plain black jogging bottoms, white T-shirt and a plain black, long-sleeved top/hoodie.  Children should wear trainers on PE days, not pumps.
  • Swimming usually takes place in the last term of the school year; dates and details will be provided, dependent on circumstances, closer to the time.
  • Weekly homework will be set on Monday and needs to be completed by the Friday. This will usually consist of Times Tables Rock Stars (online), SPAG.com (online), Reading Plus (online) and Spellings, but may at times relate to other subjects. Passwords will be provided again so please do not worry if they have been misplaced.
  • Spellings will be given in the form of a worksheet and will also be posted onto Seesaw.  Unlike expectations for last year, this worksheet will not be sent back into school but rather be kept at home.  Please support your child in learning these spellings at home.  Spelling competency will feed into your child’s writing judgement at the end of Year 3 so it is really important all weekly spelling are learnt well. 
  • We will begin to send reading books home week commencing 14th September 2020. Returned books will go into a quarantined box before being returned to the library. Your child will select a new home reading book from the school library every Monday, if they need to change it.  We encourage the children to read at home every night but at least three times each week. This is part of the homework expectations and we appreciate your support with this. Your child has their own personal reading record for you to record their reading journey. We expect these to be completed every time your child reads their school book. 
  • Topic webs will be sent home in the first week of each half term. Topic webs will inform you of the learning taking place and will provide a list of project homework activities to complete at home.  We are looking forward to you emailing in photos of your wonderful work for our class page on the website. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY PROJECT WORK INTO SCHOOL.
  • Each child can have a water bottle on their desk, please provide these with their name on.
  • Children are asked not to bring any other personal items into school; we will provide all necessary stationery.
  • And finally, we have now set up a new app called SEESAW to facilitate additional homework tasks. This will enable staff to set work, monitor work and provide feedback online.  

Year 3 Long Term Plan 2020-2021

Topic Web -  Summer 1 -  April 2021

Topic Web Spring 2 February 2021

Topic Web Spring 1 January 2021

 2020-2021 Aut 1 Y3 Topic Web.pdfDownload
 Aut 2 Y3 Topic Web.pdfDownload
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Book recommendations for Year 3

 Follow the link below to view a wealth of recommended books for your child in Year 3. 

You will never be short of book suggestions with this site. Children we hope you find something you love.

'The Reader Teacher' - Visit this site to view 100 'must reads' for YEAR 3  https://www.thereaderteacher.com/year3 

Take a look at our exciting learning this year     2020-2021


We have  learnt about the Stone Age.....look at these fantastic projects that have been made at home!


We learnt all about nutrition ....... we have even sorted different foods into their food groups. Now we all know how to stay healthy.

Space Week 2020

As part of Space Week 2020, we learnt all about the Space Race, we even plotted the solar system. Some children now want to be astronauts, how exciting.


To continue embedding our place value skills, we played games with our partners.


After researching the works of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, we designed and sculpted our own Stone Age clay models. These were inspired by different aspects of these modernist artists. What do you think? 

Design and Technology

 Do you think these would win an award on Great British Bake Off? Our vegetable tarts on puff pastry were made after learning all about seasonal vegetables.