Year 3 Autumn Term 1

Welcome to Year 3 from myself and Mrs Smithson-Shaw.

We hope you have had a fantastic break over the summer and are looking forward to a new school year. It is an exciting time for Year 3 as they begin their journey in the juniors (Key Stage 2).

This term we are learning lots of new things. Below is an overview of some of the things we are learning about this half term.

Topic Overview



In Year 3 there is a lot more Homework than in KS1 as their is a higher expectation from the children.


Please encourage your child to read every day and ask them questions based on what they have read. The National Literacy Foundation found that just 10 minutes of reading each day leads to a child being 13x more likely to read at or above their expected level and makes a dramatic difference to their educational attainment. Please write in your child’s Homework and Reading diary every time they read so we can continue to monitor their reading.

Times Tables

In class we are following a programme called Times Table Rockstars. Every day the children are completing between 50 and 60 times tables and related division problems to help build up their fluency and accuracy. Each week we focus on a different specific times table which are:

Week Beginning 25th September – 3 Times Table

Week Beginning 2nd October – 4 Times Table

Week Beginning 9th October – 5 Times Table

Week Beginning 16th October – 3, 4 and 5 Times Table

On Wednesday each week, we will also have our weekly times table test based on the same focus times table. Please help support your child learning their times tables.

Sum Dog and First News

Each week, on a Thursday, I will be setting either English or Maths homework. English homework will mainly be set through First News and Maths homework will mainly be set through Sum Dog. These are online websites adapt homework to the child’s individual ability level.

Each child has their own unique individual log in to access these websites and homework will be due for the following Thursday. This homework is not optional since it is vital the children are getting extra practice at what they are learning in school.

Creative Homework

Each half term, the children will be set some creative homework which is completely optional, however, 25 Dojo points will be awarded for each task completed. These are aimed at allowing the children to show their creative side and also to get out in the outdoors with the family. Below is this half terms creative homework due Wednesday 25th October 2017.

Homework Grid Autumn 1


On Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon we will be teaching PE, therefore your child will need their full PE kits in school on those days (all items named).  Also if your child wears earrings these will need to be removed at home or your child will need to remove them before PE.  Unfortunately we are unable to take out earrings.