The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

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Welcome to our Year 3 page! If your child is in Year 3 please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed below.

Classroom code of conduct


This list was put together by the pupils themselves in the first week of term. All the ideas came from the children themselves, and they know they must do their best to abide by them.

  1. 1. We work hard and try our best. We don't give up

    2. We listen to and respect eachother.

    3. We work as a team and are kind to each other.

    4. We have fun and make memorable experiences

    5. We are confident and share ideas.

    6. We respect our classroom and our resources.




For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please see below.

Curriculum Map Summer Term

Year 3 Half Term Learning Grid Summer 2


Our Curriculum this term

Our main learning context this term is The Tudors. During this history topic will be finding out about the Tudors. We will learn about the reign of Henry the VIII and the power that this Tudor monarch had. We will use a range of sources to find out about his actions during his reign including his marriages and the reformation. The children will also learn about the differences between the lives of rich and poor people in Tudor times. We will learn about what diseases and illnesses there were and what Tudor crimes and punishments were like. Year 3 will also be visiting Kentwell Hall towards the end of term, where the children will be able to dress up as Tudors and immerse themselves in everyday Tudor life!


During our exciting DLG sessions we will be reading  'The Iron Man'. We look forward to discussing the book and sharing our thoughts and opinions.


In Science the children will be learning about the parts of a flowering plant and what their different functions are. They will learn about the conditions affecting plant growth and investigate how water is transported in plants. Also in science the children will be developing their understanding of light and shadows. They will be identifying light sources and learning that light is reflected off things that we see and that darkness is an absence of light. They look at the transparency of various materials and how shadows are formed. Both topics will include a number of scientific investigations


In Design and Technology, the children will be designing and making a Tudor purse which will involve them learning a variety of sewing techniques. In Art, Year 3 will be looking at Tudor portraits and in particular the work of Hans Holbein. They will be creating their own portraits in this style, using drawing and painting techniques.


In Literacy during the first half term we will be reading the story of 'The Tantrum that Saved The World'.  This is a story about a child called Sophia who gets visited at her home by a variety of people and animals that need her help. Global Warming and Climate Change are effecting their homes and lives and so they come to Sophia for help. At first Sophia is unsure how she can help but soon realises that she can be a change-maker and help improve the lives of the climate refugees. The work we will be doing will focus on the plight of these people and animals and Sophia's reaction to them. We will complete a range of writing linked to the themes of the story exploring the important environmental issues and how we can be change-makers too just like Sophia!



We teach cursive handwriting in school, forming letters in the style that can be found in the link above. Every lower case letter starts on the line, shown by a red dot.



Our DLG text this term will be 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. We look forward to discussing the book and sharing our thoughts and opinions.




Please try to hear your child read and record it in their red reading record. We ask the children to use these reading records in school so please ensure that children bring their book bag and reading record book everyday. Some children in Year 3 are developing their independence in reading and may want to read on their own. This is to be encouraged if they are reading fluently but will benefit from some discussions about the book with you afterwards. Please see the link above to a suggested reading list for children in year 3.


The children will have a spelling test and a times table test each week. The spellings and times table homework will usually be sent home on a Friday. Spellings will be sent via parent mail each week and the children will be given a times table  to  practise in their yellow homework book. Spellings and times tables are best worked on little and often. If children can practise for 5 or 10 minutes every day, it will be more beneficial than one long session. Miss Garrill will check and mark spelling and times table practise in the yellow homework books.


Home Learning Projects

Children will be receiving information about their homework research project during the first week of each half term. There is a link to the homework grid and key skills above. Alongside their weekly reading, DLG, spelling and times table homework they will be expected to complete at least 3 pieces of extended research work linked to our science project on Light and Shadows. The children are required to spend time each week researching their chosen tasks and will be asked to present their work in class at the end of this half term.




Activities outside the classroom


Here is a list of the activities that take the children outside the classroom this term

  • Swimming every Tuesday morning for 10 weeks, during the summer term. Please remember to bring your swimming kit.
  • PE will be every  Thursday afternoon. Please remember to bring your PE kit on a Monday so it is always to hand – and always have a bottle of water in class.
  • Educational visit to Kentwell Hall - dressing up as Tudors.
  • Visits to the Wild Wood



This term, the class gardeners will be keeping the garden tidy of weeds and harvesting the fruit and vegetables that have grown.


Classroom activities



Topic work

The children will be working very hard this term on a range of activities across the curriculum. Where possible this will be based around our main topics of The Tudors in History and Light and Shawdow in science. Also Global Warning and Climate Change in Literacy. So if you have any books, information or relevant objects, children are welcome to bring these in to support our learning.



As they are growing up fast, we are currently helping them to develop their independence in school. It would really help your child if you could begin to allow them to come into school on their own as soon as they feel ready to do so. Thank you for your cooperation in this.

Open classroom


Every Friday afternoon we have an 'Open Classroom' where you are most welcome to come into the classroom and look at our displays and look at your child's workbooks. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about any aspect of school life. If you ever have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact of the Year Three TEAM!