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.

Our main learning context this term is India. During this geography topic we will be learning about where India is and using atlases and maps to develop our understanding of the world and the places in it. We will look at features of the landscape in India and learn about the lives of people who live in there. This will include finding out about the climate, the food eaten, currency used, traditions and culture, languages and religion.


Also in Geography we will be learning about water and rivers. We will investigate water usage, the water cycle, water safety and how countries, that do not have easy access to water, solve this problem.


During our exciting DLG sessions we will be reading an age-appropriate version of 'The Tempest'. We look forward to discussing the book and sharing our thoughts and opinions.


In Science, we will be learning about Rocks and Soil. The children will investigate and compare different rocks and soil types. They will explore what different rocks are used for and what properties make them suitable.



In Design and Technology, we will be designing and making different pizza toppings. In Art, Y3 will be investigating patterns and using painting and printing techniques to create patterns linked to our Geography topic.


Our DLG text this term will be an age appropriate version of ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. 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.


Children will be receiving information about their homework research project during the first week of each half term. 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 geography project on India. 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 Tuesday and  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 Pizza Express
  • 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 India and Rocks in science. 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!