The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Picture 1 Miss Garrill Class Teacher
Picture 2 Miss White Teaching Assistant
Picture 3 Mrs McPherson Teaching Assistant
Picture 4 Mrs Northfield Teaching Assistant
Picture 5 Miss Robertson Teaching Assistant

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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. We take care of our equipment and keep our classroom tidy.
  2. We help other people
  3. We listen to and respect each others ideas
  4. We are kind and friendly
  5. We try our best and work hard




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

Our main topic this term is The Tudors.


The children will be finding out about the Tudors through the story of Henry VIII's marriages. We will also find out about other Tudor monarchs and their lives.

The children will also learn about the differences between the lives of rich and poor people in Tudor times. Including what diseases there were and what the crimes and punishments were like.



We will also be visiting Kentwell Hall towards the end of term, where the children will be able to dress up as poor Tudors and immerse themselves in everyday Tudor life!


In Art, Year 3 will be looking at Tudor portraits and will be creating their own portraits using drawing, painting and collage techniques. Also the children will be designing and making a Tudor purse (that they will take to Kentwell Hall) which will involve them learning a variety of sewing techniques.


In Science, we will be exploring what plants need to grow and be healthy. We will be learning about lifecycles of plants and how plants change as they grow. Also in science, we will be learning about how shadows are created and how they change over a day. We will be learning about light sources and in particular the sun. Both topics will include a number of scientific investigations.


We will be continuing to read an age-appropriate version of 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare during our DLG sessions text this term. We look forward to discussing the book and sharing our thoughts and opinions.




Please try to hear your children 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 EVERY DAY. 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.


The children will have a spelling test and a timetable 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 sheet to use to practise their times tables. 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 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 history project on The Tudors. 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
  • 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 topic of The Tudors, 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.