The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3


School councillors

Philippa & Zak are delighted to be our School Councilors this year.
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.

Our Class Agreement


  1. We work hard, never give up and try our best.
  2. We listen to each other and show respect.
  3. We look after our resources and take care of our environment.
  4. We are kind and caring to others and show empathy.
  5. We always look on the positive side.





For curriculum information please see below.

More Reading book ideas for Year 3


Our Curriculum this term

This term in Literacy, we will be completing some very exciting reading and writing projects. The children will be reading playscripts and learning about how to set them out correctly. They will be writing their own playscripts and performing them. We will also be reading biographies and writing our own. The children will research a well known person that they are interested in or inspired by. They could choose to research all about a particular scientist, a sports person or maybe an artist and then they will write a biography for that person.



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.


This term 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 will look at the transparency of various materials and learn about how shadows are formed. Also 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. 


This term in History we will be learning about The Tudors 

The children will be finding out about the Tudors through the story of Henry VIII. 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.


In Art, Year 3 will be looking at Tudor portraits and will be creating their own portraits using drawing, painting and collage techniques. 





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.





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
  • 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, Shadows and Plants 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!