The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Happy New Year 

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School councillors

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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.

Curriculum Spring Term

Year 3 Homework Project - Half Term Home Learning Grid Spring 1

More Reading book ideas for Year 3


Our Curriculum this term


Our main learning context this term: Brazil and The Rainforest. 

During this Geography topic, the children will be introduced to the diverse and unique culture of Brazil. They will be encouraged to compare the geography of Brazil to that of the UK. The children will begin by studying the human and physical features of Brazil before placing Brazil in the wider context of the world and South America. They will investigate the many differences between urban and rural Brazil and case study the lives of people living within Rio de Janeiro. The children will also learn about the different layers of the Rainforest and the animals living within those layers. They will explore issues such as deforestation and issues affecting local indigenous tribes. 



In Science , we will be learning about rocks, minerals and soil. Children will investigate and compare different rocks and soil types. They will explore the characteristics and uses of different rocks and how you can separate particles in soil samples. The children will also develop their understanding of how to plan and carry out a different tests.



In Literacy during the first half term we will be reading the story of 'The Great Kapok Tree'.  We will complete a range of writing activities linked to the themes of the story and also be developing our skills of writing imaginative setting and character descriptions.



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.



During our exciting DLG sessions we will be finishing  'The Iron Man' and then moving on to discussing 'The Tempest'. 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 geography project on Brazil and The Rainforest. 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
  • 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 Brazil in Geography 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!