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St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Primary School

St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Primary School

Year 3

Teacher: Mrs McNicholas

Welcome to Year Three.

In our class we encourage everyone to be the very best that they can be.  It is important that everyone feels happy and safe and loves coming to school each day!  Our learning is exciting and challenging as we are developing new and existing knowledge, skills and understanding and we always want to take pride in everything we do.

Now we have made the transition from Key Stage 1, each of us has a responsibility to help one another become familiar with this new environment and the new expectations for a Key Stage 2 pupil. As we continue on the next phase of our learning journey, we know that it is important to develop independence, resilience, confidence and responsibility. We take every opportunity to demonstrate the ‘Secrets of Success’ during our time in school,  pushing ourselves, working hard and trying new things. 

We recognise individual talents and develop confidence so every child is motivated, inspired and enjoys learning.

Autumn Term
During this Autumn term our topic is ‘Tribal Tales’ and we will be travelling way back in history to the time of early  man and discovering what life was like for people living during the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. We are looking forward to an exciting visit to a Bronze Age village where we will be discovering what life was like 1000’s of years ago.
See here for Tribal Tales homework ideas.
Our class text is ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King

Otzi the Iceman Research Homework
Otzi "The Ice Man" Revealed
Ötzi the Iceman facts
DNA Reveals Clues About “Ötzi The Iceman”

Equipment requirements for Year Three
As we are especially looking to developing independence and maturity this year, it is important that all pupils take responsibility for coming to school each day organised and equipped to learn.

  • Pupils should come to class each day with their school reading book and reading record.
  •  Pupils should bring a clean, freshly filled water bottle.
  • Pupils do not require a pencil case as school will provide any necessary equipment providing it is looked after and returned at the end of the day.

Year Three children are also required to have full indoor and outdoor PE kits in school each day.

See uniform requirements for further details.

Home Learning

Spelling lists will be sent home every Monday to be practised throughout the week as they will be tested in class on Friday.

Children are strongly encouraged to read for pleasure on a daily basis, either independently or with support from an adult or older sibling. Please record thoughts, questions and predictions as well as any interesting, ambitious or unfamiliar vocabulary in their reading records.

Other short weekly tasks may include:

  • Engage in a variety of research tasks using a wide range of literacy skills
  • Practice mental and written arithmetic skills 
  • Counting in steps of 2,3,5,10 & 100.
  • Carry out investigative tasks as a follow up to science lessons
  • Engage in a history or geography research task linked to class topics
  • Carry out research tasks in R.E. during linked to ’Come and See’  topic
  • Work on differentiated worksheet to reinforce numeracy work
  • Practise handwriting using joined style and speed writing activities if required.
  • Spend time working on subscription sites to aid basic skills such as: Lexia, Mathswhizz and Timestables Rockstars (website links can be found in ‘Curriculum Links’)

Please do not hesitate to see me if you have any questions or concerns linked to homework.                                                  

Year 3 children no longer receive free fruit in school. As the morning is quite long, I would encourage your child to bring a piece of fruit to school to enjoy during their morning break.

Year Group Expectations
These links provide information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for children in our school.  The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress.





Useful websites for Year 3 Maths

Recommended Reading List
XL Year 3 Maths
Times Table Games
Times Table Games
Teaching Tables
Teaching Time
Teaching Measures
Teaching Money


Please don’t hesitate to pop in if you have any questions.

Mrs McNicholas