Willow Tree Primary School

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Year 3



Year 3 Team

Miss Haslam

Mrs. Beech 

Mrs. Virasamy


Welcome back! We hope that you enjoyed the half-term break.

As always, your child's happiness is very important to me. If you have any concerns, please call in and see me - my door is always open.


In Year 3, we teach children how to become responsible and independent members of Willow Tree Primary School, learning new skills along the way!

Of course it is important that we have LOTS of fun as we learn, and we have some exciting topics to help us do so as well as a range of engaging subjects to broaden our knowledge!

Throughout Year 3 we aim to continue to build friendships, make good choices and show KS2 how truly amazing we are!


This is the part of the website dedicated to YOU -  our wonderful pupils; it is here to support you (and your parents and carers) with your learning. We  have lots of fun and interesting themes for you this Spring Term!

Read below to find out more.....


Our PE days are on a Monday and Tuesday.

Children need to come to school dressed in their PE kits.


Water Bottles

Children can bring a water bottle to school to drink in class but we ask that there are no fizzy drinks or juice. We will send water bottles home each night to be re-filled for the following day. Please make sure your child's bottle is labelled.


Break Times

You may choose to send your child with snack or one can be purchased from our Snack Shack on the day. 



Reading books will be sent home each day for your child to enjoy and their reading record will need to be signed each time that they read with you. Remember - they need to read at least 3 times per week (and have their diaries signed!) to achieve the GAIN award! 


In our daily Steps to Read sessions we will be looking at a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry in our unit of Fairy Stories and Poetry. 

Reading is such an important life skill and we would really like your help in supporting your child  with reading at home. All children will be given a reading book to share and enjoy and a reading diary will be provided to record and sign. It is really important that your child reads regularly at home and that the reading diary is signed to ensure your child is on track to achieve the GAIN Award and rewards planned each term.  

We will be sharing a class story each day and will also be making good use of our time in our new library with each week to promote and foster a culture of reading for pleasure!


Remember - those who read...succeed!

We will continue to follow our daily writing programme 'Read to Write' as we explore 'Jemmy Button' by Valerio Vidali. We will be focusing on writing a return narrative and letters. 

We now use an excellent resource called Spellingframe which will help the children learn key spelling patterns. There are some excellent games to play!

You can access this using the link below and using your child's login details


Also, find below the list of Statutory Spellings for Y3/4. All children should be aiming to spell all of these words by the end of Y4. 

The focus of this half-term will be on fractions. 

These vital parts of the maths curriculum will be helped so much by continued learning of the multiplication tables and support with this outside of school is very much appreciated. By the end of Year 3, children should be able to recite the 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x.

'Times Tables Rock Stars' is an excellent way to engage the children in learning their times tables and also 'Hit the Button' is an excellent timed game and lot's of fun! You can log onto Times Tables Rock Stars with your child's login details, so please ask for these if you do not already have them.


Useful Links - Click on them and have lots of fun!




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Our topic for this half term is Light




We will investigate the following questions:

  • Why do shadows change?
  • What are sunglasses for?


 We will also be studying the work of the famous scientist and inventor Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)


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Our History/Geography topic this term is Rocks, Relics and Rumbles.

This project teaches children about the features and characteristics of Earth's layers including a detailed exploration of volcanic, tectonic and seismic activity.







  Computing Title Display Lettering


In computing this term, we will be continuing to learn how to become Online Detectives. We we learn advanced internet searching techniques to help us to grow as learners. There will be puzzles and challenges to solve along the way!


We will then move onto exploring Rainforests through new Virtual Reality (VR) apps. The children will also create their own interactive learning game for younger children to play.





Nurture, Cherish, Succeed - Physical Education


PE will be on a Monday and Tuesday each week. On these days, children will need to come to school in their PE kits. 


This term we will be developing our skills in Football and Badminton


This half term, Design Technology is linked to our next science topic (Light). We will be developing our knowledge and understanding of electrical systems through our 'Torches' unit of work. 


We will:

  • Learn about electrical items and how they work
  • Analyse and evaluate electrical items
  • Design a product to fit a specific user need
  • Make and evaluate a torch

We will continue to explore Christianity this half term and will be answering the key question:


What do Christians mean by Holy Spirit?


Your child will be set homework each week . This is set every Friday and will be due in the following week. Please ensure that your child completes the weekly homework tasks.



Times Tables Rock Stars: Play

 Homework consists of:


  • Times Tables practise (TT Rockstars)
  • A maths activity
  • Reading 
  • Spelling practise (set on Spelling Frame) 

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Our priority is your child's happiness and well-being. Parents and carers, if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Miss Haslam and the Y3 Team