Year 3 Class Page

Welcome to Year 3!
Elm Class & Elder Class

Welcome to our Year 3 page.

On this page, we have information about the Year 3 curriculum, home learning, PE days, and useful websites for both parents and children. 

Mrs Natasha Griffiths

Elm Class Teacher & Performing Arts Lead

Supporting adults in Year 3
Mrs Emma Phillips

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rebecca Morrish

Teaching Assistant

Mr Jack Ryan

Teaching Assistant

Miss Megan Greenway

Teaching Assistant

What are Year 3 learning this term?
Key Dates
Spring Term 2023
Tuesday 3rd January : Non-pupil day. 
Wednesday 4th January : Children return to school. 
Friday 10th February : Last day of term.
Monday 20th February : Children back to school
What are Year 3 learning this year?
PE Days
This term, your child will have two PE lessons a week. Please can you ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit in school on these days, ready to change into.  Hats and sun cream will be required for the summer months, while warmer tracksuits will be required in the winter months.
Elm Class: Thursdays and Fridays
Elder Class: Mondays and Fridays 
Please remember we have a new PE uniform.
Navy shorts, white t shirts, navy or Elburton hoodies.
Thank you for your support.
What spellings do Year 3 children need to know?
As part of the national curriculum, Year 3 children will be tested on their spelling of high frequency words, common exception words, and other set spellings using Read Write Inc spelling formats.
Home Learning Expectations in Year 3
Reading takes priority over all home learning. We expect the children to read aloud to you on a daily basis for 10-15 minutes to:
* develop their fluency,
* give you the opportunity to explain the meaning of new words,
* to check their understanding by asking them questions.
When your child completes a book, they will take a Quiz on our Accelerated Reader platform in school to test their knowledge and understanding of what they have read.  
During the term, the children will have the opportunity to become a Reading Champion.  They will  be awarded a certificate for every set amount of books they read and words they read!
We strongly recommend that you read aloud to your child as much as possible, preferably a more challenging book that they would not necessarily choose or be able to read themselves to. 
We will continue to introduce a new spelling rule every Monday in school and practise it throughout the week. This term, we will be setting all spellings through Spelling Shed as well as sending a sheet for further practise. Spelling tests will take place on Fridays.
Children can also use TT Rockstars to consolidate their mathematical understanding further. It is expected that children practice for at least 20 minutes a week on TT Rockstars where they can also achieve certificates by increase their Rock Status by playing 'Studio Games'.
What is Accelerated Reader and why do we do it?
Accelerated Reader is a computerised programme that is designed to improve children’s reading ability and to raise their reading age. 

The Accelerated Reader Program works by identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which is a selection of books that will not only match their ability, but will also challenge them and develop their vocabulary.

Each child takes an online comprehension test in order to determine their ZPD. Children will be directed to choose books from the class library that fall within this range. When they have finished the book, they will take a short, electronic quiz that assesses their understanding.  It also enables teachers to closely monitor individual reading progress and ensure that children are selecting books that are challenging enough to meet their individual needs. Teachers will have meaningful discussions about a child’s reading: what they have learnt and how we can help them to develop.

Children are encouraged to read through an award system linked to Accelerated Reader which monitors the challenge, quizzes as well as number of words children are reading.

To access a parents guide on the scheme please click on the link below. 

Parents guide to Accelerated Reader 


The top 100 books for Year 3
Times Tables - are crucial!

It's vitally important and a crucial skill that children learn their maths times tables as instant recall of multiplication and division facts.

To learn times tables quickly, then very regular times tables practise is the key, and playing TT Rockstars can help this.

Useful links and resources for parents and children

Top Marks Maths

A web page full of number games and activities


Maths Playground

This is a website full of math games that encourage logical thinking and reasoning. It is the perfect site to help your child develop their mathematical knowledge in a fun and interactive way.


Spelling Shed

This website enables your child to learn their spellings through a fun and interactive way. Their weekly spelling lists will be uploaded to the site each week.



TO login you will require the username and password as follows:

Username - gt1015 and the Password - home.

This is a web site to help your child improve their joined handwriting and help them to master their letter formation. 


Oxford Owl

This is a free website that gives you access to free eBooks that you can share with your child at home.  


Pobble 365

This website gives you a different picture each day and provides you with some question prompts and ideas to help inspire and motivate children to write. 



This website is free to use and has lots of different science activities that you can work through.



Access to online books and the ability to complete Accelerated Reader quizzes linked to your child's AR profile.


Maths Home Learning with the White Rose Maths Hub

A Fantastic website which is linked directly to the maths curriculum at Elburton - children can access tutorials, activities and have the opportunity to check their answers.



Access to 35,000 books online for the children to enjoy and read for pleasure.



Audacity are proving children with the opportunity of listening to stories on their streaming service.  This is normally a payment only site so this is a fantastic opportunity for the children.


DK Information Books

Access to a range of information books and quizzes through the DK website.



Duolingo is an online website for children to continue their French learning whilst at home.