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Holy Family Catholic Primary School



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Welcome to Year 3

 Mrs Smith teaches maths, reading and writing every morning.  Mr Bowker teaches computing, music and PE on a Monday and Friday afternoon.  Mrs Leighton teaches all other subjects on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Spelling, handwriting, and times tables are taught every afternoon and this is when we also have our daily prayer and liturgy sessions.  Mrs Bragg and Mrs Stockill are our amazing teaching assistants in Year 3.  

This is our curriculum map for the Autumn Term.

This is our curriculum map for the Spring Term.


Times tables: set on the Times Tables Rockstars website or app.  Children need to complete ten minutes in the garage each week and ten minutes in the studio each month, however, the more they can play, the better they will progress.  All accounts are set to automatic training mode which will increase the difficulty as your child progresses.  You might find it takes a little while for the app to find the correct level for your child.  

Maths: children should work through the levels on the NumBots website/app for at least ten minutes a week.

Spellings: set on a Monday (available on the School Jotter app).  Children will learn these spellings in class, but please could they also practise them every night ready for a test on Friday.

Reading: children are asked to read for 20-25 minutes every day and to complete one reading homework task on Showbie each week.

Grammar: homework will be set on the Active Learn website and parents will be notified via the School Jotter app.  This may not be set every week.



In Year 3, reading becomes a much more independent activity and we strive to foster a love of books through all of our lessons and in the reading books chosen by the children.  

All children who are beyond ORT stage 10 will become a free reader and can choose books from the school library, or choose an appropriate book from home, as their reading book. 

We have digital reading records that can be accessed by parents and school staff on the Showbie website or app.  This means your child's reading record is always in the right place at the right time! Please see the document below for details on using the Showbie reading record.  I am very happy to provide a paper copy of the reading record if you are not able to access Showbie.  If you have a paper copy, please ensure that this comes to school every day.  

Once they have finished their book, children should write a review to include the title and author, the plot and what they liked or disliked about the book.  These can be a voice note or text note on the reading record document in Showbie.  


Reading for treasure rewards

Children are expected to read for ten minutes every night.  Children who read on four or more occasions at home will be entered into a weekly draw to win an exciting prize, as long as their reading has been recorded by an adult in their reading record. 



PE will take place outdoors on Monday and Friday afternoons.  Children will need to have their PE kit in school at all times.  All earrings must be removed before school on these days, unless your child can remove their own earrings, and hair must be tied up.


 Outdoor Day

Tuesday is our outdoor day and we will spend the majority of the day learning outside whatever the weather.  Children are to come to school in clothing suitable for outdoor learning and must bring a waterproof coat.


Useful links


School Jotter:

Active Learn:




Year 3 can be a daunting year as children move from the infants to the juniors.  We are all working under new conditions and understand that children and parents may have concerns.  Please do contact us if you have any questions.

Mrs Smith