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Year 3


Year 3

"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot, together we can do great things" Mother Teresa


Welcome to Year 3

Welcome to our Year 3 class page. Here you will find all the information you will need for your child's year group and it will give you an overview of what to expect from Year 3 over the coming year.


Reading & Reading Books

Reading Books are changed at least once a week. Books will only be changed if an adult has signed to say they have read the books. In school children will have guided reading in a group once a week and we listen to them reading regularly. Please make sure that your child has their reading books and reading record in school every day so that we can listen to them read and change books when needed.

The children are also encouraged to read a range of material in addition to any of the books taken from school including their own books, comics or children’s newspapers etc to ensure they are reading a wide range of different text types to not only develop reading skills but reading for enjoyment. It is vital that the children develop a true love of reading as they progress in Year 3 from learning to read to reading to learn.

When reading with your child remember to:

  • Encourage children to sound out difficult words and look for groups of letters that go together eg, igh, ow, ai, ee, ou, ar, or, ng.
  • Ensure children understand the story. Ask them questions throughout and make sure they understand the vocabulary used in the story.
  • Do the children know features of stories such as the author, illustrator, blurb, title etc…. 

Reading is very important and if you want to read more books throughout the week, Year 3 have a login to Oxford Owl. If you wish, you can log the books your child has read on Oxford Owl in their reading journal. Website:

Independent learning

Spellings will be sent home every Monday. The children will have a spelling test on the following Friday. The spellings will be linked to the phonics that are being covered in class. Please practise these at home. Additional to this, children all have an individual login to Spelling Shed, TTRS, Numbots Deepening Understanding and Purple Mash. Children’s individual logins are stuck on the inside cover of their Reading Records. These online resources are an excellent way of consolidating learning which has taken place in class.


Uniform & PE Kit

School Uniform

The uniform consists of: 

  • White shirt
  • Navy blue tie, with gold stripes
  • Navy blue jumper / cardigan with gold piping and school crest
  • Grey trousers/ shorts / pinafore / skirt

 During the summer months, children are also permitted to wear:

  • Plain white polo t-shirt
  • Blue and white gingham summer dress

P.E. Uniform 

P.E. uniform is: White polo T-shirt, navy blue shorts and plimsoles (pumps). A P.E. bag is required to store P.E. kit.  Beach or play clothes are not suitable. It saves a lot of worry if all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We expect children to be able to dress and undress themselves for P.E. (help will be given to young children if necessary).

Outdoor P.E. Uniform 

Outdoor P.E. uniform for boys and girls is a plain navy tracksuit.

The tracksuit needs to be:

  • Warm
  • Navy
  • Free from any logos/sporting clubs

 Hoodies with the school logo are also available, but are not compulsory.  


For health and safety reasons the children should come to school in sensible black school shoes without heels or sling back type shoes.  Pumps or suitable trainers are needed for P.E. and sports.  Children must always wear socks or tights.


Children are expected to have appropriate hairstyles.  Extreme hairstyles are unacceptable, as are hair motifs and dyed hair.  Ribbons or clips should be discrete.  Long hair should be tied back.

Please make sure your child’s name is written into all items of PE kit, uniform and coats. This makes identification of lost items so much easier.

PE lessons are held every Wednesday and Friday afternoon. It saves a lot of worry if all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We expect children to be able to dress and undress themselves for P.E. (help will be given to young children if necessary).


Snacks & Packed Lunches

As a healthy school, we encourage the children to eat a wide range of healthy snacks and lunches. We would prefer fruit or vegetables only for playtime snacks and water for drinks during the day. Your child will need to bring a bottle of water, clearly labelled, for drinks during the day.



Please follow our school Twitter feed, to share in the wonderful work going on in school @StMarysDuk

Class DoJo

We use Class DoJo to set online learning, share examples of good work and share whole school messages.  Please ensure that you are linked in to our class page.


To further enhance the children’s learning experience, if you have any photographs or video clips of any interesting or exciting activities completed at home or anywhere outside of school that you would like to share with us, please upload them on to Class DoJo.

We are really looking forward to working with you and your child over the coming year. With your help and support each child will be able to fully access their learning in order to achieve their full potential.


Thank you for your continuing support,


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