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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Year 3

Welcome to Year Three!

Meet the Team


Mrs Pacey - Raccoon Class Teacher

Mrs Argent - Raccoon Class Teacher

Miss Wain - Meerkat Class Teacher

Miss Haywood - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bailey - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hawker - Reading Teacher

 Mrs Howes and Mrs Pounder - PPA Cover Teachers


Welcome back to Autumn in Year 3!


We're so excited to have you all back and can't wait to get stuck in to a brand new school year! 


Year 3 – Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 11th September - First swimming lesson

Wednesday 12th September - Meet the Teacher 3.45pm

Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th October - Parent’s Evening

Thursday 25th October - Last Day of Term

Friday 26th October - INSET Day (school closed)


If you are interested in any of our curriculum areas, please speak to your child’s Class Teacher to find out how you can get involved.


How you can help your child at home…


This year we have introduced our half termly homework grid. Please support your child in completing the expected weekly homework and in choosing one of the additional activities to complete. The homework can be completed in any order and may be brought into school for us to see at any time.


  • Reading with your child at least 3 times a week. Please remember to write in their Reading Diary too. Use their targets at the front of their Reading Diary as a focus for your reading together. 
  • Practise weekly spellings and Year 3 key words.
  • To support our topic, it would be great if you could spend time discussing what ‘The Freedom to be Yourself’ means to your family.


  • Try to find as many opportunities as possible to count from zero in multiples of four, eight, fifty and one hundred.
  • Take opportunities to measure lengths (m/cm/mm), mass (kg/g) and volume/capacity (l/ml), using recipes would be a great place to start.
  • Add and subtract three digit numbers mentally, using money to add and calculate change is a fun, real life way to practise this.


Just a few reminders for a successful start to the year.



PE will be every Friday. The children will also be taking part in daily exercise both inside and outside. Please can you ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school all week. PE kit includes a plain white or white JC t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and trainers. Please send socks if your child is wearing tights. Children will need to have earrings removed for PE lessons.

We will beginning swimming lessons this term on Tuesday afternoons, more information to follow.


Water Bottles

Water is available to the children throughout the day in the classroom. Please provide them with a named water bottle. These will be sent home daily.


Communication Diaries

Your child has been issued with a Communication Dairy. We ask that all children read at least three times a week at home and have their diary signed by an adult at home. If you have any questions or queries, please use the diary and ask your child to let us know that there is a message for us.



Just a reminder that toys should not be brought into school.



The Year 3 classrooms are fully equipped with the stationery that the children will need. We encourage children not to bring anything to school that is valuable to them, as we cannot account for things going missing.


​​​​​​What are we learning about this week?

Week commencing Monday 24th September 2018


This week, we are looking at addition and subtraction, drawing links between adding 1s, 10s and 100s.

1 + 2 = 3

10 + 20 = 30

100 + 200 = 300 


Next, we will be adding and subtracting 1-digit numbers from 3 digit numbers. We will explore how to do this without crossing 10

e.g. 315 - 3 = 312 or 315 + 3 =318


Then, we will begin to cross ten and look at what happens to the tens and ones


Watch the video below to prepare you for this week's learning. 

Place Value Lesson


We have spend lots of time learning different facts about Meerkats and Raccoons, we have also learned about the structure of non-chronological reports and different sentence types we could use. This week, we will be drafting, editing and publishing our reports.

Why not have a go at writing some sentences about your class animal in your home work books?

You could included sentences with fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases or add in a conjunction to extend your sentence.



What are fronted adverbials? | Oxford Owl

Writing expanded noun phrases


We have been looking at the work of Keith Haring in Art.

You could talk about his art with your family or create your own drawings or sculptures based on his work.

Half Term Plan

Half Term Plan 1

Homework Grid

Homework Grid 1

Letters Home and Information

Year 3 National Curriculum

Useful websites to practise your maths skills: