Get in touch

Interactive Bar

Google Services




Log In Log in

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

Year 3

smileyWelcome to Year 3smiley

A very warm welcome from all of the Year 3 team.


Meet The Team

Mr Hayward-Mitchell & Ms. Bamford - Meerkats Class Teachers

Mrs Pacey & Mrs Argent - Raccoon Class Teachers

Mrs Bailey - Teaching Assistant

Miss Adcock - Teaching Assistant




How to Translate the School Website



Welcome back!


We all hope that you have had a fun and enjoyable Summer break. We all have to say that all of the children have come back looking very smart in their new uniforms and rearing to go! We've seen some great enthusiasm already! 


Please look through the information on this page for important updates about what we are doing in the classroom, key dates for your diaries and ways that you can help your child at home. We aim to update this page regularly to keep you as informed as possible. 


PE this term will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Much of this will be outdoors. Please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit of black shorts or jogging bottoms, plain white t-shirt and trainers for these sessions. All jewellery must be removed for these sessions. Please supply plasters for earrings where appropriate. 


Please could we also ask that all school uniform, including coats, are labelled so that we can reunite lost items with their owner. As the weather is unpredictable, please send children with a coat or waterproof, as we aim to spend time outdoors wherever possible.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak to us on the playground or contact the school office where will get back to you as soon as we are able. 


We look forward to working with you all this year. 


The Year 3 Team 


                      Homework in Year 3


As the children move into Key Stage Two, they will be set some homework tasks similar to those received in Year 2. Each child will be iissued with a homework book which will be kept inside their homework folders. We ask that these are returned each week so that we can support children with their work and set new tasks. 


Please find attached the homework grid for Autumn 1 below.                                                                          


            What are we learning this year?


Please see below our Long Term Plan for Year 3 which outlines our upcoming projects and curriculum aims for the year 2019-2020. The children will also take part in regular Outdoor Learning lessons with Mrs Mitchell throughout the year, focusing on Outdoor Adventurous Activities as well as life long skills. 

        What are we learning this half term?


Our topic for the first half term is based upon changes and looking after ourselves, both physically and mentally. Please take a look at our weekly breakdown. 


                    Dates for your Diary


                 Meet the Teacher - 11.9.19


If you were unable to attend our Meet the Teacher evening, or would like to refresh yourselves on some key information, please find the presentation attached for your reference.

                                  Our Topic


Our topic during the first half term is called 'What makes me unique?' With this PSHE led topic, we will be learning to understand what our feelings mean and how to overcome difficult times. We will research about our class names, Raccoons and Meerkats, to discover what makes them unique and how their behaviours compare to our own. 


We have lots of texts in the classroom to support this topic. It would be great for you to share some of these at Parent/Carer Reading Mornings each Thursday from 8.50-9.05am.





During weeks 4-7, we will be focusing on our understanding of addition and subtraction. We will be learning how to add and subtract numbers mentally, including: a three-digit number and ones; a three-digit number and tens; a three digit number and hundreds.


We also learn how to solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction.


Practise these skills at home by clicking on the link and playing the addition and subtraction game below:









As we begin our 'What Makes Me Unique?' topic, we will be thinking about our new collective classes and learning about what makes each us special. In weeks 1-3, we will be researching our class names, raccoons and meerkats, and writing non-chronological reports about these animals, comparing them to our own unique characteristics.



                                                                       Weekly Routines




PE will be every Monday and Wednesday. 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. 


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. 



Each half term, your child will be sent home with a 'Homework Grid' sheet. Our expectation is that the children complete the grey boxes weekly, and choose one other piece of homework each week as an optional piece of work. Children may bring in any completed homework at any point throughout the term. 


Parent/Carer Reading Morning

We would like to invite you to our Parent/Carer Reading Morning each Thursday from 8.50-9.05am in your child's classroom. This is a great opportunity to share a book with the children and also have a look at the learning that we are doing too. 



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. 


You have all been given your Time Tables Rock Stars login.


Make sure that you log on using lowercase letters!

There is a leader board on your maths wall to show who has collected the most coins this week!

Good luck Rock Stars!


Homework Links:

Year 3 National Curriculum

Useful websites to practise your maths skills: