Year 3

Year 3

Welcome to year 3's page.

Year 3 are taught by Miss Finnigan and in the mornings are helped by Mrs Ashton. We are lucky enough to have a student working with us up until Easter called Mr Gaskell.

On this page you will find lots of information to keep you up to date with what is going on in year 3.


The school gates open at 8.30am.

The KS1 playground is supervised from 8.45am by TAs. Children are expected to line up at 8.55am and are then led into class by their teachers.

School finishes for KS1 children at 3.25pm and they are dismissed by their teachers from their classroom.

P.E. is on a Thursday morning with Mr McGovern and Mrs Fielding. Please make sure you keep your kit in school. It will need to go home to be washed at least every half term. If you do decide to take your kit home before this then please make sure it comes back.

From time to time the children may have additional PE sessions, which I know they all enjoy so please ensure you have the correct kit at all times. This means a change of appropriate footwear, navy/black shorts and a white t-shirt. Girls must have their hair bobbles tied back and remove earrings. 


The children of St Josephs look smarter than we ever have and continue to be complemented from visitors to the school and on school visits. Please maintain this sense of pride by maintaining it well, especially your footwear, which we will focus heavily on this term. It makes us all feel proud, professional and ready to achieve our best!

Uniform consists of a white shirt, school tie, bottle green knitted cardigan with school badge, school tartan kilt or school tartan pinafore dress or grey trousers, navy tights or white socks. The bottle green blazer with school badge is optional. In the Summer term pupils may wear green and white checked dresses with white socks.  Children can also wear a white shirt, school tie, bottle green knitted jumper with school badge, grey school trousers, grey or black socks and sensible block shoes. Again, the bottle green blazer with school badge is optional. In the Summer term pupils may wear grey shorts instead of trousers.

Long hair must be tied back. Hair bobbles should be sensible and ideally green. Large or sparkly hair accessories are NOT permitted.

Recreational hair styles (including shaved hair or braids) are NOT permitted.

Jewellery (except stud earrings) are NOT permitted.

Watches ARE permitted.

Please note that trainers, sandals and boots are NOT permitted.

PE kit consists of black shorts, a white, round necked t-shirt with school badge and black pumps.

Home Learning


We have now full implemented the Accelerated Reader scheme. Every child will take home a book at their level to read each night. They must return the book to school the following day. When they have finished the book they will take an online quiz in school and receive immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Together with Star Reading, it forms a complete reading practice and assessment solution for students of all ages and abilities.


Spellings will be sent out weekly and will also be set on Spelling Shed to be practised at home. There will be a weekly spelling test on a Friday.

Letters and spare homework

It is your childs responsibility to ensure they have homework completed and that letters are returned. If you misplace these, please ask your class teacher for a spare.



In English we will be following our 'Read to Write' scheme using the text Jemmy Button by Valerio Vidali. This unit of work centres on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, while providing a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum.

Throughout the year we will work to achieve the government's 'expected standard' of writing for lower key stage 2, which consists of:

Plan their writing by:

  • discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • discussing and recording ideas

Draft and write by:

  • composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures (English Appendix 2)
  • organising paragraphs around a theme
  • in narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
  • in non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices [for example, headings and sub-headings]

Evaluate and edit by:

  • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements 
  • proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
  • proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
  • read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear

Shared reading will take place 3 times a week and whole class and guided reading will take place twice a week in smaller adult led groups.  We will be focusing on:

Word Reading

  • Comprehension
  • Developing positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they have read in books they can read independently.


For the first three weeks this half term we will be re visiting addition and subtraction. The children will look at what happens to a 3-digit number when a multiple of 10 is added or subtracted. Different representations such as base 10, arrow cards, place value charts will be used to aid visualisation. The use of the column method will not be used in the topic and will be introduced later in the year. Children should explore which methods are the most appropriate and explain why. Mental methods will also be encouraged throughout.

For the latter part of the half term we will be focusing on division with remainders. Children will be encouraged to make links between division and repeated subtraction, which builds on learning in Year 2.They will need to recognise that they don't have to start at the multiple when counting back from the dividend. Questions will be designed to visually represent the concept of a reminder and will require the use of exchange.


This term our geography topic will be linked with our English book Jemmy Button. Our topic will be called 'Amazing Argentina.'

We will;

  • Compare Jemmy's homeland (Tierra Del Fuego region) to our city/town/village
  • Compare the flora and fauna of Tierra Del Fuego to our own environment
  • Know the names of and locate a number of South American countries.


Our theme for this term will be animals including human through this topic we will endeavour to work scientifically by;

  • asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
  • making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
  • gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
  • recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
  • reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
  • using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
  • identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
  • using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.

We will also specifically learn how to;

  • identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
  • identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement..


Our topic this term is Celebrating the Mass.

Our key learning objectives are to:

  • Know what happened at the Last Supper.
  • Reflect on how the Mass makes this real for us.
  • Understand what happens at the beginning of Mass.
  • Think about why we say sorry.
  • Understand the importance of the Readings at Mass.
  • Reflect on how we listen to God’s Word.
  • Know what happens at the Offertory and Consecration.
  • Think about the offerings we can make.
  • Know that it is Jesus we receive in Holy Communion.
  • Reflect on this very great gift for us.
  • Be familiar with your Parish Church.
  • Reflect on its importance for you.


Extra learning possibilities

Here is a list of some exciting education websites, which you could use to enhance your learning at home.

Are you looking to extend your learning at home? Here are some great sites that have been tried and tested by other children: - A great revision tool for English, Maths and Science. - Great for Maths games! Try their Literacy zone, too. - Play spelling games or create your own challenges using your weekly spelling homework to help you learn them! Spelling and Grammar games. - ICT coding games and challenges = Spelling games - Times tables practise