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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In knowing Jesus, we seek to fulfil our God-given potential. We value every person as we look beyond ourselves in a spirit of charity, forgiveness and honesty"

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

Mrs Haines, Mrs Bradley & Mrs Hankinson


We have lots to look forward to in 2020!


Wellbeing Cafe


This term we are very excited to be hosting a Wellbeing Café in partnership with the Tardis Surgery.  We will be welcoming the older and more isolated members of our local community into school, serving them tea and sandwiches, and getting to know them.  We will be singing songs together, playing games, finding out about each other’s lives, and building relationships between generations.  At the same time, we will be finding out about some of the difficulties older people can face and how we can help.  In art, we will be creating self-portraits and then drawing portraits of our guests.  In history, we will be finding out about medicine through the ages, how it has changed, and how it continues to change.  Science will give us an opportunity to find out about humans and living creatures as well as the work of different scientists and they many important scientific discoveries they made that help us to stay healthy today.  And with the help of our café visitors, in geography, we will be finding out allnabout the UK and Staffordshire.




Spring Term Curriculum:


RE  Our Class Saint is Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  RE units for the Spring term will include Prayer and Lent, and as we approach Easter, Holy Week.  We will also be looking at the Hindu celebration of Holi.


Children will also have the opportunity to prepare to make their First Confession during Lent.





MATHS  The spring term will continue our work on multiplication  and division, before moving on to money, statistics and length.   Towards the end of the Spring Term we will be having lots of fun with fractions.    We will continue to use different equipment and different representstions to strengthen and really deepen our understanding.                                                                                                        


We will also be having a focus on fluency and instant recall of our times tables and number bonds.  Throughout all of this we will be doing lots of talking about maths, learning and using mathematical vocabulary.


Please keep encouraging your child to practise times tables at home – if the children know their times tables securely it helps them with their wider maths learning.  Year 3 revises and secures the 2x, 10 and 5x tables and then moves onto 3x, 4x and 8x tables.  The aim is for instant recall!  (Realistically, ‘instant’ means 3 seconds or less!!!)


ENGLISH We will start the new year writing non-chronological reports about Flying Turtles inspired by the short film Once in a Lifetime.   Following this, we will be embarking on our first real ‘chapter book’, ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes.   We will be trying to imagine exactly what it would have felt like to be a character in the story, building our understanding before writing a Newspaper Report about the exciting final events in the book.  We will continue to work on our reading skills in Guided Reading sessions, increasing our fluency and developing our retrieval, inference and summarising skillsHandwriting, grammar and spellings will continue to be an important part of our learning.



PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays.  On Mondays we will be going swimming.  Friday PE will take place in school and will be taken by Mr Goldstraw (ASM), starting with rugby.  Following half-term, our ASM sessions will be dance.   






  • The school day starts at 8:45 a.m. and finishes at 3:20p.m.
  • Homework will consist of Maths (30 minutes), English (30 minutes) and Spellings every week.  Other work may also be set.
  • Reading should be logged in diaries each day when your child reads (30 minutes).  If it is a new book, please include the title of the book.  On each occasion, the pages read should be noted and signed by an adult.
  • PE Kit

Indoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, white socks and black pumps.  Children must have black pumps for indoor PE as trainers may only be worn for outdoor PE.  If your child is wearing tights to school, please make sure they have socks to change into for PE.

Outdoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, white socks and trainers.  The burgundy hoodie and jogging bottoms are optional. 

Please note: children will not be allowed to wear their school uniform cardigans or jumpers for PE for hygiene reasons. If you wish your child to wear a jumper for outdoor PE, please make sure they have a PE hoodie or sweatshirt.

  • Please ensure your child has the full, correct PE kit in school, even on days when we would not usually do PE, as occasionally timetables change.
  • Children should bring water bottles each day; these should also be clearly labelled with your child’s name.  They will be sent home regularly to allow them to be washed.

Please do let us know if there is anything going on at home that will affect your child’s learning, or if you have any questions.  We can’t wait to see what this new term has in store for us all!


End of Year Expectations Year 3

End of Year Expectations Year 3

Suggested Books for Year 3