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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 Mills, Mrs Bradley & Mrs Hankinson


It has been such a pleasure getting to know the children in Year 3 as they start their KS2 journey, looking very grown up in their new uniforms! 


Autumn Term Curriculum:



Our Class Saint is Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  RE units for the Autumn term will include Belonging to God’s Family and Reconciliation, and as we approach Christmas, Advent.  We will also be looking at the Hindu faith.


Children will also have an opportunity to prepare for their First Holy Communion in Year 3.






The autumn term will start with consolidating our understanding of number and place value.  We will become experts at counting in tens and hundreds up to 1000 and comparing and ordering numbers.  We will have lots of fun learning to use different equipment to represent

numbers and mathematical concepts, to strengthen and deepen our understanding. 


Later on we will be building on the foundations laid in KS1 to develop and secure our addition and subtraction.  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!



We will start the term by using Anthony Brown’s fantastic book ‘Into the Forest’, imagining the thoughts and feelings of the different characters and putting on our detective hats to spot clues to help us make predictions about what will happen next.   We will continue to work on our reading skills in Guided Reading sessions, increasing our fluency and developing our inference skillsHandwriting and spellings will still be an important part of our learning.


It's Playtime!


Playtime is a really important part of every day at school and this term Year 3 (who are the experts as they have played on the KS1 yard longer than anybody else in the school!) have taken on the amazing job of planning and redesigning the KS1 yard – how exciting!  There is plenty of scope for improvement and we want to make the yard an exciting, inviting, active and creative place to be.  We will be surveying other pupils, talking to experts, choosing equipment, working out a budget and persuading lots of people to help us in creating our dream yard.  As much of our curriculum work as possible will be driven by this Curriculum Vehicle, including work on Rocks & Soil in science, creating presentations of our proposals in computing, making maps of the yard in geography and constructing models of our ideas in Design & Technology.




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 netball.    






  • 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 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 are all very excited to see what this year brings!


End of Year Expectations Year 3

End of Year Expectations Year 3

Suggested Books for Year 3