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Y3 - Sapphire Class

Class Teacher: Miss Morgan

HLTA: Mrs Paasch

Mr Tye


Homework will be issued in school every Friday afternoon. Return your yellow homework folder by Wednesday afternoon.



PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR P.E. KIT as texts home can no longer be sent. You can leave them on your peg for the following week if you wish.


Thursday afternoon will be led by our fantastic coach, Wez and his team. This term, the children are learning football and team skills to improve their confidence and self-esteem.


Weekly spelling words are practised in class every week but the children always benefit from extra support at home.


The children need to be very confident with their key words from KS1 and if they are at all unsure of these, they need to be practising this list at home as a priority. 


Links to all spelling words available here (see links below) and to take home.

Times Tables

We practise our times tables in class every day. Ask your child to tell you how we have recently learnt to say them aloud, thanks to the help of our wonderful maths leader, Mrs Parry. Also, check in with your child by asking, "what was today's maths fact of the day?".


This year, the children are expected to learn their 3's, 4's and 8's. We already expect them to have a secure knowledge of the 2's, 5's and 10's from their learning in KS1.


You can really help your child at home by encouraging them to learn these multiplication facts, as it will help support their future maths enjoyment and success. Why not make links to division too by asking questions like, "mmm 3's are 21?" or "mmm 8's are 16?".


(Answer: "seven 3's are 21" or "two 8's are 16".)



Please ensure your child reads at home every single day. We love to see you have listened to their reading at home and completing the yellow reading record really motivates your child. Your child also needs to remember to bring their book and reading record to school every day.


In class, we are reading Iron Man by Ted Hughes and will be basing much of our writing on this classic text.

Overall aims:

To enjoy a story and discuss its meanings

To explore narrative plot, settings, characters and draw inferences to aid understanding

To broaden understanding of writers’ use of language and build a varied vocabulary

To write non-fiction texts based on fictional experiences

To write newspaper reports based on the narrative.


At home, you can log in to many educational sites to support your child's learning. Just ask your child to access their log in details for Spellodrome, Reading Eggs or so that they can practise some of the trickier bits of English learning. The school are paying for these services for your child so why not use them? If access is tricky the library has computers.


In Maths, are all working really hard to understand fractions of an amount. We are excellent at understanding fractions of a whole but fractions of an amount is more tricky. However, I have been impressed with the children's resilient approach and their ability to pause, collaborate and respond to feedback.


Next week, we will do a maths assessment and following that we will focus on addressing any gaps in the children's knowledge.


At home, please ask for your child's help in working out mathematical problems as meaningful maths is so important for learners. For instance, ask "what will my change be?" or "how many pieces of chicken/pie/melon will we get each?".


Y3 "non-negotiables"

Compare & order numbers up to 1000 • Read & write all numbers to 1000 in digits and words • Find 10 or 100 more/less than a given number • Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 • Recall & use multiplication & division facts for 3, 4, 8 tables • Recognise place value of any 3-digit number • Add and subtract: 3-digit numbers and ones 3-digit numbers and tens 3-digit numbers and hundreds • Add and subtract: Numbers with up to 3-digits using written columnar method • Estimate and use inverse to check • Multiply: 2-digit by 1-digit • Count up/down in tenths • Compare and order fractions with same denominator • Add and subtract fractions with same denominator within one whole • Tell time using 12 and 24 hour clocks; and using Roman numerals • Tell time to nearest minute • Know number of days in each month and number of seconds in a minute •


In RE, we are currently working with the Pentecost story. Today we had fun outside retelling the story of the disciples who witnessed the wind, the tongues of flame and the dove. As we continue with this story, we will be discussing the themes of forgiveness and making good choices.


Retelling the story of Pentecost outside


Later on this term, we will be studying the Sacraments more closely.

Topic: How can you feel the force?

We are linking Science and D&T learning as our main topic this term. As well as carrying out our own practical project we are looking closely at forces and magnets:

- comparing how things move on different surfaces

- noticing that some forces need contact between two objects but magnetic forces can act at a distance

- observing how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others

- comparing and grouping together a variety of everyday materials based on whether they are attracted to a magnet and identify some magnetic materials

- describing magnets as having two poles

- predicting whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.