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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

In Year 3 we have 2 classes Juniper and Hazel. Our teachers are  Mrs Vowles and Miss Keane.


Our teaching assistants are Miss Webb, Mrs Croft and Miss Tubbs.





Our approach

In Year 3, we use a range of engaging and interesting texts to teach the children different aspects of literacy.  We use ‘Power of Reading’ where the children can study a text and the literary techniques used so they can apply them to their own writing. Children will explore and discuss the text through creative activities and will write in a range of genres. For example, they might write a diary in role as a character.

When starting a new text, we begin with a 'cold' write. This is where children can show us the skills that they are already aware of with regards to writing for a specific purpose. In the subsequent children are encouraged in the development of their writing by the introduction of new skills or assisting their ability to write in a more purposeful manner. On completion of a unit of work, the children then complete a 'hot' write where they try to incorporate all of their new learning. Comparing the 'cold' write to the 'hot' write allows teachers and pupils to see their progress over such a short period of time.







Spellings are taught in differentiated groups across year 3. 


During literacy lessons, the children have access to the statutory spellings for years 1/2 and years 3/4 to assist with their writing. These lists can be seen below.




In Year 3, we base the teaching of reading on 'VIPERS'. Each reading lesson focuses on one of the following skills: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval or summarising. We enjoy reading for pleasure and discuss books we read with our class.






The 99 Club is a maths activity which aims to raise standards in maths through encouraging pupils to improve their mental  maths calculations when attempting quick-fire addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.


The idea is that with repeated practice, the scheme should result in increased speed and confidence when tackling mental maths problems without relying on written workings and methods. All pupils begin at the 10 Club and work their way up, having one opportunity per week to answer all calculations at their current level unaided and within the allotted time.  When they can do this they receive a certificate and can move on to the next 'club'.   




Each half term, we have a different focus for our mental maths. They are called KIRFs - which stands for Key Instant Recall Facts - and we work on speeding up our recall of the basic number facts. At the end of each half term, the children complete a KIRF test to help us monitor their progress and plan for possible interventions. 


You will find the 6 KIRFs for Year 3 in the pdf below.