Year 3 Sandpiper 2022 - 2023

Miss Verity

A very warm welcome to Sandpiper class



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" Learning is a treasure that will follow you everywhere "

                                                                        Chinese proverb

Welcome Back! We are very proud of how you have returned with a positive attitude and are excited to get to work. We are really enjoying getting to know you all and we have a great year planned ahead. We are sure you will really enjoy your time in Y3.

Here are some important pieces of information about our class…

  • Our day starts at 8:30 and ends at 3pm
  • Our PE day is on Wednesday and so children are asked to come to school in their PE kit on a Wednesday. ( please wear a school PE kit , tracksuits are available to order or children can wear blue/ black leggings or joggers and a white T shirt. Trainers need to be worn for outdoor PE please. During the colder weather a zip up jacket may also be useful. )
  • Spellings are given out on a Monday and a short test will be given on a Friday, remember to practise!

All children now have a reading book. Ideally children should read at least 3 x a week at home, but more if possible! Please sign your child's reading diary as they collect house points for reading at home.

Children have log ons for the following websites and this is the learning children are expected to complete at home. Activities will be added to these websites for the children to complete.

( If you need any log on/ password reminders then please let me know )

Purple mash

Times tables rockstars ( 2,5,10, 3 and 4 times tables )

Reading plus ( Miss Westbrook and Mrs Sutherhill's reading groups )

Learning with parents ( Email invite sent to parent's email address )

Please do keep in touch and let me know if there is anything I can help with. I look forward to having a great year with your children.

Thank you

Miss Verity and Mrs Reade


Find out more about our learning.......................

Our Curriculum in Autumn 1


We take part in daily maths lessons and we hope that children really enjoy their learning. Our teaching incorporates the concrete ( physical apparatus), pictorial( visual representation )and abstract( the written concepts ) model and children are encouraged to choose whatever method they find the most helpful . Maths equipment is available to children at all times as we encourage children to be indepedent in their learning. You may hear children talking about base 10 or place value counters as we are using those to help with our understanding of 3 digit numbers. We want children to build really solid foundations in these first important units of maths.

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This term, our maths learning begins with our place value unit focussing on 3 digit numbers. Here are some of the things we are learning to do:

  • Know the value of each digit in a 3 digit number
  • Order 3 digit numbers on a numberline
  • Count in 100s
  • Find 1, 10 and 100 more or less than a given number
  • Partition numbers using a part, part whole model
  • Compare numbers using greater than and less than
  • Solve problems using mathematical reasoning skills
  • Count in 50s


Next we move on to addition and subtraction. Here are some of the things we will be learning to do:

  • Add and subtract 100s
  • Add and subtract a 3 digit number and 1s
  • Add and subtract a 3 digit number and 10s
  • Add and subtract using column methods
  • Know how to exchange 1s and 10s to make 10s and 100s
  • Develop fluency in calculations
  • Spot number patterns
  • Estimate answers

and lots more!



This term we are starting with the fun text, How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth. We are using this as our Talk for Writing text, so we will learn the text with actions, then focus on learning new vocabulary. We will then look at adjectives, imperative verbs, time conjunctions and finally we will write our own set of instructions for cleaning a Sabre Tooth Tiger! 

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The next English unit focusses on describing settings and characters in a story and our focus text will be The Stone Age Boy.

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This text will be a good hook for some good quality descriptive writing. Children will get to know the story really well. They will focus on different parts of the story to help them write really vivid description. We will focus on the main characters of the story and we will learn new techniques for bringing a setting to life .We will have lots of fun with creative tasks along the way. This text links really well to our Through the Ages topic.


Children take part in a reading lesson daily and children move to groups for this first hour of the day so that children working at the same level can work and be taught together. Children follow the Read , Write , Inc programme until they are reading with pace and fluency. After this, they move into a reciprocal reading group where they focus on various texts chosen carefully  and work on skills to help them become expert readers with a good knowledge of texts and a variety of skills to show their understanding.  We hope that children will develop a love of reading and of course as their reading ability increases they can access many more texts to engage and excite them. 


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Our first topic is Through the Ages This topic teaches children all about British pre history from the Stone Age through to the Bronze Ages. Children will learn how people lived and how we are able to understand how life was all those years ago. They will use photographs of artefacts to ask and answer questions, learn about famous monuments and lots more. 


  • Regular use of Times tables rockstars ( TTR )
  • Reading plus  ( Miss Westbrook and Mrs Sutherhill's groups )
  • Purple mash activities ( Set every 2 weeks )
  • Learning with parents ( New activities every 2 weeks )
  • Reading school reading book x 3 times a week minimum
  • Read for pleasure - Children are welcome to borrow books from our reading corner to share with an adult at home. We have lots of books that children are welcome to take as long as they are returned for others to enjoy.

In addition to the above we know that some families may like to engage in creative tasks with their children and we really encourage this. Each term we will send home a grid with optional activities for you to complete. Children are encouraged to bring in their work and share it with their classmates. The grid is attached at the bottom of the page should you need to download it or extra copies are always available from class.

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