Castlefort Junior Mixed and Infant School

Inspiring Bright Futures Together

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3



Miss Wilton and Mrs Simcox

Year 3 Class Teachers



Life in Year 3


In Year 3, we are just starting out on our journey through the Juniors. On a Monday, Mrs. Simcox teaches the class and then Tuesday to Friday is headed up by Miss Wilton. Mrs. Brady is our fantastic teaching assistant :). Below is some key information about the children's time in our classroom and what they can expect to be learning about...




The children look at all of the relevant methods and progress through these quite quickly in Year 3. Following the White Rose Scheme, children learn about fractions, statistics, measures (including time) and number and place value. To support the children in Year 3, please ensure they are completing their apps at home and also try to test your child on reading the time on various clocks, ready for our topic on this during the summer term.



Here are the key texts we explore over the course of the year:



We explore several new ideas such as using compound and complex sentences in our work and we begin to further edit and improve our ideas within our work more independently. The children explore features of story writing, report writing and persuasive letter writing along with many other genres in between. We strive to practise our handwriting weekly and children take part in a weekly spelling test every Wednesday. New spellings are then set and children revise the new spelling pattern on a Monday morning with Mrs. Simcox.


As well as this, we explore the following classic text and poetry text in a blocked week during the year:






Our science topics cover physical processes, life processes and living things and chemical processes. The topic titles are listed below...


  • Rocks and Soils (chemical processes)
  • The Power of Forces (physical processes)
  • Can You See Me? (physical processes)
  • How Does Your Garden Grow (life processes and living things)
  • Animals and Humans (life processes and living things)


Children enjoy a range of practical investigations and explore how to work scientifically. They also undertake three yearly 'Our Changing World' investigations where we explore how the seasons and world around us change several features of our environment.


Mrs. Simcox teaches science weekly on a Monday.




Topic is taught on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon. The children explore the following topics throughout the year, exploring world history, geography and any opportunities for art and design projects.

Our five topics are listed below...


  • Tribal Tales (Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age)
  • Tremors (volcanoes, earthquakes and Pompeii study)
  • Gods and Mortals (Ancient Greeks)
  • Flow (rivers and local area study)
  • The Maya Civilisation (The Ancient Maya civilisation)




Mrs. Simcox teaches French on a Tuesday afternoon. Children explore basic French greetings, numbers, naming countries, describing their age and where they live and also write a pen letter to a foreign friend! Later in the year they begin to explore how to label masculine and feminine objects and start telling the time!




'Rock It Music' teach the children musical elements on a Wednesday afternoon. Children learn to play various instruments and look at note values and the history of various musical genres.




Mr. Southan supports the children in their PE sessions on a Wednesday and a Friday. Children need to bring their full PE kit in for these days and will leave school in their PE kit on these days.




On occasion, children might benefit from registration, break or classroom interventions. These are delivered by all teaching staff in Year 3 and are changed frequently throughout the year to suit the children's needs.




Children are encouraged to complete a short Maths and English task each week. This is sent home on a Friday and is expected back into school by Wednesdays. They are required to complete 5-10 minutes on Spelling Shed (3x a week), 5-10 minutes on Doodle Maths (3x a week) and 15 games to be completed on TT Rockstars. This greatly improves the children's fast recall of key spelling and maths patterns and improves their chances of moving swiftly onto new methods during their Key Stage 2 journey. Please do not worry if weekly written tasks seem too long for your child. Continue to encourage them to do as much as they can and return this to school as usual.





USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS: (For ICT help and information for children) (For English, Maths and Science games) (Sentence level work for Year 3 and 4) (For anyone wanting a holiday Maths Challenge!)