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Colston's Primary School A Co-operative Academy

Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together

Welcome to year 3's webpage!

We are really excited about the new academic  year ahead and are already well into the swing of things in term 1

On this page you will find information about the year 3 curriculum, assemblies, homework and spellings.  At the bottom of the page you can find the noticeboard area which will contain details of upcoming trips and other important dates for your diary.

Best wishes,

Alan, James and Susie



This term we will be working on  familiar poems and traditional stories.   The  children will be looking at prepositions in Michael Rosen's 'Bear Hunt' poem and creating their own poem based around this.  We will then read Little Red Riding Hood in a number of different styles, finishing with Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion.   The children will then create their own version of the tale.  Later on, we will be writing information texts about looking after pets; instructions on how to make a nice cup of tea and reading Chris Riddell's Ottoline and the Yellow Cat.

Talking of reading, your child will also be part of  guided reading sessions and will also read to parent/carer helpers during the course of the week - don't worry volunteers -  we will be sending recruitment letters out shortly!

Spellings will continue to be given out by your child's spelling teacher. Please return their book each week, so that tests can be written in the back and you can see your child’s progress.

One of the most effective ways for your child to learn spellings is by the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method or dicey spellings. It has the dual benefit of being an effective way of learning for most children, including those with spelling difficulties, and of being something the child can do independently, (although please could you check occasionally that they are covering and not copying the words). Another way you can help your child to learning their spellings is by writing out a list of errors for them to correct.


Concepts covered this term include:

  • Place Value and Number
  • written addition and subtraction methods
  • Multiplication and divsion

We will issue the children with a Times Table Challenge book

We hope that children can keep improving their speed and accuracy, as good times table knowledge underpins so many aspects of mathematics. Any help you can provide at home learning times tables and telling the time informally around home and when out and about would be greatly appreciated.



Numeracy will be set online at and your child will be able to select their weekly task by logging in with their unique password (details of which can be found inside their homework book on the first page).

Literacy involves the children making a choice about which homework they would like to do.  The homework tasks for the next two terms can be found on the 'homework wall' inside the front cover of their books and a digital copy can be found below.  The children should choose one homework per week and date the one that they have chosen to do. Their work will then be given a score based on effort.  There will be prizes for the children who's total scores  are the best in class at the end of term 2!  Please see below for the homework wall for terms 1 and 2

Your support in helping your child to develop their independence and return their homework book every week would be appreciated. We understand that this is not always possible especially if you have had a busy weekend. Please feel free to let us know via a brief note if this is the case.





Homework from previous week collected.



New homework given out.

Spelling test and new spellings given out.


Term 5 Curriculum Overview


In Science, our Edison focus for this term is called 'Bright Sparks'  The children will learn about electricity and magnets, culminating in a trip to @Bristol for a special workshop.


In term 2, the children will travel back in time to Ancient Egypt and learn about the importance of the  Nile;  Mumification and Egyptian Gods.

Information and Communications Technology: 

The children will continue to work on their coding skills, and also do bits of research related to topic with reference to E-Safety.

Art: This term the children will produce work based on an Egyptian theme, creating and abstract painting of the Nile from above.

Music: We will be exploring rhythm patterns and learning to read simple notation and learning some simple songs in two parts and rounds.  There will also be a weekly singing assembly

Physical Education: The focus for year 3 is mainly swimming,  however we will also be working on improving the children's running, jumping, throwing and catching skills.

Personal, Social and Health Education:  Our topics in P.S.H.E. include 'Being me in my world' and 'Celebrating difference'

MFL: This term the children are learning about French words for salutations and colour.

Spellings Lists


Mr Thomson's group


Spellings will start on Friday 15th 


Ms Lyon's/Mr Cameron's group

Spellings for 29th Sept












Miss Drewa's/Mrs Bunney's group

Spellings will start on Friday 15th 


Swimming is on Tuesday mornings starting from Tuesday 12th September.  Each class will go swimming every week for the whole of year 3.  3LC will leave at 9.10 and 3T will travel up at 10.20 (Please remember a swimming hat. It is also important that boys do not wear ‘Bermuda style’ shorts that are too long or baggy.) Long hair must be tied back and all jewellery (including earrings) must be removed for health and safety reasons.