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Colston's Primary School A Co-operative Academy

Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together

Welcome to year 3's webpage!

Thank you all so much for the christmas cards and very generous presents.  We are very lucky to have such lovely families and children in our classes!

In terms 3 and 4 we will be thinking about how year 3 can celebrate 70 years of Colstons Primary School and creating a huge 70 year timeline at both the Elmgrove and Cotham Grove sites.  

For term 3, Hollie Lewis will be joining us as a trainee teacher.  She has already built good relationships with the children in the run up to Christmas and will be working towards teaching 40-60% of lessons in the final week of her practice.  

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 reading Chris Riddell's Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, a fantastic and entertaining mystery story.  We will try and write one of our own as part of the unit.  We will also be looking at classic poetry - Edward Lear's The New Vestments.

In Term 4 we will be reading The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer and writing letters in reponse to it.   We will also be opening The Mystery Box for a second time to find out what lies inside

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:

  • Multiplication and division
  • Measurement - Time
  • Fractions

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 4!  Please see below for the homework wall for terms 3 and 4.

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 3 and 4 Curriculum Overview.


In term 3 and 4, the children will travel back in time to the 1970s!  We will be exploring all the awesome things that happened in the 70s, from the arrival of the SS Great Britain to the original Star Wars movie being released.

Information and Communications Technology: 

The children will work on their word processing and 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 the 1970s - building lightsabres, and creating a huge collage for the school hall.

Music: We will be exploring rhythm patterns and styles from the 70s.  There will also be a weekly singing assembly

Physical Education: The focus for year 3 is mainly swimming,  however we will also be joined by Simon from Cotham Tennis club who will teach tennis on Wednesdays and Fridays

Personal, Social and Health Education:  Our topics in P.S.H.E. include 'dreams and goals' and 'Healthy Me'.

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

Spellings Lists

Mr Thomson's Group

Spellings tested on the 23rd March

Spelling assessment this week - children will be tested on a selection of words taught so far in year 3

Mr Cameron's and Miss Lyon's group, 

Spellings tested on the 23rd March

Spelling assessment this week - children will be tested on a selection of words taught so far in year 3

Mrs Kaur's and Mrs Bunney's  groups

Spellings tested on the 23rd March

Spelling assessment this week - children will be tested on a selection of words taught so far in year 3