Year 3


We hope that you had a lovely Christmas break. Welcome to the spring term where we look forward to the continuing partnerships between home and school.


Our goal is to create confident, fluent and independent readers. We prioritise reading at Latchmere School and have very carefully chosen the texts your child will study this term. In Year 3, we focus on word reading to develop fluency and encourage the whole class to join in through strategies such as choral reading (the whole class read together) and echo reading (the teacher models the reading and the class echo back). We also have the Latchmere Reading skills. These are based on comprehension skills such as retrieval, inference, summarising, making links, prediction and vocabulary.

In Year 3, we will be studying ‘Flat Stanley - The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery’ by Jeff Browns, ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ by Shirley Climo, ‘Gender Swapped Fairy Tales’ by Karrie Fransman & Jonathan Plackett, ‘The Princess and the Pea’ by Rachel Isadora and a variety of poetry and non-fiction.


Our curriculum is based on the White Rose Maths programme. This research-based initiative ensures that the skills and concepts children taught are fully embedded before moving on. The children are taught strategies such as bar modelling and have plenty of opportunities to use ‘manipulatives’ such as counters and dienes all the way through the school. This term we will be focusing on; multiplication and division, length and perimeter, fractions, and mass and capacity. Children should also use the TimesTables Rockstars program to increase their quick recall of multiplication and related division facts. We are looking at our 3, 4- and 8-times tables in Year 3.

Curriculum Highlights

This term, we will be learning about:

• History – The Ancient Egyptians

• Science – Light and Shadows

• PSHE – Health, Wellbeing and Relationships

• Physical Education – Dance, Hockey and Football

• Religious Education - How and why do people try and make the world a better place and Easter

• Geography – Kingston Upon Thames 

Thank you in advance for all of your support in the year ahead,

Kind regards,

The Year 3 Team

Hannah Williams – Year Group Lead

Key Dates

Egyptian Workshop

26th January – Ancient Egyptian Workshop (children can dress up in Egyptian outfits).


Class Assembly Dates

3W – Thursday 2nd May 2024

3S – Thursday 9th May 2024

3R – Thursday 16th May 2024

3H – Thursday 23rd May 2024

Updates and reminders

Please remember to send your child’s reading journal and book to school every day.

Spelling lists will go home on a Monday. The spelling quiz will take place on a Thursday.




3W – Tuesday (Indoor PE) and Thursday (Outdoor PE).

3R - Tuesday (Indoor PE) and Thursday (Outdoor PE).

3S – Thursday (Outdoor PE) and Friday (Indoor PE).

3H – Monday (Indoor PE) and Thursday (Outdoor PE).

Please ensure that for outdoor PE, children are wearing weather appropriate kit such as jogging bottoms (blue, grey, black) as the weather turns colder.



Pencil Case

Below is a list of resources that we would like the children to have for Spring Term in a small pencil case. If you do not have these items, or cannot purchase them, please do not worry as we will be able to provide them.

• 2 x HB pencils

• a ruler

• a pencil sharpener

• an eraser

• 2 x whiteboard pen

• a red pen

• child-friendly scissors

• a glue stick (Pritt Sticks are much better for long term use)




Please send your child with a healthy (nut-free) snack for them to have during morning play, e.g. fresh fruit, rice cakes, dried fruit such as raisins/cranberries, malt loaf, plain digestive or rich tea biscuits. Please ensure your child comes to school with a named water bottle.




Please ensure that the school office has any relevant medication and that this medication is up-to-date.