St Mary's CofE Primary School - 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...Love your neighbour as yourself.' Matthew 22 v37-40

St Mary's CofE Primary School

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!



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The class teacher in Year 3 is Ms James.

The teaching assistant is Miss Francis.


Useful information

P.E. Kit

PE lessons take place both inside and outside on a Wednesday  afternoon. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school for the whole term when it will be sent home. This includes... Indoor kit - a plain white t-shirt, plain blue or black shorts and pumps. Outdoor kit - a plain white t-shirt, plain blue or black leggings / jogging bottoms and trainers. Please make sure their name is in everything.



Spelling tests will take place on a Friday. At the start of each half term, children will bring home a copy of their spellings to practise with you. They will be practising these most mornings when they arrive in school.


Reading Books

Reading books and reading diary have now been given to every child. Please read this book with your child for 10 minutes each day. Listen to them and ask them questions about what they have read. Look at the vocabulary to ensure they have understood it all as well as being able to read it. Books will be changed only if signed by a parent/carer.


Library books

You child has chosen a library book. This is to share with you. They make their own choices about the books. They may need help to read these. Discuss their choice with them and whether they thought it was a good one or not.



Homework will be set on a Friday and must be completed and returned by the following Friday morning. If homework is not completed, children will attend homework detention on a Friday lunchtime. If children need assistance with their homework, they can attend homework club at lunchtime Monday - Thursday.


Snack Money.

 Now the children are in KS2, they are able to buy a snack at break time. This is either a round of toast, a bagel, a crumpet or a waffle. Toast is 10p and everything else is 20p. They can however bring their own healthy snack if they choose. They have also been given a water bottle for in class which they will bring home each day to wash and refill with water. No other drinks are allowed in class.


Week 3 of Fishkeeper Fry


This week has brought lots of excitement to Year 3 again. They were great walking to Notcutts and back. Not one moan was heard and they can really set a good pace. The excitement at Maidenhead had to be seen to be believed!! The first fish were picked up and these were Zebra Danios. Who knew these fish had long whiskers with taste buds at the end of them! The children have used all the facts they have discovered about these in their report writing. Matthew was our fish keeper of the week this week.  Well done Year 3. Keep up the great work!

Week 3 of Fishkeeper Fry

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Week 2 of Fishkeeper Fry

It's been another exciting week in Year 3!  We now have our plants for the fish tank and have been testing the water. The children have learned about ammonia, nitrites and nitrates!   They have also put a submarine into the tank and continued their fact writing. They have worked hard and with eagerness. We're going to walk to the garden centre next week to collect our first 3 fish. No excitement at all then! Have a look at some of their work below. They are working so hard. 


Fishkeeper of the week this week is Harry. Well done Harry .

Fishkeeper Fry  and Year 3


 There has been an awful lot of excitement in Year 3 this week...The fish tank has arrived! The children have had great fun setting it up and have really embrace the work they have done with it. We have been doing word searches, comprehensions, learning how to write reports, finding out where the fish we are going to get, came from originally, collaging and drawing a fish tank and they have even done some maths! We can't wait to see what next week's lessons will be about! 

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 Spring Term Topic

This term, we have changed our topic! We have been given the fantastic opportunity to take part in the National Fishkeeper Fry programme. You can find out more information by clicking on this link : 

The children will be learning how to look after tropical fish in an aquarium and will have one in the classroom to look after.  We will also be looking at fish in different parts of the world and comparing environments and fish between our own country and South America. We will be developing our geography, art and literacy skills through this programme. 

Viking Project Homework.

Year 3 appear to have really enjoyed their project homework. The classroom is now full of the most amazing models and projects.  The children did  really well with their presenting and tried hard to answer questions on what they had found out.  They said it was the best homework they had undertaken and they really enjoyed completing this with their families. Thank you so much for your help and input.  The children want to do another project next half term. 


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 Rocks and soils. 

 Over the last term, we have been investigating all about rocks and soils.  We discovered there are 3 main types of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We looked at these and classified a variety of them. We also looked at how the Earth is made up and how soil is formed. We made some soil from food. It tasted yummy! 

Science: Forces. 


This term we will be looking at forces.  This will be on magnets and the forces of repelling and attraction. Encourage your child to explore and discover which materials are magnetic at home.  Can they come up with any theories from this? 

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