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Year 3 - Larch and Willow



Larch Class: Class Teacher is Mrs Marriott and Teaching Assistant is Mrs Standage.

Willow Class: Class Teacher is Miss Thomas and Teaching Assistant is Miss Browne. 



Reading books:

At Bushmead we believe that reading is one of the most important skills the children have to acquire. From the beginning, we encourage parents to become fully involved in helping their child to learn to read. The teaching of reading is focused around the Little Wandle phonics scheme and the associated levelled books. It is also supported by a wide range of other reading material both factual and fictional and we are fortunate to have a newly updated and well-stocked selection of books in the library that the children can visit regularly. Please ensure that you read with your child every week night and record this reading in their reading diary. These will be checked by a school adult every morning.


Homework Expectations In Year 3 


- Regular reading - 5 times a week 


- Spelling practise three times a week, for a weekly test (Friday)


- Times tables (for regular times tables tests at school)


Each child has their own log in details for TT rockstars in their timetables books or reading diaries.


(The times table test will include mixed questions from any of the times tables up to 12 x tables but focus particularly on 3, 4 and 8s)


Here are some timetables websites you can use at home...


KS1 Maths free game - Karate Cats - Primary school times tables, division, shapes, fractions - BBC Bitesize


KS2 free maths game - Primary mathematics skills - Times tables, multiplication, division, algebra, fractions and decimals - BBC Bitesize


Times Tables Rock Stars (



* Please label all uniform, coats, bags, lunchboxes and water bottles. 

Please ensure that your child is coming to school smartly dressed, in the correct Bushmead uniform. Details of this can be found on our parents tab. Thank you!


PE Days - From April 2024:

Both classes: Wednesday and Friday 


Please come to school dressed in your PE kits on these days. Just a reminder that PE kits should be PLAIN with no logos (Dark coloured shorts/joggers, plain white t-shirt, dark coloured zip up jacket/jumper) **Earrings should be removed on PE days please! 





This Term's learning




Our Summer term's topic is

'Around the world in 80 days'

Our Summer term topic is an exciting one where the children learn all about different countries around the world! The children will learn about the different continents and which countries are in each, as well as learning about different cultures and what the similarities and differences are to their own. The children will be lucky enough to have a visit from a VR company so that they can experience visiting a variety of landmarks from around the world. They will also learn a variety of Aboriginal Folk Tales from the Dreamtime and have a go at creating Aboriginal dot painting. 

There are lots of fun and practical, exciting lessons!


For our topic we will be creating 'Around The World' classroom displays. We are encouraging the children to bring in a photo from home of them on holiday. This can be in the UK or further afield. Thank you in advance for any photos provided!


To link with our topic of 'Around the world in 80 days', the children are going to be learning about Aboriginal Folk Tales and how they were told to teach morals back in the Dreamtime. The children will learn about using paragraphs and also punctuating speech. They will then be able to write their own folk tales about an Australian animal. We will then be moving on to learning about autobiographies and the children will be writing their own autobiographical piece. 

In Maths, in Summer Term, the children will be continuing the topic of Mass and Capacity and learning different capacities and what volume means. They will also be practising measuring in different units. After this, the children will be revisiting fractions and ending the half term with learning about money and different amounts.

The children will continue their weekly arithmetic tests where they practise the four operations and we will be focussing on learning the 3,4 and 8 times tables. 






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