English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Welcome to Year 3!

The Year 3 team

Miss Marlow Miss Murrell Miss Whittle

                Miss Marlow                                     Miss Murrell                               Miss Whittle

                 Class teacher                                Teaching Assistant                   Learning Support Assistant


Welcome to Year 3!


We are really excited to be teaching your child in their first year in Key Stage 2. Children mature so much this year, as their self-confidence and understanding grows. We plan engaging topics throughout the year and integrate the theme through all subjects to get children completely immersed in their learning. We believe that communication between school and home is vital in giving your child the best education that it suited to their needs. We look forward to working closely with you.



We encourage reading to be a fun and enjoyable experience and recommend reading with your child preferably daily, or as frequently as you possibly can. Your child will continue to read coloured books with the aim of becoming a ‘free reader’, where they can read longer and more complex chapter books. In Year 3, it is important to also prompt your child to talk about what they are reading, by asking them questions about the book. If you would like some support with the types of questions to ask, then please do not hesitate to see me. Please make sure that they bring their reading book and reading record to school every day. Children can change their book any day during Guided Reading sessions.



By the end of Year 4, children should know all of their times tables off by heart. Therefore, it is important that pupils know most of their times tables by the end of Year 3 and so we would encourage you to put aside some time for your child to practise their times tables in and out of order. Knowing their times tables will help them in several aspects of mathematics, including multiplication, division, measurement and problem-solving. There are some excellent online games too, where children can practise their times tables in a fun way. We use Topmarks in our lessons sometimes:


Physical Education

We engage in a range of different sports in Year 3, including invasion games, striking and fielding, dance, gymnastics and athletics. It is essential that your child brings in all of their PE kit for the lessons so that they can be fully involved with their learning, health and fitness. Please make sure that your child brings in a labelled t-shirt, pair of shorts and plimsolls or trainers, at minimum, to every PE lesson in a labelled PE bag. We have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays, and children can keep their PE kit at school in between lessons.


PPA Time

In Year 3, we are lucky to have Mrs Webb covering my half day of PPA time (Planning, Preparation and Assessment). Mrs Webb and I communicate regularly about the children’s needs and learning in order to make the day as seamless as possible. My PPA time is on Wednesday afternoons, and Mrs Webb looks forward to meeting you all.


It is an exciting time for us all as your child embarks on the next part of their journey and we are delighted to be a part of it with you.


Miss Marlow