English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Welcome to Year 3!

The Year 3 Team


Mrs Benham - Class teacher                 Mrs Ingham - Class teacher  



         Ms Murrell                                                Mrs Bishop


Welcome to Year 3!                                                                        


Year 3 is the start to the children’s Key Stage 2 learning journey.  We continue to build upon the children’s learning in Key Stage 1, through exciting learning opportunities. 




Reading continues to be an important part of learning and school life.  As the children gain increasing confidence in their reading skills, they are encouraged to develop their comprehension skills.  We ask parents to support us in this through regular reading and asking questions about what they read.   Please explore word meanings; children will often read words, not understand their meaning and will not ask.  Questioning and rereading sections is really helpful to cement a full understanding and enjoyment of books.

The children are encouraged to change their home reading book as needed and will have regular opportunities to read to an adult in school.  Please comment in your child’s reading record when you have read and/or when your child needs to change their reading book.  Your help with this is appreciated. 



In class each week we will learn the spellings of new words and will spend time throughout the week learning these.  Some children will also benefit from additional support in class to secure their phonic knowledge.



PE is taught on Tuesday and Thursdays, with Premier Sport teaching the children on Tuesday afternoons.  We ask that the children bring named PE kits into school and ideally leave them at school for each half term.  PE kit will be sent home at the end of each half term, where it would be helpful, if you can you check that their kit, especially shoes fit appropriately and are still clearly named.  As the weather turns cooler, the children are encouraged to bring dark coloured tracksuit bottoms to wear for their outdoors PE sessions.  Cold children do not enjoy PE! 



Year 3 homework is set on a Thursday and should be returned on Tuesday.  Activities will reflect the learning in class, consolidating or supplementing in-class learning.  Please support your child in these learning activities.  Any difficulties please let the Year 3 team know, by writing a comment or through catching a member of the team.  Do not spend more than 20 minutes on an activity.  Thank you in advance for your support.


Communicating with the team

To help us support your children, we ask that you keep the team informed about any worries or concerns that you or your child have.  By letting us know of any difficulties, we can ensure that your child comes to school happy and ready to learn.   I am available to meet with you if you have any concerns, please grab me at one end of the school day or contact the office to organise a time.


Lastly, please, please, please can you name your child’s belongings.  School uniform, PE kit, shoes, coats, drinks bottles, snack pots etc, are much easier to return to the correct owner when named!


I am excited about our learning and look forward to getting to know your child more over the course of this year.  We look forward to welcoming you into our class at our Open afternoons and school liturgies.



Mrs Benham, Mrs Ingham, Ms Murrell and Mrs Bishop