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Welcome to Cotham Gardens Primary School


Year 3 staff


David Millington
Jack Jarman-Davis
Michael Reddecliff
Carolyn McDonald
James Friend
Sue Hill


In Term 1, our literacy is based upon the amazing novel 'Leon and the Place Between'.

The children are already enthralled by this beautifully written book and are loving exploring the illustrations.

We will be exploring this information whilst developing the children's understanding of punctuation and grammar.

Pen licenses for handwriting are beginning to be awarded to the children with the best handwriting - see below for guidelines.

Weekly spellings will continue. You can expect a printed spellings list for your child, however if this somehow 'goes missing' you will be able to find the lists on the bottom-right of this page or on Class Dojo.

One of the most effective ways for your child to learn spellings is by the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method. It has the dual benefit of being an effective way of learning for most children, including those with spelling difficulties, and of being something the child can do independently, (although please could you check occasionally that they are covering and not copying the words). Another way you can help your child to learning their spellings is by writing out a list of errors for them to correct. As the year progresses, the children will learn a variety of different strategies to help them learn tricky words.


Concepts covered this term include:

Place Value:

ʕ⤠count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number

 recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones)

 compare and order numbers up to 1000

 identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations

 read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words

 solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas


For term 1, the children's main homework is reading! We advice that all children should read aloud to an adult at least 3x a week and for this to be recorded in the child's reading record.

Spellings can also be practiced at home.


 Our topic this term is light! The children have already shown some high quality work and have made light spinners!

Physical Education:

Each class will have 2x PE sessions a week.

3JD will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.

3M will be on Thursday and Friday.

3R will be on Monday and Friday.

Each class will be focusing on football this term.

Personal, Social and Health Education:

Our topic in PSHE is Dreams and Goals.


In French this term we will be learning the numbers from 1-20, some animals, and the names of popular playground games in France. 

Spellings Lists

Un- dis- words

  • Unlucky
  • Unfold
  • Unusual
  • Unfortunate
  • Dislike
  • Disagree
  • Disappear
  • Dishonest
  • Distrust
  • Disorder
  • Discover
  • Discharge






In year three, the children begin to write with ink.

To earn their 'pen license' they should be able to consistently demonstrate the following in their writing:

  • All letters are correctly formed (like in the Nelson Scheme)
  • All letters are sitting correctly on the line
  • All short letters are the same size
  • All ascenders and descenders are the right height/length
  • All letters are joined correctly
  • Capital letters are bigger than lower case letters
  • Spaces between words are the right size (not too small or big)
  • Work looks neat