Southmead Primary School

Southmead Primary School

Headteacher: Mr Nicholas Plumb

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Year 3 Curlews and Puffins

Puffin     WELCOME TO YEAR 3    Curlew

Who are the Year 3 teachers?

To find out more about your teachers, please check out our profiles here!

Please note: We are no longer located in the hut.

TA support for 2021/22 is Mrs Vella, Mrs Matthews, Mrs Parkin and Miss R


Class emails: 

We aim to get back to you within school working hours.


Our PE days are

Monday: indoor PE

Thursdays: Outdoor PE

Swimming will start in the Spring term, after Christmas for one class and in the Summer term for the other class. Mrs Priddis will be in touch with details for this nearer the end of the Autumn term.



Autumn term: Hakeford Forest

Spring/Summer term: Weekly swimming lessons

Summer term: Weekly swimming lessons and village walk



Homework is sent out on a Friday of each week and is to be returned on a Wednesday. This is for this first term only.

Next term, in January, we will move homework online to Google Classroom, so the books will not be used. Details on how to access Google Classroom will be sent in the coming months and will form part of some of our computing teaching in school.

What will we be learning about in Year 3?

Check out this leaflet which gives you some ideas on what we will be learning about.

Please note: this is subject to adjustments

What we're working on in class!

Note to parents: We would be so grateful if you could please start collecting some recycling ready for our onagers next week!

English: We are starting a new unit on persuasive letters! On our return to school, we found out that our chairs had revolted and we had to write to them to convince them to return to our desks. We have broken down an argument, looked at the difference between persuasion and making threats/bribes and thinking about counter-arguments in this unit of work. Our goal is to pretend to be Romans and to convince our friends in Rome to join the legion and help fight the ancient Britons!

Maths: We are working our way through geometry at the moment, thinking about 2D and 3D shapes with the types of lines, angles, vertices, faces, surfaces and edges!

Spelling: Our current focus is on the etymology of words!

Science: We're thinking all about plants - Roots and Shoots!

Geography: We are studying Megacities. We have done lots of comparing information about cities and places in the UK and considering the sizes and growth of populations.

History: We learnt about the Romans last half-term and thought about the impact they left on modern life. We are continuing to use our historical knowledge in other lessons such as in English, Art, Design and Technology and Reading!

RE: Year 3's focus for RE is on Christianity. We've looked at symbols of Christianity, ceremonies, the creation story, why Christians believe we should look after our world and much more!

French: We're learning all about food in French this term!

Computing: Our focus is all on programming for computing at present.

Design and Technology: We are thinking about Roman technology and looking at the onager this half-term.

Art: We have looked at pottery in the ancient world and sought to recreate some pottery similar to samian ware used by the Romans!

PSHE: We're learning about changes in our lives and bodies this half-term with RSHE.

Extra activities for home:

This section contains videos and resources we have already covered in year 3 (& year 2) which are optional and can be completed in any order, at any time. It does not need to be printed, as all can be viewed online.


Please remember children have TIMETABLE ROCKSTARS, NUMBOTS and MyMATHS access at all times. Logins are on their reading records. Please email the class email if you need these.


Handwriting help

Top tip 1: Sizing your letters. Watch a video to help here

Top tip 2: How to hold your pen correctly. Watch a video to help you here

Top tip 3: Ascenders and descenders. Watch a video to help you here

Top tip 4: Letter formation and tips. Watch a video to help you here 


Beginner handwriting pack      Developing handwriting pack      Confident handwriting pack


Joined formation help:  Long letters   Long letters 2    Zigzag letters    Curly letters   Joining letters together     

Three Times Table Song (Cover of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars)

Mr. DeMaio and friends cover Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars in this fun multiplication video that can be used to help you memorize your three time...

How to do column addition

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How to do written subtraction

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Spelling practise at home can often be challenging. Why not try using a multi-sensory approach! Try making the spellings using play dough, using coloured pens, using toys to make the shape of the letters or even during baking with flour! Rap, sing or link spellings to stories and shapes.




To get more multi-sensory ideas click here.

Year 3 Spelling Patterns: What are prefixes and suffixes?


Our whole school expectation is that children read at home at least 3 times per week, this can be to an adult or independently.


If you do not have access to books at home, please go to and sign up for free access to ebooks


Below are some ideas to help support you at home with reading and questioning your child.

We love the question cards (first pdf below).

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