Maritime Academy Trust

Maritime is a charitable education trust with schools across London and the South East.

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Year 3


Aims and Expectations


  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: P.E. Days - All children must wear a full PE kit to school on these days.
  • Daily: Children should read at home every day for a minimum of 15 minutes.  Reading records should be filled in by either parent or child and brought to school every day.  In year 3, children are in charge of their own reading books and must remember to change them once they are finished.
  • Weekly: Spellings and multiplication tables will also be set for your child to practise at home each week. Maths and SPaG homework activities will be set on IXL for your child to complete on their chrome books.
  • Half-Termly: Homework will be set at the start of a half term and should be completed by the end of the half term. 

 Reading & Writing

  • Children should be reading every day.
  • Writing tasks range from diary entries to newspaper articles, recipes and narratives. We complete a number of short tasks throughout the year which culminates in an extended piece. On average, Year 3 will complete an extended piece of writing once every two weeks.
  • Children are encouraged to ‘edit and improve’ their writing with the guidance of the teacher. This may focus on things such as sentence/paragraph structure, punctuation, checking spellings using dictionaries and improving vocabulary.
  • Develop legible joined Handwriting. 
  • English work is based on the Power of Reading scheme whereby core texts are selected and studied to allow an in depth study of the themes and language as well as plot and character. Reading skills are covered in whole class reading sessions using the core text as well as other text extracts linked to the theme including poetry, non-fiction and newspaper reports. Where possible, texts are chosen to link to the topics being studied, for example Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit links with our topic on the Romans. 
  • Writing composition, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, as well as coverage of spelling are taught using the core text as a stimulus where possible.  Each unit of teaching leads to the application of key literacy skills within a wide range of different types of written outcomes such as adventure stories, diary entries and narratives. We use the editing process to help us proofread, edit and improve our drafts, both independently and with peers, before publishing them as a final piece.  Published writing is celebrated by being displayed in the classroom, corridor and school writing gallery.
  • In Year 3, we build upon the sentence structures and grammatical knowledge learned in KS1 and provide the foundations and building blocks of KS2 English, with especial emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar. Children will use expanded noun phrases, utilising the present, past and perfect present tense correctly, in addition to using a range of conjunctions for coordinating and subordinating clauses. This will enable them to build a more dynamic and varied vocabulary, with expectation placed on the use of both familiar and new punctuation including, but not limited to: Full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks, apostrophes for contractions/possessives and commas for lists, speech and embedded clauses. Children will learn to understand this grammatical terminology through discussing, evaluating and editing their own work and by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing. To this end, they will afterwards be encouraged to make suggestions for improvements, using the skills they have learned.


  • Learning of the 4s, 8s, 3s, 6s and 12 times tables.
  • Children are expected to learn their times tables (up to 12x12) by the end of year 4. Time will be given to revising times tables and children should be practising at home using Times Tables Rockstars on a regular basis. Children will have a times table test every Friday. This will help prepare them for the multiplication table check test they take in year 4.
  • Our Maths curriculum is taught following White Rose Maths. We start the year by recapping and extending knowledge of place value and continue to cover topic areas including arithmetic, money, area and perimeter, fractions and shape. Each area of maths will be explored using the CPA approach (concrete, pictorial, abstract). Children have the opportunity to explore mathematical concepts using practical resources such as dienes and place value counters. They are then encouraged to show their understanding using pictures or diagrams such as bar models. Finally, children are expected to use the formal written methods for arithmetic calculations. Our lessons are designed to include fluency, reasoning and problem solving across all topic areas to deepen their understanding. 

Important Reminders 

  • All children must come to school wearing the correct uniform. This consists of grey trousers, grey or navy skirt or pinafore, white shirt or polo shirt and navy sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan. These can be plain or with the school logo. Black school shoes should be worn
  • Please put your child's name on everything that they wear or bring in to school.
  • All children must have a water bottle in school. No juice please.
  • Children should bring in their own art apron to school.  They will be asked to wear it when they do some art activities.
  • Children in Year 3 must remember to charge their chrome books at home every night so that they are fully charged for lessons the next day.

Term Plans & yearly overview

Yearly overview

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Home Resources

If you would like to continue the development of your child’s learning. Please use the suggested resources below:

Purple Mash

Times Tables Rock Stars

Contact Information

Your child’s School Diary is regularly updated with information regarding your child’s education, home work as well as information regarding the school. Remember to regularly check your School Diary to ensure that you receive all relevant communications from Hook Lane.

At Hook Lane we also use the My Child At School to regularly update our parents and carers on information regarding the school. To find out more about this platform please contact the school office.

Year 3 teachers are also contactable during school drop-off and pick-up times, but if you do have a pressing concern, please do contact us via the school office and we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible.