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Southfields Primary School

Southfields Primary School

Year 3


Our topic this term:

Extreme Earth 

A low tremor rumbles from deep inside the Earth’s core.  Shaking, shuddering until abruptly the floor beneath your feet is no more. A cloud of ash forms over your head and then a roar, as loud as a lion, breaks through the spitting molten lava – overflowing like an ice-cream melting down a cone.  The volcano has erupted!  Come with us on an epic journey to discover how ‘The Pebble In My Pocket’ has travelled through millions of years and has grown to form these magnificent giants that spit out white hot babies that shape our earth to what it is today.  Have you ever wondered why some metals are drawn to each other?  Have you ever wondered why there is a North and South Pole? We will be looking at how the magnetic forces in our Earth pull the land masses together and move them to quake and shake as well as how they influence metal connections.  All of this will lead us to learn all about the Extreme Earth we have the privilege of living on!

Throughout the year we will be asking and answering, 'How do civilisations change over time?' relating this question to ourselves and how we live. In Year 3 we aim to build knowledge through exciting learning opportunities and practical experiences we will always remember. We cannot wait to start this adventure with you.

Important information:

Arrival and pick up times 

Children need to arrive at school ready to start learning at 8:40.   The children will  enter school through the grey year 3/4 door into the corridor or their classroom door. Your child will then put their belongings in the cloak area and make their way to their classrooms. 

Year 3 pupils will be picked up at 3.15pm. You will need to please pick your child up from outside the year 3 classrooms. We ask that you arrive at the pick-up time promptly and please do not touch any equipment. The outside play equipment and seating areas are currently out of use, therefore we ask that you do not touch or sit on any of these. These are not to be used by the children either.


Children should wear their school uniform for four days a week and their outdoor PE kit for one day (Friday). Children need to please wear suitable black school shoes, no trainers or high heels please.

Monday - School Uniform

Tuesday - School Uniform

Wednesday - School Uniform

Thursday - School Uniform 

Friday -  Outdoor PE kit (for example, plain white t-shirt, black/grey/dark navy shorts or joggers, sweatshirt/jumper (or tracksuit) and trainers)


All Year 3 classes will have PE on a Friday so children need to please come into school in outdoor PE kit on this day. Children must have their hair tied up for PE sessions and no jewellery is allowed in PE for health and safety reasons. If your child wears stud earrings and cannot remove these themselves, we recommend that you remove these before your child comes into school.


If your child has a packed lunch, they can bring it in a named lunch box. All packed lunches will be kept on the school trolley outside of the classroom. All lunches, packed lunch and hot dinner, will be eaten in the KS2 hall.

Unlike in KS1, Year 3 (as well as all year groups in KS2) school dinners are to be paid for unless you are entitled to Free School Meals. If your child is having a hot dinner at school this must please be booked in advance. Mrs Buck will not be able to book meals on behalf of parents anymore due to Data Protection therefore you must book your child's meal. If you do not book a meal, then you will need to please provide one and bring it into school. Due to Covid19 and planned movement around the school with year group bubbles, we cannot provide meals that have not been booked as it would be a health and safety issue for other year groups with their timetables.


If your child would like a snack at break time, this needs to please be brought in, unlike in Year 2 where they are given government-funded fruit. This needs to please be a healthy snack and brought in separated from your child’s lunch (if they have a packed lunch too).

Home Learning:

In Year 3, we expect children to practise their Reading every day and their Spellings and Times Tables at least four times a week at home. Children will be given home learning books for Reading and Times Tables and these need to come to and from school daily. They will also be given a spelling book but this will stay in school as they will have an online login to practise spellings on ‘Spelling Shed’ at home. Your child’s home learning will be monitored. You could also record your child reading as evidence of their progress and upload it to their Dojo Portfolio page.

Please see the information about your class home learning below:

3JA (Mr Addison’s Class)   3CF/EPM (Mrs Ferrara and Mrs Millington’s Class)

New spellings and Times Tables will be given out on a Monday each week and children will be tested on a Monday.

3EM (Miss Mescall’s Class)

New spellings and Times Tables will be given out on a Thursday each week and children will be tested on a Thursday.

Online Resources:

Your child will have a membership to the following sites: Spelling Shed, Bug Club (on Active Learn), Times Table Rockstars, Purple Mash, IXL and Espresso. We recommend that your child uses their membership given by the school to the best of their advantage by thoroughly exploring these websites at home. These are really amazing and can really help to support and enhance home learning. Children’s login details containing usernames and passwords will be sent home.


The Year 3 Team


  • Healthy Schools
  • Ofsted Outstanding 2011|2012
  • Ofsted Outstanding 2008|2009
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  • Leeds Inclusion Chartermark
  • Arts Council England
  • Financial Management Standard in Schools
  • Arts Mark
  • Music Mark
  • Oracy School
  • Elklan