Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

01707 652714

Cranborne Primary School

Learning Together

Spring term 2023

.Welcome to Year 3

Staff contact details

If you need to contact us about your child then please use the email addresses below.


Mrs Davis (Monday to Thursday)  

Mrs Holt (Friday)

Mrs Wasilewski



 Miss Harrison 

Mrs Bird -

Key Dates and Reminders

Friday 6th January - First Day of Term

Half Term - Monday 13th to Friday 17th February

Monday 20th February - INSET day - no children

Friday 31st March - End of Term 1.15pm



This half term, we will begin by looking at multiplication and division. The children will build upon their knowledge of times tables.  We will continue to use resources practically and pictorially to support their learning. 

After half term, we will look at fractions of shapes and then fractions of number. Please support your child with these concepts in any way that you can.

Early morning work each day will focus on mental fluency allowing the children time to rehearse the new skills they have learnt.

Every Thursday, the children will be tested on their times table for the week. The children are now used to their weekly tests and are progressing at their own pace through the tables. Some children have even managed to learn them all!


This half term, we will be looking at the book The Firework Makers' Daughter. This is an adventure story with a leading lady. The children will be writing an alternative ending as well writing an explanation text about volcanoes.

We will be continuing to work on handwriting. The children will begin to practice a cursive style focusing on their letter formation, sizing and correct joins. 

Spellings will be given out on a Friday and then the children will be tested on the following Friday.


Useful Websites



Please find your child's log in details in their Reading Record. If you have any questions, please come and see us.


Purple Mash can 


Curriculum Overview for Year 3

Spring Timetable


At Cranborne, we are  committed to developing in children a love of reading. We will be introducing the children to new, exciting texts in class and in order to develop their fluency and comprehension skills, the children are expected to read everyday for at least 10 minutes (from a variety of texts). They will need to have their reading record signed and these will be checked regularly in school. 


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Foundation Subjects

Art - In Art this half term, we will look at  different skills we can use for volcano art. The children will also look at a variety of artists

Music - In class, we will be focusing on developing our understanding of music through singing together. Our theme will be 'How does music make the world a better place?'

French - The children will continue to learn French with a focus on the seasons and fruit and vegetables.

RE - Throughout the year, we will be learning about the religions Christianity and Islam. In the spring term, we will focus on 'Identity and Belonging', 'Beliefs and Practices' and the Easter Story..

Science - In science, our topic for this term will be Rocks and Soils. This will link in with their learning on Extreme Earth.

PHSE - Our Jigsaw themes this term are 'Dreams and Goals' and 'Healthy Me'.

DT-  We will be looking at stable structures and the skills required to make objects stand independently.

IT - This will be taught weekly by Mrs Quinn on a Thursday afternoon.




PE this term will be on a Monday afternoon (indoor), taught by Mr C our Sports Coach, and a Friday morning (outdoor) taught by Miss Harrison and Mrs Holt.

On these days, the children need to come in dressed in their PE kits. Please ensure their clothing is  weather appropriate and that all PE clothing is named.

Water Bottles

Please ensure that your child comes in each day with a labelled water bottle. It is vital that the children stay hydrated throughout the day.

Pencil Cases

The children will not need pencil cases as we will be providing all of the equipment that they need.


Please ensure that you are hearing your child read regularly (4/5 times a week). The reading records will be checked daily in year 3.


Homework will be a Maths activity and an English activity each week. It will be given out on a Thursday and will be due in on the following Tuesday.


Our topic this term is Extreme Earth. This is the central theme through which we will be teaching many areas including Art, Science and English. We will be looking at volcanoes, the earths core as well as map work around the world.

How can I support my child?

Please consolidate children’s learning by asking a variety of questions such as;

  • What are the continents?
  • What countries make up the UK?
  • How are volcanoes formed?
  • Where are volcanoes found?

Children could also do some research at home to discuss in the classroom.


Home Learning Work 

In the event of your child being unwell, please see below activities that your child can complete if well enough to do so. 

Please complete as much work as you are able to when at home and then email your completed work to your class teacher.

They could also log on to Purple Mash to practice their times tables.


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Maths and English Skills

 Maths and English skills.pdfDownload
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 Year 3 Independent Maths and English Workbook.pdfDownload
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