Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Year 3 is a hardworking, friendly and motivated cohort!

Class 7 is taught by Miss Marshall and Class 8 is taught by Mrs Haslam  

Mrs Dickens and Miss Fell also support the cohort.

Year 3 have had a productive, action packed half term with clear progress being made. Pupils are displaying the Milford values in all areas of school life and some children have already achieved their Bronze Band. We look forward to children achieving their Silver Band next term. Look out for the many areas of success Year 3 have shown.

Our Curriculum



Reading continues to be at the heart of everything we do at The Milford Academy. Our Year 3 shared text, ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes has helped us develop key reading skills such as retrieving and recording  information and explaining words and phrases in context. We are also getting much better at visualising events and using evidence to predict what might happen next..

We have also enjoyed many high quality class readers, including:

  • Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
  • The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson
  • The Adventurous Snail by Dick-King Smith
  •  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  by C.S. Lewis

We continue to read a wide variety of genres, including:

  • Comics
  • Newspapers
  • Recipes
  • Non-Fiction books
  • Fiction books
  • Poetry.

In guided reading sessions we are also developing key reading skills. We are learning to retrieve and record information, understand vocabulary, summarise texts and begin to make inferences.

We are also making links with Clifton Library to enjoy the wide range of books and events on offer there. 

Rainbow Reading

Rainbow Reading continues to challenge us to read a wide range of genres and authors. In Year 3, there are many genres available and a fantastic range of authors, including Anthony Browne, Roald Dahl, Jill Tomlinson, Anne Fine, Jill Murphy, Michael Morpurgo and Dick King- Smith. Year 3 pupils are enjoying recommending books to each other.

What’s your favourite Year 3 Rainbow Reading author?

Which Year 3 Rainbow Reading book is your favourite?

Do you notice any themes in the books?


Our shared text, ‘The Iron man’ has helped us rehearse and compose interesting sentences including rich adjectives, strong verbs and similes. We have also included conjunctions and we are starting to use adjectives. Many of us are now organising our writing into paragraphs. Being inspired by reading the work of Ted Hughes has resulted in progress in our writing.

Ocean and Hunee wrote. ‘The rough sea went on chewing away at the edge of the rocky beach.’

Zola wrote, ‘The mighty Iron Man cartwheeled and somersaulted violently down the cliff.’

Ollie wrote, ‘Suddenly a colossal, metallic man walked to the brink of a cliff and swayed backwards and forwards.

Hudson wrote, ‘In the darkness, the Iron Man searched the rough sea with glowing, infra – red eyes.

Ongoing in Year 3 are our handwriting and spelling tasks which progress alongside our shared text.


This half term, Year 3 have focussed on number operations, starting with addition and subtraction. We have discussed key vocabulary for these operations and the inverse link between them. For addition and subtraction, we have developed written column methods as well as using equipment to help us visualise. As always, we try to use these skills within reasoning tasks and problem solving contexts.

Year 3 pupils continue to develop their multiplication fact knowledge and speed through Times Table Rock Star.


Year 3 are exploring forces and magnets. Which forces exist between magnets? How could you test which magnet is the strongest?

As part of our design project, Year 3 have also learned to how to make simple electrical circuits with  lamps. We have also explored different ways to create a simple switch which will help us with our design project.


This half term we have been exploring search engines and processes. We have found out that word order s a key element of refining a search. When researching ‘Iron Man’ we found that search engines listed the Marvel Iron Man before the Iron Man created by Ted Hughes.

Topic ‘Monsters and Mechanisms’

This half term we have been challenged to design, make and evaluate a monster/robot themed light for a child’s bedroom (linked with our Iron Man shared text). As part of this design challenge we researched themed lights, explored circuits and lamps and created switches. As designers we are developing an awareness of our user and the purpose of our products.

We explored different ways to make a switch for our design.


We will continue to use different pencil grades and shading patterns. We will link Art and Reading through visualisation. Good readers can visualise the text and our sketching development will help us ‘see’ what is happening in the text.

We also used our Art skills and creative thinking skills to create our monster themed light during our DT topic.


This half term we have focussed on the Christian period of Christmas. We have explored the nativity story through role play, puppets and Art.


Class 7’s PE lesson will be on a Thursday morning and Class 8’s lesson will be on a Friday afternoon.   Appropriate school PE kits help us enjoy lessons safely.  During the colder months, pupils need to ensure they have appropriate warm clothing with them for outdoor PE. Long hair is tied back and all jewellery is removed or taped. At the Milford Academy we understand the importance of staying active and healthy.

Snack and Water Bottles

In Year 3 the children are provided with a mid-morning cracker to help keep a good level of concentration. Drinking water and plastic cups are available in our classrooms. Children can bring in a water bottle that can be kept by the sink during the day.  Year 3 pupils are learning that it is important to keep hydrated as this helps us learn!

Christmas Sing along

Year 3 performed confidently at the Lower Key Stage 2 Christmas Sing along.

Roman Day

We’re all looking forward to our next History topic, The Romans. During this topic we will hold a ‘Roman Day’.  We will let you know the date of this as soon as we can.

Keep learning and progressing, Year 3!

The Year 3 team

Miss Marshall, Mrs Haslam and Mrs Dickens

Rainbow Reading