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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”

Year Group Information

Year 3 Start of the Year Information

Dear Parents/Carers,

This note covers topics such as the timetable, classroom organisation, and homework. It is not meant to be totally comprehensive as we hope to make many changes to the curriculum and the learning experiences across the whole school this year. Further details will be provided on this blog or sent out via parent mail as and when they become available.

There are also some useful documents below to help support your child at home.

Adults in Year Three:

Class Teachers: Ms Rana and Miss Farynska.

LSA: Mrs Burnham

Start of the day - 08:45 

End of the day - 15:15 

Our PE/Games day is Monday and Thursday during 2021/22

1)  Transition from KS1 to KS2

Independence is a key focus when children move from KS1 to KS2. This is an interesting article for parents that may be of interest.

Please note that the children no longer receive a free snack at break in KS2 so you may like to provide a healthy snack of either some fruit, vegetables or a sandwich (no crisps or biscuits please).


2) Reading books and reading records should be brought on Friday and will be reissued on Monday.

When you read with your child at home, please can you write a brief comment about how they are finding the books and any areas you feel they would benefit from support in. Please record in the book that a book has been read to the end so it is clear it needs changing.

Please talk with your child regularly about the books they are reading, even if they are a fluent reader. In depth discussion of a text ensures that the higher level meaning is fully grasped - think of the book club model that is so popular with adult readers!

There are some great ideas for free reading here:

3) Water Bottles and Pencil Cases

Children should bring in a named water bottle which will be kept inside the classroom and sent home at the end of each day. Children to have their own named pencil case in Key Stage Two to encourage further independence and responsibility. 

HB pencils, a pencil sharpener, a rubber, a 30cm ruler, coloured pencils, whiteboard pens and glue sticks.

4) Personal Organisation

Many children chose to have a rucksack to carry their personal items to school pre March 2020. We ask that the children now keep their personal items to a minimum and not to use a rucksack.  Reading books and records come to school on Friday and are given out the following Monday.  Water bottles are to be brought to school on a daily basis.


Homework will include:

  • Mathletics set on Friday and due the following Friday
  • TT Rockstars (focus on x4, x3, x8 and finally x6 for more able) - this should be practised most days
  • Spellings - Once a week
  • Reading