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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.


Adults in Year Three:

Class Teachers: Mrs Fyfe and Mr Khan 

LSA's in Lower Key Stage Two: Mrs Burnham, Mrs Dashper, Mrs Reading


Timetable and classroom organisation

Start of the day - 08:40

End of the day - 15:15 (ALL classes in KS2 finish at this slightly later time)

PE days are Tuesday and Thursday


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 to school every day.

The children’s reading books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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 the week. We would encourage the children to have their own named pencil case in Key Stage Two to encourage further independence and responsibility. We would ask that they keep these to a suitable size in order that this fits in their school tray under the desk and should include:

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


4) Personal Organisation

Many children choose to have a rucksack to carry their personal items to school. However, we also ask that children bring in a clear A4 named folder for their tray to help the children remember to take home/ hand in their homework, reading books and letters on a daily basis. This will prevent items being mislaid in the cloakroom or left in their drawers.



Homework will include:

  • Mathletics set on Wednesday and due the following Wednesday
  • TT Rockstars (focus on x4, x3, x8 and finally x6 for more able) - this should be practised most days
  • Spellings set on Friday with a weekly test the following Friday
  • Reading (x3 a week with an adult)
  • Learning Logs are due weekly and issued at the beginning of the term. This will be discussed and acknowledged verbally with the children in class.