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Year 3: Finney class

Autumn 2022


I hope you have had a lovely Summer break and I wish you a warm welcome to Y3 Finney class. I am looking forward to working with you to support your child as they enter Year 3. I have high hopes and high expectations of all of the children, both for their behaviour and for their attitude to learning. Our classroom is a positive working environment where praise and encouragement are used to motivate and support all of the children. Children will be rewarded for following our Behaviour Charter, which we have been discussing together, Be Safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful. Throughout the year, lots of new and exciting learning will take place. For example, some of our topics are the Victorians, Rocks and Fossils, Ancient Britain and Volcanoes and Earthquakes. I am really excited to watch your children learn and grow throughout year three and be challenged and supported where necessary. 

This year our PE lessons will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. It is important that children always have the correct PE kits in school. PE kit consists of a white t-shirt (with or without school logo), blue sports shorts and pumps for indoors/trainers for outdoors. In the cold weather, children are welcomed to wear their blue school jumper/cardigan over their white t-shirt and a plain pair of blue tracksuit bottoms/joggers.

This term, in our English lessons we are going to read a range of stories including Paddington Bear and Oliver Twist. In Maths we will be working on Place Value and building on our addition and subtraction skills. We will be learning about the region where we live in our Geography. In Art we are learning about the work of William Morris and in Science, we will be exploring light and shadows.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to me. You can also contact me using the class Dojo page.


Mr Moat, Mrs Fisher and Miss Dearden (Y3 Finney Teaching Team)

Useful Reminders


PE - Monday and Thursday

Times Tables Practise - Regular practise is recommended with children being quizzed every Friday at their own level

Reading - Reading at home 5x per week is advised with short comments made in planner

Spellings - Weekly spellings sent home following the No-Nonsense scheme, including Y3/4 Spellings List words

Sumdog - Check for weekly targeted homework set online, including Maths, Spelling and Grammar


Our Behaviour Charter



Our school Behaviour Policy is built upon the ‘5 pillars of Pivotal Practice’ (‘When Adults Change, Everything Changes’, Paul Dix):

  • Consistent, calm adult behaviour,

  • Relentless Routines,

  • First attention to best conduct,

  • Scripting difficult conversations,

  • Restorative Follow-up.


We have three simple goals: Be safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful.

Meet the Teacher


The Powerpoint shared at this year's 'Meet the Teacher' event is below:


Maths Overview

Year 3 Text Overview


Recommended Reading Books

We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books.  These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries.  These lists are chosen because they:

  • link with our curriculum for each year group
  • represent different cultures
  • introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors   
  • ensure progression 
  • match topics of interests for our children
  • tackle current themes