Langley Mill Academy

Langley Mill Academy

Langley Mill Academy




Welcome to Year 3


Welcome back Year 3
We are really looking forward to some exciting learning in this second half of spring term and beyond.

Our first topic theme is ‘Journeys’ and you will be finding out about places all over the world from Antarctica to the Arctic and lots in between. 

Our first English unit takes us through a magical door to a land of Turkish Delight, talking fawns, white witches and the most awesome of big cats – can anyone guess what our first class novel will be?

Mrs Beighton is looking forward to our summer term topic ‘Origins,’ which involves exploring the world of ancient castles and the legends who once lived there.

A few reminders ……..

Start of the day: 8:15am   School finishes: 2:45pm

Please ensure your child has their book bag, reading record and school reading book with them each day and that it has been signed by the adult who has heard them read at home. They will also need a labelled water bottle.

PE days for Y3 are TUESDAY AND THURSDAY.  Please continue to send your child in their PE kit on these days.

Uniform and PE Kit:  We know that some of the children will have grown and without all the shops open there may be some challenges with providing correct full uniform.  We understand this but can we please ask that you ensure your child’s uniform is as close to normal as possible.  You may want to layer up under the jumpers on colder days as again, we will have the windows open for ventilation.  We do have some spare clean, pre-loved uniform in school.  If you could make use of this uniform please contact Mrs Naylor.
Our uniform is:
Black or grey trousers, skirts or pinafores.
White or royal blue polo shirt or shirt.
Royal blue cardigan, jumper or fleece.
Black shoes.
Hair tied up.
PE kit:
Black, navy or grey shorts or joggers (weather dependent.)
White plain t-shirt
Trainers that support your child’s feet for sport.
School jumper/cardigan or dark plain jumper
No jewellery on PE days please.

 The first half of spring term has been very unusual and challenging for adults and children in our school community.  Some children have been in school whilst others won’t have been here since before Christmas.  Some of you will be excited about the return, others rather nervous or maybe it’s a bit of both?  Although things may be a little different, the year 3 team are here to help you (adults and children) settle back in to school and continue on our learning journey together.
Team Year 3
Mrs Beighton, Miss Horton, Mrs McCuaig, Miss Hallsworth, Miss Smith & Ms Duggan.

 Home Learning Project

We are challenging year 3 pupils to complete a more in-depth project related to our topic of "80 Days Around the World". Participation in the home learning project is optional, however it's a fantastic chance to conduct your own research and present your findings in a creative way. You have the whole of the Spring Term to complete your project.

Click on the link below for more information..

Spring Home Learning Project


Homework is sent home on a Friday and is due to be returned the following week. Homework will usually consist of maths and spellings. Children are expected to have completed 5 home reads every week. We ask that you support your child with their reading by recording the pages and text they have read from along with a comment and your signature in their reading record.

Daily times tables - In school we have covered the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 times tables so far, however it is vital that all children can confidently recite all of their times tables and apply that knowledge to trickier questions. These can be chanted, written out with a timer or completed online using websites such as Hit the Button or

Daily reading - Reading aloud for at least fifteen minutes a day to build up fluency, stamina and speed. Discussing what has been read and answering questions related to the text e.g. What type of text is this? How do we know? Can you find the two words that suggest...? Children may wish to create their own bookmark. Then, impressive vocabulary found whilst reading could be added to the bookmark.

Useful Websites

Below are some useful websites which we use in school to support learning. 

For useful links relating to maths, reading and science, scroll further down our page.

Espresso Username: student25662     Password: langley

Newsround Catch up on the days news in a child friendly programme

BBC Bitesize KS2  Maths, English, History, Science.... and much more.

ERF All children at Langley Mill Academy learn a second language - British Sign Language.  On the ERF section of our website there are lots of useful resources including a Learning at Home section.


In our daily maths lessons in Year 3 we use many resources from the White Rose Scheme for learning. Every day we warm up by practising our times tables. Why not challenge yourself to have a go a few times a week and try and beat your previous score? 

In Year 3 we will be learning our 2,3,4,5, 6,8 and 10 times tables (including the related division facts). Below are some fun, fast-paced activities which can be used at home to reinforce times tables knowledge. In school we particularly enjoy Hit the Button.

White Rose Maths 

Top Marks - Daily 10 

Times Tables 

Hit the Button 

Maths Factor


If in doubt - read! We ask all children to read aloud to an adult for a minimum of 5 times a week.  You can read a book, magazine, set of instructions, web page, comic book or the ingredients to make a cake! Five house points will be awarded for every home read completed and recorded in the reading records. If you're not sure what to read, there is a link below to the suggested texts that year 3 pupils should be reading.  

Oxford Owl Please contact your child's teacher for login details.

Bug Read (Active Learn) Please contact your child's teacher for login details.

Oak Academy English

Suggested Texts for Year 3


These are the spelling which Y3/4 need to be able to spell in addition to their weekly spellings. Focus on a few at a time and have a go at writing them out in different ways. You might underline the vowels, create rainbow writing, bubble writing or write them in sand. Children will be tested on the spellings they have had for homework every Friday.


Our science focus for the Spring Term, is Rocks in Spring 1, followed by Plants in Spring 2.  In school we follow the Developing Experts scheme of work and above is their knowledge organiser which shows you some aspects of the topic we will be covering and also gives you the all important 'Rocket Words,' - some technical vocabulary which we need to know, understand and spell by the end of the unit. We will be using Oak Academy to support science lessons during home learning.

Oak Academy - Science


Go Noodle Songs, exercises and dance routines.

Cosmic Yoga Fun yoga for children.

Zen Den Relaxing mindfulness prompts.


If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, please don't hesitate to contact the school office and the class teacher will return your call.

Thank you for your support,

The Year 3 Team.