Year 3

Welcome Back

Happy New Year! We have lots of exciting learning and experiences for you to enjoy and explore throughout this term. If you are interested in a particular subject that we are covering and you create something at home, we would love to see this and display it in our classrooms.

Gladiators Ready!

During the Spring term, children will learn all about Roman Britain.

Year 3 will learn who the Romans were and how and why they invaded Britain. They will also learn about the British revolt against the Roman invasion. Our enquiry question for this term is ‘How did the Romans change Britain?’. The children will learn about the lasting impact that the Roman Empire had on Britain’s architecture, society and culture.


We are starting the Spring Term with a school-wide focus on punctuation and sentence structure. In Year 3 we focusing on making sure simple sentences make sense and have a capital letter and a full stop. The children will also be learning to write non-chronological reports, dialogue, letters and newspaper reports.

Children will read regularly and take part in weekly guided reading sessions in school. It would be fantastic to see the Year 3 classes winning the fortnightly trophy for the most reading raffle tickets (5 reads at home = 1 raffle ticket). Don’t forget to check out the Year 3 Reading tab at the top, for some support and ideas for reading with your child.


Your child will be given a new set of spellings to practise each week and will be tested weekly. A hard copy is provided each Friday and they will be tested the following Friday. In addition, you can access their spellings via spelling shed using the login details and information sent out at the beginning of January. Spelling shed/Ed shed can be found following this link  Further to this, please find below the spellings for each group for the spring term (Your child knows which group they are in).

Ladybirds Spellings Spring Term Overview

Beetles Spellings Spring Term Overview

Slugs Spellings Spring Term Overview



During the Spring term we will be looking at multiplication and division, length and perimeter and fractions.  We use the White Rose Maths overview so if you would like to further support your child at home then you might like to visit their website.

Roman Britain Glossary

Ager – The raised mound of a Roman road

Amphitheatre – A place where Romans went to watch animals and people fighting

Aqueduct – A system of pipes and channels which brings clean water into towns

Ballista – Catapult resembling a very large crossbow (also spelled ballistra)

Barbarian – A person who lived outside the Roman Empire, seen as having a violent nature.

Basilica – A large building where town business was carried out (like a modern Town Hall)

Cavalry – Soldiers who fight on horseback

Chariot – Cart with two wheels pulled by horses. Romans raced chariots, and Celtic warriors rode into battle on them.

Forum – Open space in the middle of a town for markets and meeting people (like a market square)

Frigidarium – Cold room in a bath-suite, normally a cold plunge pool

Gladiator – A slave trained to fight other gladiators or animals in amphitheatres.

Jupiter – The chief Roman god, equivalent to the Greek god Zeus. He was also the god of thunder and is often seen with thunderbolts in his hand.

Latin – The language spoken and written by the Romans

Legion – A military unit recruited from Roman citizens and usually around 5000 men in strength.

Londinium – The Roman name for London.

Mausoleum – A building erected to house the dead. They could often be quite substantial structures.

Mercury – The messenger of the Roman gods. He was also the god of trade.

Mosaic – A pattern made from coloured pieces of stones and pottery.

Neptune – Roman god of the sea.

Roman – A person who lives in or comes from Rome in Italy.

Slave – Someone sold to another person to work for them for free. They don’t have any rights or freedom.

Venus – Roman goddess of love and beauty

Villa – A large house in the country. Some villas were farmhouses and some were like palaces.