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St Luke's Catholic Academy

St Luke's

Catholic Academy

Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Welcome to Year Three!

Below is some key information that you might need to refer to as the year progresses. Please feel free to talk to us at the end of the school day if you have any other questions or queries, or call the office if you wish to book an appointment to see me.  


Our PE lessons are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children are expected to have full PE kits on these days. Please ensure that your child has the correct indoor and outdoor kit, as the weather gets colder and wetter children will need both. Earrings must be taken out before PE lessons, either by the parent or the child- staff are not permitted to do this. 


It is expected that children are heard to read at home for at least 5-10 minutes a day and that this is recorded in their reading diary. Your child must have completed the book and have their reading diary signed in order for their book to be changed. It is important to check your child’s understanding of what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done through discussing the book with your child and through questioning them about specific aspects after or during reading.

It is important that your child has their reading diary in school every day as we encourage them to talk to us about the reading they do at home as well as in class. We have reading time every day, and during the course of the week, children will read independently, with a partner or group and with an adult.


Children have been provided with two sets of spellings lists. These spellings are based on the Year Three and Four National Curriculum spelling list. Children should be encouraged to look for and learn spelling patterns in these words and other words.

It is more beneficial to work on spellings in short bursts; 5-10 minutes every day, rather than longer sessions. It is also very helpful to encourage your child to learn the meanings of these words (and other unfamiliar words) as well as helping them to develop their ability to apply these in context by writing a few sentences.

Forest schools

This term Year Three are taking part in forest schools. Your child  will need to bring in old clothes (t-shirt and trousers) which you don't mind getting muddy and messy, as well as a warm, waterprooof jacket as they will be going outside in all weathers. Children must have suitable footwear; either wellies or old trainers. In addition to this they may bring in a hat, scarf and gloves to keep warm. Please see the attached letter below. 

Please find the attached subject overview and home learning menus for the topic we are studying this half term.