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St Alban's Catholic Academy

St Alban's

Catholic Academy

First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NP

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



Reading is ongoing during year 3 and as part of your child's reading development, they should be reading at home as often as possible. Select a relaxed time and a quite place to sit and enjoy a book with your child. In order to progress through the stages your child must be able to understand what he/she has read and answer a range of various question types based on the text. Therefore to assist progression please ensure you are also questioning your child about the text they are sharing with you. (Question tip and reading advice attached).

In our class we are currently encouraging the children to read more often and to select a wider range of genre.  We now have an interactive reading display set up, this display encourages your child to select a book reviewed by a peer member as well as encourage them to write a  book review of their own. 


Hopefully you all have now seen the year 3 spelling list - refer to your home learning books for these lists. If you have misplaced this please request another copy. These spellings are on going and should be practised at home. Each week we will select random words from the list to see how your child is progressing with these. Spelling patterns and spelling rules are being covered in class, there will be occasions when some are sent home for reinforcement and practice.

Home Learning

Each week there will be a piece of set maths work to be completed, this will be either via the abacus maths site in the form of a maths related game or a hard copy which will be stuck into the home learning book.  It is policy to complete this homework, which is handed out on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. 

Home learning is an important part of your child's learning journey and should be encouraged and supported as and when required.

Each half term a home learning topic related menu (which is optional) this is handed to your child, we recommend that they select six activities from the wide selection of creative, research and written based activities. These can be completed in any order and at any time throughout the half term. 

These are designed to reinforce in class topic related learning and give children the opportunities to share their knowledge and understanding with their family. 

A healthy snack can be brought into school for morning break, this is to be placed in the snack tray on entry into the classroom. 

Water bottle are welcomed and should be labelled with your child's name.