St Margaret's CofE

Primary School

A welcoming village school in the of the Rottingdean community

Year 3

Welcome to the Spring Term. I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year break.


This is not the Spring Term we hoped for, sadly. However, we are pleased to be able to use Google Classroom to support your home learning.



Online learning is statutory and, as much as is possible in your family, should be treated as a normal school day.  Although I will be posting the work on Google Classroom, some of it will need to be done on paper with pens and pencils.  You can then take a photograph of your work and send it to me on Google Classroom. 


Full instructions on how to use Google Classroom are here:



All pupils were given login details last term and had several lessons using the program, so should be ready to go!


We start this term with a whole school topic based around the wonderful book 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers.


If you have any technical or access problems, or any other questions about Google Classroom, please contact our Deputy Head, Clare Price on: 


Many thanks,  Tim De Marco, Year 3 Class Teacher.



Meet the Teacher meeting!


A huge thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Zoom meeting. Please find below the presentation that was shared as well as some key resources mentioned during the meeting.

Home learning information

This week, the children will choose library books and be given a reading book. Children should be reading every day if possible, including regularly reading to an adult. We will be aiming to find the right level book for each child. Please write comments and questions in your child's reading record. Children can change their books every day. Returned books will be isolated for at least 72 hours before being made available again.


Weekly spelling lists will start in the next couple of weeks. Children will bring home 10 words to learn every Monday and be tested the following Monday. 


At the moment, we are reinforcing the 2x, 5x and 10x tables learned in Year 2 but soon we will start looking at the Year 3 times tables which are 3x, 4x and 8x (while keeping the others fresh too).



At the current time, there will be fewer opportunities to communicate in person, so feel free to contact me at:

I will aim to reply as quickly as I can between 8.30-4.30pm Monday to Friday. 

Our animal sketches

In Art, we have been learning to sketch with pencils and use shading to add effects. This week, we observed how artists sketch animals and sketched some ourselves! I was very impressed with what they came up with!

Inspired by the story of 'The First Drawing' by Mordecai Gerstein, the children drew animals with chalk on the playground... with great results!

Year 3 Curriculum Map - an overview of the Year 3 curriculum

Maths for the able child


If your child needs more challenge we recommend the challenges from


Click on the primary tab and search for a challenge on an appropriate theme e.g. addition, fractions, symmetry.

The key thing is to let your child puzzle your way through it , rather than show them how to work it out.  Helpful hints can be found in "how to get started"  and for adults - looking at the solution may make the skills needed clearer  

Useful Resources to use at home!