Alresford Primary School

Headteacher: Sarah Bryson

Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AU

01206 822731


Teachers : Mrs Williams

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Jiggens

Long term plan


Curriculum Letter

Here is a copy of our Spring and Autumn Term curriculum

Recommended reading for Year 3 children


Here is a copy of the Alresford PSHE curriculum for your information



This term, our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in a PE kit that is suitable for colder weather. Please also make sure that long hair is tied back on these days and any jewellery is removed.

Forest Schools

This term, our Forest School sessions will be in the Spring term.

Times Tables

In maths, there will be more of a focus on times tables. These are really important as this forms a large majority of the work the children will cover within the year. Please encourage your child to play Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) at home. 


Spellings will be sent home weekly on a Tuesday once we have taught the children the spelling rule/pattern that will be the focus for the week. Spelling tests will no longer be taking place on a weekly basis but it is still as important as ever to ensure that your child learns and practises their weekly spellings. We will be looking to see whether the children are able to spell particular words on a half-termly basis and whether they can apply the words they are learning at home to their writing.


Reading regularly is paramount as reading is a transferable skill across all areas of the curriculum. It is really important that your child is reading for at least 80 minutes each week so that they are improving their fluency and comprehension skills and consolidating what has been taught in class. Diaries will be checked every Monday so that I can keep a tally of how many minutes your child has read for each week. Children who read for 80 minutes or more will receive a certificate.


Our topic for Autumn term is 'School of Rock'

STONE AGE DAY - Fire starting-Cave Art- Den building

In English we have been writing an adventure story based on the book the Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. We have been learning how to write expanded noun phrases, adverbs and prepositions.

In Science we have been looking at how rocks are formed and have grouped them into the 3 main categories of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.

In history we have been learning about the Stone Age. So far we have looked at how people survived through being hunter-gatherers, explored cave art and are beginning to understand how historical knowledge is constructed from a range of sources.

In music we are have been listening to different types of rock music and learning notation, to be able to follow a piece of rock music playing an instrument.

In art we have been sketching cave art symbols and used natural pigments to paint them with, such as blackberries and charcoal.

Our topic for Spring term is 'Ancient Egyptians'

Year 3 had fun this week following a recipe to make and cook flatbread.

World Book Day 2023

Reading and spelling information 

Phonics and Reading-

At Alresford Primary School we use letters and sounds for phonics.

Letters and sounds - GOV.UK (

We do not follow a reading scheme, our early reading books are split into colours based on phonics phases.

We also use VIPERS-

What are Vipers?

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.

VIPERS stands for

  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Explanation
  • Retrieval
  • Sequence or Summarise


Please remember to use our class page for any information you need to know about year 3

if you have any further questions please email me on

Please see the Year 3 curriculum targets below...

Last update: 2023-03-05