Alresford Primary School

Headteacher: Sarah Dukelow

Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AU

01206 822731

Welcome to Butterflies Class Page

Teacher: Miss Lilley

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Krysinski (Mrs K)

Please contact Miss Lilley via email ( should you have any questions. 

Welcome Back! 

It has been lovely to get to know all of the children over the past week and get stuck in with our learning already! We have got a busy term planned... 

This term our topic is 'School of Rock'. 


Curriculum Letter

Here is a copy of our Autumn Term curriculum


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


This term, our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. 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 session is on a Monday. Our first session is 20th September and then every other week from then on. 

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.

Below are some strategies for practising spellings. 

Common Exception Words

Each year, the children will learn to read and write a set of common exception words. These are words that cannot be spelled using sounds as they are exceptions to the rules that the children learn. The children will learn these words and bring them home to practise in their word bags. 

Below are the common exception words for Year 1-4.


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 day so that I can keep a tally of how many minutes your child has read for each day. Children in Butterflies Class also receive a certificate and could help to earn extra playtime for our class.



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' during our reading lessons. '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 that 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

The Year 3 Curriculum

Below are some documents that outline what the children will be learning in reading, writing and maths throughout the year.