Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

Summer 1 2022


Thomas and the Tinners

By Jill Patson Walsh

The miner's work is hard, so they need their tasty lunchtime pasties. When new recruit Thomas shares his meal with a strange, tiny miner, he is rewarded by being granted a wish. But soon, more strange, tiny miners appear, each of them demanding food - and no pasty is large enough to satisfy their hunger. Thomas regrets his kindness, but when he and the miners face an even bigger problem; it seems that his new friends may just hold the answer.

 Thomas and the Tinners: Gripping Tales eBook : Walsh, Jill Paton, Alan  Marks: Kindle StoreA Rock Is Lively (Nature Books): 1 (Family Treasure Nature Encylopedias): Aston, Dianna Hutts, Long, Sylvia: 9781452145556: Books

Year 3 class is taught by Mr Ben Boisseau.

        Teaching and learning is supported by Mrs Zoe Kalber and Mrs Helen Staples

Please come and see us if you have any questions or concerns.


Below are this term's knowledge organisers for science and history. They list the key knowledge and vocabulary taught during this topic. Please download them and help your child by looking at them together.



This term we are looking back to the days of Cornish Mining! We will immersing ourselves in the history of our local area, looking at the impact mining had on Cornwall over the years. We will be using the historically accurate book by Jill Patson Walsh to inspire our writing, as well as help us understand what it was like to be in a mine.


We will be looking at turning the story of Thomas and the Tinners into a play script in the first three weeks of term. We will then be producing a non-chronological report about mining, helped by a visit from a local mining expert. To finish the term, we will be creating poems based on a day in a mine.


As mathematicians, we will focus on fractions for the first three weeks. Following this, we will be learning to tell the time! Please spend some time with your child looking at telling the time, this will help them so much!


To tie in with our topic of mining, we will be looking at fossils, rocks and soil this term.


Children will have two PE sessions each week - please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every Wednesday and Thursday.


The children will be learning to use chrome books, creating and storing documents on a cloud based server.


Year 3 will continue with their French lessons this term.


Below is the overview of each topic we study in Y3




We love reading at Lanner!  Reading to, and with, your child is one of the greatest gifts you can give as a love for reading will ensure your children becomes a reader for life.  Research shows that reading and talking to your child about stories, information books and poems from an early age benefits them for life. 

Sometimes, knowing which book to choose can be a little confusing with such a wide range available, so why not have a look at the recommended reads below for Year 3 children.  Many of these books are also available at the local library so, if you're not already a member, why not take a look at the link below to join up?

Home Learning

In year 3, children need to read as much as possible. All children are expected to read at home most nights for 10 - 15 minutes either to themselves or with an adult. This could be their school reading book, listening to a story read by someone else or sharing a favourite book. All are equally valuable.   All children have a reading record book in which parents, carers or the children themselves can record what they have read or make any comments.

Spellings will be tested, and new spellings issued, each Friday. Please support your child to work on the accompanying sheets, these are designed to make spelling practise more fun and varied!

In addition, children all have access to Times Tables Rockstars, an online site for practising their times tables.