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William Cobbett Primary School


 Year 3 Homework Schedule

1. Reading on a daily basis for 5-10 minutes is a vital part of homework in Year 3. As well as listening to your child read, please ask your child 2/3 questions about the text they are reading (see guidance in the reading record book).

Please record comments in your child’s reading record book as it is a useful means of communication between home and school.

We will expect to see written comments from home before your child changes their book.

2. Spellings: please practise the high frequency words and the Year 3 spelling words (the ones that need to be learnt will be highlighted on the relevant pages in the centre of the reading record book). These will be tested at several points during the year. We will not be sending home weekly spelling lists in year 3. In school we start by securing phonics knowledge as needed, particularly the long vowel phonemes. We will mainly focus on learning rules for spelling, such as adding prefixes and suffixes and rules for plurals. English homework will sometimes be about spelling rules.

The children may find it helpful to practise their spelling words using a look, cover, write and check strategy. You may also find other methods work well with your child such as spelling the word out loud, highlighting the tricky bits or tracing the word shape several times before writing. A leaflet about supporting spelling is available in the Parent and Carer room on Fronter.

3. Maths homework will be set once a fortnight on a Thursday. This will be stored in a Maths homework folder. We expect the children to spend 30 minutes on this task. It may be a written task or a more practical activity such as looking for things, playing a game or learning number facts such as tables. Please sign and comment on the task sheet to let us know how your child got on. Homework should be returned by the following Tuesday. Year 3 also have a Maths Pack of resources to keep at home for the year so please try to make as much use of this as you can, including frequent practice of number facts. Ideas for this will be included in homework tasks.

4. English or Topic homework will be given once a fortnight on a Thursday (on alternate weeks to Maths). This should be returned by the following Tuesday. It should take about 30 minutes to complete. An explanation of the task will be stuck in your child’s red homework book.


The children will sometimes receive an additional task to complete which they are given a longer time to complete, usually including a school holiday (there will be term time as well as the holiday so that you can choose when to complete it). This would be related to other areas of the curriculum such as Art, Science, History or Geography. It may occasionally be part of a whole school focus.

Please use this homework book as a means of communication between you and your child’s teacher. We would appreciate you signing this book weekly.

If your child has difficulty with any homework task please do not hesitate to ask their teacher for advice or use this book to communicate any problems. There is no need for your child to spend more than the recommended time on a task. If they have not finished within the time, you may feel it appropriate to stop them and write a note to their teacher.

We thank you for your support with your child’s homework.