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Year 3: Miss Bestwick - Abi Elphinstone


Elphinstone Class is made up of 27 fabulous Year 3 children. Our class teacher is Miss Bestwick and our fabulous teaching assistants are Mrs Sedgewick and Mrs Henson. We are also lucky enough to be taught by Miss Martin every other Wednesday.


On our webpage you will find regular updates on our learning as well as useful information and important dates. Alongside this webpage, you will also have access to our class dojo where we will share regular updates with you so that you know exactly what we have been up to. Please feel free to send me a message on Class Dojo or via my school email ( if you ever need to contact me.


Please click on the icons below to find lots of useful information about our Year 3 adventure. In this section you will find our medium term plans, knowledge organisers, spellings and even a weekly class blog for each of the school terms so you will always know what we've been up to!


Each term I will update this section of the webpage to ensure you are aware of any important upcoming dates. These dates will also be communicated via Class Dojo to ensure you do not miss any useful information.


The dates you currently need to be aware of for Summer Term 2 are

  • Monday 6th June - School Closed for All. (Jubilee Holiday)
  • Tuesday 7th June - Children's first day of Summer Term 2.
  • W/C Monday 20th June - Celebration Week, Hub Groups and National Sports Week
  • Wednesday 29th June - Class Swap. Children to meet their Year 4 Teacher.
  • Friday 8th July - INSET Day
  • Wednesday 13th July - Meet the teacher after school.
  • Friday 15th July - Sports day (KS2 - 1:15pm-3.15pm) and Reports sent home.
  • Wednesday 20th July - Parent Drop in regarding reports (3.30pm onwards)
  • Friday 22nd July - Last Day of the Academic Year. Break up for Summer holidays.


The dates you currently need to be aware of for Summer Term 1, are:

  • Monday 25th April - First day back for children.
  • Monday 2nd May - May Day off School.
  • Friday 6th May - Whole Class Photo Day
  • W/C Monday 23rd May - Jubilee Week in School (plans to be confirmed)
  • Thursday 26th May - Break up for Half-Term.
  • Friday 27th May - INSET Day

The dates you currently need to be aware of for Spring Term 2, are:

  • Monday 28th February - INSET Day.
  • Tuesday 1st March - First day back for children. 
  • Monday 7th March - Forest school starts - see letter regarding clothing.
  • Friday 8th April - Break up for half term. 


The dates you currently need to be aware of for Spring Term 1, are:

  • Monday 10th January - First day back.
  • Friday 18th February - Break up for half term. 


The dates you currently need to be aware of for Autumn Term 1, are:

  • Monday 1st November - INSET day.
  • Tuesday 2nd November - First day back.
  • Wednesday 22nd November - Party AM (Party clothes and own drink)
  • Wednesday 22nd November - Break up for Christmas.


The dates you currently need to be aware of for Autumn Term 1, are:

  • Wednesday 1st September - INSET day
  • Thursday 2nd September - First day in Year 3
  • Wednesday 8th September - Meet the teacher (cancelled)
  • Friday 22nd October - Break up for half term


Reading books - In Year 3, your child will continue to use the Accelerated Reader scheme just link in the infants. We are happy for your child to change their reading book as often as required but would request where possible that their current book as been read twice to help with our reading comprehension and accuracy. We recognise this isn't possible for longer, chapter books however! Please engage with 3 weekly reads with your child and ensure their diaries are signed. For every 3 reads your child completes at home then a merit will be awarded and a raffle ticket earned for an end of half-term prize!


Spellings - Each week, your child will be given a list of 10 words/spellings which follow a particular spelling rule. These will be tested on Friday of the following week. To help learn the spellings children will be able to access 'Spelling Shed' to play a range of online games. Please head over to the Summer Term 1 - Curriculum Info - Spellings  to see a breakdown of the spelling lists. 


Please do not be alarmed if your child has different spellings. We will always send your child home with the spellings list associated with the Year 3 curriculum to ensure your child is accessing and familiar with these words however we have tweaked spellings to ensure progress at each individual child's level.


Homework - Alongside weekly reading, spelling and times table practice, your child will also be set some online activities linked to grammar and Maths. These activities may be set on MyMaths, TTRockStars or These websites were accessed during your child's time in Year 2 so shouldn't be anything new to them. Please head over to the Summer Term 2 - Home & Spellings to find website links for each online task.


PE - Our PE days for Summer Term 1 are a Wednesday afternoon and a Friday afternoon. Please can your child to come dressed in their appropriate PE kits (plain, with no logos) . Your child will stay in their PE kit for the entire day. As the weather starts to improve for the summer, please ensure children always have their sun hats on PE days too please.