Preparation Guide – Year Three

We hope this page and the resources it links to will provide parents and teachers with some food for thought and some useful resources to use and focus on.

During year three differences between children in the year group are much more marked because of their age differences.  In year three one year of difference (the maximum) is a 13% difference whereas by year six this falls to less than 10%.  Equally the differences between how children have been brought up (brothers and sisters or only child, sheltered upbringing or more extrovert upbringing etc.) will also have a difference at this age.

As a result of the differences between children in year three some children will appear perhaps to be light years ahead and others very behind. The important thing for parents to remember at this age is that comparisons between children are not always or indeed often helpful.  A child who appears to be behind in year three may turn out to be the brightest child in the school by the end of year six.

Our preparation guides are designed to work with our year three books page and if you want to think about getting any of the resources we suggest then follow the links through and it should take you through to that particular resource on Amazon (to retain our independence we sell nothing ourselves).

Year Three Maths and English – ‘The Basics’ This resource shows you what to do, when to do it and what books if any you might use.  It focusses on times tables, reading and vocabulary development. Most parents do all or some of these activities.

Year three Maths and English – Enhanced Help This resource shows you what to do, when to do it and what resources to use if you want to offer your child more help than just The Basics.  The help we suggest you could give is split into three sections ranging from a little more help to working every day.

Year three Maths and English – Revision and end of year exam preparation  – This resource shows you how to help children prepare for their end of year exams and what resources to use.  Helping children give a good account of themselves in their end of year exams can give them lots of confidence and acts as a positive springboard into year four.

Summer holiday work at the end of year threeThis resource helps to give some structure to working during the summer holidays.  This period is when children can make good progress and is particularly useful for younger children.  Done properly, little and often) working over the summer can help children make a significant step forwards and enter year four with more confidence.