Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Year 3 - Mr Johnston and Mr Phipps



Hello Year 3!

A huge welcome back from Mr Johnston and Mr Phipps! We hope you had a great Easter break and managed to rest. We cannot wait to begin our next topic with you which is 'Island Life'. In this Geography focused unit, we will learn all about the different islands in our world and think about the human and physical characteristics of each.  Our swimming lessons will continue each Wednesday



  • Our PE sessions will be on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in the Summer term. Please ensure children come in to school in the correct P.E. kit. This will be: red or black shorts, white T-shirt, black P.E. shoes. Black tracksuit bottoms or shorts, black jumper or hoody and trainers for outdoors. Children will need a towel and swimming costume for swimming. They may bring goggles if they like.


  • Spelling shed will be how children complete their spelling homework. Home spelling books will no longer be given out. Children should aim to practice on the app for at least 10 minutes daily. Children will no longer sit a weekly spelling test and will instead be assessed on their spellings in different ways. 


  • TT Rockstars is used for children to practice their times tables. They should aim to practice for 10 minutes daily. 


  • Maths Shed will be our new homework site for Maths. Each week a new topic will be set in order to reinforce the learning that has happened in the classroom. 


  • Please bring your reading record and reading book to school every day, as well as your water bottle and healthy fruit snack for play time. Children should aim to read at home daily and parents should sign reading records to confirm that they have read. Reading can take many forms and can be on a device, newspaper, recipe as well as their reading book etc. 


  • If you would like to discuss anything with us then please approach us at the end of the school day or email us to arrange a face-to-face meeting. 


Mr Phipps and Mr Johnston

Meet the Teachers!

Mr Phipps started working at Thomas Jolyffe in 2022. Before this, he worked in schools in Reading and Birmingham. Mr Phipps has two cats, Poppy and Tabitha, and enjoys walking and reading. Mr Johnston has been teaching at Thomas Jolyffe since 2023 and has since taken a full time role at the start of Spring Term. 

Home Learning

Homework Website Links


It is the expectation in Year 3 that children read for approximately 20 minutes per day at home. We would appreciate a signature or short comment in children's reading records each time they read in order to help our monitoring. It is important that after finishing each book, the children are quizzing independently to demonstrate how well they have understood what they have read. Quizzing can be done either at school or at home (login details can be found in your child’s reading record).



Times Table Rock Stars

We are also continuing with our Times Tables Rock Stars programme, which children can access at school and at home using the link above. Children will awarded certificates when they reach a new rock star status when playing on Studio.



Year 3's weekly homework will include MathsSpelling Practice and Reading


Maths homework will be set using the online programme 'MathsShed'. A new activity will be set each Friday to be completed for the following Friday. Your child’s login details can be found in their reading record and are the same as their spelling shed log ins.


As mentioned above, spellings will be set each Monday and the children will be expected to practice daily at home. 


We are expecting all children to be reading for at least 20 minutes each day. Please record their reading in their reading record. Certificates are awarded to those children who successfully quiz regularly.




Email Communication Statement


As a school we recognise the value of providing email addresses for parents to communicate non-urgent issues with members of staff - especially this year where face to face contact is rare. At Thomas Jolyffe teachers are free to check their emails as they wish in order to fit to their own preferred work pattern but are not expected to check while they are teaching, while they are at home, or at weekends - so response times may vary. We believe that up to 48 working hours is a reasonable length of time to receive a considered reply. However, children who are self isolating or quarantining will be given priority. Urgent matters are best discussed via the school office, who will ensure the message is delivered as quickly as possible.

As with all messages, the meaning and tone may vary depending on who is reading it. Please consider this before choosing to email any member of staff. We would also encourage all parents to consider information sent to teachers regarding other children very carefully as this can be requested by other parents under the rules governing GDPR.


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