Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Year 3 - Mrs Derbyshire and Miss Urquhart



Hello Year 3!


Happy 2023! We are looking forward to having a fantastic year with you all. Here are a few things you need to know:


  • Our PE sessions will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons in the Spring term. 
  • On Wednesdays we will be going swimming. Children will need to come to school in their PE kit and bring a named bag containing a swimming costume, towel, goggles and  a swimming hat if required.
  • On Fridays we will be going to Forest School. Children will need to come to school wearing appropriate clothing, as they will be spending the afternoon outside regardless of the weather.
  • Spellings and MyMaths tasks will be set on Friday afternoons ready for our check the following Friday. Spellings will be stuck into a yellow book, which needs to return to school each Friday
  • 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.
  • There is hand sanitizer in school for you to use, but if you wish to bring your own please keep it in your bag or drawer.


Mrs  Derbyshire & Miss Urquhart

Meet the Teachers!

Mrs Derbyshire has worked at TJ for four years, teaching in years 2 and 4. She is Geography Co-ordinator for the school and has two children and a dog called Peggy who was something of a celebrity in TJ during lockdown learning!  Miss Urquhart has worked here for 2 years, having previously taught Reception. This her third year teaching in Year 3. She is a big David Attenborough fan!


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 Practise and Reading


Maths homework will be set using the online programme 'MyMaths'. 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.


As mentioned above, spellings will be set each Friday and the children will complete their test the following Friday. 


We are expecting all children to be reading for at least 20 minutes each day. Please record their reading in their reading record.

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.


‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered’