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Year 3 at primary school

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Welcome to Year 3 at primary school!

In schools in England, Year 3 is for children 7–8 years old, and is the first year of Key Stage 2.

There will be less of a focus on phonics and more emphasis on understanding and learning spelling rules. In maths, your child will use the column method and will learn their 3, 4, and 8 times tables.

What to expect in Year 3

Increasing independence and empathy! Find out what your child can expect in Year 3.

What to expect in Year 3

English & reading in Year 3

The Year 3 curriculum for English and reading.

English curriculum for Year 3

Maths curriculum in Year 3

The Year 3 curriculum for maths.

Maths curriculum for Year 3

Recommended books for Year 3

Early readers

Practice independent reading skills with these Stage 6 books from Read with Oxford.

Early readers for age 7+

Activity books

Develop core skills in English and maths with these activity books from Progress with Oxford.

Activity books for age 7–8


Develop vocabulary and grammar skills with a dictionary.

Oxford Children’s Dictionaries

Children's fiction

Madcap adventures from Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.

More fiction books