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Reading is the key to all success!  If you can read, you can gain knowledge, understanding and enjoyment.  


In Year 3, we expect you to read for at least 20 minutes everyday, so that you gain stamina and fluency, as well as the love of reading.  Record your home reading in your reading diary daily to gain rewards in class.  


As you progress throughout Year 3, you will be given a stage book at your own level to help you to practise the key reading skills needed throughout Key Stage Two. 


In addition to this, you will have a book to read for pleasure which you can chose from the library or your own selection of books.  This means that you will be able to choose one of the books you read each week.  It is important that you use the recommended reading list below to help you to read a range of genres at the right level.  You can also borrow non-fiction books from our school library and novels from your class library.  


It is important to read the book allocated by your teacher regularly (it is recommended to read this a couple of times to improve your fluency and to change this weekly). ON the other days, you should read you reading for pleasure book to develop a love of reading and authors.

Year 3's class author is Roald Dahl

As Dr Seuss once said, “The more you read, the more you know, the more you learn, the more places you'll go!” It is important that children are regularly reading both in and outside of school. Please aim to read with your child at minimum of 3 times a week and please sign in their reading diary. As children in Y3 are growing in independence, they can read to themselves and record this in their reading diary, please can this still be signed by an adult. Reading diaries will be checked every Monday so please ensure they are in school on this day.  Furthermore, if your child has finished their book, it is their responsibility to let me or Mrs Woodhead know so it can be changed ready for the next day.


Miss Hough

Our Class Author is Roald Dahl so we will initially be doing some work based on him, his life and his most famous and popular books. Most of our end of day whole class reading time will be based around a Roald Dahl book which the children will hopefully enjoy.

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

Year 3 Recommended Reading List



Dear Parents/ Carers,


As I am sure you are aware, as well as being an enjoyable pastime, reading impacts hugely on children’s writing ability and general learning. We encourage children to read as much as possible, both at home and in school.


To assist with the difficult task of choosing a new book, we have put together a recommended reading list for each year group across the school.


Whilst the children have access to a variety of books within each classroom, we are aware of the fact that not all of the below titles are available to the children in school. We are currently working on increasing the range of fiction books available to the children both in class and in the library. In the meantime, we also encourage them to bring in their own books from home, to visit their local library and to share some of the recommended books below between their friendship groups. 


You will notice that this is not an exhaustive list, but it represents a cross-section of books suitable for your child’s year group.

Happy reading!

Miss Hough