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           SummerTerm B

Welcome back to the final half term of the school year, commencing on Monday 1st June. We hope you had a wonderful half term in the glorious sunshine.  Please be careful and remember those sun hats, sun cream and plenty of water to enjoy it safely.


We continue to be amazed, impressed and inspired by all the fabulous work you have done last half term.  Some people are running out of space in their workbooks now, so if you need new ones, they are available for collection in the KS2 main entrance area.  (There is no need to write a page and leave a page in your home learning books, so please ensure all the pages have been used up first.)


 If you haven't already,  please take up Mrs Markham's Mindful May Challenge, which involves being kind by writing a letter or making some pictures for the hospital. All of the resources and info you need for these tasks are in the Home Learning Tasks and Resources section of this page. 


     Don't forget to take care of your well-being.


                   Stay safe. Be kind. Be happy! 

                       Mrs Allen,  Miss Mason and Mrs May











Celebration Assembly


Welcome to our virtual CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY. We are so  proud of all of you (and your parents and carers!). Please keep in touch via your classes homework emails.


Miss Cross and Miss Mason

Key Stage Two Team Leads




                                    NEWS  WORTH CELEBRATING


                                           75th Anniversary of VE Day



Paige in 3A  writes: 


I am celebrating VE day in 2020 because we have been at " war" with Corona Virus for many weeks. The schools are shut , the country is currently on lock down and we are very grateful for the NHS. Although we cannot play with friends, go to parties or have play -dates we can still have a socially distanced VE day street party. We have Red, white and blue balloons and we are going to make a rainbow cake for us and our neighbours to enjoy.






Ruby E has achieved her  Brownies  "Grow Your Own"  badge , by designing a garden, planting seeds and making a plant schedule. Congratulations, Ruby! Do let us know of any awards or competition wins that you have had.


Reading Awards

Reading Awards  1



Home learning tasks and resources

Year 3 Homework Letter

Year 3 Home School Timetable

Miss Ainsworth's Half term Dino Garden Challenge

Still image for this video

Mental Health Awareness - Kindness Challenge

Mental Health Awareness - Kindness Challenge 1

Week of 18th May home learning tasks

Philosophy Fun: Would You Rather Questions

How to stay safe online:






Summer 2020 Curriculum



We will continue to work from home until further notice during this  national period of social distancing.  Whilst the curriculum will naturally need to be adjusted in order to facilitate this , the key topic for this term is Ancient Egypt. Some activities related to this topic will be included in the weekly task schedules and children may wish to do some of their own research and reading. It is a fascinating topic! 



                                  Horrible Histories Awful Egyptians   





Recommended reads :


for some super reads linked to this theme.

                      See artefacts and listen to an expert, live.







You can get a  rare up-close look at artefacts from ancient Egypt in a new live experience.

with Dr Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum


During Egyptology in Lockdown Live, Dr Campbell Price will explore fascinating objects from the collection, share the ways you can access the museum's collection off-site, and will answer the top 10 Ancient Egypt questions submitted every week.

The live session is suitable for all ages - including budding Egyptologists and the generally curious.


             You can tune into Periscope @mcrmuseum  every Thursday at 3pm. 







Virtual Games Challenge 

Cheshire Virtual School Games:  

If you would like to get involved in more sporting activities this summer, have a look at the Cheshire Virtual School Games programme below.  Choose the sporting activities you would like to get involved in and if you would like to submit your videos follow the instruction given.  Good luck and have fun!







Mr Cooper's Mission to Decorate the Gates




We love the colourful rainbows on our school gates.  Mr Cooper is asking for more of your bright , cheerful pictures to decorate the gates even MORE.  It can be a rainbow, a picture of YOU, hearts, butterflies, flowers... anything that makes us smile.  Drop your picture off at school on your daily walk.




Mrs Markham's Art Challenge




We need your help!


Matt Heywood , who is one of the A&E consultants at Macclesfield Hospital,  has requested lots of lovely artwork for the hospital to cheer up the blank walls for all the staff and patients in these difficult times.


The artwork must be-

A4-sized pictures. 

Brightly coloured. 

Any subject. 

Lots of them. 


Please write your name and Puss Bank School on the back so they know who it is from.


You can drop off the pictures underneath the rainbow pictures on the school gates,  where there will be a box labelled ‘Hospital pictures ‘


Thank you. Stay safe and stay well. 


 Mrs Markham











                    School trip from home : Visit Manchester Museum


Manchester Museum have lots of fascinating artefacts to explore online as well as resources for home schooling that an be downloaded. There is a whole pack on Ancient Egypt.  Why not take a tour of their site ?








The Easter sing-a-long and future fortnightly songs with activities will now be in the Singing for All area of the website, so head there for new songs and matching activities fortnightly.

As well as these songs, we are also going to be offering you some music tuition from our skilled music providers: The Love Music Trust.  These too will be in the Singing for All area of the website.  There is a KS1 session and a KS2 session weekly.

On top of all of that, follow the links for the daily ‘Big Sing’ that will also be provided for you by The Love Music Trust.

Remember, do as much or as little as you like but singing is good for the soul and something everybody can join in with.

Have fun!

Mrs Gadbury


Don't forget to practise our whole school song: 'Together'.





These activities from Mrs Gadbury are great  as some of you will be missing your Singing Squad rehearsals and your guitar lessons with Andy. Don't forget to practise your guitar!  Purple Mash has some music making activities if you explore the tools section. 


You could join the National Choir run by TV choir leader, Gareth Malone. In fact, all of the family could join in! Ask an adult to sign up for your family!







 Blog your work


If you wish to share a picture of work you are proud of or a rainbow in your window, why not add it to the Y3 working from home blog in Purple Mash?






                Go to          then     


Hover over the blue headings to read a blog post and leave a comment.

To create your own blog post (to add pictures of work etc) click :       



Posts will need a teacher's approval before being visible, so please be patient. If you can't use the blog, parents can send a picture to the teachers via e mail and we will try to add it for you.





Be Active !


 Skip 5

Dan The Skipping Man has some great, quick skipping work outs for you.


"Skip 5" part 1:

"Skip 5" part 2:

"Skip 5" part 3:

 "Skip 5" part 4

 "Skip 5" part 5

 "Skip 5" part 6




         Why not join the Body Coach for a daily workout?

            Train to Win Team GB Active Challenge



This document contains a daily exercise task and asks you to record your daily score .  There are some ideas for games to play too.

Football Mad?


Check out these coaching sessions , designed to be done at home.    There are also live  sessions twice a week, if an adult is happy to follow them on Facebook. 


The sessions are added to use at any time here, on their YouTube channel,


Love to  exercise to music? 



For songs, exercise to music  and also mindfulness.   Such fun!  Mrs Allen loves "Go Bananas" and  "Feel It Still". 






The BBC has Supermovers, with songs for learning your times tables. Who doesn't love a bit of Cyril the Swan ?! 


   Yoga is good for your body and mind!


Practise fifteen minutes of Karen's yoga poses and breathing every day. Could you use her poses to make up a routine? Or check out Cosmic Yoga for a guided session.






A message from Karen, our yoga teacher.



Dear Year 3.
I hope you are well and using your time at home wisely. 
Perhaps this a good time to practice our balance positions like The Tree,  or maybe you can feel strong in The Warrior pose?   Maybe you feel like taking some time to be calm and still?….. Remember the end of our classes where we have let our bodies go floppy,  breathe deeply and relax?  You can do this at home too. 
Here is a picture of me in my Yoga Studio, I’ve been practising my crocodile breathing,  in through the nose and out through the nose to help me feel calm and happy. 
I hope to see you again , but until then.   Namaste. 






Perhaps the most important thing you can do is read, read, read. We are trying to read 500 books aloud across the school ... lets keep it going.  Find a good way to keep a record of your reading .





500 Books Challenge


Puss bank PROCLAIMS that ;

 "We will read 500 books..."

(and we might read 500 more...)



We started this challenge for World Book Day.

Remember to record any book that you read aloud on a paper footprint for our 500 Books Challenge.  Write the title of the book and your name and class on a paper foot print. Decorate the print and jazz it up.  Can you go around your bedroom walls in paper footprints?


Post a picture on your class  work blog on Purple Mash.  Go onnnnn !






Epic is a fantastic app and website with thousands of age appropriate, colourful books. It works like an e reader but  many books have audio; there is so much choice and its all free with an invitation sent from a teacher. If you would like to sign your child up to EPIC, Y3 parents may use Mrs Allen's e mail address


Just contact Mrs Allen at

 and she will send you the link. 



Audio books


Listen to audio books for free, with the latest offer from Audible .  While schools are closed, you can stream from Audible without setting up an account!





Oliver Jeffers


Join one of our favourites for a daily story time.  Who doesn't love Oliver Jeffers ? Great to listen to with younger siblings as well.

Love David Walliams?


Popular entertainer and author David Walliams is releasing 30 of his books in audio format, one a day at 11 a.m.





Click here to listen: 



for more  Walliams fun and info.




More Maths!


If you are mad about Maths and want to do more than your teacher has set, a daily Maths lesson is available FREE from Carol Vorderman.


A parent will need to set up a free account .




                         Get Arty !







Each day, illustrator Rob Biddulph will be doing a drawing tutorial.   If you liked drawing Agent Weasel, you will enjoy drawing with Rob.  We would love so see some of your efforts...especially  the sausage dogs!





Improve your fine motor skills  and bust stress with some 


  Dough Disco




Grab a ball of PlayDoh and join the crazy party...






             Book Review Homework.


   While you are working from home, you could continue to review some of your own books.  Why not get some different ideas and tips by signing up for:




You can sign up for free if you enter "homeschool"



This half term, Y3 children must write three book reviews in their reading journal .  As long as these are completed by Wed April 1st, it is up to you how you pace this.  To see some examples of book reviews written by children , follow the link below and select "titles".  There are plenty of reviews to look at to gain some inspiration:





        Miss Mason and Mrs Allen have done their own book reviews this half term!


Mrs Allen's book review.

Book Title : The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry     Star rating   * * * * * 

This book in 3 words:   beautiful,  important ,  inspiring. 



The Great Kapok Tree has  detailed, vibrant illustrations which attracted my eye as soon as I saw the front cover.  I chose to read it because I am teaching about The Amazon Rainforest and wondered if this text could be useful in class.  It is a picture book which combines a story set in the rainforest with important themes from real life. 


The narrative begins as a man is preparing to chop down an enormous tree in the rainforest but  he gets tired and falls asleep. While he is asleep, different  animal characters approach and give reasons for him not to chop it down. This helps the reader to learn how important the tree is to all kinds of life because it is an ecosystem. So while a story is being told, the book is also giving information.


I thought the book's key message was about respecting nature and  that humans need to think about the effects of their actions.  It also inspired me to go and do some extra reading about the Kapok Tree and the many uses that it has.  I was amazed by what I discovered!  


I would recommend The Great Kapok Tree  to any children who are interested in  the rainforest, in animals or the environment and, of course, their teachers should read it too.  Very thought-provoking. 







Miss Mason's book review.

Book Title :   The Incredible Book Eating Boy                Star rating   * * * * * 

This book in 3 words:  crazy, positive, entertaining



I chose this book because I have read lots of  other Oliver Jeffers books.  I always enjoy them and especially sharing them with children.  I love the illustrations and the use of book pages in their backgrounds. The bite taken out of the back cover and the message advising against eating the book are funny ideas.


In this story, the main character, Henry, eats books  until he makes himself sick but eventually learns that only by reading the books (not eating them!), can he become  clever.  There is no quick way to achieve this... you have to actually do the reading !  I thought that this is a very good lesson  in life for everyone!


I loved this picture book because it promotes reading for pleasure, which is something that I myself am passionate about.  I love any text for children that celebrates reading ... and this book does exactly that !



Tips for writing a book review :


1.  Name the book and the author.

2. Pick 3 key words that best describe the book.

3. Say why you chose it.

4. Give a gist  (short summary ) of the story but do not retell it all. 

5.  Say what type of book e.g. adventure, mystery, comedy, picture book, fantasy.

6. Comment on any themes you think the writer was exploring.

7. Comment on the main character.

8. Give opinions about what is good about the book.  Why did you like it ?

9. If the book could be better in some way, explain why. 

10. Mention who else might enjoy this book.  Boys ? Girls ? People  who are interested in animals ?  





Maths News 


                                     Year 3  has launched Times Tables  Rock Stars

                              Have you discovered  your inner rock star yet ?



                                             Click the rock star to take you to the log-in page. 

                                               Get the app,  or play online.  






About your teachers


Your teachers are:

3A - Mrs Allen and  3M - Miss Mason.




Mrs May will teach 3A on Wednesdays.


Mrs Allen loves guinea pigs and has two called Toffee and Treacle.



Miss Mason loves cats and has one called Dotty.




Mrs May teaches 3A on Wednesdays . She loves animals and has a dog, a cat, a hamster and two gerbils.  Here is a picture of Chewy the dog and Tigger the cat.









What have Year 3 been up to?




The Y3 curriculum has some small changes for you to note. However, the range of subjects and the way the lessons are taught remain the same as in Y2. 



1. The timetable will include a foreign language lesson (French).

2. Individual reading will generally be replaced by group and whole class reading lessons.

3. New to Year 3 this year, will be a half hour yoga session each week, in recognition of the importance of mindfulness as part of a healthy lifestyle. We are very excited !







In addition to their yoga session, 

3A will have PE on Mondays and Tuesdays.

 3M will have PE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


All  KS2 classes will also be participating in a nationwide initiative to get children moving and boost their fitness levels, which will involve them walking or running for a 15 minute period,  several times during the week. 


We are going to be so fit !


PE Kit

Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit which is in a labelled bag. This will be kept in school for the duration of the half term.  Some activities will be indoor, some will be outdoor so the correct items for each will be required . 


Kit items.

  • white t-shirt , dark shorts and trainers for outdoor lessons . Plimsolls or bare feet  for indoor lessons
  • for colder weather - a sweater/hoodie (some children just use their school sweatshirt)
  •  joggers/tracksuit bottoms
  • earrings must be removed before the school day and long hair must be tied back





Year 3 homework in Spring term is:


Reading for pleasure !

Keeping a reading journal.

Weekly spellings to be learnt.

On-going learning of times tables, including playing Times Tables  Rock Stars.


Homework will be given out on a Friday and is collected in on Wednesday. 

The Year 3 weekly spelling lists will be sent home in the orange homework book.

Children will be tested on Thursdays or Fridays.











Year 3 Information:



In the best  interests of the children, we are always keen to keep the lines of communication open.

Please note that on most days, teachers are available on the playground at 8:45am until the whistle goes at 8:50.  For quick messages and questions,  this is an ideal opportunity to speak with us. For matters which will require a longer conversation,  please catch us when you collect your child at 3:20,  or drop us a note in the blue organiser so that we can arrange an appointment either in person or via the telephone. 

If someone other than the usual person is to collect your child, please inform us via the organiser or verbally. 



The blue organiser is ideal for any non-urgent messages/general communications and we will always reply once your child has shown us the message.  Please ensure that your child brings this to school on a daily basis as a part of their routine. If there is a message in it for the teacher, please make sure your child is aware of this. 

(Sometimes, attaching  a Post-It note is a helpful way to help them to remember that they need to show a particular page to the teacher.) 



Morning school begins at the same time as before  at 8:50 am, with children lining up on the sound of a whistle. 

The end of day bell is at the slightly later time of 3:20pm.  

Children who are not collected at this time will be taken to the office, which is in the KS1 building. 



Breaktime Snacks

In Year 3, children need to bring their own healthy snack for playtime. This can go in their schoolbag or as an extra item in their lunchbox.

Alternatively, a snack trolley is open during morning playtime.  If your child wishes to purchase a snack, they can bring their own money providing that they are responsible for it and with the understanding that some of their break will be spent in a queue. 


Snack Menu and Price List 


Available daily:

  • toast  - large 20p, small 10p
  • bagel (plain or cinnamon)  - large 50p, small 25p
  • crumpet – 35 p
  • fruit tea cake  -  25p
  • sultanas  - 20p
  • milk - 25 p
  • juice  - 25p

Mondays only :

  • bap-based pizza slice  - large 50p, small 25p

Wednesdays only :

  • cheesy oatcakes – large 60p, small 30p

Fridays  only :

  • bacon butty – large £1.20, small 60p




Please note, that although the children have now moved to the KS2 building, there is no KS2 office.  Please continue to use the main office which is in the KS1 building as before, for any enquiries.  


School meals

Children in Y3 will have their lunch at 12.30. 

Please note: School meals are no longer free of charge for everyone as they were in KS1. The cost of a meal is £2.20.

The alternative is to provide a packed lunch from home.  

A dinner register is taken every day, during which the children must inform their teacher whether they will be having a packed lunch or a school meal. You do not need to commit to  school meal five days a week - if you wish to vary between school meals and packed lunches that's fine  -  as long as your child knows what they are having each day.

Payment can be made online via Parentpay, via the office or in a named envelope to be handed to the class teacher. 


How to help at home:

Reading- Please try to find time to listen to your child read every night or share bedtime stories. We would like the children to be developing their comprehension too,  so do ask questions about their reading  so that key reading skills such as summarising, predicting and retrieving information can improve.  We'd also love to have some volunteers, if you can spare some time during the day, to hear readers in school.


Spelling - The key to children becoming good spellers is regular practice. Word searches, hangman, anagrams, speed writing, oral letter by letter recounting can all help make it more fun to learn spellings, but it is also important that children know what each word means. There are also lots of apps to help with this too. We follow the National Curriculum Objectives for Spelling using the No-Nonsense scheme for Y3 and, as such, weekly word lists are sent out to learn on one sheet, a half termly basis. 

Children will have lessons in school about the rules of spelling and strategies they can use to aid their memories for spelling. 


Maths - By the end of Y3, children are expected to know the multiplication facts for the 2,3,4,5,8 and 10 times tables and, again, regular practice of these, makes an enormous difference to your child's recall and fluency. Watch out for a new app which we will launch later this term! It is also useful as a life skill to help your child learn to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. Having an analogue watch/clock for them to have access to is a great help with this.


Trips - We always need help with supervision on our school trips. If you would like to help, please let your child's class teacher know.



                                                                      Useful  Weblinks



For practice of addition and subtraction facts.:


Choose Maths Games, then addition and subtraction .

Choose any game that you wish to, but make sure it is not too hard or too easy!


Choose the number bonds option.

Top Marks has some other addition and subtraction games, that you may wish to explore.


On the home page, choose addition and subtraction.

Select Jetpack Maths Addition or Archery Arithmetic Subtraction.

Both games have a menu to select which skills you want to practice. Most pupils should select three digit numbers + /- ones.  If this is too tricky, there are a range of other skills to practise.





Parents need to subscribe but you can do so for free. If you enter children's spelling words they will be able to practise them in a variety of ways. This is also available as an app. 

Available as an app - again, an adult needs to  enters the child's spelling word list before they start.

This site has practice and test activities for Y3 spelling rules and the statutory Y3/4words  that follow no particular pattern. (Spelling Bee words.)

Curriculum Leaflet - Spring 2020