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Year 3

Celebration Assembly


Welcome to our first 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

Celebration Assembly


Hello Y3 children and parents.


From Monday March 23rd you will  be  doing the "working from home challenge." due to school closure. 

And we know you can do it !


                        We are proud of every child! 

                   Be kind to yourselves and stay safe.  




Year 3 Homework Letter

Year 3 Home School Timetable

Week of 23 March daily home learning tasks

The documents above are your home learning information letters and task instructions for the coming week.    Your weekly task sheet also contains some words of advice for parents and a special message of encouragement for  the children. 


An e mail address can be found in the homework letter, which can be used to contact us during school hours if anyone has learning related questions. 


If you have no need to contact us about the tasks, please could all parents drop us an email once a week to "check in." 


                                        We're all in this together !


                             Blog your work

If you wish to share a picture of work you are proud of (work only please) why not add it to the Y3 working from home blog in Purple Mash, 2Blog? It will need a teacher's approval before it is visible so please be patient. If you can't do that, parents can send a picture to the teachers via e mail we will add it for you.

                                Growth mindset    


       Year 3 - we  would like to remind you that ...







                    Be Active !

         Why not join the Body Coach for a daily workout?

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,


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.







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 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.




    Sing  and Make Music




 Some of you will be missing your Singing Squad rehearsals and your guitar lessons with Andy. Practise your guitar!  Purple Mash has some music making activities if you explore the tools section. 

Keep up your singing . 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!



                        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 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.  




Welcome to Year 3


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 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.



Spring 2020



Our main topic this term is ...




In this study, we will learn about The Amazon Rainforest and have opportunities to use maps and atlases to investigate geographical questions.  We will learn about climate, ecosystems and the impact of human activity on habitats.  A visit from the fabulous "Animal Magic"  will give children an exciting insight into lives of creatures that might be found in the tropics, as they will encounter a selection of animals at close quarters.  Additionally, our learning in Art and DT will link to this theme, taking inspiration from Henri Rousseau to create our own pictures  and making  our own fruit salads that include tropical fruits. 



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.)

How to stay safe online:

Curriculum Leaflet - Spring 2020