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Year 3

Hello Year 3!


We hope that you have had a good second week at home. We have missed being with you but have been excited to see photos on the schoolsout area.  

We have loved the drawing of the Milky Way, delicious looking cakes (just as well we're not at school or we'd need to taste those!) an incredible 3D fish - is it a piranha? And some fantastic Rainforest work. There has been some  extremely imaginative spellling practise and we can't wait to see what you grow in the planters you helped build.

WOW you have all been so busy and we really appreciate all the hard work going on. Well done! This is a tricky time for you having to stay at home and we've been amazed by how adaptable, imaginative and hard working you have all been, we are so proud of you.


A special 'Happy Birthday' goes out to Jared this week, we hope you had a wonderful time celebrating with your family!


A big thank you to all your parents who are supporting you with your learning, its been a challenging couple of weeks,  you are doing an incredible job in difficult circumstances, juggling work, home schooling and running a household. Thank goodness for the Easter break!


Mrs Lee's week:

It has been another busy week but I have definitely missed the sunshine this week! I have spent my working week writing Maths lessons, spelling grids and afternoon activities for you all for after Easter (have a well-deserved break before then!) At home, we have carried on clearing and tidying the garden. Our seeds were planted but we have no shoots as yet. We have played lots of ball games in the garden, watched a couple of family films in the evenings, played board games (Rachel is STILL winning the house competition!) and been for walks in the local park. Next week we are looking forward to some family time together as Mr Lee has a week off work :)

Mrs Bartram's week:

       We have been enjoying dog walks in the Aquadrome this week and yesterday walked around Stockers lake for a           change - have any of you walked there? It's much wilder than the other lakes and we managed to photograph              a heron in flight. I have been busy planning some English and topic activities for you to enjoy after Easter as               well as preparing Easter activities for any children of key workers that are in school next week. We've been                 watching movies as a family this week and are trying to watch films of the books we've read and compare                   them. This week's favourite was Wonder. We are really looking forward to a relaxing Easter holiday and maybe             enjoying a few lie-in's!


After Easter, beginning Monday 20th April, class work will continue to be set in the current format. During that week, we will set up Year 3 with log-ins for Google Classroom and from Monday 27th April we will post work and short videos on that platform so that we can teach the Summer term curriculum. We will support the children through this process and will of course be on email to answer any questions you may have. We will email details of this towards the end of the holiday.


In case you are looking for activities over the holidays, we have listed some websites below. If you are short of reading books you may want to check the Oxford Owl website which has a number of banded books that will match the children's current levels. Reading is the only thing we'd like you to continue over Easter.


We hope you have a brilliant Easter weekend and that you find nice things to do as well as some chocolate eggs to eat! 


Take care of yourselves and each other.


Rebecca Bartram and Joanne Lee


A prayer for our class and our school:

Dear Jesus, 

Thank you for being with us always. Thank you for looking after us and our families. Please continue to help everyone working in our hospitals, caring for those who are sick and poorly.

Help us to remember Easter shows your forgiveness and your love for each one of us. May we know life to the full, and show this to others this Easter!







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Below are some useful websites that you might wish to explore. (Videos and articles on all curriculum areas) (Spanish games - using the login given to you) (Core subject games and home learning packs) (Reading activities)  (Curriculum Activity Books) (Interactive Maths games and challenges) (Free audiobooks) (Make pictures using pixels) (Computing themed free activities) (Free Science, Computing, Maths & DT activities) (Radio show with interactive activities and guest speakers) (Cartoon workshop videos) (Live stream of free coding lesson, weekdays at 10am)

Hello Year 3!


How are you? We are missing seeing all your smiley faces and wanted to write and say 'Hello!' and let you know that we've been thinking of you. We hope that you are getting on well at home - trying to complete some reading, writing and Maths each day as well as looking after your family (and having some fun!). We look forward to hearing how you've been getting on with money in Maths, and which afternoon activities you have started. Photos please!


Mrs Lee's week:

It has been a busy week. I have been writing RE plans for the whole school, thinking especially about the Autumn term and Christmas! It has been strange to think about Christmas when the Spring sun has been shining through the windows! As well as working, Matthew and I have spent time in the garden digging over our allotment area at the back, ready to plant some bean and courgette seedlings very soon. We have enjoyed reading, playing games (we have a house competition going - Rachel is winning!) and Rachel has been making Easter bunting for us to hang in the hall.


Mrs Bartram's week:

Well its been a funny old week getting used to a new routine. It's no surprise that teaching your own children is far harder than teaching someone else's  - and I'm sure you can all appreciate Joss telling me to stop speaking to her like a teacher, which you are all very used to.

A big shout out to all your parents, who are doing an amazing job keeping you motivated, focused and vaguely sticking to a routine. We're right there with you.

So, apart from work and home schooling, I have been teaching Joss how to make friendship bracelets  - which I last made when I was 10, so a VERY long time ago. We have also been playing board games, I like Mrs Lee's idea of a house competition, my only problem is we're a rather competitive family and I don't need any more arguments..!


So, the first week of school is finished. Have a relaxing weekend, you have completely earned it! And please, please look after mum and dad, they are doing their very best to keep you safe. Think of something lovely you could do for them. 

Remember what Mrs Edwards suggested, maybe call a grandparent or chat to a neighbour, it might make a big difference to them.


We are both extremely proud of how well you are all doing. If you'd like send us pictures, we'd love to hear from you and if you'd like us to post them on this page please tell us, so we can share what you have been doing.


Take care of yourselves,


Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram



A prayer for our class and our school:

Dear Jesus,

Thank you that you are with us all of the time - at home, school, wherever we are. Please help us to remember you love each of us, and help us to show that love to our family. Please heal all those people who are sick and give strength to doctors, nurses, carers and hospital staff across our country and across the world. Amen

 (Videos and articles on all curriculum areas) (Spanish games - using the login given to you) (Core subject games and home learning packs) (Reading activities)  (Curriculum Activity Books) (Maths investigations and puzzles)


This afternoon we have sent home work books with the children, which have activities to complete over the next two weeks. In the front of the book we have stuck a suggested timetable and then spelling activity sheets and a grid of topic activities. Maths tasks are above and these have been planned as two units, one on money and the other on time. In addition we have included some grammar practise sheets and will send home a new comprehension book tomorrow, should you wish to practise this at home. 


The class are familiar with the routine of the suggested timetable as these are tasks we complete in class daily and we have asked the children to show you (and be the teacher!) how they complete this work.


We appreciate that each family will approach this work in their own way. We have produced more than enough work for each day, so please complete what is right for your child in your situation. Our only advice would be to complete some reading, writing and maths every day.


It is also the time to look at learning in its broadest sense, we have talked about learning a new skill or a job around the house that can help the family - cooking, gardening, laundry, organising and sorting. We talked about the importance of play indoors and outdoors and being creative and active.


We have included some websites you may find useful.  On Youtube there are Joe Wicks exercise videos the children may enjoy and some art tutorials from Emmylou's Fine Art workshop (previously from Arty Amber).


We send you our very best wishes and hope that you and your families stay healthy and safe over the coming weeks.


Rebecca Bartram and Jo Lee





Home Learning


Maths - CGP book p30-31 Ordering Fractions


English - Adding Capital letters and punctuation to a paragraph of text. Please can the children edit the writing on the  sheet.


Spelling - This week the words are from the Y3 and 4 word list:







Please continue to read regularly and sign Reading Record books, thank you.


Have a lovely weekend.




Home learning


Maths - CGP maths book p40-41 Perimeter.

English - Design the front cover for the Year 3 and 4 play 'The Tale of the Three Trees' by Ann Beresford.

Please include the the title and playwright on the design.

Spellings - This week we have been practising the prefixes 'auto' and 'super':








We will begin our design and technology project next week,  please could all children have a large and small plastic bottle (no milk cartons please as we need the circular bottle shape to build the flowers) and a toilet/kitchen roll tube in school by Thursday.


Thank you and have a wonderful weekend. 

World Book Day


Please can you send in a shoe box or box of a similar size - nothing larger please, for our World Book day activity on Thursday. Children will be working in groups, so we will need about 10-12 boxes altogether. Please don't worry if you have nothing suitable as they can share with someone else. Thank you in advance.




We have had a great start to the half term and the children have been busy preparing to write a non-chronological report on the rainforest and solving multiplication and division word problems. Next week will will begin looking at fractions.


Home Learning

Homework this week is on a sheet.


Maths - Word problems using the bar model.


English - We have been looking at how to read and make notes on a non-fiction topic. We have been practising reading a paragraph and identifying the main idea and then using this to write a sub-heading. This can be written as a statement or made into a question. For example, Rainforest Plants or Which plants live in the rainforest? If children wish to write a question please help them to select an appropriate question word - who for a person, where for a place and so on. We have just begun practising this in class so they may not be confident yet. We have also begun making notes on information texts. The children have been practising reading a paragraph a sentence at a time and picking out the key words and then recording these on a flow chart. The sheet has an example of how to present this.


Spelling - This week the words are from the Years 3 and 4 list:






In addition to these, please can you practise the days of the week and the months of January, February and March as a number of children as still spelling these incorrectly in their books. Thank you for your support with this.


We are continuing with our painting and printing project - a few children had forgotten their art shirts, please send them in by Friday and we'll keep them in class for all the messy activities this year.


Have a wonderful weekend.


It's been another great week, the children have been busy with their final Forest school session and we have been focusing on the Rainforest topic and producing some lovely prints and paintings.


Next half Term we will be continuing with this topic and as part of our DT project we will be making 3D models of flowers. Over the holiday please could you collect a small plastic water bottle (250ml) and a large plastic bottle (1l or bigger) and a toilet roll or kitchen roll tube - if you give this a 20 second blast in the microwave it will kill any unwanted germs! We will need these for the third week of next half term so there is no rush.


It has been another wonderful Half Term - we're now half way through Year 3! And we would like to thank you for all the support you have given us and the children. As usual there will be no holiday homework but please could the children continue to read regularly. If you have any free time and wish to practise spellings from the Year 3 and 4 word list and the 3 and 4 times tables that would help to consolidate recent work and prepare for next half term.


We wish you all a fantastic break and will see you back on 23rd February.







It's been a fun packed week, with a delicious visit to Wenzel's bakery, a great swimming lesson and a chilly but enjoyable forest school activity. The children are definitely ready for the weekend!


In English we have finished writing our fables and next week we will be focussing on the use of inverted commas. If they appear in the children's reading books this week please point them out and chat about their use.


In Maths we have been focussing on the 3 and 4 times tables and have begun to look at the associated division facts. Homework is linked to this activity.


Home Learning

English - comprehension p.24 Poems about Crocodiles 


Maths - Fact Families (for multiplication and division) Please can children complete a fact family for the 4 times table from 1 x 4 up to 12 x 4. Please see the example below. 


Spellings -  This week we have been looking at alternative ways of spelling 'sh':








Fact Families

Fact Families 1

As we're coming to the end of half term, our stock of Pritt Sticks are running low. If you could send one in for your child to use we would be very grateful.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


Home Learning


Maths - CGP book p22    3, 4 and 8 times tables

English - Comprehension My Name is Mina


Spellings this week are contractions:









Have a great weekend.



What a quick week this has been! The class have been working hard to learn their 3 and 4 times tables and exploring the modern fable 'War and Peas' by Michael Foreman. Next week will will be writing our own fables and moving on to division in Maths where will will be using our tables table knowledge.


Home Learning


Maths - 3 and 4 times table activities on a sheet. Please can you also practise quick fire questions (in order and mixed up) as this will support their work in division next week.


English - Comprehension, p20-1 'An Interview with Rebecca Adlington'


Spelling - This we are continuing with suffixes, -sub and -tele








Have a wonderful weekend!



We've made a great start to our new topic this week - Rainforests - and have started to look at locations around the world and the artwork of Henri Rousseau who liked to paint jungle scenes. If children have any books, articles or objects on this topic they would like to share, please send them in.


In addition to the shape work we have been studying in Maths lessons, we have begun to recap 'telling the time' as we have noticed the class need practise in reading digital and analogue clocks and relating this to the timing of breaks and lessons.

Please could you support them at home by discussing the time and reading clocks and watches, sharing timings for activities, how long they last, what time they start and finish etc. This would enable us to build up to reading the time to the nearest 5 minutes. Thank you in advance for your support with this.


Home Learning 


Maths - Perimeter worksheet, please write the answers onto the sheet

English - comprehension High Adventure (a memoir)

Spellings - we have been practising spelling words with the suffixes -ness and -ful








Have a great weekend.




We've started back with lots of enthusiasm and have been busy writing radio broadcasts, testing catapults and exploring parallel and perpendicular lines this week.


Home Learning


Maths - p50 and 51 of the CGP book -Angles and Lines

English - p16-17 Robotic Baby Penguins

Spellings will start next week and will be sent home at the beginning of the week.


Please continue reading regularly.

Have a wonderful weekend.





Happy New Year!


We would like to thank you for our wonderful and generous Christmas gifts and for the card signed by all the children, your cards and best wishes. We had a fantastic term - the children worked extremely hard and had lots of fun and it was a pleasure to come to work each day. Thank you for your continued support both in class and at home, it is invaluable.


We hope you have enjoyed time with family and friends this Christmas and had time to relax after a busy term.

We are looking forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday and are busy planning for an exciting half term.

Enjoy the last few days of the holiday and see you all next week.


Mrs Bartram and Mrs Lee


Well, we are certainly full of Christmas Spirit this week, having watched Reception's wonderful Nativity. We are learning our class carols for the Christmas service and have sent home paper copies for the children to practise over the weekend. Please can they bring the sheets back in on Monday.


After the Parent Forum this week we have been asked not to send homework again until after Christmas. So other than carol practise and learning spellings this week, there will be no further activities set until the new year.


Have a wonderful time at the Christmas Fair and enjoy the weekend : )


Another busy week finishing our adventure stories and learning column subtraction with exchanging and regrouping. The children have all worked very hard!


Next week we will start our new book 'Atlas of Adventures', so children may enjoy looking at a world map over the weekend in preparation.


Home Learning


Maths - p21 Written Subtraction


Comprehension - 'Daddy fell into the Pond' p12



This week we have been looking at are 'y' making an 'i' sound (as in pig). We discussed that this would usually come at the beginning of a word.








Have a wonderful weekend : )




This week we have finished our unit on column addition and the children have brought home a page of calculations to practise for homework. We will be moving on to column subtraction on next week.


We are continuing with our adventure story based on The Tunnel - next week we will be writing a description of the land beyond the tunnel and the children have been asked to find a picture of this setting and write some descriptive words underneath for homework.


Home Learning


Maths - Column addition sheet, please complete Section B or C, both if children would like. Squared paper has been sent home with the sheet for the answers. Work should be set out as we have practised in class.


English - Find a picture of the setting of the land through the tunnel. The children have written their setting at the top of their sheet. Underneath the picture make a list of descriptive words and phrases - children should use adventurous vocabulary and practise finding synonyms that they can use in next week's story. Please bring this in on Monday.


Spelling - This week they are from the Y3 and 4 list:







 Have a wonderful weekend.




This week has been 'Friendship' week in school and we began on Monday with our new Family groups, made up of one  child from each year group, so seven children in total, making over twenty- five family groups across the school. They got together to share ideas about school life and the school community. We are looking forward to regular Family group meetings throughout the year.


After the fun of our class assembly on Wednesday, we have settled back into our usual routines. We will continue with column addition next week and begin looking at regrouping (carrying). In English we will start our adventure stories, beginning with describing characters and settings.


The children performed very well in their spelling test this week and have obviously been working hard to learn the five words. This weeks spellings are listed below.


Home Learning

Maths - p16-17 Solving number problems


English - Comprehension - 'Daddy fell into the Pond'


Spelling - Negative prefixes -re and -mis







Enjoy your weekend.



It's been a great first week back. The children have settled quickly and have been working hard on their recounts of the trip to Verulamium and reflecting on what they have learnt about the Romans. We will be starting our new geography topic next week - Extreme Earth - looking at volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.


In Maths, we have been working on missing number problems and begun using the inverse to solve these. Homework is on a sheet this week as we would like the children to continue addition and subtraction practise.


Work has begun on our class assembly, which will be at 2.40pm next Wednesday (13th). For English homework, we would like the children to learn their line(s) and practise the song ready for Monday.


We would like the children to wear a 'toga' type outfit on Wednesday. If possible could they bring a large scarf (pashmina sized) to put over one shoulder and a belt/cord/tie that can be tied around their waist. We will bring in some of our own as spares, in case you don't have anything suitable at home. Please do not buy anything. 


Home Learning


Maths - addition and subtraction sheet (and squared paper for the calculations). Children can choose which section to work on and may complete as many sections as they wish.


English - Learn lines and practise song 'Just like a Roman' ready for Monday.


Spellings - We have been looking at suffixes this week and how the ending of the root word may change when a suffix is added. This weeks spellings are:








As many of the children have Show and Tell and we have very little time to fit this in each week, we have drawn up a rota for this half term. A copy of this is in the classroom window and we have attached a picture below for your reference. When it is their allotted week, please can children have their show and tell in school all week, as we will fit in when we have spare moments. Many thanks.


Week 12 - Samuel (SC)

Week 13 - Stephanie (SC)

Show and Tell Rota

Show and Tell Rota 1

Here are a small selection of the class's mosaics - they look fantastic!

Here are a small selection of the class's mosaics - they look fantastic! 1
Here are a small selection of the class's mosaics - they look fantastic! 2
Here are a small selection of the class's mosaics - they look fantastic! 3
Here are a small selection of the class's mosaics - they look fantastic! 4
Here are a small selection of the class's mosaics - they look fantastic! 5
Here are a small selection of the class's mosaics - they look fantastic! 6


Well its been a fantastic half term getting to know all your children; they've worked extremely hard and we hope they enjoy a relaxing half term.

In the classroom we've been busy learning lots about the Romans, which culminated in our school trip this week, where we looked at Roman artefacts and explored how they lived and shopped in our Market workshop - a huge thank you to the parents who came with us.


On Friday we finished our mosaic project, with the grouting of the children designs. This is the first project of our new Art curriculum and we've been amazed by the children's imagination and creativity. We stayed late on Friday to clean the mosaics and unfortunately ran out of time to post any pictures, so we will put a few on the class page when we are in on Monday. We are planning an exhibition of artwork from across the school after Christmas, where we will display the mosaics from the whole class.

We would not have been able to complete this project to such a high standard without your help. Thank you so much to the parents who gave up their Friday afternoons each week to support us, we couldn't have done it without you!


Next half term will be looking at the story 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne and writing our own adventure stories. If you have any of his other books at home, it would be great if the children could have a read and bring them in to share after the holidays.


In Maths we will be looking at addition and subtraction word problems and focussing of the range of language associated with each operation (subtract, less than, minus).


We are not setting any homework for the week but we would like the children to read as much as possible and practise counting in 2's, 5's and 10's from different starting points.


Have a wonderful half term break and see you all on Monday 4th November. 


This week, the children performed a wonderful poem that they had written for the Dedication service on Wednesday celebrating the school's anniversary. We will continue looking at poetry next week in class, as we begin our final topic of the half term. This week's homework will help get children in the mood, as we would like them to find a short poem to practice and perform to the class.

In Maths, we have been looking at different strategies for subtracting numbers mentally. The class have worked so hard at learning and applying these, we have been really impressed with their efforts.


Home Learning


English - Find and practice a short poem to perform in class next week.


Maths - CGP pages 18 and 19 Mental Addition and Subtraction


Spelling - Year 3/4 common words:








We have spoken with several parents recently about the comprehension homework. It is challenging for most children at the start of the year as there is a jump in expectation from KS1 to KS2. The answers require them to use inference and be familiar with a range of text types. This knowledge takes time to teach and understand. Please support your child as much as you feel is necessary - this may mean reading the text for them first and discussing tricky language or meanings. It could be highlighting the text where the answer can be found or helping them to form sentences correctly to answer the questions. These discussions are essential in building the skills they will need when reading. We are teaching them in our Guided Reading sessions and we greatly appreciate your support with this at home. Please come and chat with us further about any aspect of the comprehension homework.


Wishing you a wonderful weekend.



This week have been continuing our work on addition, looking at different strategies for adding numbers. One  method was finding complements to 10, 20 and 100 when adding several numbers.

For example, when adding 3 + 9 + 7, you would begin by adding 3 and 7 to make 10 and then adding 9.

Or when adding 16 + 8 + 4, first you add 16 and 4 to make 20 and then add 8. 

For homework this week, we are sending home a sheet to practise complements to 100


In English, we have continued our writing on Roman buildings, turning our notes into prose, ready to create a 'Guide to Rome' leaflet next week.


Starting next week, we are moving the spelling test from Friday to Monday. This is because we begin a new spelling focus/rule at the start of each week. We will have the test on Monday morning and then begin to teach the new spelling rule for the week and children will have five words from this rule to learn for a test the following Monday. Although that leaves less time at home for children to practise, we will be be doing daily spelling practise in school. This way children will not be practising two rules at the same time, one at home for the spelling test and another at school. We hope this change will make it easier for the children to learn spellings and use these in their writing. 


Home learning


Maths - Complements to 100 worksheet. We will put this inside the comprehension book so that it doesn't get lost!


English - CGP Comprehension 'Let's Get Growing' p10-11


Spelling - alternative spelling of 'long a' sound - eigh, aigh, ei, ey







In Science next week we will be measuring shadows. Please can the children bring in a small toy (dinosaur, doll, teddy etc) no bigger than 20cm tall and a small torch if you have one. We have torches at school, but some children asked if they could bring in their own. Many thanks in advance.


Have a wonderful weekend!



This week in Year 3 we have been researching Roman buildings ready to write our 'Guide to Rome' leaflets next week. In maths, the  children have done very well in learning a new strategy for adding numbers, by regrouping the smaller number. We will be continuing with addition next week and then moving on to subtraction. Following Miss Moran's letter about times tables, we will begin next week with counting in 2's, 5's and 10's from any number. We have done some practise in class but the children would benefit from further repetition at home, particularly when bridging across 10's.

E.g.   37, 39, 41


Home learning

Maths - CGP pages 14-15 Reading scales


English - Comprehension, 'Bill's New Frock' pages 8-9


Spelling - Year 3 and 4 common words:







We have made a wonderful start to our mosaic project, a huge thank you to the parents (and brother!) who were able to help this afternoon.


Have a lovely weekend. 



Home Learning 27.09.19


Maths - CGP Maths book, Year Two Objectives Test, pages 2-5. Please complete the first two pages only, if you feel that is more appropriate for your son or daughter.


English - CGP Comprehension 'Nature Trail' pages 6-7


Spelling - This week in spelling we have been looking at the negative prefixes -un and -dis.








For the next two weeks as part of our Art project, the children will be creating their own mosaics . If you are able to help on a Friday afternoon from 1.40 - 3.15pm we would greatly appreciate it. Please could you let the office or one of us know if you're free. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.


Home Learning


Maths - Pages 9,10 and 11 from CGP book


English - 'Building Stonehenge' comprehension p 4-5


Spelling - We have been looking at suffixes this week, including -s, -es, -er, -ed and -ing :








Have a lovely weekend.

Welcome back to school, we hope you all had a relaxing summer break. Year Three have settled very well into the new routines of Key Stage Two and have made an excellent start to the year. We are certainly looking forward to an exciting term ahead.


Home Learning 13.09.19

Maths - Complete pages 6 and 7 in your Maths Workbook (Place Value and Reading and Writing Numbers)


English - Complete 'Harriet's Hare', pages 2 and 3 in your KS2 English Comprehension book.


Spellings - Revise the spelling of Year 2 common words: could, would, should, beautiful, everybody


We look forward to meeting you at next week's Meet the Teacher session. Have a wonderful weekend.



Please find the slides from our Meet the Teacher presentation and the Year 3 curriculum overview attached, for those who were unable to attend Wednesday's meeting.