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3rd April 20
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Year 3

Welcome to our Year 3 Class Page! 

Our class teacher is Miss Sykes and our teaching assistant is Mrs Jordan. 

Please scroll down to find out what we have been up to!

Learning From Home

Hello my wonderful Year 3s,

Firstly, I hope you are all keeping well. I’m missing you all lots and hope that you’re all happy, working hard and carrying on our good-deed feed at home. In addition to looking after your plants of course! :-)

I’ve set some work on MyMaths and Purple Mash and have also challenged you all on Times Tables Rock Stars – I got very competitive! I will continue to do this each week. Choose which tasks you’d like to do – I’m not expecting you to have done everything. I will be able to see how you’ve got on via my computer at home. With the help of your parents, you may also wish to send me anything else you have done via the e-mail set up by Mrs Owen - It would certainly brighten my days to see your wonderful achievements!

We’ve worked really hard on our reading recently so you may wish to continue this by reading the wonderful e-books on Serial Mash and answering the comprehension questions. Mrs Owen emailed a pack of useful activities and resources to your parents last week. It’d be great if you could have a go at some of these! :-)

Scroll down for additional ideas which will continue to be updated. 

Look after yourselves and stay safe.

I look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible! I’m ready for a Year 3 singalong! :-)

Miss Sykes

Useful Resources 

I've attached the pack that Mrs Owen emailed out last week and also a list of extremely useful websites. These are attached below.

1. Super Spellings

Idea number one is to practise spelling common exception words at home (list attached on PDF above). You could do this using rainbow writing (writing in different colours), by cutting letters out of newspapers or magazines or by making mneumonics! You could even test people at home! Have fun and please do let me know how you get on! :-) 

2. Brilliant Biographies

We were about to look at writing biographies in our English lessons. You could read some biographies on

You could then research some facts about your favourite celebrity, scientist, historical person etc., making a spider diagram as you do. You could then write a biography for this person and send it me over the email. Alternatively, you could write a biogrpahy about a family member! :-)


3. Super Shadows

Before we finished, we were learning about light and we were about to discuss the formation of shadows. You could try and make some shadow drawings like the one that I have done below. You may also wish to make some shadow puppets. Discuss the formation of shadows with your parents, using the key word 'opaque'. 


4. Great Grammar

Look at the daily picture on Pobble 365 ( or on Once Upon a Picture ( Write some sentences about the picture, challenging yourself to include -

- a preposition

- a subordinating conjunction 

- an adverb 

- an adjective 

If you type into Google 'preposition spinner', 'adverb spinner' etc., you can spin the spinner to generate the word to include in your sentence. Send me your sentences on the home learning email! :-)

5. Happy Handwriting 

Practise your cursive handwriting. :-)

6. The Incredible Iron Age

Find out some facts about the Iron Age using the website - some similarities and differences between the Stone Age, the Iron Age and life in 2020. You may wish to write these in a Venn diagram or in a table. Send me what you think of! :-)


7. Our Reflection Area

Before we finished school, we designed a cloth for our reflection area which focused on the Holy Spirit and the time of Pentecost. Design some more cloths that we could use in our reflection area during different times of the Chuch calendar. For example, design one that we could make to use each year at Easter time. Send me your ideas. :-)

Autumn Term - Rock and Roll!

We will be starting with the topic 'Rock and Roll' this year. This is a science and geography based topic which will encourage the children to explore rocks, fossils and soils. We will also find out about volcanoes and earthquakes.

Outdoor Adventurous Activities - 22.11.2019

This half term, we have been completing some outdoor adventurous activities with the Lancashire sports coach. Today we made dens in the woods. 

Flat Chat - 11.11.2019

Today we completed a 'flat chat' activity. We had 5 minutes to write as many verbs, adjectives, nouns and adverbs as we could. 

Soil Permeability - 09.10.2019

During our science lesson today, we tested the permeability of soils. 

Right Angle Hunt - 07.10.2019

Today we learnt what a right angle was! We used our right angle finders to find right angles around our classroom. 

Fake Webpages! - 07.10.2019

During our computing lesson, we looked at a 'Tree Octopus' website and realised that the information given was untrue! We discussed how we cannot believe everything that we read online. We then created our own fake webpages using the laptops. 

The Old Dry Stone Wall - 04.10.2019

This week, we have been reading the poem 'The Old Dry Stone Wall'. We first saw a picture of the wall and used 'flat chat' to generate ideas as to what could be hiding in the gaps. After reading the poem, we created a text map of the poem and worked in groups to orally retell it too. 

Bar Charts - 03.10.2019

We've been learning about statistics in maths this week. We made plenty of bar charts to show data about our class.

Fossils - 01.10.2019

During our science lesson today, we made models of fossils using saltdough and toy dinosaurs!

Contraction Surgery - 01.10.2019

We spent our spelling session today being surgeons (with words!). The plasters became our apostrophes!

Testing Rock Permeability - 24.09.2019

During our science lesson today, we tested the permeability of rocks to find which rock would be the most suitable for a new worktop. 

Direct Speech - 23.09.2019

We've been reading 'Stone Age Boy' in our English lessons and have been considering what the characters may be saying to one another. We have been trying to write this as direct speech. 

Writing Numbers - 20.09.2019

During our maths lesson, we practised writing numbers in words. We played a game that involved rolling the dice and writing the numbers that we created. 

Chocolate Rocks - 17.09.2019

During our science lesson today, we made chocolate rocks! This was to show how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are formed. 

Deux Petits Oiseaux - 16.09.2019

We learnt the song 'Deux Petits Oiseaux' during our French lesson and then made our own finger puppets and performed the song together. I've got a feeling we're going to have this song stuck in our head for a long time to come!   

Layers of the Earth - 10.09.2019

During our science lesson today, we made 'dirt puddings' to remind us of the layers of the earth. The different items of food reminded us of the inner and outer core, the mantle, the bedrock, the subsoil and the topsoil. 

Rock Museum - 06.09.2019

We all brought in rocks from home and during our science lesson today, we created a 'rock museum'. We thought of awards that we could give to the rocks, for example 'the sparliest rock', 'the bumpiest rock' and 'the smoothest rock'. This activity helped us to generate lots of questions about rocks that we would like to explore over the next term. 

Volcanoes and Earthquakes - 05.09.2019

During our geography lesson, we sorted statements about earthquakes and volcanoes into those that we thought were true and those that we thought were false. This generated lots of questions for our new geography topic!