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Term 6 - Week 6 


English - Poetry continued  Onomatopoeia 

This week both Group A and B will have the opportunity to complete the reading and writing activities detailed below on their allotted days in school. 

As in previous weeks, please bring along any drafting or preparatory work completed at home. 



SPaG - subordinating conjunctions continued.

Please see a really useful powerpoint below to help the children understand how to use the subordinating conjunctions we have been learning about and identify main and subordinate clauses.

Three follow-up activities are also suggested below. 

Maths - Time continued

We continue to master telling the time this week, both in school and at home.


Science (Green Plants) / Topic (Nature Detectives) 


In addition to the huge range of home learning suggestions detailed in Week 3 for this topic, this week we have set the children some consolidation tasks on Purple Mash. 


Children should log in and look at their 2dos to have a go at these activities online. 

Term 6 - Week 5



English - (Poetry continuedAnimal Poetry!


GROUP B (both classes): Please bring to school all reading, drafting and writing work prepared during the week for this task. You will have the opportunity to discuss, edit and complete this writing project on Tuesday. 


(Group A- continue with your home learning this week. You will work on next week's poetry project on your allotted day in school). 


This week the spellings are revision for words containing 'ei, eigh or ey' and introducing words ending -sure and -ture.  



Grammar  - subordinating conjunctions

Building on last week's revision of coordinating conjunctions, please access the BBC Bitesize lesson with associated tasks and resources.


We continue to deepen our understanding of the 'Time' topic this week, with further consolidation exercises to help sharpen time-telling skills to one minute, a review of 'am' and 'pm' times and a lesson in how to calculate duration. 


Please find the Powerpoints, question and answer sheets attached below, this week taken from the excellent White Rose Maths curriculum.


Term 6 - Week 4

Dear all,


This week we embark on a new phase of our home learning journey, with some Year 3 children attending school for a number of days before the end of term, whilst others continue to learn exclusively at home.


For the remainder of this term we will continue to plan and post lessons and suggestions for home learning activities. For the sake of continuity - and to ensure equal access, these will be the same lessons delivered at school, with identical or very similar activities attached.


Many thanks for your continued support,

The Year 3 team.  

English - Poetry continued


GROUP A (both classes): Please bring to school all reading, drafting and writing work prepared during the week for this task. You will have the opportunity to discuss, edit and complete this writing project on Friday. 


(NB Group B - continue with your home learning this week. You will work on next week's poetry project on your allotted day in school). 


SPag - coordinating conjunctions

This week we are revising the role of coordinating conjunctions in preparation for unpicking complex sentences next week. 


Please access the BBC Bitesize lesson below and complete practise activities:

Maths - revision of telling the time

We revisit the topic of Time this week - at home and in school. 


Please find below a useful powerpoint to help children revise time-telling to 5 minute intervals. The resources and worksheets within the below pack can be used for consolidation, or visit TopMarks website for a range of time activities, for example: (matching analogue to digital display) 



Term 6 - Week Three

This week we begin a new unit in both English and Science, both linked with our overarching topic this term - Nature Detectives. 


If there are any queries regarding this week's work please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Whitewood - 


We hope you have a great week of home learning!



English  - Poetry

Reading and writing activities will be linked to nature themed poetry, focusing on further developing our poetic techniques! The poems in these lessons can be found in the fantastic collection: 'I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree'


I highly recommend this collection, if you are looking for some great Summer reading - but have created PDF files containing the poems needed specifically for the lessons each week for the children to read at home.


Please find the lesson document and reading PDF files below.    

I also highly recommend the children explore interviews and further works for both Judith NIcholls and Grace Nichols at the fantastic Children's Poetry Archive


This week's lists are revision for the prefix re- and introducing words ending -tion 


SPaG - Punctuating direct speech continued

Children can test their knowledge from last week in this exercise testing their ability to use inverted commas and other punctuation correctly within direct speech.

Maths - Multiply a two-digit number by a one digit number (continued)

Further consolidation time for this concept via the White Rose home learning tools this week.

Please follow the link for the teaching tools: 


Lessons 1-5 can be found under 'Summer Term - Week 4 (w/c 11th May)'


Worksheets for further practise are attached below.


Science - Green Plants 

The core of our 'Nature Detectives' topic this term is scientific observation of green plants.


Attached is the planning for this unit in its entirety. It has been altered to more child-friendly language and the many experiments suggested are explained using images to for clarity. Links to videos and other reading will help to guide the children in their study. 


Most of the experiments suggested are straight forward, but it would be worth looking through the document with your child to plan which resources you might have available and which activities you would be willing for them to attempt at home.


We hope all the green-fingered, and nature-loving among you enjoy this project! 


All the best,

Mrs Whitewood and Mrs Boden   


Term 6  - Week 2 


Here are some suggestions for this week's home learning activities. We would love to see any creative or practical projects the children have on the go - particularly if they are linked to our 'Rocks, soils and fossils' topic! 



Read the final chapter of 'Settlers' and complete the reading and writing task. This week we are writing a book review.


SPAG - Inverted commas for direct speech

Follow the BBC home learning guide and complete the accompanying activities to practise punctuating direct speech.


Continue to learn spelling lists set last week. Two sets of spellings will continue to be set fortnightly this term. 


Maths - Multiply a two-digit number by a one-digit number

Follow the BBC home learning guide and complete accompanying online task and two written tasks (either on the worksheet or a separate piece of paper).


Extension: Purple Mash activity 'Multiplying HTU x U'  - please log in to find this task set as a 2do.



Topic/Science  - please continue to focus on rocks, fossils and soils this week, choosing from the range of ideas and suggestions posted in the last week of Term 5. 


Our next (and final) topic this year will be 'Nature Detectives' in which we observe the natural world right on our doorstep - from the science of green plants, to understanding more about the challenges of endangered British wildlife. 


If your child is looking for a new challenge this week, why not start this topic with a bang (or a 'buzz') by following the attached guidance for building a bug hotel!


Have a great week!


Mrs Whitewood and Mrs Boden 





Blue Peter resource linked to our topic. Thanks to Edward's mum for sharing this with us!

Term 6


Week 1

We hope that you have had a great half term and you have made the most of the sun!

We shall continue to provide ideas and resources for home learning on this page so be sure to check weekly. We have been so impressed with the amount and quality of home learning you have been doing so please continue to share your work with us.

Take care.

Mrs Boden and Mrs Whitewood



Please continue with the next chapter of 'The Settlers' and the associated work.




Revision of word classes: nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs plus an introduction to pronouns too using the BBC Bitesize resources. Click on the links below.



This week's spellings are words ending -sion and another list of words from the year 3 and 4 statutory word list.  See the links below for the LSCWC grids and the dictations and then log into Purple Mash for the accompanying quizes which have been set as 2Dos.





Please log into MyMaths to see this week's tasks on multiplication and division.



Log into Purple Mash to find the programming work set as a 2Do.



Please continue with your work on rocks, soils and fossils.  See term 5 for ideas and suggestions around this topic.  A fossil quiz has been set a 2do on Purple Mash.

Term 5 - Week 6

It's the final week of term! 

Thank you everyone, for your continued hard work and support. 

Suggested activities this week are intended to be completed over this week and next - although a break from home learning during the half-term holiday may also be in order!


Have a great week.

Mrs Whitewood and Mrs Boden  



Read 'Settlers' Chapter 5 and complete the associated comprehension and writing tasks.





Please see the resources below for suggested spelling lists this week. We've set spelling activities on Purple Mash for a further 10 words from the Year 3 and 4 statutory list, as well as some revision work on the suffix '-ly' which could be completed this week, or at any point over the term.  



Learn more about how to use commas in sentences with a BBC Bitesize lesson and accompanying activities.



Revise use of 'there, their and they're' with a BBC Bitesize lesson and accompanying activities.

Suggested extension: revise also 'too/to/two'!



Log in to My Maths again this week to access learning set on telling the time. 

Children can also continue with work set in previous weeks if activities are still outstanding.


New Science Topic!        Rocks, Soils and Fossils

We've seen a fantastic array of responses to the rivers project set at the beginning of this term! If children are still engaged with this and working on their research please encourage them to continue.


However, if they are looking for something new to get stuck into prior to Term 6, our next topic at school would be learning all about rocks, soils and fossils - types, formation and identification! 


As with the rivers project, we are suggesting that the children could select an aspect of this science topic to investigate in detail and respond in any way they choose. 


Here are a number of online resources that may be a helpful starting point for research:


BBC Bitesize (Fossils - 4 learning guides)


(The Life and Collections of Mary Anning - Fossil Hunter).



'What is soil?'



In addition, these websites offer suggestions for a huge range of fun, hands-on activities and creative responses for learning indoors or outdoors (perfect for the warm weather predicted in the coming weeks!)   


(Ideas include 'amber' slime, playdoh replica fossils and fossil biscuits!)


(Soil experiments to do independently or together.)


(Become a soil scientist)


And finally...

We have also set two 2dos on Purple Mash relating to the topic that children could complete: one a scientific diagram explaining the stages of fossilisation, the other a factfile about the life and work of Mary Anning. 



As ever, we would love to see some of the children's work on our class blogs! 






Term 5 - Week 4

Here are some ideas and suggestions for this week.  It's been lovely to see the work you are doing so please continue to share it on the class blogs.


Read Chapter 4 of 'The Settlers' and complete the associated comprehension and writing task.


Please continue to learn the spellings set last week.

We have set two grammar exercises on Purple Mash for this week.  One is about the correct use of 'a' and 'an' (Consonant or Vowel) and the other concerns choosing the correct verb inflections (Word Hop).  These tasks are set as 2Dos for both classes.


No MyMaths tasks have ben set for this week to allow the children time to complete any outstanding tasks.  If your child has completed their MyMaths tasks, encourage them to use Mathletics/TTRS/choose a category from Top Marks maths games (link below).


The above tasks are set as 2Dos for both classes.

We hope you have an enjoyable and productive week.

Take care everyone.

Mrs Boden and Mrs Whitewood




Term 5 - Week 3

Another week begins and, judging from the work that has been shared with us, the children are really settling in to home learning! Well done everyone!



Log in to Purple Mash and continue reading 'Settlers.' 

This week it's Chapter 3. Complete the comprehension and writing activities.

We've seen some brilliant, creative responses to these tasks, so please keep sharing!





Please see the resources below for suggested spelling lists this week. We've set spelling activities on Purple Mash for a further 10 words from the Year 3 and 4 statutory list, as well as some revision work on homophones and near homophones which could be completed this week, or at any point over the term.  


(NB - just a reminder that the 'terms' and 'weeks' on Purple Mash resources do not correlate with our school planning!)  


Using plurals

On Purple Mash, have a go at the timed activity 'Harry's Party' to test your knowledge of plurals.




Log in to My Maths again this week to access revision activities on Place Value and Addition and Subtraction. Children can also continue with work set in previous weeks if activities are still outstanding.


Term 5 - Week 2



Continue reading 'Settlers' and completing the accompanying comprehension and writing activities.

It would be brilliant to see any creative writing produced from this activity shared on the class blogs!


SPAG focus - parts of a sentence 

Use the fantastic new BBC Bitesize online resources to review and stretch understanding of verbs. Videos to watch and activities to complete!




MY MATHS - login and take a look at work set this week on shape.


Topic/Geography - Rivers project

This term we were planning to begin investigating rivers.


We are suggesting that over the next few weeks the children could compile research about rivers - using the resources below as a starting point - and following their interests.


Responses to this topic might be presented in any form, but could include:

- posters and river artwork 

- diary of a river detailing its journey

- river poetry (listen to Valerie Bloom's poem for inspiration! )

- map drawing, perhaps focusing on our local river and surrounding area

- booklets made by hand or using ICT (Purple Mash has a helpful tool for this!)  

- charts and bar graphs (rivers of the world measured in km for example)

- fact files (focusing on one river, or on a theme e.g. the wildlife of British rivers)

- a song or river rap!

- filmed presentation in a documentary style


We would love to see some of the children's work on our class blogs! 

Maidstone Museum

Maidstone Museum have put together a learning package about the objects in their museum. Follow Spike the dinosaur to find out more.  Use the link below.

Term 5


We hope you all had an enjoyable Easter and that you are all keeping well.  It has been lovely to see the work you have been doing on our class blogs.  Keep posting!


Here are some suggestions for home learning during term 5.  We have tried to keep to activities which the children can complete as independently as possible.  Some of the activities are on-going for all of term 5 and we shall also be suggesting weekly activities for maths and English.


Week 1


Websites and Activities for Use During Term 5



This term we would have been learning about art in nature and using this to inspire our own artistic creations.  Andy Goldsworthy is an artist who works with natural materials.  Have a look at this website and see if you can create your own designs like Andy.  Take a photo and upload onto the class blogs.




Look out of your window, at photos or whilst out during your daily exercise at the buildings around you.

• Do all buildings have windows?

• Are all windows the same shape?

• What sort of doors do they have?

• What other features can they see?

• Who might live here?

• What do you think the building is used for?

• What materials have been used and why have these been chosen?

• How have the parts been joined together?

• How have the structures been made strong enough?

• How have they been made stable?


Can you draw your own home or a building from your imagination and label the materials used or features - door, roof, frame, lintel etc


Using a construction kit - Lego, K'nex etc and or materials at home - card, paper, tape, glue to construct your own building. Think about different ways to hinge doors and windows. Can you use a simple fold, hinge with tape, use split pins, string, treasury tags? Can you use matchsticks to add a frame or lintel? Can you find some cling film or plastic to improve your windows?


If you use a fold for the corners of your building, how does this change the stability? If you are using lego bricks google 'brick bonds'. Can you recreate any of the patterns? How do the patterns change the stability of your building? 


As always with our DT work think about who your building might be for? Can you construct one that a specific toy can fit in or do you want to design a luxury home for a member of your family? 


Do you need to measure materials for precision? Are you going tp draw designs from different aspects? You could just go ahead and build!​​ Remember to think about what went well. What could you improve? Please take a photo - we'd love to see.


We hope you enjoy these activities!


Email us with any questions or leave a message on the class blog and we will get back to you.


Keep well, safe and happy!


Mrs Whitewood, Mrs Boden and Miss Salkeld



Term 4 - Trip to Maidstone Museum - Egyptian Workshop


This term out topic work is learning about the Ancient Egyptians. Topic homework will follow shortly. In science, we are finding out about bones, skeletons and muscles.   Poetry forms the basis of our English work and we are focusing on  length and mass in maths, as well as times tables tests every Friday.  We will continue to set work on Times table Rock Stars and Mathletics. Spelling work is completed in class.  


TERMS 1 & 2

Welcome to Year 3 and the first year of Juniors.  We have an exciting year ahead of us with lots of engaging topics which we know your children are going to love! Coming up in Term 1 we will be studying oceans across the world, all about light in science, shading techniques and watercolour in art and swimming in PE. 


In English this term, we will be honing our descriptive writing skills, looking at cross - curricular texts and creating our own pieces of writing painting with words. In our reading sessions, we are practising our reciprocal reading skills using a fascinating picture book without words. In Maths, we are learning all about numbers up to 1000.


 Home Learning

We have pieces of home learning this term which we strongly advise children complete as it will support their work in class.


  • Reading - 20 minutes 5 times a week. Children's reading records will be checked once a week to keep track of who is achieving 5 star readers status every week. Prizes will be awarded for consistent 5 star readers termly.


  • Spellings - we shall be sending home spelling homework which will be linked to the new spelling rules. Alongside this, the children are expected to learn to read and spell the statutory words for Years 3 and 4 from the National Curriculum.  We will practise these in class throughout the year but will also encourage them to look at them at home too. 


  • Times Tables - children will learn their times tables at their own pace, beginning with 2, 5 and 10s.  There will be a weekly quiz on a Friday to check their progress. There are a variety of ways children can learn their times tables facts including online games, music CDs, repetition and mini-quizzes, workbooks and posters.


  • Mathletics - Mathletics tasks will be set fortnightly. These tasks will link to classwork.
  • Topic Home Learning - we have provided a variety of suggestions of fun and interesting activities that the children should try to complete independently, linking with our learning in class.


  • However, one of these activities is compulsory. We would like the children to conduct the research aspect of the home learning to ensure that they can complete their work in class.  We will begin this unit of work on the 29th October.


Year 3 have PE on Mondays.  Please ensure that your child has a PE and a games kit in school.  For indoor PE, the children need shorts, a T-shirt, plimsolls and possibly a pair of socks if they are wearing tights.  For games, they need a T-shirt, tracksuit bottoms or similar and a long sleeved top like a fleece or a sweatshirt.  Trainers are better for games as they shall be outside and again socks will be useful if they are wearing tights. Some second-hand PE clothes are available in school; please ask for details at the office. Many thanks.