Year 3

Year 3 is taught by Mrs Gray and Miss Huckle

Week beginning 20.6.20.

Posted by Mrs Gray

Summertime, and the Living is Easy

Hello, Year 3. Well, our home learning journey is coming to an end now. From Race Across the World to Diary of an Artist, you have learnt a huge amount about a wide range of subjects. I have so enjoyed receiving your work and seeing the amazing writing, maths, art and all sorts of creative things you have been up to. I’m going to leave you with some suggestions for online learning – only if you feel you would like to keep up some fun school work – but of course these are your summer holidays, and the living should be easy!

For general learning, a great source is the twinkl website. They have a Home Learning Hub, and a vast array of resources for your parents to choose from:

Another excellent resource, which I’m sure you’ve accessed at some point over the past few months is the BBC Bitesize daily lessons:

For maths, I would really encourage you to keep up the times tables you have learnt in Year 3, as in Year 4 we will be learning all the times tables up to and including the 12 times tables. A fun way to keep this up is to use the Times Tables Rock Stars website – I can send you your login details if you have misplaced them:

If you would like to start to investigate our history topics for Year 4, we will be studying the Ancient Egyptians and the Maya Civilisation. Here are some great, fun resources that I recommended during our Time Travelling Treasure Hunters project:

Finally, I will upload three resources for you to work on over the summer, should you so wish. They are an English summer activity booklet, a maths summer activity booklet, and a science revision booklet. Each comes with the answers for you to check on how you did with each activity. These are purely optional and only for you to complete if you would like to.

I am so pleased that I will be your teacher in Year 4, and I am really looking forward to working with Mrs Russell (although she does have a tendency to hide strange things in my cupboard to make me jump!) We both are so excited about seeing you all this coming week, Mrs Russell on Monday and myself on Tuesday and Wednesday.. We both wish you and all your lovely families, who have been so supportive of Millfields and your home learning, a very happy, healthy and relaxing summer, and we look forward to a great start to a fun-filled Year 4 in September. Here’s a song by the aptly-named Billie Holiday to get you in the mood!

Week beginning 13.07.2020

Posted by Miss Huckle

Week beginning 6.6.20.

Posted by Mrs Gray

Diary of an Artist


Hello again Year 3! I hope you are all keeping well and keeping active as this summer term begins to draw to an end. I’m glad you enjoyed the legends from around the world and it was great to have so many of you reading lots of stories. I think one of your favourite projects you have done since we started the home learning was my Art Through Time week. I thought we could have another project where the main focus will be art, this time looking at a variety of different artists and styles. For English, I would like you to write a diary entry for every day this week, hence the project’s title – Diary of an Artist. The artist is you! Finally, for maths we will return to the White Rose lessons for a week measuring mass and capacity.

For art, I have chosen five artists I think you will find interesting and inspiring. You can chose to try recreating the painting I upload each day, or google any other work by that artist. As before, I will give you a link to Art with Mati and Dada – these little videos are so fun but also very helpful for explaining the main characteristics of each artist’s style.

Today’s artist: Canaletto 1697 – 1768

Canaletto painted scenes from one of my favourite cities – Venice. Have a look at the video and see how he recreates on canvas such a beautiful and magical city bustling full of people, set against backdrops of stunning buildings and picturesque canals.

For English this week I would like you to keep a diary and record an entry in your workbook – or anywhere you like – about what you did the day before. I will upload a powerpoint and a ‘diary writing helpful hints’ poster to explain how to write a diary. Think back to yesterday – what did you do, what order did you do things in, how did you feel about each activity, how could you describe what you did in more detail, what would be interesting to write about, what would be better left out? Remember, a diary is a very private and personal piece of writing, so don’t send it to me, but share it with someone in your family who would enjoy reading all about your fun life.

Now for maths. As I said, we are focusing on measurement lessons this week, so watch the video for Lesson 1, then have a go at the measuring mass worksheets before marking your work.


Thank you for sending me your amazing Canaletto pictures – the architecture of Venice looks incredible in them! Now for a French artist.

Today’s artist: Georges Seurat 1859 – 1891

Georges Seurat was famous for his creation of pointillism, a style of painting that involved using little dots to mix colours, so if he did red and blue dots, the person looking at the painting would see the colour purple. Have a look at the Art with Mati and Dada video to find out more, then have a go yourself. You could try the painting above, called A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Latte, or you could just paint whatever you wish to, but try using the pointillist style of Seurat.

I hope the diary writing is going well for English and you are enjoying the activity. Below I will upload a diary writing checklist. There are three versions – the first has a list that would be useful if you find writing challenging, but if you want to include even more features of diary writing, you could use the second or third checklist to extend yourself.

Finally, your maths resources for Lesson 2 of this week. Today you will be learning to compare mass.


Thank you to those of you who have sent me your artwork inspired by yesterday’s post about Seurat – your pointillism paintings are fantastic and incredibly detailed. Today we are staying in Paris with another French artist.

Today’s artist: Edgar Degas 1834 – 1917

As you can see when you look at the above painting and watch the Art with Mati and Dada video, Edgar Degas was interested in depicting movement in his art, particularly through the discipline of dance. He often painted ballerinas, either dancing on the stage or, like in this work called The Dance Class, while they rehearsed. Each person in the picture is doing something different – have a look in detail. You might like to try using pastels today, if you have some, to try to recreate Degas’ style of painting, and you could try to depict several people, or just one ballerina.

For today’s English work I would like you to continue with your diary writing – what fun things did you do yesterday? What feelings did you experience – were you excited, tired, energetic, bored, happy? Below is a diary writing checklist for you and your family to complete if you would like some help with including all the features of a diary entry.

Here is your maths for Lesson 3 – today you are adding and subtracting mass. Remember to watch the teaching video first!


Well done on your Degas paintings – the detail in the drawings and pictures you created is brilliant, and I have so enjoyed seeing your excellent and talented efforts. Today we move to an English artist.

Today’s artist: J. M. W. Turner 1775 – 1851

The interesting thing about Turner’s paintings was his ability to convey something special about the light he was depicting on the canvas – as the character says in Art with Mati and Dada, a ‘poem of light.’ His paintings feature scenes that are very dreamlike and are infused with an almost magical sense of light. Watch the video for more ideas, and perhaps try either this painting, The Fighting Temeraire, or the other one featured in the video, Norham Castle, Sunrise. Here’s an interesting fact – Turner was born in Covent Garden in London!

For English I would like you to continue with your diary entry for what happened to you yesterday. Are you managing to make your writing interesting in the way you relate events? Are you using a variety of time conjunctions? Did anything funny happen that you could record?

Today is Lesson 4 for maths, and you are learning about measuring capacity.


Thank you for all your Turner inspired paintings – I think using watercolours, which most of you did, was a great idea. We finish our art focused week with a Japanese artist.

Today’s artist: Hokusai 1760 – 1849

Hokusai is best known for his use of the woodblock print to create his artwork. Have a look at the Art with Mati and Dada video to see how he created his iconic work The Great Wave of Kanagawa. Do any of you recognise the image from the front cover of a very famous Michael Morpurgo book? Have a go at recreating the print, perhaps using coloured pencils would be most the most effective medium.

This is your final entry in your diary for English. I hope you have enjoyed keeping a diary for the past week. Perhaps in your last entry you could write a paragraph to sum up your week – did you have a great time, what is your favourite thing that you do every week, what did you do this week that was not routine but something special?

Friday maths is the family challenge with White Rose – use Monday’s link to access this.

I hope you have had a lot of fun this week with our Diary of an Artist project. I have certainly been so impressed by the quality of your artwork and the way you have produced such creative work in the style of our five artists for this week. Now it’s time for the weekend, so hang up your easels, put down those brushes, and have a fantastic weekend!

Week beginning 29.06.20

Posted by Miss Huckle

Week beginning 22.6.20.

Posted by Mrs Gray

Legends from Faraway Lands


I was so pleased that you enjoyed last week’s focus on food – always one of life’s pleasures! For this week’s project I have decided to go for a reading theme for English and we will be continue to follow the White Rose home learning scheme for maths. Usually I give you three tasks a day – one English, one maths, and the third task is from another subject within the curriculum. This week, both the first two tasks will be English based, as I think a week dedicated to reading is something that will be both beneficial and really fun. You don’t need to do any writing for English this week, just bask in the joy of reading!

The focus for our English work this week will be to read stories from around the world. Each day I will ask you to read two texts so by the end of the week you will have read a legend from the five main continents of the world. The first text will be Firebird, which is a traditional tale from Russia, so this is our story from Asia. It is a wonderful story, and the text I will upload today is told in five chapters. I would like you to read one chapter a day, so for the other four days of this week you will have to come back to the download below to access each day’s chapter.

Read chapter one from Firebird – I would like you to read it out loud to an adult or an older brother or sister. Ask them for help if you get stuck with a word, and pass it to them to read if you find the chapter a bit longer than a text you would normally read, and just listen to the story. I would like you to discuss chapter one with your reading partner. What did Tsar Vislav love about his orchard? What did the gardener Erik notice was wrong? How did Dmitry miss catching the Firebird? What did Vasily do so that he missed the Firebird too? What do you think Ivan might do in chapter two – remember, the story is five chapters long. Talk about any interesting words or phrases you have read – why do they appeal to you? Now I would like you to read a second story from the Caribbean – this is our story from the Americas.

Now read Why Anansi has Eight Skinny Legs. Talk about the story with your reading partner – was it funny, did you guess what was going to happen, how would you describe Anansi’s character, would you recommend this legend to a friend?

Here is the link for this week’s White Rose maths unit We are leaving fractions behind and moving on to properties of shapes. Lesson 1 is about right angles in shapes. Have a look at the teaching video on the website first, then complete the worksheets and check your answers. .


It is good to hear you are enjoying the reading focus this week, and that you found yesterday’s stories so entertaining.

Today I would like you to read chapter 2 of Firebird – just scroll back up to Monday’s post to access the text, or your parent probably has it downloaded from yesterday. What did you think of chapter two? Did you notice all the wonderful descriptive language the author used? Can you go back and find some adverbs – there are lots! I found this chapter very scary. What would you have done when you came to the stone that described your fate, depending which path you took? Would you have gone to the right, like Ivan? I definitely would not have gone to the left! Did you expect him to pick up the gold cage? I must admit, I thought he might do that. What do you think will happen in chapter 3 – talk about it with your reading partner. Do they have a different prediction?

Our next story if from Australia, so this is our legend from Oceania.

Now read How the Birds got their Colours story, which is an Aboriginal legend that was created to explain why birds are so colourful, except the crow! Did you enjoy this story? What different kind of birds can you see in the pictures? Is it a good explanation of why most birds are colourful? Do you think crow was fairly treated?

Here are the resources you need for Lesson 2 for maths. Today we are comparing angles.


I’m glad you are enjoying our reading week, I am certainly having a great time reading our legends from around the world, and it’s interesting how each culture comes through in each story.

Now it is time to read chapter 3 of Firebird. Remember to ask your reading partner if you are unsure what a word means. What did you think of it? It’s getting very complicated, isn’t it? If only Ivan hadn’t touched the firebird’s cage he wouldn’t be in such a pickle! And if only he hadn’t touched the horse’s bridle he wouldn’t be in even more of a pickle! How would you describe Ivan’s character? And what about the wolf – he seemed very mean at the beginning – can you remember what he did in chapter 1 that made him seem so horrible? How does his character seem now? What do you think Princess Helena will be like when we finally hear her speak? Take another look at chapter 3 and see if you can find some really powerful verbs, and share them with your reading partner.

Our next story is from Egypt, so this is our story from Africa.

I would like you to read The Story of Osiris. This is a long read – 3 chapters – and some of the vocabulary is quite challenging. If you enjoy a reading challenge, read it aloud to your reading partner, perhaps taking a break between chapters. If you think it might be a bit much to read it yourself, why not ask your reading partner to read it to you, and ask them any questions you might have about the plot and characters. It is an amazing legend, full of drama, and I have no doubt you will hear it again in Year 4!

Well done to those of you who are completing the White Rose maths lessons everyday. These are the exact topics we would have been studying if we were currently in school, so you will be very much ready for Year 4 maths when we are back in school in September. Today we are learning about horizontal and vertical lines.


I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s legend from Egypt, whether you read it yourself or had it read to you. I suspect you will find out a lot more about Ancient Egypt in the months to come.

Today I would like you to read chapter 4 of Firebird. Everything suddenly seems to be going so well for Ivan! How do you think the two Tsars felt when they found that what they thought was Princess Helena and the horse with the golden mane was actually the wolf? What clue was there in Tsar Alfron’s palace that the wolf had been in the bed chamber? Who’s your favourite character so far? Can you find any words or phrases in today’s chapter that capture your imagination? I’m slightly puzzled about what can happen in chapter 5 – everything seems sorted already! What do you think might happen?

Our next story is from Greece, so this is our story from Europe.

Our second story today is The Legend of the Trojan Horse. Have a look at the picture above before you read the story. That’s not an ordinary horse! What do you think might the story be about? Why are those people dragging a huge pretend horse towards them? Now read the legend. Were any of your predictions close to the actual story? Now tell your reading partner what is going on in the picture – who is in the story but not in the picture?

Time for some maths. Hopefully you are enjoying the properties of shapes work. Lesson 4 focuses on parallel and perpendicular lines. When I have taught this lesson I found it helps to remember what the two terms mean if you use your arms to create parallel lines – so equal distance apart – then perpendicular lines – so your left arm up, your right arm touching your left elbow (if you see what I mean!) Remember to watch the teaching video first.


I hope you enjoyed the Story of the Trojan Horse. It is such a famous story – perhaps if you found it entertaining you could look up some more Greek myths, they really are amazing stories.

Now it is time to read our final chapter of Firebird. Did you or your reading partner make any predictions of how the legend might end? Did any of them happen in the story? What an amazing ending – I did not see Ivan getting killed at all. How did the wolf bring him back to life? Which of the two brothers do you think was the most horrible? Think about the whole story of Firebird – which was your favourite chapter and why? Who was your favourite character? What clues told you it was set in Russia? Finally, would you recommend the legend to a friend, and why?

Our next story is also from Russia, so this is our second story from Asia.

For our final legend of the week, I would like you to read our old favourite that we studied at the beginning of Year 3, Baba Yaga Bony Legs. What is different about this version of the story compared to the version we read? What is the same about each version? Which do you prefer and why? Finally, out of the six legends we have read this week, which has been your overall favourite – try to explain your choice to your reading partner.

Friday maths is, as usual, a BBC Bitesize challenge – use Monday’s link to access the work.

I hope you have had a lot of fun with our Legends From Faraway Lands week – I know I really enjoyed focusing on reading with some shape work for maths. I think my favourite of all the legends has to be Firebird. It was very dramatic, had lots of twists and turns, used creative language, and was full of really interesting characters. Have a great weekend, Year 3, enjoy the sun and have lots of fun!

Week beginning 15.6.20.

Posted by Mrs Gray

From Delicious Destinations to Home Comforts


Thank you for all your wonderful and imaginative poems you sent me last week. For this week’s project I would like us to focus on geography and English. We will continue to follow the White Rose home learning maths – remember to look for week 8 when you access the website. The focus for our geography and English will be food around the world and at home. I would like you to research food from a different city around the world each day and to write a food review of a meal that you have had the previous day.

For our geography work, I would like you to research food that is found in a particular city around the world. Every city has its ‘signature dish’, and in fact each city in the world is famous for various different foods. I would like you to find out what that food is and record your findings in anyway you like – perhaps a fact file, an information text, or a guide book to food around the world. You can present your findings using writing and drawings, or perhaps use photos you download from the internet. I will provide two internet links each day about a city from around the world. The first link will be to a Youtube video, the second to an article from the BBC Good Food website. I would like you to use the two links to research food from your given destination and create a guide about what to eat if you were to visit that city.

Today’s delicious destination: Paris

Here are the links to take you to the video about Paris food and the article.

Your English activity is to write a restaurant critic style review of your dinner from the previous evening. If you have seen the Disney movie ‘Ratatouille’ you will recognise the above character, who was the snobby food critic. This week, you are the restaurant critic and the restaurant you are reviewing is the one at home! Write a paragraph about last night’s dinner. Describe what you ate and tell me about the different tastes in the dish. What part of the food was good? Was there anything you didn’t like? How would you rate the food on a scale of 1 to 5? What about the service – were the staff friendly?! You can have fun with this and go over the top, if you like. Just to get you in the mood, I will post a dish each day that I have made, inspired by today’s delicious destination.

Duck confit with celeriac mash and rosemary cassoulet

Now it is time for maths. We are in to week 8 now and still working on those fractions! Here is the White Rose home learning link, followed by today’s worksheets and answers.


Thank you for all your research you have completed about Parisian food. It is interesting to see the different ways you have chosen to present your research, including recipes and powerpoints.

Today’s delicious destination: Rome

Rome is a truly fascinating city. It is full of history and you can see lots of evidence of the Romans that we studied in the autumn term. There is also lots of church history and in St Peter’s Basilica you can see the painting of Adam by Michelangelo that we studied for Art – the dome of the building was even designed by him. Modern Rome is a great place to eat, and Italian food is famous for its simplicity and use of fantastic ingredients to create amazing dishes. Here is your video and article to help with your research.

Your food reviews have been brilliant! Apparently, Dylan recommends breakfast round his restaurant – the pancakes come with all sort of toppings and the service is ‘quick, kind and good.’ Mia’s chicken wings were a bit overcooked, but had a perfect amount of BBQ sauce, and Harry gave the head chef at his restaurant 5 out of 5 (his mummy). Mariam would recommend pizza at her restaurant – the crust is ‘crunchy and the taste of cheese is perfect.’ The staff are also very friendly and have smiles on their faces. Sounds a great recommendation! I would like you to think. back to any meal you had yesterday and write me a restaurant review. The examples I have had so far have been using wonderful descriptive language, and have talked about the food in great detail. Don’t forget to mention the staff – were they up to scratch?! Here is my dish inspired by the cuisine of Rome.

Pastitsio – lamb and aubergine pasta with a green salad

Here are the maths resources for Lesson 2. Today we are learning how to add fractions.


Well done on all your very detailed research on Rome – the food looked amazing! Our next destination is much further afield and has a very different cuisine from the two European cities we have studied so far.

Today’s delicious destination: Bangkok

Bangkok is an amazing place to visit – a huge city with Buddhist temples and bustling streets, and really lovely, friendly people. One of the most incredible places to visit is the floating market which, as the name implies, is a market where the stalls are boats, likes the ones above, which float on the river, full of fresh produce for the locals to buy their food for cooking. It is a colourful and vibrant place and, as you can imagine, smells delicious. Here is your video clip and article to help you explore the wonderful cuisine of Thailand’s capital city.

I have to admit, your restaurant reviews are really making me smile. Mariam reviewed her mum’s mujaddara, which was a delicious vegan dish with green lentils, bulgar wheat, olive oil and onions. The olive oil gave it ‘a magical taste’, although this tough critic thought it might have been better with ‘a little more salt!’ Still, the staff ‘were fantastic’ and they were awarded 5 out of 5. Mia’s stir-fry had ‘too much broccoli, very little chicken’ but overall she found it to be a ‘very healthy and fulfilling meal.’ Think back to a meal you have had recently – it could be breakfast, lunch or dinner – and send me your review. Have any of you had any disasters?! (I won’t mention them on this page, I promise!) Here is my dish that is inspired by the cooking of South East Asia.

Beef rending with bak choi seasoned with sesame oil and jasmine rice

Finally, here is what you need for maths lesson 3. Well done on yesterday’s adding fractions work – today we are subtracting fractions.


I have really enjoyed reading your research on food from Bangkok – it all looks so wonderfully spicy! We return to Europe again today for our next culinary experience, perhaps some of you might even have visited this wonderful city.

Today’s delicious destination: Barcelona

Barcelona, in Northern Spain, has many attractions for the visitor to enjoy. My favourite is the Sagrada Familia, an amazing basilica that was designed by Antonio Gaudi. Those of you who have brothers or sisters in Years 5 and 6 will find they have studied this church with me a couple of years ago during our Spanish Day. It is a beautiful building full of colour and light, and despite building started over 100 years ago, it’s still not finished! One of the other things Barcelona is famous for is its food, and specifically a type of food called tapas – see the above photo. These are little nibbles of delicious food, and you have a selection of them, so you get to taste lots of different flavours. Here is a video clip and food article to help you investigate further.

Your restaurant reviews continue to be very positive – I am pleased to hear you are being so well catered for! Sham mentions that her chicken was ‘amazingly yummy’ although the meat was ‘quite chewy.’ However, the service was very nice and friendly and she awarded her restaurant 7 stars out of 5! Harry’s sausage pasta ‘was yummy, the sauce was delicious and had lots of flavour.’ His burger on another day ‘was amazing’ – a very satisfied customer! Here is my dish that uses lots of Spanish flavours, particularly smoked paprika.

Smoky cod with chorizo, spinach, beans and a lemon jus

Here are the resources for today’s maths, which is Lesson 4 for this week, and involves problem solving with fractions.


Thank you for all your guides to eating in Barcelona, lots of tasty food to be had there, I can tell. Our final delicious destination is across the Atlantic to the USA.

Today’s delicious destination: New York

New York is a very busy city in a very small space! It is made up of five different boroughs, but the most popular with visitors is the island of Manhattan. It has countless restaurants and caters to all tastes, with cuisine from around the entire world. I find the best meal in New York is breakfast – omelettes, huevos rancheros, bagels – the choice is amazing. Some foods, though, are particularly associated with New York – here are two links to help you explore.

This is your last chance to send me your restaurant review – so far, I wouldn’t mind eating at any of your homes! Here is my final dish of the week, which I made from a New York recipe book.

Spatchcock poussin with roasted potatoes, vegetables and basil

Your final maths lesson is the White Rose Lesson 5 for week 8. It is a bitesize challenge – good luck!

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks project of From Delicious Destinations to Home Comforts. I have had a great time reading your guides to food from around the world, but above all I have loved your restaurants reviews – they have been wonderfully good humoured and entertaining. Have a great weekend, Year 3!

Week beginning 8.6.20.

Posted by Mrs Gray

Exercising the Mind and Body – Poetry and Pilates


Hello again, Year 3! Thank you for all your wonderful work last week on habitats, it looks as though you all had fun with that project. For this week’s project I thought we could focus on writing some poetry and getting active with some PE. When you use the link to the White Rose maths home learning site, look for week 7.

For English this week I would like you to produce a different style of poetry each day. There are many types of poems, so I have picked five that I think you will enjoy. Each day I will upload a powerpoint that will teach you about that style of poetry and explain how to write your own. I will also give you a poster with the rules for that style of poem, and finally a planning sheet to help you with the structure of the poem. It will then be up to you to let your imagination run loose and come up with your own poem (or poems, should the mood take you!) You can record them in your workbooks or any way you like, and it would make them look well presented if you illustrated them with pictures.

Today’s poetry: haiku

Haiku poetry is traditionally a Japanese type of poem and follows very strict rules. These are explained in detail in the following powerpoint and poster, but essentially the poems always have 3 lines, have a total of 17 syllables, with the pattern of 5 syllables for the first line, 7 syllables for the second line, and 5 syllables for the third line. They usually have a nature theme, but there are many subjects suggested in the powerpoint, or you can choose any theme that interests you. The third upload below is a planning sheet to guide you through your poetry writing – I hope you have fun!

I thought it would be a good idea to set a bit of PE home learning and get us all moving. Pilates is a form of exercise designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture, and enhance mental awareness. I will give you a link to the Pilates workout I would like you to follow this week. It is a 50 minute workout consisting of five 10 minute workouts, so I would like you to have a go at one workout per day. Today, try the very first workout, which is aimed at getting the legs and bottom in shape! I promise, I will be doing it as well every day, and it might be fun to get your parents and any brothers or sisters involved too. The video is called 10 Minute Solutions: Rapid Results Pilates.

Finally, here is the usual link to your White Rose home learning site for maths:

Lesson 1 is about equivalent fractions. Here are your worksheets, followed by the answers:


Thank you for all your fantastic haiku poems, which I will upload onto yesterday’s post so your friends can read them too. I liked the way you focused on having a nature theme – very authentic! Today’s poetry comes from the Anglo-Saxon and Norse cultures. These people came from what is now Scandinavia and North Germany.

Today’s poetry: kennings

Kennings are like riddles – they describe a person or an object but don’t tell you its name. They usually only have two words in a line, either a noun + a noun, or a noun + a verb. Often the two words are linked by a hyphen. They are good to read out loud so you can imagine the thing being described. Make your way through the powerpoint and see if you can guess what is being described in slide 3 and 4 before the picture is revealed. Next, use the poster to help you understand the rules of this type of poetry, I have also uploaded a planning sheet to help you with ideas, which you can use if you so wish. You can describe whatever you like, but describing yourself might be really fun!

How did you find the Pilates today? They’re pretty tricky, I found! If you find exercises quite challenging, the thing to do is to modify – that just means do a simpler version of the exercise so you are not straining your body. For example, I found the exercises on the side of the body hard today, so I just left my bottom leg on the carpet for balance, rather than lift both legs. Today’s workout is for the arms and shoulders. The instructor suggests using hand weights – I would just leave them out, and take a rest if you need to. Today’s Pilates start at 10 minutes into the video – Arms and Shoulder Shaper..

Now for lesson 2 for our maths. It is another lesson on equivalent fractions. I know some of you find fractions rather challenging, but give it a go and draw further pictures to help you.


I’ve had some excellent kennings poetry from you already, and you have really understood how to describe something or someone by using two words for each line. I will upload them onto yesterday’s post so you can enjoy them too. Today’s poetry is a style that can be very easy to achieve, as at first it looks as there are no rules involved. But if you look closely at examples, there are various poetic devices that you can use to make your poem especially effective.

Today’s poetry: free verse

First of all (and this is very good news!) free verse doesn’t rhyme. This makes it one of the easiest poetic styles to use. You need to choose a theme, story or emotion that you want to write about and gather some ideas. Use your knowledge of poetic devices to write phrases which grip the reader’s imagination and create a wonderful picture in their head. The type of poetic devices you could use include alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, repetition, and the use of your five senses. I will now upload a powerpoint to help you – click on the treasure box to hear the poet read his own poem – followed by a poster about free verse rules (there aren’t many!), then a copy of the poem from the powerpoint and a planning sheet. We did study this poem briefly before lockdown, but I think it is well worth using again as a brilliant resource.

It’s good to hear so many of you are giving the Pilates a go, and well done to all the parents who are joining in. How did you find the arm segment yesterday? I must admit, I find arm exercises the hardest, so the shoulder rolls at the end were my favourite bit! Today’s workout works the tummy muscles, which in Pilates is called your core. It looks pretty challenging, so don’t forget my advice to modify and make the exercise something your body can manage without straining yourself – it should be 10 minutes of fun! Today’s segment starts at 20 minutes into the video.

Well done to those of you who are giving equivalent fractions a go. I was saying to a mum in an email that fractions can often be a difficult concept in Year 3 as the work gets a lot more challenging, but stick with it and if the White Rose resources are proving a bit tricky, try BBC Bitesize fractions – they have several learner guides and class clips. Here are the resources for Lesson 3.


Thank you for your free verse poems, you have really let your imagination take fire! It’s nice not having lots of rules to follow – today’s poetry does involve rules, but they are pretty simple ones and are more of a guideline for how to structure your poems.

Today’s poetry: cinquains

The structure for a cinquain poem is as follows: every poem consists of five lines. You have one word to introduce your subject on the top line. The second line has two adjectives to describe your subject and the third line has 3 verbs, usually ending in ‘ing’ to describe actions associated with your subject. The fourth line is a phrase or a short phrase about your subject, and the fifth and final line is usually one word to sum up your subject. The name of this type of poetry is derived from the French word ‘cinq’, which means five. Here are your resources for today’s poetry work.

How did you find yesterday’s Pilates? I found they really challenged the abdominal muscles, but I enjoyed the sit ups where you stretched your arm round behind you. Today’s workout sounds fun – a Total Body Blast! The exercises start 30 minutes in to the video.

Today is lesson 4 for week 7 of our White Rose home learning, which will teach you how to compare fractions. Don’t forget to watch the video first, then try the worksheets and use the answers to mark with your parent.


Well done to all of you who have written your poems, worked on your maths, and taken part in the Pilates – it’s been a busy week, but now it’s Friday and we are on to our final tasks! Today’s poetry style is aimed at making you laugh and follows a strict rhyming pattern which will be explained in detail.

Today’s poetry: limericks

Limericks usually start with set phrases, often “There once was a ___ called ___.” They have five very rhythmic lines. Lines 1, 2 and 5 must rhyme, and lines 3 and 4 must rhyme. The rhyming pattern is therefore AABBA – have a look at the snowman poem above to see what I mean. Make your way through the powerpoint below – it gives you very detailed instructions on how to create a limerick and some great examples. After that there is a limericks rules poster, followed by a planning sheet to help you structure your poem.

The Total Body Blast for Pilates was pretty challenging! The plank curls needed a lot of flexibility, I hope you managed them.

Today’s segment is called Slim and Sleek Stretch and is a welcome break from all the harder workouts we’ve done so far this week. It starts at 40 minutes into the video – enjoy!

Now for your Friday maths challenge:

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s project. I have certainly had a great time reading all your poems and being amazed at your creativity and imagination. I have also really enjoyed getting active using the Pilates. Both our collective minds and bodies are now well and truly exercised, and we are ready for the weekend!

Week beginning 1.6.20.

Posted by Mrs Gray

Wonders of the Natural World


Welcome to the second half of the summer term, Year 3! I hope you are all well and have enjoyed the lovely weather we had at half term. Time for another project! We are gradually making our way through all of the subjects in our curriculum, and this week I thought you might enjoy a science focus. We will also be concentrating on non-fiction writing, using our computing skills to research our work, and continuing with our White Rose maths lessons.

For science this week, I will be asking you to focus each day on a habitat around the world. I will provide you with a powerpoint that will give you lots of information to learn about the habitat for that day. Make notes as you work your way through it, then watch the nature video that will give you even more information, but will also be a treat to view – I will provide the link. Let’s start off with an introduction to the subject of habitats. Have a look at the powerpoint then enjoy the video – nature truly is wonderful!  – scroll down for the Discovery UK video

For English, I would like you to create a Wonders of the Natural World information booklet using plain A4 paper, or just use your workbooks from school if that’s easier. You can then produce as much information as you wish about the habitat of the day, including non-fiction writing (remember headings and subheadings), drawings of the habitat and its plants and animals, and perhaps you could include maps and fact boxes. You may choose to highlight key words in bold and create a glossary at the end of your information booklet, or at the bottom of today’s work. As I say every week, do as much as you wish and keep your learning fun!

Today’s habitat: woodlands

Here is a powerpoint to help you research the amazing woodland habitats around the world.

This is a brilliant video to help you see the wonders of woodland through the seasons. Remember to include facts about the amazing creatures and plants found there in your information booklets.

Here is the link again for your maths from the White Rose home learning site. The link still takes you to week 5 – make sure you do week 6, week beginning 1.6.20. which is just above week 5.. Remember to watch the lesson first, then have a go at the worksheets that I have uploaded.:

Lesson 1 is about tenths as decimals. Here are your worksheets, followed by the answers:


Thank you for all your woodlands work that you are sending me, I have learnt a lot already from your interesting facts that I did not know before! Did you know butterflies smell with their feet? (William) Or that squirrels sometimes forget where they buried an acorn, and so a tree grows as a result? (Emily) And the red fox is our only wild member of the dog family. (Milly)

So for today’s Wonders of the Natural World (where would I be without alliteration?) I would like you to research one of the most magical habitats on our planet.

Today’s habitat: oceans

Here is your powerpoint for today. By clicking on each question mark you will find a host of information about many different sea creatures in all of the main ocean habitats. Can you include information about each of the ocean habitats? How will you present your facts effectively? Which unusual sea creature will you draw?

I have two clips for you today – I enjoyed them both so much I couldn’t decide which to recommend, so I recommend both!

I look forward to reading your latest instalment for your information booklet. Some of you have had the great idea of starting to create a cover, which looks really effective already.

Here are the maths resources for lesson 2, week 6: fractions on a number line.


It was lovely to see so many of you this morning at our class meeting – you all look very well and happy! I am really enjoying reading your research on the ocean habitats and learning some fun facts – I did not know an orca’s teeth can grow to 100cm long. (Dylan), the largest squid was 46 feet long (Harry), and if you turn a shark upside down, they immediately fall into a trance! (Mia) It is also possible to find lakes and rivers beneath the ocean. (Samuel) And, amazingly, male sea horses have babies, not female! (Mariam) I also appreciate the care you are taking with the presentation of your work – always important when making your work appealing for your reader.

Today we are moving on to a habitat that can be found in various parts of the world, can be temperate or tropical, and is home to a diverse range of animals and birds.

Today’s habitat: grasslands

Here is your powerpoint to help you find out about this fascinating habitat – how many different creatures can you write about in your information booklet? What unusual facts can you discover? What birds populate the grassland? What different trees grow there? Don’t forget you can research more independently If you feel like it.

Here is the link to take you to today’s video clip. You will find other grassland videos to the right of this one on YouTube. When you click on the link, you will need to skip the ad after about 5 seconds.

I hope you are enjoying the maths resources this week. Today is lesson 3, so use Monday’s link to White Rose to watch today’s video. then have a go at the following worksheets. When you mark your work, discuss with an adult if you have made any mistakes, and try to figure out what went wrong – it will help you get it right next time!


Thank you for your grasslands work – they sound amazing habitats, whether tropical or temperate. Did you know snakes smell with their tongue? (Harry) Or that grasslands are everywhere apart from Antartica? (Dylan) In fact, they often exist between forests and desert. (Mariam). Our next habitat is a particularly exciting one, and one you may already know quite a lot about.

Today’s habitat: rainforests

I have two powerpoints for you today, as I found them both so intriguing. Enjoy them, and then think of which pieces of information fascinated you the most, then record those in your information booklet. What are the different layers of the rainforest? Which creatures inhabit which layer, and why do they live in that layer? Can you include a map to show where around the world the rainforests can be found?

Here is an amazing clip from the National Geographic, which has been beautifully filmed. You can skip the ad after about five seconds.

Now for your maths – another lesson on fractions of a set of objects. Well done those of you who are keeping at the maths – you will be well prepared for Year 4 when you get there!


Well done on your amazing rainforests work, I thought you would find them particularly interesting to research. I very much enjoy reading your fun facts and seeing the different ways you choose to present your work, for example Danny created his own powerpoint, while Harry recorded his findings on a mind map. Mia included further information about a species of monkey and Elliott presented his own rainforest video documentary which he posted on YouTube! Our final habitat isn’t nearly as wet!

Today’s habitat: deserts

Have a look at today’s powerpoint and see what information you can record for your Wonders of the Natural World booklet (or however you are choosing to record your work!) What is special about a habitat that makes it a desert? What plants and animals would you find and how have they adapted to living in such harsh conditions? Are deserts always hot?

Here is another clip from the National Geographic which will provide you with more amazing facts. Try taking notes as you watch it – you can always pause the clip so you can jot things down.

Finally, here is your Friday maths. As usual the week ends with a challenge – the questions can be quite tricky, but give them a go and then check the answers. You can always ask your parent if you don’t understand an answer.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s project of Wonders of the Natural World. You have certainly impressed me with the fantastic amount of knowledge you have gained over the past week. Now it’s time for the weekend, so kick back, relax and float downstream!

Week beginning 18.05.20.

Posted by Mrs Gray

Time Travelling Treasure Hunters


For this week’s project, I thought we could focus on some creative writing as well as some Design Technology work, so we can be writing and making each day. I will also upload the link once again to the White Rose maths home learning page for this week.

For English this week I want you to imagine you are travelling back in time to five different civilisations. I would like you to think of yourself as a time travelling treasure hunter, and at each civilisation you have to hunt down a particular piece of treasure which, for your DT work, you then make! Each day I will put in the link to the BBC Bitesize history page for the civilisation of the day. You will see there are ‘Learner Guides” – entertaining short cartoons that tell you about that culture in history. Look at as many as you feel like – today there are 9, each about a minute long, and some have a mini-quiz to go with them. As I say every week, you do as much or as little as you wish, this is your learning and you go at the pace you feel comfortable with. It is all about having fun while you learn!

Today’s civilisation: The Maya Civilisation

Let’s begin our learning about the Maya through watching some BBC Bitesize history cartoons:

If you would like more information about the Maya, here is a powerpoint to help you explore more about this fascinating time in history.

So your English task is to imagine you have gone back in time to the Maya Civilisation. I would like you to write me a story – as long or as short as you like – about your adventure. Your mission is to find a piece of Mayan treasure, in this case a Mayan mask. How do you travel through time? What does the Mayan city look like? What buildings can you see? How are the people dressed? Where do you find the treasure? Will you have to trick anyone to gain the treasure? What does the mask look like?

Now for your DT part of the project. I would like you to design and make a Mayan mask. You could make it out of cardboard, then cut up lots of little pieces of coloured paper to create a mosaic effect, or you could mould plasticine or even use clay. To help you with this part of the project, here is a very useful powerpoint to explain the process. Once you have made your mask, ask your parent if they would send me a photo of it, which I can then upload onto this page. Don’t forget, if you are in the photo I need permission from your parent to upload it! (They will have received an email about this yesterday.)

Now for your maths. I will give you the link again to the White Rose home learning site for Year 3, week 5. This week’s learning is about fractions. Each day has a video for you to watch to teach you the objective for the day. Unlike last time, the worksheets and answers are no longer free on the website, but we have purchased these for you, and I will upload today’s worksheet and then the answers after the link to White Rose.

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed learning about the Maya, I have a feeling you will learn a lot more about them next year in Year 4… I look forward to reading your time travelling stories and seeing the treasure you have hunted down! Where will we be travelling to tomorrow?


Today we are travelling even further back in time, over hundreds and thousands of years. Today’s civilisation has ten learner guides to watch, all of them incredibly interesting, and a quiz at the end. I will also put in a link to a BBC Teach video which I think you will find fascinating.

Today’s civilisation: Ancient Egypt

Enjoy the BBC Bitesize learner guides about this incredible civilisation that lasted over three thousand years.

Here is the BBC teach video with even more information.

So now I want you to imagine you have travelled from the Maya civilisation all the way back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. I would like you to write me a story about your next adventure for English. Today’s treasure you are looking for is the Egyptian mummy of Tutankhamun. You just need to find it – it’s a bit big to put in your treasure bag! By finding it you will break the curse of the Pharaoh, but how will you find it? Where is it hidden? What sights and sounds can you see in Ancient Egypt? Good luck!

For DT today, I am uploading instructions and resources for you to make an Egyptian mummy and a sarcophagus to put him in. It looks both fun and fiddly, so you may need to use your scissors carefully so you don’t chop any of him off!

Finally for today, here are the White Rose worksheets for lesson 2 and the answers so you can mark your own work and see how you did. Use the link from Monday’s post to access the video for lesson 2.

I hope you enjoy today’s part of the project, certainly Ancient Egypt is one of my favourite eras of history!


Thank you for all of your photos of your Mayan masks – they are all fantastic! I have uploaded them under Monday’s DT task. For today’s destination we are travelling to a civilisation that was relatively short but had a huge impact on today’s modern world. It came just towards the end of the Ancient Egyptians’ era, and was around during the time of the Maya.

Today’s civilisation: Ancient Greece

There are two particularly useful BBC Bitesize learner guides for you to watch:

The first clip tells you all about the Greek theatre. For today’s English task I would like you to imagine you have travelled in time to a Greek theatre to find today’s treasure. What does the theatre look like? What do the actors look like? Can you describe the chorus to me? Go behind the stage of the theatre to find today’s treasure – Pandora’s box. Here is the story of Pandora’s box – it is one of my favourite stories of all time!

Today’s DT task is to make Pandora’s box. You can make the box using whatever material you wish, but I would have thought plain cardboard would be simplest. You could then decorate it to make it look like a treasure box and even make a key. If you like, why not make little figures to go inside to represent all the things that escape when Pandora opens her box – if you do, don’t forget to add Hope!

For maths today you will be learning about tenths. Use the link from Monday to access the White Rose teaching video – it feels so strange to not be teaching you these lessons myself! Below are the worksheets and answers for you to complete and mark – I hope it goes well.

I hope you have a lot of fun with your learning today. Keep sending me your work, whether you choose to do one thing or the whole lot! I love to see it all and to stay in touch with you all. Enjoy your Wednesday!


Thank you for all the work you are sending me – I am uploading your photos as I receive them under the DT section for each day. I am constantly amazed at both the quality of your work and your inventiveness! Today’s civilisation is not one I have taught before, so I have just had a very pleasant time watching all the BBC Bitesize learner guides and playing the accompanying games and quizzes. So today you are travelling even further back in time to over 3,000 years ago.

Today’s civilisation: The Shang Dynasty

There are 8 learner guides today, just over a minute each, and I can recommend them all.

If you would like even more information about the Shang Dynasty, here is an interesting powerpoint.

For today’s English task, I want you to imagine you have travelled back in time from the Ancient Greek civilisation to the Shang Dynasty. You can have a choice of the treasure you are trying to find – it can be a piece of jade jewellery or it can be an oracle bone (you will probably need to watch the BBC clip to find out what these are.) Imagine you are trying to enter the King’s palace without any of the guards noticing. What does the palace look like? What river did you need to cross to get to the palace? Where does the King keep his treasure? Describe how you find the treasure and what it looks like.

For today’s DT task, I would like you to make either a beautiful piece of jade jewellery or an oracle bone. Both feature in the BBC clips, but if you need more inspiration, here is a powerpoint with some amazing photos of actual Shang Dynasty artefacts that have been discovered.

Finally, here are your maths resources for today. Use Monday’s White Rose link to take you to lesson 4, then watch the teaching video about counting in tenths before completely the worksheets and using the answers to find out how you did. If you get an answer wrong, talk with your parent about where you might have made your mistake. That’s how we all learn!

Good luck with all of today’s work, and remember to keep physically active too. Tomorrow we travel for one last time to our final civilisation – where and when do you think it might be?


Thank you for all your messages, I’m really pleased to hear you are having fun with this week’s project. Well done to those of you who have created fun time travelling adventures with your English writing, I have really enjoyed reading them and seeing you are remembering to use descriptive language to engage your reader. For our final civilisation we are going back over 4,000 years!

Today’s civilisation: Stone Age Britain

So our final civilisation is actually from our own British history. There are 6 BBC Bitesize learner guides to watch and lots of other activities to enjoy within the guides. If you like, you can watch all 6, or you could just focus on the first one, and then the guides specifically about the Stone Age.

The following powerpoint about the Stone Age is very informative if you would like to learn even more.

For your English work today, I would like you to write me a story about travelling back even further in time from the Shang Dynasty to the Stone Age in Britain. Imagine you have entered the ring of stones at Stonehenge. Hidden behind one of the stones is today’s treasure. You can decide what the treasure is today – there is a selection to choose from in the next upload. it could be some painting, a piece of pottery, a stencil or a piece of jewellery. Before you can find the treasure, you need to hide from all the people gathering at Stonehenge – what do they look like? How are they dressed? What are they doing? Now you can add your final treasure to your treasure bag.

To help you with your DT work today I will upload an information sheet with suggestions for what your Stone Age treasure could be. Pick which ever object you would find most fun to make.

For maths today, simply go to the White Rose home learning site using Monday’s link and look for the Friday challenge – it’s all on the website, you don’t need any worksheets today. There is a fun challenge for you to complete and the answers for you to check.

Well, that brings us to the end of our Time Travelling Treasure Hunters adventure. I hope you all had lots of fun and learnt many things about the five different civilisations. I certainly did. Here is a final photo to remind you to get outside, enjoy the beautiful weather and stay active!

Week beginning 11.05.2020

Posted by Miss Huckle

Hello Year Three! I hope you are all keeping safe and that you have enjoyed the bank holiday weekend. I have attached a document with this weeks tasks on. I’m unable to upload a powerpoint so I’ll attach it to your emails. You can do them in any order and I’d love to see any videos, photos or pictures of the work completed. Stay safe! Miss Huckle.

Week beginning 4.05.20.

Posted by Mrs Gray

Art Through Time


So far on our home learning projects we have had a week that was mainly geography based – Race Across the World – and one that was more focused on history – The Great Explorers. For this week’s project I thought it would be fun to have an art based theme. If you recall back to the autumn term in Year 3, we spent 6 weeks finding out about Art Through Time, looking each week at different artists from centuries ago and taking their paintings as inspiration to produce our own work in their style. Remember Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio (a very naughty man, as you recall!) I had planned to teach you the second half of the unit during the summer term, looking at artists who lived during the past two centuries. This seems the perfect opportunity to do so while in the comfort of your own home! Each day I will post a link that will take you to an Art with Mati and Dada clip, because I remember how much you enjoyed these, and because they were really interesting and helpful.

Today’s artist: Vincent Van Gogh 1853 – 1890

Now that you have seen the video, I will post a powerpoint to give you more information on Van Gogh. After that, I would like you to produce a painting or drawing based on one of his paintings. Which painting you choose is entirely up to you – in class I would pick which one you would work on; at home, you’re the boss! Send me a photo of your masterpiece and I will let you know what I think – I remember what brilliant artists you all are.

For our English work this week, we are going to look at Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. Each day I will upload some work for you to do at home, with some instructions for your parents. Do as much or as little as you feel able to – some days will have more work than others. Today, read the two chapters that are in the upload, then complete the Day 1 activities in which you have to think about the characters in the story.

For maths this week, I’m going to give you a link that will take you to the White Rose home learning page for Year 3. This page will give you all of the week’s activities and answers, so make sure you only do lesson 1! You will be very familiar with the format of these lessons as we use the White Rose scheme to teach maths at school. You can mark your work with your parents, but I would still really appreciate it if you send me your work for me to see as well.

I hope you enjoy this week’s work and have fun! Send me your work or photos in the usual way and I will, of course, reply to all your messages.


I have already been amazed at the quality of your Van Gogh art work, the wide variety of media you have chosen and the vibrant colours you have used – well done to everyone who has sent me work so far!

Today’s artist: Wassily Kandinsky 1866 – 1944

Here is the link to Art with Mati and Dada:

Today’s art work is all about colours and shapes. To give you some more information and ideas, I will upload a powerpoint about Kandinsky, followed by a photo pack with further examples of his paintings. You can reproduce the painting I have chosen above, using different colours if you so wish, or you can choose a different Kandinsky painting to influence your work today.

For today’s English lesson, we are reading a bit more of Fantastic Mr Fox. We are then practising using the present perfect form of the past tense using the PowerPoint presentation.  You will then go on to identify present perfect verbs in sentences and texts. Remember, you don’t need to do all of the work – there is rather a lot there today!

For maths today, I refer you back up to Monday’s link to the White Rose home learning page. Lesson 2 is all about adding money, using part-whole models and bar models. You could also use column addition to complete the calculations. Enjoy your Tuesday home learning!


Wow, Year 3, your artwork has been fantastic, thank you all so much for sending it to me! I have really enjoyed the different ways you have interpreted the paintings by each artist, and that you have chosen a wide variety of artwork by the two artists we have focused on so far. I thought it would be a nice idea at the weekend for me to chose my favourite piece of art from each of you and post it on this page on the website, so you can see what you and all your friends have been up to.

Today’s artist: Henri Matisse 1869 – 1954

Here is the link to Art with Mati and Dada:

Today’s focus, as explained in the video, is about paper cut-outs, which Matisse created as he grew older to help him feel as though he had created a garden in his own home. He could then enjoy playing around with positioning them in different places, then rearranging them until he was pleased with the results. You are welcome to chose another painting by him if you prefer and base your work on that one. Here is a powerpoint to explain his Fauvism style in more detail, and a photo pack with some more examples of his paintings.

For English today I would like you to read the summaries of what happens in Fantastic Mr Fox and then plan, using a story curve, your own story along similar lines. You can have fun thinking of a different family of animals and a problem they have to overcome, a bit like Mr Fox. Once you have planned your story, you can then write it and, as the lesson outline suggests, read it to someone in your family. Have a look at the link to the BBC storytelling page and listen to some of the stories – they are really well told!

Today’s maths lesson can again be found using Monday’s link to the White Rose home learning page. Lesson 3 is all about subtracting money using a variety of methods – part-whole models, number lines, bar models – but you can practise your compact column method if you would like to as well. Perhaps you could make up some examples, just make sure the amount of money on the top is larger than the amount underneath! Have a fun Wednesday!


Thank you for all the fantastic work that you have sent me. You have been working really hard on the English and maths as well as the art, so well done! The artist I have chosen today produced a wide variety of styles of paintings, so have a good google to find one you particularly like.

Today artist: Paul Klee 1879 – 1940

Here is the link to Art with Mati and Dada:

Today’s focus is about balance as well as colours within patterns. As the video mentions, Paul Klee was interested in using his dreams as inspiration, but he also painted places he had visited. The above painting is called ‘Castle and Sun’ – can you make out the shape of the castle within the different shapes and colours that he has arranged? Here is a powerpoint to help you develop your ideas.

For today’s English lesson, I will upload a PowerPoint on Prepositions. If you download this, there is a voice-over teaching.  You will then read a book about different dyes called ‘Purple is Best’ and you can then complete the work in which you will identify prepositions giving information about time, place and cause.  

Today’s maths lesson can again be found using Monday’s link to the White Rose home learning page. Lesson 4 is about practising the 3 times table. I know you have all had a good go at learning the 3 times table, but you need to keep practising to keep your speed up! Don’t forget to watch the lesson first before you do the activity, it explains things really well. Hope you have fun with today’s home learning!


This our last day of home learning for our Art Through Time project, and I have really enjoyed all the inventive and creative art you have sent me. I am really looking forward to choosing each of your best paintings at the weekend and posting them at the top of this page, but it will be really hard to chose one from each of you, as they have all been brilliant! For today’s artist, you might want to get out lots of newspaper to cover the table and put on your artist’s apron!

Today’s artist: Jackson Pollack 1912 – 1956

Here is the link to Art with Mati and Dada:


Jackson Pollack was famous for his paintings that were called ‘action art’ – I’m sure you can see why! They were also referred to as drip paintings. As the video shows you, he rarely used paint brushes, but had all sort of equipment he would use to drip and throw and spray the paint on to his canvas. For more examples, you can google his paintings Cathedral, Convergence, Greyed Rainbow and Blue Poles. I will upload a powerpoint to help you master his technique – just don’t make a mess or I’ll be in trouble with your parents!

For our final English lesson of the week, you will be asked to re-visit prepositions.  You can identify these and then add prepositional phrases to sentences to produce a set of sequenced instructions. Finally, write your own set of instructions for something – it could be making a Lego model, drawing a particular picture, planting a seed. Try to include a preposition for each instruction. You could type your instructions up on the computer and add pictures to illustrate each step.

Today’s maths lesson can again be found using Monday’s link to the White Rose home learning page. Lesson 5 consists of Classroom Kitchen working with White Rose to create a Cooking Class Maths Challenge. Watch the video first, then use the activity instructions and recipe sheets to help you carry out this challenge. There is no rush – you may want to wait till the weekend to do the activity, or until you have the right ingredients.

I hope you have had a lot of fun this week completing our Art Through Time project, and I’m sure you now know lots about different artists and their painting styles. The paintings were very different from the ones we studied in the autumn term! Thank you for all your wonderful work and all the lovely messages – have a fun and relaxing weekend!

Week beginning 27.04.2020

Posted by Miss Huckle

Hello Year Three! I hope you are all keeping safe and that you have enjoyed the warm weather. Sadly, I think the weather may change this week but some rain could mean some different activities to try out? We are looking forward to jumping in muddy puddles! I have attached a document with this weeks tasks on. You can do them in any order and I’d love to see any videos, photos or pictures of the work completed. Stay safe! Miss Huckle.

Week Beginning 20.04.20.

Posted by Mrs Gray


The Great Explorers

For this week’s project, I thought it would be fun to find out about the great explorers of history, especially as we are all staying at home at this time! Each day I will upload a piece of writing that will tell you about the explorer we are focusing on that day. I want you to read about the explorer and note when in history he travelled around the world. You can read the writing yourself, or you may want an adult or older sister or brother to read it to you. Look at the picture and maps that accompany the writing to help you find out more. After you have read the explorer’s story, I will upload some more information and set you a task for writing. Next I will set you a fun maths investigation (not necessarily linked to the explorer!) and then we will end with a final activity for each day, perhaps linked to art or science. You do not need to do all the activities! Just do what you find the most interesting and have fun learning.

Today’s Explorer: Marco Polo

The Story of Marco Polo

Now you have read about the history of Marco Polo, I will now upload a powerpoint and two fact sheets for you to find out more. After that, I will upload a lined sheet for you to print (or you could use your home learning book to record your writing.) I would like you to imagine you are Marco Polo and write a page about your adventures exploring the world. Where did you travel too? How did you get there? Were you excited or scared? How did you get home at the end of your adventures? Make it as exciting as you can!

Here is Monday’s maths investigation:

For our final activity for Monday, take a look at the photo at the top of today’s post. It is of a hotel room in Paris called the Marco Polo room. The huge vase (the size of a person!) is typical of the type of treasure that Marco Polo would have brought back to Venice from his explorations, painted with typical Chinese art work. Enlarge the photo and try drawing the vase, with a pattern similar to the one in the photo.


Thank you for your Marco Polo work, lots of excellent and creative work. Before I give you today’s explorer, I notice that BBC Bitesize now do daily English and Maths lessons, and a third foundation lesson, for each year group. If you would like to have a go at these, here is the link to the Year 3 lessons: If you would like to send me any work inspired by the Bitesize lessons, I am more than happy to look at it and give you feedback – the more we stay in touch, the better!

Today’s explorer: Christopher Columbus

The Story of Christopher Columbus

Now I will upload a fact file and a map showing the voyages of Christopher Columbus. Once you have found out more, you could download the bordered sheet to record your writing. You can choose whether to go with non-fiction and write me a fact file about Christopher Columbus, or you could use your imagination and imagine you are a sailor on one of the voyages and describe your adventures. Remember to use descriptive language, whichever you go for. And can anyone find out in which city this famous statue of Christopher Columbus can be found?

Here is Tuesday’s maths investigation:

Here is our last activity for Tuesday. I have chosen a science investigation that sounds fun and needs very little resources. It involves understanding density and things floating – a bit like the Santa Maria!


Thank you for all the work you have been sending me. I am replying to all of you as I receive your work, and I have been so impressed by the quality of it all – your Marco Polo vases have been brilliant! Our next explorer is from Portugal and one of the consequences of his voyages is that, without them, India would not have one of its most important ingredients – chillies!

Today’s explorer: Vasco da Gama

The Story of Vasco da Gama

Now I will give you more information for you to read to help with your writing. You don’t need to read all of it – there’s quite a lot here – but I thought it might be good to have a variety of sources to find out about this fascinating explorer. You can use the bordered sheet to tell me facts about Vasco da Gama, or you could imagine landing in India for the first time. What would he see that he would never have seen before?

Here is Wednesday’s maths investigation:

For your final activity today you have a choice (or you could do both!) First of all, you could draw me pictures of all the new animals the Portuguese sailors would have encountered when they arrived in India – there are some clues in the Indian art work I uploaded for today. Or, you could go for the DT option and make Vasco da Gama’s telescope. It’s entirely up to you. Have fun!


Our next explorer was also from Portugal. He was famous for many reasons, but the most important was that one of his ships became the first vessel to circumnavigate the entire globe – that means go all around the world and back! But did he successfully make the whole journey himself?

Today’s explorer: Ferdinand Magellan

The Story of Ferdinand Magellan

In your writing today, imagine you are the member of Magellan’s crew that makes it all the way back to Spain. What sights did you see on your epic voyage? How did you feel when your captain was killed? How did you feel when you finally saw Spain again? Or, if you prefer, tell me some interesting facts about Ferdinand Magellan – what ocean did he name, what animals did he see in South America that Europeans had never seen before, what is the name of the straits named after him (a tricky one!)

Here is Thursday’s maths investigation:

For your final activity today I have gone for another science investigation, as the one I set you on Tuesday proved to be very popular. Again, not many resources are needed, but it sounds fun!


Our fifth and last explorer was actually from England! He set off on his adventures a bit later in history than the other explorers we have been studying, and he was the first European to land on a continent far away from us – can you guess which one (I think some of you might have been there yourselves!)

Today’s explorer: James Cook

The Story of James Cook

For your writing today, I would like you to write me a diary entry as though you are James Cook on one of your voyages. To help and give you ideas, the second resource below is examples of diary entries that he might of written. Remember, these are adventures, so make them as exciting as you can!

Here is Friday’s maths investigation:

For your final activity for the week, I have uploaded an old fashioned world map. I would like you to plot the main voyages for each of our five Great Explorers onto the map, so you can see just how much of the world became known to all by these intrepid adventurers. I hope you have enjoyed our project this week of finding out about the great explorers of history, especially as we cannot go and explore ourselves at the moment. Perhaps one day you will travel to one of the places we have researched and remember that strange time in Year 3 when we had to stay at home and stay safe.

Click on the world map to enlarge it:

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Race Across the World

This week’s task is a virtual Race Across the World! Over the next five days we are going to visit five famous cities in five different countries. At each destination I want you to locate the city on a world map, then find what country the city is located in. Next, write a paragraph in your home learning book about the city. Information could include the language spoken, what is the currency, what are the must see sites in the city, how many people live in the city, what sort of food would you eat when you visit the city? You can then draw the flag of the country and a picture of you next to one of the main attractions.

Today’s destination: Rio de Janeiro


Today we continue with our Race Across the World – day 2! On today’s journey we travel across the Atlantic Ocean to a new continent. When you reach the destination research our next famous city by locating the country and continent it is situated in, find out about its fascinating history, tell me what countries and seas surround the new destination and draw me a picture of one of the most famous landmarks. Finally, can you work out how many miles you have travelled since you left Rio?!

Today’s destination: Cairo

While we are here, let’s do some Ancient Egyptian maths. Choose which of these activities you would like to do.

How about an Egyptian food activity? Again, you can choose which activity to do.


It’s day three of our Race Across the World, and we leave Africa behind to travel north to our new destination. This is one of my favourite cities in the world – what famous sites do you think I might have visited on one of my trips here? What country and continent are we in now? If you go to a local restaurant, what food would you like to order? Can you find the names of famous people who have lived in this city in the past or in the present? What sort of weather would you expect in each season of the year? And how many miles have we travelled since Cairo, and how many in total so far this week?

Today’s destination: Paris

While we are in Paris, let’s practise our numbers in French. Google BBC Primary French and go to KS2 French BBC Bitesize – the first option. In the Numbers section you will find a video clip of a playground counting game from France – I think you will recognise the game! Play the video to practise your numbers to ten, then you could take some chalk and play the game yourself, or you could write some simple calculations in French, for example quatre + trois = sept.

I have made up a quiz about Paris for you to complete. Have fun!


On day four, we are making a long journey east, to a new continent and a new country. Once you arrive, work out how many miles you have travelled from Paris. If you are up for a challenge, use the column method to add together the distances we have travelled each day so far this week – remember the itty-bitty ones to help you carry to the next column! Now research today’s city – tell me the country and continent we are in. What language do people speak? What are the most common religions followed? What sort of clothing do people wear? Tell me about the climate and any important rivers that flow through the country. What famous leaders are associated with this country?

Today’s destination: New Delhi

For our maths challenge today, I’d like you to look at this recipe for a very tasty aubergine curry:

The recipe is for 2 people. I’d like you to imagine we have 6 people coming for dinner, and work out 3 times as much for each ingredient. How about for 8 people – that means multiplying all the ingredients by 4! And what if we have a party for 16 guests – you need to multiply by 8 in that case! Do as much or as little of the challenge as you like, and remember to keep up the Times Tables Rockstars – I have your login details if you can’t find them.

Finally, let’s go for an art task today. Imagine you are just outside New Delhi in the town of Agra, sitting in the gardens in front of the Taj Mahal. The building is one of the most beautiful in the world, created by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. One of the most remarkable thing about the building is that it is completely symmetrical on all four sides. I would like you to draw a picture of the Taj Mahal, remembering when we talked about perspective in our lesson on Raphael, and how it can give the illusion of distance on a piece of 2D paper.

So Year 3, any guesses for where our final destination will be tomorrow as we end our Race Across the World?


This is our last leg of our Race Across the World. Well done to all the children who have been sending me work – I have been amazed by the quality learning you are producing at home. For our final destination, I thought it would be fun to end up in a place famous for being relaxed and laid back – sitting on the dock of the bay, wasting time. As usual, I’d like you to work out how many miles we have travelled from New Delhi – a great deal, as we have had to go across the whole of the Pacific Ocean to get here. And can you work out the final total of miles for our entire trip? For your final research, can you tell me the country and continent we are in now? What is this city famous for – there are many famous landmarks in this amazing city. How do people travel around? What is the name of the bridge in the photo? What sort of food is popular here? What is the weather like today?

Our final destination: San Francisco

San Francisco’s famous American football team is called the San Francisco 49ers. 49 is a square number, and we have been talking about these while we have been learning our times tables. For your maths challenge today, I’d like you to investigate square numbers. A square number is the product of a number multiplied by itself, for example 1 x 1 = 1, 2 x 2 = 4, 3 x 3 =9. Can you find all the square numbers up to and including the 12 times table? (You can have a bit of adult help with this one, it is quite tricky!)

Many of you will recognise the above photo from my laptop’s screen saver. As I explained early in the year, it is a photo of Muir woods, a beautiful national park just outside of San Francisco. It is famous for having an amazing collection of ancient redwoods – huge trees that are incredibly old and remarkably beautiful. I would like you to draw me a picture of your favourite type of tree – it could be a redwood, or it could be an oak, perhaps a willow, or maybe a cherry blossom. Take this opportunity to relax and unwind – we have come to the end of our journey.

I hope you have enjoyed our Race Across the World, Year 3. I have had a lot of fun setting the daily challenges for you! If you would like a final, extra challenge, get out a globe or world map and create your own Race Across the World and send it to me. Where will I travel to when you are in charge?!

Have fun! Mrs Gray.

Hello – I have attached some fun Thrive activities to try at home to while away a few hours! kind regards, Mrs Russell.