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Welcome to Year 3!


Hello everyone, and welcome to the Year 3 page. 

This page will be updated once a week with the key information you need for staying year three ready! 


Monday 6th July 2020

Good morning everyone, 


Below you will find details of the planned activities that you can complete during this week. Feel free to adapt these activities to suit you and your family.

Any problem or concerns please feel free to contact me at school. 


Spellings for week 06/07/20 and 13/07/20This is normally the stage where we focus on the spellings that we found difficult throughout the year/term. If there were any words your child found particularly tricky please use those. If you need more, please look at the 'Year 3 expected spellings words' in this weeks resources. If your child is unable to read the word fluently (quickly, within 2 to 3 seconds) then highlight it and practice those words - alongside any trickier words from this term's spellings. 


Key information for parents and children: 


Reading books: 

We have purchased a new online platform that you and your child can access for FREE.  

The platform is in line with the school's current reading scheme. Please use the year 3 log in details (to access this click on the 'My Class Login' at the top right): 



Click this link:  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ 

Once you have logged in, click the 'ebooks' or 'mybooks' 

Then, type in your child's reading age in the tab, '7 - 9' for example. The page will update automatically with age appropriate texts.


Purple Mash. 

To add files onto the PM blog you need to click on the + button on the top right (it’s a green square with an + symbol). Once on this, there are many symbols. You need to click the one that has a paperclip on it – when you hover over it it says ‘work picker’. Click that, then click ‘from my PC’. You’ll then need to find the file your child's work is saved in and upload from there. J


See you all soon! 


Mr Rowe. 




Acorns Keeping Fit

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Hello all,

We have been contacted by the super Mr Plumb, Grantham's School Games Organiser, with this fantastic challenge. In this video you will find all the information on how to keep fit, and what the benefits are (spoiler alert, they includes a potential prize)!

Online Learning 


Your children have their usernames and passwords in their home-learning book.





Purple Mash



TT Rockstars




Twinkl has wealth of resources and they are giving parents a FREE MONTH when they sign up and use the Code:CVDTWINKLHELPS


Additional learning and activities for the summer term.


Dear families, for those of you who are looking for extra ideas to keep your children learning and engaged over the summer term, I have compiled a selection of resources that you can introduce as you feel. Below you will find some spring activities, some maths learning packs, games and website for children and parents. In addition to this, I have written a handful of extra writing ideas to keep your children occupied and working.


I ask that you vet the website to ensure it is appropriate for your child.  


Spring activity ideas

Paint a hardboiled egg.


Instruction can be found at https://www.kidzworld.com/article/26746-how-to-paint-easter-eggs

Make sure you take a picture of your creation.

Parachuting Egg Challenge


Using your eggs, can you build a structure that will encase and protect the egg while you (and an adult) throw it from a height (3m+).

Create a spring picture.

Draw a spring picture and then either paint it, colour it or shade it in a sketching pencils.  ( Remember, lines, shapes then detail)

Next, create a jigsaw design over the top.

Carefully cut along the lines of the jigsaw design.

Ask a parent to send it to a family member to make.


Some companies will take a photo and turn it into a jigsaw too.

Spring nature hunt



Whilst you are out either walking with your family or playing in the garden – start to record the changes you observe in the environment:

Which flowers are blooming?

Which trees are forming buds or blossom?

What insects have you seen?

What birds you seen?

You could use the following to help you identify birds


Nature activities


The Woodland Trust have put together 10 activities to do at home.




Additional learning, useful links:



I want to start with maths as it is vitally important that all the children keep up their numbers work to ensure their speed and fluency maintains,

  • To start, the NCETM is the National Centre of Education in the Teaching of Mathematics. This site is key to most teacher’s personal learning and development. This site could be invaluable to you too. I have sourced the link for parents home educating.           https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/54432  
  • BBC Bitesize:  The BBC are working on creating short video clips to match a timetable of learning, similar to the scheduled learning that is set on the school’s class pages. In addition to this, you can find additional games and activities here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39
  • Maths playground is a website that offers mathematic related gaming. https://www.mathplayground.com/balloon_invaders.html
  • White Rose Maths. Many of you would have seen the new style of maths that has been implemented into our schools over the past 3 to 5 years. The White Rose Maths hubs is mainly responsible for this. They have created a selection of home learning lessons: all of which come with a video tutorial, an activity, and the all important answers! https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/
  • Nrich is another amazing website that teachers tend to have hidden up their sleeves. They have created a page of activities for KS2 children working from home: https://nrich.maths.org/14600
  • Mathematics Mastery is a new site to me. This has been recommended by the Government. Within this page you will find a four week activity pack for children, and a guidance AND answers for parents. https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources
  • In year three, we briefly started on Fractions. This included counting in tenths and recognising unit fractions. The class will have covered fraction in KS1 too. The Slice Fraction game has been recommended by other educators. https://ululab.com/  This is a phone game and will need downloading with parental approval.
  • I have been informed The Maths Factor, an online teaching resource, is doing a lesson every day at 10am with Carole Vorderman: https://www.themathsfactor.com/subscribe/



Over the year, the year threes made great progress in their writing. Let us keep that up!





At Harlaxton, we have been using Talk4Writing as a way of engaging the children into their writing. This has been exceptionally well received. Luckily. Talk4Writing have created a Covid19 link on their page. If you would like to explore this method please visit: https://mailchi.mp/talk4writing/home-school-booklets , there is also a great resource available for our year threes:

This is a story about trolls with a collection of activities to suit.   https://www.talk4writing.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Y3-Unit.pdf     

Additional writing ideas

Letter to a family member

Book reviews

Write a recipe

Eye spy, but in writing. Child has to describe something outside and you guess what it is.

News report on something that has happened at home.

Shape poem

Diary entry on an enjoyable day.

Instructions on a chore.

Rewrite an ending to a short book

Create a mythical beast, draw it, label it and write ‘factual’ report on it.

Write a list of things they’d like to do in the summer: expect adjectives and adverbs

Write and illustrate their life story.

Write a story with tension.

Describe their garden using the 5 senses

Write and perform a song about Spring (could be a rap)

Write about a magic lamp that you found in the woods… what are it powers?

Describe your favourite sport to an alien

Draw a picture of the stars at night, while you are outside under something warm. Write a story about what could be happening.

Interview a family member. Write their life story and  gift it to them as a present

Using the 5 word story structure, create a story with 3 or more unfortunately and fortunately.

An animal starts to talk to you. Write a conversation between you and the animal. USE INVERTED COMMAS J

Write a birthday card for a family member or friend

Retell a cartoon you watched, but change the characters

There is a dark and gloomy door hidden behind a tall oak tree. One day you and your family go through it…

Describe your parents using show not tell.

A letter has blown into your window, what does it say? How do you respond?

Create a battle between good and evil. Who are your characters?

Your good character is trapped in quick sand…  What do you do?



Audible have a great selection of stories that your children can get involved in, which are free:



Epic is an online book library that gives your child access to over 40,000 books. They are offering 30 days FREE for parents.  https://www.getepic.com/?utm_channel=search&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk42_1-3x6AIVCs53Ch3RegBfEAAYASAAEgL9y_D_BwE 

The literacy Shed:

The literacy shed has a wealth of videos and stories that you and your child can explore together. Most of these videos come with reading comprehension questions. I would advise that you watch the videos before your child and decide if you feel it is appropriate, as some can be scary or emotional. https://www.literacyshed.com/the-ks1-shed.html


English Mavern

This is a website with a variety of reading comprehension: again please explore this first, as I have not seen all the links provided. https://www.englishmaven.org/Pages/Reading%20Comprehension.htm


In addition, please follow this link, which provides a host of different home learning resources, websites and links provided by the Government.



I hope everyone is well!


Kind Regards,


Mr Rowe. 

Leader in Me


On a daily basis, the children try to demonstrate our core values within school. As we aim to practise them so often, they become good habits that we can use not only in school but also at home too. 


  • Habit 1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)
  • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood(Listen Before You Talk)
  • Habit 6: Synergise (Together Is Better)
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

Growth Mindset


This year we will be helping the children to develop a Growth Mindset. This aims to increase their resilience, perseverance and independence in their learning. Further information can be found by following the link below.

British Values



Homework is given out on a Friday and is to be returned by the following Wednesday.  Your homework might be English or Maths but will consolidate learning that you have been working on in the classroom.


You will also be given spellings that will be tested the following Friday morning.


Please continue to read regularly and get an adult to sign your reading record book.  remember you can earn a house point if you read 5 times every week.


Make sure you practise your times tables - you need to know your 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables.


You will also be given My Style homework each term.

Useful Websites for additional homework ideas.

Links - please click to open