Author Archive: Mrs H Shaw

Friday 20th November 2020

This week was anti bullying week. We kicked off the week by wearing odd socks into school, followed by classroom discussionS and activities about anti -bullying. We were impressed with the children’s responses!

In Maths this week, we have been looking at fractions of an amount linked to our farming topic. For example, would you rather have 1/4 of 20 strawberries or 1/5 of 25 strawberries? We will be continuing this next week.

In English, we wrote our postcards to persuade someone to come and visit Sunny ‘s home (from Meerkat Mail). We enjoyed publishing our work and the teachers will be looking to see who is ready to receive their pen licence!

Thank you to all the children who have started researching the different food types at home. In Science, we started looking at what the different food groups do for our body. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the human skeleton. If anyone has an old x-ray that the children could look at, please get in contact as we’d love to hear from you.

Home Learning: Our spelling lessons have focus on the prefixes: anti, auto and super. Have a go at some of the activities sent home. The Phonics focus group have looked at the Phase 5 sound ‘ir’.  Next week we will be starting our new book in English which is about a lonely penguin. The vocabulary home learning contains different synonyms for lonely.  Could you explore these words with the children? We have received some creative home learning already which are shown below:

Remember to bring them in so we can display them.

The children took home an envelope containing their parents evening targets which we will be discussing with you further during our parents evening appointments.

Finally, congratulations to our showstopper writers, golden key winners and perfect presentation children! Very well deserved!

Have a good weekend and stay safe everyone.

Mrs Stewart, Miss Shaw and Mrs Pike.


9th November 2020

This week we have been remembering all the people who have died in the wars and the people who are still suffering around the world today. During collective worship, we reflected on what we are grateful for and prayed for those who are not as fortunate as ourselves. During our RE lesson, we created prayers for remembrance which we displayed proudly in our classroom area.

During our Maths lessons this week, we have been looking at adding fractions with the same denominator. We have used number lines, part part wholes and the bar model to show these.
Our literacy lessons have focussed on the three sentences types: statement, question and exclamation. We have been sorting sentences by these categories and then creating our own to use in our persuasive writing based on the text ‘meerkat mail.’
Home learning: for spellings we have been looking at the long a sound (eigh, ey, ei) and the phonics group have been learning the ‘wh’ sound. Thank you to all the children who completed the reading review for this week. Here are a few good examples of home learning this week.

Our new topic this term is all about farming and healthy eating.  The children have some creative home learning ideas to try to complete between now and the end of term. The expectation is that they try one of the activities and bring it in to share. We’d like to create a display of the children’s work so please send them in whenever they are completed. Finally, just a reminded for completing the reading passport as well as the must read texts.

Congratulations to all of our showstopper writers, perfect presentation pupils and golden key winners.

Have a restful and safe weekend.

Mrs Stewart, Miss Shaw, Mrs Pike



Friday 6th November 2020

Welcome back after what we hope was a restful half term break.

Today in school was our Deep Learning History Day which was focused on the Gunpowder Plot. We started the day by familiarising ourselves with the story and created a story map of events.  We moved onto a conscience alley task were we discussed possible punishments suitable for Guy Fawkes. Some children became King James and walked down our conscience alley. The rest of the class gave their possible punishment ideas to the king and at the end he decided which punishment was most suitable. Finally, we then debated the question- is it ok to break the law if you are standing up for your beliefs?

In Maths, we have started a unit on Fractions. We looked at the key vocabulary used in the unit particularly: equal parts, denominator, numerator, whole, half, third, quarters, fifths.  We then represented these fractions in different ways by naming them, drawing them and writing them. (1/2, half, and then a visual representation of half). Towards the end of the week we solved problems using these.

In writing, we started a new unit using the book ‘meerkat mail.’ We had great excitement when we received a postcard from the book – ask your children about this! We have been building on our usage of persuasive language following our recent vocabulary home learning before half term.

Home learning: Please be sure to complete your spelling and vocabulary tasks for this week.  We also would like to see some more book reviews next Friday. We have a ‘Wow work display’ and already some children have had their work photocopied and displayed.  Some children are making good progress at reading the ‘must reads’ for this year.  Again, progress is being tracked in class so if your child has completed a book, please do make sure they let us know as and when. Finally, if you have completed your reading passport already, we will take them in and display these in the classroom.

Coming up this half term: Our topic will be farming: Field to fork.  We will be exploring how farming has changed over time, why is it important, and where our food comes from.  We will also be looking at diet in our Science lessons and the importance of a good, balanced and healthy diet.  We will be continuing our unit on Prayers, Saints and Feasts in RE.    Our Guided reading is based on a text called ‘Farm boy’ by Michael Morpurgo.

Congratulations to our showstoppers, Golden key winners and perfect presentation children.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy any fireworks that you may see from your window!

Team Three



Friday 23rd October 2020

This week in Maths, we have been solving problems with multiplication linked to the pumpkin patch. Farmer Joe told them there were 4 rows of pumpkins, less than 30 in total but he couldn’t work out how many could be in each row. Luckily the children were on hand to help out. We then thought about ‘what if there were 20 pumpkins but some rows were orange and some rows were white – how many of each could there be?’ Have a look at an example of our work!

We have been busy writing our instructions for washing a sabre tooth tiger (yikes!)  We thought carefully about some of the challenges that we might have faced while washing the prehistoric beast. We were all impressed with how creative the children were during the writing process and by the presentation of their final published pieces.

During our PPA Art lessons we have been looking at henna and creating hand and foot artwork in that style.

Home learning:  Spellings for this week have focused on the ‘u’ sound spelt with a ‘o’ such as love, mother, another. Our phonics group have looked at u_e. Try and use the vocabulary words during conversations at home over half term to ‘persuade’.  We will be writing some persuasive letters after half term using this language. Don’t forget to log in to sum-dog and TT rockstars. We have had some reading passports coming in so keep reading and when you have finished, bring them in to Be displayed. Finally, thank you to the children who bought in the reviews in their home reading journal. We will be looking at these again on Friday 13th November.

Congratulations to our showstopper writers, golden key winners and our perfect presentation pupils.

Thank you for all of your support with the home learning. Have a restful half term break.

Friday 16th October 2020

This week we had a special Liturgy in School.  We were celebrating that we are all the disciples of Jesus. Each one of us is called to follow Jesus, every single day. The children wrote on fish cut outs how they ‘dare’ to be a disciple. For example I dare to be a disciple when I am forgiving.  The children shared their dare and added them to a year group net.  These are currently being displayed in the school entrance at school.

In Maths this week we were looking at multiplication and division using the times tables.  We focused on the 2, 3, 5, and 10 times tables initially.  Later in the week we looked at solving problems such as – ‘Zig Aliens have 3 legs and Zog aliens have 5 legs.  If Mr. Chapman saw 25 legs on the school field, how many of each alien could there be?’ The children drew the problem (aliens) and then began to apply their mathematical knowledge of the times tables to solve the problem.

In English, the children have been looking at writing instructions. We have been learning about imperative verbs, prepositions and times connectives to help us write some accurate instructions for how to wash a woolly Mammoth. Next week we will be applying these skills in our writing but this time thinking about washing a sabre tooth tiger.

The focus in our spelling lessons was on the ‘or’ sound after a w.  We looked at the words: worm, word, worth, worthy, worthwhile etc. In Phonics the children explored the sound -ew. We would like you to be creative with your home spellings this week. Can you make the words using lego? Can you write them using sticks? Can you write the words with chalk on the ground?

Home Learning: On Friday 23rd October we will be looking at the reading reviews again. These are completed in the Yellow reading journal.  We hope to post some good examples on the blog so don’t forget to bring them in to share.  There are activities to try on Sumdog again this week. Login and have a go! And don’t forget to practise your times tables on TT Rockstars too.

Congratulations to all the children who have received their pens – You need to keep them now by always writing in your best handwriting.  Well done to our show stopper writers, our golden key winners and our Perfect Presentation children.

Reminder: A few children didn’t have their coats in school today and it was particularly chilly in the morning.  Please remember these as it gets colder.

Have a lovely weekend to you all. We look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Team Three

Fossil detectives

This week we started to look at how Fossils are created.  You could look into this more at home. Do you have fossils at home? Could you have a look at more photographs of fossils online or in books? Could you draw some fossils? If you want to bring any of your research in to show us, we’d love to see what you find out.

Maths: This week in Maths we have been looking at measure.  We have been measuring old ‘mammoth bones’ and ‘sabre tooth tiger’ teeth.  Towards the end of the week we looked at problems such as: If I have 3 mammoth bones each measuring 24cm, how long would the bones be in total? We looked at how we can draw the problem to help us understand it and then use this to solve it.  The children were very successful! Well Done!

English: We were busy writing our setting description this week.  We published our final piece on Friday.  The teachers in Year 3 will be deciding if there are any candidates worthy of a pen licence this week.  Next week we will be looking at instructions.  If you want to get a head start, you could look for some examples of this text in your homes.

Topic: We had lots of fun creating music to fit with the sunset and sunrise at Stone Henge.  The children were very creative in matching the appropriate mood and even began to record their music in early notation.

Maths: log into sumdog and have a go at the multiplication challenges available

Spelling: Finally, we looked at the ‘ar’ sound after w this week.  We noticed it can sound like ‘or’ but it is spelt ‘ar’ (war, warship, toward). The phonics group looked into words with the sound ‘ue’.  All children have the spellings and vocabulary work stuck into their pink books.

Word shapes:

Spelling Staircase:

Congratulations to our showstoppers, mathemagicians, and Golden key winners – All well deserved!

Have a great weekend.  We look forward to seeing you again next week for lots more learning.

Team Three



E-safety talks

Year 3 Welcome Meeting : We have uploaded a new and improved version of the Welcome Meeting. Link below:

Year 3 welcome video for parents

English:  This week we have started our new text in English – Stone Age Boy.  The children have been using role play to explore the relationship between the characters and exploring the meanings of new vocabulary.  The children have also been composing and rehearsing new sentences using exciting vocabulary. Next week we will be starting to use some of the new vocabulary in a setting description.

Maths: We have started looking at how we can use our number bonds to add 3 one digit numbers. The children were given number sentences such as 9 + 3 + 1 and had to think about how they might use their number bond knowledge to help decide the order to add these numbers – for example I know 1 + 9 = 10 + 3 more.  Later in the week we applied this further to help add a two digit number and a one digit number.

Spellings: Most of the children have been learning about the -le and -el rule.  For our Phonics learning we have been looking at using the sound -ay to help us with our spelling.

Science: The children have been rock detectives this week. They have been looking at different rocks and thinking about whether they might be sedimentary, metamorphic or igneous and grouping them accordingly.  We were very impressed with the discussions that they were having.

Thank you to all the children who managed to complete their first book review.  We were inspired by them today.  Our next date for looking at the book reviews will be 9th September 2020.

Finally, but importantly, ask your children about Buddy and his tips for staying safe on a tablet.  There might be a catchy tune that the children could share with you….. 🙂


Team Three


Welcome to Year Three

Hello and welcome to Year Three!

It is so lovely to have you back happy hippos and lovely lions.

Please see below a welcome video we have created- stating all of the key information about Year Three. We would appreciate it if you could watch and keep yourself informed of the homework, must read texts etc. It may help answer any questions you may have had about some of the letters been sent home recently.

Thank you for a fantastic start in such difficult times.

Have  a well deserved relaxing weekend,

Miss Shaw, Mrs Stewart and Mrs Pike

26th June 2020

Hello Happy Hippos and Lovely Lions,

We hope you are well! We are so looking forward to meeting up with you next week, we hope you are too.

Here is next weeks homelearning- enjoy!


Here are some fun facts about Chinas terracotta army-

Have a look at the PowerPoint information on the terracotta army too-


Using this information you could make-

  • A quiz for your friends to answer about the army
  • A PowerPoint of the information you have found out
  • A story about the army using the facts you have learnt
  • An information booklet



Here are the next two oak lessons on 2D shapes.

 If you fancy a challenge…

Challenge 1-


Challenge 2-

Challenge 3-  you can use shapes from home, draw your own shapes or print off the sheet if you can to solve this problem.


SPAG:    Spelling-

We are going to recap the suffixes ‘s’ ‘es’ ‘ed’ ing’ ‘er’

Using the grid words how many different accurate words can you create using these suffixes? Remember some words will be used more than once.

Challenge- can you use these words in a sentence?



What is a consonant? What is a vowel?


CHALLENGE: Write as many prepositions that you can think of then choose 5 to write into descriptive sentences?

CHALLENGE: Can you explain how you know which one is correct and which ones are incorrect?




Activity 1: Headline vocabulary:

A headline should be short, snappy and give the reader an idea about what the story is about. It should also make them want to read on.

They try to use words that grab the reader’s attention. Complete the vocabulary task.

Activity 2: Create your own headlines!

Carefully read these short newspaper stories and create an interesting headline for each, which will grab the reader’s attention. Using a thesaurus (online if you don’t own one) would be an excellent way to help with interesting vocabulary choices.  CHALLENGE: Can you use alliteration?

  • Three children were walking across a field in Waterlooville when they discovered a hole. At the bottom of the hole was a chest filled with gold and silver. The children ran and told the police about their discovery.


  • Two days ago a kitten called Cookie, belonging to Mrs Edge, climbed a tree. It got stuck at the top and could not get down. A large crowd gathered. They could not help the cat. In the end they sent for the fire brigade. The firemen put a ladder up the tree and brought the frightened cat down.


  • Late last night, three men disguised wearing wigs and sunglasses stole over £1000 worth of goodies from a sweet shop. They smashed their way through the front door around midnight and filled sacks with delicious treats. It is hoped that they will be found and arrested soon.


  • Cunningham, a local headteacher, is celebrating his first prize win at a local gardening contest. His beautiful display of flowers beat many other contestants. Rumours have it that his own back garden looks better than the Queen’s! Photographs of his display can be seen on our website.


Activity 3: Now you’ve practiced lots of the features of an article, you are ready to report on the School dragon story. THIS WILL BE PART OF NEXT WEEK’S LEARNING TOO – it is important to spend some quality time following the steps that we do in school when writing so that you produce the best piece of writing you can.


  1. Plan your writing
  2. Write your first draft
  3. Spend some time editing and improving – monkey ears, read it through with an adult, use a thesaurus to improve word choices, check all your sentences don’t start the same, check spelling and punctuation.
  4. Then publish – be proud of your hard work. There are many blank templates on line to help you present your work correctly. Here is a link to help



First, create a name for your newspaper and a headline for the article.

After that, write your newspaper article – remember to include:

  • Who, where, when and what, how! Go back to your research to find this information.
  • How people reacted and felt – this is a good time to use your speech.
  • What is going to happen next (be creative)
  • Conclude with somewhere that people can go / call / email for help, to give more information, for support.


SUPPORT: Use the example template for a similar news article that you can use a model to support you.


Challenge: Vary your sentence structure: Can you use a fronted adverbial to show (e.g. Still shaking in fear, Mrs. Pike stated she was just so grateful that the children weren’t in school at the time of the attack.)  Word mat provided to remind you of the options.–fronted-adverbials-ks2-word-mat-list-_ver_6.pdf?__token__=exp=1592815621~acl=%2Fresource%2Ff5%2Fc4%2Ft-l-4647–fronted-adverbials-ks2-word-mat-list-_ver_6.pdf%2A~hmac=60e431cd62337003b83721978d6b06603200626e08fd5407893a343bd8ff2054


Can you use a subordinate clause (Mrs. Atkins, a year 3 class teacher, was shocked by the damage cause.)



Guided reading:  Dragon poems.

Here are 4 short poems about dragons. Read them aloud, you could even perform them if you want to.

Poem 1: Ancient Dragons


Dragons, they say, lived long ago.

Where they came from, I do not know.

Some like to fly and roar and prance.

Others are colourful and love to dance.

Long tails,

Huge wings,

Golden eyes,

Sharp claws,

Scaly skin,

Forked tongue …

I’m glad they don’t live here any more.



Poem 2: Fly Dragon Fly


Fly, dragon, fly,

Higher and higher.


Breathe, dragon, breathe,

Flames of fire.


Blink, dragon, blink,

Your eyes of gold.


Sleep, dragon, sleep.

You are ever so old.



Poem 3: Friendly Dragons


Friendly dragons are fun,

Flying through the air.

If it wasn’t for their fiery breath

You’d hardly know they were there.


They like to make sandcastles,

And play football in the park,

And thanks to their fiery breath

You can find them in the dark!




Poem 4: My New Pet.


My new pet is a curious kind.

It popped out of an egg that I did find.

With beady eyes and curly claws

And razor sharp teeth filling its jaws.

Enormous wings like leathery sails,

Scaly armour right down to its tail,

Roaring and huffing and puffing out fire,

To eat you for dinner is all it desires.

It’s not a snake, or a lizard, or bat …


My pet is a DRAGON!


How about that?




Which one do you prefer and why?

Look at the styles, shape, rhyming patterns and rhythm when reading them. Make notes around the poems, draw pictures of what comes to mind (like a read aloud think aloud).

Hint: These might help you with your English next week.




Have you noticed that when you play with magnets, they don’t need to be touching to have an effect on a magnetic object? Using magnetic force to act on objects from a distance happens all the time at scrapyards. Watch this video here .

Can you draw and label a scientific diagram, showing either the rotating magnet or the plate magnet and its use at the scrapyard? Here is an example of a different experiment, drawn as a scientific diagram. Notice how the drawings are simple and the illustrator has used a ruler.

Challenge – Explain the effect that electricity had on the plate magnet.


Music from Mrs Sumba

Hans Zimmer

Go to the website below and watch Naomi Wilkinson’s video about Hans Zimmer

Why is Hans Zimmer considered a musical trail blazer?

Now listen to the whole piece in the second video.

Zimmer tells us to,

‘Do what you wanna do with it!’

How can you ‘play and get creative’ with this piece?



Science from Miss Stapley

Giant Bubbles  – watch the video

  • Make a home-bubble mixture and wands. Use them to look more closely at the characteristics and behaviour of soap bubbles.
  • Experiment with different shapes and sizes of bubbles and see what you can and cannot control about bubbles. Learn how to make giant bubbles and find out why bubbles are usually round.
  • Learn how to make giant bubbles and find out why bubbles are usually round. – details on the information sheet.

You will need:

  • Good quality washing up liquid
  • Water
  • Glycerin (optional)
  • Plastic tub or other container for bubble mixture
  • Measuring jug (optional)
  • Various things with holes in them for blowing bubbles with. Watch the video for ideas. Straws, pipe cleaners, paperclips, coat hangers, cookie cutters and cake tins with removable bottoms are all particularly good.
  • For giant bubbles: wooden spoons (or other sticks), a couple of metres of string and a small weight you can thread through it, like a metal key ring or nut.

What to do:

A mixture we found that works is 1 litre of water, 100ml of washing up liquid and 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of glycerin. Blow some bubbles!

Put a straw into your bubble solution and try blowing gently into the liquid. You should be able to make a lot of bubbles very quickly. Then dip one end of a straw into the solution, take it out and blow gently through the other end. See if you can control the size of bubble you can blow out of the straw.

Try making bubbles using things with bigger holes, like a paperclip or pipe cleaner bent into a circle. Try poking a dry finger into a bubble, then try the same thing after dipping your finger in bubble solution.

Try making bubbles inside bubbles by poking a straw dipped in bubble solution into an existing bubble and blowing again.

Try out objects with different shaped holes, like cookie cutters or pipe cleaners bent into other shapes. Try objects with really big holes, like a coat hanger or a cake baking tin with its bottom removed. Try making giant bubbles with the special wand we show you how to make in the video.

Going Further:

  • You can experiment with your bubble mixture and giant bubble wand to see just how big you can get your bubbles to be. There are lots of different bubble mixture recipes on the internet, just search for “soap bubble recipe”.
  • You could try making two or three of them and comparing how good the bubbles they make are.


Re from Miss Honeywell

Our school patronal feast day takes place on Sunday 28th June. In order to prepare for this special time of the year, please choose ONE of the following activities in order to learn more about St. Peter…


  • Write a diary entry as St. Peter, when he escaped from prison. Describe how he felt when the Lord sent an angel to free him from the jail that Herod had cruelly locked him up in. How did they get out of the prison?


  • Jesus told Peter, ‘I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven’. Design the keys and include as many symbols as you can to represent St. Peter and why he was so special. What would the keys be made of?
  • Jesus said to Peter, ‘You are a rock, and on this rock I will build my church’. Could you paint or decorate a stone or pebble, to show ways in which to build God’s church? (e.g. by spreading love, faith and Good News).
  • Create a selection of short prayers to ask for God’s guidance during the global pandemic. How could we demonstrate the courage, faith and commitment that was demonstrated by St. Peter, as we work to support others?
  • Take a look at the St. Peter’s logo on our school website. Can you re-design the crest so it reflects the qualities of St. Peter? (e.g. trust,  hope, responsibility). Why did Jesus say ‘feed my lambs’? How might St. Peter ask us to continue God’s work on earth?
  • Use the internet to research St. Peter – can you make a fact file about our school saint? Which key words might you use as part of your factual information page? Were there any articles about St. Peter that particularly interested or surprised you?



Art from Mrs Pearson:

Art Challenge: The Great Getaway! TRANSPORT
The title for your art this week is The Great Getaway! TRANSPORT. This can take the form of a drawing, a painting, a sculpture, a collage or anything else that you would like to create. As always, I’m sure you will impress me with your creativity! Here are some ideas:

CHALLENGE: Design your own vehicle, maybe one that flies and can float on water!
However, if this doesn’t appeal to you then you can still send any other art work to me and I will post that on the Blog too. Please email your artwork to me:
Thank you
Keep creating and keep safe!
Mrs Pearson




Have another lovely week Year Three!

Art homelearning

Art Challenge Feast Days

We have two important Feast Days in our Church calendar for June. The 19th June is the Feast of the Sacred Heart and 29th June is the Feast Day of St Peter and St Paul.
For your art challenge this week I would you to do a creation linked to either of these Feast Days.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is an object of devotion and always falls 19 days after Pentecost.
As you know, St Peter was given the ‘keys to heaven’ by Jesus and was our first Pope and in Matthew Ch16v18 Jesus said ‘And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.’ He is also the Patron St of fishermen. St Paul changed from not believing in Christianity to spreading the word through the letters that he wrote. Naturally, he is the Patron St of writers.
Ideas to inspire you:


Alternatively, you could do artwork to do with the Patron St that you have been linked to in school (England St George; Scotland St Andrew; Ireland St Patrick: Wales St David), or the Patron St of your home country.
However, if this doesn’t appeal to you, then you can still send any other art work to me and I will post that on the Blog too.
Please email your artwork to me: