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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

Goodbye lovelies!

Well… what a year! It wasn’t what any of us expected, we are sad that our time with each other was cut short. It has been lovely to see you work so hard at home, we have loved looking at your home learning and seeing some of your smiling faces in school. We can’t believe it’s time to say goodbye to you all so soon. We hope you all have a super, super summer and that you have a fabulous start to Year 4.

Thank you so much to everyone that has brought us in presents, it is so kind of you in these difficult times.

We thought it would be nice to post some pictures of our favourite times from the year…

And last, but not least, we would like to congratulate Lion class, who are the official Year 3 champions with 2 SumDog wins to 1. Unlucky,  Hippos – there’s always next year 😛

Take care everyone and  have a fantastic summer.

Miss Shaw, Mrs Atkins and Mrs Pike x

Friday 10th July 2020

Hello everyone,

Somehow, strangely, we are looking ahead to our final week of the academic year. This will be the last Home Learning blog from us. We really appreciate the effort that you have all put into Home Learning and would encourage you to revisit our past blog posts over the summer to undertake any missed activities. Oaks Academy is also continuing and lessons remain live too.

To mark the end of Year 3, we are going to have a final Sum Dog competition to find the ultimate, ULTIMATE champion class. Lions and Hippos are tied on one win each, so this is the tie-breaker. You have from Monday until 3pm on Friday. Good luck!

So… here is your final Home Learning of 2019/2020!


WELL BEING: Continue with mind yeti.

Try one or more of these activities once a day for the next week.

  1. Lie with your back on the floor and place a soft toy on your tummy. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply and try and concentrate on the way your toy rises and falls with your breathing.
  2. Choose a subject to focus your thoughts or simply write about whatever arises in your mind for 5 minutes.
  3. Take a walk and concentrate on teha ct of walking. What movements foes each leg perform in each stride? Which part of your foot hits the ground first? What does the ground feel like underneath your shoe/foot?
  4. If you have any worries – write them on pieces of paper. Then when you’re finished, rip the paper up and throw them away – throwing your worries away with them
  5. Blow bubbles – concentrating on the way they expand and then float away.


We’ve really enjoyed hearing all about your family time during lockdown. Sometimes, when we spend a lot of time with the same people, we can get on each others nerves. Try the following activity as a way of reminding yourselves and your fabulous family, how much you love them.

  • Draw round your body or draw the outline of your family member on a piece of paper. Fill that paper with all the things you love about that person and give it to them to read. Encourage all the people you live with to do this for each other. We bet it’ll put lots of smiles on your faces.



Here are some fun Chinese craft ideas to end our china topic!

Chinese drum-

Chinese fan-

Chinese slat book-

SPAG:    Spelling

Please find attached a selection of word searches full of commonly misspelt words. Find the best word search for you and complete.

Challenge- can you now create your own word search of words that YOU find tricky to spell.



Please find attached Cameron’s conjunction challenge to complete. Remind yourself of what a conjunction is and underline all the conjunctions on the sheet.

Challenge- can you create your own sentences using a conjunction?

Cams Conjunctions


Watch the video on the link below:

A young boy builds himself a rocket and sends himself off to Space.  He lands on a far away planet.  His spaceship breaks down, a friendly alien lands and he breaks down too.  The little boy parachutes to earth to get some tools to fix the ship.  He gets back by way of a huge ladder, fixes the machines and then they both fly off.

Choose one or more of the following writing opportunities:

  • Write a diary/recount of the adventure in the video.
  • Build a rocket and decide where it is going – write your own adventure story. Maybe you could film the story yourself.
  • Write a holiday brochure page for their destination.
  • Write dialogue between the boy and the alien.
  • Write a description of the alien or the strange place in which they land.

Skills you’ve learnt in year 3 that you could use:

-Fronted adverbials.

-High level vocabulary (using a thesaurus to choose specific and relevant words)

– Descriptive language – expanded noun phrases, similes, metaphors, alliteration.

– Speech – correctly punctuated and a variety of words for ‘said’.

If you prefer to use the Oaks Academy lessons-



Lots of you have been cooking and baking at home over these last few months so we think it’s really important to be able to accurately read scales and measure carefully.




Guided reading


  • What happened before this picture?
  • How did the house get on top of the dragon? Who tied it onto the dragon’s back?
  • Is the dragon happy about this?
  • How do the girl and the dragon know one another?
  • Why is the girl sitting on top of the house and not inside it?
  • Is anyone else inside the house?
  • Where did the kites come from?
  • Where are the girl and the dragon going?
  • Why are they travelling in this way?
  • Give this picture a more interesting title.

Challenge: Compare this picture with the picture below titled ‘Best Friends’.

What’s similar and what’s different?

Which image do you prefer and why?

Does the dragon belong to the boy, or does the boy belong to the dragon?


Religious Education – Miss Honeywell

As we approach the end of the school year and consider our journey in faith towards God, now is a great time to reflect upon each of the Sacraments that form a special part of this journey. Please choose ONE of the seven Sacraments below: Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Reconciliation or Anointing of the Sick.

With your chosen sacrament, have a go at ONE of the following tasks…


  • Write a prayer or poem about your favourite Sacrament. How could you ask for God’s blessing and guidance throughout your Christian journey? Describe how you would feel during the Sacrament.


  • Create a stained glass window to represent the key symbol(s) of your chosen Sacrament. What do these symbols mean and why do you think that they are they important?


  • Can you find any photographs at home from when you or a family member took part in any of the Sacraments? Discuss what the experience was like and what you can both still remember.


  • Make a set of game cards to help you remember each of the sacraments (e.g. Snap, Pairs, Dobble) and how they are similar or different to one another.


  • Are there any special garments or items of clothing that you would wear when taking part in your chosen Sacrament? Design an appropriate outfit – which colours or details would be suitable?


  • Research how your chosen Sacrament is celebrated across different churches and countries. How do the celebrations compare to each other? Is there anything that surprised you?


Music from Mrs Sumba

Think back over the past school year which started in September 2019. What can you remember doing? Make a list of these things.


Now think of a tune you know well.

Using this tune and the list you have written, can you compose a song about this school year? Perhaps you could record yourself singing it.


Science from Miss Stapley

Spaghetti Towers  – to watch the video

The activity:

  • Make a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows.
  • Experiment with the construction of your tower to find out which shapes are best for building with.
  • Learn why some shapes are more stable than others when you build a tower. – for the full information on the activity and questions to ask your child(ren)

You will need:

Packet of spaghetti (uncooked) • Packet of marshmallows

What to do:

Challenge a child or children to use marshmallows (whole ones or pieces) to join lengths of spaghetti together to make the tallest tower possible. You could start by building a simple cube and seeing what you need to do to make a taller structure that remains standing.

Going Further challenge:

  • Instead of building a tall tower, you could try to build the strongest bridge from spaghetti and marshmallows.
  • You could limit the amount of spaghetti and number of marshmallows to make the task more difficult.
  • You could give children a budget with which to ‘buy’ spaghetti and marshmallows and make the ‘cost’ of the tower another element they have to consider.
  • Try out this interactive ‘shapes’ lab to see how forces affect different shapes:

Have fun!