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Mrs Furniss

Year 3 (51)

Homework week ending 6. 3. 2020



This week we have been learning to multiply and divide by 10 and 100. Your child has been given a sheet to consolidate this learning. The sheet says to copy and complete the number sentences. I stead, please ask your child to write the missing numbers on the sheet.


Please talk to your child about books you particularly enjoyed when you were a child. It would be good for your child to go through the books they have at home to remind themselves of books they have particularly enjoyed in the past, and then talk about what they liked about the books. Please continue to read regularly at home. Just 10 minutes a day adds up to more than an hour a week.

‘Young people who enjoy reading very much are three times as likely to read above the level expected for their age as young people who do not enjoy reading at all’ Children’s and Young People’s Reading in 2015, National Literacy Trust


In a couple of weeks, your child will complete a grammar test in school. I have sent home a short test for the children to complete which will remind them about some of the areas we have covered in school. I have included the answers on the back so you can discuss the questions with your child.

Homework week ending 28.2.2020



Please continue to encourage your child to use Times Tables Rock Stars. The children have been shown the shop on the site where they can spend their well-earned coins. I would prefer it if the children could do this activity at home so the time in school is spent on times table practice.


Next week is world Book Day. More information about this is on the weekly newsletter. Please help your child to choose a character to dress up as on Thursday and collect the items needed for it. Please don’t feel obliged to buy something special as home-made costumes are often the best.

Next week, your child can bring to school a book that they have particularly enjoyed reading to tell other children about it. It would be good if some children could bring their book at the beginning of the week so we don’t have too many to look at in one day.

Please read regularly with your child and return the record book to school on Wednesday.


Next week we will revise the months of the year. Please help your child to write each month and identify the tricky part of the word. Writing over these letters in a different colour can help to commit the spellings to memory eg February. Breaking the word into syllables can also help eg De -cem- ber. Do make sure that your child writes each month using a capital letter which is a tall letter and which doesn’t join to the second letter of the word.

Y3 activity day

On Tuesday the children learned how to make replica Stone Age necklaces using clay. They read some instructions to find out how to make them, and then the children wrote their own set of instructions. Today, they set about trying to follow their own instructions to make a replica necklace. The bead bones and teeth are now drying out ready to be threaded next week.

In the afternoon, the children worked in the woods to create stone structures similar to the ones we have been learning about during the Stone Age. Before they began, they practised designs using a variety of wooden bricks. Take a look at the photos of these activities. I’m sure you will be impressed with what the children created. They worked together well showing resilience and good co-operation skills.

At the end of the session, the children visited the different structures and the team who made them explained what they had created. Back in the classroom, the children wrote a brief description of their structures. Here are some of the descriptions for you to match to the photos:

Our stone structure is called The Bird Stone. Our structure is used for feeding birds. It looks like a castle with seeds on it.     Magnus

Our stone structure is called Standhenge. It was used as a burial ground. It is made out of stone. It looks really nice. We used big rocks and sticks.     Eleanor and Adriel

Our stone structure is called Pebblehenge. It was used for telling the time. It is made from stone and greens. It has an archway, a circle of tiny stones and some dirt. It looks like Stonehenge but it is also made of pebbles.     Zofia and Ellen W

Our stone structure is called Stone Home. It is a burial ground. It had holly leaves around it to stop people touching it with their hands, but they could touch it with their feet.     Nichu

Our stone structure is called Flintstone House. It was used for keeping safe at night and for keeping precious things in it. It looks like a small mountain and it has stones around it. At the back it has got lots of sticks to look like decorations.     Eibhlin, Indie and Charlotte

Our stone structure is called Flintstone Burial Site. It was used for praying for and burning the dead people. It is made from rocks and stones.     Noah

Our stone structure is called Poshposh. It was for little creatures to live in. It has flowers, rocks and leaves in the middle.     Margaret, Lily-Mae and Emily

Holiday Activities

Holiday Activities

Holiday times are opportunities for the children to do activities that there is no time for during the term. Children can learn so much from playing and being creative. It is a time to play with games and toys, to ride bikes and to explore outside.

At school, there is little time for the children to choose what they want to do. The learning is structured and planned for. There are few opportunities for them to write about whatever they want to write about, and on whatever they want to write, to draw what they want to draw and make what they want to make. This holiday, please encourage your child to be creative in a variety of ways, both inside and outside. Encourage them to try something new and develop new skills.

We are looking forward to seeing and hearing about how the children have chosen to spend their time this holiday. We wish you all a happy and family-centred break from school.

Homework week ending 7.2.2020



This week we have been looking at common homophones (words that sound the same but have different spellings). Your child has been given a sheet to complete with the words to, too and two. Other homophones we have looked at this week are there, their and they’re. When you read with your child, please encourage them to spot homophones so they see them used in the correct context.


This week the children were given access to Times Tables Rockstars. This is a programme where the children develop their times tables skills at speed. Your child has tried it out in school and it is proving to be very popular. There are many features to the game, and the children will be shown more features next week when they have mastered the basics of the site. I have stuck the user name and password in the back of the red reading diary. If your child hasn’t returned their diary to school this week, please return it as soon as possible.

The children are completing a unit about time with Mrs Armstrong. Please encourage your child to read the time with various clocks including the 24 hour clock. Young children often have no comprehension about how long activities take. Noting the time before and after bath time, how long food takes to cook etc will make your child more aware of how long things take.


Please continue to read regularly with your child at home. Reading with your child allows you the opportunity to ask questions about what they are reading to ensure they understand the text.

Philosophy for children

To end our topic about refugees, the children were involved in a philosophy circle discussion about the refugee crisis. The children were given the task of coming up with open questions which we could discuss. These questions can have many possible answers, and the children were encouraged to use causal connectives eg might, could, may, to express their thought and ideas. The children voted for the questions they wanted to discuss, and the most popular questions were discussed. Please see the attachment for further information about this important learning opportunity.(click the title of this post to access it)

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