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Year 3 Home Learning Blog 21 - 1.6.20

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the last term of the school year. We hope that you have had a lovely holiday and that you have been able to enjoy the beautiful weather. We are all missing seeing your happy, smiley faces and we are sad that we can’t have you back in school. However, we will keep planning more activities so that you can continue your learning at home. We will continue to add new blogs with a selection of tasks to complete every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please feel free to decide how is best to manage these tasks at home, not each task needs to be completed on the day it is set and if you have some different learning tasks you would like to complete that is also absolutely fine!

The links below also have a variety of lessons suitable for year 3 that you might like to use in addition to or instead of activities in this blog.

English Task:

In year 3, you have to learn to spell words with specific suffixes. A suffix is added to the end of a word to make a new word. Have a look at the PowerPoints attached to the bottom of the blog. These introduce / recap two of the suffixes you need to learn.

List 18 (information preparation sensation dangerous poisonous enormous) of the year 3 spellings cover these suffixes.

The task today is as follows (start with blue and work through as far as you can).

Blue task – look at the PowerPoints and then practise spelling the words from list 18. Look the words up in a dictionary if you have one.

Green task – use these words in your own sentences to show that you understand them. Make sure that you use careful handwriting and include some joins.

White task – use the additional words in the PowerPoints (and add some of your own too?) and write some interesting sentences using them.


Maths Task:

A few weeks ago, all the way back in Blog 5, we asked you to think about the properties of different 2D shapes and then to see how many different 2D shapes you could find around your house.

Today we would like you to think about the names and properties of 3D shapes instead.

Have a look at the Maths PDF below (at the bottom of the blog) to remind yourself of some 3D shapes. (Remember, 3D means three dimensional, which means the shape is not flat). Each 3D shape poster also tells you how many faces, edges and vertices the 3D shape has.

Faces – The flat part of the shape. Spheres are special though as they only have one curved surface (we say ‘surface’ instead of face if it is curved) and a cylinder has two faces and one curved surface!

Edges – The lines where two faces meet.

Vertices - The points where two or more edges meet.

Then complete the two small tasks:

Task One: How many 3D shapes can you find at home? Go on a hunt around your house and then make a list of the 3D shapes you can find and where they are.

e.g.     sphere – ball

cube – Jack in the box toy

cylinder - candle

Can you find any of the trickier 3D shapes (e.g. tetrahedron, prisms, octahedron) at home? Well done if so!

Task Two: Choose a 3D shape. Write the name of the shape and if you want to, have a go at drawing it. Then write the properties of the 3D shape so you are confident with understanding the words faces, edges and vertices. Repeat this for as many 3D shapes as you can!


Topic Task:

Over the next few blogs, we are going to learn all about light and shadows. Today we are going to think about different light sources.

Look at the document below (at the bottom of the blog) and have a read of the information to learn all about what light is, what darkness is and what a light source is.

Then we would like you to go on a hunt around your house to see how many different light sources you can find and to write them down.

As an extra challenge, we would like you to try and order the light sources you have found, starting from the light source that is the strongest going all the way down to the light source that is the weakest.

If you want to draw some pictures of the light sources that you have found, that would be great too!

You may want to watch the following videos on BBC Bitesize to consolidate what you have learnt today (if you have permission from your adult). - What is Light? - Introduction to Light Sources


Alongside these tasks, please still keep up with the ongoing learning tasks below.

Reading - Our school policy of reading at least five times a week will continue. Please encourage your child to read something every day! They can read different text types - magazines, recipe books, instructions, food labels and anything that they will enjoy! They could read to themselves, to a sibling or another family member.

Spellings – Please use the spellings lists 1-9, 10-20 and 21-28 from the blog post added previously and work from where your child is. Encourage them to write the next set of spellings, perhaps in rainbow colours following the look, cover, write process. Also, it would benefit your child to write them in extended and interesting sentences to show understanding of their use and to ensure they can spell them confidently. Writing the words / sentences in joined up handwriting would also be beneficial. Please also revise random words from previous spelling lists alongside to ensure your child has retained their knowledge.

Times Tables – Ask your child to look back over their times tables in reading diaries and check they can recall the facts quickly and accurately. Then continue learning the next set of tables working through in this order - 10x, 5x, 2x, mix of previous 3 times tables facts, 3x, 4x, 8x, then mix of all the 6 times tables learnt so far. The final tables are tested in the order 9x 11x 6x 7x 12x, so please encourage your child to move on if they are ready to. A link to a useful online game to help with learning tables facts follows below. The children have used this game in school and enjoy the challenge of beating their own score.

P.E. – It is important to stay active so fitness expert Joe Wicks will be hosting a short PE session each weekday morning at 9am on his YouTube channel for children to join in with.

We are also aware that families have a lot to juggle so please just do what you can. Remember, we are here to support you in any way we can. We are happy to be contacted to clarify anything with the learning tasks so please don't hesitate to ask. 

We would love to see what your child has been doing. So, if you can, please send us some emails with their work attached or with some photographs of what they have done. If your child would like their work added to the Year 3 blog on the school website, please explicitly state this in your email to us as we cannot post any work without your permission. If you are unable to send it, don’t worry. Please just keep hold of the work for when we are back.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Please look out for future blogs as we will be setting new learning tasks regularly.


Mr Crook, Mrs Coaten and Mrs Kenny.