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The Burpham Way - Spread your wings and fly high!

Welcome to the Year 3 page!

       Mr Chris Nye 

           Mrs J Bennett and Mrs C May

         Miss Hannah Sherlock (Trainee Teacher)




                 Year 3 LSA Team

Mrs Carpenter,                Mrs Greenwood,       Mrs Sciberras ,          Mrs Nichols,       Mrs Kotecha

Welcome to the Year 3 page. Please scroll down to find details of Home Learning

New spellings added 23rd March...


Home Learning

Hello Year 3 families. We hope you are all ok and coping in these strange times. Below, you can find some ideas for activities that you can do at home over the coming weeks. We will be updating this page regularly, but will not set specific work for each day. Please choose from the activities, as you see fit. We are more than happy for you to email us, and let us know what you have been doing. Do also have a look at the other class pages! Don't forget to keep getting plenty of fresh air, especially now that Spring is officially here!! On a wet day, some ways to keep active are to do some Yoga (Cosmic Yoga), Jump Start Jonny or Joe Wicks daily PE sessions on YouTube (links below). Please keep in touch!!


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Educational websites to use at home. 

Writing Activities

In our writing sessions, the children have been learning a wide range of writing features and have been including them in their own sentences. Have a go at writing your very own Roald Dahl themed story and see if you can incorporate any of these writing features below:

Adjectives: describing words also known as exciting vocabulary e.g. colossal, majestic, beautiful, emerald, dazzling  

2A sentences - using two adjectives next to each other separated by a comma before a noun e.g. giant, towering chimney

Double -ly sentences - using two adverbs to describe how an action (verb) has been completed e.g. Cautiously and carefully Charlie wandered through the magical factory.

Simile - comparing two things together which have relevance using the words 'like' or

'as _____ as' e.g. as tall as a skyscraper 

Alliteration - two words next to each other that begin with the same letter or sound e.g. Magnificent Max

Our Next topic in writing would have been Science Fiction, have a go at writing a story about space and aliens using these features above... 

Factfiles                                                                                                                                                                                       On your very first day in Year 3, you learnt about Kingfishers and Woodpeckers. You learnt about their diet and habitat, and looked at photos and clips of them. Have a go at creating your own factfile of your favourite bird or animal. Do some research to find out a little bit about how and where they live. Draw a picture of the creature then write a paragraph or two about it. Give your factfile a heading and each paragraph can have a subheading. Do you remember how to show that you are starting a new paragraph? (Answer: miss a line)

Do you remember when we made leaflets advertising Guildford?                                                                What are the features of a leaflet? Make a list in your yellow book of all the things that you would expect to find in an advertising leaflet. Then have a go at making a leaflet to advertise something. For example, you could advertise your school, a town you have visited or even make another leaflet about Guildford. You have learnt so much already this year that I think your leaflets would be even better than the originals! 

Our school rules are to be:                                                                                                                                            Ready, Respectful, Safe.                                                                                                                                                        Create a poster to show how we can all try to remember these rules. Make it colourful!   What other rules would be suitable for school? Create a new catchphrase for our class!

Grammar Activities                                                                                                                                                                     Here is a Powerpoint that we used at the very start of the year about Noun Phrases. Have a look at it then write a paragraph using some noun phrases from the suggestions on the Powerpoint, or using your own ideas. You can email your work to your teacher!

Reading Activities

Here are some ideas of some things to do with reading:

Please try to do some reading every day: this could include reading aloud, being read to or listening to audio books. Don't forget to keep doing some comprehension questions.

If your child is still reading on the school reading scheme, then you can find books on Oxford Owl at the reading levels. You can read and answer questions on the books.

Try listening to some audio books. The BBC Sounds App had lots of free books and Audible has also released lots of free books: Audible

You can also follow this link to some free audio books: Free audio books

David Walliams is reading some of his award winning books for free, a different book each day we have loved some of these so far in year 3: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

You can also write book reviews after you have finished reading a book. If you would like to email these to us, then please do.

CBBC have a book club where you can share books you have read and write reviews on them. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/cbbc-book-club 


Test yourself, and your parents, with a book quiz.                                                                                                  https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/quizzes/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImrKf7oe_5QIVEsDeCh1zUwl4EAAYASAAEgIPePD_BwE

Spelling Activities

This is the list of statutory spellings for Year 3/4. You could spend a small amount of time each day learning some of these words.

As well as these spellings, we will upload the weekly spellings so that if you would like to practice them and have a test at home, then please do! Make sure you discuss with a grown up what the spelling pattern is.

The spellings for the week beginning the 30th March are:

Fudge and Buttons group: the suffix ly. If the root word ends in ic, then add ally. For example frantic becomes frantically.

Smarties group: your diagraphs are 'aw' and 'au'. 

I have attached the list under the year 3/4 statutory spellings below. The smarties group list are under the fudge/buttons group, so scroll down!


Below are the first 100 High Frequency words. Can you spell them all? 

 Maths Activities

Follow the link below for LIVE maths lessons, provided by one of the UK's leading Maths Mastery specialists. Year 3/4 lessons are at 9am.


You should all have access to your MyMaths account. The teachers can log in to see what you have been doing, so do have a go! Get in touch if you have any problems logging in. 


Below is an activity to practise your fractions. We have been thinking in class about using tenths. Here is a game you can play to practise. 

Science Activities

Here are a some ideas about things to do in science:

We have been learning about light. The sun is our planets source of light.

Can you create a poster to tell people how to keep safe in the sun? Think about how to keep your eyes safe as well as the rest of your body!

Can you create a fact file about the sun? Use the internet to find information and present it any way you choose.


Previous learning: 

Food groups and Balanced diets: can you remember which foods belong to which food group?


Have a go at making up your own plate of food using a range of the different food groups.


Classifying animals: Create a fact file classifying different animals: Including a Carnivore, Herbivore and Omnivore. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/z96vb9q


Teeth: Can you draw and label the 3 different teeth that we use in our mouths with an explanation of their purposes:


Fossils - Can you create a storyboard and explain how fossils are made? http://www.discoveringfossils.co.uk/what-is-a-fossil/ 


Magnets -If you have any magnets at home why not set up your very own experiment. Create a table of objects you might think are magentic in your house with 2 columns in a table. One column for your prediction and one for your results. Use a magnet and test if your predictions were correct.


In Science this term we have been learning about reflective materials. You can follow the link below to watch a BBC Bitesize clip about retro reflective materials. Then you could have a hunt around the house to see if you could find any clothing/bags that have retro reflective strips on them. Can you explain to an adult how they work?

BBC Bitesize clip

History Activities

You could start to learn about the Roman invasion of Britain. How might life change for the Celts after the Romans have settled here? Draw a picture, create a spider diagram, write a diary pretending you are a Celt or a Roman. How were Celts and Romans the same/different?



https://resourcesforhistory.com/ - Can you make a fact file about the Celts? We have learnt about Hillforts, Celtic Warriors, Roundhouses, Skara Brae, Tools and Jewellery. 



Work through this Powerpoint about how homes changed during Prehistoric times. Answer the questions in your yellow book. There is a worksheet to go with this below the Powerpoint. 

RE Activities

This half term, we were due to learn about the Easter story. You can follow the link below to find out more about why Christians celebrate Easter. 


Here are some videos that we would have been using to help us learn about the last supper and Jesus' crucifixion as part of the Easter Story. See if you can create a storyboard of the Easter Story.




Use Purple Mash to practice your programming skills and make a fun animation or branching database. We have been learning about algorithms (set of instructions) and branching databases (classifying data).

Algorithms: We have learnt how to program a probot with a set of instructions and repeat our instructions to make shapes. 

Have a go at the 2Code game, follow the instructions and give the animals different commands (algorithm) to follow.

Branching databases: Have a go on purple mash to create your own branching database, the children have already had a practice of this at school and really enjoyed creating questions to filter to find a specific answer, we used animals. What other things could you use to sort?

Have a go at the 2Questions branching database game or have a go at creating your own!

Remember to always be SMART when working online...



Have a look at the following websites...

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours - Have a virtual tour of some of the Museums rooms and explore the artwork.

www.tate.org.uk/art - Tate Kids, play, make, explore and share art. See if an artist can inspire you to create your own version of their artwork.

www.scapcoloring.com - digital patterns and colouring activities - Have a go at making your own mandala pattern in your garden like we did back in Autumn.

Get Drawing: YouTube has lots of drawing tutorials, learn how to draw your favourite Disney character. 


Why not spend the time to carry on learning and consolidating all the Spanish you have learnt this year. You could also teach your family some spanish words :) Hola! Buenos Dias! Como Estas? Muy Bien! Adios!


https://www.spanish-games.net/ - Recommended by your Spanish Teacher

We have been on a walk around Burpham to enhance our Geography and History work. 

We enjoyed observing and counting the cars - there were lots! 

We also spoke to some of the people visiting Burpham and asked them their opinions on Burpham, and how it can be improved. 

It was a really great morning out of the classroom!

Our December festive activities have kicked off at school with a trip to the Church for our Christingle service. In R.E. the children have been learning all about Christingle and the real meaning of Christmas. Here are some pictures of our fantastic Christingle service with Jo the Vicar. Thank you to all who attended the service with us!

Year 3 had a fantastic Stone Age Day experience this week with help from Portals of the past. The children began the day learning more about the Stone Age and how to hunt down a Woolly Mammoth.  They are fantastic hunter gathers! They all had the opportunity to learn about and explore some real life Stone age artifacts handling weapons, tools and real life animal skins. We finished our day off learning about the Bronze and the Iron Age and how the way of living evolved through the ages. Here are some snaps from our exciting day! Enjoy :)

Friday 3rd April

Hello everyone. How are you all? You have now completed two weeks of home learning and we are really impressed with everything you have done so far. Today is the end of the Spring term, so we will all be taking a little break for the next two weeks, so that we can celebrate and enjoy Easter. We will be sending out another newsletter to you all during the week beginning Monday 20th April. 

In the meantime, please make sure that you look after yourselves and enjoy getting out for some fresh air. 

From Mrs May and Mrs Bennett

Wednesday 1st April

Hi Year 3
Miss Sherlock here today! I Hope you are all healthy and happy. Well done parents/carers as well, I'm sure you are all doing a great job!

I know a lot of you are big fans of Minecraft and I have been doing some research. Minecraft offer educational packs and worlds for a huge range of topics, from: how the human eye works to saving endangered species! All of the packs are now FREE!
What is it? https://education.minecraft.net/
Worlds: https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/marketplace/education
Now these packs only work on PC and MAC NOT on Xbox, Wii, Wii U or any Play station console. Have a look with your adults at home and see what interests you and let me know what you have found. 

Now if Minecraft isn't your thing, they why not have ago at a VR tour to visit all the lovely places that are closed off to us at the moment. Once you've been on your tour you could create a map or a leaflet to share your virtual adventure (please take pictures and sent them to us).
Natural history museum: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/natural-history-museum
British museum: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum
Science museum: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/space-descent-vr-tim-peake

Take care, we are all missing you very much!
Keep in touch, Miss Sherlock. :)

Friday 27th March

We hope that you have all enjoyed your first week of learning at home. Well done to everyone for getting through it! We hope that you all have a break over the weekend and enjoy the sunshine whilst it is here.

From the Year 3 team.

Thursday 26th March

Hi Year 3, Mr Nye here (virtual waving!!) I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the sunshine in your gardens or doing your one form of exercise in the day  :) It would be great to hear from some more children and parents about what you're getting up to while off!! Us teachers are loving your emails so far, it is really lovely to see all the wonderful home learning taking place already,  keep up the hard work!!! Keep checking our class page as we all keep adding more and more information with lesson ideas for you to be doing at home. 

Parents, you have almost got through your first full week of teaching and we have all the faith you are doing fantastically well! Please give yourselves a pat on the back, or as we say in Woodpecker class... GOOD JOB KID! Keep smiling, if you need any advice or support we are also here to help you as much as possible. Keeping healthy and fit is what is most important!

You all should have received your My Maths log in information we sent home, if you have misplaced this or need a reminder please email your class teacher who has the information for you to hand. We have been on My Maths ourselves and can already see children who have logged in at home, great job! We have been on this morning and have set you some tasks we think are appropriate for our year 3 level. None of the tasks we have set are new types of learning, they are all things we have previously covered. We have set you 4 different tasks to begin with, you have 1 month to complete these: until 26.4.20. From this date, we have already got another set of lessons lined up for you to participate in. If you are in contact with your peers keep encouraging each other to do well and set yourselves some challenges, who can complete the tasks first with the most dedication... Mrs May and I are keeping track!!! 


Take care all, keep washing your hands and avoiding unnecessary contact with others. We are sending all our support! The Year 3 Team :)



Wednesday 25th March

 Hello everyone, it's Mrs May here. How are you? Email us and let us know! Thank you to those who have already emailed. It really is lovely to hear from you, we miss you! We will put together some pictures of all the work you have sent us, and will publish it on this page at the end of the week.  Parents and carers, how are you?? Please do not feel overwhelmed. There is a lot of information on the class page, but it is there to help you. We suggest that you pick a writing and a Maths activity everyday, plus some reading. Anything else you do is a bonus! This is an ideal opportunity to practise telling the time with your child (eg. At 11:00 you can have let Mummy have some quiet time! Ha, ha!) If you are struggling at all with what to do, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

The webpage is changing constantly as all the Year 3 teachers add more websites and activities, so do scroll through the whole page to see what's new. In the meantime, do take care of yourselves. Be sure to get out in your gardens and make the most of this lovely weather, and try to appreciate all the things you have to be thankful for. Take care!!

Puff is doing some Home Learning with Mrs Bennett. Here he is doing some purple pen editing!

Monday 23rd March

Good morning Year 3! It's Mrs May here. I hope you are all okay and ready to start your home learning properly today. You will be fine (you too parents!) Remember all that you have learnt so far, and just try your best. I am in school today, so do email me and let me know what you are doing- I would love to hear from you. There are a lot of websites for you to use, and there are a few activities that we have uploaded. If you find any good activities or websites, let us know so that we can add them to our page. We will also try to add your pictures if you send them. We will update this page as often as we can, but please be patient as we settle to this new routine. Take care everyone!

Miss James has set up an account for you all for Purple Mash.  If you want to have a go, you will need to email me for your login details!


Mrs Bennett has added this week's spellings (in the spelling section) so have a go at learning them at home.

Hi Lovely Year 3!

I hope you are feeling well and have managed to create a routine for some home learning starting today. We highly recommend you create yourself a visual time table just like we have at school of when to do your activities and breaks. It would be great to hear from you and your parents about what you are getting up to while learning from the comfort of your sofas. Please use lots of the websites and links provided on this page. As Mrs May has said, if you find any good websites of activities you would like to share with us we can add these for you all, it is really important we support each other through this time. I have constant access to my emails and will reply to them as soon as I can. Please keep washing your hands and following instructions sensibly from your adults.  

I also have the log in information for the Woodpeckers Purple Mash. If you have misplaced any of the previous log in information My Maths, TTRockstars  etc we have provided, please let me know and I can arrange to sort this for you.  

Take care, you are in my thoughts! Mr Nye :) 

Thursday 19th March

Hi everyone at home!

Today we have been doing some statistics in maths. If you would like to have a go at the task we did, then I have added it below. Look carefully at the key and have a go at answering the questions. You could also make up some of your own questions about the pictogram for someone to answer at home. If you have any squared paper, you could have a go at drawing a bar chart from the information.

Wednesday 18th March 2020

It is Roald Dahl Day here! If you are at home and would like to dress up as a Roald Dahl character, please email a picture!!

Tuesday March 17th 2020

Happy St Patrick's Day to any Irish families out there!

Some of you might now be self-isolating. We do miss you and hope you are all staying well. As we all know, children like structure. Below is a suggested timetable for how you can be spending your day if you need to be at home. It is just a SUGGESTION, and is not obligatory!We will be adding suggestions of educational websites in due course, so please keep checking back. And DO stay in touch! We would love to hear from you. Feel free to email your teacher to let them know what you have been doing. We will reply when we can!

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Today, your child will be bringing home a yellow exercise book. This is for you to use at home in the event of self-isolation, or school closure. Please use it like a scrapbook, to record activities, learning, or even as a diary. We will be asking the children to bring them back to school on their return, so please ensure all work is recorded in there. Learning covers many aspects and areas, not just academic subjects from the National Curriculum, so take the opportunity to try something new or different!

If you are unwell, please have a rest from learning so that your body and brain can recover!

Monday March 16th 2020

Keep calm and make Fraction Walls! It is business as usual in Year 3 today. The children have been fantastically resilient and very sensible. In Maths, we have enjoyed learning about comparing unit fractions using our Cuisenaire rods!

In English, we looked at the rhyming couplets we wrote last week, and thought about ways we could edit and improve them by including adjectives, similes and alliteration!

In History, we learnt that the Celts were talented crafts people. They designed beautiful patterns and jewellery. Take a look at some of the artefacts on display by looking at the British Museum webpage.