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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 3

Summer Term 

Well, it has certainly been a different start to the summer term than any of us were expecting. With school being closed to most of us, our learning has to look and feel a little different to how it normally does. This is a great opportunity to discover different things, make wonderful memories with your family and learn things together. The most important thing at this time is to keep yourselves safe. Your learning is important but your health and safety is the number one priority! It’s important to take care of your physical and mental health at such an uncertain time, so make sure you’re sharing your feelings and listening to your loved ones too.

As teachers, we have made the decision not to send work every day because we believe that this could end up putting you under more stress and pressure than you need at this time. Obviously, we want you to keep learning and exploring, so we have developed the weekly home learning grid that will be sent to you and posted on our home learning tab. On there you will find lots of activities – practical, interactive, creative and investigative – that link to the curriculum. It would be great if you could do these but there is also a lot of value in baking, gardening, crafting and the other activities I’ve heard you’ve been doing too. Do what you can and try your best.

So, here is what summer term holds…


We will continue to develop and consolidate our writing skills through the activities on the home learning grid. These may include opportunities to write stories, descriptions, poems, instructions, letters and information texts. There will be opportunities to learn and revise grammar and punctuation to use in writing. Spelling games will also be included to help embed rules and there will also be handwriting joins to practice.

A reading comprehension task will be included on the grid and, where appropriate, these will link to other areas of the curriculum to enhance the learning and deepen understanding. It is very important to keep reading at this time. 20 minutes of reading every day has been proven to develop vocabulary and deepen understanding.

On the home learning tab, there are useful links to different websites that promote the English learning. The children are familiar with topmarks and spellingframe (both free) where you will find games that will develop the children’s understanding of English.

Last term, our focus objectives in English were: using the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense, using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause; using fronted adverbials (comma for punctuation), using and punctuating direct speech and choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition. In autumn term we looked at simple and compound sentences, expanded noun phrases, figurative language and prepositions.


We will be focusing on:

  • Fractions
  • Time
  • Properties of shape
  • Mass and capacity

White Rose Maths have developed some excellent home learning videos that link perfectly to the areas we have been, and would be, studying. Links to this will be on the home learning grid as well as the home learning tab on our website. Practical activities will complement these tasks and help to embed the learning.

Last term in maths, we will be learning more about multiplication and division and then we will move on to using money and statistics. Wherever possible, maths will be linked into our topic. There will also be lots of opportunities to explore number in both numeral and word problems during our maths investigations. Regular black belt challenges will help us hone our reasoning and explanation skills so that we develop a deeper understanding of how we use and apply our mathematical understanding. During autumn term, we learnt about place value – understanding the value of each digit up to 1000; read, write, order and compare numbers up to 1000; Addition – mental arithmetic and written formal methods; Subtraction – mental arithmetic and written formal methods. We also spent time learning about multiplication.


This term, we will be continuing our topic of plants before moving onto forces and magnets. This includes:

  • compare how things move on different surfaces
  • notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
  • observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
  • describe magnets as having two poles
  • predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.

Last term, we studied rocks and soils. There were lots of opportunities to work scientifically through lots of investigation and observation activities. We explored how rocks are made, the rock cycle and what soil is made of. Last term, we explored light and shadow. We looked at different light sources and what makes an object a light source. We discussed sun safety and created sun safety. We conducted our own experiments and considered scientific questions. We also looked at how our bodies work, what the main bones in our skeleton are called and how to make sure we have a healthy diet.


Our topic this term is Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes. We will be learning what mountains are, how they are formed and where you find mountain ranges in both the UK and across the world. We will also find out how volcanoes are formed, the different types of volcano and about famous incidents such as Pompeii.


Our topic last term is Stone Age to Iron Age. This extensive period in history is full of invention and discover and our topic will be too! Wherever possible, links will be made across the curriculum areas to ensure that the children see there are links to their topic across a variety of subjects. We learnt about the geography of the UK now and in the Stone Age. In art, we also created our own cave drawings. In history lessons, we created historically valid questions, look at how people lived and looking at historically important places such as Stonehenge and Skara Brae.

In autumn term, in our Ancient Egypt topic, we learnt all about the achievements and accomplishments of this impressive civilization. We created a timeline of events, investigated Ancient Egyptian life, explored the role of a Pharaoh (including Tutankhamun), found out about ancient Egyptian deities, discovered what the pyramids were built for, explored hieroglyphs, looked at the mummification process and the use of canopic jars.

Forest School

For ideas of activities to do that would follow a curriculum similar to Forest School with Mr Ellinson, please follow the links on the home learning tab. In our Forest School sessions, we complete lots of cross-curricular activities to support our learning outside the classroom. Last term, we made and cooked Stone Age food, created our own cave paintings and made our own Stone Age dens.


In art, we focus on a variety of skills and use different media to create pieces of work based either on the topic work or an exploration of the work of an artist such as Andy Goldsworthy.

In Year 3, we learn about:

• Drawing - sketching skills
• Stone Age cave paintings - using charcoal and natural colours found at the time
• 3D sculpture - Papier Mache/Modroc/Clay
• Collage


Computing activities can be found on your home learning grids. The children are familiar with how to log into their Code Studio account. In computing, we use our class set of iPads and laptops for learning e-safety as well as researching different aspects of the curriculum such as our history and geography topics. We have been using different apps such as, 'Alex', ‘Box Island’ and 'Light Bot' to support our programming skills as well as the web-based programme Code Studio.


Our topic this term is Hinduism. We will be exploring aspects of Hindu worship and looking at special festivals such as Diwali and how these festivals support an understand of God/Deities. Last term, we looked at how different religions worship and compare it to Christianity. This was an opportunity for the children to discover different religions and beliefs, while also understanding there are many similarities. We also looked at how the Bible helps Christians to live their lives as well as the story of Easter.


Social, emotional, cultural and moral education is really important in an ever-changing world. In PSHE lessons, we take the time to understand the world around us and how this impacts on our lives. We cover topics such as Living in the wider world, Health & wellbeing and Relationships. We have also been enjoying learning about our brains and how to this decides how we respond to situations using My Happy Mind.

On the home learning tab on this website, you will find a variety of resources linked to all areas of the curriculum. They include free documents, links to websites, apps and some subscriptions that aren’t currently being charged for given the current climate.


Drop-in sessions are usually held every Monday, between 3.15pm and 3.45pm for you to discuss with me any concerns you may have. Obviously there will be no drop-in sessions until we are back in school. However, if you have any updates from children, their work or they just want to say hello, I’m more than happy for you to get in touch. I look forward to hearing about your time away from school when we return and can’t wait to find out about all the exciting activities that have taken place.

Stay safe, look after yourselves and your families and we will see each other again soon.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Hull and Mrs McGauley

Please read our Year 3 Summer Term 2020 Newsletter, attached.

The staff at Willaston C of E Primary School are missing their pupils and the entire School community, so here are some little messages from them all.

Easter message
 from Mrs Chambers
Mrs Lamb's 
Easter Story 
Message from Mr Graham
Miss Hughes reading 
Monkey Puzzle.
Mr Ellinson's Forest School At Home 
virtual bunch of flowers, rainbow of hope,  recycled bird feederThe Happy Tree

Mrs Chambers
 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 
'Compassion' Assembly.

Miss Bell (and Buddy) reading 
There's A Snake In My School by David Walliams
Just a few words to say 
'hello' and we are thinking of you all
Miss Hull's Challenge
Value Ambassadors 'Perseverance' Assembly
Miss Chapman reading a story about a Rainbow
Revd Bazely's 'Creation' Assembly
Miss Hull's 'Service' Assembly
'Possible' read by Mrs Robinson
Mr Graham's 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Lamb's 'Compassion' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 'Perseverance' Assembly
House Captain's 'Creation' Assembly
'Service' Assembly by Miss Hughes & Miss Garcia
Mrs Edge reading 'Meerkat Mail'

Home Learning w/c March 202020th April27th April4th May, 11th May, 18th May, 1st June, 8th June,15th June, 22nd June, 29th June, 6th July, 13th July

Sending best wishes to everyone.

Take care and keep safe.


Y3 Summer Newsletter.pdf (PDF 189.3KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 3 and 4, including word lists.pdf (PDF 69.2KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 3.pdf (PDF 63.9KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 3.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)