Year 3 Weekly update


Dear parents and families, 

 Many thanks for all the efforts you are going to with home-schooling. I know it isn't easy to keep doing this for such a long time. Please do keep emailing work in - it's really useful to see how the children are getting on. It is especially helpful ahead of the end of the year, when I will need to hand on information about their progress to their future teacher. 

 If things are feeling challenging, please let me know and I will see if I can offer suggestions about how to help. 

 Info below on: 



Theme - main work for the week 

Zoom call details



This week I'll be setting the final chapter of Tristram's Treasure Trove - look out for your reward if you complete all the quizzes. 

I'll also set spelling, grammar and touch-typing. 



I am going to continue to set mental maths games on PurpleMash each day. 


There are no new measuring activities this week. I am sending the measuring activities from the past 2 weeks again - I didn't get much work back from these yet, and would like more of you to try these and send me pictures of your work before I set anything else. Find these activities attached to the email sent to parents. 

 If you have done all of those activities (one or two of you have) then you can try one or two of these investigations over the week. 


Theme: DT and writing

This is a Design Technology and your writing task. The designing and the writing are both important this week - I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with! 


For the writing, you need to: 

  1. Give your work a title
  2. Give your machine or creature a name
  3. Label the parts and explain what they do - include some information about how it is powered if it is a machine; if it's a creature then how it digests food.
  4. Describe what it should do, how it works, why you designed it to do this, where it should do be placed and what it will improve for sea creatures. This section should be at least 6 sentences. 


You have two design options. 

 Design a machine that somehow cleans up plastic waste from oceans and seas. 

This is a great video to get you inspired.




  1. Design your own living sea creature that has the ability to eat up gases humans produce and carbon from the sea!

You'd need to describe its body parts and how these help it to digest waste. (This is a slightly harder activity).

 If you'd like to make a model of your machine or creature using recycling and art materials you have at home, you are welcome to! If you would like to both of them, you can. 

 I think this work is best done by hand so will not be setting a 2Do. Plain paper for drawing  and labelling would work well. You could use lined paper for your description. Please email in work by 12pm on Friday to be considered for the award. Otherwise, please email it in by 3pm so I can give you feedback. 


Zoom on Friday

It was great to see so many of you last Friday. 

This week be prepared to describe your machine or creature in 2-3 sentences. 

 Please log in using the screen name that you previously shared with me so I recognise you!


Topic: Y3 and Y4 Webinar


-          Friday 26th June 11am

-          Friday 3rd July 11am

-          Friday 10th July 11am

-          Friday 17th July 11am - will confirm if this one is going ahead or if we'll be doing something different for this last week of term.


If you have already sent me your details and registered for previous webinars, you don't have to do anything but join on Friday at 11am. Please keep the name that appears when you log on the same so I know who you are.


If you would like to register for future webinars, you still can. Send this information by 10:45 on Friday. I cannot admit children who have not registered beforehand.

-          Your child's name

-          What username will appear when they log in

-          The name of the adult who will be supervising the child during the webinar - you don't have to appear on screen, but be around in the background

-          That your child has permission to share their video and audio

This is to keep both staff and the children safe during the meeting.


As ever, any questions or concerns, let me know. 


Olivia King


Dear parents, 

 Hope this finds you all well well. We have another 5 weeks left of home-schooling for Year 3 before the summer and it now feels like an age since we were ever at school. 


I am aware that things might be changing for families at this stage. I know a number of parents are back at work. It would be useful to hear updates from you if things have changed in recent weeks, especially if this is having an impact on your home-schooling routine. 


I am working hard to respond to both work sent by PurpleMash and work sent by email. I'd love to see some work from all of the children each week to see how they are doing, partly because in a few weeks I'll need to update their new teacher (no I don't know who they are yet!) on their progress this year. 


If it is getting harder to engage your child in their learning at this stage, please let me know and I will see if I can offer any suggestions to help. Friday's zoom call might be helpful for engaging your child - if you have not yet registered, details below. All welcome every Friday. 


Information below on: 




Offline learning tasks for the week




This week I'll be setting reading chapters and quizzes, spelling, grammar, and touch-typing on PurpleMash. 

 For writing this week, I want the children to collect information about plastics. More information below. 



This week I will be setting activities about volume and capacity. You might like to use this guide and watch this video.


I will set mental maths games on PurpleMash and volume/ capacity tasks in the offline activity section below. 



Over the next 2 weeks, we are going to look at the impacts of plastic pollution on our seas and oceans. Oliver already made the link to plastic pollution affecting baby turtles in his work last week. 


I'd like you to find out the answers to these questions for your writing and theme work this week. 


To hand in this work:

  • submit it on PurpleMash using the 2Do
  • print out the attachment and handwrite your answers
  • copy the headings onto a piece of paper and write your answers underneath 

Please hand it in by Friday. If you send it by 12pm, then you will be considered for the award. 


I am keeping a closer eye on writing this half-term so I will send a reminder email on Friday if I haven't received any writing from your child this week. 


You could try to answer all the questions or just pick 3 or 4.


All About Plastics


What is plastic? 


What are the properties of plastic? What is plastic like? 

Plastic is...


Why are lots of things in our homes made from plastics? (You might want to find some things made from plastic in your house and explain why they are made from plastic - the kitchen, the bathroom and your toys are all good places to look!)


In what ways is plastic a really useful material? 


Why is plastic sometimes a problem? What is bad about plastic? 


What can be used instead of plastic? Why is it good to use a material that isn't plastic to make a product?


What are some of the things which happen when plastic waste ends up in our oceans? (This is one you might want to focus on as is very important for next week's learning)


Vocabulary you might need: chemicals, material, property, low-cost, easy to make, durable, thin, thick, strong, biodegradable, non-biodegradable, recyclable, non-recyclable, synthetic, natural, man-made, cheaper, more expensive, habitats, creatures, damage, microplastics, digest, pollution. 


Some useful links: BBC Bitesize on Materials Blue Peter - Six Badges of Summer: Green Week! Some interesting stuff on pollution here. This twitter account is fascinating - 5 million pieces of lego (lots of them ocean themed!) were lost at sea in 1997. This account shares plastic that people have found washed up on beaches around the world. 


Offline Activities

These are the offline activities for the week. They are all about volume and capacity. 


Capacity and volume are all about finding out how much space is inside a container. Have a look in your recycling bin or in your cupboards. Pick out some different shaped and some different sized containers, pots, cups and bottles. Guess the order from the one that holds the least to the one that holds the most. Keep these containers for tomorrow! 


Get your containers from Monday. Estimate how much they hold - note this down on a piece of paper. We have done millilitres and litres in class before. Find out what a container holds - fill with water, and pour the water into a measuring jug to find out if you were right. Reading the scale on the side can be quite hard - you might need some help with this! 


Make yourself a drink using a few different juices and liquids in your house. Lemonade, orange juice, water, squash could all work. Measure out how much of each liquid you use and write up a recipe. You might want to make enough for just one glass for you or maybe you want to make a larger amount like 1.5l to enjoy with your family. 


Lots of things in our house use water - washing machines, dishwasher, toilets, baths, showers, kettles.... Write a list of things which use water in your house. Estimate how many litres of water they need to run. Then find out how much each one uses. 


Keep track of how much water you use today. When you flush the toilet, write down how many litres this uses. How much did you drink? How much water did you use to water a plant or to fill a paddling pool? How long did you shower for and how much water did this use? At the end of the day, add up how many litres of water you used. 


Year 3 and 4 Webinar

It was great to see lots of you on Friday for the webinar! I loved hearing about all the different sea creatures you researched. 


We will meet at 11am each Friday until the end of term.


This week you can come with your work about capacity or some of your facts about plastic and plastic pollution in our oceans. 


Please log in using the screen name that you previously shared with me so I recognise you!


Topic: Y3 and Y4 Webinar


-          Friday 19th June 11am

-          Friday 26th June 11am

-          Friday 3rd July 11am

-          Friday 10th July 11am

-          Friday 17th July 11am - will confirm if this one is going ahead or if we'll be doing something different for this last week of term.


If you have already sent me your details and registered for previous webinars, you don't have to do anything but join on Friday at 11am. Please keep the name that appears when you log on the same so I know who you are.


If you would like to register for future webinars, you still can. Send this information by 10:45 on Friday. I cannot admit children who have not registered beforehand.

-          Your child's name

-          What username will appear when they log in

-          The name of the adult who will be supervising the child during the webinar - you don't have to appear on screen, but be around in the background

-          That your child has permission to share their video and audio

This is to keep both staff and the children safe during the meeting.


As ever, any questions or concerns, please let me know. 



Dear parents,

Hope this finds you well. Information below on:





Offline activities

Zoom Webinars - information on this Friday's webinar, including details of how to register if you haven't done so already.

An update from Paul

 Any questions, problems or concerns, let me know. I aim to respond to these quickly and helpfully.

 Kind regards




This week: more chapters and quizzes on Tristram's Treasure Trove, SPaG activities and another writing task.


For your writing this week I'd like you to investigate another sea creature and write up everything you find out. I would write about one sea creature in lots of detail. Very similar to last week, but a number did not yet submit their work so it has been extended. Ideas below on what creatures you could do and how to make improve your writing.  


The writing can be done using the PurpleMash writing frame or by hand in a notebook or on paper, and then emailed to me by taking a picture or a scan. Please send any work by 12pm on Friday so your work can be considered for the Parkwood award.


Some of you will have received an email on Friday about your child not submitting any written work last week. Please submit something each week, even it is incomplete or just some notes they have taken for the topic. With Y3 not going back to school before summer, I'm really keen that they keep writing in the meantime. I know it's the hardest activity I set for many of the children but it's really important to keep going with writing.  



This week we'll be looking at Length and Mass. This links nicely to the topic work as lots of children last week were mentioning the length and mass of different sea creatures. All 5 offline activities are about length and mass as this is a very hands on topic. You'll need a ruler, a measuring tape, kitchen scales and bathroom scales.


Investigate further: have a look at weight conversions - children were mentioning feet for length, and pounds for weight. The curriculum uses mm, cm and m and g and kg. This would be an interesting thing to look into. Why did it change? Get the scales out and see what you can find out. You could cook a recipe using pounds and ounces and then one using grams! What's the same, what's different?  


On PurpleMash this week, I will set a different mental maths game each day.


If you are looking for Maths work beyond Purple Mash and what I set, Maths No Problem has been used by one of our Y3 families and comes recommended. There is a textbook and a workbook. You could start with the 3A textbook and workbook



It was great to hear in the webinar about some of your research. This week I'd like you to research a different sea creature and I'd like you to take your research a bit further.


What group of animals does it fit into?

Some key words: vertebrate, invertebrate, mammal, fish, bird, reptile, cold-blooded, warm-blooded, average, species

Find out a fact and then ask yourself 'why' to get further in your research. For example: Oliver found out that an octopus has 3 hearts. So the next part of this is why does it have 3 hearts? Another example would be: penguins are black and white. But why are penguins black on their backs and white on their fronts? (I love the reason for this).


We had lots of research about sharks and octopi. Find out about a different sea creature this week – think penguin, orca, clownfish, starfish, sea lion. I don't mind if you research something that lives near the sea such as a puffin, or something which lives on the sea and in land, like a saltwater crocodile.


These questions came up as part of our zoom call - you might like to find out the answers to some of these.

How big is the ocean?

How many sharks are there in the world?

Amos told us there are 400 species of shark. What does species mean?

How many suckers on a tentacle?

What is a mammal?

What does it mean for a creature to be cold-blooded? How does this link to mammals which Zumrete mentioned in her work about sea lions?


Links for your research:


Oliver used these videos from London aquarium:


Tips for note-taking:

- If you are using a video, use paper and a pencil to write down key words and any new facts

- If you are using books, read it to yourself or to an adult, then put the book away and write down what you can remember. This means you aren't tempted to copy.

Tips for writing:

- Use your notes to make sentences. Clownfish, coral reef, poison, anemones might become -clownfish live in coral reefs, but are protected from poisonous anemones because of a special mucus on their skin.

- Try to explain why something happens or how this helps the sea creature. Here are some examples:

1. An octopus has three hearts because...

2. Penguins are black and white so that they can...

3. Clownfish have a special mucus on their skin which lets them live safely in poisonous anemones. Use: because, so that, which in your work this week.


Offline Activities

These are the offline activities for the week. They are all about Length and Mass.



Pick a random selection of 10 sea creatures. Find out the average length/ height of the creature (find out what average means if you don't know). Order them from smallest to largest. You could draw a picture for each one.


Try a baking recipe in grams or in ounces. Here's a simple biscuit recipe in ounces. Measuring length comes up in this too so why don't you get a ruler out!

Highland Shorties recipe

-          3 ounces/oz SR flour, 3 oz plain flour, 3 oz icing sugar, 4 oz butter/ baking butter/ margarine, demerara sugar for coating.

-          Mix dry ingredients and rub in the butter. Keep going and it will come together to a soft smooth dough. Roll into logs, approx 3cm in diameter (or any size you like, remembering they will spread in the oven). Roll each log in demerara sugar to coat and chill for 1 hour.

-          Preheat oven to fan 160ºC. Slice shortbread into 1cm slices, place well-spaced on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden. They come out very soft but will firm up as they cool.



Pick a random selection of 10 sea creatures - or use the 10 you chose on Monday. Find out the average mass (how heavy it is) of the creature (find out what average means if you don't know). Order them from lightest to heaviest. You could draw a picture for each one.


Find some very small objects - lego pieces or puzzle pieces would work well. Measure them using millimetres (mm). Then measure them in centimetres (cm) and mm. Something that is 15mm is 1.5cm. How does this work? Why do we have mm and cm? Now repeat for some larger objects - tables or doorways. Measure in cm. Then measure in metres (m). Something that is 150cm is 1.5m. Why do we have cm and m? You could also investigate metres and kilometres (km) on a walk or cycle today.


You might have some scales in your kitchen and in your bathroom. Why are there different types? Pick 10 random objects from your house - you could include people in the objects! Write down what you think they weigh (your estimate). Then weigh them. Were you right? You might need to use grams for smaller objects and kilograms for larger objects.



Year 3 and 4 Webinar

Many thanks to those of you who registered and logged on for Friday's webinar. It was lovely to see the children and what they've been getting up to and I hope it helps them to engage more with topic work.


There were a couple of names which popped up which I didn't recognise so I couldn't admit you. This is a really important part of keeping the meeting safe so please make sure the name you have given me appears when you log on. Things like iphone can't be admitted as I can't be sure of who it is trying to enter the meeting.


Going forward, we are going to be linking up with Y4 for our weekly webinar. They are doing the same topic as us. Jim will be joining us and is looking forward to getting to know some of you better! Come with a piece of work you'd like to share. A piece of topic or Maths is fine. If it's topic work, pick 2-3 facts to share beforehand.


We will meet at 11am each Friday until the end of term.

Here is the zoom link for the rest of the meetings. This one is different to last week but will stay the same for each Friday's meeting for the next 5 weeks.


Topic: Y3 and Y4 Webinar


- Friday 12th June 11am

- Friday 19th June 11am

- Friday 26th June 11am

- Friday 3rd July 11am

- Friday 10th July 11am

- Friday 17th July 11am - will confirm if this one is going ahead or if we'll be doing something different for this last week of term.


If you have already sent me your details and registered for last week's webinar, you don't have to do anything but join on Friday at 11am. Please keep the name that appears when you log on the same so I know who you are.


The children who are already registered are: Retaje, Batu, Amos, Riley, Zumrete, Elias, Oliver, Rajah, Ayana, Tyon, Helen, Kia and Cemile. All other children are welcome to join from this Friday.


If you would like to register for future webinars, you still can. Send this information by 10:45 on Friday. I cannot admit children who have not registered beforehand.

- Your child's name

- What username will appear when they log in

- The name of the adult who will be supervising the child during the webinar you don't have to appear on screen, but be around in the background

- That your child has permission to share their video and audio

This is to keep both staff and the children safe during the meeting.


From Paul

As we welcomed back year 6 and Nursery we have learned a lot about how adults and pupils are able to use the school in a different way. Although it is strange being in school and not be able to visit classes and interact with staff and pupils it has been encouraging to see how well staff and pupils have adjusted to our new routines. If any further parents in Year 6, Nursery or Year 1 would like to take up the offer of a place in school we ask that they contact the school prior to attending - by giving the school at least a days notice we are able to ensure we are prepared for their return.


If you are dropping off or collecting pupils please ensure you arrive during these times and not before - this means we do not have queues outside school.


Start of day:

Leaves and Nursery - 8.30-8.45am


Year 6 and 1 - 8.45-9.15am


End of day:

All classes - 3.00 - 3.30pm



Dear parents and carers,


I hope this finds you well. I am sure many of you watched the announcement last night. You'll likely have questions about everything that was said - I do too! We don't yet know what it looks like in any detail for schools, and are waiting for more information on this.

 If you didn't see it,  the Prime Minister said that  'In step two - at the earliest by June 1 - after half term - we believe we may be in a position to begin the phased reopening of shops and to get primary pupils back into schools, in stages, beginning with reception, Year 1 and Year 6'. Paul is attending a meeting for Headteachers on Thursday to discuss plans for a partial reopening. When we have a clear plan and can ensure the safety of staff and pupils we will share these plans with you. It is likely that this will be towards the end of next week.

 So, for now, we continue as we are. Thanks for being in touch regularly. I try to answer all emails promptly, so please do contact me with questions, concerns or just an update on how you and your family are getting on.

 I didn't have enough interest in a webinar for Y3 children last week to run one this week. I sat in on a Year 5 webinar with Doug - about 12 children joined, who each had chance to share their projects from STEM week and then chat a little bit for the last 5 minutes. For Y3 children, I wondered if children who have planned their story (see below) and want to share their ideas would like to join a webinar on Tuesday or Wednesday morning next week. Please let me know if you would be interested in your child joining this session.

Please note - I won't be available this Friday  (the 15th) to answer emails. I'll respond to emails again on Monday.


From the office - School Ping

New school app - School Ping is the school's new app. This will replace the text system for communication. We will also use this for sending letters home, reducing paper and those inevitable 'lost letters'. Mel has already sent an email to each parent with log in details. If you do not have a phone capable of downloading apps please contact Mel in the office. We will be using this as our main method of communication from the end of this half term (Friday May 22nd). Click below to download the app and check your emails for login details.



I will set a few different spelling, grammar and reading activities for you this week. Keep up the home reading. You should be doing at least 20-30 minutes each day. A mixture of reading on your own or with a parent works well.

 If you haven't finished reading Beth on the Nile, the chapters and quizzes should still be in your 2Dos. The children who have successfully completed all the chapters and quizzes should have received an award for this - well done to you! Congratulations!

 Your main English activities this week will be on paper and will require paper and colouring pencils.



Over the next 2 weeks, I'd like you to write and create an Ancient Egyptian version of Stone Age Boy. You can call it Ancient Egyptian Boy or Girl or something else that you think fits well.

Here is a link to watch a reading of Stone Age Boy. Have a watch to remind yourself what happened.

 This is a great opportunity to show what you have found out about Ancient Egyptian death rituals, gods and other things you've researched.

 This week I don't want you to write the story - I want you to plan it. I will give you 3 activities in the grid below to help you plan it.

Next week, you can write the story up. I will add a 2Do on PurpleMash next Monday.



This week we'll have a look at multiplication and division. For each activity I set on PurpleMash, there will be a suggestion of something else you can do to follow up your learning.

There are some Maths activities in the grid below too.



Farming and Food: the Egyptians ate a varied diet. I'd like you to find out as much as you can about what they ate and how this was possible - how did they grow it, and how did they prepare it, cook it and eat it?

Extra challenge: compare the diet of those living in Ancient Egypt to those living in Egypt today.

 To share your work, you can create a poster and send me a picture of it, make a video of you describing and showing what you have found out or using the 2Do I've set on PM. (Recipe to make your own flatbreads on here!) (10 minutes, most food information after 4m50s – whole thing is worth watching for understanding).


Activities - screen-free. *Important Literacy activities here for next week!*




For your Ancient Egyptian story, draw your character who is for some reason in Egypt. What are they wearing? What are they called? Where are they? Why are they there - on holiday? Or do they live there?


Multiplication hunt:

Look around your house and see what you can find that shows multiplication. A pack of jigsaws with 4 jigsaws of 25 pieces each (4x25 = 100); a multipack of crisps that has 3 x salt and vinegar, 2 x cheese and onion and 2 x ready salted; a chest of drawers that has 2 x 4 drawers, 6 tins of tuna which are 150g each (6x150 = 900g)? Draw pictures or write a list of everything that you can find.


Your character needs to travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. How will this happen to them? What are they doing when they start to travel back? Where do they end up? Draw a couple of pictures to show this part of the story. You can write some labels to explain what is going on.


Make yourself a multiplication game.

It could be a dominoes game - make cards of two halves, put a multiplication question on each side (answers underneath) and to play you have to match two questions which have the same answer - 12 x 2 and 3 x 8 would match together for example. Can you complete a circle?

 It could be simple multiplication snap game:

Option 1: create a set of number cards. If two of the same numbers are put down, instead of saying snap, you have to say a multiplication which makes that number.

Option 2: create a set of cards with different multiplications on each. If two cards are put down which have the same answer, shout out the answer.

The player with the most cards at the end is the winner.

 Or create something totally different! I'd love to see pictures.


Draw the moment your character realises they are in Ancient Egypt. Where are they? Add speech bubbles and facial expressions to show how they are feeling.

Kind Regards,



Dear parents,

 I hope this finds you and your children well. I hope there are some things you're able to enjoy at this strange time. I know I've benefited from the slowing down of life's normally frantic pace, but am missing seeing friends and family and getting out and about. I know that life on lockdown is hard with children and that by now, things might be a little more strained at home, as you try to balance all of the different needs of your family.


There is still no date for when we will be back to school. In the meantime, I want to continue to provide useful, meaningful activities that the children can do largely independently so you can get on with some of your work. I am deliberately not setting activities lots of new things, particularly in Maths, and instead am revising things they should already be familiar with. It seems that writing is the hardest activity for most of our Y3 children to engage with. Please know that I expect a lower standard of work than your child might normally produce. I still want to set writing though, as if we aren't back for a while yet, all their hard work from the year could disappear! Please support your child with your writing if they need some help and if you are able to, but take care to not do it for them by typing it up - this takes away their chances to think about spelling and grammar and to make their own mistakes and fix them! Mistakes are expected at this age and I can tell when a child's writing has not been independently.


After 6 weeks of lockdown, most of you now seem in a good routine of learning activities but I know how you structure this looks very different from family to family. I hope that the ideas in my emails and on PurpleMash give you something that works for your child. If you feel they aren't giving you something suitable for your child or your family's set up and you don't have any other options, please let me know and I will see what I can do. I don't expect everything I set in the email and on PurpleMash to be completed, but do expect some engagement from all families, to keep things ticking over.


New from this week is a suggestion for a Literacy or Maths activity for each day that doesn't involve any screen use. See below.


*I am looking into the option of holding a webinar where children can log on and share their science projects with each other. If this is something you might be interested in, let me know. I don't want to overwhelm families or add to already complicated computer schedules. I'll run it if there is enough interest. In the meantime, keep any science work you do in case this goes ahead!*


Activities for this week


Keep going with home reading activities. I hope you're enjoying reading along with Beth on the Nile, and trying out the quizzes. I'll set a few grammar and spelling activities throughout the week.


Writing and Theme:

For writing this week, I'd like you to try a diary entry or a newspaper report about Howard Carter's discovery of the Tutankhamun . I've set a 2 templates on PurpleMash - diary entry or newspaper report - but this activity can be done by hand and pictures sent to me.


Information on Tutankhamun and Howard Carter:



Last week we began some revision of addition and subtraction. This week we will look a bit at subtraction. Some of the Purple Mash activities can be done mentally (in your child's head) but some might need checking with a written method. Here is a video that shows a few of the different methods that we hope children understand in Y3.



If you didn't manage to finish or hand in your STEM activities from last week, please feel free to keep sending them in. I'd love to see them and try to respond to each one individually. I saw some really nice full body posters and lots of mummified tomatoes, as well as a few salty hieroglyphic projects! If you have further observations about your tomato, I'd love to read about them. Well done to Ayana for her work last week - I've attached the photos for you to see her writing. Maybe this will give you some ideas if you are working on the same project.


There is still time to work on your mazes on PurpleMash. I know lots of you have really enjoyed this. The deadline is Friday, so if you have already handed it in, you can have another look at it. Remember to think about how to make your levels difficult. Can you try to make each level harder than the one before?


Screenfree activities for each day:

It doesn't matter which day these activities are done. Feel free to email me what you get up to.





3D shapes - pyramids, like some of you made last week, are a 3D shape. Have a think about cuboids. Find as many as you can around your house and collect them. Why are there so many of them? If there are some ready for recycling or in the recycling already, can you dismantle them to make a net? What do you notice about these nets? Can you make a net of your own and create a cuboid?


Write a list of everything you might find in an Egyptian pyramid. Describe each object with adjectives (descriptive words):

Ornate chairs

Limestone Canopic jars


Write your own subtraction word problems. Try 4-5. Use these mathematical terms - fewer, less than, difference between, how many more. Try to use 2 or 3 digit numbers.


Try an acrostic poem for TUTANKHAMUN. This is when each line starts with the letter of his name, and then the poem is about him. I've made a start - you can use this if you like, or try your own.

Treasures abound in the incredible tomb

Under the heaviest sarcophagus a body lies

The boy king, forgotten for centuries.


Number pyramid problems:

A number pyramid adds two numbers together to create the number above.

They can have a different number of layers.

Remember you can use addition and subtraction to find the solution.

Create some of your own. Can you create one with missing gaps for a someone in your family to complete? Email me what you get up to.



Dear parents and families,

 Please read carefully as most work is being set in this email, not on PurpleMash this week.

 As you'll have heard if you were in Friday's Zoom assembly, this week is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Week! Virginia had been organising lots of events to take place in school but sadly these can't go ahead.


However, I've planned for you 3 possible activities to do at home, all linked to our Egyptian topic. They need only a few resources - salt, a tomato, a container, paper, black card, a paintbrush, pens and pencils. Hopefully you can find something to use even if you don't have these exact things.


No need to do them all - I'd rather one or two were done really well.

I hope that you can create some writing based on your science work this week and won't be setting any writing on PurpleMash. You can make posters, write explanations, record your findings in a table - this is all a good way of practising scientific writing. Please email me pictures of your work on Friday. (A few families are forgetting to submit the writing that they have done by Friday please don't forget!)

 I will set a few Literacy activities over the week and one Maths activity each day on PurpleMash for you to try. Our topic this week is addition and subtraction.

 Here are the 3 activities:


Mummifying a Tomato

Batu and Ecem both have already mummified a tomato as I suggested this activity for the Easter holiday. Batu's is on the display board on PurpleMash with photographs.  If you haven't done so already, this is an activity I would really recommend. This is to help the children think about how a body would change with being mummified. As you work on this project, look up historical information about why the Egyptians mummified bodies - what did they believe?

 You need:

- a tomato (if you don't have one of these, you could try an orange as seen in one of the links)

- salt

- a container - a jar, some Tupperware or a food storage bag would all work.

 If you want to investigate rot further, there is an idea about showing rot using bread on the Teach Primary link below (step 2)! Ew.

 Further instructions here:

This is a video for teachers, but might give you some ideas about what to ask your child as they work on this project.

How can you show your work and your findings about the tomato?

There is a 2Do writing frame on PurpleMash which you could use to record how your tomato changed. Batu's version is on the display board for you to see.

Record the weight of the tomato over time. You could record this in a table. Try to explain what has changed and why. (Batu and Ecem, you do this.)

You could make a poster all about mummification and include information on your tomato mummification project. (Batu and Ecem, you could also do this).

 Info on mummies here: - Dorling Kindersley text about mummification - Horrible Histories mummification song 2 mins - Mummification Video 5 mins - how to make a mummy instructions


Investigating Evaporation

This idea was mentioned on the Teach Primary Link above. Mummification relied on evaporation.

Get a cup of water and some salt.

Add small amounts of salt to the water and mix it, then add more when it has dissolved.

Keep adding salt until it no longer dissolves. The solution has reached saturation point.

Get a piece of black paper or card (maybe you could get this from the recycling bin if you don't have any).

Using a paintbrush (if you don't have one of these a pastry brush or a toothbrush would work) write your name in Egyptian hieroglyphs (see below).

Leave to dry. What happens? Why? If you were to repeat the process, what would make it happen faster or slower?

In addition to the task itself, you could write some short paragraphs explaining what happened and why. Define these scientific words: evaporation, dissolve, saturation, solution. 


Body Poster

Mummification was a complicated process involving lots of different body parts. Make a poster showing a body and add labels, descriptions and pictures to your poster to show what the Egyptians did to the different body parts. Try to explain why they did these things - what did they believe about the body parts?

Extra ideas:

Use lift the flaps to show what is underneath

Make it lifesize (the plain side of extra wallpaper or an old roll of wrapping paper might work, or if you have a big cardboard box that you can flatten this might work too).


Other Links/ Information for this week


Physical Work Packs

If you are not able to access and use PurpleMash, physical work packs can be provided. Please let me know if you need another/ your first one of these and I will let you know when it is ready for collection from school.


Celebration Assemblies

We are now holding a weekly celebration assembly for all families to take part in - families can register to watch our weekly celebration assembly on Friday at 2:30pm. Just click on the link sent to families through email.


Coronavirus Resources

Lots of resources for children about coronavirus here, including stories for children struggling to understand what is going on with pictures. The mental health resources look appropriate for lots of children in Y3.



Xanthe at the Hackney Music Service has collated lots of different music links for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 here:


For our guitar and brass learners in KS2, please note that Xanthe says - We are working really hard with all of our tutors on preparing resources that can be shared with all your instrumental learners to support their continued practice at home, or just to keep them connected to their music-making if that is something they would like to do.


Other Links

Daily lessons here - daily lessons for different year groups here, in line with the National Curriculum. - daily lessons and videos for different year groups here, made by the BBC and again in line with the National Curriculum.



Let me know of any birthdays coming up -date and address both needed. Thanks.


Any questions or other information you'd like me to have about how you're getting on, let me know.



Dear parents and families,

 I hope this finds you well, and having had an Easter break of sorts. If you're anything like us, there will be some things that you are now used to, but I expect some things are feeling more difficult as lockdown continues.  

 Having watched the news and from speaking to friends, I'm aware that there may well be difficult things going on for you amongst family and friends. If you need to let me know anything about your situation, particularly if it is affecting your children, please do let me know how I can help and support from afar.

 Birthdays - I'd love to send your child a birthday card if it is coming up. Please email me the date and the address.

 Ideas for learning this week:

 PurpleMash 2Dos (3-4) will appear each day. They should be handed in by Friday.


Over the next few weeks we'll be using Purple Mash to read a short story, Beth on the Nile. Read along chapter by chapter, doing the quizzes after reading the chapter. I'll set a chapter every few days.

 This week's piece of writing is about Egyptian gods and goddesses (set as a 2Do), and should be researched over the week before being submitted on Friday. Some children are forgetting to submit it – please help them to do this. Others are submitting rushed pieces of work on Monday or Tuesday – please help them to do the work carefully over the week.  

 Links to help:


This week we'll be looking at Number and Place Value. I'll set a different activity each day on Purple Mash, with a suggestion of a practical activity to do at home that links with the learning.


Our topic this half term is the Egyptians. I've had some lovely pictures of Egyptian door signs and mummifed tomatoes - keep sending them in, they're super fun to see!

 This topic is HUGE and we will only scratch the surface of it. I am very happy for you and your child to pick an aspect of the Ancient Egyptians to look into themselves and produce art or other work on. I'll suggest activities along the way (like gods and goddesses above) in line with National Curriculum expectations, but please look into other topics if your child is interested in them.

 A good starting activity this week would be showing on a timeline or by making a model of some sort when the Ancient Egyptians lived in comparison to now. The dates to think about showing are 3100BC, 322BC and 2020AD. (The children should be familiar with BC from our Stone Age work in January). How could you show these dates? Think about thousands.

 Topics we'll explore:

Gods/ goddesses

Mummification and beliefs about the afterlife - focus on Tutankhamun

Farming and agriculture


Useful links for the whole topic here: - lots from BBC Bitesize Queen Meresankh III's pyramid tour - very fun - lots of different aspects of the Egyptians to explore here.

 Other Links: - some basic online lessons with instructions, split by year group and topic. Feel free to explore. - BBC Bitesize has launched online lessons for all year groups. Here are Y3s. Lots to explore and do.  - Y3 loved watching a slow motion of popcorn popping recently. This is about corn plants, but other lessons are available. - We subscribe to SingUp at school and use it in our singing assemblies. There is now a free at home section. See what you can find. - ideas for children and adults here. Looks of fun looking websites with quizzes, book readings and creative challenges.

 I'm available by email every day this week except Tuesday.



Easter Update 03/04/2020

 Dear families,

 I hope this update finds you all well. I just wanted to give an update on how things are going and to offer up some suggestions for activities for the Easter holidays.


It's obviously a very strange time all round and not how we would have chosen to finish off this term! I am, however, really enjoying seeing the work they are doing on Purple Mash. There have been some excellent examples of writing being produced and these can be viewed on the Year 3 display board on Purple Mash. I have really enjoyed reading the Magical Plant stories handed in so far. If you haven't yet finished this, I have extended the hand-in date. I realise that some families have had limited access to PM over the last few weeks so I hope that the home learning packs available from school have been useful.


Whatever learning the children are participating in, it is really important that they remain engaged with their education. We are currently unsure of how long this absence from school will last for so make sure you have set a routine and keep reading!


Today (Friday) marks then last day of term and so the Easter holidays will commence for 2 weeks. I will not be available during this time but did want to make some suggestions for activities for children over this period. There is no obligation to take part, but please use the following ideas if you feel it would be useful for children to remain engaged, particularly as regular activities are unlikely to take place:


First up, here are some great suggestions for writing projects from Sheila Gregory, who works at Parkwood with Year 5 and 6. Most of these will be suitable even for children in Year 3.

What Can We Write?

 Running out of ideas for your writing?

This list should help.

Choose just one letter each time and work on one of those suggestions.

 A: alphabet, autobiography, acrostic poem, advert, article, adjectives, adverbs.

B: book review, biography, brochure.

C: complaint, certificate, comic, chart, conversation, caption, crossword, charm, code, comedy.

D: directions, diary (a very easy one! I've really enjoyed being emailed diary entries to get a glimpse of what life is like for you at the moment), description, dialogue, dates.

E: exaggeration, examples, editorial, encounter, event.

F: fairy tale, folk tale, fable, family tree, fact, fiction.

G: guess-what, game, gardening, guarantee.

H: haiku, hieroglyphs (links to our new topic!), homework.

I: instruction, invitation, interview.

J: joke, journal.

K: kindness.

L: list, leaflet, letter, label, logo, legend, limerick.

M: magazine, map, message, myth, menu, metaphor.

N: names, notices, newspaper, notes.

O: opposites, offer.

P: personal, play, poetry, plan, presentation, proverb.

Q: quiz, questionnaire, question, quarrel.

R: rhyme, recipe, report, record, riddle, reminder.

S: song, saga, sign, spell, story, simile, survey, secret.

T: tongue twister, timetable, theory, travelogue.

U: useful facts.

V: verse.

W: word game, wish list, wish, weather, worksheet.

X: X-ray.

Y: yarn (exaggerated/invented tale).

Z: zodiac, zoo.

 Sheila Gregory, Parkwood teacher.


As far as reading goes, try and get children to stick to the normal expectations for this. This means at least 20 minutes a day, ideally, but in these times of quite long empty days possibly more! I'm hearing of children finishing whole books in a day, which is great. This is a great opportunity to improve fluency and reading with speed.


Children will still have access to Purple Mash over the break, but I won't be setting ToDos, responding to work that is handed in, or approving anything sent to the display board. There are, however, some great apps on there to keep the mental maths ticking over, including:


-Multiplication Monster

-Fractonio's Pizzeria

-Sequence snake


If you are looking for something a little more meaty, then I would point you to these online lessons by Gareth Metcalfe, which Doug shared with me this week. Some children in his class have been doing these and have found them really helpful:


Beyond that, this could be a great time to get stuck into something creative. Expressing themselves through artwork could be a really useful activity for children, particularly at this time. You don't need much in the way of resources (some scrap paper and a pencil would do!). Some children have already been honing their skills at game development (on PM). Photography, sketching, model making using playdough or clay are all things that could work here. I'd love to see pictures of what you get up to, so email them through!


Finally, our theme next half term is Walk Like An Egyptian. I am very sad not to be in school to teach it as it is one of my favourite topics. We will be looking at different aspects of Egyptian life, how the Egyptians built pyramids and mummification. One task which I'd love to have done in school is mummifying a tomato. Hopefully you have access to a tomato or two and can try this exciting experiment. Write up your findings - I'll open up a ToDo and leave it open for you to record your work.


Information here:


Some other things to look at online over the Easter period are -

 Maths: Normally £2 a week - free for the school closure period Y3 and 4 online lessons

 Spelling: Access to this for free during school closure period


 Cursive Handwriting: - Lots of examples of how to practice cursive letters here. You'll need a notebook for practice.


Outdoor Learning Ideas:


PE with Joe Wicks:


Audiobooks/ stories:


Homeschool Ideas from Konnie Huq:


Chester Zoo Resources:


Drawing with illustrator Lydia Monks:


Children may wish to research any of these areas to help prepare themselves for this learning. If you make or do something else, please send it to me so I can see!


As well as the information about activities for learning here are some links from Paul Thomas which you may find useful:


Thanks for reading this far, and thank you for your engagement over the last few weeks. It's definitely been strange and I'm really missing the face to face interactions with the children, as this is the best thing about the job. I hope you're staying well and staying active, and that the children remain in good spirits. I hope you're finding ways for them to keep in touch with each other, as the social aspect of school is a very important one.

 Take care and have a restful break,



Dear parents,

 Hope this finds you and your children well.  

 Here's a bit about what to expect for this week.

 A few things to remember:

  1. Independence is important but do support with initial instructions and getting started. Last week I sent back a few bits of work to be redone where either it had been done for children or where children needed to read the instructions more carefully.
  2. PurpleMash allows me to see who is logging in and attempting activities. There is an expectation that all children will be engaging in some sort of home learning at this time.
  3. PurpleMash has lots of other activities as well as ones I am setting. Please support your child with completing their ToDos before starting on something else.
  4. If you are struggling with internet access, please let me know and I will organise a pack of work to be left at the school office for you to pick up.


As with last week, I'll set a longer piece of writing - this week it is a magical plant adventure. This piece of writing should be done over the week and handed in on Friday. Children will benefit from time to draw out characters and settings using paper and pencils and think about what will happen in their story verbally before writing it.

 I expect a certain number of typing, spelling and grammar mistakes - a perfect piece of typing from a 7 year old tells me they've had slightly too much help!

 Last week's long writing was very well completed by Oliver, Batu and Elias - well done you 3!

 I'll set spelling, grammar, punctuation and touch typing exercises too.



This week, I will be setting work about multiplication and division. With each Purple Mash activity, I will suggest a way to continue the activity at home using objects. You can take photographs of these activities and email them to me.


Keep going with Maths passports - any problems, let me know.



I am going to set a task from last week again as we wrap up our plants, rocks and soils work. The 2Quiz activity set on Thursday was very challenging and I think children just thought they had to answer my example question! This activity is about writing a quiz of your own and choosing the right answers for someone who then tries the quiz. Children might need some help exploring the 2Quiz maker before they write their questions. I will set this activity for tomorrow.



I hope last week's email gave useful ideas for fine motor skill activities.


Thanks to those who sent photos of handwritten diary entries. I think this is probably the best way to do diary entries for now and doubles up as good handwriting practice. The 2Write function on PurpleMash didn't seem to work very well for this.


A few tips:

  1. Children might need hints for what to write about, but should do the writing independently.
  2. Help them to avoid things like - I did the same as yesterday. Help them to think of what has been different about today - meals, activities, who they spoke with on the phone, what games they played with siblings.
  3. Include their feelings. What did they feel about the news? How did they feel when they managed to get outside in the garden? What did they like most about videocalling cousins/ aunts/ grandparents?



If stuck on the coding activities, use the ? button in the top right hand corner for video instructions.

Spanish/ Art

This message is from Raquel. I have attached a file for this piece of work.

Hola amigos, I hope you and your families are well. Here is your Spanish work for this week. Read the information about plants and translate it into English. Then use the words in the box to fill in the blank spaces. 

You also have a task for Art. Vamos a dibujar una planta o una flor. Please choose a plant or some flower you have at home or in the garden, or a plant or tree you can see from your window. Muchas gracias y hasta pronto!


Do email back with any questions and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.



Hello all,


Welcome to week 1 of Virtual Year 3. I hope these emails and work on PurpleMash will keep help in keeping the children happy, learning and calm.


This is new to us all so please bear with me when there are technology glitches and if I can't respond to individual queries as fast as you might like. Do email me about any particular problems and I'll get in touch as soon as I can. If you need your login to purple mash, email me straight away and I'll try to send it to you today.  


There is an expectation that all families will engage with home learning through activities set here and on PurpleMash. On PurpleMash children should engage with the ToDos not just games and random painting activities! If I have particular concerns about this, I will contact you individually. 


PurpleMash has struggled a bit this morning with lots of traffic but are working to fix this as soon as possible!


I will set longer activities to be done by Friday (this week's is Growing Plants - theme writing) and 3-4 shorter activities for each day.


Finishing Work on Purple Mash - Important!

Children might need help with this at first. There are 3 different parts to finishing a piece of work.

  1. Saving work - click the purple menu button in the top left and click save. Save it to your child's work folder.
  2. Sharing work - the children can then submit it to be put on the Year 3 display board (not Daisy or Parkwood Primary - I will not be approving anything sent there). Click the purple menu button in the top left and click share and then choose the Y3 display board.
  3. Handing in work - this is only for some ToDos I have set. Click the ToDos tab (along the top, it is red) and click "hand in" for completed activities with this option. This then allows me to see who has completed the work. Games can't be handed in.


Here's a plan for what to expect for the different subjects, with specific information for this week.



I will set some different spelling, punctuation and grammar work over the week. These activities are likely to be quite short and based on a score, using games and quizzes. Please support your child in explaining the activity but do not do it for them.


I will set a longer piece of writing each week, around our theme. These can be done over a few days; save at the end of each day, and then share to the Y3 display board when they are finished by Friday.


Diaries are a great way to keep the children writing. These can be done by hand in a notebook and you can email me a photo, or on PurpleMash - use the 2Write tool, and start a document that they can add to over the weeks and months ahead. I have set this as a ToDo for this week. This pandemic is of significant historical interest; encourage them that their words are of value and interest, and that they and others might want to look back on these events in the future.


The most essential English activity is reading! Children should be practising reading aloud and in their heads. Short stories work well for reading to themselves; short chapter books work well for reading to aloud to an adult or having it read to them. Purple Mash has a "Serial Mash" section; lots of stories on here. Please let me know if you do not have enough reading materials and I will see what I can do to help with this.



I hope you have a copy of your child's current Maths passport. I will be sending the Maths Passport document as soon I as I have sorted out network access. Your child should know which one the line they are working on in school.

  • - Print it out if possible and test them on a couple of targets each day.
  • - Quiz them on about 10 possible answers
  • - They should get all answers correct to receive a signature or sticker in the box.
  • - You might also want to consider how quickly they answer your questions and whether they know them by heart or are having to work them out one by one - this might mean you don't sign it off and test again the next day.
  • - Some targets will need to be taught i.e. doubling numbers up to 20.
  • - Hang onto these and when we get back to school, we'll quiz them on all of the objectives and see if it can be signed off fully.


There are lots of great Maths games which are great for fluency and speed.


This week the topic is Time.

  • - Do as much practical telling the time as you can throughout the day.
  • - Look at analogue (round clock faces) and digital (like those on your phone) and discuss them.
  • - Label a clock at home
  • - Write a time diary of the day.
  • - Make a clock using materials you have around the house - paperplates, pipe cleaners, lollypop sticks? 


These activities can be done over the week, alongside activities I set on PurpleMash. Take a photo and email any work to me at the end of the week.


Children are in very different places with time. Feel free to click around on Maths>Topics>Time and find activities that challenge your child. If they feel too easy, jump ahead. If they feel too hard - find ones for 5-7 to revise previous work.


Please note we have not covered Roman Numerals as this is a Y4 topic, but feel free to explore Roman Numerals up to 12 together.



For topic each week, I will set a piece of writing. This is the main piece of theme learning for the week. These should be completed to the best standard your child can manage. This week's one is the "Growing Plants" writing and I have left audio instructions for this on the ToDo.


Purple Mash provides lots of short games and quizzes, but not always much detail about the topic for longer pieces of writing. Please supplement with BBC Learning Clips, BBC Bitesize and Dorling Kindersley.


Here are some links for this week for research.


What is a plant


What plants need to grow


Seed dispersal


Your child might need help initially with aspects of typing - how to do capital letters, full stops and commas are the punctuation I would like them to master. Please support your child in typing but do not do it for them. I expect a certain number of typing, grammar and spelling errors!  


Handwriting and fine motor skills: 

Please remember that the key to handwriting is strengthening muscles not just letter practice.


This could look like:

- using modelling clay/ bluetak/ playdough to create animals, people and objects

- sorting activities using tweezers

- Hama beads; colouring in

- lego and K-nex - not just for boys

- threading beads onto string - not just for girls


I know you have a parents whatsapp group so please share other ideas for this on there if you find something that is working well. Children could practise handwriting by copying out their typed work or through handwriting their diary if you have a notebook for this.



There are lots of great coding activities for children to get to grips with using programs and giving instructions and commands. I've set some as a ToDo for you to try from today. Children can use the video button in the top right to get a prompt for what to do if they are stuck. Some of the coding activities require it to be exactly right before the next step is unlocked.



Keep up the physical activity where you can. Joe Wicks will be providing a "PE lesson" on his youtube channel from 9am today. There are other videos on his channel too.



If your child is celebrating their birthday this month or in April please let me know and I'll post a card and set others an activity to wish them a happy birthday online. I'll request more birthdays for May and June when I know what's happening!

 This seems like a lot of information - I hope next week's information will be briefer.

 Any questions let me know.

 Stay well and stay safe.

Kind regards