Category: Year 3

Activities in Year 3



Click on the link below for our plans for the autumn term.

Autumn 2018

W/C 17th September

As we continued our science topic we carried out an experiment to find out who had the largest lung capacity in class. The children were surprised to find that it wasn’t the tallest or heaviest child but instead it was Niamh. We discussed that this might be because she is very fit but also possibly due to her being competitive and able to maintain a good seal on the bag she was blowing into.

In maths we did our first ‘Buzz’ maths reasoning activity, applying our knowledge of place value, which the children enjoyed.

Homework Activity – Thursday 20th September
This week we have been learning about nutrition and how it is important to eat the right proportion of each food type. In your homework book is a ‘Balance of Good Health Plate’. Choose 1 day and record everything you eat in the correct place on the plate. Does it show you are eating a healthy diet or should you eat more (or less) of one food group?

Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. Ask a grown up to ask you some questions after each few pages to check you have understood what you have read.

W/C 10th September

Our first full week back in school has been very hectic. We have been learning about our bodies in science, thinking about place value in maths and improving our sentence structures in literacy. It has also been a very successful week with 30 out of 33 children getting their reading stickers and the class winning the KS2 attendance award. Keep it up Year 3!

Details of the homework is below. Spellings will start next week and we are currently recapping on our 2 times tables including related division facts.

Homework Activity – Thursday 13th September
This week we have been learning about our skeletons. Have a go at Task 9 about broken bones. All written work should be completed, in pencil, in your grey homework book. Completing the ‘Extra Challenge’ will earn you extra points for your team.

Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. It is important that you read to another person or ask an adult to help you with any words you can’t read or don’t understand.

W/C 5th September

We’ve had a busy but fun start to our new term. The children should all now have their new reading books and reading / homework log. Their job this week is to make sure they read at least 3 times and record what they have read on the left hand page of their homework book (Labelled Mon / Tues /Wed) keeping the facing page for homework instructions and spellings. There is no other specific homework this week although research about keeping healthy and how bodies work will help in lessons.

Active maths and science have all been enjoyed in our school atrium this week.


The staff team, Mrs Beggs, Mrs Williams, Mrs Arnold and Mrs Somerville look forward to welcoming the new ‘Year 3’ on Wednesday September 5th. Mrs Williams teaches Year 3 each Monday, supported by Mrs Arnold. Mrs Beggs teaches the class for the rest of the week supported by either Mrs Arnold or Mrs Somerville.

Looking at our web page below will give you an insight into some of the fun activities we do in Year 3.

There is no specific homework for the summer holidays but keep reading regularly. You could do the Pensby library reading and writing challenge. For maths keep working on your times tables. Remember to say your tables, don’t just count up in 2, 3 or 4.



W/C 16-7-18

We concluded our year on Wednesday with a very civilised afternoon tea. In the morning the children made scones and cucumber sandwiches before changing into their finery for afternoon tea, inviting other staff in school to join them. Thank you to all the families for providing crockery to make this event authentic. (We were left with 2 red rose design side plates if you are missing anything).

On Thursday we will be playing some board games and doing jigsaws. Children are asked to bring into school 1 board game or jigsaw (up to 100 pieces). Games should be based around a board or cards and should be quiet(ish). It is an opportunity for everyone to play those games that they don’t normally have time for or have enough children in their house to enjoy them.

W/C 9-7-18

As the school year draws to an end we have started our last topic which is about what it means to be British. This includes looking at our traditions, customs, food and buildings but we have also been thinking about diversity, religion and of course FOOTBALL!!

Homework Activity – Thursday 12th July
As another year in school draws to an end there are a couple of jobs to do for homework:

·         Bring your reading log book and homework books into school.

·         Make sure you return any school reading books you have at home.

The fun part of homework is to help to prepare for our traditional British afternoon tea to celebrate the end of our last topic in Year 3. If your adults (or grandparents) have hidden at home any cups and saucers, cake stands and side plates it would be fabulous if we could borrow them for Wednesday afternoon. We will do our very best to look after everything at this very civilised event BUT PLEASE DO NOT BRING IN ANYTHING WHICH IS REALLY PRECIOUS TO YOUR GROWNUPS.

The dress code for the afternoon is smart for the boys and pretty for the girls so bring clothes to change into after lunch. Come into school in your uniform as we will be baking in the morning and we may get messy! The refreshments are being provided by the adults in class as our treat to the children at the end of a great year.

W/C 2-7-18

What a busy but fun week it has been, competing in a wide range of sports and activities including football, yoga, netball, tag rugby and a traditional sports day. Big thanks go to Mrs Gilleece for organising the whole week and laying on such perfect weather as well.

Photo evidence of just some of the activities are below.

On Friday we had a mini World Cup competition. Unfortunately England didn’t win but the home nation Russia did, represented by Hayden, Abby, Oliver and Sophie. Runners up were France, made up of Harry, Hayden, Jess, Cruz and substitute Freya.

Homework Activity – Thursday 5th July
Your homework this week is to try to come to the school fair. You will get 1 team point for each person you bring from your house and 2 team points for anyone who comes that doesn’t live in your house.

Enjoy Saturday!

Sports Week

This year our sports week will be held w/c Monday 2nd July, where all year groups will have the opportunity to participate in a number of sports such as tag rugby, netball, football, dodge ball, rounders and basketball. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding of how to stay fit and healthy and how we can look after ourselves by learning about mindfulness and well being. We will also be holding an F1 & F2, KS1 and KS2 style World Cup Competition on Friday 6th July. Children will be able to attend school in sports attire during sports week and team colours for their class activity.

Wednesday 4th July   Please join us from 10.30 to 11.00am for Year 3 and 4 ‘Traditional’ Sports Day.

W/C 25-6-18

Our mosaics are finished and on display in class and in the school entrance. They look fabulous.

On Wednesday we started our final science experiment to find out the best conditions for grass to grow.

In maths we are recapping on our knowledge of fractions.

Homework Activity – Thursday 28th June
Next week is sports week in school. For homework I would like you to write about a sport, explaining the aims, details and rules of the sport. It can be a sport you or someone in your family plays or a really unusual sport from somewhere else in the world that you have researched for your homework.

As always the most interesting reports will get extra team points and will be shared with the rest of the class.

W/C 18-6-18

It is Roman Art week in Year 3. We have been designing and making mosaic pictures, combining ancient images with modern original art on ipads and making helmets, sandals and chariots with moving wheels.

Homework Activity – Thursday 21st June
Alongside our Roman topic we have also been continuing plant experiments in science. For homework I would like you to finding out about an unusual plant. It might be one that grows in a distant country or it might just be a plant in your house or garden which has an odd feature!

You can either draw or photograph your plant and then write about why you think it is unusual.

Additional team points will be awarded for the most unusual plants with the strangest of features.

School Fair

The Year 3/4 stall at the school fair will be a children’s tombola. For this we need a selection of prizes. If each child brought in at least 2 items we would have plenty for the stall. This could include soft toys, games, sweets or stationery. They should be items you have stopped playing with that are in good condition. Please don’t think you need to buy new things for this stall.

Adults – Please let Mrs Beggs know if you are available to help on the first or second hour of this stall.

W/C 11-6-18

This week all the maths has been done in Roman numerals, a challenge which everyone has really enjoyed. Literacy, on the other hand, has been completed with the use of ipads with children typing, adding images and taking photos in preparation for their team presentation next week.


Homework Activity – Thursday 14th June
This week we have made clocks in school using Roman numerals. For homework please complete the Roman time worksheet. For each clock face draw on a time and then next to it write the time in words and digitally. Ask a grown up in your house to help you to work out each time if you need to. Extra team points will be given if you remember the difference between the length of the two hands and if you choose different, challenging times for each clock.

Next week is ‘Roman Art’ week. If possible could you bring into school an empty toilet roll, plastic ‘takeaway’ type containers and , if you have any, some jewels or sequins. Please don’t go out and buy these things but if you can spare them from home they would be very useful.

W/C 4-6-18

On Wednesday we had a fabulous class trip to learn about the Romans in Chester. Photo evidence of a busy day below!

Homework Activity – Thursday 7th June
Yesterday we went on our school trip to find out all about the Romans in Chester. It was a fantastic day with lots of fun activities and the whole class were impeccably behaved throughout. Thank you.

Lots of pictures from the day are on our page of the school website.

For homework please write down, in full sentences, at least 5 things that you learnt from this trip.

After half term,on Wednesday 6th June, Year 3 will be going on our only school trip of the year to the Roman Dewa Experience in Chester. Details can be found on the link below. Payment must be received by 9am on Monday 4th June via the Tucasi system.

Year 3 Dewa Chester Letter 2018

W/C 14-5-18

Our maths focus this week is using money in a variety of number problems – a very important skill for everyone!

Although it is only May we are moving on to our final science topic of the year, about plants and how they grow. However, the nature of the topic is that it will take us quite a few weeks to plan and complete our science investigations.

Our first experiment was totally unsuccessful, but we will try again!

However we had lots of fun on ‘Outdoor Lesson Day’ doing our daily run and then investigating all the different shapes of leaves we could find on our field.


Homework Activity – Thursday 17th May
This week we have started our science topic on plants. For homework I would like you to write down everything you eat for 1 day and then, on a table, record whether it is from a plant or animal source. If it is from a plant I would then like you to write in another column which part of the plant you have eaten (ie. Root, stem, leaf, seed or fruit).

Remember tables are best drawn using rulers and if they are labelled correctly you can just mark with a neat tick rather than having to write in every box.

W/C 8-5-18

On Tuesday we attended an event, organised by Linghams when the author, Natasha Farrant spoke to the children about how she approaches writing stories. These skills are being used to help with our creative writing this week.

In maths we are using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a variety of problem solving and reasoning situations. ‘Buzz’ maths is always popular with the children. Copies of the work each child did can be found in the learning journeys on Pupil Tracker.

Homework Activity – Thursday 10th May
We have been working hard in class to use the correct homophones in sentences. In your grey homework book there is a worksheet for you to select the correct word. There is also an exercise about using ‘are’ and ‘our’ correctly in your writing.


Make sure you remember to stop at the end of each page you read .Check that you have understood it by trying to say what you have read in your own words.

W/C 30/4/18

Beegu, a three eyed, long eared creature has been introduced to the class this week. His character ranged from a blood sucking alien to a kind hearted but cheeky rabbit according to the children. Having developed a character for Beegu the children are now planning his/her/its adventures.

Our maths focus has moved on to multiplication and division which links to this week’s homework.

Homework Activity – Thursday 3rd May
In maths this week we have been recapping on multiplication and division. When doing word problems we often use bar modelling to understand what we are being asked to do. Show your grown up, as you complete each maths question, how this might help. You should also be able to use known times tables facts to work out the answer quickly.


Each time you read choose 3 words you don’t know. Look them up in the dictionary to find out their meaning.


W/C 23/4/18

We have continued learning about light using mirrors and torches to reflect beams of light around the classroom. Thank you to everyone who sent torches and mirrors into class to help with this.

With Mrs Williams the class learnt about the origin of St George’s Day. The information was then recorded by teams onto posters.

Our maths lessons have continued to concentrate on addition and subtraction with answers being checked by the inverse operation.

Homework Activity – Thursday 26th April
Last term we learnt about keeping safe on the internet. As most internet access takes place at home, it is important that children and parents regularly discuss the problems and risks that are all around us. The worksheet in the grey homework book does not need to be completed fully but it is intended to be talked about with some comments being added to show that this important issue has been discussed.


Last week 8 children in class did not read at least 3 times. Could this be the week that everyone reads enough?

Well done if you are someone who reads every week.

W/C 16-4-18

Hopefully everyone has enjoyed their Easter break, even if the weather wasn’t great. Fortunately it is forecast to be a bit warmer and brighter which is good news as we need a bit of sun for our practical science lessons about light and shadows!

We got our sunny day on Thursday! Sundials made and lots learnt about shadows, movement of the earth and the origins of clocks. Our predictions also improved dramatically as the day progressed.

We have also found out what happens to shadows as objects move nearer to light sources.


In maths we are looking at choosing the best methods for addition and subtraction. These include rounding, finding the difference between and partitioning in addition to the conventional vertical methods we learnt earlier this year.

This week it was Year 3’s turn to help prepare meals for the homeless. Thank you to Sue, all the kitchen staff and Mrs Toal for organising this very worthwhile (and fun) activity.


Homework Activity – Thursday 19th April
We have started a new science topic in school about light and shadows. Look at the ‘Silly Shadows’ picture in your homework book. Write a sentence for each shadow explaining why it is not real. Make sure all your sentences start with capital letters, are correctly punctuated and use a variety of suitable vocabulary.


Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. Tell a grown up what you have read about, in your own words, after you have finished reading.



W/C 26-3-18

As we head towards the Easter holidays we have been writing about what Christians believe happened to Jesus at the end of his life on earth. We have also made Hot Cross buns.

There isn’t any specific homework during the Easter holidays but children need to continue reading regularly and practising their Year 3 spellings. It would also be really useful if they could bring a bright torch into school on Tuesday 17th April for a science investigation.

W/C 19-3-18

Our Scottish topic has drawn to a close with us finding out about Scottish artists from the past and modern era. We looked at real pieces of art including watercolour, photography, ceramics, beadwork and batik, all inspired by the Scottish landscape and wildlife. The textile piece by Susan Woodcock was used to inspire our own pieces of landscape art, examples of which can be seen below. We sent some pictures of our work, by e mail to the artist and were thrilled when she replied the very same day saying that, “The pictures raised my spirits! I loved the way the children have overlaid the materials so that the sea looks like it is moving – just like the view of the sea from my window.”

With Mrs Williams the children applied their geographical knowledge of the UK and weather systems to write and present a weather forecast. In literacy children have compared different types of art, inspired by Scotland.

Homework Activity – Thursday 22nd March
As we prepare for Easter your homework is to make a decorated egg. In addition to the usual team points there are prizes to be won! Please note this is a class competition, not a whole school event.

The only requirements are that you need to be able to tell me how you made it. Help is allowed so long as most of the work is your own. 


Remember you need to read at home at least 3 times a week. It is really important that you continue to read over the Easter holidays as well ,as there will be no other extra homework next week.

W/C 12-3-18

Year 3 and 4 joined together for the Easter egg toss. Everyone enjoyed it, with scores ranging from 0 to 12. Sophie was the class winner. Some of the Easter eggs didn’t survive too well as illustrated by the photo below!

As we continue our work on fractions the children are getting more proficient at using bar modelling to work out exactly what fraction they are being asked for. There are some examples below.

In literacy we have been investigating Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland before having a go at drawing our own imaginary Scottish island.


Homework Activity – Thursday 15th March
In literacy we have written some poetry and we will be exploring more types of poetry in guided reading in the next couple of weeks. For homework I would like you to find, in a book or on the internet, a short poem. Copy it down in your grey homework book and be ready to perform it in front of the class. It can be read but extra team points will be given to anyone who can recite their poem without reading it. It can be a 4 line little ditty, a 3 verse rhyming , serious, humorous …Anything you enjoy.


W/C 5-3-18

Mother’s Day silk painted cards are ready. They look fabulous.

We applied our reasoning skills in maths, working with partners.

Our final preparation for Mother’s Day was to bake shortbread biscuits. The classroom smelt wonderful once they were baked. Thanks to Mrs Humphrey and the kitchen team for making sure they didn’t get burnt!

Homework – Thursday 8th  March
Our Maths focus for the last 2 weeks has been fractions and this will continue into next week. Please have a go at the fractions worksheet in your grey homework book.

When reading at home remember to check you understand what you have read at the end of each page before going any further. If you need help with the meaning of tricky words ask a grown up or look them up in a dictionary.

W/C 26-2-18

We are finishing learning about the Winter Olympics by writing a newspaper report about our favourite factual (or fictional) competitor.

In  maths we will be focussing on fractions for the next few weeks.

Our silk painting art work is coming along really well, but you’ll have to wait another week to see it. We wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.

Homework – Thursday 1st March
This week our literacy focus has been writing different types of sentences. The homework sheet asks you to show off these skills by writing statements, questions, exclamations and commands.


It would be wonderful to have a week when every child reads at least 3 times at home. Is this going to be the week?

W/C 12-2-18

Our literacy focus has been to improve our sentences by adding in adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions to link main and subordinate clauses. In numeracy work has been completed on types of angles and lines.

Following on from last week’s work linked to ‘Safer Internet Day’ the children have prepared posters showing how and why they need to keep safe when using computers linked to the internet. As parents it is really important that you talk to your child about these important life skills.

Homework – Thursday 15th  February
Thursday 1st March is World Book Day. At Pensby Primary school we want the focus to be on the enjoyment of reading and not the cost of fancy dress costumes so this year you are challenged, over half term, to do some extreme reading. This means reading a book in an unusual location. You can either write or draw a picture showing where you read or print out a photo.

Homework needs to be handed in on Tuesday 27th February but on Thursday 1st March you can bring in your favourite book to share with a child in another class.

W/C 5-2-18

This week we have been learning about the geography of Winter Olympic venues and some of the exciting and dangerous sports. Our extended write had us planning a journey to a Winter Olympics with a friend so that we could also practise writing speech correctly.

In maths we have been checking our own answers to calculations by doing the inverse operation.

The 500 word class story winners,  Alia, Hayden, India, Isla, Ollie and Phoebe have had their stories entered into the national competition but everyone could enter their story. With parental permission you can go onto the BBC Radio 2 500 words page on the internet and enter your own story. It can either be typed in directly or hand written but then your grownup would need to type it in. Please note there are 2 save buttons. Both need to be clicked to save your story. Mrs Beggs didn’t know that (at her cost!)

Homework – Thursday 8th  February
The Winter Olympics begin in South Korea tomorrow. We have been learning about them this week. For homework please research and write about an athlete who has competed in the Winter Olympics. They can be someone recent or further back in history. Extra team points will be given out for unusual facts or lesser known competitors.


5 spellings are given out every week. Some children try really hard to learn them but others don’t. Make sure you are in the group who try their hardest to improve.

A couple of weeks ago you were also given a list of which spellings you know so far from the Year 3/4 list. Keep working on the ones you struggle with.

W/C 29-1-18

Our 500 word writing project is continuing. When we looked at the draft stories we found that many were not very exciting, but after working with a friend most have some more imaginative ideas. Now everyone will improve their plot before editing their word choice even further.

Having found out about push and pull forces using magnets last week, we are now investigating friction and the effect it has on moving objects. In order to plan the experiment we first had to use the resources we had been given so we could predict what our findings might be.

We have recapped on vertical addition and subtraction in maths.

Homework – Thursday 1st February
This term we have been working on multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. Work out each ‘Magical Mathematical Marvels’ 3 times in your homework book before trying it out on others. There will be 5 additional team points given out to anyone who can write down an explanation of why it works.

W/C 22-1-18

We have moved on to our first science topic of the year, learning about forces. Our investigations this week have been centred around how magnets attract and whether their strengths vary.

In maths we have been problem solving using our multiplication and division skills.

BBC Radio 2 500 words competition will be our literacy focus for the next couple of weeks. We watched the live lesson on our interactive whiteboard, joining in with thousands of other children around the country. Our aim now is to draft, edit, improve and produce an imaginative story, in less than 500 words that can be entered in to the competition.

Homework – Thursday 25th January
We have been looking at forces this week, looking at how push and pull forces cause objects to start, stop or continue to move. This week’s homework looks at how we use these forces in our everyday life. Please identify the forces in the picture and write a sentence, in your grey homework book, describing which force is in action.

W/C 15-1-18

Firstly thank you for everyone who found some paper to do last week’s homework on. I forgot to send the grey homework books home. Fortunately this week the grey books are not needed so there is nothing to remember!

Our literacy focus this week has been Anne Frank’s early life. This has lead to a PHSE discussion about how we deal with challenges in our own lives and how tolerance in society can enable everyone to be content.

In maths we have been learning how to divide 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers using the ‘chunking’ method.

Homework – Thursday 18th January
We are continuing to work on the speed of recall of our times tables in school. It is important that we know them out of sequence, rather than just being able to count in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s etc. This week’s game, ‘Flick it’ should be a fun way to improve these skills at home. Please write in your small homework book to show that the homework has been done.
When reading at home remember to ask an adult to explain the meaning of any new vocabulary you come across.

Please see below a message from Mrs Toal

Dear Parents

As part of our work on developing links within the community and thinking of others, we have developed links with Wirral’s Homeless Angels, to help to provide food for the homeless people of Wirral – you can find further information and/or follow their page on Facebook


Each month a different class of ‘Mini-Angels’ will work with Mrs Humphreys to cook meals for the homeless, developing their own cookery, hygiene and health skills as part of their work. This month it is the turn of our ‘Tiny-Angels’ in EYFS who will be preparing the meals and I know Miss Grant and Mrs Embery have already mentioned this on their webpages. You will be notified by the classteacher when your child will be cooking.  In order to enable us to carry this project out, we are asking for a donation of £1 per child to buy the ingredients for the meals and this is payable online, through our Tucasi system. We also require plastic ‘takeaway’ style containers to put the food in, so that it can be reheated at the Shelter, so if you have any that you could donate, we would be extremely grateful. We would also be interested in hearing from any local businesses who may wish to make additional donations to enable us to support this cause.

Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to speak to either myself or your child’s classteacher.

 Many thanks for your support

 Mrs Toal

W/C 9-1-18

Happy New Year to everyone and thank you for all the good wishes, cards and gifts received at the end of term.

We have got straight back in to hard work as we start a new term. This half term we are joined by Miss Tobin who is visiting the class as an associate teacher for 6 weeks.

Our maths focus is multiplication of 2 digit numbers using the grid method.

Having learnt about the Christian celebration of Christmas we are now finding out how Jews worship and what their special celebrations are.

Homework – Thursday 11th January
This week, in guided reading, we are   finding out that we can get quite confused when trying to put words into alphabetical order, so this week’s homework is all about putting words in alphabetical order. It is up to you whether you write the list out or you cut it up and stick it into your homework book in order.

In maths we are starting to use grid method to do multiplication. Whilst most of you understand the method, your knowledge of times tables can sometimes let you down. Please keep practising them by saying or singing them regularly.
































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