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Welcome to Year 3- Otters

Home Learning - School Closure 


Here you will find useful links as well as the work for the week. If you need to contact me or submit evidence of work, please use Class Dojo. The children can submit pictures, sound files, videos and written journals using their portfolios.


I will update the website page and Class Dojo each morning with new learning activities. If you do not have access, please remember to use the pack that was sent home and the useful websites we use as a school, such as:





https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ - this site is predominately for teachers but during the lockdown they have free access for parents too.


W/C – 20/7/20

Good morning Otters!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Please find below some suggested activities for you today.


English: Mystery of the Missing Sunglasses

I would like you to spend the next couple of days playing this fantastic game to challenge your understanding of sentence forms, capital letters and full stops, prefixes, suffixes, and common exception words.  Today complete clues one and two and then tomorrow complete the mystery. 


You have five important clues to find along the way. To crack the case, you will need to solve each clue and check the information with the list of names. Will you be able to solve the mystery and find out who stole the sunglasses?


Maths – Multiplication

Please complete the attached multiplication mosaic.


Topic: - PSHE

Today I would like you to reflect back on this school year.  I would like you to think about some of the positive things that happened and identify the new opportunities that lie ahead.


Think of the positive memories, achievements, and the tough times you got through this year, and write them down on one side of the door.


Then I would like you to think about the opportunities and new adventures you are looking forward to in the new school year. Write them down on the other side of the door.


Once you have filled out both sides, cut your door out and fold it in half. Keep hold of this and you can use it as a sharing piece during our zoom call tomorrow.   Your doors are a reminder that endings lead to new beginnings, and looking back with fondness can help us prepare for new experiences that the future has to offer.


Please find a nice book and take some time to read.  Keep up the great work Otters and remember to take regular breaks.

Mrs Foster is our Class Teacher and Miss Sales is our Learning and Teaching Assistant.

Term 5: The Roman Empire and Its Impact on Britain


In term 5, we will be learning about another exciting time period: the Romans.  We will be learning about when the Romans conquered Britain and why they invaded. We will look at how Britain was influenced and shaped by Roman occupation.  We will be finding out how people lived during this time and reading ‘Escape from Pompeii’ in English, which is linked to this topic.

Our science topic this term is light and shadows and we will be learning about why we need light and how it is reflected.   We will also be reading ‘The Tin Forest’ in English and will link this where possible.  In maths, we will be focussing on fractions and angles and shapes.

Term 4 - The Power of the Earth


In term 4, our topic is ‘The Power of the Earth’, where we will be learning about the impact of volcanoes and earthquakes.  Where possible, we will be linking this to our English, using ‘The Pebble in my Pocket: A History of Our Earth’.  Our science topic is ‘Plants’ and we will be learning how plants are essential, the life-cycle of flowering plants and the requirements for life and growth.  In maths, we will be focussing on multiplication and division, time and fractions. 

Term 3 - Africa


During Term 3, we will be learning about Africa and how to use correct geographical words to describe a place and events that happen there.  We will be doing lots of map work in geography, identifying key features of a locality, beginning to use 4 figure grid references and plotting NSEW on a map. In English we will be using the books ‘African Tales’ and ‘Tom’s Sausage Lion’ as our Power of Reading texts and these will link into our topic on Africa where possible.  Our science topic this term is ‘Animals, including Humans’.  We are very lucky to have ‘Creepy Claws’ visiting us in class each week, providing children with the opportunity to interact and hold (if they wish), a variety of different small animals and insects that they might not normally have the opportunity of meeting.

Term 2 - The Bronze Age to the Iron Age



This term in Otters class, we will be learning about the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.  We will be finding out about how people lived during this time and comparing it to the Stone Age life and life now.  We will also be learning about the Celts and the famous Celtic warrior ‘Boudicca’.  Our science topic this term is forces and magnets, where possible, we will be linking this to our English.  In maths, we will be focussing on interpreting and representing data, addition and subtraction and length and perimeter. 

Term 1 -  The Stone Age




This term, our topic is the Stone Age.  We will be finding out how people lived during this time and reading Ug Boy Genius and Stone Age Boy in English that are linked to this topic.  Our science topic this term is rocks and soils and, where possible, we will be linking this to the Stone Age.  In Maths, we will be focusing on number sense, exploring calculation strategies and place value.

Key Information:

PE will be on Wednesdays and Friday so please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit in school and that it is labelled. PE is a legal requirement and helps children to make healthy lifestyle choices for the future. If your child cannot do PE for medical reasons, please write a letter on the day of the lesson. Please also remember long hair must be tied back and jewellery cannot be worn during PE.


Now your child is in Key Stage 2 they no longer receive free fruit as a snack at break time.  Children are more than welcome to bring in a piece of fruit as a snack or alternatively they can purchase a piece of fruit from the tuck shop (price range from 40p to 80p).  Every child needs to bring a water bottle to class on a daily basis that is filled and labelled with their name. 


Homework is set on Monday and is due back in on the following Monday. This helps children to consolidate their learning and helps you to support in their progress.  Spellings are taught through a range of activities and a list of 10 words will be sent home every Monday ready for a spelling test on Friday.  Practise at home will greatly enhance your child’s understanding of the spelling patterns being taught. 


Reading is a high priority in Otters class so please ensure your child brings a reading book to school daily. Please try to read with your child and discuss their reading as much as possible and whenever you hear your child read sign their contact book. Children will be able to change their book on a regular basis. If your child is a free-reader and would like to bring in a book from home this is fine but it is their responsibility to look after. Don’t forget that Buster’s Book Club is on Wednesdays, in Year 3 the expected time for reading is 15 minutes.


Please check your child’s contact book regularly for information and notes from staff. If you write a note for staff in the contact book please encourage your child to show it to the teacher at the start of the day. If the note is urgent/confidential you can send it in an envelope with the child instead.

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