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St. Margaret’s C of E Junior School

Year 3

It is our Federation policy that we do not set homework during the holidays to allow the children to relax with family and friends, socialise and focus on other wider learning that they may not be able to do in term time.  However, in the current COVID situation, some families have contacted school to ask for additional work for children to access over the six week summer holidays.

For those families, we would like to signpost you to Classroom Secret’s home learning workbooks:

Scroll right to the bottom of the web link and you will see a red ‘select week’ button to choose your work book from. Answer booklets are also provided. Select the 2019-2020 academic year group for your child.


Please note that there is absolutely no expectation for pupils to complete this work. The six weeks is a HOLIDAY and we hope pupils will enjoy their free time to be outside in the fresh air as much as possible, exploring and having fun. We look forward to seeing the children back at school to restart their learning on Thursday 3rd September 2020.

Year 3 have created a weekly home learning grid for you and also uploaded the latest knowledge organiser so you know how best to help your child at home. These documents are also attached below as printable versions. The home learning document is also attached below as a PDF and is printable. Click on the links on this version to open the online suggested learning pages. 

Access the video links mentioned in the Home Learning document by clicking the 'Learning in Action' link below. Click through to St. Margaret's and select the Year 3 videos :) 

Exciting Athletics Competition

Superstar athletes introduce you to four sporting challenges for the local school's 

Olymp-mix Competition. Represent St Margaret's and Central Warwickshire by submitting your scores by Friday 10th July. Details below. Go St Margaret's! Go Central Warwickshire!

Optional Online Lessons

Please do the tasks on the home learning grid first. If you would like to do more, you can choose activities from one of these websites:

A Message For Year 3

The Year 3 Staff say hello and take care :)

We're All in This Together!

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Christian Values

Our new Christian value for this half term is hope. At school, we would have been looking at what this means for Christians and therefore how they live their lives. The attached document has some information about this Christian value and some videos you can watch. Please make sure you ask an adult before clicking the links. It also contains some questions for you to reflect upon.

Spreading Happiness and Kindness During This Time 

We spend many opportunities at school, through collective worship and personal reflections, looking at how we can support others in line with our school's vision and our Christian values. This resource has a few more ideas that you may choose to do during school closure to bring a little bit of happiness to others, whilst keeping everyone safe. We know so many of you are already doing little things to help already. Please feel free to use this as your family would like to. The suggested activities are for those who live in your household. Just a reminder that this is not set home learning and children do not have to do any/all of the suggested activities but we are sure that the children will enjoy spreading kindness and happiness through these and other ways, as they always do. 

Class SM1 - Mrs Guest
Class SM2 - Miss Steele
Class SM3 - Mr Collier

Key Messages


  • Please use the links below for ideas and suggestions on current home learning - We hope you find the activities and games useful.

Home Learning 

Please use the following links below to continue supporting your child with their learning when at home. We have chosen various links, interactive games, resources and websites which link to current or upcoming topics. 


enlightenedUseful picture based websites to encourage ideas for writing-


enlightenedDK activities and quizzes. Non-fiction reading-


enlightenedYou might like to keep a diary entry- try to include exciting adjectives, imaginative verbs and use all your writing skills learnt so far in your writing. 


Reading- You are now able to quiz at home with your child- access using the link in the document below.

FREE Year 3 maths lessons - video tutorials, worksheets and answers

Foundation subjects-

enlightenedFacts about light (our current science topic)-


enlightenedGeography videos-


enlightenedComputer programming skills-


enlightenedYoutube videos which teach different aspects of the curriculum- *


*NB: Please use links (especially via Youtube) with caution and always supervise your child on the internet. 

Science, Technology and Maths ideas for home.

STEM ideas

Welcome to Year 3!

Spring Term Round-up


A huge thank you to all of our Year 3 children and parents/carers for all your hard work and support this term.


We are thrilled to see such a positive response to our 'Reading Bonanza' - Please continue to hear your child read at least 3 times each week and record this in their diaries. 


This Spring term, the children have been incredibly busy demonstrating super collaboration, determination and resilience in a number of our topics and lessons. 


Last half term saw the children finding out all about the Victorians and Queen Victoria. The children discovered what it was like to be a child living during the Victorian times through our visit to the Black Country Living Museum. Please do take a look at some of the images below 🙂 


The children demonstrated super learning in science, finding out all about forces and what makes things move. Be sure to ask your child what a contact force is (push, pull and twist) and ask them why some materials create more friction than others. 


We have also had an exciting time reading the story of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. The children wrote detailed character descriptions, described Fagin's den and continued their own suspense stories. 


Please do take a moment to browse through some more of our learning below and be sure to check on any key messages from this term.


We look forward to celebrating all of your children's achievements over this next term!


Many thanks,


Mr Collier, Miss Steele and Mrs Guest

Our design in action...

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World Book Day

SM1 reading with their buddies in SM10 on World Book Day

Pancake Day Madness!

Maths measuring

Story Telling

SM1 having a lovely time reading with their buddies in SM10

We have been learning...

Estimating lengths in Maths.
Spelling on the playground.



In science, we have been investigating which

materials are magnetic as part of our forces topic. 

Tinsel and Tea Towels

What We Have Been Learning This Term...



Your child's home learning tasks should be recorded by your child in their Home-School Diary and will usually follow the pattern outlined below:



English homework will be set where and when we think it is needed and so this will be dependent on the focus for English lessons for that week. For example, in week A your child may be set a task around sentence openers ready to be used in week B when we write our own stories.


Your child will always be given 1 whole week to complete their task, with homework often being set on a Monday to be returned on the following Monday.



At St. Margaret’s we have invested in a system called Accelerated Reader- where children will be quizzing on their books once they have completed reading them at home and school. Children can change their reading books daily or when they have finished reading them. 


They will then take a short online quiz about each book once they have finished reading it to check their comprehension.  These quizzes can only be accessed in school but the children will record their results on their bookmarks so that they can share their progress with you at home.  Please see the Accelerated Reader letter sent to parents for more information.


We request that you read with your child at least 3 times a week for 10 mins. Please ensure all reading is recorded in the Home-School Diary and is signed by an adult.

Where possible, please focus on questioning when listening to your child read. Simple questions about the text they have just read will support your child to develop and train their comprehension skills.


Types of question you might like to ask are; Why was the character feeling like that? How do you know that character is feeling that way? Without looking, explain and summarise what you have just read.



Spellings will take place once a week and your child will be sent home with a set of spellings to learn - please use this opportunity to identify the spelling rule with your child and see if they can spell other words using the same rule which might not be on their lists.

Spelling tests will be administered 1 week after spelling lists have been sent home. Scores will be recorded and your child will be encouraged to share them with you after school.

This year, whole class spellings will be taught to ensure all children are learning and revising the spelling patterns and rules assigned to their year group as per the National Curriculum. Any children working below this level will be identified and will join an intervention support group based on their needs and level of knowledge. Please note, this intervention will run as an addition to the main spelling lessons.



Each week, your child's Class Teacher will also set them at least one online mathematics task to be completed at home before the following Monday. Once completed, your child can then access the maths games and other support materials available. The more they play, the more points they can earn towards certificates and the chance to become 'St Margaret’s Mathlete of the Week'!


Remember, if your child has forgotten their login details, they can be found stuck into the back of their Home-School Diary.


Please also help your child to learn-by-heart all times table facts for the x2, x5, x10 tables (revision from KS1) as well as the x3, x4 and x8 tables.  They will need to be able to recall these facts at speed, including their inverse form, for weekly times table tests in school. 


Telling the time is also another key area for learning at home.  Children in Year 3 are expected to read, show and write the time to one minute intervals on both digital and analogue clocks.



Spelling Activities


Please note that from this week, we will no longer be sending home a look, cover, write check sheet with your child’s spellings.


We believe that this wastes unnecessary amounts of paper each week, for an activity which can easily be completed on a scrap piece of paper or in a notebook.


Please see below for a list of great activities and games which can be used at home with your child to aide and enhance their spelling accuracy.


Interactive/ online tools



Activities which do not need a computer

(Your child should be used to these games from our spelling lessons)


  • Pyramid spelling- Start by ordering your spellings from the easiest to the hardest. Look once at your easiest word, cover and write once. Look at your second word, cover and write twice underneath, repeat with your third word- writing 3 times underneath, 4th word- 4 times and so on..
  • Spelling sentences- Ask an adult or older sibling to help you with this. Version 1- your adult reads aloud the spelling word, you must write a sentence using that word. Version 2- your adult reads you a sentence with your spelling word in, you must correctly spell your word.
  • Spelling ping-pong- take one word at a time, work with an adult to spell out your word one letter at a time with each person saying one letter at a time until the word is correctly spelt.
  • Spelling jumble- ask an adult to write out a range of spelling words on a piece of paper- they should write each word correctly AND incorrectly a few times each. Your job is to circle the words which are spelt correctly and correct any mistakes.


Many thanks for all the great support from parents that our new Year 3s are already receiving with their home learning - it is appreciated by staff and really helps your child to make the best progress possible.


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