Year 3 Home Learning

Welcome to Year 3 Home Learning, now updated for this second summer half term.  Below, you will find a variety of learning activities linked both to maths and English, as well as our broader curriculum.

We recognise that juggling work and children will naturally be tricky – but as a guideline, we would hope that Y3 children would be able to aim for at least the following home learning each week (see table) to keep them in the learning habit. However, the most important thing is that whatever you do feels manageable depending on your circumstances week by week. I have included materials for each week up until the summer holidays. New writing assignments (based on Flotsam) and White Rose maths sheets are posted on Google Classroom each week.

  • Getting lost on a good book, ideally for half an hour a day.
  • 1x reading comprehension per fortnight
  • 1x book review, character profile or reading journal activity per fortnight
  • Try to post Flotsam writing (see below) to our Google Classroom 2x each week
  • Spelling / handwriting practice 3x week (parents to ‘test’ each week please)
  • Times Tables practice – which could be on Times Tables Rockstars – 3x week
  • Maths activity – the White Rose maths link (below) sets out week by week lessons and activities. If you can do these daily, that would be super. 
Topic – Romans
  • Weekly activities have been set out below. Again, please do share via Google Classroom where you can.

Thank you for all your support with this… In addition, of course, we hope that you will have regular opportunities to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and exercise – at a safe social distance!  We hope that you and your family stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you soon 🙂 Mrs Pooley and Mrs Vincent

Writing – Flotsam

This half term’s writing is based on the fabulous book Flotsam by David Wiesner– a picture book that requires a lot of careful looking and thinking to unlock the story!

Each writing session is based around mini video lessons that I have posted into the assignments I have set on Google Classroom.  It couldn’t be simpler – each video leads you through what you need to do.  When you have watched the video, please do your writing on the assignments I have set up and post it on Google Drive – then I can give you some feedback…😊 I’m really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Of course, you will also need to be able to read the story – which is here.  Each video on the Google Drive tells you which part to read each session, so check before you read ahead.  Good luck travellers!

Flotsam Part 1          Flotsam Part 2          Flotsam Part 3


The following spellings are taken from the Y3/4 national curriculum list of commonly misspelt words.  Children should learn to read these words,  understand them  (ie be able to use them in a sentence) and spell them.  They have been set out on handwriting paper, so that the children can simultaneously practise their handwriting too.  Try to learn at least 5 words each week.

Y3 and 4 statutory words spelling handwriting

Children who have additional support in school for spelling – through Wordshark – have their Wordshark logins stuck into their pink exercise books.  They should be able to login from home to practise the words they have been set.

In addition to learning the list of tricky spellings, Y3/4 children focus on a number of spelling rules to help ith more regular spellings.  The following booklet includes both tricky words and more regular words – children need to spot and correct the spelling mistakes that have been made.  Dictionaries – on paper or on the internet – would be useful for children to look up words they are unsure of.


Reading and Reading Comprehensions

Perhaps the single most important thing children should do as part of their home learning is daily reading – we recommend they get lost in a good book for half an hour a day.  By year 3, the majority of children will be reading independently, but they still enjoy sharing and talking about what they are reading.  And of course, sharing a book and reading together is a great way to enjoy a special time.  

Reading Recommendations for Y3/4 children

If you are looking for inspiration, here are some recommendations of books suited to Y3/4

Access to E-Books from Hampshire School Library Service

I hope that you have received your logins and passwords for this by email. These will allow you access all the electronic books from Hampshire School Library Service, if you are running out of reading materials at home. There are loads to choose from and you can filter by age or type – do try it. I hope you all find something that you enjoy. The link is here:

Book Reviews, Character Profiles and Reading Journal Activities

Here are some handy templates that may help you think of what to include in a book review or character profile- you can print them off and write on them, or use the ideas to come up with your own format on a separate sheet of paper: In addition, try to complete a variety of different reading journal activities for whichever book you are currently reading.

Book review template                

Character Description template                

 Yr 3 and 4 Reading Journal Activities

Reading Comprehensions

Here are some new Reading Comprehensions for Summer 2, linked to our Romans topic.  The differentiated sets have 1, 2 or 3 stars indicating level of confidence, so please do choose the one that is most appropriate.

Boudicca Reading Comprehension Differentiated

Romans MA comprehension Qs and As           Romans MA reading comprehension

Lucius Roman Tables Reading Comprehension Diffrentiated

For those of you who have romped through the Romans already, here are some new additional reading comprehensions on an oceans theme, taking inspiration from our Flotsam story. Again, choose the star-level that fits best with your reading confidence.

Deep Sea Explorers differentiated           Layers of the Ocean differentiated reading             World Oceans Day Differentiated Reading


White Rose Maths

This Summer 2 half term, we will continue to use White Rose maths. Please do access the videos via the link below.  Because White Rose Maths have changed their system slightly, I will upload the worksheets and associated answers to Google Classroom each week. Please do make use of the answers to mark your work and check how you are getting on.  If you have any problems, upload the problem sheets to Google Classroom and I will look and offer advice – you may need to wait until Thursday when I am not in class.

Mathletics continues to be available – the children have their passwords stuck into their pink books.  In addition BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy set daily lessons and are easy to find via an internet search engine.

Times Tables

Please do practise times tables regularly (or they go rusty! 🙂).  Speedy and confident recall of times tables makes all the other maths we do with multiplication, division and fractions so much easier.  By the end of Year 3, children should be confident with their 3x, 4x, 6x, and 8x tables (building on the KS1 knowledge of the 2x, 5x and 10x tables).  This also means they stand in good stead for the new statutory times tables tests to 12 x 12 in Year 4.

As a school, we have subscribed to Times Tables Rockstars – many children find the interactive nature of this fun –  and your child should have their password stuck into their pink exercise book, or you may prefer Mathletics (again, their password is in their pink book).  If you would rather use printable paper worksheets, these are readily available via the internet – – for example, has  a range of free printable sheets.

The Romans

The Romans

This half term our topic is the Rampaging Romans.  A list of weekly activities is shown in the attached grid.  Good sources of information are the attached knowledge organiser as well as the following websites: BBC Bitesize (look under KS2 and then History to find the Romans tab) and Primaryhomeworkhelp.

Y3 Romans Knowledge Organiser                                              Romans Home Learning 2020


Roman mosaics

Linked to our Roman theme this half term, use this powerpoint to start to find out about Roman mosaics.  Use ideas you have gathered to help you create your own mosaic – there are also examples of children’s work below to get you started if you are stuck for ideas, or animal templates to help you if you find drawing something large enough tricky.  You’ll need to persevere to create a really good mosaic- it will take more than one session (!) – but we’d love to see your creation, so don’t forget to upload photos of it to Google Classroom.

Animal templates                                                           Roman mosaics images

Fun with Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl – Things to do Indoors – Art, Puzzles and Science

This website has a whole host of things to enjoy when you’re looking for something a little different – from science to art to puzzles.

In the Spring, we enjoyed Roald Dahl’s story The Twits and after Finn’s Science Video, I thought that some of you might enjoy the science experiments, based on Roald Dahl’s story George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Some of you may also enjoy the art videos about drawing different characters from some of his stories. Or there are also some fun wordsearches, mazes and puzzles.  Have fun! 😊


I’m sure that you all remember Mr Maliphant who sometimes teaches us!  If you would like some ideas for PE, he’s sharing some great activities to try on his video: