Year 3 Home Learning

Welcome to Year 3 Home Learning, now updated for this first 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. As we are currently unclear about the future extent of the lock-down, I have included materials for each week up until half term.

  • Getting lost on a good book, ideally for half an hour a day.
  • 1x reading comprehension each week
  • Try to post Cloud Tea  Monkeys writing (see below) to our Google Classroom 2x each week
  • Spelling / handwriting practice 3x week (parents to ‘test’ each week please)
  • Book review, character profile or reading journal activity, linked to whatever your child has been reading, posted to our Google Classroom, 1x each week
  • Times Tables practice – which could be on Times Tables Rockstars – 3x week
  • Maths activity – eg Mathletics – 3x week, or better still, the White Rose maths link (below) sets out week by week lessons and activities that relate to the fractions unit we would have covered next in school.
Topic, Science – Food, Glorious Food
  • 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 – Cloud Tea Monkeys

This half term’s writing is based on the fabulous book Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet – linked to our broader theme of thinking about how everyday food and drink items in our cupboards came to be there.

I have scheduled 2 sessions a week for 5 weeks and these are 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 lasts between 10 and 15 minutes and 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.  The videos for week 5 – the last week –  are also here. Good luck tea tasters!

Cloud Tea Monkeys Book






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

Reading Comprehensions

Here are some new Reading Comprehensions for the summer term.  As they are aimed at Y3 and Y4, I would suggest either the 1-star or 2-star sheets, depending on reading confidence.


The London Marathon Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Wimbledon Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity 

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

BBC Bitesize now also have daily learning activities – and you can find some good comprehension activities related to Allan Ahlberg poems there:  

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:



This week’s  White Rose maths relates to multiplication, giving the children an excellent opportunity to refresh some of the skills they have learnt in school. Please do access the videos via the link below.  Because White Rose Maths have changed their system slightly, I have uploaded the associated worksheets and answers on Google Classroom:

Times Tables

In addition, children should have their Times Tables Rockstars logins stuck into their pink exercise books. Please do practise (little and often is most effective) – I look forward to seeing how fluent the children have become when we get back to school! 😉 

By the end of year 3, children should have rapid recall of times tables facts (including division facts and being able to solve missing number problems such as 6 x ___ = 48) for 2, 5, 10x (KS1) and 3,4,6 and 8x (Year 3).  This prepares the children well for the new statutory times tables tests (to 12x12) that now occur in Year 4.


Food, Glorious Food – Topic and Science

Week 4 –Time Zones

Because the world is spinning, it seems as though the sun is travelling across the sky, rising in the east in the morning and setting in the west in the evening.  This means that in Russia the sun comes up (and people get up) before the UK as it is further east; and in the USA the sun comes up (and people get up) after the UK, as it is further west.  This gives rise to time zones: if everyone gets up at 7.30am, 7.30 happens in Russia before the UK, and after the UK in the USA. By the time you get up, Russian children have had their lunch and are enjoying their afternoon lessons.  On the other hand, American children are still fast asleep! From your house, look carefully to see where the sun is when you get up in the morning (that’s east) and where it is before you go to bed (that’s west).

We grow wheat in the UK but this mainly used for cakes and biscuits.  Wheat to make flour for bread is a slightly different variety and mainly comes from the prairies in the USA or Canada.  Find out more about the harvesting of wheat and the different time zones in the USA in the following activity – read the information first and then have a go at the questions (or challenge questions if you are feeling more confident).

Wheat and time zone information

wheat harvest question – challenge

wheat harvest questions

Week 1 – The Journey to Breakfast

Find out about your breakfast: where did the items you made it from come from, and how far did they travel to get to your plate?  Using an atlas and the internet for research, create an infographic poster – like this example – about your breakfast ingredients.

Inforgraphic poster example

Where does our food come from World Map


Week 3 – What grows where?

Whether you are vegetarian, eat meat, or have special dietary rules for religious reasons, our food is produced by farmers.  What you see in a field isn’t random – what the farmer decides to use a field for depends on: (i) what people want to buy; and (ii) the landscape and what the ground is suitable for.  Can you help these Mediterranean and UK farmers decide what they should put in each field?

The Mediterranean Farmer

The UK farmer

Extra Challenge: say thank you by cooking for your family

Give your mum or dad a night off cooking – you might like to feed your family as a thank you – healthily, of course!  Here are some recipe suggestions that you could try, or you may have some of your own.  It would be lovely to see photos of any of your creations,along with a star rating on Google Classroom.


Week 2 – Food Diary

Keep a food diary for a day or two – write down everything that you eat and drink, including snacks. There is a template to help you with this below.  Then count up the number of items in each category (starchy foods, protein etc) and put your results into the Excel spreadsheet  – where it says ‘How Many?’.  This should help you to compare what you have eaten with the Eatwell plate that shows a balanced diet. How different were you? Were there any surprises?  Are there any changes you have decided to make to what you eat?




Week 5 – Climate Zones and Atlas Skills

Different crops are grown in different parts of the world because they have different climates (typical weather patterns) that suit different types of plants. Use an atlas, the attached information and the internet to find out more. Please try to complete 6 of the challenge cards (or all 10 if you really like a challenge!) – you can use the blank map of the world to record your information.

Blank map of the world

Climate Zone information

Food Challenge Cards


Still-life art and Paul Cezanne

Linked to our foodie-theme this half term, use this powerpoint to start to find out about Paul Cezanne and explore some still-life art created by him and other artists.  Use ideas you have gathered to help you create your own still-life art – there are also some instructions below to get you started, if you are stuck for ideas.  We’d love to see your creation, so don’t forget to upload photos of it to Google Classsroom ,if you can.

Paul Cezanne and Still Life Art

Still life instructions


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! 😊