Spring Term

Home Learning

Our main learning platform during lockdown is Purple Mash. Check your 2Dos and alerts each day. I will also post instructions and guidance on the class blog and on Facebook each day (for your parents to view). The expectation is that you do at least 3 hours of work every day: 1 hour of Maths, 1 hour of English and 1 hour of topic work e.g. Geography, History, Art.

Spellings will be uploaded to Spelling Shed and you should continue to practise times tables on TTRockstars, along with some word work on Lexia or for those who have completed Lexia, we have the new PowerUp.

Please keep in touch by email (either on Purple Mash or class3@st-james-hyde.tameside.sch.uk) and share your work on the class blog. Please let me know, if you need any help with work or are finding it difficult to access.

So far this term we have linked our English work to our History topic, The Ancient Egyptians. We have been writing explanation texts to explain the process of Ancient Egyptian Mummification as well as explaining how the Ancient Egyptians built pyramids. We have also journeyed back to 1922 and were tasked with imagining that we were Howard Carter, the famous archaeologist who discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb.  We have learnt the features of diary writing and have written our own diaries from the point of view of Howard Carter describing his discoveries.

Here is an example of some of our online work that we have produced on Purple Mash:

Save the forests! Save the orangutans!
As part of our Geography topic, this half term, Year 3 have been finding out about what makes the rainforest such an extraordinary place. We have taken a 360 tour of rainforests and been in awe of the size of the emergent trees.
We have watched a video of the plight of the orangutans that live in the rainforests in Borneo and Sumatra have wondered how we would feel if we were the orangutans. Take a look at some of our writing from this week:


Each week you will read a chapter of an online story on Purple Mash and answer the comprehension questions. There will be grammar and writing tasks linked to the story each week which will be set as a 2DO on Purple Mash.

During our remote learning. we have some excellent maths lessons for you to watch on the White Rose Maths website. Every lesson comes with a video which will guide you through the lesson showing you clearly and simply how to help you complete the activity. There will be a new Maths video lesson to watch each day and questions/activities to complete. This will be set as a 2Do and a photograph of finished work should be uploaded.   I will also add additional activities from Purple Mash and Education City.


Religious Education

This term we are exploring and discussing the topics Called to Change and Eucharist. We will be doing this through The Way, The Truth and The Life. We will be studying different stories from the bible including the story of Zacchaeus and the Parable of the Lost Sheep.
Here is an example of the R.E work produced by Year 3 so far this term:

We have began this term reflecting on what we can do to prepare for Easter.  We paused to reflect on the ways that we will pray, fast and give. 

During our Ancient Egypt topic, we have been learning about the achievements of this ancient civilisation. Year 3 have learnt how and where the ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, examined ancient Egyptian artefacts, discovered who Tutankhamun was and how mummies were made. We have also discovered how the ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics to communicate and researched the ancient Egyptian Gods.

Here is an example of some of the History work that has been produced during our remote learning:

Our Geography topic this term is The Rainforest. So far, we have been learnt about the layers of the rainforest  and we have been exploring some of the conservation issues surrounding the destruction of rainforest habitats. Later this term, we will be comparing a British forest with the Amazon rainforest. 

In Science this term our topics include Forces and Magnets and Light.
So far, during our remote learning we have investigated forces, friction and magnetic attractions. We have learnt about forces in context of pushing and pulling and explored the way magnetic poles can attract and repel.
In our Light topic we will be investigating which materials are the most reflective as well as how mirrors reflect light.

Design & Technology
During our remote learning, Year 3 have researched, designed, and created their own projects inspired by our ancient Egyptian topic. Class 3 have made a variety of projects from 3-D pyramids, ancient Egyptian jewellery and Egyptian death masks.

Art & Design
This term Class 3 will be exploring Op Art by creating optical illusions inspired by the artist Bridget Riley, who after her visit to Egypt in 1979-80 became fascinated with Egyptian Art and it inspired some of her work.

Here is an example of some of our Egyptian inspired Art created during our remote learning:

Later this term, Year 3 will be studying the French artist – Henri Rousseau. He is famous for his jungle paintings. We will be creating our own paintings inspired by Rousseau’s ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’.

This term, we have been learning to use the internet safely during our topic ‘Online Safety’. As part of Safer Internet Day 2021 we have created information leaflets advising other children on ways that they can stay safe online.

This term we are going to be looking at two topics – Food Glorious Food and Family and friends. We will be learning new vocabulary and also writing sentences using this.

We are going to be using Yumu a lot this term which is a website where Mr Conway will be setting us different tasks to complete. These tasks will vary each session but will develop on the skills that we already have. We will be singing, listening to different music and comparing different rhythms and tempos.