Primary School

Achieving Together

Year 3

Marriott Reading Challenge 2020

While you are at home it is essential to keep up with your reading.  Here are some fun activities you can do over the period.  Put these in your work book.  How many can you tick off?

  • Draw a picture of a character from the book you have.  Write some noun phrases to tell me all about them.
  • Write a blurb for a book you have just finished.  You will find examples of this on the back of your book.
  • Do a review of the book you have just read.  Rate it out of five and say why.
  • Write a description of one of the characters in your book.  Make sure it is very descriptive so we can guess who it is!
  • Find five new words in your book that you haven’t seen before and then find out what they mean.  Record this in your work book.
  • Write a sequel to the story you have just read.  What happens to the characters?  What is their next adventure?
  • Write a prequel to the story you have just finished.  What was happening before that story was told?
  • Make part of your story into a comic strip.
  • Write a quiz for your book (or one of the chapters for longer books) and see if anyone can find the correct answers…
  • Learn and write five facts about the author. You can often find these at the start or end of the book!

Writing Competition

Are you a budding author?  Can you tell a ripping yarn?  Now is your chance to prove you’re you’ve got what it takes.

Marriott are having a story writing competition.  All you need to do is choose any topic and write a short story, or part of a story.  Your entry should be no longer than two sides of paper.

When all stories have been handed in they will be judged with the winners from each phase receiving a prize.

Good luck!

It is important you keep up with spelling whilst you are at home. Here are a few ways you can practice, before asking a family member to test you:

  • Look, Cover, Write, Check
  • Find your spellings in a story book
  • Write your spellings in a sentence
  • Draw a picture for each spelling
  • Count the number of letters and sounds in each word
  • Draw a spelling pyramid by starting with one letter at a time.
  • Write all of your spellings onto cards and play a matching game
  • Spelling snap
  • Make a wordsearch


Here is a list of the spellings for each spelling group.

Topic Work

Our current topics in Year 3 are:

Science: light and shadow

Geography: Italy

Art: Andy Warhol

French: animals

During this time why not try some of these activities… 


  • tell us all about Italy or one of its famous cities or landmarks
  • draw one of the famous landmarks
  • make a fact file about Italy
  • write a persuasive letter to encourage someone to visit Italy
  • make a poster to convince people of the dangers of sunlight for our eyes
  • make shadow puppets and try making a show
  • find out how shadows are made – can you work out how to make them longer or shorter? 
  • copy one of Andy Warhol’s famous pieces of art
  • make a fact file about Andy Warhol and his life
  • make your own Andy Warhol picture using objects in your home
  • make a poster with different animals with their French names
  • practise saying the French names at home – you could test your family.  How many will they know?
  • You could also make a quiz for any of the topics above

Maths to do at home

Here are some activities that you can do at home to keep your skills sharp.

Fluent in Five:

There are two weeks’ worth of questions here to complete.  These questions test the children’s calculations skills.  Can they get them all right in five minutes? Do one a day.

Rapid Reasoning:

These questions will check how well you apply your knowledge in different situations.  Complete one page per day.

Times tables packs:

We sent these packs home for homework in the past but times tables always need practising.  These present them in different ways and are a great way to retain this critical skill.

Other ideas:

Rapid recall of multiplication facts: test your child with quick-fire questions

Counting: count in different numbers e.g. fives, threes, fours and eights

Board games: many of these involve practising your counting and are great fun too! 

Great websites for Year 3

Why not try out some of these fabulous websites to keep your skills in tip top condition…


Hit the button: a great game where you can practise times tables, number bonds and much more.

Daily 10 Mental Maths Challenge: choose the level and test your skills against the clock

Connect 4 factors: a fun two-player game to secure your knowledge of factors

Super maths bowling: choose from a variety of activities and aim for a strike…

Funky Mummy: solve these multiplication problems to make the mummy dance.



Spelling frame: how good is your spelling?  Test yourself against your year group here:

Spooky spellings: a fun game to test your knowledge of the common exception (tricky) words.

Word frog: test your knowledge of word types.