Our topic this term: Around the World 

In Geography, we will be locating and naming cities of the United Kingdom, using compass points to locate places, locating the world's countries using maps and identifying the position of the Equator, Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. 

In History, our next topic is the Railways. 

We are going to be looking at how the first trains and railways were developed and compose a timeline of important events in the history of rail travel. We will be looking at why some steam locomotives are important and describe similarities and differences between different steam locomotives. 

The religion we are looking at this term in RE is Buddhism. Apricot Class will be explaining who founded Buddhism and where it was founded, recalling the main events in the Buddha's early life as well as exploring issues related to suffering raised by Prince Siddhartha's encounter with the four sights. 

Photos of Home Learning 

Apricot Class - Year 3

Home Learning

Please scroll down to the bottom of Apricot Class page to access home learning for this week. 

Our learning behaviours are: Make Good Choices, Learn Together, Stay Focused, Be Proud, Show Respect, Never Give Up.


Our PE day is on a Tuesday.

Please ensure that children come into school already dressed in their PE kit.  

Our school day: 

Everyday we start at 9am.

Monday to Thursday school finishes at 3pm.

On a Friday, we finish at 1:10pm.

Our Harvest Performance

Our Christmas Carol Concert 

English and Maths 

English topics this term include: 

Instruction Writing 

Newspaper Reports.


We will be developing our reading comprehension skills and our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills.

 In Maths,  we will be reviewing learning from Year 2 and expanding our knowledge and understanding in the following topics: 

  • Multiplication and Division 
  • Money 
  • Measurement: Length and Perimeter

In Science, we will be looking at Plants. 

We will be identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.  We will be investigating and exploring the requirements of plants for life and growth as well as investigating the way in which water is transported within plants by observing the transport of food colouring through a flower stem. 

Home Learning 

Please find on the link below the timetable that I would have followed if Apricot Class were in school this week. This is just to give you an idea of how a normal school day runs. Please feel free to adapt this and be as flexible as necessary as I appreciate the challenges with home learning. 


Google Classroom

On Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th January, your work will be set on here. From the 13th January, your work will be set on Google Classroom.

Please use the information provided by the school to log in and have a go at the test assignments I have set on there, one for Monday and one for Tuesday.

From the 13th, I will be setting new work in our new virtual classroom each day at 8am. 

Here is a link to a video version of the log in guide emailed out with the children's log ins and here is another guide for parents to support their child using Google Classroom. 

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns with using Google Classroom. 

Use the following links to access Mathletics and TTRS:

Mathletic Login

TTRS Login

Week Commencing 11/01/2021


Please look at the following PPT, looking at the 3 times table. Monday- PPT

Choose at least one of the following activities to complete to support you in becoming more familiar with your 3 times tables. 

3 Times table wheels activity

3 Times Tables - Question Booklet activity 

3 Times Table Building Activity House activity

3 times table activity sheet.

Choose one of the following reasoning questions on the link below to complete: 

Reasoning questions


We are now moving onto the 4 times tables.

Please look at the following PPT, looking at the 4 times tables:

Tuesday- PPT

Have a go at as many of the questions on the following attachment as possible, starting with question 1: Multiply by 4 activity sheet

Choose one of the following reasoning questions on the link below to complete: Reasoning questions 

Week Commencing 4/01/2021

Please continue practising your 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Use Times Table Rock Stars daily. 

Last term, Apricot Class really enjoyed practising their times table through the bingo game. Below, there are some times table cards for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables that might be useful. 

It is essential that your child engages in learning their times tables so they have rapid recall of the multiplication facts up to 12x the number.  

10 Times Table cards

5 Times Table cards

2 Times Table cards

Monday: Non-pupil day 

Tuesday: To use arrays to explore multiplication. 

Use the following PowerPoint: PPT

Complete challenges on the following activity sheet: challenges

Reasoning/Problem solving questions: reasoning

Wednesday: Sharing into equal groups. 

Use the following PowerPoint:PPT

Complete challenges on the following activity sheet:challenges

Thursday: Multiplying by 3: 

Use the following PowerPoint: Multiply by 3 PPT.

Have a go at as many of the questions on the following attachment as possible, starting with question 1: challenges.

Have a go at either 1a, 4a or 7a (reasoning questions): reasoning

Friday: Dividing by 3:

Use the following PowerPoint:  Divide by 3 PPT

Have a go at as many of the questions on the following attachment as possible, starting with question 1: challenges

Extended learning: BBC Bitesize offers lots of videos and other resources for Year 3 Maths content. 


Please use the following link to access Bug Club:

BugClub Login

Week commencing 11/01/2021


Recap what makes a good set of instructions using your work from last week. Remind yourself of what imperative verbs are and why many instructions include them.  You may wish to look at the following PPT again to recap: Imperative verbs PPT

Have a think about how we could improve our instruction writing. We can improve our instruction writing by saying how the verb should be done, using adverbs. Examples of adverbs:  carefully, slowly, gently, gradually, well. 

Look at the following website page about adverbs. I thoroughly recommend you watch the video on this BBC Bitesize page:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbn492p

Your task: Make a list of adverbs you can find in instructions, e.g. recipes. 


Using the following link, look at the sequence of pictures showing how to make a cup of tea. 

Cup of tea picture sequence

Your task today is to write a set of instructions on how to make a cup of tea, using your work from this past week. 

Your success criteria: 

- Title 

- Steps are in order 

- Time words (E.g. firstly, secondly) 

- Imperative verbs (e.g. mix) 

- adverbs (e.g. carefully) 

- Write in full sentences 

Week Commencing 4/01/2021

Monday: Non-pupil Day 

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at instruction writing. 

Tuesday: Using the following PowerPoint, follow the instruction on how to make a pop up card. Which one did you find easiest to follow and why?  PPT

Wednesday: Have a look at examples of instruction writing at home ( for example, game instructions, recipes etc.) or this example and pick out anything you notice about this style of writing. Once you have read examples, use this checklist to see if you managed to identify any of the features. 

Thursday: Look at the following PowerPoint about imperative verbs and complete the task. 

Imperative verbs PPT

Task: Write down 5 sentences which include an imperative verb. 


Remind yourself of the features of instructions. When writing instructions, it is really important that steps are in chronological order ( placing events in the order in which they happened). 

The following instructions are all jumbled up.

Fairy Cakes 

Beans on toast 

Choose one of them and complete the following: 

Cut out the instructions. Stick them in  the correct order but make sure that you have added:

  • A title 

  • Numbers to make the order clear 

  • Diagrams to help the reader. 

Extended learning: BBC Bitesize offers lots of videos and other resources for Year 3 English content. 


Week Commencing 11/01/2021

This week we will be identifying an describing the functions of different part of flowering plants. Use the following PowerPoint, learn about the different parts of a plant and their jobs Science lesson 1 (Plants)

Your task: 

Using your knowledge from this lesson, create a poster or a leaflet, explaining the jobs that each part of the plant does.

I look forward to seeing how creative you can be!

Extension activity: Cut out each of the picture cards and the function cards below. Place them face down on your table Take it in turns to turn over a picture card and a function card. If the picture matches the function, you have won a pair and you get to keep those cards. The game end when there are no cards left on the table. The winner is the person with most pairs at the end of the game. 

Parts of Plant Pairs Cards activity 

Week Commencing 4/01/2021

Our new Science topic is plants. 

 For your science activity this week, I would like you to  create a spider diagram of what you already know about plants, e.g. vocabulary, facts, definitions. 

Write down questions about what you would like to find out during this topic. 

Week beginning 11th January 2021


Click here for a timetable that you could follow to help keep active at home. There are some challenges you can complete and send in to win some prizes.

Joe Wicks is also continuing his online PE sessions on Monday (08.01.2021). Here is one of previous videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X1p0Yd6WAo 

Year 3 PE Home Pack.

Click here to find some fun activities to do at home to keep you active.

Click here to try some yoga.


Look at the following PPT about early steam trains. Railways PPT lesson 1

Using the PowerPoint, create a simple timeline to show the inventions of early steam trains. Remember that timelines are organised in chronological order (in the order in which they happened). 

You can use the following activity sheet and cut out the different inventions or you can write/draw your timeline on paper. 

Activity sheet The earliest locomotives


This term in French we will learning how to say different modes of transport in French. This is an introductory lesson to this topic. 

Activity 1: Watch the following video and practise listening, reading and saying the French words for transport. I recommend that you watch the video more than once to practise your pronunciation. 


Activity 2: Cut out the cards on the following attachment. Turn the cards over and muddle them up. Can you then match the picture with the correct French word? 

Transport matching cards activity


At Tiptree Heath Primary School we follow the SCARF (Safety Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship)  scheme for PSHE. 

 Danger or risk?

Please use the following lesson plan and story for this lesson. 

Danger or risk lesson plan

Do we take the risk - Story sheet

Art: Create a picture using the leaves you have collected. You might decide to: 

Print using the leaves 

Make a collage 

Draw around the leaves. 

Here are some examples I have found that might prompt your creativity: 

20 Best Leaf Crafts for Fall - DIY Decorating Projects With Leaves

20 Best Leaf Crafts for Fall - DIY Decorating Projects With Leaves

Week Commencing 4/01/2021

Geography: Visit Google Maps. 

Can you locate the United Kingdom? Can you name the 4 countries in the United Kingdom? 

On Google Maps, zoom into the United Kingdom. Can you find some cities in the UK? Please complete the following sheet, identifying different cities in the UK.

 Naming cities in the United Kingdom worksheet

Art: Go on a hunt to find some leaves of different shapes and sizes. Look at them closely and do some observational drawings. 

PE: Year 3 PE Home Pack.

Click here to find some fun activities to do at home to keep you active.

Click here to try some yoga.

Week Commencing 11/01/2021

This week in spellings we are looking at the suffixes 'full' and 'ness'. 

Look at the attachment below: 

'full' and 'ness' suffixes activity

Answer the following questions and write your answers. 

Which root words can we add the suffix 'full' to? 

Which root words can we add the suffix 'ness' to? 

What happens when the root word ends in a 'y'? 

Once you have completed this activity, for the rest of the week continue to practise these spellings, ready to test yourself on Friday. 

Week Commencing 4/01/2021

Please practise any of the spellings that you are unsure about, using the following links: 

High frequency words

Spellings word mat for Year 3 and 4


Please tell me about your learning or ask any questions if you need help.

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Evalynn Ramsay(a couple of months ago)

I'm having loads of fun and my nan's skyping to do a lesson or 2 with me

Leo(a couple of months ago)

Hi this week I have been doing table times rocks every day some geography maths and science and some spellings and reading

Lewis Clift(a couple of months ago)

This week I have been doing Mathletics, reading, spelling & the activity's you have gave us above.

Ella rose(a couple of months ago)

Please can we have some spelling Thank you

Jack Woolley(a couple of months ago)

Hi Miss Mines, please can you reset my bug club as I cannot log in. Thanks Jack

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