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Excellence Everyday

Year 3 class 2020-2021 welcome message

'Excellence Everyday'

We have missed you all so much and we can't wait to start the new school year with you.  You will shine bright in all of your new learning in the year ahead.

'Learn, Live, Laugh and Love Ashurst'

Learn to be inspiring and make a difference to this world, we know how amazing you are,

Live with understanding and compassion for others, knowing we are all different and special in a community where equality stands tall,

Laugh and listen to the enjoyment of learning and excitement of everyone celebrating their achievements,

Love Ashurst, our special school and the hub of supportive staff, parents and children who aim high to be the best they can be.

Our new stars of Year 3! 


Miss J. Fildes

Learning Assistant

Mrs M. Thomspon

 Learning Assistant

Mrs N. Wood

A little glimpse into one of our books in Year 3.......

One thing that I have really missed is reading our exciting class texts. Here is the beginning of one of Year 3's books,  I hope you enjoy listening to it and I can't wait for us all to read together in September.

Being in Year 3 in September 2020

Year 3 classroom may look a little different in September  but everything else about your school remains the same.  Our desks may be placed differently but we are all here to reassure you, support you, and help you to reach your full potential.  We have all missed you greatly and can't wait to see you back in school in September 2020.    You will be amazing!  For now, stay safe, enjoy time with your families and get excited for the wonderful learning ahead. 

Your new times of the school day are as follows:
Start time: 8:45am 
Finish time: 3.00pm

Take a look at some images of how your classroom will be set out, we will also provide you with your own pencil case with everything that you need. You will enter and exit school using the Year 3 classroom door via the school's middle gate.



About the class...

Year 3 - Miss Fildes

Learning Assistants - Mrs Thompson and Mrs Wood

Year 3 is an exciting year as the children learn how to be more independent and practice skills to encourage independent learning such as researching on the internet and using books and dictionaries. They are encouraged to solve problems for themselves and rely less on support for day to day tasks. Presentation and handwriting is very important and as the children move into KS2 they learn how important it is to present their work well. Most children will earn their pen by the end of year 3 – but this can only be achieved once they are joining their writing, spelling accurately and presenting their work neatly.

Learning Environment 

We have a safe, caring learning environment where children’s individual talents and achievements are recognised and built upon. Mental health and well-being are high priority in Year 3.  We work hard to support the children to be happy and free from worry and anxieties.  We promote positive self-talk and resilience and guide children through any difficulties they face. 


What do we learn?

We have daily Maths and English/SPaG lessons.  Our English lessons are taught around books such as 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'The Twits' and 'The Iron Man.  We use the text to explore grammatical features and to provide us with inspiration for exploring and writing different text types. We also have reading lessons to help us work on year group reading objectives.  In Maths, we use a mastery approach to enable all children to gain a deep understanding of the unit of work. The activities we complete range from practical to written  to cater for the different learning needs of the children. 


We learn about lots of exciting topics such as the Stone Age, Animal and Humans, Rivers and Coasts, Computer Coding, Painting and Sculpture, Spanish, PE, Playing the Glockenspiel and different Religions. Click on the 'Topic Web' documents, for more information on the exciting learning journey that takes place in Year 3.


Important things to remember: -

  • We have PE every Monday and Thursday – please ensure that children come to school in their PE kits on these days.
  • Homework is set on a Friday and is due back on the following Friday, sometimes this will also consist of online tasks on SPag.com and Times Tables Rockstars – please ensure you complete these on time.
  • Reading books are changed as soon as the children tell us that they have finished a book.  If there are any issues please don't hesitate to ask.
  • Spellings are provided as part of their homework and are tested the following Friday - please ensure your child learns these spellings at home.  We recommend little and often.
  • Each child can have a water bottle on their desk, please provide these with their name on.

Year 3 Long Term Plan 2020-2021

Year 3 Covid-19 (Home Learning)

                       'Gap Learning Packs' have been issued at the end of summer term to support your child in preparation for the September 2020 start. These are in addition to previous packs sent out and the online learning provided below and on the Home Learning Page in Parent Zone.  We really value the amazing work you are doing at home with your child/children. 


Please access the home learning tasks below to support continued home learning.


  • Science Summer Term 2 - This half term we would be investigating plants. Please use the following websites to access content relating to our learning

A series of plant activities for parents/children https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/blog/explorify-at-home-plants 

Science Investigation – Add colour to flowers https://sciencebob.com/color-flowers-using-science/

Activity – Dissect a flower https://www.science-sparks.com/dissecting-flowers-and-more-plant-experiments/ 

BBC Home Learning – Plants https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6m4kmn   



Part Two Weekly Home Learning Tasks - From Monday 1st June 

 Week 8 Y3 HomeLearning-UNDER-THE-SEA.pdfDownload
 Week 9 Y3 HomeLearning-SPORT.pdfDownload
 Week 10 Y3 HomeLearning-FAMOUS_SIGNIFICANT-PEOPLE.pdfDownload
 Week 11 Y3 -HomeLearning-THE-RAINFOREST.pdfDownload
 Week 12 Y3 HomeLearning-AROUND-THE-WORLD.pdfDownload
 Week 13 Y3 HomeLearning-MUSIC.pdfDownload
 Week 14 Y3 HomeLearning-SPACE.pdfDownload
 Week 15 Y3 HomeLearning-TRANSPORT.pdfDownload
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New Spanish Home Learning

 Ashurst Spanish Lesson 13 (Y3-5).pptxDownload
 Ashurst Lesson 12 (Y3-5).pptxDownload
 Ashurst Lesson 12 Activity Sheet (Y3-5).docxDownload
 Ashurst Lesson 11 Activity sheet (Y3 - 5).docxDownload
 Ashurst Lesson 11 (Y3 - 5).pptxDownload
 Ashurst Y3 & Y4 Lesson 10 Activity Sheet.docxDownload
 Ashurst Lesson 10 (y3-5) (1).pptxDownload
 Ashurst Lesson 9 (Y3-5).pptxDownload
 Ashurst Lesson 9 Activity Sheet (Y3-5).docxDownload
 Ashurst Lesson 8.pptxDownload
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Take a look at our exciting learning in 2019-2020

World Book Day 

 Year 3 made a fantastic effort in dressing up as their favourite book characters... don't you agree that they all look amazing?

Visit from The University of Manchester Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

 Year 3 took part in a workshop where they designed and made a circuit for their own light bulb. We now understand how lights in our own homes work, as this is the same but on a larger scale with more wires. Children also took part in a Question and Answer session with Alex an Associate Professor from The University of Manchester and found out all about careers and studies in Electronic Engineering. 

Book Bus Visit

Another visit from the Book Bus today had us all very excited!  We were thrilled to see the shelves stacked with our favourite authors and titles. We even made our own choices of purchases.

Stop! Police! Enter with caution!

Today, the police had taped off a section of our playground due to some mysterious metal body parts that Mrs Leather had found this morning. We had to answer the 5W questions (Who, What, Where, When, Why?) and write a report on what we had found.

Funnily enough, we are starting to read The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, how strange!


Science Rocks!

We tested 8 different rocks to investigate if they were permeable or impermeable. We learnt why it is important to know what features rocks have. Would you want an impermeable roof?

Year 3 travel back in time to the Stone Age ! Tatton Park Trip

 What a fantastic day! Year 3 travelled back to the Stone Age times, building fires using flint, planting seeds using animal bones, grinding wheat using stones and handling artefacts. We even went hunting for wild deer (we weren't going to hurt them) and came across a huge stag. We had to be silent because he was only 20 foot away. 

Would we survive in the Stone Age?

The answer to this question is that Year 3 would definitely survive. Take a look at the projects made by our children. Aren't they amazing!

Stonehenge Paintings

 How wonderful are our paintings! We learnt all about primary and secondary colours and then practised different shades of colour by adding white.

Stone Age Cave Art

To mimic how the Stone Age people felt when  creating cave art, we crawled under our tables and held our books up high to draw animals. Our arms were aching and we found it really difficult but it was lots of fun!

We can speak Spanish 

Now that we are in KS2, we have started to learn a foreign language. Do you like our singing? These are the days of the week in Spanish.

Column Addition

To help us with our understanding of exchanging in column addition, we worked with our Kagan partners to exchange diennes. When we come to write the calculations in our books we will now understand why we need to exchange .

Looking at soil in detail

 We used the microscopes today to observe what soil looks like. First, to get used to focusing the microscopes, we analysed sand, a dead wasp, sugar, coins and tissue paper.  We were astounded at the results.