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Mrs Furniss

Year 3 (132)

Experiencing the Arts in Year 3

We had such an interesting day on Tuesday! The day began with a concert by the Halle Orchestra at the City Hall. It was wonderful for the children to experience a live orchestra playing for them.

After lunch in the Winter Gardens, we visited the Millennium Gallery to see drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. We looked in particular at the sketches he made of the muscles of a human body. It surprised us to see how many different muscles we have.

We also visited Graves Art Gallery. We looked in detail at some of the paintings, and we discussed what the artists were trying to communicate to us through the paintings. One of the paintings was a Lowry, currently on loan to the gallery, which was great to see as we have been studying his work in school. Then the children were given time to choose a painting to sketch. At this point, the gallery fell almost silent for a while as the children all concentrated hard with their drawings.

Stone Age Tools

Today, Humphrey's dad came to show us some special artefacts from Stone Age times. He talked to us about how the tools would have been made, and he explained what the tools would have been used for. He even brought a water-carrier which is 5,000 years old!

Poetry in Year 3 - click here for the poem

Thursday 21st March is World Poetry Day. To celebrate the day, Dawn came to work with us in school. She shared several of her poems including poems about snowmen, steam trains and Grandads. She helped the children to use alliteration to draft a poem based on the Solomon Grundy poem, and she worked with a small group of children to help them to create their own poems using the picture of a dog driving a car!

Sections of poems from several children have been use to create this collaborative poem. I’m sure you will be impressed with what they produced.

Homework Week Ending 22.3.2015




Your child has been given a new spelling sheet to practise the words we have been learning in school. Please encourage your child to write the words down as well as spelling the words orally.


We are going to recap learning about time over the next few days. Please help your child to record both digital and analogue times on the sheets they have been given. Any additional practice using clocks around the home will also benefit your child. Please ask your child to read the time at regular intervals and then calculate the time 30 minutes later, one hour earlier etc.


This week Thursday was World Poetry Day. The children read, listened to and wrote their own poems in school. Please encourage your child to read some poems at home. It would be lovely if all the children could find a poem they particularly like to read to the rest of the class.

Homework week ending 15.3.2019



This week we have been learning how to choose the correct homophones from the spelling lists for week 3. Please choose a homophone and see if your child can say a sentence using the word appropriately. Eg knot- I can’t undo the knot in my shoe laces.


This week we have been identifying equivalent fractions. The homework sheet your child has been given will reinforce this learning. In addition, using 12 and 24 items, please see if your child can identify a quarter, a third, two thirds etc of these amounts.


Please continue to read regularly with your child at home. Please ask your child to summarise what they have read by telling you the main information.

Homework week ending 8.3.2019



Your child has been given a reading comprehension to complete. It is about Stonehenge. Please help your child to locate the information in the text before answering the questions. Any additional research about this site would be great as the children will begin to write their own information texts about our history topic next week.


Next week, the children will complete a maths assessment. The assessments cover the whole of the maths curriculum for Y3, so some areas will not have been taught yet. The booklet your child has been given is similar to what they will be doing in school, so it will give you an idea about what the children are expected to do at this age. Please help your child to complete as much of the booklet as they can. This will give your child chance to revise areas of maths that we covered a while ago, but they may have forgotten.

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