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Children working at home

In light of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is possible that some children may need to be kept at home at some point over the next few months.  If this should happen, there are some ideas on this page of ways to support your child while they are at home, so they can continue their education and not get bored!  We will update this page regularly.

1:  Reading. The most important thing is for your child to continue reading books at their level, and books that they enjoy.  If you run out of books and are not able to get to a library, then you can register for free on the link below for access to online books.  You can then choose books at your child's book band level.

If you have a library card for Peterborough library services (Vivacity), then there is a free app called Borrow Box, which you can sign up for using your library membership card.  You can then download books and audiobooks for free. Go to the Vivacity Peterborough site and search for Borrow Box.  There is a green icon box to click on.

Please see the letter we sent home on 20th March regarding a library that will be run from school during the shut down period. 

2:  Handwriting.  Use a piece of lined paper, or the school can provide you with paper with handwriting guide-lines. Watch closely that your child is starting each letter in the correct place (the top of each letter, except e and d, which

start in the middle) and then going around each letter in the correct direction (especially going around o,a, d and g anti-clockwise).  Common errors are starting m, n and r at the bottom,not the top. Some children may be working on joining their letters.  If you spot errors in joins or letter formation, then practice the letter or join on its own and then in words. It is usually best to do a whole line of one word so that it is practised many times.


3:  Writing.  Your child could write a diary each day about their day.  They could write an information text about something they are interested in (after finding out some information on websites) and organise their writing into sub-headings.  They could invent their own story, discussing their ideas and telling the story first and then writing it down. Or they could retell the story of a film or TV programme that they have watched.

 In school, we will be working on the following types of writing:

week beginning 16th March: Persuasive adverts. Can your child try to persuade you (speaking first) to get a pet of their choice?  To challenge them more, can they persuade you to buy a pet crocodile, or a pet earwig?  Can they come up with good reasons to support their argument (e.g. the crocodile might scare off burglars).  Then once they have said their advert, can they write it?  To help them with ideas and how to structure the text, there is an example below.

week beginning 23rd March: story-writing: fiction.  

4:  Maths. 

A: Times tables. Your child should have a times table practice book at home.  This is a really good way for your child to learn their times tables.  They should have a target times table which they are learning at the moment. Also encourage them to play TT Rockstars, which can be accessed on the following link.

Your child has a user name, which is their first name and then the first letter of their last name (no gaps).

Their password is orange1 (orange, followed by a number which they should know.)  The school postcode is PE2 5PL.

If you have forgotten your child's password or username, then email your child's class teacher and we can send you the login details.

B: Learn to tell the time on an analogue clock (one with hands) and a digital clock.  Games and videos to help with this can be found on the BBC bitesize site at the following link.

C:  In class, we will be learning about the following things:

week beginning 16th March:  measuring length in m, cm and mm.  Use a ruler.  Estimate lengths.  Convert between cm and m.  Convert between mm and cm.  What is a perimeter? (the distance around a shape).  How can you work out the perimeter of a shape?  Measuring the perimeter of a shape. If given the perimeter of a shape, can you work out the length of its sides?

The website below is White Rose Maths, which we use a lot during our Maths teaching.  The link will take you to the information about our Fractions work which we will begin shortly.  Other Maths work can be accessed from searching for White Rose Maths, and then clicking on Resources, Primary SOL, Year 3.

Attached are also mock test papers. The Autumn term ones will help your child to revise work from the start of Year 3 and the Mid Year ones cover what we have been learning since Christmas. Your child may need support with fractions as we haven't had a chance to teach this yet. Please use these questions to give you an idea of other questions you could create for your child when home schooling. 

5: Phonics.

If your child is normally in Mrs Coleman's phonics group, or if he/she is reading Book Band level 7 or below, then it is really important to work at their phonics.  Below are some online links which have lots of games and activities to practise using phonics skills.

all children and parents can log in to phonics play for free using this password.

login: march20

password: home (Lots of E-Books)




Other subjects

Week beginning 16th March: we will be having a Design and Technology focus, including teaching children to use a saw to measure accurately and saw off pieces of wood.  You could teach your child at home and give them some supervised practice with a saw.  They will be learning to accurately measure and mark pieces of wood.  If you don't have a suitable saw and woodblock, then any junk modelling or construction will develop their making and measuring skills.

We would like the children to be learning more about the Ancient Egyptians, especially about Tutankhamun,  then moving onto Cleopatra.  Below is a really good website containing lots of information about Ancient Egypt at a good level for Year 3 children.


If you are stuck for some fun and practical science activites, they have some great ideas on here.