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Year 3/4 - Mrs millican

Welcome to the Year 3/4 Home Learning page. We will post activities, lesson ideas and recommended web pages or apps for you to use to help with your learning.

Thank you so much to the children who have sent in photographs to share work and activities they have been up to. It's so lovely to see! If you have completed any work or projects you are proud of, please sent them to our class email (year and you can share with your friends what you have been doing.  



Monday 6th July

Ideas for writing

This week, your writing uses the photograph 'Secret Quest' as your stimulus. When we read Arthur and the Golden Rope, we followed his quest, I wonder who these figures are, where they are going and what they are doing. It would be lovely to read some of your stories when you have written them.


Year 3 - Wimbledon  Year 4 - Wimbledon

This week is usually the time of year for the Wimbledon tennis championship. Here is a reading comprehension for you to try.


This week, our final geography week is all about comparing 2 different countries of the world. There are different country profile cards in your pack for you to read to help you with your task. You could also work through this geography presentation.


In science this week, you will be finding out about pitch. You will learn about how sounds can be high pitched and low pitched.

BBC Bitesize - have a video clip all about pitch for you to watch. There is also an experiment for you to try - all you need is string and a weight (a tea spoon will work well).


Monday 29th June

Ideas for writing

This week's photograph is 'Watch and Learn'. In your pack, you have questions to think about sentences to try and make more exciting. Can you copy out the story start in your neatest handwriting and then continue the story? 


Year 3 - Elephants Year 4 - Elephants

Week two of your learning pack includes a reading comprehension all about Doorstep Wildlife. To continue a wildlife theme, this week's extra reading comprehension is all about my favourite animal - the elephant :)



In your learning packs this week, Year 3 maths is all about angles - finding them, drawing them and comparing them.

For Year 4 this week, its all about the money, money, money... - writing, comparing, rounding and problem solving

White Rose also have maths work on their home learning site for extra practise.

Year 3 - Is a shape week, there are also links to the BBC bitesize for even more practise.

Year 4 - This week, the Y4 White Rose is about statistics - interpreting charts and line graphs. There are extra links to BBC Bitesize on their website too for extra practise.



This week, your geography is all about finding out about the human and physical features of a particular country. Before you start your written work,please work through this geography presentation. It explains the difference between human and physical geography and gives you some information about three different countries such as their main religions, currency, population, tourist destinations and languages. You have been asked to find out information about a country you are interested in. I wonder which one you will choose.



Science this week is all about how sound travels - how it travels through objects and through water. You will also look at how to try and stop sound from travelling. BBC Bitesize has a video clip to help you find out how sound travels.

Monday 22nd June

Ideas for writing

This week, your writing uses the photograph 'Doors' as your stimulus. You have questions to think about, sick sentences to improve and a story to write. I wonder which door you will choose to go through - and what you might find on the other side. You could be like Arthur, from the story 'Arthur and The Golden Rope' that we read in class together. I'm really looking forward to reading all about your adventures.


Year 3 - Sense of Hearing  Year 4 - Sense of Hearing

This week, the reading comprehension in your learning packs is all about sound waves. This also links to our science topic of sound. For extra practise and to learn more about how we hear, why don't you try this 'Sense of Hearing' reading comprehension.


You have lots of different maths activities in your learning pack. There are also extra maths activities for you to try on the White Rose Home Learning. Remember, they always have a video for you to watch first to help you with your work. When you have tried the activities, they also have the answers to see how well you have done.

White Rose Year 3 - this week is all about angles. Right angles in shapes, comparing angles, looking at horizontal and vertical and also knowing what parallel and perpendicular lines are.

White Rose Year 4 - this week is all about money. Pounds and pence, ordering money, estimating money and solving problems with money.


First of all we looked at continents, then we zoomed in on countries. Now we are going to zoom in even further as we find out all about capital cities of the world. Before completing the work from your packs, please work through this - Capital Cities of the World



BBC Bitesize - This week, your science is all about how sounds are made. Why don't you watch the BBC Bitesize video and try out the quiz to go along side your home learning work.

Monday 15th June

Ideas for writing

This week, your writing is based on the picture 'In the Ocean'. There are some questions for you to think about and then lots of writing activities for you to choose from. For example, you could write about a favourite place you have visited (it could be a visit you have been on with the school) or you could create your own sea creature and describe what it looks like. You could write your own poem, diary entry or your own fictional story. I wonder if Oliver, Cliff or Mr Culpepper could be characters in your story too?


Year 3 - Deep Sea Explorers  Y4 - Deep Sea Explorers

This week your reading comprehension is all about layers of the ocean. There are so many different layers including the the Twilight Zone and the Abyss. I wonder which sea creatures live in each of the layers. As an extra reading comprehension, staying with our underwater theme, why don't you find out all about some of our famous deep sea divers.


This week, your maths is all linked to time. Being able to read the time is such an important skill to have and a one that you will use every day. In your pack, you all have the resources to make your own clocks so that you can practise reading and showing the time.

Topmarks - have lots of different games linked to telling the time that you could try.

Mathsframe - have games, worksheets and activities all linked to telling the time.  and Maths games - have lots of telling the time games for extra practise.

White Rose maths is still adding videos and activity sheets (with answers) each week for any extra practise for the children. This week, white rose are looking at fractions for Year 3 and decimals for Year 4.


This week for your geography, you will be finding out some of the key geographical features of each continent. Before you start to complete the work in your home learning packs, please work through this - Geographical features of continents.


This week in your learning pack, your science is all about evaporation.

BBC Bitesize - will help you to understand all about evaporation. Why don't you visit the site and watch their video?

Monday 8th June

Ideas for writing

This week, your writing uses the photograph 'Around the World' as a stimulus for your work. There are some questions for you to think about to focus your learning, 'sick sentences' to improve and a story story start to continue. I am very interested to read where you will decide to go and what you will see.




For an extra reading comprehension this week, why not read all about the World Cup 2018. I wonder if you could find the different countries of those who took part on your map. 

World Cup 2018 - Y3     World Cup 2018 - Y4


This week in geography, you will be trying to locate different countries. In your home learning packs, there is a map of the world and w worksheet for you to locate different countries - finding out which continent they belong to. Before you start,please work through this - Locating countries of the world.


This week in science, we are looking at different gases. There are some lovely video clips all about solids, liquids and gases on the BBC Bitesize website - just click here

Monday 1st June 

Ideas for writing

This week, your writing is based on the picture 'Tunnel in the Hedge'. There are some questions for you to think about and then some lovely writing ideas. One idea is to write a fictional story about what is through the tunnel and on the other side of the hedge. My favourite book when I was your age was The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton, all about different lands at the top of The Faraway Tree. Beyond the hedge could be a magical land too.


Another fantasy story all about travelling to a new land is Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. Here is an extra reading comprehension for you to try.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Y3   Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Y4


This week we are looking at shape. Year 3 - nets of 3D shapes and Year 4 - Area and Perimeter of shapes. For some extra fun, why don't you try this shapes scavenger hunt?

There are lots of extra activities here:

2D and 3D Shape  Area and Perimeter



This week in geography, we will be identifying the seven continents. There is a map, a word search, an information sheet for you to use when answering questions and some flag designing. Before you start, please work through this - Do you know the continents?

Remember BBC bitesize daily will be starting this week again too.

Year 3 Bitesize Daily  Year 4 Bitesize Daily


Don't forget that the Wildlife Trust are asking everyone to join their 30 Days Wild challenge, where you do something linked to wildlife every day of June. You can sign up here and there are lots of ideas and activities.

Monday 25th May

Happy Half Term Holiday

This week would have been your half term holiday, so why don't you try something different this week?

Kidspot - This website explains how to play lots of different classic card games.

Origami - is a fabulous skill to have. Here are some lovely ideas for you to try. 

Decorating pebbles - Decorated pebbles or stones is a wonderful activity to share.

The Dot, written and illustrated by Peter H Reynolds is a wonderful picture book about a girl names Vashti who discovers her artistic talent after thinking that she could not draw. Here is a link to the book being read on youtube - The Dot - After you have listened and watched, why don't you have a try at drawing something yourselves?

The Wildlife Trust -  is setting a 30 day challenge - 30 Days Wild - asking everyone to take up the challenge of doing something wild on each day in June. Here are some ideas you could try.

Monday 18th May

Ideas for Writing

There are lots of different ideas for writing this linked to 'Animal Town'. I'm really looking forward reading your interesting sentences, newspaper article, tourist leaflet, story or description.

Thank you letter



This week, it would be wonderful if you could write a special thank you letter to the Sir Tom Cowie Trust to say thank you for supporting our visits to Broom House Farm or Beamish (Y4). You could also draw a picture, write a poem, create a visitor guide, make  a card, write a diary or complete anything else you would like. Please keep safe the work that you do to return to school so that we can send them off. I have added some photographs to remind you of what we did on our visits.


White Rose Home learning - This week activities for Year 3 are unit and non-unit fractions, making one whole, tenths and counting in tenths. For Year 4, it's recognising tenths and hundredths, equivalent fractions and fractions greater than 1. You also have lots of different maths tasks for you to do in your maths pack.

Classification Keys

In your packs this week you will be looking at how we can classify or sort different animals and plants. By asking questions to separate the living things, it help us to find out their names or which group they belong to.

BBC Bitesize - explain what classification keys (or branching keys) are. There is a short video and then some examples and activities below.

Identifying plants and animals Questions

The link to the powerpoint above will also help with your understanding and give more examples of how to use classifying keys.
There are also more questions for you to have a go yourselves.

Monday 11th May

Ideas for Writing

'First Flight', from your Home Learning pack, has lots of different writing ideas for your English work this week, here is the picture in colour.

Reading Comprehension

Last Friday was Sir David Attenborough's 94th birthday. He is a very famous writer and presenter. He is well known for his work on natural history - sharing amazing facts with the world about animal and plant life. I have added a comprehension all about his life:

 Y3 Sir David Attenborough Reading  Y3 Sir David Attenborough Questions

 Y4 Sir David Attenborough Reading  Y4 Sir David Attenborough Questions

Owl facts, information and activities

If you decide to create your own owl fact file, here are some interesting sites and activities that could help you:

   There is lots of information and lovely photographs on The Barn Owl Trust web pages


On this Owls Slideshare there are lots of examples of powerpoints and activities all about owls

You could try to make your own owl presentation - powerpoint like those in the slide share if you have a computer, or pic collage is a free app we have used in school to present work on our ipads. 

In your English work, it suggests writing your own owl factfile. You could use this template, or create one of your own


This week in our spellings, its all about the apostrophe

Year 3 - you are looking at words that have an apostrophe for contraction - shortening the form of the word, where letters are taken out (or omitted). Although you have some work in your packs, I have added further practise for apostrophe for contraction, here.

Year 4 - you are looking at where the apostrophe is added to show possession, to show when something belongs to something or someone (or ownership). Although you have some work in your packs, I have added further practise for apostrophe for possession, here.


White Rose Home Learning - This week activities for Year 3 are multiplying and dividing by 4 and 8, multiplying 2 digits by 1 digit, dividing 2 digits by 1 digit and multiplication and division problem solving.  For Year 4, this week, work will be multiplication and division problems, perimeter of rectangles and rectilinear shapes and finding the area by counting squares 
BBC Bitesize - will also be following the same maths objectives for extra practice.

Monday 4th May

Ideas for Writing

'Taking Shelter,' from your Home Learning pack, has lots of different writing ideas for your English work this week, here is the picture in colour.


Reading Comprehension

On Friday of this week, it will be the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Here are some reading comprehensions to help you to understand what life may have been like on VE Day 75 years ago!

Year 3 - Your reading is all about the Party Food that would have been made and shared in the street parties

                Party Food Reading      Party Food Comprehension Questions

Year 4 - Your reading is Come and Celebrate - information and letters organising a VE Day street party at Carnaby Avenue

Street Party information and invitation       Street Party Comprehension Questions

Victory in Europe Day activities

Twinkl - has many activities that you could do linked to VE day including a VE Day powerpoint, making a wartime recipe booklet, making a paper spitfire or designing your own VE Day medal.

Or you could try these activities:

You could sing-a-long with these VE songs - you could copy out the chorus in your neatest handwriting


                       We'll meet again             White Cliffs of Dover                   Run Rabbit Run


Year 3 -
Your spelling rule this week is adding the suffix ly. Here is a game to play to help you practise

Year 4 - Your spellings this week are all about homophones - words that sound the same, but that are spelt differently. Here is some further work if you need more practise.


White Rose Home Learning - This week activities for Year 3 are linked to money - converting pounds and pence and adding and subtracting money. Also, multiplying and dividing by 3. For Year 4, this week, work will be multiplying two and three digit numbers by a one digit number and dividing three digit numbers by one digit numbers.
BBC Bitesize - will also be following the same maths objectives for extra practice.

Monday 27th April


This week your challenge is to read book from your bug club account (please email the school office if you need your login details). Remember that at the end of the books, there are some fun quiz or activities. Choose your favourite book and complete a book review about it. You could fold a piece of paper in half to draw the outside cover on one side and write your book review on the inside. Can you write a summary of book blurb? Which was your favourite part or character? Would you recommend your book to others?
You could design the way to present your book review yourself or here are some examples of book review templates:


Ideas for writing



Remember to check below for all of the ways to practise your spellings.

Year 3 - This week, all of your words are words with suffixes (a string of letters that go to the end of a root word, changing or adding to its meaning). They are all endings that you have used in year 3 so far. The suffixes are:
                                     ed       ing       s       es       ness       ful       less       ly

Can you add any of the above suffixes to these root words to make new words? Use a dictionary to help you if needed for spelling or meaning 
For example - hope - hoping, hopes, hoped, hopeful, hopeless

Year 4 - This week, your words are words ending in -sion

extension     collision     confusion     exclusion     transfusion     infusion     explosion     corrosion

Can you find the definition of each of your spellings and write them in sentences? This is a perfect chance to practise your handwriting


It is really important to continue to practise your handwriting. Here is a copy of our handwriting alphabet link or photograph below to remind you


White Rose Home Learning - This week in Year 3, the learning activities are to support adding and subtracting fractions and problem solving. In Year 4 learning is rounding decimals, halves and quarters, pounds and pence and ordering money. Remember to watch the video clip first to help you.


BBC Bitesize - are offering daily videos and fun things to learn every day

The Great Indoors - is from the scouts website with over 200 fabulous activities that you could try

Monday 20th April


Can you read The Ultimate Jungle Survival Guide? Look up any words that you're unsure of to make sure that you have a good understanding - make yourself a glossary. Now can you answer the questions? 


As well as practising as often as you can using spelling shed, remember you can practice spellings by using the strategies you used in school and for homework:
Look, say, cover, write, check                        Trace and copy                    Drawing around the word                  Drawing an image around the word                Word pyramid                      Silly sentences
Bubble writing                                              Rainbow writing           
Can you find the definition of the word?
Can you find any more spellings that use the same pattern?
Can you write sentences that include the spelling?
When writing sentences to include your spellings, this is an excellent time to also practice your handwriting.

Year 3 - words with ch that sound like a k
                                 ache     anchor     Christmas     school     choir     echo

Year 4 - words ending in -cian
                               physician     optician     magician     politician     electrician


White Rose Home Leaning - This week, Year 3 is ordering and comparing fractions and Year 4 is working with decimals. Remember to watch the video clips first. For extra practice, try the Maths Factor website.
Have you been practising your times tables on TTRockstars?


  • Earlier this year, the children used the free Zu3D Ed app to create their own animation of the Iron Man as he fell from the cliff top. Children could draw their own scene from the rainforest with animals flying, crawling, swinging or walking across. There is a tutorial to help and support if needed. 

  • BBC Bitesize -  are adding daily lessons for children in each year group. Every day there is an English, a maths and a foundation subject lesson with examples and activities.

Monday 6th April 

For the first week of what would have been your Easter holidays, I have added some links to different site that have some lovely Easter activities.

*   The Easter Story - Here are two links for children to learn about the story of Easter. A story shown in a     video clip and a more detailed in a presentation
*   Children could retell the Easter story in their own words. They could make a little Easter book by folding a single piece of paper 
   How to make a folded book

Easter Activity ideas:


  • Activity Village - have a selection of puzzles, colouring pages, crafts and many other Easter activities for you to try

  • Twinkl - has a number of Easter ideas including paper models, word searches, multiplication mosaics, Easter crosswords and even a mystery maths game

  • Virtual Tours - During the Easter holidays, would you like to take virtual tours of world museums, educational sites and galleries for children? Visit Buckingham Palace, The Natural History Museum, The Great Wall of China and San Diego Zoo to name but a few. "Explore the world at your finger tips..." 


  • David Walliams - Every day at 11am, children can listen to stories being read on Elevenses - and can even listen to those they may have missed on Elevenses catch up

Monday 30th March

Hello, we hope that you are all well and staying safe at home.
Below is an overview of things that we would have been covering in school this week and some suggested activities that you could do at home.


In school this week the Year 3 children would have been creating leaflets and the Year 4 children would have been creating a non-chronological report all about the animals of the rainforest. Whilst at home it would be lovely if the children could create either of their own. We have already learned lots of interesting facts about the rainforest and the different animals but they could use the internet to research about them even further.

Here is a link to the story book The Great Kapok Tree that we read together in class.

Year 3 - For the leaflet challenge, children should try to include images, sub-headings and factual information. Children could create their leaflet by folding a sheet of A4 paper into three sections
Year 4 - For a report, children could choose to write in the style of a leaflet (as above), or could make their own fact book all about the different rainforest animals.  As a challenge, can children include labelled images, sub-headings, bullet points and factual (or 'technical' words in their information? They could even create a glossary at the end of their work. Children could make a leaflet, could use a note book and write all about a different animal on each page, or they could make their own rainforest animal file. We look forward to reading all that they find out when they get back to school.
(If the children are using the internet for research, we often use Kiddle in school which is the children's version of Google)


This half term we have been looking at a map of the world and locating rainforests. Challenge the children and see if they can name the seven continents and see if they can locate the equator, Tropic of cancer and Tropic of Capricorn on a map of the world. 

Using a map (there are some clear ones available to download on twinkle for free), children should learn the names of four countries in the southern hemisphere and four countries in the northern hemisphere.

Children can even 'visit' the Amazon Rainforest by watching this virtual field trip on youtube. 

Login Details:

The children should already have their login details for some fabulous websites or apps which practise basic skills of reading, spelling, timestables and mental calculations:

  *  Bug Club
  *  Spelling Shed
  *  Writing Legends
  *  TTRockstars and Numbots
  *  Prodigy
  *  Sumdog
  *  Language Angels

If you need your updated login details please contact the school: and we will send them out to you.

Useful Year 3 and 4 Curriculum Links:


  • Pobble365 - is a fantastic site for writing. Here, there is a different picture every day which then has five different activities including having a question time, a sentence challenge, giving examples of 'sick' sentences that need help to be improved and  giving the children a 'story start'. I wonder what picture is shown on your birthday? 

  • Twinkl - for years 3 and 4  is a very good site that has lots of different activities and ideas that change every day is Twinkl home learning hub. They even have a daily timetable of activities. There are also some excellent Rainforest links with powerpoints, maps and ideas for work.

  • White Rose Home Learning - has a lesson for each day. There is a short video to watch and then a page of activities (and an answer sheet for adults). 
    This week, there are lots of different Easter maths activities.

  • Classroom Secrets - have a Home Learning Pack for each year group including work for Maths, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, Reading and Practical Ideas

  • IXL family learning - have many different English and maths resources you could use with the children for essential skills

  • Top Marks is a great website that has lots of different maths games - including Hit The Button. There are also many resources for all curriculum areas.

  • The Maths Factor is an excellent maths resource where Carol Vorderman has made lots of video clips for the children to watch and learn. There are lots of activities for the children to complete.

  • Supermovers - is also a great site where children can sing along and dance as they learn their times tables. By the end of year 3, children should confidently know their 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x. By the end of Year 4, children should confidently know all of their times tables up to 12.

  • Cosmic Kids Yoga - By leading the children through wonderful adventures and stories, they practise yoga, mindfulness and relaxation.

Activities and challenges:

  • Activities that children could practise during this time are:


  • Tying shoe laces - there are many video clips on line to help like this one Tying your shoe laces
  • Make a paper plate Learning how to tell the time In year 3 children should be able to tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including Roman numerals I to XII. They should also be able to read digital time.
    Year 4 children should be able to do all of the above and start to convert time between analogue and digital 


  • Here are lots of different challenges and activities that you could try:

25 Day Drawing Task  100 things to do indoors Fun ideas 

Indoor Scavenger Hunt  Kim's Game  Help Children Learn