Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire CW2 8AD

01270 661526


Vine Tree Primary School

Learn, Included, Respect, Enjoy, Treated Fairly

Welcome to Year 3

Miss Johnston and Miss Culverhouse

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Reading books

Children will be given reading books to take home every Monday. 

Our reading focus in Year 3 will continue with developing children's fluency in line with their knowledge of sounds. Children will use Book Bag Books in order to do this. It is highly recommended that you and your child work through the activities suggested to support this vital skill. Please use the SWAYs below to help you use the Book Bag Books correctly and the previously mentioned activities. A copy of the activities will also be in the front of your child's reading record.

Some children will being home an Oxford Reading Tree book instead of a Book Bag Book, based on their current knowledge of sounds and reading fluency. These books may be slightly longer than the Book Bag Books.

In addition to their Book Bag Book/Oxford Reading Tree Book, children will also be brining home a Bingo Book. Bingo Books. Bingo Books are a collection of high-quality literature for you to share and explore with your child.  Similar to the game ‘bingo’, the aim is to get a full house before leaving Year 3! Children will choose a new Bingo Book whenever they finish as some texts are longer than others. We do ask that you treasure these books as they are on loan from our Education Library Service.  

Children should read at least 3 times per week and this should be recorded in their reading diary. Each reading activity from the Book Bag Books counts as a read alongside any other reading experiences e.g. sharing a Bingo Book. The name of the book title and a signature is all that is required when recording your child's reading. 


Bingo Books


Homework Grid

In addition to regular home reading, your child will receive a homework grid for each half term in their homework book. The tasks on this grid will cover a broad range of curriculum areas including English, Maths, Science, Art/DT, French, ICT and Music activities.

Children can choose as many tasks as they wish to complete from the grid (completely their own choice). They can record tasks it whatever way they wish, e.g. photos, collages, drawings, models. Parents are free to add a note to each piece to explain what the children have done if needed. 

We will inform you of a date each half term of when to return the homework book and any other accompanying work. This is so that we can celebrate your child's work with a school exhibition. 

You should keep the homework book at home until the required return date.



Children will continue to be given weekly spellings to learn. Spellings will be taken home every Wednesday.


Online Homework


GetEpic - Enjoy some additional reading on Get Epic. Each week I will assign a book to each child to read/listen to. This is a fun way to engage children with reading. Each book comes with additional games/quizzes for your child to complete. As well as my assignments, children can explore and dive into books they're interested in. Pease see below more details on how to access GetEpic.


MyMaths homework will be allocated every week. Children will be given 1 week to complete the allocated task. Pease encourage this at home as this will contribute to and consolidate their learning and progress in school.

Times Table Rockstars - children have been assigned times tables to learn based on their prior learning and knowledge of their times table facts. Complete the times tables and earn coins for your avatar. 

Login Details for these will be in the front of your child's homework book.

Poems to learn (Autumn 2)


Click on the link below to find your MyMaths task. Use your personal log in which you will find inside your homework book.

Our Learning Challenge question is:


Which was more impressive - the Bronze Age or the Iron Age? 


Children will explore the key features of the Bronze
and Iron Ages, and come to conclusions about the developments within the periods. Throughout the unit, the children will use a variety of sources of evidence
to investigate the period, including archaeological evidence
with a focus on the Amesbury Archer, the Lindow Man, Roman written accounts of the Celts and reconstruction drawings of both periods. The children will look at the
achievements of the Bronze and Iron Ages, and pitch them in
a Dragons’ Den scenario to decide which invention is the most important!



Get Epic

Enjoy some of the texts on Get Epic.  I have assigned some books to you that link to our Learning Challenge. 

 Unfortunately, since June 2020, Epic have changed the way that we can access the website, which makes it a little more restrictive than we are used to.  The two ways that can Epic can be used are listed below:

  1. During school with Epic School: From 7am to 4pm local time M-F, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7am to 4pm. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day. Epic School is always free for our educators
  2. After school with Epic Free: In addition to all the reading time that they get with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4pm local time, M-F, for free on Epic Free. Epic Free is also available for students to access at any time on the weekends. But unlike Epic School, there is a time duration limit! Students can read on Epic Free for up to 2 hours per week. Also, students will need their parents’ help to unlock Epic Free with a parent email. Parents only need to provide their email address once during sign-up. After that, students can freely access Epic Free using your class code.  They will transition between Epic School and Epic Free, depending on the time of day. 

This means that unfortunately, some of the books assigned to your Epic School account, may not be available on Epic Free.  However, all of the books assigned for the most recent homework tasks are available.  Click on the mailbox icon in the top right hand corner to find all of the assigned texts.

Class Code : dch0770


Tuesday afternoons and Thursday afternoons

This term we will be focusing on Gymnastics.

Mr Jones will teach the children on a Tuesday afternoon and Miss Johnston will teach PE on a Thursday afternoon. 

Please send your child into school wearing their full PE kits.

The PE kit should be suitable to wear outdoors.

This half term...

As mathematicians we will continue exploring numbers up to 1000. We will be learning how to identify 1 more/1 less, 10 more/10 less and 100 more/100 less than a given number. We will also compare and order numbers based on their value. As the half term progresses, we will move on to addition and subtraction. We will recap on our number facts and how we can use these number facts to generate related number facts. 

As writers we will be exploring the book 'The Lost Happy Endings' by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray. We will learn lots of new and ambitious vocabulary, different sentence types and how to use speech marks correctly. We will create some dialogue between Jub and the witch before creating our own character descriptions of the witch from the story. 


As scientists we will learn all about Light and Shadows. 

Children will:

  • recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
  • notice that light is reflected from surfaces
  • recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes
  • recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object
  • find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change



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