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Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

We are a 'GOOD' School - OFSTED: May 2019... The school is now closed for the Summer break... Have a great holiday everyone and see you in September!
Welcome to BarmingPrimary School
Barming Primary School is a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 4 to 11 years old. There are currently 411 children on role.
A Message from the Head of School
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Last Week's Attendance:

  • Reception 97.3%
  • Year 1 97.0%
  • Year 2 95.9%
  • Year 3 97.6%
  • Year 4 96.7%
  • Year 5 95.8%
  • Year 6 94.7%
  • Whole School - 96.4%

Year 3



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What have you been up to?

You can email the Office a picture or two and we will pop them here for you all to see and share!

A new way to sit and work...
Look at the litter people leave behind.
How many books???
Fun in the woods
A lovely flower flower
Snow and blossom
Using nature
Pictures from nature
Y3 Key Worker Skeleton work
Designing symmetrical picture
Symmetry completed
Cutting some awesome shapes
Glue = happy
Deep in concentration
Designing a symmetrical picture
Junk giraffe
Awesome junk giraffe
Making a Lego lift
Lego designing
Who had all the wheels?!
Concentrating on Lego
Looking pensive
Looking pleased
Looking happy
Lego building
Lego building
Designing a Lego lift
Mechanical Lego
Libby's banana bread

What have you been up to?

Purple Mash

Please remember that when you have completed your work on Purple Mash, click on the 'Hand in work' button. We will then look at your work. If you have completed work this week, you will find a comment in response to your work.


Year 3 Suggested Work for July
Year 3 Suggested Work for June

Work for WB Monday 15th June 2020

Work for WB Monday 8th June 2020

Year 3 May Work:

Year 3 – Work for Monday 27th April to Friday 1st May


Have a good week everyone, and stay safe.  smiley Xx




PE to start the day

Activity 1

(1 hour)


Activity 2

(1 hour)


Activity 3/4 (1 hour)

Topic / Science / DT / Art




27th April


(you tube)


Choose between:


Joe Wicks

(live at 9 am), but catch up sessions available later


Cosmic Yoga


Go Noodle


Hula Hoop




Hop Scotch


Just Dance


Look on Twinkl, on the internet, a book, or get an adult to tell you the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

Draw the key characters from the story.  Write a speech bubble for each, introducing themselves.  What do you think they might say about themselves? 

Do one for yourself too.


Just like the television programme.  You can play alone or as a family!

You will need to make 4 large cards with 25, 50, 75 and 100 and 2 sets of cards with 1-9.

How to play:

Step 1: Set out 4 large number cards (25, 50, 75 and 100) face down and mixed up.

Step 2: Do the same with the 1 – 10 cards, making sure you have at least 2 cards for each number.

Step 3: Players take it in turns to select one of the big number cards or one of the small number cards, until there are 6 cards laid out all together. 

Step 4:

 Someone who is playing the game needs to generate a 2 or 3-digit number (depending on how confident you are). This can be by throwing a dice, or selecting cards from a pile of 0 to 9 cards. 

Step 5: Once the number has been generated, turn over the six cards and players have to try and get to that total (or as close as possible) using any of the six number cards and any of the four operations (+-x÷). 

Each card can only be used once and the winner is the first person to reach the total, or the player who is closest. 


OTHERWISE, WORK ON YOUR TIMESTABLES.  Work out which ones in particular you find difficult and see if you can improve on those.  Can you do 5 that you couldn’t do when you woke up this morning?

Invent a superhero.  What powers would your hero have and why?  Draw and label your superhero, explaining their powers. 

What other information can you give about your superhero?

Likes / dislikes / enemies / friends / family…


30 minutes per day


20 minutes per day


28th April

Think again of the story Little Red Riding Hood.  Tell it to an adult, to the cat or even to yourself in the mirror. 

Can you remember everything that happened?  Draw and write the key events as a story line to retell the story.

Times Tables Bingo:

How to play:

Step 1:  In this mathematical version of bingo, all players write down 5 numbers, (start with 2x table, then move on to 5x, 3x, 10x). For example: if they were doing the 5 times table, they might write 10, 35, 45, 50 and 60.

Step 2: A third person can lead the game and call out multiplication questions from the chosen times table, or they can be written on cards, jumbled up in a pile for players to take turns picking and reading out.

Step 3: If the player has an answer to the question on their bingo board, they can cross it out. First person to cross out all their numbers is the winner. 

Tongue Twister Tuesday…


Learn a tongue twister.  How many times can you say it without making a mistake?  How fast can you say it?  Get someone to record you so you can hear what you sound like!  Can you beat your family?  Can you make up your own tongue twister?!


How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?


Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.  Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.  Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy was he?


Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?


I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen.


If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does she choose?



29th April

Imagine you are Little Red Riding Hood going through the forest on your way to Grandma’s.  Write a list of all the things you can see, hear and smell as you go through the forest.  Go outside for 1 minute and stand silently.  What can you hear? 

What are you (LRRH) thinking as you go through the forest? Write a letter home to your Mum about your journey through the forest. 

Decorate the edges of your letter so that it looks pretty for Mum to read.

Measuring scavenger hunt.

You will need a ruler.

Find something in the house that is:

1cm long

2cm long

5.5cm long

7cm long

10 cm long

15 cm long

21.5cm long

27cm long

30cm long

Write down what you found for each measurement.

Find 5 items.  Look at them and look at what you have written down.  Can you guess their length?  Write down your guesses then measure them.  Were you correct? 

Can you convert the measurements to mm?

3 ingredient scones




For 6 scones:


250g SRF

150ml cream

½ can lemonade


Mix all ingredients until they become dough-like – a butter knife might be useful.

Sprinkle flour onto a work surface and knead the dough into a ball.

Cut into rounds and if you want, use currants, choc chips or smarties to make a design on the top of each.

Place close together on a tray and bake at 200˚ for 15 minutes.

Enjoy warm with butter/cream and jam.


30th April

Write the conversation between Red Riding Hood and the wolf when she is talking to him in Grandma’s bed.  What questions does she ask?  How does he respond?  Remember speech punctuation!

Shapes scavenger hunt

Look round the house and make a list of the things you find that are the following shapes:





Has 5 sides

What item can you find that has the most sides?

Which shape is the most common?

Design a new school uniform.  What colours will you choose?

You can even design a new

logo for your school to go on the jumper.  Why have you chosen the logo?   Why is it special to the school?

Draw and label your design.


1st June


(A (very gentle) pinch and a punch for the first of the month!)

Write your version of the story. 

You could change the wolf to another animal. 

You could be Big Green Riding Hood. 

You could travel through Barming instead of through a forest…

‘24’ Game


You will need a pack of cards but just the number cards.


Take 4 cards at a time and using any of the 4 calculations (+, -, x, ÷), see how close you can get to 24.  You’ll need to write your workings out on a piece of paper and may have to try several different ways before you get your final answer.   Can you beat your family?

How many times can you throw and catch a ball in 1 minute without dropping it?

Try several times.  Can you beat your family?

Draw a chalk circle on the ground or on a wall with no window.  Can you get the ball in the circle by throwing and catching it?  See how many times you can get the ball in the circle in 1 minute.


Year 3 – Work for Monday 20th April to Friday 24th April 
Year 3 – Work for Monday 30th March and Friday 3rd April 

Year 3 – Work for Thursday March 26th and Friday March 27th


Each day, please can your child read for 30 minutes and also spend 20 minutes on Times Tables Rock Stars or another Times Tables activity.

Please carry out these activities to suit your child. They do not have to be carried out in this order and please include regular breaks.



PE to start the day

Activity 1 (1 hour)


Activity 2 (1 hour)


Activity 3/4 (1 hour)

Topic / Science / DT / Art

Thursday 26 March




(You tube)


Choose between:


Joe Wicks  

(live at 9am on his You Tube channel), but also available later


Cosmic Yoga


Go Noodle


Just Dance



Flat Stanley  - The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery


We read this book during the final week before the school closed.


Can you retell the story by drawing a story map using pictures for the key points, with arrows between, like we have done in class?


You can have additional pictures, but remember to include:

Stanley receiving the letter

Going to Egypt

Meeting Amisi

The tomb

Capturing the thieves

Going home





Can you work out and continue the sequence of numbers?


Go onto Purple Mash and under 2Do, there is Sequence Snake.



Also, create your own times table ‘toon’, to help practise your times tables.


Go onto Purple Mash and under 2Do, there is Make your own table toon for a times table you want to learn.


Make a rainbow for your front window.  (use glitter, paint, pencils, pens, make by only drawing dots, coloured paper collage…)


Go on a rainbow hunting walk. 

How many can you spy?

Friday 27 March



Flat Stanley: The Great Grave Robbery


Using the story map you made yesterday, can you retell the story to someone? This can be an adult, a brother or sister or even a teddy. They would love to hear the story! Is ther


Go onto Purple Mash and Sequence Snake. Can you beat your scores from yesterday?


Also on Purple Mash, practise your times tables under 2 Do Monster Multiplication.



Child Lead learning – Activity of your child’s choice. Perhaps some research? Maybe they want to build something? Make a kite? Bake something?

Home Learning Opportunities:


Here are some activities that your child/ren can work on at home.


  • Learn the Year 3 Common Exception Words.




  • Download and print the Year 3 Home Learning Pack.


What else can parents do when there’s no school? Online learning from home offers children opportunities to develop and learn new skills at the touch of a button. There are heaps of awesome online learning platforms that can be accessed at home, including Pobble 365.


However, screen time for the entire length of the school day can have a negative effect on children's wellbeing. So here are some non-screen activities you could do at home…


Here are 25 fun and meaningful ideas to choose from:

  1. How many different words can you make from the letters in this sentence, below? Grab a pencil and paper and write a list!
    ‘Learning from home is fun’
  2. Thank a community hero. Think of someone that helps you in some way and write a short letter to thank them.
  3. Get building! You could build a Lego model, a tower of playing cards or something else!
  4. Can you create your own secret code? You could use letters, numbers, pictures or something else! Can you get someone else to try and crack it?
  5. Start a nature diary. Look out of the window each day and keep note
    of what you see. Birds, flowers, changes in the weather, what else?
  6. Hold a photo session. Use a camera or a mobile phone to take some snaps. What will you photograph? Your pets or toys perhaps?
  7. Build a reading den. Find somewhere cosy, snuggle up and read your favourite book!
  8. Use an old sock to create a puppet. Can you put on a puppet show for someone?
  9. Make a list of all the electrical items in each room of your home. Can you come up with any ideas to use less electricity?
  10. Design and make a homemade board game and play it with your family.
  11. Do something kind for someone. Can you pay them a compliment, make them something or help them with a task?
  12. Can you create a story bag? Find a bag and collect items to go in it that relate to a well-known story. If you can’t find an item, you could draw a picture to include.
  13. List making! Write a list of things that make you happy, things you’re grateful for or things you are good at.
  14. Design and make an obstacle course at home or in the garden. How fast can you complete it?
  15. Can you invent something new? Perhaps a gadget or something to help people? Draw a picture or write a description.
  16. Keep moving! Make up a dance routine to your favourite song.
  17. Write a play script. Can you act it out to other people?
  18. Read out loud to someone. Remember to read with expression.
  19. Write a song or rap about your favourite subject.
  20. Get sketching! Find a photograph or picture of a person, place or object and sketch it.
  21. Junk modelling! Collect and recycle materials such as yoghurt pots, toilet rolls and boxes and see what you can create with them.
  22. Draw a map of your local area and highlight interesting landmarks.
  23. Write a postcard to your teacher. Can you tell them what you like most about their class?
  24. Draw a view. Look out of your window and draw what you see.
  25. Get reading! What would you most like to learn about? Can you find out more about it in books? Perhaps you can find a new hobby?

Year 3 Home Learning Pack

Year 3 Practical Home Learning Activities

Maths Fun:


Check your Times Tables knowledge...

Learn your Times Tables

Speed Test

Times Tables Games


Try one of these to test how accurate you are with those place value skills!




 Number Lines


 Topmarks Games


  Times Table Rockstars



Listening to stories is an invaluable way to increase understanding of vocabulary as well as developing good listening skills. 


Here are a couple of websites which offer free audio books for children to listen to. This might be instead of reading aloud to a parent or in addition! (It is still important to hear your child read at least every few days).

Welcome to Year 3!


In Year 3 we have two classes - Alexander and Discovery Class:



Class Teacher: Miss S Amor

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Y Sarwar (am)

Key Workers: Miss C Parker (am) and Miss M Hadrill (pm)



Class Teacher: Mrs M Stockwell-Thompson

Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Mackey (am)


Monday (Every other week) - PPA Time all day

Mrs D McLeish - Alexander Class

Miss H Rootes - Discovery Class


Term 4 2019/20


Egypt - discoveries and legacies






World Book Day is a feature of this term and so we are starting by spending some time sharing 'Elmer and Wilbur' by David McKee. It is a wonderful book in which Wilbur gets stuck up a tree! There is plenty of speech, which we will then include when we retell the story. We will then move the setting from the jungle to Egypt. Where will Wilbur get stuck? We will then move onto Flat Stanley - The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery.





This term, as well as consolidating the learning that we have covered so far, we will also multiply and divide two digit numbers by one digit numbers. We will also look at length and perimeter, measuring lengths and then from those measurements, working out the perimeter of simple 2D shapes.




In History, we are looking at Ancient Egypt, initially placing it on a timeline. We will then find out about Howard Carter and his important discovery of the Tutankhamun. We will also look at why the River Nile was so important to the people, before finding out why Ancient Egyptians mummified their dead. Another important aspect that we will be looking at is hieroglyphics and where they have been found, before trying to write using them ourselves.




This term we will complete our work on plants, investigating the effect of water and light on their germination and growth. Do they need them to germinate? How about when they are plants? What happens if we forget to water them for a few days and then start watering them again?


Design Technology


This term we will be looking at food the Ancient Egyptians ate and trying our hand at making some bread.




We will be looking at branched databases this term, first of all finding out what they are, before creating our own branched databases on Purple Mash.


PSHE/ Citizenship


This term we are thinking about what it would feel like to be a stranger starting at Barming Primary School. How would they feel? What could we do to make them feel welcome? We will then imagine what it would be like to live in a country where water is a 'precious' resource.


Religious Education


Christianity is the religion that we are looking at this term, with Easter and the idea of forgiveness being the theme.




This term the children will be creating music for an Egyptian ceremony.


Physical Education



This term we are improving our basketball skills in outdoor PE, working on our dribbling and chest and bounce pass skills. In indoor PE, we are returning to gymnastics, this time working on our techniques of rolling and jumping, to create sequences of actions. 




In French, following on from last term, the children will be continuing to read, say and write pieces of clothing and also count to 40.






Term 3 2019/20


Far, Far Away

This term, we will focus on issues related to the rain forests around the world.


Our book of the term is The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry.  The book looks at how the cutting down of rain forests affects animals and knock-on effects around the globe.  Children will be describing the rain forest using their senses and imagining they are the animals speaking to the tree cutter.  They will look at the global importance of rain forests, using this knowledge to convince the tree cutter why the great kapok tree (and indeed, the rest of the world's rain forests) should not be cut down. 




We are starting the term by looking at number lines and then fractions.




This term, our topic is Geography-based.  Children will further their learning about rain forests of South America and around the world.  They will learn about the equator and the climate there.  They will be able to point out rain forests on a globe or a world map and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of deforestation.  




In line with our topic-based studies on the rain forest, we are studying plants in Science this term.  Children will learn about the different parts of a plant ans what role the parts play in the plant's development and healthy growth.  Children will dissect a plant and use dye to see how the plant and roots absorb water and nutrients.  Children will find out what a plant needs to grow healthily.



We will be looking at the art work of Henri Rousseau and emulating his style by experimenting with different brushes and painting washes.



La mode, c'est la vie!  Children will be able to name items of French clothing to describe their uniform and what they are wearing, being able to use correct word order and to be aware of grammatical issues such as masculine and feminine words and how these affect the spelling of describing adjectives.  They will know the difference between un, une and des and be able to use these effectively.




This term is about learning to touch type and how to send an email.




We will be discussing different schools across the world and realising how fortunate we are.  We will be looking at the senses and how the words we say can affect others.



Children will be listening to the work of different composers and making notes on how the different music makes them feel.  they will then be linking that to the rain forest and eventually composing a piece to bring the rain forest alive using sound.




We will be looking at Chinese New Year and then at Islam: prayers at home.




This term, indoors PE will be dance and outdoors PE will be outdoors adventures.... 





Term 2 2019/20


Way, Way Back, Stone Age






This term we are sharing the book The Pebble in my pocket, a wonderful book about how and where a pebble comes from. The pebble starts 480 million years ago inside a volcano and we will be sharing its journey through the years until today. Our writing will include describing a volcano erupting and writing the journey of our pebble.




We will start the term continuing with our work on addition and subtraction, using Dienes and place value counters to help us understand how to add and subtract three digit numbers. This term we will also learn how to add and subtract using the column method. We will then move onto multiplication and division. focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.




HIstory is our focus this term and in particular the Stone Age. We will be looking at how the stone age fits on a timeline, what the homes were like, what they ate and what life was like for the people at that time.




Rocks is our focus this term, starting with sorting different types of rock, thinking about how they are the same and different. We will also look at how igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are formed and then investigate which rocks are permeable and how hard different rocks are.




We will be using clay this term to create our own Stone Age tile, decorated with inspirations from cave paintings.




This term we are looking at how to stay safe online and then how to use spreadsheets.




We will continue to think about what makes us special and how we can look out for each other.




As we head towards Christmas our focus is on how and why Christians celebrate Christmas.




This term we will be learning to play the recorder.




We will continue to learn parts of the body this term and also learn colours in French.




This term we will be improving our hockey skills outside and our gymnastic skills inside.







Term 1  2019/2020


Key Dates:

Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th October - Parent consultations

Wednesday 16th October - Y3 day trip to Horton Kirby



Topic: We are thinking about Geography this term, as we learn about rivers in the UK. This will involve locating rivers in an atlas, understanding the importance of rivers and finding out more about the River Medway. We will also look at the water cycle.


English: We will start by sharing ‘Tuesday’ by David Weisner (a book about flying frogs), looking in great detail at the pictures to fully understand the story and to give us great words, which we can then use in our own stories. We will then move onto ‘The Rhythm of the Rain’, which we will use to help us to understand and write about the water cycle. Handwriting and spelling of common exception words will also remain a focus.


Maths: We will begin by exploring what each digit in a 2 and 3 digit number is worth, whilst counting on and back in 10s and 100s. Addition and subtraction will then be our focus for the remainder of the term. Please remember to continue to use Times Tables Rock Stars at home to practise the times tables.


Science: Our theme this term is light, exploring what we mean by light, investigating how and why we get shadows and how and why they move and change.  Please see the video link.


Computing: We will be using coding to move images around the screen this term. E-safety will also be covered.


RE: The focus this term is Islam, as we think about if praying regularly through the day helps Muslims in their everyday lives.


Art: This term we are sketching, exploring tone and textures in pictures and then using that knowledge to create our own pictures.


Music: We will be learning to sing in time with our class so we can sing in rounds.  Please see the video link.


PE: We will be developing football and fitness skills this term.


PSHE/SMSC: We will be developing our ability to recognise the needs of all members of a community, before creating a park where they will all be happy. We will then acknowledge what makes our peers special.

Light and Shadows for Kids: Transparent, Translucent and - Opaque Objects | Science Video for Kids

A short clip on different types of shadow. This teaches the terms opaque, translucent and transparent.

Canoe Round

A singing round from the Girl Guides of Canada. We are learning to sing in time and in tune with our class or group. We are working on keeping concentration and confidence in singing rounds!

Have a look at what we did last year below...

Test your maths skills with this problem solving game:

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: