Summer 2

Homework grid – Aztecs

Summer 2 Newsletter

Year 3 and 4 Spelling list

Timetable – P.E

The spellings for the W.C. 7th June are words ending in the suffix -al.

natural              occasional          actual             accidental              medical

national            capital                  vocal              sensational           personal.


28th May 2021

Wow, how quickly has that last term gone! I couldn’t be prouder of everything these children have achieved since I had the privilege to get them back after Christmas (and properly back into the classroom in March). For the last few weeks of term the children have been working incredibly hard! We have finished our Ancient Egypt topic and our canopic jars were completed by painting and adding some hieroglyphics onto them. The finished products will be coming home soon, but currently, they are proudly on display in our classroom and I am just not ready for them to stop brightening up our room just yet! (Thank you Year 3). They also finished their PowerPoint presentations we have been working on in our computing lessons, and presented them to the class. I have never seen so many animations before, they are true computer wizards. As if this wasn’t enough, in science, Mrs Lymn has been learning all about forces and magnets. The children then created their own board game using magnets and thoroughly enjoyed designing, making and playing their games. Some of them even made it home so please let us know if you played too!


14th May 2021

The last few weeks we have been submerged in our Egyptian topic. The children especially loved learning about how to mummify a body and produced some fabulous topic instructions on how to do it. For obvious reasons, hooking a brain out through somebody’s nose was a class favourite! As the children enjoyed it so much we started making our own canopic jars so we could store our pretend organs in them. First, we wrapped them in brown sugar paper and used PVA glue to decorate the jars. After that we then started sculpting our clay into a chosen Egyptian God, ionce they were completely dry, we then painted them.  Look out for our next lesson where we learn hieroglyphics and get to write messages to put on the jars! The children have also been having a great time in science, Mrs Lymn has been teaching them all about forces and this week they were doing a practical experiment on how strong magnets are.


Summer 1

Well… what an amazing first few weeks back. The children have been working incredibly hard across all subjects! Firstly, we have some unlocked talents in Year 3 in tennis with Premier and with Mr Howes cricket sessions. I was amazed to see how incredible sporty they are and the perseverance and effort they put into learning new skills. I can see some medals/trophies coming back to school if they perform like this in the tournament! We also started looking and learning about non-chronological texts and began our unit on ‘The Tree Giant’. On Monday, a Tree Giant came to school. We had to hunt for clues and infer the information found. Then we had to put back together non-chronological reports so the sub-headings matched the paragraphs that Miss Noble “accidentally” sliced into pieces. We also started our Maths unit ‘time’. We went into the playground and used out bodies to be the clock hands to show specific times, the children loved it, we also had a good giggle when we got to the minute hand and hour hand having to be on the same number! As if that wasn’t enough, we also had football tasters from Cogenhoe United F.C.! WOW! They were amazingly friendly and knowledgeable, the children had a great time and it’s right on our door step. The only problem is Year 3 told me I was possibly just slightly too old to join with them.

Summer – Term 1 

I hope you are all having a lovely Easter and relaxing well and are all ready and raring to go for a new term. Please see below the P.E timetable for after Easter, there are lots of new and fun sporting opportunities coming for Year 3! Also, please see the homework grid ready to FINALLY start our topic of Egyptians! Yay!

Homework Grid – Egyptians

Timetable – P.E


Spring Term 2

I cannot begin to explain how brilliant it has been having the children back at school, I can’t say I miss the zoom calls one bit! They have settled back into full days of learning, routines and general school life so fantastically. It is incredible seeing how far they have come since being in my Reception class. They truly are fabulous. We have really enjoyed lots of practical maths lessons this week and last focusing on fractions, the children really benefit from learning in all different ways, practically, with manipulatives etc.  Below are a few photos of us counting in tenths, working out fractions of amounts, looking at fractions past one whole and also equivalent fractions/comparing fractions using our new fraction towers! In literacy we have focused on metaphors, similes and poem writing. We wrote poems about 7 things that make us happy, and also some beautiful metaphor work. Some of the children’s ideas were, “My parents are the sun, brightening up my days”, another had, “My mum is the sea that washes away my worries”. We also wrote ones about our friends in school. The children were incredible! ⭐️










Week commencing Monday 14th December 2020

Well, here we are.  The final week of school this calendar year, and what a year it has been!  Certainly one that we’ll never forget.  To confirm, this week we shall have our final spelling test – on Tuesday, just 10 spellings from across the last six weeks.  We have completed our final times tables test for this year, these should recommence on the Friday of the first week back.

This week, we shall only have one P.E. lesson – on Wednesday.  On Thursday we shall be too busy with our craft morning and party in the afternoon.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and for making my time at Cogenhoe School so wonderful.  I shall miss you all.

Mrs Murphy



Friday 13th November


Wow! What a busy day we have had!  We have taken part in Maths day by dressing in numbered clothing, we went across to the park to take part in a Maths challenge, becoming detectives to crack a code.  This afternoon we have listened to the story of Rama and Sita, the legend remembered through the Hindu festival of Diwali and looked at Isla’s beautiful Rangoli pattern.  We also shared our Maths games with our friends, taking turns and sharing.


Please don’t forget that it is Odd Sock Day on Monday, to show support for anti-bullying week, normal school uniform just with odd socks on.  The wackier the better!


Monday 9th November 2020


Good morning, welcome back to the new term, that is already going so quickly I missed the first week!

Below are links to this term’s newsletter and our new homework.  We wave goodbye to the Stone Age and Bonjour to Exploring Europe!

Autumn2Newsletter – Year 3

Exploring Europe topic homework grid

See below for the PE kit schedule for the remainder of this term.

Keep a lookout for our Remembrance window, filled with poppies and poems.


Friday 2nd October 2020

Firstly, attached is the timetable for P.E. Kit requirements, hopefully this will help solve those “Do I need my kit today?” questions.

PE kit schedule


Secondly, you won’t believe the week we’ve had in Year 3!  We began Monday as Stone Age hunter/gatherers, tasked with finding as much food to feed our ‘families’ as possible.  Once we had ‘gathered’ together as many plants, berries and nuts as possible – trying to avoid those things that weren’t edible! We tried our hand at ‘hunting’ for Woolly Mammoth and Rhinos, alongside Glyptodon and Andrewsarchus and the fearsome Sabre-Toothed Cat.  Thankfully, some of us managed to secure a good meal, others were not so lucky.

Fast forward onto today, where we were able to make our Stone Age artefacts; coil pots, necklaces and push pots.  We need to allow time for these to dry before they can be displayed in our classrooms before bringing home at the end of the term.

Unfortunately, I was so excited watching the children on Monday, I completely forgot to take any photographs!  However, I was able to take a couple of images this afternoon of the hard-working, concentration that was taking place whilst creating our clay work.

I hope that you all have a great weekend – looks like it will be a fantastic opportunity to tick off “Get muddy and jump in puddles” from Year 3 Project Conquer Booklet!  Have fun.


Thursday 24th September 2020 – IMPORTANT P.E. NEWS

As I’m sure your children will have already told you, I had to make the decision to not do P.E. outside today.  This was because the activity planned involved running around on the grass and into the wild area at the back of the field.  I felt, because of the torrential rain and hail that had just fallen that this would have been both too dangerous but also too dirty for them.  Therefore, I am planning to do this missed session on Monday.  Can you please send your child to school in P.E. kit on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday next week as there will be P.E. on all three days.

To help with the different weeks where we alternate P.E. and Science, I plan to put a calendar on here to advise which weeks will require P.E. on Wednesday and which will not.  Hopefully, this will clear up any confusion.

Friday 18th September 2020

Our Year 3’s are having a great start to the year!  I’m so proud of how they are all working and adapting to changes during the day and the week.  Routines are slightly different and constantly evolving as we tweak systems to ensure everyone is as safe as possible.  They have taken it all n their stride – what a credit they are to you all.


We had another visitor this week.  this time it was Coach Billy from Freestyle, giving us all a taster of dodgeball.  I know that some of the children were very keen to sign up to the club.

I know that some of you are a little concerned regarding the Speed Spell system.  We were due to trial this in March but that obviously was cut short.  Therefore, we have restarted this trial.  Essentially, your child will be given ten spellings each week, along with a rule/pattern that they follow.  We will practise these daily with your child and in great depth on a Friday when the new words are given.  Each week we will also practise the accumulated words (each week already given).  Our aim is, rather than your child practise for a single test on a Friday, that they will become more comfortable with the words and rules and retain this information more long term.  They will be tested at the end of each term (first one at the end of October) but will still only receive a ten word test.  I have also given the children the incentive to use the words within their everyday writing by promising (if used correctly) they will receive a house point for any spelling word used (from any of the weeks already learned).

Please do not hesitate to speak to me on the playground if this remains a concern for you.  As I said, this is a trial to see its effectiveness and could be reviewed if found not to work as hoped.


Friday 11th September 2020

A wonderful start to Year 3!  Below are a couple of photos from our visit from Mark at Hotshots Basketball.  Some of you were lucky enough to be chosen to join the club tonight, I hope you have the best of fun!

We were also lucky enough to be visited by Darcy, a sculptor and inventor.  He showed us some of his amazing inventions that he designed to help make his work as a sculptor easier.  We then were given the chance to make a show, using wire and sticky silver tape.  These are linked to our Project Conquer.  Your child will have brought their booklet home tonight, so you can make a start on the Year 3 challenges as soon as you would like to.  As you achieve, please provide some evidence (could be a photo, letter or certificate) to show that they have achieved.  This will then be signed off by myself.


Friday 4th September 2020

A great first couple of days!  We’ve already had a visit from Mark at Hotshots Basketball.  Your child should have come home with a letter yesterday.  If you would like your child to take part, the letter MUST be back in first thing Monday morning.  Just to confirm, our first P.E. session will be Thursday 10th September.  Your child will need to come to school in their kit.  Please make sure you bring a sweatshirt or hoodie in case it is a bit chilly.

Your child has completed a times tables test today.  Everyone starts on their two times table.  I don’t tell them their score, just whether they need to keep practicing their 2’s or whether they can move on to practice their 5’s.  This has been written in their reading diary in the corner of this week’s spellings.  If you cannot see this, please let me know and I’ll tell you which times table they need to practice.  The next test will be next Friday (11th September).  This will continue each week, unless I write a note in reading diary to say otherwise.

Your child has also been given the first week’s spellings.  these will not be tested until the final week of the half term (Friday 23rd October).  They will still only receive ten spellings within the test but could be from any of the previous weeks.  We practice these a lot during the week but any extra practice at home will only help them.  Please discuss the rule with them as well as this will form an important part of them understanding the spelling and may well be mentioned within the test.

Any questions, please try to catch me on the playground on Monday.

Thank you, have a lovely weekend

Mrs Murphy

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Eeek!  Just one more sleep to go!  I’m so excited, I hope that you are too?  You will not need your P.E. kit for the first couple of days.  Just  bring yourself, your lunch if you need to bring one, your water bottle and your book bag.  If you have any books at home that belong to school, then please bring those with you as well.  You do not need to bring back your old reading record as you will be issued a new one.

The first time we will do P.E. will be next Thursday (10th September) so you will need to come to school in your kit that day.

See you at 9:00 am tomorrow morning – with a smile!

Mrs Murphy

Welcome to Year 3!


Attached are a variety of documents that will enable you to navigate your way through Year 3 a little easier.  As always, if you have any questions, please meet me in the playground before school, or if it will require a significant amount of time, please make an appointment with the school office.


Looking forward to seeing you all in September!

Autumn Newsletter – Year 3

Autumn Term 1 – timetable

Stone Age topic homework grid

Year 3 4 Word list – as directed from the government, these are words children should be able to read, spell and use confidently by the end of Year 4.

Maths objectives

Reading objectives

Writing objectives