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General FAQs

How do I help my child to tell the time?

Look at the links in the maths' section of the weeks learning for activities with a clock, and also in the additional learning section.

If we were in class, I would be asking them what the time is, regularly throughout the day. I would also be asking what it will be in 1 hour, 2 hours, 5 hours?

What will it be in 10 minutes?   20 minutes ago?

So that they are constantly being reminded and thinking about working it out.

How can I help my child to do the reading comprehensions?

Children should be able to do these on their own, they have had lots of practice of them in school. Make sure that they read the text slowly first, thinking about what it is telling them. Then they need to read a question, think about what it is asking them and re-read the part of the text where they think the answer is. The wording will probably be different to the question, so they really need to look for information that answers the question. When they think they have found the answer read a bit ahead of that to check it really is the answer. Underline where the answer is and use that to help them to write a sentence that answers the question completely. It might ask them to explain or give evidence too, especially for a 2 point question. If they don't understand a question , they can miss it out and go back to it at the end with your help. If you look at the answer sheet , it will help you to guide them on answering the question.

How can I get my child to write?

In school, we always talk with other children and as a class about our ideas before writing. It helps them to come up with lots of ideas and to clarify their thinking. If they are really struggling , then get them to tell you the sentence that they are going to write, then they write it. Talk again about the next sentence ready to write it. No-one in year 3 needs to have their sentence written for them to copy, they are all capable of writing independently. Words that they have covered previously in year 1, 2 and 3 spelling tests should be spelt correctly, so they need to check these. Try not to worry too much about difficult spellings, they need to use phonics to spell these. In writing activities the focus is always on what the content is and what the success criteria is asking for e.g.

2A sentences- means include 2 adjectives to describe things.

-ly sentences- means include adverbs.

adverbial openers- means use an adverb at the beginning of a sentence.

conjunctions- means use a word such as 'and, because, when, then, if to connect two sentences or phrases.


What is the time length for activities?

The work in the booklets vary and might be completed fairly quickly by some children.  The answers are in the back of the  GPS books, so you can see if their answers are correct and full enough. The maths and reading answers for y3 will be uploaded. Please mark and then get them to make a few corrections, without looking at the answers, and then recheck and discuss anything still not understood. 

The y3 writing tasks should take at least half an hour, but not as long as a full lesson in class,  because they are not getting all the input activities and discussions that we would normally do. Ask, have they included enough detail,  used a range of word types,  included their targets and used powerful vocabulary?


Is there a list of recommended reading books?

You can access a range of ebooks online though Oxford Owl (link below in main section) which are organised into reading age. You will need to set up an account then go to the Home page, select Reading, select ebook library, select the age appropriate to your child’s reading ability, select the book band level to find books that are appropriate. There are also links to buy other ebooks in the books section.

What else can we do for reading?

There is a link attached, to listen to David Walliams reading a different story each day. These are approximately 15 minutes long.


Click on the link to the 500 words competition and they can read the stories on there. This will help with writing their own stories too, as they are good examples of children's writing.