Dear children and grown ups,
Some of you should have had a phone call from your class teacher by now. Don’t worry if you haven’t – we will get round everyone eventually! We are calling to say hello, see how you and your family are and how you are managing with learning activities at home.
We have heard that many of you are using the scholastic resources and would like to encourage you to continue to do so. This week, we would like you to find out about something called genres. This is a name given to different styles of books such as mystery and romance. Challenge your parents to see how many genres of writing they can name and then google ‘Reading genres for children’ to see if you were correct. Which genres appeal to you? You might like science fiction or adventure. See if you can find books in a genre you like for children your age. Maybe there is a specific author who writes what you like. Can you read any on-line books in the genre you like? If you make a list, we may be able to order some books from those authors for our class library!
Scholastic reading resources: We know that many of you have already taken up this opportunity but if not, there is still plenty of time to log into Scholastic Reading Library online. This allows you to access lots of different books on their website. We would like you to try hard to login to this at least three times in the week. We have sent an email of instructions to your grown ups and they can also read about it here.
This week, we would like you to be bossy! Commands are a type of sentence that tell people to do something. They are often found in instructions and recipes. Commands can often start with a verb like: Put that down! Give me that! sometimes, to create the opposite effect, they use the words Do not to create the opposite effect. Do not put that down! Do not give me that! Do you notice any special punctuation? Watch these videos and then see if you can create a poster of commands or, if you would prefer, a set of instructions for something.
This week in phonics, we would like to look at some tricky words from across the phases. These are common words that often don’t follow a pattern but ones that the children need to know.
Here are some homophones – words that sound the same, but have different spellings (homo means ‘same’ and comes from Latin)
Write a sentence for each word that explains its meaning. For example, I will wear shoes with high heels for the party. You could illustrate each one too, to help you remember how to spell each meaning. Do you remember at the very start of Year 3 when we drew pictures for a different set of homophones? I’ll find those words for next week! – Ms Clarke
This week, your focus is going to be on writing a riddle. Try some of these (some are American but still fun to try):
Can you write a riddle for your teacher but don’t give its answer and post it in the comments? (Please write only the riddle, and not a personal comment) We will try to answer them! An example of how you can post it is like this:
This riddle is for Mr Bridge. What gets wet when it dries?
This week we are trying mission F. More measuring, and some money…
Science: The lifecycle of flowering plants
Here is Su Venir with more to explain how we map the world.
We measure time zones from London and the map of the world is ‘cut’ into slices worth one hour each. If you travel West ⇒, the time increases. If you travel East ⇐, the time decreases.
Using this map, count the time difference between London and:
- Florida, United States of America
- New Zealand
Computers and on-line safety:
Follow the link for this week’s Think U know lesson:
Creative: DT – Make your own kite!
You will need to research how to make a diamond-shaped kite and the different parts of a kite. Your challenge is below. See if you can get yours flying outside with your adults – whilst remembering to social-distance!!
Try and do 30 minutes of something active a day. Remember, you can use these sites to help:
If you would like some additional learning, BBC bitesize has also released daily lessons. This may be of use if you would like further activities;
Recommendations and requests:
Through our phone calls, we have had some recommendations from some pupils. DA suggested that we check out this site for fun maths activities:
We have had some requests for addition and subtraction problems so here are some to keep you going:
We hope that you are all keeping well and have received your child’s report. If you have not done so, please contact the school office and we will arrange for you to be sent a copy via e-mail.
The year 3 team.