Dear parents and pupils,
We hope that this post finds you well and that you are keeping healthy, busy and finding time for fun. We have managed to speak to nearly all of you now but if we missed you, do not worry as we will be in contact soon.
We have started a stone snake with painted pebbles. If you would like to add to this, please bring your painted pebble and add it to the snake which is lurking in the bark by the front door of the school.
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 to challenge you to find and recommend a book that you think other people in the class would like to read. We would like you to write a short summary and put it in a reply on this post. Please do not put any personal comments or information on it, try and make it factual and helpful to others. Here is an example of what you might write:
I recommend Mr Stink by David Walliams. This is a story about a girl called Chloe who makes friends with a homeless person. He is very friendly but really smell bad! They get up to lots of funny adventures. This is a funny book and would be good for people who are more confident readers.
Your recommendation might be really helpful to someone else and they may read a book that they had never considered before because of what you suggested!
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 to revisit speech punctuation. This is something that you need to be able to do throughout primary and secondary school and is tricky to get right. Here are some links to help you:
This week in phonics, we would like to revisit the split digraph a_e. Have a look at this postcard. How many a_e words can you find? Make a list then ask an adult to test you on how to spell them!
As promised, here are some of the homophones from the start of Year 3. There are three pairs of words that sound the same and two words that can sound like others, but which one is the correct spelling?
This week, we would like you to think about tension! This is a word used by writers to keep their readers on the edge of their seats. They do this by describing things but leaving out details to let their reader fill in the gaps. Your task is to write part of a story that builds tension and leaves the reader guessing. Here are three that your teachers have written:
Tommy’s heart was pounding furiously as his eyes adjusted to the gloomy light. His hands were clenched so tightly that his knuckles had turned white and were drained of colour. Tentatively, he stepped forward. The sound of silence was eerie and he felt his senses tingle. Underneath his foot, dust and gravel crunched, announcing his arrival. Furtively, Tommy scanned left and right but everything was still. He relaxed a little. All of a sudden, he heard a low, unmistakable growl and felt hot breath on the back of his neck. He was not alone…
Nothing moved. The house was as silent as the grave. Perhaps the only thing worse than hearing her best friend desperately calling her name was being alone in this endless quiet. Alice’s eyes searched through the darkness, scouring the corridor, which faded into more murky gloom. She could make out the hallway right in front of her, the door opposite, and beyond it, the enormous winding staircase. As she looked, blinking through the tears, which had begun to stream hopelessly down her face, she was met with a sight at the top of the staircase…… which all but turned her to stone…
Was that noise just the wind? She stopped dead in her tracks and tried to calm her breathing so she could listen more carefully. Although it was a stormy night, the whistling wasn’t coming from outside. Hairs stood up on the back of her neck as she heard it again. Low, steady and mournful. Gathering all her courage, she tiptoed along the passageway, keeping a hand on the wall to steady her steps and her nerves. Beyond the second doorway she caught a flicker of movement. Something was gliding along the same passageway that she was walking. But it was too dim to tell if it was moving away from her or, more worryingly, towards her…
This week we are trying mission G. It’s a date with destiny!
Complete the following statements / tasks to revise your knowledge of flowers. Each task will need a labelled diagram to show your understanding.
When we use maps, we can use grid references to help find places, roads and landmarks. Grid references are like co-ordinates in maths and come in pairs of numbers. The first number is the Easting and is the horizontal numbers ⇒. The second number is the Northing and refers to the vertical numbers ⇑.
For example, on this map Bridge Farm Bungalow is at grid reference (14, 27).
Can you use the grid references on the map to crack the code? Each grid reference will lead to a place that you need to write down – each _ stands for one letter. The letters with circles around will spell another place on the map, once you rearrange them.
Computers and on-line safety:
Follow the link for this week’s Think U know lesson. This is the last lesson in this particular series.:
Creative: Flower art
Can you use recycled materials from your home (such as newspaper, magazines, egg boxes etc) to create your own flower? Look at the examples below to give you some ideas and be as creative as you can!
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:
The maths factor with Carol Vorderman (Please note that this is a paid site)
We have had some requests for addition and subtraction problems last week so here are some more 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.