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Year 3 Home Learning Blog 25.3.20

We wanted to share with you some ideas that will help support your child learning whilst at home. We will be adding new home learning blogs with a selection of tasks to complete every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. However, we still expect the children to keep up with their home reads as well as practising spellings and times tables alongside this. Please feel free to decide how is best to manage the tasks at home, not each task needs to be completed on the day it is set.

Ongoing Learning Tasks:

Reading - Our school policy of reading at least five times a week will continue. Please encourage your child to read something every day! They can read different text types - magazines, recipe books, instructions, food labels and anything that they will enjoy! They could read to themselves, to a sibling or another family member.

Spellings – Please look back over all the recent spellings in your child's reading diary and check that they can still spell the words. Get them to write the spellings in rainbow colours following the look, cover, write process. Also, it would benefit your child to write them in interesting sentences. Can they include effective adjectives, adverbs and / or fronted adverbials? 

We have added the Year 3 spelling lists, lists 1-9, to the Year 3 blog section of the website along with some further ideas for how to practise these spellings.

If your child is ahead of these lists we would still really like them to practise writing words from lists 1 - 9 in extended and interesting sentences to show understanding of their use and to ensure they can spell them confidently (as in a recent assessment nobody got them all right). Writing the words / sentences in joined up handwriting would also be beneficial. We will also be adding further spellings lists in time.

Times Tables – Ask your child to look back over their times tables in reading diaries and check they can recall the facts quickly and accurately. Then continue learning the next set of tables working through in this order - 10x, 5x, 2x, mix of previous 3 times tables facts, 3x, 4x, 8x, then mix of all the 6 times tables learnt so far. The final tables are tested in the order 9x 11x 6x 7x 12x, so please encourage your child to move on if they are ready to. A link to a useful online game to help with learning tables facts follows below. The children have used this game in school and enjoy the challenge of beating their own score.

P.E. – It is important to stay active so fitness expert Joe Wicks will be hosting a short PE session each weekday morning at 9am on his YouTube channel for children to join in with.

English Task:

We are very proud of each and every one of you in Year 3 for everything you have achieved so far this year. We have been impressed by your kindness, determination and the positive attitude towards your learning. So we thought we’d like ‘you’ to be the topic for this week’s English tasks! 

Below are two shorter tasks to complete, that you will be able to use to help you with a piece of writing that will follow in Task 3 (on Friday). 

Task 1: We would like you to think of some effective adjectives that describe yourself. Remember, an adjective is a describing word (e.g. thoughtful, caring, cheerful). Think of all your qualities. Write a list or create a mind map.

Task 2: Write notes of things all about you (you could use bullet points to organise your ideas). You could include things you like to do, details about your siblings, any hobbies, recent achievements, goals you have, details about your pets or any news you might like to share! It can be anything about you!

Maths Task:

We have recently started to add different money amounts, either mentally or using column addition. Please see the attached PowerPoint (at the bottom of the blog) for some examples and then some different tasks. Children, remember to start on an appropriate task for you! The answers are on the next slide for you to check your work with an adult when you have finished and to spot and talk about any mistakes you have made.

Rainforest Task:

In our Science lessons, we have been learning about different rainforest animals. However we are now going to look at different rainforest plants.

Read through the information in the attached presentation (at the bottom of the blog) about some different rainforest plants and the functions of some of the parts.

Then, select one of the rainforest plants shown in the presentation (or research another rainforest plant) and draw it neatly. You could add colour if you want to. Then we would like you to label:

  • the roots
  • the stem
  • the leaves
  • the flower

After that, select one of these parts of the plant and write a couple of sentences explaining its job and why it is important. If you would like to challenge yourself, you could write about more of the parts of the plant also!

Sharing kindness/Helping others:

Ask your child to think of something that they could do to be kind or to help a family member. Could they help around the house and do an extra act of kindness towards a sibling?

We are also aware that families have a lot to juggle so please just do what you can. Remember, we are here to support you in anyway we can. We are happy to be contacted to clarify anything with the learning tasks so please don't hesitate to ask. 

Also, when your child has completed some work we are happy for you to send it to us. Just attach it to an email or take a photo of it and if we have your permission it may even be included in a future blog. If you are unable to send it, please keep hold of it for when we are back.

Please look out for future blogs as we will be setting new learning tasks regularly.

Mr Crook, Mrs Coaten and Mrs Kenny.