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Year 3 Home Learning Blog 3 27.3.20

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:

Task 3: Use your notes from Task 1 and 2 (set earlier this week) to complete a piece of writing all about you. Remember to write in sentences and to use correct sentence punctuation. Also remember your neatest handwriting, including any joins that you know, that we have been working hard on. Below are some points to give you some guidance. 

You could see if you could... 

- Use different sentence starters 

- Use conjunctions to extend your sentences (because, so, when, if, that) 

- Include detail and description using effective adjectives

- Include commas in list (for example, happy, cheerful and friendly) 

- Remember capital letters at the start of Proper Nouns (naming words) 

- Organise your writing into clear paragraphs, remembering a new paragraph for each new theme

- Read your work through to check that it makes sense!

Maths Task:

Task A

We have been working hard on our measuring. We would like you to write 3 short lists of things that you could measure in mm, cm and m. (You don’t actually have to measure these things!) Think carefully about what unit of measure would be most appropriate for the size of the object!

Use the facts below to help you:

  • Remember a ruler we use in school is 30cm.
  • A metre stick is 100cm so 1m.
  • Remember the tiny marks on a ruler, they are the mm. There are 10mm in 1cm.

Task B

If you have a ruler or tape measure, choose some items that you have around your home to practise measuring. You could measure in cm or mm or have a go at measuring in both!

Task C

Once you have measured some objects around your home, you can have a go at answering the following questions. If you don’t have a ruler or something to measure with, please don’t worry and just answer the questions that you can!

Which item is the longest?

Which item is the shortest?

What is the difference between the longest and the shortest item you measured?

Challenge - What is the total length of all the objects you have measured?

Write the items in order from the shortest to longest.

Task D

Ask your grown up to draw some lines with a ruler for you to practise measuring.  Label carefully recording the units you have measured in. If you don’t have a ruler you could still try ordering the lines from shortest to longest.

Rainforest Task:

In class, we have already spoken about why the rainforest is important. As well as being home to many different plant and animal species, the rainforest is also home for some tribes of people.

Have a read of the information in the Presentation below (at the bottom of the blog) about the Yanomami tribe. Then write down some facts about what life is like for these people who live in the rainforest. You might want to write about their houses, how they get their food, some of the jobs that young boys and girls do and how they celebrate special events.

As an extra challenge, you could make comparisons between their lives and your own! e.g. Children in the Yanomami tribe have to… whereas when I am at home, I have to…

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.