Swan Class 2019 - 2020!
Home Learning Activities
As you are now all aware, school will now be closed until further notice. As we are now into the summer term, we will continue to make progress through some of the Year 3 curriculum objectives.
Please remember that if you have any queries, you can still email or call the school office. A member of staff will either answer your query or it will be forwarded onto myself and I will reply. We endeavour to do this as quickly as we can during normal school working hours. The office email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
Friday 10th July
Thank you for all your hard work this week. I have really enjoyed exploring poems with you and reading your wonderful animal and rainforest poems. I have been very impressed with the quality of your writing and your creative ideas. Can you remember some of the techniques writers use to make their writing more exciting? Which ones have we looked at this week? Which one did you enjoy using the most? Why?
Take some time today to practice your times tables today. Pick either 100 club or the ultimate multiplication and division challenge and test yourself, then play some multiplication games. I have attached some games you might want to try, but you could also challenge yourself with:
- Timestable Rock Stars
- PurpleMash Maths games
- Games with a partner
Take some time to read today and practice your spelling words. Test yourself using LOOK – COVER – WRITE method or have someone read the words to you and try to spell them as best you can.
Read a little more of our class book today, start chapter 16 and when you finish try these questions:
1.Look at the line, ‘How it chews through them with its fearsome teeth… and that sound!’ What ‘creature’ is Pedro referring to with this description.
2.Find a sentence in this section that contains both a dash and a hyphen.
3.Find a word which means ‘falls in a way as it if has been overbalanced’.
4.How do you think Pedro felt as he faced the danger?
5.What do you think will happen next?
Thursday 9th July
I hope you had a fun day learning yesterday. Are you feeling confident telling the time?
I have attached some more fantastic poems completed by Swans class this week. Have a read over the attached poems and see if you can spot the technique used in the poem. Remember we have looked at rhyming couplets, alliteration and personification.
Topic – The Stone Age
In topic today we are going to recap what we have learnt so far, then take a look at Stone Age clothing.
Have a look at the attached powerpoint then try the attached worksheet, designing a stone age outfit! If you have the materials try making the outfit, follow the attached guide and make sure an adult is there to help you if using sewing needles.
Today in maths we will practice reading the 24hour clock.
Have a look at this video before you begin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFxNCverq80
Work your way through the attached powerpoint, there are lots of challenges to complete as you go through the powerpoint. Once you have finished do some more practice by completing the attached worksheet.
In English today we will be writing a free verse poem using similes to describe an animal.
Have a look through the attached powerpoint and try the tasks as you go. Once you have finished re-draft your poem in your best handwriting or on PurpleMash (PurpleMash – English – 2Publish – Page Border – Launch App).
Wednesday 8th July
I hope you have been having a fun week learning. Are you enjoying telling the time? Keep practicing this throughout the day, stop and read the clock!
I have enjoyed reading your 'Heart of the Rainforest' poems with wonderful personification. What a lovely technique personification is, making something come alive! I have attached a beautiful poem by someone in Swans class, this poem is from yesterdays challenge, read it over and see if you can spot the lovely personification in each line!
Have fun learning today and keep up your great work!
In maths today we will be telling the time to the minute, looking at how many minutes to the next hour.
Work your way through the attached powerpoint completing the challenges as you go. You will need some dice, the blank clock face worksheet and some scrap paper. If you have an old clock you could also use you can show the time on the clock, if not don’t worry use the blank clock face worksheet instead and draw the clock hands to show the time.
When you have finished there is a worksheet for you to complete. If you are feeling confident try one of the challenge worksheets.
Today in English we are going to explore another technique poets and writers use to make their writing more exciting. Today we will explore similes. Do you know what a simile is?
A simile describes something by comparing it to something else, using 'like' or 'as':
- The snake moved like a ripple on a pond.
- It was as slippery as an eel.
- Jess is as graceful as a gazelle.
Have a read over the attached powerpoint and enjoy creating some similes today. There are lots of challenges in the powerpoint and two worksheets to complete.
Make some time to read today, try to start the next chapter of our class book, chapter 15, and try the questions below:
1.What makes Daisy believe that the potoo is trying to communicate?
2.Why did Daisy need to concentrate so hard when viewing the forest floor?
3.Can you give a synonym for the word ‘peered’?
4.What is the meaning of the word ‘agitated’?
5.Why is ‘lollipop sticks’ a good comparison for the trees being chopped down?
Tuesday 7th July
I hope you had a fun day yesterday.
Today in maths we will be reading the time to the minute. We will focus on minutes past the hour today. Where would the minute hand be on the clock if we use the phrase 'minutes past the hour' ?
Today's task is attached as a powerpoint and worksheet. You will also need the blank clock face worksheet and a time matching game (attached). Work your way through the powerpoint trying the challenges as you go.
Today in English we are going to make the rainforest come alive with a free verse rainforest poem using personification. Do you know what personification is?
Personification is another technique writers use to make their writing more exciting.
Personification is when we give an animal or object human qualities or characteristics.
- Lightning danced across the sky. Lightening can't really dance, dancing is something humans do when we are having fun and enjoying ourselves.
- The wind whispered in the night. The wind can not whisper, only humans can whisper.
The wind whispered. In reality the wind can not whisper, only humans can whisper.
The monkey ran. Monkey's do not typically run, they normally swing or walk.
The grass danced in the wind. Grass doesn't really dance, dancing is what humans do when they are having fun and enjoying themselves.
Can you think of any other examples of personification? Pick 5 items from around our house and try using personification in a sentence.
Today we are going to write a poem about he rainforest. We will make the rainforest come alive by giving it, its objects (plants, trees, vines, etc) and animals human qualities.
The title of our poem today is going to be: The Heart of the Rainforest and in our poem we are going to describe a rainforest scene to the reader.
Step 1: Quickly sketch a picture of the rainforest, include all the different things you might see in the rain forest and its surroundings.
Step 2: Pick out 10 items and animals from your sketch and write them down in a list. Beside each item think of a human ability or quality you would like to give the item or animal to make it come alive. Think about how the object might move or how you would describe the object as a person, think about how the animal might act if it was a human. For example:
- The sun - smiling
- The trees - whispering
- A monkey - running
- The long grass - dancing
Step 3: Now try putting your items and animals into a fun sentence with the human abilities you have given them.
- The sun - smiling - The sun smiles down on the forest.
- The trees - whispering - The tress whisper to each other.
- A monkey - running - A monkey runs across the forest floor.
- The long grass - dancing - The long grass dances in the breeze.
Step 4: Up-level your sentences by adding some amazing adjectives, exciting verbs and adverbs.
- The sun - smiling - The beautiful sun smiles down happily on the forest.
- The trees - whispering - The towering tress whisper to each other songs of the forest.
- A monkey - running - A lone monkey dashes across the crowded forest floor.
- The long grass - dancing - The long green grass dances in the cool summer breeze.
Step 5: Put your planning together into the order you would like your poem to take.
You can complete this task on paper then either re-draft onto paper or re-draft onto PurpleMash - PurpleMash - English - 2Publish - Page Border - Launch App
Monday 6th July
I hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready for a fun week of learning.
Well done to everyone who completed their rhyming rainforest poem! I really enjoyed reading your rhyming poems last week, it is clear how much effort you have put into these poems and how much you have challenged yourself to create fun rhyming poems- well done Swans.
Here is a little maths challenge to start the week off:
Can you write today's date in the short format? How many days does July have? What time is it?
Topic – The Stone Age
Today in topic we are going to explore the Stone Age diet, looking at the type of food the Stone Age people ate and how they got their food. Before we begin watch this video:
Did you challenge yourself to make a Stone Age home last week? Did it look like the ones in the video?
What do you know about what the Stone Age people ate?
Let's have a closer look at the Stone Age diet. Look over the attached powerpoint then try the two tasks attached.
Extension: have a look at this interesting video and try the tasks below over the next few days.
Extension Challenge 1: Remember, the Stone Age was in a period we call 'pre-history' so there are no written records of how people lived or what they ate. Historians and scientists therefore have had to use different sources of evidence to try to figure out how the Stone Age people lived. This video shows us some of the different sources of evidence that have allowed us to piece together the knowledge we now have about the Stone Age. While you are watching try to identify what different types of evidence historians and scientists have used to understand what the Stone Age people ate.
Extension Challenge 2: Today some people suggest the diet of the Stone Age people is much healthier than the diet we have today. Some modern day people have even began eating a 'paleo diet' based on the diet of our Stone Age ancestors. Watch the video again and see if you can pick out 1) what type of foods would someone eating a 'paleo diet' have, and 2) why some people the Stone Age diet was a healthier diet.
Today in maths we will be reading the time to 5min intervals from both digital and analogue clocks. Can you find an example of a digital and analogue clock in your house? What differences do you notice?
Have a look at this Digital Clock song to remind yourself about the features of, and where you might find, a digital clock!
Today's task is attached as a powerpoint, work your way through the powerpoint trying the challenges as you go. Use the blank clock face worksheets to complete some of the tasks. You will also need a white board or scrap paper! Once you have finished try the attached worksheet.
Today in English we will be planning to write a free verse poem. Do you know what a free verse poem is?
Unlike our poems last week, free verse poems do not need to rhyme. Remember, rhyme is just one of the techniques poets use to make their poems fun and entertaining for the reader. Can you think of any other techniques the writer could use? I have listed a few techniques below, have a look over them and see if you can explain what any of them are:
Similes & metaphors
Do you know what any of these techniques are?
Today we are going to have a look at alliteration and try writing our own poems with some fun alliteration in them.
Alliteration is the repetition of the same sounds at the beginning of words. For example: cool camel, crazy cat, enormous elephant. Can you think of any more?
Remember: it’s the sound that makes something alliterative, not the letter e.g. a kicking cat.
Have a look at the WAGOLLs attached and see if you can spot the alliteration in the two poems. Underline or highlight the alliteration as you go!
To begin, we will are going to try writing a poem together, before you try one on your own. The title of our poem is going to be ‘Mr Magoo’s Amazing Zoo’
Task 1: On a piece of paper write down 6 or more animals that you might find ‘In Mr Magoo’s Amazing Zoo’
‘In Mr Magoo’s Amazing Zoo you will find...’
Task 2: Once you have 6 or more animals beside each one write down an adjective to describe the animal. For example:
Animal Adjective Phrase
monkey silly silly monkey
giraffe tall tall giraffe
snake slithering slithering snake
lion lazy lazy lion
Task 3: Go back over your list and try to think of adjectives that would give you some fun alliteration. Some of my words already have matching sounds at the start of each word, can you spot them?
slithering snake and lazy lion
However, there are some I need to change; silly monkey and tall giraffe, do not have the same sounds at the start of each word. Can you think of any adjectives I could use?
mischievous, menacing, marvelous, magical
These adjectives are much better, each of them matches the sound for the start of the word monkey. Let’s put them together to check:
I also need to think of an adjective with the same sound as the start of the word giraffe. Can you think of any adjectives I could use?
giant, great, ginormous …
Great now all I have to do is put my poem together:
In Mr Magoo’s Amazing Zoo you will find...
A menacing monkey,
Two ginormous giraffes,
Three slithering snakes,
Four lazy lions
To make my poem a little more fun I added in numbers to show how many of each animal you could find at Mr Magoo’s Zoo!
However, I could also have added a little more detail by giving each animal something to do . Have a look at my new and improved poem:
In Mr Magoo’s Amazing Zoo you will find...
A menacing monkey swinging from a tyre
Two ginormous giraffes galloping over gaily away
Three slithering snakes sliding through the grass
Four lazy lions lying in the sun
Did you spot the alliteration?
‘ginormous giraffes galloping’, ‘slithering snakes sliding’ and ‘lazy lions lying’
This is a great poem jam packed full of fun alliteration! How you have a go at writing your own poem. Follow the steps below:
Step 1: think of a title, this could be where your poem takes place (a zoo, the amazon, a farm)
Step 2: jot down 6 or more animals you might see
Step 3: jot down an adjective for each animal.
Step 4: check over your adjectives and up-level them to include alliteration (matching sounds at the start of each word) then put them together to check.
Step 5: give your animals something to do.
Step 6: can you up-level what the animal is doing to include even more alliteration?
Step 7: write your poem, piece together your poem from all your planning and write it out neatly.
Step 8: share your poem with someone in your household.
Read some more of our class book Rainforest Calling. Start chapter 14 today and complete the questions below:
1.How long after the last journal entry does this webcam section occur?
2.How does Pedro show the girls where to look?
3.What can be seen instead of the ‘tall, elegant trees’?
Useful websites for additional home learning
I have listed some websites below which you made find useful to continue your learning at home. Whilst there are many sites here, this list is by no means complete! If you find another useful website that you might like to share with your classmates, then please do email the office at email@example.com and I'll add it to our growing list!
Miss Marsh's Top Recommendations...
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ - this website is full of free eBooks! Make sure you use the filter to find books suitable for your age.
http://www.pobble365.com/ - this website has lots of imaginative inference and writing activities all around a different picture of each day.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ - this website is a go-to for most teachers on a weekly basis, so it will definitely help you immensely at home.
https://wonderopolis.org/ - this is a wonderful website to inspire curiosity with an interesting question of the day. Great for developing reading skills!
https://www.tynker.com/ - great for any mindcraft lovers, this website allows you to practise your computing coding skills.
Additional interesting websites, webinars and live lessons you might want to explore as additional activities:
- English Live Spellathon - every Friday at 10.55am (again, available through Facebook)
- Live interactive science classes with Professor Zob https://captain-fantastic.co.uk/
- Free art lessons live every Monday and Thursday at 10.30am via Facebook page Simon Hetherington
- Free drumming workshop (and you don't need any kit!) with Stephen Coetzee available via Facebook
- Online Story time https://www.storylineonline.net/
- Rob Biddulph is posting a new #drawingwithRob video every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob
- Theo Cooks is hosting a live cook-along every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm. https://www.theocooks.com/
Joe Wicks, a famous British physical trainer, is running free online P.E. lessons for school pupils every morning at 9am. You might recognise some of the exercises from our circuit classes! Here is Joe’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv
Ollie Tunmer the king of body percussion, and an ex-STOMP performer, is leading free daily body percussion sessions from 11am every school day.
Here’s Ollie’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/OllieTunmer
Pennine Gymnastics Club, a large community-based gymnastics club in Huddersfield, have have been developing a series of virtual curriculum-based Gymnastics PE lessons for KS2. The scheme of work is a series of 7 video lessons, lasting between 34-50 minutes. Each video lesson guides the pupils through warm up, stretch, body conditioning, and then a series of gymnastics progressions which develop into learning a full skill.
Login details are below:
Log in email- Caboodle@penninegymnastics.com
Other useful sites...
Any questions or comments please come and find us!
Class Teacher: Miss Marsh
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Donaldson
LSAs: Mrs Milan and Mrs Thain.
PPA Cover Teacher: Mrs Connors
Intervention Teachers: Mrs Campbell