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Weekly Home Learning Suggestions

Dear Parents and Carers,


In addition to the list of resources in the above document we hope to provide you with a number of tasks that the children might undertake at home each week.


We must stress that there is absolutely no requirement for the children to complete these tasks; they are suggestions for those seeking further guidance. In such stressful and uncertain times, we would urge you not to place undue pressure on yourselves, or your children, to work to a rigid or over-packed timetable. In this 'brave new world' of home learning, we are all beginners and your family's well-being is paramount!


We have suggested to all children that they keep a learning journal or diary or some kind over the coming weeks - whether this be digital or on good, old-fashioned pen and paper! This will not only help them to reflect upon their own home learning 'journey' but will also serve as a valuable record to be shared with friends on our return to school and to be kept for posterity. We all find ourselves navigating uncharted territory, but we can choose to view this as an opportunity for our children to gain and to share unique and meaningful new learning experiences. 


 Take care, 

Mrs Whitewood and Mrs Boden

Week Two  (30.03.20) 



This week we were due to begin exploring a new genre: Myth and Legend.

There are so many fantastic books out there that can not only deepen understanding and support writing in this exciting genre, but will also capture children's imagination and keep them reading!

Two such series appropriate for Year 3 and highly recommended are the How To Train Your Dragon collection by Cressida Cowell and the Beast Quest saga, published under pen name 'Adam Blade.' 


We begin the unit by returning to a legendary character we first met in Term 3 during our poetry work, Beowulf

NB: This story may be entirely new to Chaffinch class, as they worked on a different theme. 


Reading Tasks:

  • Explore power point below, recapping the key events of 'Beowulf and Grendel' and investigating some key vocabulary.
  • Read 'Beowulf: an Epic poem' and complete comprehension questions  
  • Further reading: Read and analyse the extract below from Michael Morpurgo's retelling of Beowulf (can also be found on LoveReading4Schools account). Full of powerful vocabulary and evocative description, this is a highly recommended read that will 'stretch' those thirsty for a challenge! It makes great adult/child shared reading. (Warning: a little gory in places! Perhaps not a bedtime story!)

Children should be able to guide discussion or make notes on all texts they read using our Reciprocal Reading framework: Predict, Clarify, Question, Analyse, Summarise.


Writing Tasks:

  • Write a heroic speech Beowulf might make on the eve of battle! See 'Beowulf's Boasts' sheets attached below for support.
  • Write an Anglo-Saxon style 'kennings' poem to commemorate the fame and glory of the great hero Beowulf.

Children should think back to the 'Grendel' poem they wrote using kennings in Term 3 for inspiration. (Chaffinches completed 'Winter' themed kennings).

See the kennings match-up worksheet previously used in class for guidance. 


As with last week - please encourage children to upload any work produced this week (not only writing but art work, photographs etc.) to their Class Blog to share their learning! 



From this week, we will be setting weekly spelling lists and grammar and punctuation practice exercises on the children's Purple Mash accounts. We will also upload resources that can be printed and used to support learning alongside the online activities. As with all learning, these are for children and parents who wish to use them. 

(Please disregard the 'Term' and dates on these resources: our SPAG lessons in class have not followed the same path as Purple Mash).


This week's spellings are taken from the Year 3 & 4 Statutory list and the grammar exercise focuses on 'parts of speech.'  

Children must use their Purple Mash log ins to access these online resources. 


Maths Tasks:

  • White Rose Home Learning, Week 2, lessons 1-5
  • Fractions on a number line
  • Fractions of a set of objects
  • Equivalent Fractions 


Extension work/ ideas for further learning: 

  • use Lego to create an equivalent fractions wall! Follow the link for more details and to watch the video. 
  • online games to consolidate learning around equivalent fractions. Link below is one example. ​​​​​​​  

Science Tasks

Continuing the topic of 'Healthy Eating and Balanced Diet' two activities have been set on Purple Mash  - one designed to test the children's understanding of food groups and the other is some imaginative, creative fun!

Children need to log in to Purple Mash and they will find 'Food Groups' and 'Monster Meals' listed in their 2dos! 


Week One  (23.03.20)



Encouraging your child to continue to read daily for pleasure is possibly the single most important aspect of their learning you can target and influence.


Setting aside time to share and discuss books will be hugely beneficial, as well as ensuring quiet, independent reading time. If your child is showing an interest in a particular genre, author or topic, perhaps help them to follow this interest; challenge children to investigate the topic further, find books of a similar nature, or suggest titles by the same author - anything to keep the fire burning!


A resource that may be very useful for this the Lady J Love Reading 4 Schools account, on which Mrs W has created suggested reading lists for Year 3, including Egyptian topic books. There are thousands of titles with available extracts to get children hooked, and provide remote access to a huge range of genres. 


To access our school account, follow the link below and set up an account using the password LadyJreads 




This week:

  • read the extract from 'Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders! Egyptians.'​​​​
  • children respond to the extract, clarifying the meaning of any new vocabulary, recording any questions they have and summarising the main facts of this chapter. 
  • complete a short review of the chapter. (Document attached below
  • Extension/further reading - if children were interested in this book, look at Mrs W's list 'Year 3 Egyptian Texts' for further reading or complete research online about Pyramids and the tombs of other famous Pharaohs.  



Watch the funny short animated clip 'The Egyptian pyramids: Cairo, 1920' on Literacy Shed (a fabulous resource for writing inspiration - link below)

  • Make a list of the key events in the short film. Each of these will form a paragraph. 
  • Retell the story from the point of view of the camel! 
  • Extension/further writing: children imagine they have made an unusual archaeological discovery whilst exploring the Valley of the Kings, which reveals a surprising secret about the ancient Egyptians....  Write a short first-person account or diary entry describing this.


It would be great if children could upload a sample of their writing to the class blogs on their PurpleMash accounts for us all to read each week!   


Alongside Times Table Rock Stars and Mathletics, children could use the excellent free resources on the White Rose Maths 'Home Learning Live' website. 


Lessons 1-5 for Year 3 are on fractions, and will help the children to consolidate and extend what we have learnt in class this term. 



Science / Design & Technology


Following our work in class last week about food groups and the need for a balanced diet, children could design and make a healthy, balanced snack (e.g. pasty) for a child's lunchbox.