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W.C. 1.6.20

Dear Willow Class, 

Welcome to the Summer Term. I hope you had a lovely week off and are ready and raring to go. We will start this half term by completing our work about Vikings, then move onto a mini topic about Electricity. 

Don't Forget to check out the 'Forest School with Mrs Partridge' page as well as Miss Soal's and the St. Matthew's You Tube Channels.   I have also left the Viking activities below from half term, if you would like to be creative or would like a challenge. 

In a blog, Elliot requested a zoom meeting which I thought was a great idea. I have split the class into 2 groups so that we can complete 2 smaller zoom meetings. See below for the your group, times and log in details. If you are in school, you will take part from school. If this is successful, we could repeat this on a weekly basis but with a different theme every week.  A text has been sent to you regarding the Personal ID and password. 

Group 1: TUESDAY 2nd JUNE     09:30

Group 2: WEDNESDAY 3rd JUNE         09:30

Emily; Fabian; Blake; Isla; Coben; Darcie; Elis; Ame; Amelia; Alice; Luke; Michael; Mia; Robert; Niamh

Charlie; Izzie; William; Bryce; Elliot; Buddy; Harper; Kiera; Matei; Finlay; Xander; Rory; Aidan; Ethaniel; Leo

We will play a game of BINGO with a mathematical difference. All you need to do is draw yourself a BINGO board that looks like this. You will then need to to fill each square with a number between 0-40. Please do not use a number more than once. I will explain the rules during the meeting. I will look forward to seeing you then Willow Class. 

I will be in school full time from now on unless the circumstances change, therefore if you would like to get in touch with me you can...

  • Ring the school (Just bear in mind that I will be teaching, therefore I may need to ring back) and leave a message. 
  • Email via the school email ( Mrs Still is working from home and can still forward me any emails. 
  • Alternatively, if you write a blog post, it comes to me before it is published. You can always provide me with an email address or phone number and I can get in contact with you. Obviously, I won't publish anything that is confidential and is often the quickest way of getting in contact with me. 


Mrs Searle

Maths: Multiplication and Division

This week, I have only included 3 activities, however, depending on where you are in terms of knowing your multiplication facts, you may want to spend more time on a particular activity. Learning your tables by heart can be achieved by repeating them lots of times and practising them regularly. It may be that you spend many days on activity 1, if you find the 3 and 4 times tables difficult or you may try the investigations if you know all of the times tables.

Key Learning:

To know multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4, 6 and 8 x tables.


Activity 1: To practise 3 and 4 x tables.


Activity 2: To multiply and divide by 6

Other attached activities:

  • 6 x tables hundred square

  • 6 x tables Dominoes

  • Multiply and Divide by 6 challenges


Activity 3: To multiply and divide by 8.  Complete the following BBC Bitesize Lesson: I have attached the PDF activities linked to this lesson, below.

I have also attached some other activities that will help with practising the 8 x tables.




Activity 1: ‘Victorious Vikings Reading Comprehension’. Read the information about the Vikings and answer the questions.

Activity 2: Viking Long Ships Information. Use the information to create your own questions for somebody else in your household to answer. Try to write 8 different questions if you can. Remember the different question words: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How. 



J.K. Rowling introduces 'The Ickabog'

J.K. Rowling has decided to release a fairy tale that she wrote called 'The Ikabog'. Visit the site to find the story. 

The Ickabog

I believe that she is releasing a couple of chapters every day. You should have a look. There is also an illustration competition at the following link. You will also find the famous reading the Harry Potter stories.


Year 3 BBC Bitesize Lessons - These are really good Reading Lessons linked to the Year 3 Reading curriculum. Click on the links below to complete these lessons. 

 The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Please Mrs Butler by Alan Ahlberg

Dindy and the Elephant by Elizabeth Laird

Charlie Changes Into A Chicken by Sam Copeland

You're A Bad Man, Mr Gum by Andy Stanton


Here are some useful links to online stories/books and/or activities:

('Hampshire Library Services' offering free ebooks and eAudiobooks which can be downloaded with a 'Hampshire Library Card'. See step-by step guide attached below)

The Reading Realm is a great website and app. It provides extracts from stories, poems and non fiction books. For each extract, it provides a number of activities to supports comprehension, grammar, punctuation, spelling and creative writing. The website is free. The app is £2.99. 

This is a lovely fiction book which is entirely online and free. It is a fiction book by the author Katherine Rundle. There are lots of short stories inside, written by a range of different authors. They based around the theme of hope, however in many different contexts. Have a look! They are great short reads. 



Key Learning:

To write a story which includes characters, settings and events.

Activity 1: Listen to the rest of the story of Beowulf retold by Rob Lloyd Jones. Create a story map to show the main events in the story. You could do this as a cartoon strip, summarising the key events in the story. Can you pick out 5 or 6 key events? I have attached a cartoon strip below if you would like to print it or you can easily draw out your own. (Story Board Template English Activity 1)



Activity 2: Design and create your own monster character and a hero character. Draw them and write adjectives and noun phrases around them to describe what they are like. Think about their appearance, how they move, where they live and how they feel. What are their strengths? I have attached some ideas of monsters and settings that you could use to help you. Remember to give your characters a name.

Activity 3:  Now plan your story. Think about how you will set the scene and introduce your characters. Using the same structure as Beowulf, plan out the events in your story. Use these bullet points to help you think about the structure. I have included a different copy of the story board with the structure to help you to organise your ideas. Draw out the events in your story and write a brief sentence to explain what happened at each point. 

Activity 4: Write just the opening paragraph of your story. Look back at the work that you completed the week before half term on the opening to the story to refresh your memory.  Use your monster character and your hero character that you created in activity 2. Think about where the story will be set, and how you will introduce your character.




Remember: (The key areas of learning that we have worked on over the last few weeks).

  • Adjectives and noun phrases that have an effect on the reader.
  • Adverbs/Fronted Adverbials ( You could use some of the ‘ly’ words from your spellings).
  • Inverted commas if you are going to include speech.
  • Punctuation:   CL    FS     ,    ‘    !   ?   “ “


Practise adding the suffix ‘ly’ to these different spellings.

Remember the rules...

  • Just add ‘ly’ to most words.
  • If the word ends in a ‘y’, replace the ‘y’ with an ‘I’ and add ‘ly’.
  • If the word ends in ‘le’ replace them with ‘ly’.
  • If the word ends in ‘ic’, add ‘ally’.

Words: quick, nice, late, close, happy, funny, lucky, gentle, simple, humble, basic, frantic, dramatic, terrific, increasing, true, glad, accident, beautiful, careful, hungry

Practise changing the words using the suffix ‘ly’ and looking at each word carefully to follow the rules.

Theme: The Vikings... Invaders or Settlers? 

Last week, you were asked to describe what you thought the Vikings were like using the pictures that I gave you. I wouldn’t be surprised if you developed words like…

vicious               blood thirsty           warriors                 dangerous


fighters                   fierce           scary              invaders

Over the next few weeks we are going to decide whether we think that this is a true representation. Were the Vikings INVADERS OR SETTLERS?


INVADERS: A group that takes over a place that is already occupied by others.

SETTLERS: A groups who move to live and stay in a new place


There will be one area of research each week (for 3 weeks), before we put all of the ideas together and come to the decision as to whether we think that this representation is fair.

W.C. 1.6.20 (Research Activity 1)

  • Where did the Vikings come from and where did they invade?

  • How did the Vikings fight? (weapons, long boats, army)

Watch the video clips (click on the links) and make notes/write down the key information that will help you to answer the question. You can use the note taking proforma (VIKINGS INVADERS OR SETTLERS RESEARCH ACTIVITY) that I have attached if you like or you can create your own.

HeartSmart: No Way Through Isn't True!

We are beginning a new HeartSmart theme this half term. The theme is ‘No Way Through Isn’t True!’ It is all about knowing there is a way through every situation , no matter how impossible it may seem. It is about not giving up, even if you find something difficult and finding the courage to keep going.

Use the following link to go to the Heartsmart family page. Click on the icon labelled ‘No Way Through Isn’t True!’ and watch the video introducing the theme.

There are two activities underneath the video clip – to make a poster and to write a super hero story. Choose one activity to complete. Next week you could try the other.



Half Term Fun Activities! VIKING STYLE!

Happy Half Term everyone! We are not setting ‘home learning’ as such this week because it would normally be half term and I know how hard many of you have worked over the last 5 weeks. However, we thought that we would suggest some creative ideas that you could try whilst you are at home. We will continue the theme of ‘The Vikings’ into next half term. This website has some great suggested activities that are fun and creative.

You could…

Make a cereal box Viking helmet and shield.

Make a Viking ship out of a juice carton or a couple of plastic bottles.

Bake Viking Bread. For other Viking Recipes visit )

Design and make your own Viking Broach. 

Design an aged Viking Map. 

Create a piece of artwork depicting the Vikings (This video is a step-by-step guide about how to draw a Viking: )

Here are some other activities that you could try: (see attachments below)

  • Decorate Viking Weapons
  • Design a Viking Longship Figurehead
  • Make a Viking Longship Instructions
  • Make Your Own Viking Helmet
  • Viking Longboat Paper Model Template
  • Viking Puzzles
  • Viking Rune Writer
  • Viking Wordsearch

Have fun and I’ll look forward to seeing some of your creations on the class blog!

W.C. 18.5.20 (Summer Term 1 Week 5)


We are going to stay with the theme of addition and subtraction this week, however will be linking it to the context of money.

Activity 1: Complete the following bitesize lesson about adding Money -I have attached the tasks below. 

Activity 2: Complete the following bitesize lesson about subtracting money. - I have attached the tasks below. 

Activity 3: This is a task from ‘NRich’. If you would like more guidance, follow the link. Try out different routes around the maze to find your highest and lowest totals.

Activity 4: This is a task from NRich. If you would like more guidance, follow the link. Make sure you try out different possibilities.

Mathletics and Times Tables Rockstars

I have reassigned last week's mathletics tasks so that you can continue to practise adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers. If you are confident in doing this, then I have assigned 2 new tasks...

  • Money
  • Giving Change

Continue to practise Times Tables rockstars. If you need to move to the next times table, please let me know in a blog post. I won't post it. 


We are now going to spend some time looking at ‘myths and legends’. Myths and Legends are stories that have been told and retold over many many years to different generations. Some myths and legends may have a moral or a lesson behind them.

Activity 1: Read the extracts (Reading Comprehension Grendel) from different versions of ‘Beowulf’ and see which one you prefer. Answer or discuss the questions that are under the extracts.

Activity 2: Here is a comprehension activity using extracts from different myths and legends.  Read the text and answer the questions : 'The Building of Heorot Comprehension'. 

I have attached a power point below which you could use to find out more about the story of Beowulf. 


Activity 1: To use expanded noun phrases. Complete the following BBC Bitesize lesson about expanded noun phrases. (I have attached the activities that are linked to this lesson below.)

Activity 2: To use similes and metaphors. Complete the following BBC Bitesize lesson about similes and metaphors. (I have attached the activities that are linked to this lesson below.)

Activity 3: Listen to Mrs Searle reading chapter 1 and 2 of Beowulf. Beowulf is a legend told from Anglo Saxon times. It is told as a poem however, has been adapted many times.  (I have attached a paper copy below if you cannot watch the video and a table template which you could use to magpie your ideas.) 

Write down the key adjectives and noun phrases that describe the character of Grendel. Find out the meaning of any words that you are unsure of.

Now listen to Miss Welch read Michael Morpurgo’s opening description of Grendel, the monster, and magpie other key adjectives and noun phrases that describe him. You could use the table below (Magpie Adjectives About Grendel) to help you to organise your ideas. (I have attached a paper copy below if you cannot watch the video).

Activity 4: Write your own version of the opening to Beowulf. Your challenge is, however, to only use 5 sentences. You have to make word and phrase choices to really make the reader feel worried about this monstrous creature. Use your word bank that you created in activity  3 to help you. Think about how you will introduce the story, setting the scene and introducing the main character of Grendel. REMEMBER: YOU DO NOT NEED TO WRITE THE WHOLE STORY.  Once you have written one draft, read it back to yourself and see if you can find ways to improve the word choices to have a bigger effect on the reader. Then you could re-write a better version. Afterwards, you could film yourself retelling your opener to the story.


  • Set the scene and describe the character. 
  • Use expanded noun phrases, thinking really carefully about your word choices.
  • Try to use some similes within your writing. 
  • Don't forget to use punctuation for effect.  FS    CL    ,    ‘“ ”    !    ?    '  


Practise adding the suffixes 'ed' and 'ing' to different verbs and 'er', 'est' and 'y' to different adjectives. Watch the video at the link below to remind yourselves of the 3 rules.

Here are some adjectives and verbs taken from the two versions of Beowulf. Can you create some new words by adding a suffix ad following the correct rule: 

Adjectives:  wild,      misty,   fine,   brave,     foul,     fierce,      strong,     empty,     dim,     dark,     evil,  happy,     great         

Verbs: roam,   growl,   shriek,    snarl,     refuse,     invite,       sing,     laugh,     burn,     hate,     march,     smash,     drag,     scream,     try,     snatch,     scream,     return,     stay,     enrage     


Now that we have completed the work on ‘bones and skeletons’, we are moving on to learn about the Vikings.

Activity 1: Look at the following pictures of Vikings. Write as many words as you can think of using the pictures below. What do you think the Vikings were like? (See Power Point attached below to find a larger picture).

Activity 2: Read the powerpoint that is attached below. Use the picture clues and information to sort the statements( also attached below). Decide whether they are true or false using the information to help you.

Heartsmart: Fake is a Mistake!

Last week I set you the task to think about how you are feeling about the situation that we are finding ourselves in. I hope you were able to talk to someone about it as it is important to share our feelings with people that we trust. 

Access the following website:

Activity: We are currently exploring the idea that ‘Fake is a Mistake’. If you press on this icon, you will find a video that asks you to make a ‘truth poster’. Discuss with your family members why it is important to be truthful about how we feel and speak to people we trust about our feelings. You could consider how it can help and make us feel better. 

This week, it is Mental Health Awareness Week. Below, I have attached some activities linked to kindness that you could have a go at. 


W.C. 11.5.20 (Summer Term 1 Week 4)


Key Learning:

  • To add 3-digit Numbers
  • To subtract 3-digit numbers

Activities: You do not have to complete all of the activities within in Bitesize Lessons, but complete what you can.

Activity 1: Mental Maths: this maths game to help you to add and subtract. Remember, you can use a number line to help you or if you are confident with column subtraction, you could use this. There is a copy of the grid attached below, but this is something that you could also quickly draw out on paper. 

 Activity 2: Adding 3-digit numbers. 

An Introduction by Mrs Searle. 



Complete the following BBC Bitesize lesson to help you to remember how to add 3-digit numbers.

   BBC Bitesize Addition Lesson (link)

Here are the 'Mathletics' Activities that will support addition. Your log in is in the front of your home partnership book. 

  • Add 2-digit numbers
  • Add 3-digit numbers
  • Add multi-digit numbers
  • Add 3-digit numbers: regroup

Activity 3: Subtracting 3-digit numbers

An introduction from Mrs Searle. 



Complete the following BBC Bitesize lesson to help you to remember how to add 3-digit numbers.

BBC Bitesize Subtraction Lesson (link)

Here are the 'Mathletics' Activities that will support subtraction. Your log in is in the front of your home partner ship book. 

  • 3-digit differences
  • 3-digit differences: 1 regrouping
  • 3-digit differences: 2 regrouping

Challenge:  If you need an extra challenge, try this. This is a subtraction challenge for you to have a go at.  The full problem and the video clips are at the following link.

Times Tables Rockstars: 

Please continue to practise your times tables regularly. This tournament has now ended. I will set up a new tournament soon. Watch this space!



I will set one main activity, with some suggested activities to complete. The BBC Bitesize lessons are a great resource to help build on the year 3 reading comprehension skills.  I will add to them each week. 

Activity 1: Complete the St. George and the Dragon Reading Comprehension attached below. There are 3 different levels, so choose the one most suitable for you. 



Key Learning:

  • To use adverbs in different places in the sentence.
  • To use inverted commas to show direct speech.


Activity 1: Continuing on from the work that you did on adverbs last week, complete this BBC Bitesize lesson:

This time, we will be using adverbials within a story writing context.

Activity 2: Here is a challenge for you. We haven’t explored the use of inverted commas yet, however they will work well within your story writing context. Use this BBC Bitesize lesson to help you to learn about inverted commas. You can always repeat the lesson if you find it challenging.

Activity 3: Watch these video clips from ‘How To Train Your Dragon’. Choose one to be the stimulus for your story writing.

(How To Train Your Dragon is a PG. These are short clips which I feel are ok but please watch them with an adult’s permission)

Writing Challenge: Can you retell the story using one of the film clips.  Remember to set the scene and describe the character, then show the reader the problem, solution and ending. Try to be as descriptive in your story as possible and remember to use adverbs and apostrophes for possession where appropriate. To write the best story, you may need to start it one day and come back to it on the next day.


  • Appropriate Punctuation:    .   CL    ,   !   ?   ‘  
  • Adjectives (Describing Words).
  • Adverbs (Words to describe the action).
  • Inverted commas to show that someone is speaking.
  • Make it exciting to read!


Key Learning: Spell the words from the year 3/4 spelling lists. 

Choose 6 more words from the year 3/4 or year 1/2 spellings lists. 

Practise these words using...

  • pyramid words
  • rainbow words
  • Look - Cover-Write- Check
  • Put them into sentences. 



Theme: (Video introducing task)

Activity 1: Complete any activities from previous weeks that you haven’t explored.

Activity 2: 



Using everything you have learnt so far about the human skeleton and joints, write an information booklet called ‘All about our Body.’

  • What does the skeleton look like?
  • What do bones do? Why are they important? 
  • How can we keep our bones healthy and strong? 
  • What are joints? What types of joints are there? 
  • How do the joints work? 


Previous Theme Tasks

W.C.  4.5.20

Key Learning:

  • Movable joints connect bones
  • Muscles are connected to bones and move them when they contract.


1. Research what is meant by the word ‘joint’. There are 3 main types of joint in your body.

  • Ball and Socket Joint
  • Hinge Joint
  • Gliding Joint

For each joint, complete the following table. I have attached a powerpoint below about joints which will also help you.

2. Watch the following videos about what muscles are and what job muscles do. (How do muscles work? BBC Bitesize)  (second half of the video)  (model demonstration of how muscles work)


  1. Using materials that you have at home, you could try to make a model or drawing to show a hinge joint with the muscles attached.

Previous Theme Tasks:  27.4.20:

1. Look back at the model that you created last week. Which bones protect vital organs? Which bones help with movement? Can you sort the bones into 2 groups?  (use the table attached below to help you).

2. Research different skeletons of animals. What is the same? What is different about them? Can you find any animals that do not have a skeleton? Are there any animals with skeletons on the outside of their body? Draw the different skeletons.

3. Use the outline of a dragon (attached below). Predict what the dragon’s skeleton would look like by drawing the bones inside its body. Think about which vital organs it would have that need protecting and which bones would help it to move.

Useful Links: (BBC Clip: What does the skeleton do?)  (BBC Clip: How do muscles and bones work? ) (You Tube: How do Bones and Skeletons work? ) (You Tube: The Skeletal System)

Previous Theme Tasks: W.C. 20.4.20

Use the following website to find out about your skeleton.  Then create your own skeleton using materials that you have at home or you can use the template attached below(Make your own skeleton!). You can also use the powerpoint to find out some more information about the bones in your skeleton. The try to complete the activity below (Name the bones in your skeleton!)




Key Learning: FAKE IS A MISTAKE!

Why is it important to let people know how you are really feeling?

It is really important that during this strange time, that you are honest about your feelings and you talk about them to the adults around you. It's ok to feel a variety of emotions at this time and I'm sure that you will. Here are some ways that you can work out what those feelings are. 

  • You could write a short diary or create a video to say how you are feeling each day. 
  • You could draw pictures to show what you did and how you felt. 
  • You could create an emotions wheel to show the different feelings that you have felt during lockdown. 
  • You could complete the COVID-19 2020 Time Capsule that I have attached below.