Class JI and JD

Hi all,

We will be posting on here daily at 9.00 a.m. whilst you are working from home with new learning ideas and activities for you! We have also made a timetable similar to the one that we follow in school as we know you guys love to see what is coming up in the day. This is just a rough guide for what you can do each day but we know each of you learn differently so change this timetable to suit you and your home learning. If it's not suitable, please do not worry, do what you can and what is best for you!

Scroll down to find out extra information to support your home learning or to find some fun activities. 

We hope you are all well, enjoying yourself and remember to take care of yourself and your loved ones! 

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson:) 

Friday 5th June 2020

Hello and Good Morning!

Happy Friday! 

Today in America they have a National Day dedicated to Doughnuts, or as they spell it donuts! What is your favourite type of doughnut? Jam, glaze, chocolate or sprinkles? Personally, I love a jam doughnut (Miss O'Brien) and I love a chocolate and sprinkles doughnut (Miss Stephenson). This has been a long standing tradition that started all the way back in 1938!

We both love doughnuts that we even bought a 'decorate your own doughtnut kit' over the half term! Why don't you try desgining your own doughnut this weekend! What filling would you have? What colours would you use? Would have have a classic torus shape or try something more exotic?

Take care and have a lovely weekend!

Miss Stephenson and Miss O'Brien :)

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In this lesson, we are going to continue writing a story. 

Remember the planning stage and what you should include - use the table above to help you.


In this lesson, we will be revising all of the new learning from this week. This will include describing 2D and 3D shapes, lines of symmetry and all of the new vocabulary we have encountered. Enjoy a little quiz for today's work. 

Can you describe 2D and 3D shapes to somebody without using their names?

E.g. This shape is 3D shape. It has 8 vertices. It has 8 faces. It has 12 edges. What is my shape?

Foundation (Art)

In this lesson we will first learn how to use our pencil to create interesting textures before creating a drawing of a view from a window.

Brain Buddies

Sharing my new way to practise self-care - Activity 3

First, visit to remind yourself of some ideas to help you practise self-care. 

Then you can complete the work that is under today's message. You can answer the questions in your book or on paper.


Story Time

Story time today is called Arnie the Doughnut read by Chris O'Dowd. He was a voice actor in Mary Poppins returns!

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: torus (noun)

Definition:  a torus is a doughnut-shaped surface of revolution generated by revolving a circle about an axis coplaner with the circle.

The tasty doughnut is normally in the shape of a torus.

Synonym: round, circle

Challenge: Can you make a list of other objects that are often in the shape of a torus.

Thursday 4th June 2020

Hello Everyone! 

We have been in school this week teaching the children of Key Workers. We have been learing about the topics you have been covering at home. How have you found it? What has been your favourite? The children have enjoyed lots of the activities, particularly, the science lesson about the Great Barrier Reef. We have received some work from children at home based on the science which was FANTASTIC! Well done for sending in your work, we loved reading it. 

Today is National Cheese Day! How many dishes can you name that use cheese in it? 

Now we have plenty of cheesy jokes for you...

What did the block of cheese say in the mirror? Hallou-mi! Looking Gouda. 

I reached for the plate for food when my sister shouted,"That's nacho cheese."

What did the grilled cheese say to his date? "You make me melt."

Can you find anymore cheese jokes and puns? 

Have a *grate* day! 

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)


In this lesson, we are going to focus on the use of prepositions in a story. What is a preposition? 

Can you descibe where Wally is in the piucture above using prepositions?

For example,

Wally is next to the sun lounger.

Wally is underneath the sun umbrella.


In this lesson, we will be looking in detail at the definition of symmetry and how to recognise this in familiar 2D shapes. This will build on our work on the properties of 2D shapes.

Foundation - Islam

In this lesson, we will be learning about some of the key aspects of the Muslim faith, exploring their six main beliefs, as well as taking a glance at the Five Pillars of Islam.

Design and Technology

Wallace and Gromit appear in our Story Time, so we're going to use them as inspiration for this lesson. 

Wallace and Gromit are famous for their inventions in the show. What is an invention? Can you create an invention for your home? As you have been at home for a while, you may have encountered a task that you would like to make easier and more convenient. 

Some examples:

Story Time

In honour of 'National Cheese Day' we have got a video of Wallace and Gromit's visit to the moon. You will work out the link when you watch. There are two short videos to watch back to back. Here are the links in order...

Link 1:

Link 2:

Enjoy the videos!

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: sufferage (noun)

Definition:  the right to vote in political elections.

Antonyms: dethrone, deposition, overthrow

Women gained sufferage by protesting and a famous sufferagette, Emile Davision, famiously took a stand at the horse races 107 years ago today.

Synonymvote, say, opionion, choice

Challenge: Can you research about a woman who inspires you in honour of Emile Davision. 

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Hello Year 3, happy hump day! We are already halfway through the working week.

I don't know about you, but I definitely don't feel like we are in June! Now a bit of learning for you all... The month of June comes from the Roman calendar and used to be called Lunius. The new name might come from the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter. Originally, June only had 29 days and it was actually Julius Caesar who added the additional day giving June 30 days. 

Now that we have learnt some Jazzy June facts together maybe you could find out some of your own. Send any you find interesting to us, we would love to see. 

Have a fantabulous (We have made up a new word here using two real adjectives, what do you think they are? Can you make up your own word?) day!

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

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In this lesson, we are going to explore the features of a story. We will be revisiting Traction Man again.

What features are there in a piece of writing, can you work it out the missing letters?

F_ _ _ _ _ _ A _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 



A _ j _ _ _ _ ives



In this lesson, we will be looking in detail at the properties of 3D and identifying these. This will build on our work on angles and 2D shapes.

Can you name any 3D shapes and link them with a 2D shape. For example, a cube and square.

Foundation - Science 

In this lesson, we will learn some of the different uses of light. First, we will look at what a periscope is and how it works. Then, we will learn about the different kinds of lenses that help people to see. To finish our lesson, we will learn about shadow puppet theatres and make our own!

What is a periscope? Can you find this out.

Mind Up

Today, we are going to revisit the parts of the brain. Can you remember the three different parts we were learning about in school?

Here are some clues:

The owl (PFC). 

An elephant never forgets or a hippo.

The guard dog. 

Watch this video to remind yourself about it

Then you're going to create a poster with a picture of the brain and the different parts similar to the picture above. Can you write explanations of each part with the information from the video. If you need more information use the powerpoint that is attached under today's message. 

Story Time

For today's story you are being treated to David Walliams reading his own book, The slightly annoying elephant! Enjoy!

Today for story time skip to 0:42


Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Amygdala (noun)

Definition:  An almond-shaped mass of grey matter inside our brain involved with the experiencing of emotions.

When we are worried, our amygdala makes us all react in different ways.

Challenge: Can you remember our brain break breathing and listening? Try it at home to calm your amygdala. If you don't remember you can use this video as a little reminder.

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Hellooooo there Year 3!

Today, is an interesting day in history. Without looking below can you guess what it is from the picture?

Today in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II had her Coronation! Fun Fact... Westminster Abbey has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066. Before the Abbey was built, Coronations were carried out wherever was convenient, taking place in Bath, Oxford and Canterbury. (Does the date 1066 ring any bells? It should!)

Today, your challenge is to embody the Queen. How could you act like the Queen? List some adjectives to describe the Queen. Have some fun and see if your families can guess the role you are taking on? 

We miss you! Keep up the good work!

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :) 

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In this lesson, we are going to retrieve information from a story. Start with a quiz from yesterday's VIPERS - inference and prediction. Then move onto today's VIPER. Can you guess it? It is...Retrieve! What do you need to do for retrieval questions? What does retrieve mean?

Today's English lesson is continuing with Traction Man, enjoy!


In this lesson, we will be applying 2-D shape vocabulary to accurately describe and draw them. 

How many 2D shapes can you name in one minute? Send your scores in to the office at or J2e. 

Some scores already:

12 shapes 

16 shapes


In this lesson, we will recap our previous learning in Spanish and then learn how to answer the question ¿Dónde vives? and saying where we live in Spanish. For this lesson you will need a pen and pencil and some paper, as well as another person or a cuddly toy to have a conversation with!

Religious Education 

Next Sunday is Trinity Sunday. Check out the short powerpoint found below the daily message and choose from either of the following activities.

1.) Create a fact file on Trinity Sunday. Why do we have Trinity Sunday? What makes it special? What do we normally do on Trinity Sunday?

  • Use your own knowledge of Trinity Sunday to help you.
  • Use anything you have learnt from the powerpoint
  • Plus do some of your own research!

2.) Create your own representation of the Holy Trinity, above is a picture of two examples from the powerpoint that might give you an idea. 


Today in honour of the Queen, we have a queen based story. This story starts with a wicked troll King causing mischief... see what happens in the rest of this adapted Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.

Word of the Day 

Word of the Day: Coronation (noun)

Definition:  The ceremony at which a King or Queen is crowned.

The Queen's coronation took place in 1953 aand was a great state event. It was watched by over 20 million viewers, the first time many had watched television.  

Synonym: crowned

Antonymsdethrone, deposition, overthrow

Challenge: Can you create a crown fit for a monarch? You can wear it yourself and become royalty for the day! 

Monday 1st June 2020

Good Morning YEAR 3! 

I hope you have enjoyed the beautiful weather this half term and are ready to start our new term! Get ready to put in all your effort and be excited to learn new things along the way.

Do you all remember our Katherine Johnson launch in the school play ground? Well, the private rocket company SpaceX has sent two Nasa astronauts into orbit! You can take a look at this cool video on newsround to find out more and watch the launch!

Check out below to see this weeks lessons! Today is also national reef awareness day! The Great Barrier Reef is a natural beauty found in Australia, unfortunately due to pollution this natural beauty is at risk. Today think of little ways that we can do to keep our seas beautiful.

Check out the video for today's Science lesson to see the reef in all its beauty. Warning: the video below may make you want to swim in the ocean. Have a great first week back and we can't wait to speak to you all and hear about your half term. 

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :D


In this lesson, you will be making inferences and predictions about a story using your comprehension skills (VIPERS) which will be followed by making a sign which can be used to promote effective handwashing.


In this lesson, we will recap what the various properties of 2-D shapes are and begin to identify them within 2-D shapes. We will think about how to work efficiently and systematically. Can you describe 2-D shapes based on their properties?



In this lesson, we will be exploring the beginning of the religion of Islam. We will learn about the life of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, who established the religion following revelations from the Angel Gabriel. Check out today's lesson here (


As it is World Reef Awareness Day, we are going to be learning about the Great Barrier Reef. 

Where is the Great Barrier Reef? Clue: G'Day mate, I'm from Down Under.  It is in Australia and it is the world's largest coral reef system. 

David Attenborough explores the reef here, watch the video to see for yourself:

Now you have watched the video, you will have found out that there are threats to this ecosystem.

Create a leaflet all about the Great Barrier Reef. Here is what you can include:

1. Front page - title and picture.

2. Facts about the Great Barrier Reef e.g. Where is it? How big is it? 

3. Animals that live in the reef

4. Threats to the reef

5. Why people should visit the Great Barrier Reef e.g. Activities you can do there. 

Use this website to help you:


Today's story is a very important one as it's a true story that happened not that long ago that teaches us a valuable lesson. In honour of national reef day, today's story ist all about a turtle living in a beautiful reef and what happens when we don't look after our oceans. Check out today's story here: (

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: conservationist (noun)

Sir David Frederick Attenborough is a top conservationist that we are inspired by.

Definition:  a person who supports the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife.

Synonyms: environmentalist, friends of the earth or eco-activist

Antonyms: polluter

Challenge: What ways can we be top conservationists? Think of three top tips for your friends and family on how we can look after the world.

Friday 22nd May 2020

Happy Friday! This is the last day of Summer Term 1. How quick has that gone?

How have you found your last week of this term? You have all been working really hard, well done!

We want you to have a nice half term, looks like the weather will be nice too. Remember if you want any activites over the holidays you can scroll right to the bottom of our pages. Visit these website for some ideas too, just click the arrow to a range of ideas. 

Arts and Crafts: 

At Home Science Experiements:

Any fun activities you have done at home remember to email any pictures to the office:   Also email over your self-portraits to the same place. 

Today's picture is guess the story, fairytale, fable using emojis - good luck! Get the whole family to join. 

Remember to have a rest over the half term. Enjoy!

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

P.S. A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jessie in JI, we hope you have a lovely day celebrating!


In this lesson, we are going to plan and write a character description on a villain.

What is a villain? Can you think of villains from stories? How many can you name? 

Remember what you should include to make it a tip top description e.g. adjectives, similes and fronted adverbials etc.


In this lesson, we will be looking in detail at the properties of rectangles and identifying these. This will build on our work on angles, particularly right angles.

What information do you know about rectangle? How many right-angles do they have? Can you find any rectangles around your home? 

Describe a rectangle to someone without saying the word rectangle. How can you describe it? Think about the number of sides and the length of the sides. Is it a 2-D or 3-D shape?


Today you are going to go on a texture hunt around your house! You will be using these textures to create a patchwork piece of art. Think outside the box with what textures you can use and how many different patterns you can create. Check out the lesson here: (


Today, say a prayer based on kindness using the image above. 

Proverbs 21:21

Good News Translation

21 Be kind and honest and you will live a long life; others will respect you and treat you fairly.

What does this teaching mean? We get what we put out there in the world. Send out love and kindness, and receives it back.

Task: There are more creative activities below you can complete to show kindess to others, the world and to yourself. Enjoy!

Story Time

Horton Hears a Who 

We have read a book by this fabulous author before...Dr Seuss. 

You may have read the story before or watched the film. Dr Seuss uses very funny rhymes in his books. Can you find your favourite rhyme in this book? 

One day Horton, with his very big ears, hears a tiny yelp for help coming from a speck. The other jungle animals don’t know what he’s talking about, and they want to destroy the speck. Follow Horton’s epic journey to save the Whos. This classic Dr. Seuss tale is such a great way to teach everyone that kindness is persistent and that any person, or elephant, can stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: texture (noun)

The texture of the victoria sponge cake was light and fluffy.

Definition:  The feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance.

Synonyms: feel, touch, appearance 

Antonyms: N/A

Challenge: How many different textures can you find around your house? Can you think of any ways that you could organise these?

Thursday 20th May 2020

Magandang umaga! Does anyone know today's language? Clue: The population is 106.7 million and the capital city is Manila. 

While Miss Stephenson has been working hard over Hallfield, Mrs O'Dell and I have been in school preparing classrooms and doing a spot of tidying and cleaning. Mrs O'Dell has sent a little message to you all:

I hope you are keeping up with all times tables and keep up with the fantastic reading. When we get back to school you can tell me all about the wonderful stories you have read :)

Don't forget that THIS FRIDAY is the last day to enter the self-portrait competition. You could win yourself a £10 book token! Please don't miss out :) To submit your entry, take a photo of your work and send it to the school email.?

Have a great day to you all!

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

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In this lesson, we are going to focus on the use of similes in a character description.

What is a simile? Can you think of a simile? Why would we use similes in character description?


In this lesson, we will be revisiting pairs of parallel and perpendicular lines. We will look at how they differ and what they have in common, as well as where they occur in 2D shapes.

Have a go at creating your own artwork like the picture above using parallel and perpendicular lines after the Oak lesson.


In this lesson, we will be learning what happened when the Armada set sail. As an extra challenge, you could try building your own boat fit for the Spanish armada. Use items from your recycling to create your design. Think about how you can make it float, sturdy, fast etc. Check out the lesson here (

Mind UP

Being kind to others is something we can all do in our daily lives to boost our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. Kindness has powerful effects on our brain and our body. It helps us feel more positive emotions, create good experiences, improve our health, and build strong relationships. Try these activities to help spread kindness and take mindful action in the world.

Try some of the activities under today's message. 

Story Time

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Find out what it means to fill a bucket and how you can fill a bucket too. It is something to do with this week's theme...can you remember the theme?

Could you name 5 things you have done to fill someone's bucket before?

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: turmoil (noun)

During the time of the spanish amarda, there was great turmoil in England.

Definition:   state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty.

Synonyms: confusion, turbulance

Antonyms: calm, peace

Challenge: Can you use this word in a sentence with a fronted adverbial?

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Helloooooooo Year 3! 

Did you get the language from yesterday's good morning message? It was...Polish! Well done if you got it.

We are already halfway through the week. What have you enjoyed learning about this week up to now? How is your self-portrait coming along? We are looking forward to seeing your entries. 

Today's picture is of a dolphin. We have used a few pictures of animals which many of you have been enjoying. A dolphin was suggested by Naomi (JI). Can you find out some facts about dolphins? Maybe, you could try drawing a dolphin or your favourite animal. Send any and we can pop them up on the school website. 

Have a fab day!

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

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In this lesson, we are going to explore the features of a character description. 

You will be going over expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, conjunctions, adjectives, adverbs and so on. Test out your knowledge and give it a go!


In this lesson, we will be building on our knowledge of lines and angles to identify pairs of parallel lines. We will identify these individually and within 2D shapes, as well as looking in detail at their meaning. What does parallel mean? 

Find out all about parallel lines here:


In this lesson, we will learn the steps that take place when we see an object. We will draw diagrams to show how we see; we will learn the different parts and functions of the human eye; and we will learn why people wear glasses and sunglasses. In this lesson you will need a piece of paper, a pencil and a ruler.

Brain Buddies

First you can watch a video on Kindness - the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week.  


Then you can try the next activity from Brain Buddies, which covers self-care ideas. Find the activity 2 worksheet under today's message. You could even try some of these ideas over the week and bank holiday weekend e.g. baking. 

Story Time 

Today's story is about understanding our worries. Everbody Worries is a bright and friendly picture book, where you can learn that it’s okay to worry about coronavirus. There are lots of fun rhyming couplets, can you find any? How many can you find?

Everybody Worries gives us a message that things will pass! Always remember we are there for you and we will get through this together! You can read this by yourself, to your parents, carers or the whole family. Enjoy :)

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Compassionate (adjective)

Definition:  sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others

The members of JI and JD are always compassionate towards one another

Synonyms: empathy, pity, understanding 

Antonyms: indifference, heartlessness 

Challenge: How can you show compassion towards others and yourself this week?

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Dzien' dobry Year 3! Can you guess the language? Some children may know this! If not try finding out. Clue: The capital of the country is Warsaw.  

This week is special as it is...Mental Health Awareness Week! The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is Kindness. Why is kindness important?  Who should you be kind to? To celebrate this, we will have a few activities for you throughout the week. 

Also, we want to say a big well done to all of the children for their superhero descriptions. Lots of you were very excited to tell us about the superheroes they created, we really enjoyed hearing about them! An example below is from Gabriel (JI), well done for your fantastic work, you certainly used ambitious vocabulary. 

Please continue sending in your wonderful work! 

Have a great day, 

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

P.S. Remember the Self-portrait competition this Friday for the chance to win a gift voucher for a book! 


In this lesson, we are going to explore comparison questions using character descriptions. 

What does it mean to compare? 

You are going to look at two different character descriptions on superheroes and compare the two. Can you find similarities and differences? 

Use Oak Academy here:


In this lesson, we will be looking in detail at horizontal and vertical lines and how these relate to perpendicular pairs of lines. We will then identify where we find these in the real-world and begin to draw them.

Can you complete part a, part b and part c? There is so many artwork pieces using pependicular, horizontal and vertical lines. Check some out on the internet and maybe try creating another art piece on them. 

Use Oak Academy here:


In this lesson, we will recap our knowledge from last week and we will build on our knowledge by learning the days of the week. We can then use this, as well as our previous knowledge of months and numbers, to say the date in Spanish! (

Mind Up

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is 'Kindness' therefore, Mind Up's lesson of Performing Acts of Kindess can be accessed here:

Can you create a poster or cards with acts of kindness you could do? You could even draw around your hand and come up with 5 different kindness acts. 

Story Time

Keeping with this week's theme of 'kindness', today's story is about showing kindness and compassion to yourself! You are all important and special, therefore you need to always remember to be kind to yourself as well as others. You can be your own friend too! 

The story for today is called Listening With My Heart and you can read along to the video her:

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Ravenous 

Definition:  extremely hungry

I was feeling as ravenous as a wolf waiting for my dinner to cook. 

Synonyms: starving, famished

Antonyms: full, satisfied 

Challenge: Imagine you have woken up absolutely ravenous what would be your perfect meal?

Monday 18th May 2020

Good Morning Year 3!

We hope you have had a lovely weekend!

The weather has certainly been glorious, let's hope this continues.

Did you know that today is International Museum Day? We love going to the museum,

it's like having your very own time machine where you get to explore a

different place and time in every room that you enter. 

You get to experience things back in time, even as long as 4.5 billion years ago

(a long time before you were born...before Miss O'Brien, Miss Stephenson and 

your great-great grandparents were born!)  

There are also opportunities to learn about different races and cultures.  

Although the museums may still be closed,

we can now explore them from the comfort of our own homes.

Check out the links below and you can even share with us your

favourite thing that you find.

Try visiting you favourite museum's website to check out some activities. 

Have a marvellous Monday

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

Natural History Museum:,-0.1273393,2a,75y,172.87h,89.26t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sODsB39IFftT2TyEh2EXLRg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Science Museum:,-0.1744935,2a,75y,136.45h,85.42t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sENJPGazYQmcxC1STi_R3Og!2e0!7i13312!8i6656


In this lesson, we are going to explore the meaning of words using character descriptions. Where can you find meanings of words? ....of course a dictionary! I hope you can remember how to use one. Have a little watch of this clip to jog your memory.

Then you can move onto today's Oak Academy session here:


In this lesson, we will be building on our work on angles (in particular right angles) to identify perpendicular lines. We will look at these individually and within 2D shapes, as well as having a chance to find these yourselves. 

You will find out what perpendicular lines are. Do you have any ideas what they are? Clue: You can see perpendicular lines in right angles. 

Check out Oak Academy for the lesson here:


In this lesson, the great Spanish Armada will set sail heading towards England to overtake Elizabeth I (Henry VIII daughter). It was considered the most powerful fleet of its time consisting of 130 ships and 30,000 men. What will Elizabeth I do? Will the fleet make it to the shores of England. Find out in today's lesson here:

Check out this horrible histories clip:


As it is International Museum Day, we're going to check out the Science Museum website.

You can also do further acticities if you wish here: There are a lot of different activities, games and resources you can do from home. Also, there are videos and reading about many interesting science topics. 

Today's task

You can have a choice of what to do today

1. Discover information about recycling plastic here then with this information and questions, we want you to create a poster of ways to save our planet. 

2. Find out 'How scientists practise for a trip to Mars' then we want you to create a 'suitcase' of 10 things you would take on the Mission to Mars with you. Can you explain why you would take each item? 

Story Time

Inspired by Alistair (JI), today's story will be a Dr Seuss story called The Lorax. You have may have heard it before or maybe watched the film. Alistair rewrote the story of The Lorax in his own words and illustrated it with pictures from the book as you can see in the picture above, fantastic work! During today's story, we want you to look out for the theme of environment. In the world of The Lorax what has happened to the environment? Are there any similarities from the book and what's happening in our environment? 

Enjoy the fantastic rhyming story here:

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Feeble 

Definition: lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness.

'I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king' - Queen Elizabeth I

Synonyms: weak, delicate, frail

Antonyms: Strong, powerful, muscular

ChallengeThink of a time when someone mistook you for being feeble and how you overcame this.

Friday 15th May 2020

Good Morning Team! 

It's the last day of the working week, FriYAY!

We hope you have had a fabulous week and we will continue ringing today. 

Remember any activities you do whether that is the self-portrait, the Month of Mary activities, music performances or even cooking send them in so we can see and then we could upload them onto the school website. We love, love, LOVE seeing your work!

Brain Teaser Alert!! Use the image on the right to see if you can spot the differences. Can you spot all 7?

See you next week and have a lovely weekend. Always remember you are all doing an amazing job (including parents/carers!),

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

P.S. There has been a few children celebrating their sibling's birthday so we want to give them all a Happy Birthday! Also, Vera in JI is celebrating her 8th birthday tomorrow, so a big Happy Birthday, hip hip hooray! 

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In this lesson, we will be revisiting our angles learning from this week. We will revise what is meant by right, acute and obtuse angles. We will then have an opportunity to identify these angles and draw them.

Can you create shapes with different types of angles inside, similar to the picture above? Label the types of angles. 


In this lesson, we are going to plan and write a character description on a superhero. Remember all of the things you have learnt to include, conjunctions, adjectives, ambitious vocabulary and a range of sentences. 

Think about all of these questions when planning your superhero description. What do their outfits look like? What powers do they have? What are their names? What is their personality like? How do they travel around and at what speed? What are their hobbies? We have already heard fantastic ideas from children and we are looking forward to seeing them all!

Great work Year 3, keep it up!

Foundation (Music)

Todays lesson is all about the major scale and you will be using actions to help you. Also check out the video of two interesting music students singing in scales.


As always, you have choices for this activitiy. You can choose one or all, it's completely up to you. 

1. You can continue or have this time to complete your self portrait for the SMA art competition, using any materials you can find. 

2. You could learn a piece of music of your choice, whether you can play an instrument, sing or even using body percussion. Amelia S in JI performed a fantastic piano piece at home, it was beautiful! Thank you so much for sending that in. Here is an example of Body Percussion you could learn.

3. Start or continue with Marian crafts to celebrate the Month of Mary. Look at the document under today's message for ideas. 

Any activity you choose, when completed, send through pictures to the school office email or upload to J2e. 



Story Time

Today is another amusing story from The Brothers Grimm, who collected and published German folklore many years ago. They inspired many Disney films and fairytales that we watch and read today. Click on the link to listen to The Town Musicians of Bremen.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: aesthetic (adjective)

Definition: concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.

You picture gives great aesthetic pleasure.

Synonyms: artistic, creative, beautiful

Antonyms: ugly, tasteless, unartistic.

ChallengeYour challenge is to find a piece of artwork that you find aesthetically pleasing. Tell one of your family members why!?

You could find one here at the National Portrait Gallery

Thursday 14th May 2020

Good Morning All! 

We hope you have been enjoying all of the activities this week. There's been a few new topics this week, how are they going?

A reminder to you all about the SMA Art competition, check out the picture as an example. 

SMA Self-portrait competition

  • It’s time to get creative- use any material around you house to create a self-portrait!
  • For each class there will be two winners.  Each person will receive a £10 book voucher.
  • Friday 22nd May is the last day to submit your entries. The winners will be chosen by a judging panel over half term.
  • Take a photograph of your entry and send it to the office. Please do not include the real you in the photo for safeguarding issues. We would like to be able to put the entries up on the website with your permission.  
  • We look forward to receiving your fantastic entries!

We will continue to check in with everyone, have a wonderful day! 

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)


Today, we are to going to focus on the use of conjunctions. 

Subordating conjunctions and Co-ordinating conjunctions are the two types of conjunctions. Can you remember what the difference between them are? 



In this lesson, we will be building on our angle knowledge by introducing the terms acute and obtuse for those angles which are smaller (acute) and greater (obtuse) than right-angles. We will have time to look at these angles separately and within different shapes.

Remember the hint from before for smaller angles - aCUTE angle.

Foundation (History)

This is the first lesson of our new History topic, focusing on 'The Spanish Armada'. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's child , Elizabeth I, went on to become a very important ruler of England. Learn about Elizabeth I and the struggles she faced. 

How many ships were in the Spanish Aramada? Take a guess and come back to find out the answer.

A.) 60

B.) 130

C.) 220


Visit this page for some ideas of how to celebrate the Month of Mary. You can visit the page weekly or more during May to choose a different activity. There are also prayers for you. Get your whole family involved and send anything you have created into the office email or upload to J2e. We are going to be getting involved too.


Story Time

Today's Story Time is a Story of Saint Mary to celebrate May - The Month of Mary. 

Click on the link to watch.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Armada (noun)

Definition: Armada a fleet of warships.

To win the war get an Armada ready to fight.

Challenge: Find out 2 facts about the Spanish Armada.

Wednesday 13th May 2020

G'Day Guys! 

We hope the picture makes you giggle today. 

You are half way through the week with only a hop, skip and a jump until Friday! 

We hope you enjoyed the activities for International Nurses Day yesterday, what did you get up to? We would love to see. 

Today there is an activity that has been sent to us by Ella Higgs from Mind. She had been working with JI back at school. There are lots of fun activities to come and now everyone can get involved!

Also, check out this resource all about MindUp at home! This has been shared with us by our wonderful SENCO so do take a look in your spare time.

Have a grrrrrrrreat day!

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson

File icon: docx Home Activity Task 1 - Brain Buddies [docx 281KB] Click to download


In this lesson, we will be building on your angles learning and focusing specifically on right angles. We will explore these on their own, in shapes and in everyday objects.

A right angle is...90 degrees. 

How many right angles can see around you in your house? Try doing a right-angle hunt in your home. First clue...a table may have a few.


In this lesson, we are going to explore the features of a character description.

What do we call words that describe?

What are conjunctions? What are the different types of conjunctions?

These questions are something to think about during today's lesson. By the end of it you should be able to answer them. 

We hope you are enjoying the Superhero theme!

Foundation (Science)

Learn about refraction in today's Oak Academy lesson. You can also give it a go at home with a glass of water, a piece of paper and a pen. Find out how below.

Brain Buddies

Brain Buddies is a programme to support children which can help to develop a healthy mind and well-being.

The first activity introduces the concept of self-care. You can draw/write/photograph the activities you already do to look after your wellbeing, which you can then share with us through email or upload to J2e.  

We understand that you may not have access to resources to print the worksheets, if this is the case just use your home learing book or a separate piece of paper to complete the activities. 

The worksheet is available under today's message. 

Story Time

Today's story is from the Brothers Grimm. It is called Rumpelstilskin, which also the name of the main character who is magical, wild and full of rage. Click on the link below to find out what happens.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: refraction (verb)

Definition: Refraction is the change in direction of a wave, caused by the change in the wave's speed.

A trick of the light is called refraction.

Challenge: To refract the word 'Refraction' with a glass of water, take a picture and upload it to J2e

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Hello, Hello, Hello! 

Good Morning and welcome to International Nurse's Day! I don't think this day could come at a better time! We celebrate International Nurse's Day on the 12th May as it is the birthday of a very famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

*Who is Florence Nightingale and where can I find out more about her?*

Well, I am glad you asked! Florence came from a wealthy family and decided to become a nurse. She went to the Crimean War to help hurt soldiers their even though she was not expected to work. She thought of new ideas like cleaning the hospital to make it safer and said that nurses should wash heir hands. (Sounds silly but people didn't keep hospitals very clean and it made people even MORE sick!)

Florence looked after the soldiers day and night and went around to check on them with a lamp. So she became known as the 'The Lady with the Lamp’. Florence Nightingale is remembered for making changes to nursing and showing people that nursing was a very important job.

Check out these links to find videos and more information on this inspiring lady.

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)



Today we are going to explore language questions using a character description on SUPERHEROES. Now take a deeper dive and see if you can use the I from our VIPERs to Infer some more information. What are they not telling you? Get your magnifying glass out and read between the lines!


We hope you are enjoying the new topic! In today's lesson we will review what an angle is. We will begin to explore various angles that are found inside 2-D shapes before noticing patterns between the number of sides and the number of angles. Oak Academy Week 4, Lesson 2.

Foundation (Spanish)

Happy Birthday Florence and today that is what you are going to learn! Today you will learn the spanish for Happy Birthday and the months, as well as recap your number knowledge!

Not enough spanish you cry? Check out this fun game too!



The focus of today is Florence Nightingale. 

You have a few options to choose from...

You can learn about the creation of the NHS in 1945. What it is and why it was made?

Why are the Nightingale Hospitals named after her?

Design a lamp using science knowledge that can be seen from the greatest distance

Create a portrait of Florence Nightingale

Design posters for the NHS, celebrating all of the hard work

Story Time

As it's International Nurses Day, today's story is going to be on Florence Nightingale. It's her story during the Crimean War. We hope enjoy and feel inspired by her story! Click on the link below to watch.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: pioneer (verb)

Definition: to develop or be the first to use or apply a new method, area of knowledge or activity.

Mary Seacole pioneered the 'British Hotel' which was a hospital during the Crimean War.

Synonyms: to do something new, to create, to invent.

Antonyms: to stop something, to keep the same, to not change anything.

Challenge: Research a pioneering nurse and find out what made them such a great pioneer.

*If you are struggling have a look at Mary Seacole, Mary Todd Lincoln or Florence Nightingale.

Monday 11th May 2020

Good morning Year 3!

We hope you had a fantastic bank holiday weekend, the weather was glorious! Did you celebrate at home for VE Day? I (Miss O'Brien) made some bunting to commerate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and all the people who went through the war. Did you do anything similar? Please send anything in you did at home to celebrate. 

Who's ready to get their thinking caps on? You've got a fun-filled day to start the week off and a couple of new topics to sink your teeth into. We hope you enjoy! 

Have a lovely day and speak to you all soon :)

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson



Today, we are going to move to Week 4 on Oak Academy and we will be starting a new topic...angles. You will start to understand what the word ‘angle’ means. Then you will begin to identify angles within objects and shapes before comparing the size of angles.

A little way to remember an angle smaller than 90 degrees - it is a cute angle because it small - an acute angle.


Today, we are going to move to Week 4 on Oak Academy where you will be learning all about character description. In today's lesson you can start with a quiz then move onto the main part of the lesson about fact retrieval and superheroes. The focus of today's lesson will be word reading and the meaning of words. Find out ways to help you answer comprehension questions correctly. Remember VIPERS. R for retrieve.

Foundation (History)

We have found out a lot about Henry VIII's life. This Oak Academy lesson is a time to reflect and recap. If you want, imagine you are an artist asked to create a portrait for Henry VIII. Share your creations on J2e for Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson to see!

Have a look at this Tudor Interactive game!


Read up about comets, asteroids and meteorites on this website 

Have a go at creating your own comet using household objects and freezing it. 

Make sure you watch the second video to see how Fran Scott created her comet/'dirty snowball'.

Take some pictures of your comet and send them in, we would love to see them!

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: quintessential (adjective)

Definitionrepresenting the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class.

A cup of tea is a quintessential British drink.

Synonyms: typical, perfect, standard

Antonymsbad, below-standard, awful

Challenge: Think about 3 things that you can't live without. Your quintessential perfect things. 

Story Time

Oliver Jeffers is an author, artist and illustrator who creates many children's books. Lots of the stories have messages in them and have won many awards. Today's story is How to Catch a Star. Click on the link below to watch Oliver Jeffers read the fabulous story.

Friday 8th May 2020 (VE DAY)

Happy V.E Day and Happy Bank Holiday!

Today we won't be setting you normal work, (although it is on Oak Academy if you want to have a look!). Instead, we hoped it would be a nice time to try out some of the ideas that can be found in the V.E powerpoint. 

Our top picks are learning a dance from WW2 and create potato stamp (or any other fruit or vegetable stamp) bunting to decorate your house!

Speak soon,

Miss Stephenson and Miss O'Brien :) 

File icon: pptx VE Day- 75th Anniversary-KS2 [pptx 18MB] Click to download

A day in the life of an evacuee

Arts and Crafts

Try and make some World War 2 medals with bits and bobs around the house.


Try your hand at some baking! Carrot cake, porridge or anything else! As long as it is for your V.E day feast then we don't mind!

Thursday 7th May 2020

Hello Year 3,

Today is the last day of the working week, as tomorrow is a bank holiday! This bank holiday is an important one because tomorrow will be 75 years since the end of World War 2. Today we have put up a powerpoint giving a little explanation for you to learn about what tomorrow is all about, plus there are lots of activities for you to take part in as well. If you do, please take photos and share them with us as we would love to see them! 

Thank you so much to those children who have entered into our competition to beat the teacher and those who have sent in videos and pictures of their planets. We can't wait to see more entries. So far no one has beaten the teacher... can you?

Have a lovely long weekend from Miss Stephenson and Miss O'Brien! :)

File icon: pptx VE Day- 75th Anniversary-KS2 [pptx 18MB] Click to download


Today we are jumping into Friday's task where you can buckle down and write your own setting description! Type it up on J2E and send it to your teacher to read, we would love to see your work!


In this Oak Academy lesson, we will start to use pictorial representations to help identify and compare the size of fractions with the same denominator. Give it a go and see how you get on!

Foundation (History)

Well, it hasn't been a very good time for Catherine of Aragon! She married Henry's brother who died and then she married Henry who wanted to divorce her! Find out what happens next to poor old Catherine in the next Oak Academy lesson.

Fun fact:

6th May 1539 (481 years ago yesterday), King Henry VIII orders English-language Bibles be placed in every church.

V.E Day

Have a look at the powerpoint above that has a child friendly explanation of what V.E day is. There are lots of fun activities from baking to making your own bunting so check them all out and take pictures to celebrate this remarkable moment.


Friday is V.E day so check out these two lovely stories based on a soldier and an animal friend!

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: ally (noun)

Definitioncooperating with another group or country usually for a military purpose.

The English were an ally to France.

Synonyms: supporters, friend, partner

Antonyms: enemy, foe, 

Challenge: Can you think of 2 thing that wouldn't usually be allies. E.g Cats and Dogs or Fire and Water.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Good Morning Lower Key Stage 2!!

Today Miss Stephenson, Miss Pike and Miss O'Brien have come together to challenge YOU! Each teacher has spent hours studying for this moment. We want to know how quickly you can say the colours of these words.

The tricky thing is that your left side of the brain automatically wants to say the colour, whilst the right side of your brain is trying to complete the task and say the colour of the word. 

Our timings:

Miss Pike: 29.82

Miss O'Brien: 32.76

Miss Stephenson: 24.37s

You can let us know if YOU beat your teacher by logging into J2Write and telling us how many seconds you took on your first attempt. We will announce top 2 Brilliant Brain Bots from each class on Thursday!

Read below to find out about some WOW work.

Gabriel (JI)

A huge well done to Gabriel for his planet creation. Gabriel sent in a fantastic video of himself explaining his planet design. He described his planet in a lot of detail using scientific vocabulary which blew my socks off! Gabriel mentioned what gases were present on his planet, the population of animals including humans and even the temperature levels. Thank you Gabriel for this wonderful work, it was very impressive! 

Miss O'Brien :)

Lyra (JD)

A huge shout out to Lyra who has been a busy bee creating a beautiful little allotment! She has been hard at work planting and taking care of her edible flowers, saskatoon berries and cucamelons. I have no idea what a cucamelon is, but it sounds amazing! Keep them watered and I hope they look and taste as delicious as they sound!! She has even inspired me to do a bit of planting too, so I will post a picture this weekend of my little plants that have been inspired by Lyra! 

Miss Stephenson :)

Otsaye (JD)

Finally, a huge congratulations goes to Otsaye! He has been non-stop with his math work these past weeks. I am blown away by the amount of maths sheets I am seeing from him on J2E! Otsaye has been completing his home learning book and like so many of you this week he has been battling with fractions! AND you didn't stop there! It made me so proud to hear that I have passed on my teacher hat to you and you are helping your younger brother with his counting to 10. You're a superstar!

Miss Stephenson :)


In this Oak Academy lesson, we are going to identify the features of a setting description. Make sure to take notes as this will help you tomorrow when you are writing your own setting description.


In this Oak Academy lesson, we will consolidate the learning from Lesson 4 and Lesson 7. We will be using our multiplication and division facts to become more confident with finding non-unit fractions of amounts. Today, we will only use the ‘bar modelling’ strategy to represent our procedure.

Foundation (Science)

In this Oak Academy lesson, we will be learning about reflection! We will learn about reflective and non-reflective materials and their uses. Have a look around your house and see if you can come up with a list of reflective objects in your house!


Today is a super special day as Miss Claudia has been hard at work creating some home learning for so you! Click the link below to find videos and worksheets to brush up on your Italian whilst at home!


If you are a fan of rapping then you will definitely want to give today's video a watch.  Wez Tank has created a remix of The Lorax by Dr Seuss rapping over Dr Dre Beats. Click here to watch (

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: relinquish (verb)

Definition:  voluntarily cease claim or give up control.

He relinquished his grip of his favourite book.

Synonyms: renounce, give-up, abandon

Antonyms: retain, continue 

Challenge: use WOD with -ed or -ing suffix in a compound sentence.

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Gooooood Morning Year 3!

Did you know that today is National Cartoonist Day, so I thought we could all try our hands at being illustrators! Check out this link ( for some great videos where a father and son teach you how to draw lots of different things.

I cannot imagine a what life would be like without some of my favourite Disney films! Miss Stephenson's favourite Disney film is Aladdin, because she loves the genie. Miss O'Brien's favourite Disney film is The Lion King, as she loves the songs. 

Miss Stephenson will be trying to draw the cartoon Aladdin, check-in tomorrow to see how she got on. If you would like to show us yours you can send it to through on J2 write!

Have a fantastic day,

Miss Stephenson & Miss O'Brien:)


In this Oak Academy lesson, we are going to explore the meaning of words using a setting description.


In this lesson, we will revisit what a non-unit fraction is. We will then use a ‘bar modelling’ strategy to help us calculate non-unit fractions of amounts. Finally, we will then work backwards by applying this knowledge to use the value of the parts to help us calculate the total value of the quantity (whole).

Foundation (Spanish)

It's Spanish time! Check out the Oak Academy lesson and start using simple phrases and learn how to introduce yourself! Hola, me llamo Miss Stephenson!!

Check out the a little song to help you remember your Spanish better!


Roll up, roll up!

Today is National Astronaut Day and we want you to design your own planet. Can you then create a TV advert to encourage people to move to your planet. Then if you can record yourself upload it to J2e and find out which planet we choose to visit!

Things to think about:

-Give your planet a name

-What special features does your planet have?

-Exciting language and techniques (alitteration, exaggeration...)

-What expression you are going to use

Story Time

Today is National Astronaut Day! So what better way to celebrate than with an actual astronaut read us an astronaut book! Sit back and pretend you are floating in space and listen to this lovely story.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Illustrator (noun) 

Definition:  a person who draws or creates pictures for magazines, books, advertising, etc.

Quintin Blake is a famous illustrator who draws all of the images in the Roald Dhal books.

Synonyms: cartoonist, artist 

Antonyms: N/A

Challenge: Can you try your hand at being an Illustrator today just like Quintin Blake?

Monday 4th May 2020

Hello Year 3!

If there are any star wars fans out there, today is International Star Wars day. So may the force be with you all! We hope you had a relaxing weekend and enjoyed Friday's story time! We both definitely enjoyed making it.

Also, remember you can always upload pictures of your work or even send them into the office email if you are struggling to upload pictures on J2e. We are loving seeing all your home learning and fun activities.

Have a great week and we look forward to all your brilliant work this week. Try your best and remember practice makes progress!

From Miss Stephenson and Miss O'Brien :)


In this Oak Academy lesson, we are going to learn how to retrieve information from a setting description.


In this Oak Academy lesson, we will use our knowledge of fractions to understand what the term 'non-unit fraction' means. We will explore various shapes and begin to identify the non-unit fraction that is represented.

Foundation (History)

What was Henry's next move to solve his BIG problem? Find out in the next Oak Academy lesson.

Another Henry VIII song I hear you ask? Well alrighty then!


Take a look at the gospel for this next lesson. Then you can chose from two of the following activities.

Option 1: Imagine you are the follower of Jesus addressing a crowing. Write your script in a big speech bubble, telling them how the power and energy of the Pentecost experience has changed you and the wonder and awe you experienced.

Option 2: Make a collection of all the words in the passage which describe people who are bursting with energy or have no energy.  Make a flower or other symbols with energy words on the petals etc. Make sure to use ‘energy’ colours!


This is the story of a young bear who stumbles upon something he has never seen before in the forest. What do you think it might be? To find out what this mysterious item might be and what this young bear does with it click on the link: (

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Vivacious (adjective) 

Definition:  lively and animated.

Henry VIII wanted to marry Ann Boleyn as she was vivacious and beautiful. 

Synonyms: lively, energetic, animated.

Antonyms: dull, boring, dispirited 

Challenge: Can you use this new word in an expanded noun phrase?

Friday 1st May 2020

Pinch, punch, first of the month...happy new month day and happy Friday! 

Today there is a lot of exciting things for you to do so get ready for a fun-filled day...

Book Trust are doing a very exciting event for all of the family called, Pyjamarama! There's only a couple of things you need to do; visit this webpage and refresh it throughout the day , check out the line up to the left, wear your pyjamas and most importantly have FUN! You can pick and choose what activities you want to take part in. We're going to be checking out the event too in our pyjamas. One more thing we would LOVE from you Please send in any photos of yourselves in pyjamas doing some of the activities from the day. Don't you worry we will be getting some too! 

Also we have received some fantatsic work from children. Gabriel has sent in his recommendation of a book for you to read. He was telling Miss O'Brien on the phone what a good book it was and how he thinks Year 3 would really enjoy it. See below Gabriel's book recommendation for 'One Dog and his Boy.' Well done Gab, great job!!

During Story Time today, we have a special video for you. It is attached below, we hope you enjoy. 

Finally, it has been wonderful speaking to you all and we will continue some more calls today. We just want to say how well you are all doing and we are super, super proud.

Have a lovely weekend and speak next week :)

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson


P.S. The answer to Wednesday's Riddle: 'What has to be broken before it is used?' The Answer egg!

File icon: pdf Gabriel's Book Recommendation - One Boy and his Dog [pdf 452KB] Click to download
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Today you are going to start your instructions for your Robot.

Give. Them. A Good. Effort. 100%

If you want to write them on J2Write we would love to read them!


In this Oak Academy lesson, we will use our knowledge and understanding of unit fractions to explore the idea of non-unit fractions. We will use images and visual resources to help us with this.

Foundation (Music)

Follow the new Oak Academy lesson and repeat after the teacher! Nice and loud and do SMA proud!

For some more music fun go onto BusyThings and find monster grid in Year 3 music and make a masterpiece.


Today there are a couple of options for you to do this week and remember you can take part in the activities for Pyjamarama! 

As you have been learning about Henry VIII, we have got some Tudor crafts you could do. 

Art/Design: Create a Tudor house, you can design it, draw it or build it. This website shows how you could build a Tudor house

Art/design: Create a portrait of Henry VIII, you could use different materials too for his hat and clothing. Look at the examples below. 

Story Time

Today we have a special video for you to watch during Story Time. It is attached below today's message. 

We hope you enjoy! 

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Dwindle (verb)

Definition:  Reduce gradually in size, amount or strength.

The King's power began to dwindle, it was no longer what it once was. 

Synonyms: decrease, reduce, wane.

Antononyms: increase, flourish.

Challenge: Can you create an acrostic poem of the word dwindle. Here is a starting line,

Declining in size, amount or strength. 







Thursday 30th April 2020

Hello team!

Today is the last day of the month, can you believe it? We can't believe it is nearly May already!

It has been lovely speaking to some of you today and hearing how you are getting on with your work and Oak Academy. We will continue to ring today and tomorrow. 

Remember to check out the 'word of the day' today, there is a fabulous 3D video from National Geogrpahic taking you through the atmosphere. Also, if you google the 'word of the day' you will see some more fantastic images taken, we were blown away!

We hope you have a super-duper-amazing day, there are lots of fun activities to do so....ENJOY!

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :) 

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During this Oak Academy lesson, we will continue to focus on unit fractions by finding fractions in different contexts. You will use pictorial representations alongside multiplication and division facts to solve a range of problems.

For an extra challenge check out the maths flashcards!


Get ready for some SPAG with the Oak Academy lesson! Today you will be focusing on the 'ou' spelling. Don't get into trOUble with it, just use your head!

Foundation (History)

Get ready to find out what Henry's BIG problem was in your next Oak Academy lesson. Henry VIII had a few issues, but this one was one of his biggest that changed the whole of England!

Some of you said how much you liked the silly Henry VIII video so here is another!


Book Talk

Create a review or recommendation for a book you have read recently or your favourite book of all time.

You can use the worksheet (below today's message) to give you ideas of what to include in your review and how to design it. You can make it into a poster or write it into your book. 

Remember to include a star rating, the name of the book, the author, a picture of the front cover and explain why you recommend the book. 

Story Time

Today you are going to watch a story on Youtube. The story is a very famous Greek myth, one you may have heard of before. Can you guess it from the picture? It has a mythical creature with 8 letters, the first letter begins with 'm'. Have you guessed it yet? It is...Theseus and the Minotaur. 

Watch here:

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Nebula (noun)

Definition:  A cloud of dust or gas found between stars.

The closest known nebula to Earth is called the Helix Nebula. If you could travel at the speed of light, it would still take you 700 years to get there!

Synonyms: applied science. manufacture.

Challenge: First watch this video to take you on a trip through a nebula.  Then create a piece of art that looks like a nebula, you can use paints, colours or... any household ingredients for colour.  For example, spices, tomato ketchup, food colouring etc


Wednesday 29th April 2020

Howdy Year 3, how's it going? 

And just like that we're already at the midweek stage. Today we invite you and your family to share Wednesday's Word, click on the link to do so. 

We hope enjoy what is planned for today, have a go at what you can. We will start getting in touch with people today and over the next couple of days so look out for our calls. 

We have been doing a few riddles recently with friends and family as they have been circulating the internet. So, here's one for you...    (no googling!)

??What has to be broken before it is used???

Check out tomorrow for the answer. Share it with you friends and family too. 

Speak soon

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

P.S. I miss you all very much and keep practising your times tables! See you soon and take care :) - Mrs O'Dell 

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In this Oak Academy lesson, you will build on equal parts by looking at sharing amounts equally.


In this Oak Academy lesson you will be recapping how to recognise features of a text and their uses.


Foundation (Science)

In our new Oak Academy lessons our new science topic is light! Below is the link to the lesson, but if you'd like to have a go there are two activities you can try out too.

1. ) - Click here for a light magic trick called refraction that you can try at home!

2.) Look at the picture above and find something you could create some shadow art from. 

Maths on the Move / P.E. 

Today, click on the document named Maths on the Move (attached below today's message). You can complete some or all of the tasks. The activities incorporate Maths and P.E. together and they have been designed for you to have some fun! 

Story Time

Today we are going to be listening to a story about a mythical creature. We have spoken about mythical creatures before, can you remember what a mythical creature could be? After you have listened to the story you could either design a mythical creature of your own which you may have already had some practise at or you can research about Greek mythical creatures. Do you have a favourite mythical creature? 

Click on the link here:

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Engineering (noun/verb)

Definition:  The branch of Science and Technology related to design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.

Engineering is behind all of the technology we use from the oven that cooks your dinner to the rockets that fly to space. 

Synonyms: applied science. manufacture.

Challenge: Today you're going to be an engineer. Can you design a spacesuit for astronauts going into space? There is a document below today's message with some more information about astronauts and their spacesuits to help. 

Here is a video similar to yesterday explaining about engineers:

Tuesday 28th March 2020

Hola, buenos dias Year 3! (Ooooh another language...can you guess? The colours give you a clue.)

We hope your first day using Oak National Academy went well and I am sure you have got lots of feedback for us. Remember to write anything down ready for when we call in case you forget your questions. If you scroll down, you can see what is in store for the day. Today you're going be to learning some Spanish...which is the language from the beginning of the message, well done if you got it! 

Also, we received some fabulous examples of work from children as you can see on the right. Well done to Ellie and Todd, I (Miss O'Brien) was so excited when I received these pictures yesterday. What fantastic work! Creating planets, fraction work and a review, WOW! 

We are both super proud teachers of all the hard work everyone has been doing too, keep it up! 

Have a great day, 

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :) 

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Recap your work on groupings with the Oak Academy lesson for the day.

As we have covered fractions already with the white rose scheme, if you feel confident you can try the chilli challenges throughout the week for an extra level of spice! Find them under the Tuesday message. I know you may have done some of them, if you have go for the ones you have not completed as there are a few extra questions. If you want try the other fraction challenges, there is another fraction challenge document below the message.


Have a go at today's Oak Academy lesson and try and work on reading for meaning. Try to become your own dicitionary for today! Use the link below to take you straight to the lesson.

Foundation (Spanish)

Learn a new language with Oak Academy! With these online lessons AND a teacher guiding you through, you have the opportunity to learn some Spanish!

Spanish word of the day- 


This means new. 

Start learning a NEW language now with the link below. :)

Book Talk

Use your inference skills to answer questions on this magic tree. Open the document above named 'book talk - magic tree.'

Have fun with the answers!

Story Time

We hope you enjoyed your first Greek myth yesterday. Today we're going to try another one, Helen of Troy. You can compare the two after you have listened to see which one you prefer and to see if there are any similarities or differences. 

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Orbit (noun/verb)

Definition:  The path that an object takes in space when it goes around a star, a planet, or a moon.

The Earth orbits around the sun while the moon orbits the Earth. 

Synonym: revolves.

Challenge: Watch the video and create a poster with the information, remember to send in any work!

Monday 27th April

A very good morning to you all JI, we hope you had a lovely weekend! 

Miss Stephenson was in school last week and all of the children created a fantastic art piece celebrating the NHS, as you can see on the left. I wonder if you have created any art pieces at home? You can share yours too and we will upload them onto our page. 

This Monday we are moving to a new and exciting way of learning at home so if things look a bit different that's why! We will be using resources from Oak National Academy for our lessons. This is a brilliant resource that is creating daily lessons across all subjects. Check this page daily as I will be linking you to the lessons and creating some extra resources and activities to help your learning. Also, we will be starting from Week 1 so scroll down a little further. Another thing, as we have covered some topics already you will be using the Y4 scheme of work for Foundation subjects (Science, History etc.)

It was so lovely to speak to all of you last week and we look forward to catching up again this week. We will be ringing mid-week and towards the end of the week. This gives you some time to get used to the new lessons, what is working best for you and getting any questions ready for us. We are excited to hear your feedback and any questions you may have! 

Just a little are all superstars and you are doing a fabulous job! 

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson ??


Today you will be doing some fact retrieval from the new Oak Academy online lessons. Follow along with the teacher finding evidence in the text and answering the questions.

Here is the link from the activity.


This week we are recapping fractions using the Oak Academy online lessons. These lessons have teachers helping you through step by step with your learning so by the end of this week we hope you will be fraction-masters! Check the link below that will take you straight to the maths lesson.

Foundation (History)

Our new topic is going to be Henry VIII which is the Year 4 topic as we've covered the Year 3 topic already. The first lesson is on the infamous King of England, Henry VIII. Below is the Oak Academy link for the Year 4 topic.

Question: What number follows Henry VIII's name? Use the Roman numeral song to help you work it out.

A) 16

B) 8

c) 6

Check out this funny video on Henry VIII and facts about his wives.


We are beginning our new topic in R.E. called Energy

We're going to start this topic by researching different types of energy, use the website below to help.  

You have two options for the next part, choose one:

1. Create a mobile (the image above is an example of one) with pictures for different types of energy

 e.g. a light bulb could represent electrical energy. On the back of your drawing write one sentence about each energy.

2. Write about four examples of energy; fire, electricity, wind and water (hydro energy) 

then answer the following things on each. 

The sounds you hear, the smells you smell, the sights you see, the feelings you have, the differences it makes or the power of the energy. 

Remember to check out the assembly on the homepage. 


Story Time

This week we are going to be listening to different Greek Myths during Story TimeThe first myth we're going to be covering is Trojan Horse - The Wooden Horse. Find it here:  After you have listened to the story you could create a story map or cartoon strip of what happened. Send any of your creations to the school office email. 

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Dynasty (noun)

Definition:  a line of hereditary (bloodline - related) rulers of a country. 

The Tudor dynasty was a series of kings and queens of England, including Henry VIII during 1485 to 1603.

Synonym: succession.

Challenge: Research famous dynasties from around the world. Can you find 5 facts? 

Friday 24th April 2020

Happy, happy Friday Year 3!

Well, what a fun-filled week with lots of learning and activities. We hope you have enjoyed the first week back from Easter and the start of the new term. 

Did you know that yesterday was St George's day? He is England's patron saint and there are many great myths and legends about him. Check out our storytime today to hear all about his tale (it's a pretty epic one filled with knights and dragons).  There are also some exciting arts and crafts you can do based on this story. 

This link will also give you a little bit more information about St George's day and how people have celebrated.

Have a lovely weekend and well done for this week! Check back in on Monday,

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

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Today is the Friday's Maths Challenge...  Check out the website to see, question 1, 2, 3 and 4 are more suited for Y3 students but you can always work on the rest as a family or in a group. We also have some other options for you to do for the Friday's maths challenge, the document is attached above, under today's message. The name of the document is 'maths fraction challenges - part 1'. Choose your chilli or you can complete every question, it is up to you. There is also a super challenge for you to complete after. 



Today in English I would like to put yourself in the shoes of Li when he first caught the king of the fishes. What did he see? How did he feel? From this point of view, I would like you to write a character description of the king of the fishes. See the word document above for a WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) where I have written a character description as if I've seen a fairy.

Remember to use:

  • Figurative language (similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia)
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Imagery (creating a picture in the reader's mind)
  • Interesting vocabulary
  • Conjunctions

Book Talk

Watch the video and think about what you have previously read to summarise the Twelfth Night. The full story has now been attached above in a Powerpoint. You can summarise in several ways; a song, a story map, a cartoon strip or writing a paragraph. It is up to you how you present this.

The picture above shows some examples of how you can present your summary. 


Each week you will be able to choose from a range of activities and there is nothing to stop you from doing them all, it is entirely up to you. This can take you all weekend to if you want to stay busy. 

Music: Dance and Song – Learn the lyrics with some actions to  

You could even create your own piece on the planets using, ‘Busy Things – Music – Composing - Monster Grid.’

Art and Design:  Design your own planet, think of the colours, size, mediums (digital, drawing painting, 3-D model etc.) and what features are you going to give it. There is also a document to help you with designing your planet. 

Design a home for the giant from Monday’s Book Talk. Think of new inventions or technology she could use in her house. Does she need any protection around her house? You could even do this on Minecraft or similar apps. 
You can also do some St George's Day themed activities which are pictured below. 

Story Time 

As it was St George's Day yesterday, here is an audio of St George's story with some extra facts. During or after you have listened, you could have a go at acting or creating some freeze frames based on the story. Get some pictures or videos doing this, we would love to see!

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Plunder (noun/verb)

Definition: steal goods using force - time of war.

The hungry teacher plundered the pupil’s packed lunches in search of a chocolate bar.

Synonym: pillage.

Antonym: retrieve.

Challenge: Use WOD in a sentence that has a fronted adverbial 

Creative Activities

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Guten Morgen! (Guess the language...) 

We hope you have had a good week up to now. We have loved seeing people working on Mathletics, Bug Club, J2e and hearing about all of the fantastic home learning, well done all of you! 

Lots of you were very excited about the space work from Monday's Science and you were telling us all about the planets during our phonecalls. So, we want you to try checking up into the night sky to see if you can spot the planet Venus - it is very bright at the moment. The picture was taken on a phone therefore it's not the greatest picture but it shows Venus in our night sky. You could also try some stargazing as well.  I wonder how many stars you can spot? You may even be lucky enough to see a shooting star. 

Speak tomorrow, 

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

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Today you will be writing a book review for our story 'The King of the Fishes'. I have written a WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) which I have attached above to help you with your writing.

Remember to use the following features:

-A summary of what the story is about (make sure you don't give away the ending).

-who would you recommend this story to?

-What rating would you give this book?


Today you will be moving on to 'Ordering Fractions', you will start with pictorial by shading in fractions, recognising the amount and whether they are equal to other fractions. You will also be ordering fractions with the same denominator (the bottom number) and then to challege you further order fractions with different denominators - use the bar model and draw the fractions to help you compare and order them. To challenge yourself further, answer the mastery questions towards the end and see if you can explain your reasoning to somebody at home.

Book Talk 

Part four of the Twelfth Night has been attached below, the first slide starts with 'Meanwhile Malvolio had returned to the garden.' After reading, predict what might happen next in the story and how it is going to end? Write a paragraph of your prediction, use the characters, along with their thoughts and feelings, the setting and a resolution or cliffhanger. Be as creative as you would like with your prediction. Remember you can always go back to read the story up to now.

You can write this prediction into your home learning books or onto a computer, it is up to you. 


Based on the scripture passage Luke 6: 27-28. Create a poster that outlines how Christians can be more self-disciplined. Include ways in which we can live out this message in school, at home and with our friends, giving reasons for some of these actions. 

Story Time

Today during 'Story Time' you can listen to an audio book, Hansel and Gretel. You can also read along if you would like. Listen by yourself or ask the rest of your family to join, we hear lots of you have enjoyed doing this. Click onto this website , it has lots of other stories you can read too. Enjoy!

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Solidarity (noun)

Definition: unity of feelings or actions, coming together over a common interest.

There was a great feeling of solidarity as everyone clapped for the NHS.


Antonym: individuality.

Challenge: Use WOD in a compound sentence

Book Talk - Twelfth Night - Part 4

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Happy Hump Day, we're half way through the week!

We have spoken to lots of you and will continue doing so for the weeks to come. It was fantastic to hear how you are getting on and all of the hard work you are doing, great job Y3! We have loved hearing and seeing all of the different things you have been doing. Lots of you have said how much you are missing your friends, so here's a shoutout to all of you from one another. 

Did you know that today is world earth day? On this day we think of little ways that we can all work together to protect our planet and all the living things on it. Chester Zoo has created some amazing videos of the animals that we are working hard to protect. Check out the link below! I recommend the clip about the baby penguins, they are adorable.

Check out below what is in store today... and as always any pictures you want send email the office or upload to J2e. 

Speak soon year three, 

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)


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File icon: pptx VE Day [pptx 12MB] Click to download
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Today you will be moving to the next part of fractions... 'Comparing Fractions'. You can use your previous knowledge of what you have learnt along with watching the video. There is mention of the greater than and less than symbols...which you are all superstars at using already! Also, today's work asks you to sort fractions into a diagram. Get your thinking caps on and give it a go.


Today we will be using the vipers to answer some questions about the traditional tale 'The King of the Fishes'. Keep an eye out for speech bubbles on the worksheet to give you some top tips. Click on the document attached above for the full questions. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the answers for today's activities. 

Book Talk

Today you will be developing your inference skills again using a picture of a...TRANSFORMER. Answer the questions from the document 'Pobble robots - book talk' into your book about the robot. I wonder what exciting name you will give it. After you have finished the questions you could try creating your own version of a transformer either on some paper, on the computer or even building one.

Story Time

We hope you are enjoying the classic story Twelfth Night. You have been introduced to a few characters now, who else is yet to be introduced? Please enjoy part three and remember you can always go back to the days before to jog your memory about what has previously happened in the story. 

See below and as always click on the page to keep it up for as long as you need to read it. (The first slide is the one with the picture on)


On the 8th of May, the UK will be celebrating 75 years from the end of WWII in Europe. Learn more about this historic event through the PowerPoint attached above. You can choose your activity today from:

  • Creating VE day decorations (union jack bunting and art)
  • Write a letter from the point of view of a 8 year old living through VE day 75 years ago.
  • Write a non-chronological report on Winston Churchill or VE day.
  • Learn a WWII dance or song.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Recycle (verb)

Definition: create waste into a reusable material.

It is important to recycle your plastic!

Synonym: reuse

Antonym: waste

Challenge: Think of a way you can help the environment today for national earth day.

Story Time - Twelfth Night - Part 3

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Good Morning Everybody, 

This week we will be contacting you all by phone to check in. It's lovely to hear how you are all getting on. 

We will continue to put up our day to day lessons to help keep you entertained and learning, but remember you are doing a wonderful job and even the smallest bit of work you complete is a success! 

Also, any pictures can be sent via the office's email if you can't upload to J2e. I know some of you have been very excited to show us some of the things you have been up to. 

A big thank you to parents/carers for doing what you are doing too. 

Take care and stay safe year 3, we can't wait to see you all,

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

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Today you will be continuing to learn about 'Equivalent Fractions 3' . This time you will be shading shapes and using the fraction wall to recognise equivalent fractions. You can either print the document from the white rose website or you can draw the pictures into your home learing book and complete the questions. Watch the video first to help and then complete the answers. You can also self-mark and make corrections using the mark scheme after. 

You could also create your own fraction wall just like the one on the picture or do this option instead, it's up to you. 


‘The King of the Fishes ’is a wishing tale. A wish is a magical request for something that you want. So, my first challenge for you is: What you would ask for if you were given three wishes? Today you are going to create three wishes for yourself, three from the point of the view of the fisherman and three from the point of the view of the fish.

For each wish, I would like you to use a subordinating conjunction in your sentence. For a reminder on how to used subordinating conjunctions looks at the link below. Look at this video and complete the video below for a recap on subordinating conjunctions.

Click on the word document above for three different activities, choose the chilli challenge that you think is right for you.  

Book Talk

Today there are comprehension questions on the Twelfth Night, read part one again to help you answer. There are mostly retrieve questions and try answering in full sentences. Click on the document named - VIPERS - Twelfth Night - book talk. The answers are on the second page of the document. 


I hope you had a happy Easter last week, even though it might have been a bit different from previous years, I hope you found a way to celebrate with your family and loved ones. We will be reflecting on the important days that we celebrated over holy week last week. Watch the two videos below for some more information on these days and the important symbols behind them.

Task: Create a guide for how and why Catholics celebrate Good Friday, Palm Sunday and Easter Monday. Make sure you include what happened on these days, what we do as Catholics to remember them and important symbols seen over this time. You can add pictures with labels to inform the reader about holy week.

Story Time

Continue with Part Two of Twelfth Night which is uploaded on a slideshow below. Remember to click on the individual picture to keep it up for longer. 

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Bamboozle (verb)

Definition: cheat or fool

The year three pupil bamboozled the school with her magic tricks during the school talent show.

Synonym: cheat/fool


Challenge: Can you use the word of the day in the past tense

Story Time - Twelfth Night - Part 2 


Monday 20th April 2020

Hello Year 3, 

We hope you have had a lovely break over the Easter holidays, we are missing all of your faces very much! 

This is an overview of the week ahead to see what exciting things you will be getting up to. There's a range of activities and you can use your home learning book to work in or the computer whichever you find works best for you.

Remember you can always upload pictures of your work or even send them into the office email if you are struggling to upload pictures on J2e. 

Also a reminder, do what you can and what works for you whether it is all of the daily work or snippets, you are all doing a great job! 

We look forward to seeing some of the FABULOUS work you produce, keep it up! 

From Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson :)

P.S. All of the documents you need today (20/04/20) are attached below.  

File icon: docx LKS2 week plan 1 - final [docx 105KB] Click to download
File icon: docx Giant - book talk [docx 986KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Fact Cards [pdf 783KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Fact Hunt Activity [pdf 389KB] Click to download
File icon: docx The King of the Fishes Y3 [docx 44KB] Click to download


Today you will be learning about 'Equivalent Fractions' using bar models. You can either print the document from the website or you can draw the pictures into your home learing book and complete the questions. Watch the video first to help and then complete the answers. You can also self-mark and make corrections using the mark scheme after. Remember Mathletics also has fraction work where you can do some extra activities. 


The story we are going to look at is ‘The King of the Fishes’. This traditional story has been passed around the world by many people which means that there are many different versions of the story out there. Our story is Pie Corbett’s version. You can listen to a recording of the story here: . I have also attached a copy of the story for you above. 

Task: Create a story map like the example above for this story. Remember you don't have to do a picture for every word and your drawings do not need to be a Vincent Van Gough masterpiece this is just a helpful way for you to learn the story. As long as you understand your story map that is what is important.

Book Talk

Linking to your new topic;  'Three Giant Steps' you are going to use your inference skills to describe and identify details about a giant and where they live. Write the answers into your home learning book. Can you answer all questions? You could also try having a go at drawing the giant or a friend for her. 

A document is attached to today's message named 'Giant - book talk'. 


'We Are Astronauts' is our new Science topic, moonwalk your way into all things SPACE.

Today you are going to be going on a Solar System fact hunt. Use the documents attached named 'Fact Cards and Fact Hunt Activity'. They will give you information about planets. Can you add any extra information about the planets that you already know? Or even complete some further research about your favourite planet and create a factfile? Good luck and enjoy fact hunters!

Story Time

Twelfth Night, a classic story originally written by the famous playwright, William Shakespeare, is our chosen story for this week. We started reading this story in school so you should have all heard of it. Each day part of the story is going to be released which you will be able to read. We will also do a little bit of work on it during Book Talk. We hope you enjoy a fun-filled story with lots of mix-ups along the way. 

Click on page by page to keep it up for longer so you can read it carefully.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Devoured (Verb)

Definition: eat with speed, hungrily

The book was finished, she had devoured it.

Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson devoured their Easter eggs like Bruce Bogtrotter devoured the cake in Matilda.

Synonym: chomped, gobbled, destroy

Antonym: nibble, build

Challenge: use word of the day to write a sentence with an expanded noun phrase.

Story Time - Twelfth Night - Part One


Happy Easter everyone!

I hope you have a lovely day with your families, I wonder if you have been lucky enough to receive an Easter egg? I am going to be baking an Easter choclate cake today (you all know how much I love chocolate), I will put a picture on of it when I have finished. 

I hope that you have all been having a lovely Easter holidays so far. I have also attached a picture of my Easter egg design, the Easter bunny asked me and my neighbours to pop it up in our windows to wish children well and a 'Happy Easter' during quarantine. If you would like me to see what you have been up to too you can upload pictured to J2write. I can't wait to see them! 

Don't forget that we celebrate Easter today in order to thank Jesus for he sacrifice he made for us. Spend some time reading the prayer I have included below to thank Jesus for all he has brought into the world.

Have a fantastic week! 

Miss O'Brien

Resources For All Learners

Dear Parents/Carers,

The staff at SMA have been working together to come up with a list of online learning tools, and websites with fun and engaging, educational content. Please take some time to look at the document below. We have included a brief description of each website, as well as the age range we believe it is best suited to. 

Thank you for your continued support, care and love for the school, staff, children and community.

Happy learning! 

SMA Staff. 

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Week 2's Timetable

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WOW Work!

Amazing work written on J2e by Frankie. 

Well done for your hard work, I have loved seeing and reading it! 

A really good effort creating a non-chronological report / factfile on your chosen mythical creature. Keep it up! 

Keep checking in to see if your work makes it up to our class page, I know you can all do it. :)

Friday 3rd April 2020

It's Friday, Friday, gotta' get down on Friday...

I am missing all of my little animals, the jellyfish, the whales, the dolphins, the octupuses and last but not least the seahorses. 

Mr Joe Wicks is doing a funny Friday fancy-dress fitness workout this morning (lots of alliteration for you there), get yourselves there! I have been joining this week and I am very, very, very achy. 

I am so pleased to see that some children have been logging onto Mathletics and Bug Club, I have allocated a few books to each of you, go and check them out! Remember to use My USO (J2e) as well and save your work so I can see it.

Have a lovely weekend and a happy, Holy Easter. I will be wishing you all another Happy Easter on the day. 

If you're out of ideas to keep you busy/entertained over the half term, remember to scroll down to find a range of activities. Here are some more examples: Mind Up family activities,  Easter hunts, 30 days of drawing and even some super-cool Science experiments. You could also try a half-term project based on our upcoming topic....SPACE!  A space-themed maths game, a space poem or song, a space model, it's up you...whatever floats your boat or should I say whatever sparks your rocket! (Remember take pictures and upload them onto J2e, I would love to see.)

Keep up the good work JI!

Over and out

Miss O'Brien :)



Today your task is to edit your instructions. You might have to go back int and add extra detail, wow words or fronted adverbials. You might be someone who neds to cut and edit their work to make it easier for the reader and more precise. Read your work through first then go back in and edit.

Book Talk

What is the moral of this story? Can you think of any more stories with morals? Make a list or mindmap and write their moral next to it.

Easter Craft'ernoon

You can create anything with the theme of Easter, you can make an Easter bonnet, an Easter story box, Easter bunnies out of toilet rolls or paper plates, a chocolate Easter cake, a poem about Easter, absolutely anything. Remember have fun with it!

Click on the picture to take you to some ideas!


Following on from yesterdays work on fractions, today you are looking at the lesson, 'Tenths as Decimals'. There is a video and worksheet for each lesson on fractions. Follow along the lessons each day and try your best! Use your home learning book to copy out questions if you do not have a printer at home. 


To end your day we recommend a story at 3pm. We will be posting a story everyday however, please feel free to pick up a book of your own and give it a read! 

Todays read is Revolting Rhymes-Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Roald Dahl. 

Word of the Day

Today's word of the day is Revolting. This means something that causes intense disgust. Make a list of 5 things that make you think 'YUCK revolting!' 

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Hey team!

It's Thursday and we are nearly at the end of working week. How are your brains doing? I bet you have been working them.

Just a reminder that any of the work you have been doing you can take pictures and upload them onto J2e and I reply with a little comment. I would love to see the things you have been up to this week. 

I have been in school this week and we have been learning some new skills. I tried some origami for the first time this week, it definitely takes some practise but look at the fab result. You can tell I was very proud of my cranes. See if you can try a new skill. 

Stay safe

Miss O'Brien


Today is your big write day! Take some time to sit down and write instructions on how to look after your mythical creature. Think about what you would need to look after them, e.g. food, shelter and activities for them to do. See above for an example of instructions. Check out the features used and try to recreate them.

Book Talk

Think about this week's story Hank's Pranks. How might some of the characters in the book feel? Can you write a letter from the point of view of one of the characters to Hank on how they are feeling about what he is doing. 

If you need reminding on the story or want to listen to a bit more of it, click here.


What is Ash Wednesday? What is Lent? Create a collage (lots of pictures or drawings) to give us much detail about Lent and Ash Wednesday. What are they about? What do you do? Is there a story behind what we do? Show as much as you can but only in pictures. Afterwards if you'd like to write it down or label your pictures you can.


Following on from yesterdays work on fractions, today you are looking at the lesson, 'Count in tenths'. There is a video and worksheet for each lesson on fractions. Follow along the lessons each day and try your best! Use your home learning book to copy out questions if you do not have a printer at home. 


To end your day we recommend a story at 3pm. We will be posting a story everyday however, please feel free to pick up a book of your own and give it a read! 

Todays read is Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. 

Word of the Day

Today's word of the day is BANJO! Can you find it somewhere in today's tasks? If you could play any instrument, what would it be?

Want to hear a banjo

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Happy April Fool's Day!

Half way through the week already, how time flies. Today is April 1st so you know what that means... April Fools day! As we have learnt from yesterday's story in book talk (Hanks Pranks - David Walliams) pulling pranks can sometimes end badly and the joke could even end up on you! Today your goal is to make someone smile and someone laugh instead of pulling a prank. Try and make up your own joke and you can upload them onto J2e for me to have a giggle.

Miss O'Brien :)

Joke of the day:

What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?

A dino-snore!


Today you are going to create a set of instructions on how to look after your mythical creature. To start off your instructions can you create a snappy title and an exciting/persuassive introduction paragraph. Use the one above for a dragon as inspiration.

Book Talk

Check the weekly plan for the retrieval questions on Hank's Pranks by David Walliams.


Today you can choose one or even complete both of the tasks.

- Research environmental problems faced by different continents e.g. pollution, oil and deforestation.

Watch the clip above.

- Use Google Maps to compare your local area e.g. Westminster, to another place of your choice, e.g. Venice.


Following on from yesterday's work on fractions, today you are looking at 'Tenths'. There is a video and worksheet for each lesson on fractions. Follow along the lessons each day and try your best! Use your home learning book to copy out questions if you do not have a printer at home.


Try the recognising tenths game here

Story time

To end your day we recommend a story at 3pm. We will be posting a story everyday however, please feel free to pick up a book of your own and give it a read! 

Todays read is Chocolate cake by Michael Rosen. We've enjoyed this one at school but check out some his other works as well!

Word of the Day

Today's word of the day is flabbergastingly. Has there ever been a time you've been flabbergasted? Try and use our word in a sentence today!

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Hello JI, 

Today there has been an update on the school website, apologies for the delay. 

I hope you are all well and continuing to help out at home, I am sure you all are!

Today in English you will be looking at homphones, those tricky words that sound the same but are spelt differently. 

In Maths, you will be continuing to look at fractions. Check out the helpful videos before you start.

Check in again tomorrow

Miss O'Brien


Homophones are those tricky words that sound the same but are spelt differently. Can you create a helpful poster that shows the different homophones and their spellings? See above for some ideas on ways to show the information and different homophones. 

Story time

Have a look at the cover of Hank's Pranks by David Walliams. Can you use the front cover to predict anything about the book? Think about the story, main characters, setting and what the moral (lesson) of the story might be. Answer in your home learning book.


Today you are going to start the new R.E topic, which is Self-Determination. Can you pick a famous person who has achieved great things and research them and their accomplishments? Look above at some of the types of questions you could answer for your person.


Following on from yesterdays work on fractions, today you are looking at 'Making the whole'. There is a video and worksheet for each lesson on fractions. Follow along the lessons each day and try your best! Use your home learning book to copy out questions if you do not have a printer at home. 

Book Talk

To end your day we recommend a story at 3 pm. We will be posting a story every day however, please feel free to pick up a book of your own and give it a read! 

Todays read is The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright the Rap edition.

Word of the Day

Self- Discipline is our new title for our R.E topic. Can you find its' meaning and a time when you have had to use self discipline in your life?

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Monday 30th March 2020

Hello JI,

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I am missing you all and cannot wait to see all of the fantastic work you have been doing. 

Remember to log in to My USO and anything you do on J2e/write etc I will be able to see it and even give you a little message!

Check in daily for work this week.

Miss O'Brien

Today you can create a fact file based on a mythical creature. Here is an example of one for a dragon that you can use as inspiration.


This week we will be looking at Hank's Pranks by David Walliams. Today can you imagine you are a journalist and have been asked to write a biography for David Walliams. Include key information about his life and his career in writing and any other interesting facts.

Today in science you will be creating an A-Z of animals! Draw your animal add facts and their classification. 

This week there is a video and worksheet for each lesson on fractions. Follow along the lessons each day and try your best! Use your home learning book to copy out questions if you do not have a printer at home. 

To end your day we recommend a story at 3pm. We will be posting a story everyday however, please feel free to pick up a book of your own and give it a read! 

Todays read is The Lorax by Dr Seuss.

Can you find today's word of the day in the dragon fact file. Flatulence is the scientific term for passing wind.

Friday 27th March 2020

Happy Friday JI!

One week of home learning, I hope it is going well. I am missing you all and look forward to seeing all of the exciting things you have been up to! Below I have added some extra information and challenges to help you complete your homelearning packs.


Today you should be editing and re-drafting the stories that you wrote yesterday. Remember the best story writers always take the time to edit their work again, and again and again! So make sure you take your time in this important step of the story writing. If you would like to share your story with me, redraft on J2e. (Log on to My USO - and there is a video attached to remind you how to do this on Tuesday.) 


I hope you maths work is going well. Remeber to use Mathletics to support your learning especially if you need some extra help or you want to show your family all of the difficult work you have been doing. Keep it up!


Think about your local area (back garden, local park etc). Make an action plan on how you could make changes to that area to help our local environment. How would you encourage more wildlife to live there?  What could you do to get people to recycle? 


Have a lovely weekend,

Miss O'Brien


Thursday 26th March 2020

Good morning JI!

I hope you are all well and helping your families out, I know how helpful you all can be! :) 

Today in English you can write your story, don't forget to use your plan to help. You can even play some classical music like we do in class to help you focus. (My favourite is the Disney Piano Playlist on Youtube, I know lots of you enjoy this too.) 

If you are looking for a little art project this afternoon or over the next weeks, I saw this beautiful communion rite inspired artwork below. You can have a go creating your own communion art. You could even write an explanation below it remembering or researching the symbols used. You can create your images using lots of different materials (pencils, crayons or even create a collage using old magazines and newspapers. Have fun with it!

Also at 3pm lots of people are reading or listening to books if you would like to join too. David Walliams is releasing an audio book every day, they are very funny! Here's a link to listen each day: 

Have a great day, 

Miss O'Brien

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Good Morning JI! 

I hope you are all well and enjoying the activities, make sure you scroll down to see lots of diferent activities you could do too. 

I have been doing some activities too; painting, scoobies (go on to Youtube to find out how to do this) and baking. I have attached some pictures to inspire you or give you some more ideas. Take photos of all of the wonderful things you have been up to so you can share them when we get back to school.


Today for English it is the planning stage of your story. Watch the video of Plot Mountain to remind you of the different stages within a narrative. 

Also I have attached a planning worksheet to give you some help and guidance - a number of questions are there to get your brain going. 


We have been re-capping addition and subtraction for maths this week. I have put a link below for parents and careers which shows you how we teach this in school (You will need to be logged in to My USO to access this login)

Lastly, don't forget to keep trying your best like you always do JI! I'm looking forward to seeing all of the amazing work you do and remember you can always save your work on J2 write if you would like to show me your work today!

Speak to you tomorrow,

Miss O'Brien :)

File icon: docm planning [docm 5KB] Click to download
File icon: docx [405116]Plan_your_story [docx 13KB] Click to download

External Link Icon Maths Parent Support
Fantastic videos explain how children are taught different maths concepts in school.

Plot Mountain 

My Home Activities

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Good morning JI!


Today's literacy lesson is to write a poem based on the Savanna. You can use our poem 'I wish' to help you with the structure of your poem. I have also given some examples below for inspiration. If you would like to share your poem with me type it up on J2write and save it into your files then I will be able to see your amazing poetry that you write today (I've created a step by step guide on how to do this below). 

Have a lovely day,

Miss O'Brien


I Wish

I wish I could be as small as a raindrop 

To wear a foxglove for a hat. 


I wish I could slumber all night 

Under a roof tile and chatter

To the sparrows that nest there. 


I wish I could be a dragonfly

And hover like a miniature helicopter

On the school pond. 


I wish I could hide inside

A daffodil’s trumpet 

and keep out the whirring world. 


I wish I could wear a snug snail’s shell

To protect me from the teeth 

of tempestuous words that bite. 


I wish I could be a note

In an eagle’s call that is a symphony 

Falling from the clouds.


I wish I could be an oak tree 

Dancing daringly against the wind.


I wish I could float down the raging river 

That is a snake through the valleys. 


I wish I could be the pause

Just before a wicked word is spoken

So that I could stretch the pause for ever. 


I wish that I could be 

The moment when a laugh takes root

And blossoms in your mouth 

And I’d stay there for ever

Trapped in that second of sweet light.

File icon: docx J2_write_guide [docx 687KB] Click to download

I wish I could float in a wonderful waterhole.

Watching elegant elephants gulp the diamond water.

I wish I could stroll through the vast veld.

Under Acacia trees that dance in the wind,

watching antelope gallop as gracefully as a ballerina.




I wish I could watch the flame sun  set in the sky,

casting shadows that stretch across the savanna,

as the animals slumber as peacefully as a baby.

Monday 23rd March 2020

Good morning JI!


Here are some handy links below to some learning websites that I would like you to visit. For a few of them, you will need your logins which you can find in your reading record or home learning pack.  For others, you won't need your login at all!

Check out each of these links daily and I will be checking in with Bug club and Mathletics to see all of the amazing reading and maths that you get up to.



Miss O'Brien

External Link Icon Bug Club
Check out bug club for books, comprehension, spelling and grammar activities.
External Link Icon Mathletics
Fantastic maths resources and activities
External Link Icon Maths Frame
Lots of free math games available. Remember to practice those timetables! site
External Link Icon My USO
Explore a range of resources for all different subjects. Remember to use your My USO login.
External Link Icon Newsround
Keep up to date with the latest news around the world.
External Link Icon Pobble 365
Daily picture and writing activities. Fantastic site to help you write your stories.
External Link Icon Audio Books For Free
Enjoy a variety of books during story time.

R.E and P.S.H.E 

Out of the Ark

Out of the Ark are releasing seven songs, one for each day, all with challenges and activities related to each song. Every week for the next few weeks they will continue to add songs and resources.


Cafod (Catholic agency for oversees development) have many zid friendly activities and videos to take a look at. 

My Daily Diary - Harold

Coram life education have a daily diary with Harold. New activities are being released every day for your child to continue their P.S.H.E at home.

P.E. - Get Moving!

Here are some ways to keep active at home...


Links have also been added for quick access to videos on Youtube.


Get moving and have lots of fun, try some work out activities with your household. Who is the best mover?

File icon: pdf Home_Learning_Stay_Active [pdf 183KB] Click to download

Keeping Fit with Joe Wicks - The Body Coach

Joe Wicks is doing a live stream every day for children to follow, enjoy!

Go Noodle Games

Go Noodle has a range of activities you can do to get yourself moving, have fun!

Just Dance for Kids

We all love Just Dance in JI, get practising your best moves!

Mind Up

Visit this website to continue your Mind Up work.

There lots of free activities and resources to help bring mindful, positive and happy moments into your home. 

File icon: pdf mind up [pdf 492KB] Click to download

Extra Activities 

Spelling Menu 

This a fun way to practise your spellings. 

Choose a range of ways to practise the Y3/4 Statutory Spellings. 

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Lego Challenge

Can you complete the 30-Day Lego Challenge? 


File icon: pdf [400690]Lego_30_Day_Challenge [pdf 2MB] Click to download

Non-Screen Activities

Here are some activities to give your eyes a rest from screens.

There are a range of fun activities you can complete. 

File icon: pdf Non-ScreenLearningActivities [pdf 948KB] Click to download

File icon: mp4 Miss O'Brien and Miss Stephenson Story of Peter Rabbit [mp4 41MB] Click to download