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5.3.21 Logging in the Amazon

Usually we have a large debate (discussion) in the classroom about this. What I would like you to do is to think of reasons why logging in The Amazon (logging is where it is people's jobs to cut down trees) might be a good thing for some people. When we are all back together next week we will have our discussion then - so have your ideas ready! You don't need to write anything down, but making some notes will help you to remember.
Whilst your thinking about this you do have a task to perform. We need some cheery 'back to school' posters for our classroom. I have put some here that you can print out and colour, or you can make your own - you can draw them, paint them or even make one on a computer, what ever  you would prefer.
I would like one from everyone please. You can bring it in to school on Monday for our display (don't forget to put your name on it somewhere!)

4.3.21 The Great Kapok Tree lesson 5

I have narrated (read) the next part of the story and there are some questions to answer which we would usually discuss in class. I'm looking forward to seeing/reading what you think.

3.3.21 Poetry

Now, this is quite a complicated task to explain. 
I have posted a poem about a forest, there is a link so that you can listen to the poem being performed too. After you have read ,and listened to, it there are some questions for you to answer. Some of them require you to look for certain things that poets (and writers actually) add to their work to make it more interesting. I will talk about these a bit more during our Zoom meeting. 

2.3.21 The Great Kapok Tree lesson 3

Today's work is to do some research. If you have a look  at the powerpoint (I've just repostedone from last week as that is what you need) have a close look Kath the layers that make up a rainforest then label the diagram. Your research task is to choose a rainforest animal (there are quite a few on the first page to choose from) and find the information to complete the sheet. It will help if you have access to the internet, but if you haven't got any that is fine. Maybe you can choose one of the animals and guess which layer it might live in, what it likes to eat and so on. 

26.2.21 New book lesson 2

This is another one of those lessons where would all have a long discussion about the book, I've tried to include the questions our discussion would start with here. If you look at the PowerPoint first that will help greatly.

New Book lesson  1

Here we are in the first week of a new half term and it is time for a new book.
Have a good look at the picture (please note that the red bird - I'm not going to tell you what type of bird it is - is not headless! I took a picture of the book's page and it came out like that).


24.2.21 Compound nouns

A compound noun (they were called compounds words when I was at school!) is a word, or two words,  that are combined to make a new one. They are usually words that are used to name things. For example cupboard ( cup & board), armchair (arm & chair), bus stop and house fly.
Try the PowerPoint quiz first πŸ‘ 

23.2.21 Inference task

Here's one of our inference tasks (that I like to give you to do before we start a new book).
Have a good look at the picture, think about what you can see, think about what might have happened before and what might happen next. 

12.2.21 How Tortoise got his/her shell

Today's task is quite a difficult one because you have to use your fantastic storyboard to write a story. It can be really hard because it is tempting just to copy the sentences you wrote as a part of your story board, but these are just a plan. I always tell my class that the storyboard is the skeleton for your story, when you write it you need to add the rest of the body.

So think about:


Describing settings (where does it take place? is it hot/cold/sandy/muddy?).

Describing the characters in the story (happy/sad/grumpy/lonely/cheeky).

Try to explain why characters have done something .

Is there any way that you could use an adverb?

Don't forget your capital letters and full stops.


That is a lot to think about so try to choose at least three - capital letters are a definite, so you can choose two others. If you can do all of them, all the better, but I don't want you to exhaust your brains. You have all worked so hard.

I'm looking forward to seeing your brilliant stories.

I've written an example of how to start your story. I used How The Elephant Got His Trunk , just so you can get some ideas.

10.2.21 How tortoise got his/her shell 

Today you are going to plan for a fun story you are going to write on Friday.
All of the instructions that you need are on the sheet, and I have given you an example of how to organise your storyboard. It is important that you do your storyboard first as this will help you to plan what is going to happen in your story. 
As usual, please avoid weapons & 'toilet stuff' in your stories.

Tinga Tinga Tales Official | Why Owls Head Turn All The Way Around? | Full Episodes

9.2.21 Firebird Lesson 8

Here we are approaching the end of The Firebird, I hope you have enjoyed it. I really like it, even though Prince Ivan is quite annoying (why does he keep touching things he shouldn't?).
What did you think of it?
There are some questions to answer and I would like you to design your own front cover, now that you know the complete story, and write a blurb. If you can't print the front cover/blurb sheet out you can do the work on some paper and send me a photograph. 

FirebirdLesson 8 

Today I'd like you to think of alternatives for what happens next. I have read up to a certain part in the story and I would like you to think of what might happen if Ivan does as the wolf asks, and what might happen if Ivan doesn't do this.
Be inventive and remember this is a fairy tale so almost anything can happen.
Nobody dies though😁

4.2.21 Firebird lesson 7

I've made you another powerpoint for the next part of our story, I hope that you like it.
I have explained the tasks at the end of today's part of the story - there are some questions about the story and then I would like you to think about what Prince Ivan and the wolf think of each other. Does the wolf think Prince Ivan is silly? Does Prince Ivan think the wolf is helpful?
I've put some lines on the paper (if you're going to print it out, there are lots of them, you don't have to fill the entire sheet) to help. Don't forget those sentences 😁


3.2.21 Firebird lesson 6

Please make sure that you look at the PowerPoint first, there is an explanation of today's task at the end. Don't forget, all answers need to be in sentences (and don't forget your capital letters and full stops - Unless you are asking a question 😁)

2.2.21 Firebird lesson 5

Please look at the PowerPoint first, that will help you with your tasks πŸ‘


Sometime it is quite difficult to transfer what we do in class together and make it into something good you can do at home (we don't get to exchange our thoughts and ideas, which is quite annoying actually). So let's try this. I've read the next part of the story and explained the task to you, if you look at the PowerPoint first, then the video of a poem recital that should help. 
I hope this works, if not we'll try something else 🀞

'Tips for the New Boy' by Rachel Rooney

28.1.21 Firebird lesson 3

Please read through the PowerPoint first (if you can, read along whilst I read it) then complete the sheet. Remember this is a version of a fairy tale, so try to make the threats down the road interesting, don't just say 'a dragon' describe the dragon (try using an expanded noun phrase, for example tiny, grumpy elf) and what it will do to Prince Dimitri (for example 'lock him in a deep, dark cave and feed Prince Dimitri insects'). Don't make the threats deadly, make them nasty and/or uncomfortable.

27.1.21 New book Lesson 2

Today we'll start looking at our new class book. I have made a PowerPoint for you to read and listen to (my daughter seems to find me reading these very amusing,  she keeps grinning at me but I don't know why πŸ€”). When you have finished this part of the book you have two tasks. When you are doing your English work please remember to answer in sentences πŸ‘


New book lesson 1

This week we are going to start looking at a new class book. For your work today I would like you to have a look at the front cover picture (I've had to cover a part of it so it doesn't give you a clue). What do you think the book will be called, and who do you think the main character, other than the bird, will be.
Also I would like you to make a story board for your version of the book. Before you start you will need to think about:
What is the bird doing and is it a good thing or a bad thing?
Does the other character like what the bird is doing?
Is the other character doing something that the bird doesn't like?
To make a story more interesting there should be a problem that a character needs to solve, for example in The Three Little Pigs the pigs need to escape from The Big Bad Wolf and in Monsters Inc Sully & Mike need to get the little girl home, so chose character and think of a problem for them  and how they are going to solve it.
We can talk about this more in our Zoom meeting.

22.1.21 Inference work

Hello πŸ‘‹
We have finished Leon & Bob, so here is an inference task. Have a really good look at the picture, if you can print it out you can label it (or you can label it on your device) if you can't just make a list of what you can see. Look at the picture really closely because it can give you clues about what might have happened.
For the second part I would like you to write a short story that explains why the house started flying. 
Have fun with it - I am looking forward to reading your ideas, they are always amazing πŸ‘

21.1.21 Recipe for a friend

First of all please watch the last part of our class book, Leon & Bob. Then I would like you to have a look at the Recipe for Friendship PowerPoint, it will help you with today's task. Then, on the 'Good friend ingredient sheet',  please think of at least 7 characteristics that you think would make a good friend. For example I would like a friend who likes bicycles, so that could be an ingredient. I would not like a friend who is mean, so I wouldn't include that characteristic. 
Remember, this is a friend for you so it is your choice what characteristics you choose but try not to just choose happy, smiley, friendly. They are great qualities for a friend to have, and you can use them, but try to think more deeply about what a good friend should be like.

20.1.21 Story planning

Please look at the PowerPoint for the next part of the story, then complete today's work. There are some questions followed by a storyboard sheet. With the storyboard I would like you to draw what you think the final four parts of the story will be. After you have drawn them write two sentences that explain what is happening for each of the pictures. If you can't print the sheets off (you really don't need to do that) just use a piece of paper that you have folded into quarters. 

19.1.21 Writing direct speech

If you remember when we read Gorilla together we learnt how to write direct speech using the correct punctuation, and using new speaker new line.
I would like you to try writing a conversation today.
Please watch the Lesson 5 powerpoint and have a look at the direct speech powerpoint. Finally, before you start your work there are two, short, phonics practise for you to do.


Here id the link to the Oxford Owl free reading books.


Today I'd like you to pretend you are Leon and write a letter in  reply to the one Leon's dad sent (there is a copy of it here and one on the PowerPoint). Make sure when you write the letter you try to answer some of the questions that Leon's dad has asked, and ask some questions of your own (don't forget your capital letters and full stops/questions marks).
It is important that you set your letter out with an address (you can make one up if you like) and date, a greeting and a goodbye.
If you want to use some lined paper and you have access to a printer I have included a sheet, or you can type it and send it back to me. Whichever you prefer. 
Your letter should be at least 10 sentences long.


For today's English I have made another powerpoint like yesterday with me narrating it. To be honest I had to do it in a bit of a rush, so please excuse the mistakes! 

On the character outline activity please write how lLeon feels, what he might be thinking and if he is asking any questions of himself on the inside. On the outside is where you write what Leon looks like. Don't forget to include how he is walking down the street. Is he skipping? Does he look happy, sad, anxious? How do you know?

Ok, I've tried something new! I have tried to record myself talking about the first couple of pages in our new class book. I hope it works properly - please tell me if it works properly (or if it doesn't). 
Your task is to write a poem about your room (or your imagined room), there is a short example on the sheet called Leon's poem and I try to explain it a little more on the PowerPoint so please have a look at it.


Today's work is some more inference work, but this time the picture is from our next book. Have a close look at it and try to answer the questions. 

There are two versions of the sheets, one has lines and one does not. Use whichever one you prefer, I thought that, for those of you printing the sheets out lines might help both your handwriting.


This is a comprehension task. Don't forget to read the piece of writing twice before you start answering the questions. Also, if it is the sort of question that is asking for information from the story, find the information before you write your answer πŸ‘


Yesterday you had a look at a picture of creature that lives under a city and answered questions about it. 
Today I would like you to think about different aspects of the animal, for example what type of animal is it and how big it is. 


This is an inference task - it is great way to get your brain working. Just like when we do these in class there are no right or wrong answers, just your ideas, so let your imaginations go crazy! 
Is it a good idea to encourage Year 3 children to go crazy? πŸ€” 
You don't have to print the sheet out. You could type out your ideas or write them on a piece of paper, take a photograph, and send your work to me.
I'm looking forward to reading your ideas.

Work for 4.12.20

This is a picture of some children, who live on The Smokey Mountain, going to school. Some charities have opened schools there, but we need to persuade the parents to let their children go to school. Sometimes parents don't want to do this because they need everyone in the family to earn money to buy food, drink and items they need. We need to make a poster to persuade the parents!
Think of at least 3 reasons why the children's parents should let them go to school and make a poster. You can use the picture I've attached or you can make your own, but remember it has got to be bright so that your poster will attract attention.

Today I would like you to imagine you live on The Smokey Mountain dump (like the child in the video) and write a diary entry for 1 day. When people write a diary entry it is usually at the end of the day and they are describing what happened, so it will be past tense (think about the past tense you've been doing) and it will be first person - remember this means it is you that is the main character.
Don't forget to describe some of the things you thought about yesterday the smells, the noises etc.
Here is an example for you to look at, it might help, but I'm sure that yours will be much better πŸ‘
You can write as much as you like, but try to do at least 10 sentences and 3 conjunctions (can you remember what they are? πŸ€”)


As I said in our Zoom meeting, you don't have to send this to me (unless you need it to be printed out) if you bring it with you on Tuesday I can GPOSH it in school. Thank you.

Hi Year 3,

This task is to prepare you for some writing that we are going to try tomorrow. We are going to write a diary entry for  a child who lives on The Smokey Mountain Dump (landfill site) in Manilla, which is the capital city of a country called The Philippines. 

There is a sort quote from a child about life on The Smokey Mountain, but it would help you to watch the video about how a boy earns a living there. I have shown this to many children and they have all found it very interesting, but I have to say it is not a life that I would have liked as a child.

If you click the picture of plastic bags (from One Plastic Bag) it should take you to the video, but I've included a link here too.

Work for 27.11.20

Work for 26.11.20