Tuesday’s learning – 9/2/2021

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 10:20 am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for grammar,reading and maths will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • February
  • forward
  • fruit

Spelling: Practise your weekly spelling words: prefix, prepay, preview, prearrange, prejudge, premix, prepack

Grammar:

Today we will be working on prepositions.

A preposition is a word that tells you where or when something is in relation to something else.

Click on the following link to learn about prepositions:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/zw38srd

Activity 1:

Activity 2: Underline the prepositions in the passage below.

In his room, the trees began to twist and turn underneath Max’s bed. They rose up and over the bed frame, along the windowsill and around the door. Beside his bed, Max was curled in a ball, nervously watching the branches stretch out of the walls. Through the leafy bushes, Max could see a small wooden boat bobbing gently on top of the water. He slowly put his teddy down next to him and cautiously moved towards the boat. Was this a good idea? He didn’t know…

Activity 3:

Reading:

Stig of the Dump,  Pages 82 & 83

As Barney and Stig came near one of the oak trees, Stig dropped to the ground and began crawling forward carefully.

“What is it, Stig?” asked Barney in a loud whisper. “Is it a fox? Where, Stig? I can’t see anything.”

Without looking round Stig waved his hand as if he wanted Barney to get down too. He dropped to his hands and knees, on to a bramble.

“Ouch!” yelped Barney. “It’s prickly!” And as he did so about twenty pigeons sprang into the air. Stig let loose an arrow into the flying flock, but somehow failed to hit anything.

Barney was trying to say something to Stig but there was such a fierce scowl on Stig’s face that Barney began to feel almost afraid of him.

Barney and Stig continued walking in silence. Stig splashed through the pools of rainwater without seeming to care how muddy his legs were getting. Barney walked more slowly behind, rather worried that the water might come over the tops of his boots. He saw Stig fit another arrow and raise his bow again. Across the track ahead strutted a proud cock pheasant, and before it knew what was happening Stig’s flint-tipped arrow struck. With a pounce, Stig picked up the body of the pheasant, pulled the arrow out, and stuck the pheasant behind him into his girdle. The long brown feathers wagged as if Stig had sprouted a tail as he walked on, but Barney was not at all happy about killing this pheasant.

1.  What did Stig do when they came near one of the oak trees?

2.  What happened that Barney said ‘ouch’?

3.  How many pigeons were there?

4.  … there was such a fierce scowl on Stig’s face…. What does this tell us about how Stig was feeling? Why was he feeling like that? (2 marks)

5.  Why was Barney walking behind Stig more slowly?

6.  What did Barney see Stig do again?

7.  Find and copy a word from the text that means the same as ‘swoop suddenly’.

8.  Was Barney happy about killing the pheasant?

Maths:

Times table starter:

In maths, we will continue working on pictograms. Watch the video carefully by clicking on the links below and then have a go at answering the questions underneath on paper.

History:

Today we will explore how the rise of wealth and trade created tensions among the people during the Bronze Age. Read the information given below carefully.

Bronze Age tensions

As farming improved during the Bronze Age, tribes got larger and started to spread out over the land. This led to tribes meeting each other. Sometimes they would be friendly but sometimes tensions arose.

Why did Bronze Age people fight?

Tribes would fight for lots of different reasons. Fighting would start if tribe leaders had an argument or were jealous of each other’s wealth. Tribes would also fight over land for farming, the mining of meatal and stealing from each other. Because of these tensions, tribes started to keep their animals, food and precious metals inside fenced villages.

The need for land

Village life was becoming more common and tribes were learning how to farm the land. Fighting would break out if tribes tried to take the land that belonged to another tribe. Taking farmland meant a tribe could grow more food, which would enable then to grow larger and stronger.

The importance of Bronze

Bronze was made by mixing tin and copper. It was used to make tools such as ploughs for farming. With metal axes, wood was easily chopped and boats and carts were made, allowing people to travel and trade. Not all tribes had a mine on their own land and would have fought with those who did.

The beginnings of raiding

Tribes that were able to trade food and metals became wealthy. It became fashionable for chiefs to show off their wealth and power by wearing expensive clothes and displaying powerful weapons. As tribes became richer, people became jealous of their wealth. Stealing treasures from other tribes became a tradition for some Bronze Age tribes.

Activity: After reading the information given above, can you write in your own words what were the reasons for tensions among the tribes of Bronze Age people?

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Mrs Dubey and Mrs Phelps

Reading and maths answers – 8/2/21

Reading:

  1. Where did Lou go?  Lou went hunting.
  2. How did she convince her grandmother to let her go?  She convinced her grandmother by saying that there was the pony and she knew how to ride.
  3. What did grandmother offer Barney?  She offered to take Barney in the car if he wanted to go.
  4. What did the cat do when it saw Barney?  It turned and bolted.
  5. Among other things, what did Barney find inside the broom cupboard?  Stig’s spear
  6. Find and copy a word from the text which means the same as ‘shine’.   glinted
  7. Barney’s face lightened – what does this tell you about how Barney was feeling?  happy/excited
  8. How did Barney dress up?   He put on his rubber boots and mackintosh and sou’wester hat.
  9. Find and copy a simile from the text above.  He looked like a whaler with a harpoon.

Maths:

Mrs Dubey and Mrs Phelps

Monday’s learning – 8/2/2021

Hello Year 3,

We hope that you’ve had a relaxing weekend. Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 10:20 am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for reading and maths will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • February
  • forward
  • fruit

Spelling: This week our prefix focus is ‘pre‘. It means ‘before’ or ‘in advance’. Practise this week’s words using the look, cover, write, check technique. You can draw a grid like this out on a piece of paper:

Activity: Write interesting and descriptive sentences using these words: February, forward, fruit

Reading:

Stig of the Dump,  Pages 76 – 78

Lou had gone hunting. A group of people was meeting near Grandmother’s house and a neighbour had offered to take Lou along and look after her. Grandmother wasn’t sure but Lou had insisted that there was the pony, and she knew how to ride, so why shouldn’t she? When the morning came, it was pouring with rain but Lou said that hunting people didn’t take any notice of the weather.

Barney stood by the window looking at the weeping grey clouds.

“I’ll take you in the car if you like, Barney,” said his grandmother. “We could follow along the lanes.”

“No, thank you,” said Barney.

Barney wandered off through the house. A cat saw him, turned and bolted through the hall and into the back kitchen, where it shot into the broom cupboard. Barney went after it and remembered that among the brooms and mops was Stig’s spear. He brought it out and gave it a rub with a duster and the flint blade glinted. It was a real hunting spear. Barney’s face suddenly lightened.

Lou wasn’t the only one who could go hunting! He decided to put on his rubber boots and mackintosh and sou’wester hat. He looked like a whaler with a harpoon.

He squelched through the empty paddock and went to Stig’s pit.

  1. Where did Lou go?
  2. How did she convince her grandmother to let her go?
  3. What did grandmother offer Barney?
  4. What did the cat do when it saw Barney?
  5. Among other things, what did Barney find inside the broom cupboard?
  6. Find and copy a word from the text which means the same as ‘shine’.
  7. Barney’s face lightened – what does this tell you about how Barney was feeling?
  8. How did Barney dress up?
  9. Find and copy a simile from the text above.

Maths:

Times table starter:

Today in maths, we are going to learn how to interpret pictograms. Watch the video carefully by clicking on the link below and then have a go at answering the questions underneath on paper.

German:

Pfannkuchen: Pancakes As it is Pancake Day next Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) we are focussing on Pfannkuchen (pancakes) today. These are very popular in Germany. 

Task 1: Watch this videohttps://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zrwrkqt

Task 2: Try and match up the following German words with their English meanings

Task 3: German colour by numbers sheets “Pancake Day” (attached) to practise colours

Task 4: Optional: With an adult’s help you could try making pancakes (Pfannkuchen). When you are making the pancakes, can you try and say the names of the ingredients in German? You can use any pancake recipe you normally use or try this one: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/easy-pancakes

Why not post pictures of your pancakes on Seesaw?

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Mrs Dubey and Mrs Phelps

Home learning pack w/c 8th February

Here is the weekly home learning pack for this week.

The majority of the content is the same as the daily blogs but adapted slightly to avoid the need for external websites.

We are aware that moving from one link to another can be time-consuming for some so by uploading a week’s worth of learning we hope we can provide further support to those families who would prefer this method.

We have also created a home learning pack for children who may find the Year 3 work too challenging. Please find here:

Mrs Dubey and Mrs Phelps

Grammar, reading and maths answers – 5/2/21

Grammar:

Activity 3;

Reading:

1. On what do the tectonic plates float on and how many tectonic plates are there?  They float on mantle. There are  twenty tectonic plates.

2. What can plate boundaries do when they are near each other?  bump into each other

3.  What is a fault?  where two tectonic plates meet

4.  Describe what causes earthquakes.  movement of tectonic plates

5.  What is a seismograph?  equipment that records earthquakes

6.  How does a seismograph work?  Seismometers are securely fastened to the earth, so that when the ground shakes the instrument’s case moves too. What doesn’t move is the weight that hangs on a string inside the case. When there is an earthquake the case shakes with the ground but the weight does not, and it draws a line to show how much the ground shook.

Maths:

Mrs Dubey and Mrs Phelps

Friday’s learning – 5/2/2021

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 10:20 am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for reading, maths and grammar will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • extreme
  • famous
  • favourite

Spelling: Practise your weekly spelling words: redo, refresh, return, reappear, redecorate, revenge, review, replay, reaction, rebound

Grammar:

We will learn about using ‘a‘ or ‘an‘ before a word this week. ‘A’ and ‘an’ are also called indefinite articles.

  • We use ‘a’ when the next word starts with a consonant sound.
  • We use ‘an’ when the next word starts with a vowel sound.

For example: I read a book.

          I ate an apple.

          He is an honest man.

We will use an before honest because even though it starts with a consonant (h), it is silent and there is a vowel sound at the start of the word. Similarly, if a word begins with a vowel but does not have a vowel sound, you will put ‘a’ before it.

Below are two video clips to help you understand:

Activity 1:

Activity 2: Write ‘a’ or ‘an’ on the dotted line.

Activity 3:

Reading comprehension: Read the following text carefully and answer the questions below on paper.

1.  On what do the tectonic plates float on and how many tectonic plates are there?

2. What can plate boundaries do when they are near each other?

3.  What is a fault?

4.  Describe what causes earthquakes.

5.  What is a seismograph?

6.  How does a seismograph work?

Maths:

Times table starter:

In maths today, we will be learning about pictograms. Watch the video carefully by clicking on the link below and then have a go at answering the questions underneath on paper.

PSHE – Picture News:

This week’s story: A team of Nepalese climbers have been the first to summit the world’s second highest mountain, K2 in winter.

Question: Why do people choose to climb mountains?

Watch the following video for a virtual assembly all about this week’s news story! You may need to pause the video to give yourself some more time to think about the questions!

Here are some other activities you could have a go at:

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Mrs Dubey and Mrs Phelps

Children’s Mental Health Week

During our Zoom calls, we have been looking through this presentation and finding out why having good mental health is just as important as keeping ourselves physically healthy by eating healthily and exercising.

This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’.

Have a look through the presentation together as a family and have a go at the ‘design a hat’ activity at the end of the presentation. We would love to see your designs on Seesaw.

Here is a link for a virtual assembly all about Children’s Mental Health:

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/news/watch-our-children-s-mental-health-week-assembly-with-bafta-kids-and-oak-national-academy/

Reading, maths and science answers – 4/2/21

Reading:

1.  What evidence can you find in the text to suggest that Stig thought match was very precious?  He held the little flame and gazed at it until he burnt his fingers and he had to drop it.

2.  Where did Stig hide the match?  in his bed

3.  What did Stig bring with him when he came back to the fire?  chestnuts

4.  Why did Barney feel full and warm?  because he ate a lot of chestnuts and was sitting by the fire

5.  What did Stig suddenly do?  started drawing on the wall  

6.  What did Barney think of Stig’s drawing?  that they were really good

7.  What tells you that Stig was in a world of his own?  He did not take notice of anything, not even Barney.

Maths:

Science:

Mrs Dubey and Mrs Phelps

Thursday’s learning – 4/2/2021

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 10:20 am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for reading, maths and science will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • extreme
  • famous
  • favourite

Spelling: Practise your weekly spelling words: redo, refresh, return, reappear, redecorate, revenge, review, replay, reaction, rebound

Creative writing:

Flying

Sick sentences!

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better. Can you help? Can you add an adjective or an adverb?

  • The boy sat in the box.
  • He was wearing a jacket and goggles.

Here’s a video showing you how to improve the sentences given.

Story starter:

When he closed his eyes and drifted off to sleep, his real life began. Every night his dreams would take him on the greatest adventures. It was when he was asleep that he felt most awake, most alive…

The giant fan whirred furiously. He pulled on the flying jacket, placed the goggles onto his head, and gripped the cardboard box for dear life. This was to be another of his incredible adventures, and he couldn’t wait to find out where it would take him…

Continue the story or write your own based on the picture.

Reading:

Stig of the Dump,  Pages 70 & 71

After one or two tries, Stig managed to strike the match. He held the little flame and gazed at it until he burnt his fingers and he had to drop it.

“Go on, strike another!” urged Barney.

But Stig wouldn’t waste another. He took the box and hid it in his bed. It was clear he thought a match was a very precious thing indeed.

Stig came back to the fire with his hands full of chestnuts. He put them in the ashes and then hooked them out with a metal rod and blew on them and ate them. Barney ate twenty-three! He felt full and warm and he lay looking at the fire and at the shadows dancing on the walls of the cave.

Stig was looking at the blank wall but it seemed as if he was looking through it, not at it. Then suddenly he attacked the white wall with his blackened stick. On the chalk he made sweeping black lines – and there was the outline of a galloping horse! Soon Stig drew stag with antlers, galloping. There were little men running with spears and bows and arrows.

Barney was hopping with excitement. “Stig, you are a good drawer! I wish I could do pictures like that.”

But Stig took no notice and did not seem to be aware of Barney. For Stig was not thinking about making pictures. He was out there with the hunt, galloping with the animals, running with the hunters. And he went on drawing more and more on the white wall.

1.  What evidence can you find in the text to suggest that Stig thought match was very precious?

2.  Where did Stig hide the match?

3.  What did Stig bring with him when he came back to the fire?

4.  Why did barney feel full and warm?

5.  What did Stig suddenly do?

6.  What did Barney think of Stig’s drawing?

7.  What tells you that Stig was in a world of his own?

Maths:

Times table starter:

In maths, we are going to start our new topic of statistics and today we will look at tally charts . Watch the video carefully by clicking on the link below and then have a go at answering the questions underneath on paper.

Science:

In science today, we are going to look at seed dispersal in detail.

Seed dispersal is the movement, spread or transport of seeds away from the parent plant. Since plants have limited mobility, they rely on other things to disperse their seeds.

Click on the following links to learn more about seed dispersal.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxfrwmn/articles/z28dpbk

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/znvfb9q

There are different ways by which seeds get dispersed or scattered. Here are some of the common ways.

Wind dispersal: Here the wind helps to disperse the seeds. The seeds that are dispersed by wind are generally able to float in the wind and are very light weight.

Water dispersal: Plants that grow near water usually disperse their seeds this way. Once the seed falls into the water, it may be carried for a long distance before it finds a place to grow.

Animal dispersal: Some seeds have hooks to attach themselves onto the passing animals’ fur. Many fruits are eaten by the animals and the seeds are dropped after the food is digested

Activity: Can you sort the different seeds into the categories given below? Some can go in more than one. You might have to research to find out!

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Mrs Dubey and Mrs Phelps

Reading, maths and RE answers – 3/2/2021

Reading:

1.  Why did Barney run?  because the tree was about to fall

2.  What happened even though Barney ran?  The twigs thrashed the back of his legs.

3.  What did Stig and Barney do together?  trimmed off the smaller branches and cut the main trunk

4.  How many parts did they cut the main trunk into?  three

5.  Find and copy a word from the text that means to move heavily or slowly.  trundled

6.  What was beginning to happen when Barney looked up?  Snowfall

7.  Why were Barney and Stig tired?  because they moved/trundled the logs to the edge of the pit.

Maths:

RE:

Mrs Dubey and Mrs Phelps