Monthly Archives: May 2020

Home Learning- Week beginning 18-05-20

Hello year 3! We hope you are well and keeping safe. This week we have got a range of exciting tasks to keep you busy. Remember that we would to see your work so ask an adult to send in what you have done to year3@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk.

London History Day

London History Day is celebrated on 31st May every year. The date marks the anniversary of the day Big Ben first started keeping time in 1859. To find out more about it click here. We want you to take some time this week to celebrate fellow Londoners. Many people from London have have had a significant impact on the world. Read about some of their amazing achievements here.

Your task: Choose an Iconic Londoner, then research their achievements, think about why they are considered important then think about what YOU going to do to change the world. Write a short paragraph explaining what you will do.

Reading Tasks

Listen to this reading of Into the Forest by Anthony Browne. Respond to the story by completing a Tell Me grid.

Here are some fun reading challenges. Choose as many as you like to do over the next couple of weeks. Send us a picture of you completing one of the challenges and try to create your own reading challenge. Comment below so others can have a go too.

Writing task

Some children’s authors have written ‘Lockdown Letters’. These are letters about their experiences, thoughts and feelings about being in lockdown. Read the 2 example letters and then write your own version. Can you write a letter to a friend, relative or a neighbour? Perhaps you want to write a letter back to one of the authors or your teacher? You can read more lockdown letters here. When writing your letter think about these questions:

  • Describe your experience of being in lockdown.
  • What things do you find strange?
  • What do you miss about normal life?
  • What things will you remember about this time?
  • What will you do first when this is over?

This letter was written by Hilary Mckay. Find out more about Hilary Mckay here. Have you read any of her books?

This letter was written by the author Satoshi Kitamura who wrote Stone Age Boy- we read this at the beginning of year 3. Listen to the story again here.

Spelling Task

This week’s spelling rule are the suffixes -tion, -sion and -cian. Use the Collins online dictionary to check the meaning of each word. Copy out the definition of each word and then write a sentence using one.

Use the Look, Cover, Write, Check strategy to help you learn each spelling. Ask an adult to test you once you’re super confident!

  1. Invention
  2. Injection
  3. Action
  4. Hesitation
  5. Expression
  6. Discussion
  7. Confession
  8. Comprehension
  9. Musician
  10. Electrician
  11. Mathematician
  12. Magician

Maths Task

Do you remember these angles?

Your Task:
1. Choose a spot in your house – your room, the kitchen, bathroom, living area.
2. Estimate how many of each angle you will find.
3. Discover and record the angles in that room.
4. Create a BAR CHART that demonstrates your findings.
5. Take a photo and send it to us.

CHALLENGE:
1. Write your name with straight letters (use google to help you)
2. Find all the angles you can.
3. Take a photo and send it to us.

Science Task

Step-by-step:

The Science Behind It:

Food coloring dissolves in water but not in oil. Because the oil is less dense than the water, it will float at the top. The colored droplets will begin to sink because they are heavier than the oil. Once they sink into the water, they will begin dissolving into the water (which looks like a tiny explosion).

P4C Task- week beginning 18-05-20

Today’s question is about telling lies. It’s a very tricky subject to talk about so we have added some follow-up questions to help you delve deeper. Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever been lied to? How did you feel after? Do you think it was the wrong thing to do? Do you think it is sometimes necessary to lie?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

  • In my opinion…
  • I agree with… because…
  • I would like to add…
  • I would like to challenge… because…

Home Learning – Week Beginning 11.05.20

Hello year 3! We hope you are well and keeping safe. We are missing you all so much so we have a organised a zoom meeting on Wednesday and we want you all to attend! Email us to get the details of the meeting.

This week we have got a range of exciting tasks to keep you busy. Remember that we would to see your work so ask an adult to send in what you have done to year3@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk.

Guided Reading

Using the book you are reading currently, read the next chapter and do the following:
1. Grab as many interesting words as you can.
2. Find the meaning of each word.
3. Write a new sentence with the word.
Challenge: Can you write a paragraph that includes all the words?

Writing Task

Task: Write a character description. Choose one of the robots below and bring it to life with a character description. You need to write 2 paragraphs.

  • Paragraph 1: Describe how your robot looks. Use noun phrases and similes.
  • Paragraph 2: Describe your robot’s character traits and behaviour. Are they kind and helpful? or naughty or silly? Is your robot evil? How do you know?

Here is an example of a short character description of a robot to give you an idea what to include in your description. Can you make your description more interesting- what details can you add to your work? This example has some errors- can you spot the errors with punctuation and spelling?

Once you have written your character description. Read over your work with an adult. Remember to check:

  • Punctuation- Have you used full stops and capital letters accurately? Do you need to include commas?
  • Spelling
  • Do you sentences make sense? Read your work out loud or ask a family member to read you work to you. Make corrections.

Spelling Task

This week’s spelling rule is the suffix -ous. Use the Collins online dictionary to check the meaning of each word. Copy out the definition of each word and then write a sentence using one.

Use the Look, Cover, Write, Check strategy to help you learn each spelling. Ask an adult to test you once you’re super confident!

More -ous suffix words

1) Vigorous
2) Courageous
3) Outrageous
4) Serious
5) Obvious
6) Curious
7) Hideous
8) Spontaneous
9) Courteous
10) Cautious

Maths Task

This week , we will look at direction.

Science Task

This is an easy rock candy recipe that let’s you observe the crystallization process firsthand while making some pretty delicious treats. Sugar, water, and few more items found at home are all you need to turn your kitchen into a rock candy laboratory.

Step 1 in How to Make Rock Candy

Gather your ingredients and tools. All you need is water, sugar, a clothespin, a pot for boiling, and a few wooden sticks to grow rock candy crystals in your kitchen! You might pick out a food color dye, too. We chose red. For the “sticks,” we picked up a few bamboo skewers from the grocery store.

Step 2

Bring two cups of water to a boil in a large pot on the stove. Next, stir in four cups of sugar. Boil and continue stirring until sugar appears dissolved. This creates a supersaturated sugar solution. This is also the time to add in any flavor enhancements, such as vanilla or peppermint and so on. Allow the solution to cool for 15-20 minutes. 

Step 3

While waiting for the solution to cool, prepare your wooden sticks for growing the rock crystals. Wet the wooden sticks and roll them around in granulated sugar. Make sure you allow the sugared sticks to completely dry before continuing to Step 4. You’ll need one stick per jar.

Step 4

Once the sugar solution is cool, add in food coloring to create rock candy of your preferred color. Leave this step out for clear-colored crystals. 

Step 5

Pour the cooled solution into a glass jar (or jars) and insert the sugar-covered wooden stick into the center of the glass. Make sure that the stick is not touching any part of the jar. If it does, the candy crystals could get stuck to the bottom or to the sides. You can divide the sugar solution across several smaller jars or use one large mason jar, depending on how many sticks of rock candy you’d like to make.

Once in place, secure the stick in place using a clothespin. Cover the top of the glass with a paper towel. You may have to poke a hole in the paper towel for the wooden stick to poke through. 

Step 6 in How to Make Rock Candy 

Place the glass in a cool and quiet place. Loud noises and a lot of movement can disturb the crystal making process. Every day, the candy crystals will grow larger. They will reach their maximum growth potential by two weeks. When you have a good amount of rock candy crystals, remove the stick and place it on a sheet of wax paper to dry…before eating!

Our rock candy took at least two weeks to grow, and fyi, it turned out more pink than red!

Rights Respecting School

Philosophy for Children – 05.05.2020

As this week marks the end of the Second World War in Europe, we want to know what you think about this topic.

When you think about wars, you may think about countries fighting countries. But what about the smaller ones…? The ones we sometimes all have with friends and others? Can we stop those, and if so, how? Or maybe is it about what you do after a war – big or small – that really matters? What do you think?

How can we avoid wars or will they always happen?

Use the sentence openers to have a discussion with your families and in the comments below.

  • In my opinion…
  • I agree with… because…
  • I would like to add…
  • I would like to challenge… because…

Home Learning- Week Beginning 04-05-2020

Hello year 3! We hope you are well and keeping safe. This week we have got a range of exciting tasks to keep you busy. Remember that we would to see your work so ask an adult to send in what you have done to year3@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk. Before getting stuck into your homework tasks for this week, have a look at the other exciting things happening in the Thomas Buxton community.

Thomas Buxton Headlines!

News alert: Have you visited Thomas Buxton’s YouTube channel yet? Mrs Flanagan has already read some lovely picture books that we know you will enjoy. You could also listen to Ms Johal reading The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers or you could have a listen to Ms Price- Rees reading one of the best loved novels by Roald Dahl the BFG. Look out for Miss Bano and Mr Rebelo making an appearance soon!

In other news: Don’t forget to look at this week’s challenge on Art-e-facts. Remember each week an interesting object will be posted and everyone is invited to send in a creative response.

Read all about it: This week we will be celebrating VE day (Victory in Europe day) which is day that celebrates the end of the second world war in Europe. The second world war (or WW2) lasted for 6 years (1939-45) and people in many countries around the world were affected. Life during the Second World War was very difficult. VE Day is important because it allows us to remember the many millions of people who fought and died during World War II. To find out more about VE day and how we are going to celebrate click here.

Year 3 Homework

Reading task

Have a look at the image above. What inferences can you make from the photo? Read the 4 questions below and complete each task.

  1. How do you think the children are feeling? Look carefully at the expressions of the children and collect a list of feeling words.
  2. What might they be thinking? Write a thought bubble in the shoes of one of children in the photo.
  3. Look carefully at the setting. What do you think life must have been like for the children during the war?
  4. Are there any questions or puzzles you have about the picture? Write a list of questions.

Writing Task

Diary entry Imagine you are one of the children in the photo. It has been announced that WW2 has been ended. You have been given a flag to hold and you have been told it is a day to celebrate. Write a diary entry describing your day. Use emotive language to describe your feelings and use the prompts to structure each paragraph.

  1. What happened today? What did you do? Where did you go?
  2. What did you see? What did you notice? How did you feel?
  3. What do you hope for the future? What are looking forward to?

Once you written you diary entry. Read over your work with an adult. Remember to check:

  • Punctuation- Have you used full stops and capital letters accurately? Do you need to include commas?
  • Spelling
  • Do you sentences make sense? Read your work out loud or ask a family member to read you work to you. Make corrections.

Spelling Task

This week’s spelling rule is the suffix -ous. Use the Collins online dictionary to check the meaning of each word. Copy out the definition of each word and then write a sentence using one.

Use the Look, Cover, Write, Check strategy to help you learn each spelling. Ask an adult to test you once you’re super confident!

  1. Poisonous
  2. Dangerous
  3. Mountainous
  4. Famous
  5. Various
  6. Tremendous
  7. Enormous
  8. Jealous
  9. Humorous

Maths Task

Copy this grid on a piece of paper.
Time how long it takes to complete.
Do it three times switching the numbers at the top.
Post your personal best time.
Gooooood luck!

Rights Respecting School

Article of the week

Article 7- Every child has the right to be registered at birth, to have a name and nationality, and, as far as possible, to know and be cared for by their parents.

We would like you to think about how your right to a name and nationality are respected. This includes:

  • By being called your preferred name (shortened or in full)
  • Your name being pronounced properly and spelt correctly
  • A birth certificate
  • A passport (if you need to travel out of the UK)
  • You are encouraged to be proud of your name and nationality.
  • You get a chance to celebrate your national identity perhaps with a special day, food or music.

Science Task

Have you every wondered why soap works? Follow the instructions bellow to find out! Remember to take pictures and send them to us.

Psst… If you are able to download .pdf (ask your parents), you can find these same instructions in a nice file below. Enjoy!