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Week beginning 20th April

Welcome to Summer term 2020.  We very much hope you have had a good Easter break and that you have been attempting our ‘Boredom Busters.’ 

Here is a photograph of some painted pebbles that have been created and left to brighten someone’s day on their daily walk.  If you’d like to complete this task, make sure you use Acrylic paints or nail varnish.  If you do not have these, you could spray your paints with varnish or paint over them with clear nail-varnish.  Alternatively, permanent markers work well and won’t wash off in the rain.

Below, are the lesson ideas we would like you to work on in ‘Home Learning.’  If it is possible, we would very much like to see what you have been doing.  You could photograph anything and email it to the school office using Parent Mail.  These will then be sent to us and we can enjoy your work and reply to you too. 


We are going to be working on a unit of instructional writing.  I wonder how many of you can remember, ‘How to wash a woolly mammoth?’  Well, here are two more texts using instructional writing for dragon trapping/ training.  (The first one is MILD)

How to trap a dragon

Are you kept awake at night by the sound of dragons crunching bones?  If so, do not despair. Help is at hand.  Dragons must be defeated.  Read these instructions and soon you too will be rid of this terrible pest.

What you need: a magical spade, a brown sheet, some leaves and sticks, plus a large lump of tasty meat.

What you do:

* First, dig a deep pit.

* Next cover the pit with a brown sheet.

* After that, scatter on the leaves and sticks.

* Finally place the large lump of meat on top.

* Now tiptoe behind a tree and wait.

* In the end, the dragon will not be able to resist the temptation and will therefore fall into the pit.

A final note of warning

Do not enter a dragon's cave as the treasure may be enchanted.


Questions on, ‘How to trap a dragon.’

  1. What are the three sub-headings?
  2. What is the third item in the list of things you need?
  3. What are the ‘time connectives?’  (Hint:  there are 6)
  4. What is the conjunction in the final sentence?
  5. What kind of sentence is the first one?  (Hint:  Look at the punctuation.)
  6. Write an alternative word for, ‘terrible.’
  7. What is the root of the verb, ‘crunching?’  (This is the verb in its simplest form.  To………)


(This text is MEDIUM or SPICY)

How to look after a pet dragon

Have you ever wanted to keep a unique pet?  If so, purchase a dragon from the local hatchery.  You will never be bored.  However – a pet dragon is not easy to care for and you will need to follow these instructions.   If not, you may find that your baby dragon becomes a fiery nuisance!

What you need:  a dragon whistle, a collar, plenty of food and a dragon's den.

What you do:

Your pet dragon will roam freely.  However, if you use a dragon whistle then it will come whenever you call.  Dragons have very good hearing, so even if your pet has flown into a distant valley, it will hear your whistle and fly to you.

If you need to make sure that your dragon stays near you then a good collar is a necessity.  Even young dragons can be very strong, so the collar should be made of the finest dwarf metal.  A collar will be essential if you intend to put your dragon in for a 'Best Baby Dragon' competition.

Feeding your dragon

Dragon mealtimes can be scary so follow these instructions to the letter or you may be scorched!

  •  First, collect dragon food such as mice, rats and the bodies of other lesser creatures.
  •  Next, lay the dragon feast on a flat rock.
  •  After that, provide a bucket of water as dragons always like to drink after eating.
  •  Finally, retire to a safe distance before letting your pet out for its dinner.
  •  Remember that a hungry dragon may well mistake you for its next meal so a simple
    disguise is essential.


Keep your pet lodged in a simple dragon's den.  These have to be custom-made and can be purchased at your local 'Dragons R Us' store.  They should be made of fireproof material.  At first you may keep a very young dragon in the house but as it grows larger, you will have to find an outdoor spot as a sleeping dragon will snore loudly.  They have also been known to cause house fires accidentally.

General advice:

Dragons are not just for birthdays.  They are for a lifetime.  As your pet matures, it will be able to communicate with you telepathically.  It will protect you from danger and, of course, a trained dragon will allow its owner to ride on it as it flies.  Many owners treat their dragons by polishing their scales with the juice of sun flames.

Finally, a note of caution:  

Dragons cannot help hoarding.  It will always be their instinct to collect and hide anything bright, shiny or valuable. This means that you must hide away anything that glitters.


Questions on, ‘How to look after a pet dragon.’

  1. What are the six sub-headings?
  2. What is the second item in the list of things you need?
  3. What are the ‘time connectives’ in the section about feeding?
  4. What are the conjunctions?  (Joining words such as: and, so, as, before, etc.)
  5. What kind of sentence is the first one? 
  6. Pick five words form the text that you like.  Now write synonyms (alternatives) for each.
  7. Write the root of each of these verbs: hearing, polishing, hoarding.
  8. List the imperative verbs?  (Remember, these are the ‘bossy’ verbs.  EG: collect)


These are the English tasks we would like you to do this week.

  1.  Read one of the two dragon texts.  (Choose the one that best suits your writing and reading style.)
  2.  Answer the questions about it.
  3.  Draw your own ‘Story Map.’
  4.  Read the text to another person using as much expression as possible.
  5.  Draw a new species of dragon.  (If you like, this could be a rainbow-dragon and this picture can go on your window but this is entirely your choice.  Make your dragons incredible.) 

This link will take you to a video on, How to draw a dragon.

6.   Write some detailed notes about your dragon.  (You are the expert.)  For example:  What does it like to eat best?  What is the size of it?  What speed can it fly at?  Where does it prefer to sleep?  (Be as imaginative as possible.)   Try to make your notes interesting.  You could use sub-headings and include as many adjectives as you can. 

7.   On Education City, there are some sentence level activities to work on.


We are going to set you some weekly spellings to learn.  Most of you will work on the Year 3 spelling list given.  Some of you may prefer to master those tricky, key words that we use in our writing all of the time.  There are three lists in the table below.  Words from the first 100, words from the next 200 and words from the Year 3 focussed spellings. Choose which you think you should practise.


Year 3 list

First 200

First 100

  • library
  • water
  • the
  • February
  • away
  • and
  • dictionary
  • good
  • said
  • boundary
  • want
  • he
  • salary
  • how
  • (always a CAPITAL)
  • primary
  • away
  • of
  • ordinary
  • where
  • was
  • necessary
  • over
  • you

Remember, with spelling practise, you can make it colourful.  You could turn each word into a picture, you could make a word pyramid, you could stick them around the house and test other family members, you could sing it or you could write a spelling in dust, (if there is any left at this time of isolation.)  Anything that helps you to remember the spelling.


This week’s maths is all about place value.  Below are the links to the activities on Education City. When you login to Education City, click on Classwork and access the folder titled 'week beginning 20.4.2020'.



Week 1 Summer term Place Value

“If I had six bananas in one hand and seven apples in the other, what would I have?” 



In addition, here are a series of tasks you can complete at home without a computer:-

  1. Shake a dice and create 5 different 3-digit numbers.  (MILD: make 2-digit numbers.)  Then do all or some of the following activities. 
  • Put them in order, smallest to largest
  • Add 1 to each number
  • Add 10 to each number
  • Add 20 to each number
  • Add 100 to each number
  • Add 400 to each number
  • Add 230 to each number

Challenge:  Make a 4-digit number then do the following to it.   (Double it, add five hundred, partition it, draw a representation of it.)

2.   Play ‘What’s my number?’ with someone in your household.  (Write a number in secret, ask questions with YES or NO answers about it to work out what it is.  EG: Is it 3 digits?  Is it even? etc)

3.   Ask someone to say a number.  You must write it in digits and then in words.

4.          MILD:             Draw a number bonds to ten chart.          (10  +  0 = 10,    9  +  1 = 10)

MEDIUM:        Draw a number bonds to 100 chart.                (90  +  10  =  100)                     

SPICY:            Draw a bonds chart to 1000.                          (750  + 250 = 1000)

5.  Show 2 or 3-digit numbers using representations.  You could photograph these or draw them.  (An example is shown below)

6.  You can turn this into a game. 

Make a number.  Shake a dice.  Add this to one of your columns EG, 3 yellow flowers or 10s.  Each player only gets three turns and can only add to the columns once so if you’ve used the tens columns up you cannot add to it again.  After 3 throws each, work out which player has the biggest number?

CHALLENGE QUESTIONS:  Below are some of the styles of questions we ask to encourage mathematical thinking and discussion.  The answers are shown. 



Home Learning should be as varied and as much fun as possible.  There are many things you can do during your ‘School-Time’ that will help you to learn.

Here is a list of activities you can do during the first week in the afternoons.

  • Play Kim’s Game.  (20 items on a tray.  How many can you remember?)
  • Make a wool ‘Lazer-Maze.’
  • Play hunt the button. Give clues, give directions.
  • Pick items from around the house and use a ruler to measure them in cm and mm.
  • Can you measure anything in metres?
  • Make a chart that shows the measurements of as many parts of your body as you can.
  • Below is a science experiment that investigates how water travels through plants.                                                     

How does water travel through plants?

You will need: some sticks of celery and/or some white flowers, some food colouring, pots/jars.

Method: Make some pots of water with different food colouring in.  Put the celery or the flowers in and leave for a few days.  See how they change colour.  (In the celery, you can cut the stems open to see where the water has travelled UP through the plant.)

The following links show some of the experiments in action if you are not able to gather what you need at home.

Please do use these websites: 



Look at this image.

Have a go at answering as many of the following as you can.

You can do this as a conversation, you do not necessarily have to write it down. 

There are no wrong answers.

Think out of the box.

  • How does the dog feel about its shelter?
  • How can you tell?
  • What would you call this shelter?
  • What are the advantages?
  • What are the disadvantages?
  • Would it be water proof?
  • Would it be warm?
  • What might the dog do?
  • Would it be easy to repair?
  • What name would you give to the colour?
  • What else could you build using the same idea?

Have fun and see you same time, same place next week. 

”What did the pencil sharpener say to the pencil?”

“Stop going in circles and get to the point.”