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Goodbye lovelies!

Well… what a year! It wasn’t what any of us expected, we are sad that our time with each other was cut short. It has been lovely to see you work so hard at home, we have loved looking at your home learning and seeing some of your smiling faces in school. We can’t believe it’s time to say goodbye to you all so soon. We hope you all have a super, super summer and that you have a fabulous start to Year 4.

Thank you so much to everyone that has brought us in presents, it is so kind of you in these difficult times.

We thought it would be nice to post some pictures of our favourite times from the year…

And last, but not least, we would like to congratulate Lion class, who are the official Year 3 champions with 2 SumDog wins to 1. Unlucky,  Hippos – there’s always next year 😛

Take care everyone and  have a fantastic summer.

Miss Shaw, Mrs Atkins and Mrs Pike x

Friday 10th July 2020

Hello everyone,

Somehow, strangely, we are looking ahead to our final week of the academic year. This will be the last Home Learning blog from us. We really appreciate the effort that you have all put into Home Learning and would encourage you to revisit our past blog posts over the summer to undertake any missed activities. Oaks Academy is also continuing and lessons remain live too.

To mark the end of Year 3, we are going to have a final Sum Dog competition to find the ultimate, ULTIMATE champion class. Lions and Hippos are tied on one win each, so this is the tie-breaker. You have from Monday until 3pm on Friday. Good luck!

So… here is your final Home Learning of 2019/2020!


WELL BEING: Continue with mind yeti.

Try one or more of these activities once a day for the next week.

  1. Lie with your back on the floor and place a soft toy on your tummy. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply and try and concentrate on the way your toy rises and falls with your breathing.
  2. Choose a subject to focus your thoughts or simply write about whatever arises in your mind for 5 minutes.
  3. Take a walk and concentrate on teha ct of walking. What movements foes each leg perform in each stride? Which part of your foot hits the ground first? What does the ground feel like underneath your shoe/foot?
  4. If you have any worries – write them on pieces of paper. Then when you’re finished, rip the paper up and throw them away – throwing your worries away with them
  5. Blow bubbles – concentrating on the way they expand and then float away.


We’ve really enjoyed hearing all about your family time during lockdown. Sometimes, when we spend a lot of time with the same people, we can get on each others nerves. Try the following activity as a way of reminding yourselves and your fabulous family, how much you love them.

  • Draw round your body or draw the outline of your family member on a piece of paper. Fill that paper with all the things you love about that person and give it to them to read. Encourage all the people you live with to do this for each other. We bet it’ll put lots of smiles on your faces.



Here are some fun Chinese craft ideas to end our china topic!

Chinese drum-

Chinese fan-

Chinese slat book-

SPAG:    Spelling

Please find attached a selection of word searches full of commonly misspelt words. Find the best word search for you and complete.

Challenge- can you now create your own word search of words that YOU find tricky to spell.



Please find attached Cameron’s conjunction challenge to complete. Remind yourself of what a conjunction is and underline all the conjunctions on the sheet.

Challenge- can you create your own sentences using a conjunction?

Cams Conjunctions


Watch the video on the link below:

A young boy builds himself a rocket and sends himself off to Space.  He lands on a far away planet.  His spaceship breaks down, a friendly alien lands and he breaks down too.  The little boy parachutes to earth to get some tools to fix the ship.  He gets back by way of a huge ladder, fixes the machines and then they both fly off.

Choose one or more of the following writing opportunities:

  • Write a diary/recount of the adventure in the video.
  • Build a rocket and decide where it is going – write your own adventure story. Maybe you could film the story yourself.
  • Write a holiday brochure page for their destination.
  • Write dialogue between the boy and the alien.
  • Write a description of the alien or the strange place in which they land.

Skills you’ve learnt in year 3 that you could use:

-Fronted adverbials.

-High level vocabulary (using a thesaurus to choose specific and relevant words)

– Descriptive language – expanded noun phrases, similes, metaphors, alliteration.

– Speech – correctly punctuated and a variety of words for ‘said’.

If you prefer to use the Oaks Academy lessons-



Lots of you have been cooking and baking at home over these last few months so we think it’s really important to be able to accurately read scales and measure carefully.




Guided reading


  • What happened before this picture?
  • How did the house get on top of the dragon? Who tied it onto the dragon’s back?
  • Is the dragon happy about this?
  • How do the girl and the dragon know one another?
  • Why is the girl sitting on top of the house and not inside it?
  • Is anyone else inside the house?
  • Where did the kites come from?
  • Where are the girl and the dragon going?
  • Why are they travelling in this way?
  • Give this picture a more interesting title.

Challenge: Compare this picture with the picture below titled ‘Best Friends’.

What’s similar and what’s different?

Which image do you prefer and why?

Does the dragon belong to the boy, or does the boy belong to the dragon?


Religious Education – Miss Honeywell

As we approach the end of the school year and consider our journey in faith towards God, now is a great time to reflect upon each of the Sacraments that form a special part of this journey. Please choose ONE of the seven Sacraments below: Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Reconciliation or Anointing of the Sick.

With your chosen sacrament, have a go at ONE of the following tasks…


  • Write a prayer or poem about your favourite Sacrament. How could you ask for God’s blessing and guidance throughout your Christian journey? Describe how you would feel during the Sacrament.


  • Create a stained glass window to represent the key symbol(s) of your chosen Sacrament. What do these symbols mean and why do you think that they are they important?


  • Can you find any photographs at home from when you or a family member took part in any of the Sacraments? Discuss what the experience was like and what you can both still remember.


  • Make a set of game cards to help you remember each of the sacraments (e.g. Snap, Pairs, Dobble) and how they are similar or different to one another.


  • Are there any special garments or items of clothing that you would wear when taking part in your chosen Sacrament? Design an appropriate outfit – which colours or details would be suitable?


  • Research how your chosen Sacrament is celebrated across different churches and countries. How do the celebrations compare to each other? Is there anything that surprised you?


Music from Mrs Sumba

Think back over the past school year which started in September 2019. What can you remember doing? Make a list of these things.


Now think of a tune you know well.

Using this tune and the list you have written, can you compose a song about this school year? Perhaps you could record yourself singing it.


Science from Miss Stapley

Spaghetti Towers  – to watch the video

The activity:

  • Make a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows.
  • Experiment with the construction of your tower to find out which shapes are best for building with.
  • Learn why some shapes are more stable than others when you build a tower. – for the full information on the activity and questions to ask your child(ren)

You will need:

Packet of spaghetti (uncooked) • Packet of marshmallows

What to do:

Challenge a child or children to use marshmallows (whole ones or pieces) to join lengths of spaghetti together to make the tallest tower possible. You could start by building a simple cube and seeing what you need to do to make a taller structure that remains standing.

Going Further challenge:

  • Instead of building a tall tower, you could try to build the strongest bridge from spaghetti and marshmallows.
  • You could limit the amount of spaghetti and number of marshmallows to make the task more difficult.
  • You could give children a budget with which to ‘buy’ spaghetti and marshmallows and make the ‘cost’ of the tower another element they have to consider.
  • Try out this interactive ‘shapes’ lab to see how forces affect different shapes:

Have fun!

Friday 3rd July 2020

Happy Friday everyone, we hope you’re all well. It has been so, so wonderful to see so many of your lovely faces this week. We can’t believe how much we’ve laughed and how much you’ve grown! We are so proud of you all and the soon-to-be Year 4s that you’ve become.

We can’t quite believe it but here is your penultimate Home Learning blog before the summer…


WELL BEING: Mind Yeti. Google Mind yeti and follow the videos.

It’s been a hot week and you’ve had a busy few weeks with all your fantastic home learning. Take some time for you. You can do this alone or with members of your family – even with your friends over face-time or zoom.

The mind yeti videos are all about mindfulness. Many of you may have lots of things going round in your heads, maybe lots of thoughts about school next year and how it will be, who your new teacher will be etc. Maybe things are starting to change again at home with parents returning to work. Maybe you are struggling to get to sleep at night because of the heat – watch the videos and try and do at least 10 minutes of Mind Yeti every day.

Topic:  Chinese cuisine.

Have you ever eaten Chinese food? What’s your favourite?

Research Chinese cuisine (there is a PowerPoint to help you). Record any interesting information you find and then complete the activity below.

Chinese Food

Food Worksheet

Fancy making Chinese food at home? Here’s a link to 10 family friendly recipes to try:


SPAG:    Spelling- Your turn to be the teacher!


The following sentences have spelling errors. They will be found in spellings words we have covered this year. Can you proof read the sentence and correct the mistakes? Be careful as there may be more than one in each sentence.


1, The little girl skiped to school.

  1. The Cheshire cat smild at Alice with a wide grinn.
  2. I was unhapy when my football team lost there match.
  3. Their was just about enogh money in my purse to by the magazine.
  4. My freind doe’snt have a dog.
  5. The breaks on my bike weren’t working so I crashd into the pond.
  6. I wanted to where my spoty dress to the party.
  7. My sister was worryd that shed be late for school.
  8. My teacher thort I was being naughty but I was trying to be helpfull.
  9. Carlessly, I through away my train ticket.




Challenge: What does the root word mean? Can you think of other words that have it as a root word?

Challenge: Take the word believe as your root word. How many other words are in this family? E.g. believable, belief.



What is a consonant? What is a vowel? Can you list them?



Activity 1: Start or finish your dragon newspaper report from last week’s home learning. As said last week, this should have taken you quite a white as it is important to spend some quality time following the steps that we do in school when writing so that you produce the best piece of writing you can.


  1. Plan your writing
  2. Write your first draft
  3. Spend some time editing and improving – monkey ears, read it through with an adult, use a thesaurus to improve word choices, check all your sentences don’t start the same, check spelling and punctuation.
  4. Then publish – be proud of your hard work. There are many blank templates on line to help you present your work correctly. Here is a link to help




First, create a name for your newspaper and a headline for the article.

After that, write your newspaper article – remember to include:

  • Who, where, when and what, how! Go back to your research to find this information.
  • How people reacted and felt – this is a good time to use your speech.
  • What is going to happen next (be creative)
  • Conclude with somewhere that people can go / call / email for help, to give more information, for support.


SUPPORT: Use the example template for a similar news article that you can use a model to support you.





Vary your sentence structure: Can you use a fronted adverbial to show (e.g. Still shaking in fear, Mrs. Pike stated she was just so grateful that the children weren’t in school at the time of the attack.)  Word mat provided to remind you of the options.–fronted-adverbials-ks2-word-mat-list-_ver_6.pdf?__token__=exp=1592815621~acl=%2Fresource%2Ff5%2Fc4%2Ft-l-4647–fronted-adverbials-ks2-word-mat-list-_ver_6.pdf%2A~hmac=60e431cd62337003b83721978d6b06603200626e08fd5407893a343bd8ff2054


Can you use a subordinate clause (Mrs. Atkins, a year 3 class teacher, was shocked by the damage caused.)


Activity 2: POETRY

Look at the following Bitezize videos about different types of poetry.

Choose a style of poetry and write your own poem about dragons (you can write more than one in a different style if you’d like to.)

Use the following to help:

– the dragon poems from guided reading last week

– the dragon word mats from your previous home learning.

– the new dragon vocabulary sheet linked to this weeks guided reading.

REMEMBER: Use high level, creative vocabulary.


Challenges: You don’t have to do all of these but they are features of poetry to consider when planning and writing your own.

Can you make it rhyme? (But it still make sense)

Can you use alliteration?

Can you use similes and metaphors?  (As, as or like – remember the song?

Can you use onomatopoeia?

If you’d prefer more guidance to create your own poems, follow this sequence of Oak Academy lessons…


Guided reading

Use the picture – discuss and record your responses in any way you wish. There is no right or wrong – use inference and your imagination.

DRAGON guided reading

  • What can you see? What do you think is happening/has happened/will happen? What do you wonder?  Complete the See, think wonder resource sheet.
  • Who owns this boat? Where is it from? Where is it going? Who travels on this boat?
  • What can you see beneath the surface of the water?
  • What is the creature called? Describe the creature. Consider its eyes, mouth, legs, tail and other details.
  • What is the creature doing?
  • Why does it have the anchor chain in its mouth?
  • Has the creature been asked to pull the boat in this way? Is it under control or out of control?
  • Where is it taking the boat?
  • Why is it acting in this way?
  • Why are the fish swimming alongside the creature?
  • Who is in the hot air balloons?



Write a 100-word story about this picture. Try to include some of the words on the dragon vocabulary page.




Here are the next three Oak academy lessons to complete.

Challenge one-

Challenge two-

Challenge three-

Challenge four-


Have a go at this End of Unit Assessment to see how much you’ve learned about Forces and Magnets. Ask a grown up or older sibling to mark it for you using the answers page. If there’s an area which you could improve upon, re-read the previous weeks lessons or do extra research on BBC Bitesize

End of Unit Assessment


Art from Mrs Pearson:

Art Challenge For Father Jeremy:

Father Jeremy has got a very special celebration coming up on 26th July this year. He will be celebrating 45 years since his ordination into the priesthood. I think this is a remarkable achievement and should be marked by your incredible artwork. Therefore, your Art challenge for the next fortnight is to produce a piece of art for Father Jeremy. This can take any form you like from street art, a drawing, collage or even some edible art! As well as being a priest, Father Jeremy has a wide range of interests including walking, reading and nature. So let your creative juices flow and come up with something spectacular…. I know you will!
As I have mentioned, this is a two-week challenge and I would ask that, as well as me displaying your art on the Blog, would you please keep hold of it (yes even sculptures you may make), so that I can collect it from you, when we are all back in school and put it in a book and then present in to Father Jeremy.
As always, you can still send any other art work to me and I will post that on the Blog too.
Please email your artwork to me:
Thank you
Keep creating and keep safe!

Mrs Pearson



Music from Mrs Sumba

Over the past few weeks, you have listened to 10 pieces of music composed by Musical Trailblazers. Go to the website below and listen to them again.  

Which was your favourite and why?
Which was your least favourite and why?


Science from Miss Stapley

If your child has an allergy to eggs – please choose another exciting investigation from

Bouncing Eggs – watch the video

  • Make an uncooked egg bounce!
  • ExpeRiment with different liquids to see what effect they have on eggs.
  • Learn how the acid in household liquids like orange juice and vinegar react with eggshells and make them dissolve, leaving the inside of the egg intact. – download worksheet for instructions and questions to ask before and after the investigation.

You will need:

5 eggs • Glasses or jars that an egg can fit inside comfortably • Cling film • Oil • Milk • Water • Vinegar • Orange juice

Going further challenge:

  • You can use the shell-less eggs you make from this experiment to do another activity which will let you shrink and expand the eggs by placing them in different liquids:
  • Watch a video of how to make a coloured bouncy egg, then try making one yourself:





Friday 5th June 2020

Hello everyone! Just to reiterate – it is not a requirement to complete all of the tasks listed. We have said that you should complete the Guided Reading, English and Maths activities over the week and work on anything else in addition if you wish/can. Please don’t feel that by saying this we are devaluing home learning or that it is not important. It is crucial to set time aside some to do school work. Again, don’t feel restricted by these activities either; if your child is motivated to do other reading, writing or Maths that is better centered on their interests, feel free to do these instead.
Here is this week’s home learning…

Find the year you were born, what Chinese animal are you? How about members of your family? Can you research what this means?
According to Chinese legends, what traits do people born in these years have? Does this sound like you? Record your thoughts as creatively as you’d like.
Feeling creative? Make your own Chinese dragon using the link below.

Use the image below and the word mat to write a description of the dragon. Try to include powerful adjectives, similes and fronted adverbials (to show where, why or how).

For example: Glaring red eyes stared down and its wide cavernous nostrils flared. His huge hulk of a scaly green body slowly moved up and down with each furious breath. Without warning colossal explosions of flames erupted from its mouth, shooting wildly in all directions, like a ferocious, erupting volcano.

Dragon word bank

Dragon word bank 2

Guided reading:
Read the following Chinese fairy tale wither on your own or with a grown up. Talk about the story and make sure you understand it. Here are some comprehension questions for you to discuss and respond to:
1, What are the four Dragons that lived in the Eastern Sea?
2. What did the four Dragons see while they were playing hide-and-seek in the cloud?
3. Based on the fairy tale, who can give rain to the people on earth?
4. How did Jade Emperor respond to the Dragons request?
5. What happened the next day? Did it rain?
6. What was the Long Dragon’s idea about making rain?
7. What did Jade Emperor do when he learned that the Four Dragons made rain without his permission?
8. What did the Four Dragons become in the end?

CHALLENGE: Think about fairy tales that you know (Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the three bears, Hansel and Gretel etc) How is that fairy tale similar or different to the Chinese fairy tale?


Below is a range of homophones. Can you use a dictionary or the internet to find the different definitions for each of these words?

Can you now write/ draw these homophones in a way that will help you remember? For example-

Below is a lesson to help you revise your angle work from the last couple of weeks.
Can you remember when we learnt about perpendicular lines? Here is a reminder:


Hopefully from the BBC Bitesize videos from last week’s home learning, you found out that forces are pushes and pulls which act on objects. This week we are going to be investigating one of the forces in closer detail. Friction is a force which resists movement between two objects. It slows things down and tries to stop them moving.
Our investigation compares how things move on different surfaces. Follow the instructions here…#

Friction Experiment

We recommend trying out surfaces such as sandpaper, a towel, tin foil, lino, carpet and bubblewrap or corrugated cardboard and using the 2-star Recording Sheet, found here:

Friction Recording Sheet


Music from Mrs Sumba
Go to the website below and watch Naomi Wilkinson’s video about Heitor Villa Lobos.
Why was Heitor Villa Lobos considered a musical trailblazer?
Now listen to the whole piece on the 2nd video.
Choose your own form of transport. What is the main rhythm it makes? (For example what rhythm might the pedals on a bike or the oars on a rowing boat make?
How could you play this rhythm? (Perhaps you could recreate the rhythm of the oars by splashing your hand in a bowl of water.)
What other sounds does your transport make? How can you add these? Could other members of your family join in so you can layer the sounds?


Science from Miss Stapley

Homemade Lava Lamp

Experiment with objects of different shapes and sizes. See what makes a difference to whether something sinks or floats in water.

Learn how an object’s density affects if something is likely to sink or float.

Questions to ask children:

  • Before each activity: can you predict what will happen? Why do you predict that? (For example, can you predict what will happen when we squash the tin foil really tightly?
  • Can you predict what will happen if we use metal spoon instead of a plastic one?
  • Can you predict what will happen if we peel the fruit?) Why does the diet drink float while the non-diet one sinks?
  • What do you think will happen when we pour the oil into the glass of water? Why?
  • What do you think is in the bubbles that are rising up in the lava lamp? Why do you think they sink back down again?

Going Further:

  • You can give your child or children a lump of plasticine and explore how to mould the plasticine into shapes that float. Discuss what the floating shapes have in common compared to shapes that sink.
  • The density of an object affects its buoyancy. You can learn more about this and how density affects whether something sinks or floats here:
  • Buoyancy You can try to make a ‘density tower’ by floating liquids of different density on top of each other, as shown in this video:
  • Here’s a quick lava lamp using fizzy water –


Art Challenge from Mrs Pearson

Read all about it! St Peter’s are IN THE NEWS!

For this week’s Art Challenge I would like you to produce some art using old newspapers or magazines!  It can be anything from cutting out shapes and creating your own abstract art, or landscape, to making something using Paper Mache.  What you make can be left black and white or even painted (using watercolours is very effective).  Whatever you create I’m sure you will ‘Make the headlines’ on the Art Blog!

Ideas to inspire you:

29th May 2020 – Home Learning

We hope you’ve had a restful half term and have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine! We can’t believe the final half term of the year is here. As always, we’re missing you lots and hoping to see you lovely faces soon 🙂

Here is the home learning for the week ahead…


Locate China on a world map/ globe. What continent is it on? What countries does it border? Which sea is it near?

Speak to people you know, use books/ internet to make a fact file about China. Use the files attached to help you. You can present your work as creatively as you’d like to.

Fact Files  Fact File 2


There are many different versions and videos of the story of the Chinese zodiac. Here are a couple.

Debate: do you think the rat deserved to win?

Talk to people in your family and debate the question above. Record your argument as if you were going to present it as a speech persuading other people to agree with you.


Guided reading:

Please follow the link to download the text about the year of the dog and answer the questions below. There are three different texts and answers. Choose the one that’s best for you.



If you enjoyed last weeks angle lessons here are the next two-

If not, remember when we made our right angle eaters? Can you make your own one at home and see how many right angles you can find around your house?

Now if an angle is smaller then a right angle we call this an acute angle. If it is bigger, then we call this an obtuse angle. Can you find any acute and obtuse angles around the house?

Now draw a picture or a series of shapes and label the different size angles in it.


What do all of these words have in common?


Young       double      touch     trouble     country     rough


What sound does the ‘ou’ make?

Rainbow write these words and circle the ‘ou’ in them.

Can you now write these words in to a sentence?



Our new science topic is ‘Forces and Magnets’. This week, as an introduction and a bit of a refresher, we’d like you to watch a selection of clips from the BBC Bitesize website. You don’t have to watch them all – just whatever takes your fancy! There are clips about how forces work in all sorts of different settings, from boats and cars to how they affect astronauts and cyclists.

Once you’re happy with what a ‘force’ is, perhaps you can go on a forces hunt around your house or garden, or whilst on a walk. Look out for forces in action, having an affect on the things around us, including ourselves!

Music from Mrs Sumba

Johannes Brahms

Go to the website below and watch Radzi Chinyanganya’s video about Johannes Brahms.

Why was Brahms considered to be a musical trailblazer?

Now listen to the whole piece in the second video.

Can you spot the changes in tempo? When is it fast? When is it slow? Try moving to the music.

Find 2 objects that you could use like drums- 1 should have a high sound (pitch), 1 should have a low pitch.

Practise playing them- left, right, left, right – create a steady pulse in time with the music. Does the pulse change?


Art from Mrs Pearson- animal magic!

For this week’s Art Challenge I would like you produce some art that is linked to ANIMALS!  Your animal can live on the land, in the sea or the sky. If you prefer, you can make your own mythical animal from your own imagination… or even a fusion of two animals.  It can be a drawing, a painting, it can be made from a kitchen roll tube, a painted stone, made from things you find in the woods or at the beach or anything else that you can think of. I’m sure you will create something ‘magical’, as always!       Ideas to inspire you:

However, if this doesn’t appeal to you can still send any other art work to me and I will post that on the Blog too.

Please email your artwork to me:

Thank you

Keep creating and keep safe!


Mrs Pearson

Friday 15th May 2020

Hello everyone! We hope you’re well and staying positive. We’re missing you lots but have really enjoyed hearing all about the wonderful things you’ve been getting up to with your families. This week, we’ve been doing lovely things with our families too…

Mrs Atkins has been spending yet more time in her garden. It’s a really interesting time outside in nature at the moment. She has spotted that the flowers on the fruit trees and bushes are falling off and in their place, fruits are forming. Look! Can you see? Can you identify these fruits from Mrs Atkins’s garden in the pictures below: blueberries, raspberries, apples and plums?

You might remember that Mrs Pike has been building her own home on the farm. She’s very excited to be moving in next week so this week has included a lot of painting and moving furniture! She has also squeezed in some baking and has made an apple Dorset cake.

Miss Shaw has enjoyed spending time with her baby, Odi. Look how cute he is! Who knew there were so many unexplored walks around our area! There’s even a waterfall!

Here is the home learning for this week…


How would different weather affect each stage of farming? Consider the effect on different crops such as fruits, wheat, corn, grass (for animal feed), potatoes etc.

Ploughing Sowing Crop Spraying Harvesting
Drought (No rain) Land would be hard and difficult to plough.
Average Rain
Heavy Rain/ Flooding
High winds Fruit could be blown off before collecting and become spoiled.
No wind

CHALLENGE – What would ‘ideal’ weather look like for a wheat farmer vs a grass-fed cow farmer?

SUPPORT – Plant and grow any type of seed you can find in three pots of soil. In Pot 1, give it no water to simulate drought. In Pot 2, give it a constant supply of water to simulate heavy rain or a flood. In Pot 3, try to make sure there are optimum conditions (perfect for growing). Look closely to see what happens to the plants and the soil.


English: The magic tree.

Sentence challenge!

A preposition is a word that shows the relationship between one thing and another. It usually tell you where a thing is in relation to something else (the position) E.g. The green, shining door appeared inside the tree. Can you write a minimum of 3 sentences about this magic three that contain prepositions?

If this was a portal to another world, would you go through it or stay on Earth? If you walked through the portal, what would happen to you? What would you see?

Imagine you have just walked through the open portal and into the world inside the tree. Draw and then describe what you can see – remember to use fantastic adjectives to create expanded noun phrases.

Guided reading:

Hidden nature. Use the image to answer the questions, remember this is using your inference skills so there’s exact answer, it’s reading between the lines and using the clues to help.

  • Where did the robot get the egg from?
  • Why is the robot watering the egg?
  • How are things growing in this room?
  • Why is he keeping it hidden?
  • Does anyone else know it’s there?
  • What do you think the world outside this room is like?
  • Do you think the egg will hatch? What will be inside?

Science / Geography:  Where does your food come from?

Think about / research what crops we grow in our country? Compare it to crops grown in other countries. Can you find out where certain foods come from? Use a map / globe to locate these places and label/ draw pictures of the food type in the correct place on a blank world map.


What do other countries grow that we don’t? Why can’t we grow certain foods in our country but they can in others? Present your findings in any way you wish (table, poster, information leaflet etc.)

Key vocabulary: Climate, biodiversity,

Use this website to support your learning:



We have heard from other year groups that children are really enjoying these maths lesson from the national academy. They included a quiz, a teacher video, an activity to complete and an end quiz to check your learning. Here are the first two angle lessons. Give them a go and let us know what you think. Other children have enjoyed having a mini lesson from a teacher.



Music from Mrs Sumba

Ravi Shankar

Go to the website below and watch Naomi Wilkinson’s video about Ravi Shankar.

Why is Shankar considered to be a musical trailblazer?

Now listen to the whole piece in the second video. Make a list of the different instruments you can see. Choose 1 and find out 3 facts about it.



Pick words from the Year 3/4  Spelling List and practice them by writing them out in your neatest handwriting.

Year 3_4 Spelling List


Art from Mrs Pearson :

Art Challenge Famous Landmarks:

For this week’s Art Challenge I would like you produce some art that is linked to a famous landmark.  Your landmark can be natural or man-made. It can be a drawing, a sculpture made from recycled materials, a collage, something made out of pebbles and twigs ,  it could be drawn on a tablet or made out of Lego, or indeed  else that you can think of.  I have even seen Big Ben made out of socks!  Let you imaginations run wild!

Here are a few ideas:

Science from Miss Stapley

Balancing Structures

The activity – Make a balancing toy.

Experiment with the design of your toy to find out what affects whether or not it balances.

Learn about the centre of mass of an object and how it relates to whether or not something balances.  – activity worksheet in full

What you need:

  • A carrot or similar vegetable
  • Kebab skewers
  • Marshmallows and/or other jelly type sweets, or small pieces of carrot or similar hard vegetables.
  • Plasticine or blu-tac
  • 500ml soft drink bottle or washing up liquid bottle

Stage 1: Cut a piece of carrot about 3 cm long. Stick a kebab skewer into one end of the piece of carrot and break the skewer so that you have only 2 or 3 cm of it sticking out. Try to stand the carrot piece up on the end of the kebab skewer – you should find this very difficult, if not impossible to do.

Stage 2: Stick a kebab skewer into each side of the carrot so that they point downwards at about 45 degrees. Then stick a marshmallow or other jelly sweet onto the ends of the skewers, as shown in the picture below. Place this on top of a bottle and you should find that it balances.

Get children to investigate what happens when you slide the marshmallows up and down the ‘arms’ of the sculpture and if you add more marshmallows. Stick an additional two or more kebab skewers into the carrot and challenge children to add at least one item to each skewer and still keep the sculpture balanced.

Questions to ask children: With just central part of the sculpture: why doesn’t this stay balanced? Before showing them stage 2: do you think we can use more kebab skewers and anything else to help it balance? Why do you think it balances like this? What can we change? (position of skewers, items pushed onto the skewers, position of things on skewers) What do you think will happen if we change these things? What do you think we need to do to make sure our sculpture balances?

Going further:

Try making some animal-shaped balancing toys:

Make a balancing butterfly:


Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Miss Shaw, Mrs Atkins and Mrs Pike

Friday 8th May 2020

We just want to start this week’s blog by saying that we think you are all doing an AMAZING job. We LOVE seeing how creative you’re being and the memories you’re making as families. THANK YOU for your continued enthusiasm and dedication – it means so much to us.

This week, Mrs Pike has been doing family reading. Each evening, every member of the family chooses a book that they love and has been sharing it out loud before bed.

Miss Shaw has been enjoying her new bike and has loved getting out in the fresh air finding new places to ride.

Mrs Atkins has been baking bread. So far she has tried white bread, sourdough, granary and spelt. What do you think?

Here is the Home Learning for this week. Please remember that it is not a requirement to complete all of the tasks listed. Ideally, aim to do the Reading, Writing and Maths activities over the week and work on anything else in addition if you wish. Please don’t feel restricted by these activities either; if your child is motivated to do other Reading, Writing or Maths that is better centered on their interests, feel free to do these instead. We understand that all children are individuals and in these challenging times, value their security and happiness most of all.

Why farming matters
Farming landscapes: farm landscapes are created by generations of farmers: they bring us food, provide habitats but also maintain the countryside for us to walk in and enjoy.

a. Look at the farm image and annotate with appropriate topic related vocabulary. Do you know the meaning of these topic related words? If not, speak to a grown up, use a dictionary or the internet to help you: pasture, arable, dry stone walls, buildings/shelters, tracks, hedges, crops, solar panels, wildflower margins, hedges, dry stone walls, tree belts, fences.
b. Can you identify natural and man-made/influenced features in the photos? A table may help.
c. Can you see any boundaries? What are these for?

Take a look at the link below have a go at the activities. We suggest starting with the sentence work as it could help you write your story. Maybe you could email us your stories, we’d love to read them.

Guided reading:
This link takes you some guided reading all about snails. There are 3 different levels so choose the one that challenges you (but that isn’t too tricky) and complete the comprehension task. All the information can be found in the text – remember to use your skimming and scanning techniques to help find it.
HANDY HINT! Why don’t you try doing a read aloud think aloud (highlight and make notes) before you answer the questions.

Can you make a daily diary of what you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the week? Record how many hours sleep you’re getting each night, how much exercise and what kind you are doing each day, are you drinking the recommended amount of water etc. After a couple of days, if you realise you’re not doing as much as you can to be healthy, can you make some changes and see if it makes you feel any different?
This could be recorded however you’d like – pictures, a table, on a computer etc. These links may help you:

Science from Miss Stapley THE SCIENCE OF OOBLECK
Did you notice that if you make a ball with oobleck or gloop it feels solid, but if you drop the oobleck on the floor it turns liquid again? The slime is a non – Newtonian fluid as it doesn’t flow like liquids normally do.

Cornflour gloop ( oobleck ) is made up of molecules arranged in long chains. When the chains are stretched the liquid will flow, but when you force them together they stick together to form a solid.
• Cornflour
• Water
• Food colouring – optional
• Ice cube trays – optional
• Mixing bowl
• Colander, funnel and beakers – optional, but great for messy fun!
• Fill a cup with cornflour and add to the bowl
• Add water very slowly mixing with your hands, until you get a sticky, slimy gloop.
• If you want to make it coloured add some food colouring. ( be careful this can stain skin and clothes)
• Play with the slime and see how it behaves. Can you make it into a ball? and what happens if you throw it onto the floor?
• Can you squeeze the slime into a ball? What does it feel like? How long does the ball stay solid after you let go?
• If you used less water do you think the slime would fall faster or more slowly through the colander?
Can you make a giant oobleck tray and walk on oobleck?
To make our giant oobleck tray – pour about 1 kg of cornflour into a large black tray and slowly added water until the consistency was wet, but solid when squeezed.

This activity requires weighing scales. If you don’t have any, try making and using a DIY balance scale and a bit of creativity! Here’s an example…
Heavier or lighter.
Find 5 objects in your house and order them from what you think is lightest to heaviest.
Then weigh the first one – use this weight to estimate the weight of the second object then weigh the second one. Was your estimate close?
Keep going along your line recording your estimation and the actual weight. Hopefully your estimates will get more accurate as you go on. Was your original order correct?
Choose two of your 5 items and compare their weight. Which is heavier and which is lighter. How do you know? Record your findings using the symbols. This can be repeated with different toys.
Barbie (104g) > Toy car (90g)
Have a go at these questions:

This week we are revisiting rare graphemes for the /i/ phoneme. Say what you can see in the pictures below. Sound out the words and write them down. Note that in these words, the /i/ sound is made with a y or ui. Can you find some more unusual ways of making the /i/ sound?


Be a word detective – make a word web of as many words as you can find that contain an /i/ sound with a rare grapheme. Use these words to write into sentences. Challenge: How many words can you fit into one sentence whilst making sure it still makes sense?
ANSWERS TO PICTURE CLUES: gym, cygnet, building, mystery.

Art from Mrs Pearson :
Art Challenge Who’s YOUR SUPERHERO?
For this week’s Art Challenge I would like you to produce some art that is linked to a superhero. Your superhero can be real, such as our key workers, or someone in your family, or a fictional character from a comic, film or your own imagination. It can be a drawing, a figure made from a kitchen roll tube, street art or anything else that you can think of.
I hope this may inspire you:

This new Banksy artwork has appeared at Southampton General Hospital.
It shows a young boy kneeling by a wastepaper basket dressed in dungarees and a T-shirt. He has discarded his Spiderman and Batman model figures in favour of a new favourite action hero – an NHS nurse. The artist left a note for hospital workers, which read: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.”
However, if this doesn’t appeal to you then you can still send any other art work to me and I will post that on the Blog too.
Please email your artwork to me:
Thank you
Keep creating and keep safe!
Mrs Pearson

Music from Mrs Sumba
Go to the website below and watch Radzi Chinyanganya’s video about George Gershwin.

Why is Gershwin considered to be a musical trailblazer?

Now listen to the whole piece in the second video and create a cityscape as you listen.

RE learning from Miss Honeywell
As part of your RE learning, we would like you to focus upon the upcoming celebration of Pentecost – this day is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday, to remember how the Holy Spirit appeared to the Apostles of Jesus and gave them hope while they were in Jerusalem.
Can you complete ONE of the following activities, to develop your knowledge of this special time in the Liturgical Year?
– Create a religious crossword that includes the following key words and symbols: wind, flame, tongue, Holy Spirit, disciples, Jerusalem. Can you add more of your own? Don’t forget to record your clues!
– Design a celebration card to spread the Good News at Pentecost – could you post it to a friend to spread joy and hope at this difficult time?
– Write a drama script to ‘act out’ the scene of the disciples as Pentecost with your family at home – what happened to the followers of Jesus?
– Make 10 quiz questions about the Pentecost story. Could you ask a friend or family member about them when you next chat on the webcam/internet, or over the phone?
– Imagine you are a news reporter who has been sent to Jerusalem to find out more about the events that took place at Pentecost. Which 5W questions (who, what, where, when, why) would you ask the disciples?
– Build a model of one of the following Pentecost symbols (flame, wind, speaking in tongues, Holy Spirit) to put on display and remind you that Jesus is near. Which resources could you use from home? Plasticine, recycled plastic, painted cardboard?
– Research the story of Pentecost on the internet, from a Biblical website. Can you draw a thought bubble and record how the feelings of the disciples changed throughout the story?

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend!
Miss Shaw, Mrs Atkins and Mrs Pike

Friday 24th April 2020

Hello everyone! We hope you are well… What have you been up to this week? You can let us know by using the email addresses: and

This week, Mrs Pike has been very busy on the farm. Together with her daughter, she’s been making sure that she captures every exciting aspect and incredible moment on film and has been working hard to edit all the clips together to make a video tour just for you! Make sure you watch their amazing footage here…

Mrs Atkins has attempted hairdressing this week. After using the clippers upside-down on Mr Atkins’s hair, cutting a wonky fringe for her daughter and lop-sided ears for Ziggy the dog, she has decided that she should probably stick to teaching!

Miss Shaw has been busy painting her hallway- what do you think?

Home learning for Friday 24th April

Topic :

Food has to be farmed, caught or grown at home.
Questions for the children to record their answers – can be presented anyway they wish – be creative.
• Have you ever visited a farm where animals live?
• What did you see?
• What animals live on farms?
• What do you think an animal needs to grow and stay healthy?
Virtual farm tour – we were going to go on a school trip this term to Mr and Mrs Pike’s farm on Hayling Island. As we can’t do this, Mrs Pike and her daughter, Imogen filmed this amazing video for us!


Design a leaflet advertising the farm – try to remember our persuasive techniques to encourage people to go there. These include: amazing adjectives, rhetorical questions, key facts and special offers. This link has some nice ideas about what you might like to include…

Guided reading

Together with your child, read through the above text and if possible do the activity, noting that fruit and a knife are required! For those of you who have struggled with the guided reading over the past weeks, talking it through together and doing a practical activity like this should help vital information resonate with your children and mean that they can recall and retain it more easily.
Now skim and scan to find the answers to these questions in the text:
1. What fraction of our world is land?
2. Why is half of this land not suitable for farming?
3. Of what is left, how much can be farmed and why?
Remember you can present your guided reading however you wish – see if you can make it fun.
In addition, you can use this same text to complete your Geography.


Can you use a globe, world map (from an Atlas or online) to be an explorer? Can you discover the names of as man seas and Oceans as possible? Now name the continents? Where do you live? What Town, City, Country, Continent? Can you find it on a map?


To know that people can grow their own food at home.
Talk to your child about what can be grown at home:
• Do you grow any food at home?
• Does anyone you know?
• What sorts of things can be grown at home?
• Where about are things at home grown? (Allotment, greenhouse, garden, window sill.) Can you find 3 different places where you think would be a good place to grow food where you live? Draw a picture / take a photograph of these places and label it telling us why they’d be good
• Can you use this time to grow some food of your own? I know some of you have started this already and we can’t wait to hear all about it when we call you.

Science from Miss Stapley

The activity: Make objects move without touching them by charging them with static electricity. ExpeRiment: with different objects to see how static electricity affects them. Learn about charged particles like electrons and how things gain or lose charge. – for a video clip about the experiment and a full version of the activity information sheet.
What you will need:
• A balloon • A cotton towel or T-shirt or a woolly jumper • Some scrap paper • A paper/plastic drinking straw (optional) • An empty 500ml plastic drinks bottle (optional) • A hard plastic comb or ruler (optional) • Other household objects to test.
What to do:
• Charge up a balloon and try picking up scraps of paper with it.
• Investigate whether the amount you rub the balloon affects how much paper it can pick up.
• Investigate whether the size of the scraps of paper makes a difference.
• Find out how close you have to be to the paper before the balloon makes it move.
• Try bending a stream of water like Hector does in the video.
• Try balancing a straw on top of a bottle lid and seeing if you can make it spin like in the video.
• Find out which objects are attracted to the charged up balloon and which are repelled by it.
• Try holding a charged balloon near your hair or your skin.

Going Further:
Try rolling an empty soft drink can along the ground using a charged up balloon

Try lighting up a fluorescent lightbulb with a charged up balloon – as described here:

Try tying two balloons to strings and seeing if you can charge them up with static electricity then hang them up so they repel each other.
Read more about static electricity


Below is a link to a maths activity focusing on arrays. Remember arrays need to be neat and in lines to help count accurately.

Below is a pack of pea themed array activities- see which one works best for you!

Remember My maths, sum dog and times tables rock stars is updated each week too.


Look at the below matrix. Practice saying the root words on the left and then try to say them with the addition of the suffix –ly. Most of the new words sound like normal (with the exception of the words ending in –le) but they may be spelt incorrectly if you don’t adapt them.

Using a dictionary (and a grown up – this is a toughie!) come up with rules or conventions for how to accurately add the suffix -ly to words with different endings. One has been done for you as an example:
Ending in ‘y’
Ending in ‘le’ Change the ‘le’ to ‘ly’.
Ending in ‘ic’

Practice these words – and any others you can apply the rules to – using your favourite strategies. As a challenge, can you find any 1 syllable words ending in ‘y’ that do not follow the rule when the suffix ‘-ly’ is added? Can you find the one exception (that we know of) that ends in ‘ic’ but doesn’t follow the rule?

Art from Mrs Pearson : UNDER THE SEA challenge

The title for your art this week is ‘Under the Sea’. This can take the form of a drawing, a painting, a sculpture, a collage or anything else that you would like to create. As always, I’m sure you will impress me with your creativity!
Here are some ideas

However, if this doesn’t appeal to you can still send any other art work to me and I will post that on the Blog too.
Please email your artwork to me:
Thank you
Keep creating and keep safe!
Mrs Pearson

Music from Mrs Sumba

Steve Reich and Music for 18 Musicians

Go to the website below and watch Naomi Wilkinson’s video about Steve Reich. Try to answer her questions and join in with the activities she sets.

Have a wonderful week, stay safe.

Miss Shaw, Mrs Atkins and Mrs Pike

Home Learning Showcase

If you need a little inspiration for completing either the Stations of the Cross or Sikhism presentations, take a look at these brilliant examples completed by three of our lovely year groups…

Catholicism – Stations of the Cross

Sikhism – Gurdwara

Well done and thank you for sharing them 🙂


Art Home Learning – Friday 27th March 2020

This week I would like you to create something with a paper plate.  Please don’t worry if you do not have one at home you can just draw around a plate and then cut it out.

I would like you to link it to China, the country that your Year Group is studying, so here are some ideas.

However, any creation would be wonderful.

Please email a photo of your artwork to me and I will share it on the Art Blog.

Keep creating and keep safe!

Mrs Pearson