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Week 1 23.3.20

Year 3 - Week 1 Monday 23rd March 2020

Good morning everyone! Here are your first week's activities.  We recommend that you spend an hour each on maths and English each day and work through the topic activities where time allows.  In addition to this : follow your interests, cook, get outside and investigate what's growing in your garden, go for walks, look for different habitats and make sure you have fun with your family!

Please use your green home learning book to record your learning.  For those that weren't here on Friday, they are available to collect from the school office.



Homophones are two or more words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings e.g. meat and meet.

Please copy down the following words and find their homophone.  Then get an adult to check your work (answers below):

see            -        _____________

not            -        _____________

here          -        _____________

great         -        _____________

seen          -        _____________

plain          -        _____________

main         -        _____________

male         -        _____________

break        -        _____________

groan        -        _____________

Optional challenge : Choose 4 pairs of homophones and put them into interesting sentences, showing their different sentences

e.g. “That is a great idea!” exclaimed Finn.

          A Victorian servant had to clean out the grate in the fireplace.


Read the next 3 chapters of 'Song of the dolphin boy' this week (chapters 11-13), see below for individual chapter activities:

For those that weren't at school on Friday, a copy of the book and an exercise book has been left in the school office for you to collect.


Chapter 11

Questions to think about when reading the chapter:

p.143 what does the words jubilantly and ruefully mean?  Look up the meaning if necessary, can you put them into a sentence of your own?


p.152 Why doesn't Finn's dad want to run into anyone he used to know in Rotheimuir? Tell your parent about him, what happened to Finn's mum and what the locals think of him.


Chapter 12

Before you read, tell an adult what you think the following words mean:

sabotage, legitimate, scrum, saunter

Then look them up in a dictionary and write down their meanings.  Look out for them in the text.


p.157 How does Professor Jamieson persuade the café owner to listen to him?  What technique did he use?

p.163 Which sentence tells us that this persuasion has worked?


Chapter 13

What adverbs can you spot? Adverbs describe the action, eg sitting awkwardly

List them in your book.

p.167 Do you think Charlie is a traitor by cutting out a picture of Tom Henderson?  

Do you think Finn is starting to trust Charlie?  What evidence can you find to support your view?

p.175 What do Finn and Jas have in common?  How do you think it might help reassure Finn that he's not so different to everyone else?


Chapter 11 Activity:

What persuasive phrases might the children put on their posters to persuade the residents of Rothiemuir and Stromead not to support the supermarket in releasing balloons into the sky?

Draw or paint a picture like Jas's of a leaping dolphin with a persuasive slogan underneath with some facts about Dolphins and the effect of plastic on ocean sealife?   Do you think their campaign will work?  What would you do if the Co op were to release 5,000 balloons?


Chapter 12 Activity:

Fronted adverbials are often used as sentence starters.  On p161 it says ‘In the distance, Finn heard Charlie shout’ and on p162 ‘Laughing, they sauntered off’.  These are both examples of fronted adverbials as they start a sentence with a prepositional clause which describes WHERE (in the distance) and an adverbial clause which describes HOW something was done (laughing).

Look at the ‘place’ and ‘manner’ columns on your fronted adverbials word mat (see resources section on the class page).  Using this as a guide, write 10 sentences of your own (relating to our class text if possible).  Underline the fronted adverbial.

e.g. Down at the harbour, Charlie helped his dad unload the lobster pots.

Sadly, Kyla looked at the ripped up pieces of paper on the pavement.


Chapter 13 Activity

Imagine what the footballer Tom Henderson is like.  Create a fact file including a picture of him, adding adjectives and captions that describe the qualities of a good footballer. Use the information on pages 168-169 to add other details such as the make and registration of his car.

Resources for writing


Times tables practice : 4 x table

If access to the internet, please play

Click on ‘times tables’ and then x4 in the ‘hit the answer’ section.

If no internet access, chant the 4x table and then ask an adult to test you with quick-fire questions e.g. 4 x 4,  6 x 4, 10 x 4.


Counting in tenths - problem solving

If access to a computer : work through the ‘counting in tenths’ powerpoint (see resources below).  Please ensure that it is on presentation mode so that you don’t see all the answers straight away. 

You could also look at


In your books : work through the ‘tenths reasoning and problem solving sheets’ (see resources below).  You can write the answers into your book if you don't have access to a printer.


Practical activity: Can you cut a piece of food (eg slice of bread) into 10 equal parts?   Divide it between 2 people.  What fraction of the whole does each person have?  eg I have 4/10 and my brother has 6/10. The two fractions should add up to 10/10. 


Tenths as decimals

Watch the following clip :

Tenths as decimals worksheet (see resources below) : if you don't have access to a printer then please copy out the pictures into your home learning book and write each fraction and decimal underneath.




Last week we learnt about climate change and you set up an investigation where you measured and compared the temperature inside a glass jar to outside.  We found that the temperature inside the jar rose a little, but as it was a cloudy day the difference in results weren't very wide apart.  If you have a thermometer, try the activity again in a sunny spot outside.

This week you are going to become experts in deforestation, urbanisation, global warming/climate change, intensive farming and nature reserves. 

With an adult, read through the power point below, making notes on the important facts.

Design an information poster to tell people about the change and what they can do to help – hedgehog highways, wildflower planting, litter picking, recycling, helping nature reserves. The poster should include: what change has happened to the environment (good or bad), what impact this has had on the living things within that environment, what we can do to minimise the danger to the living things.  Why not go out into your garden and build a bug house?  Or sow some wild flower seeds?

Powerpoint for this week's science

Geography : 

Last week we were locating geographical features such as volcanoes, glaciers, geysers and waterfalls on a map of Iceland.

This week I would like you to use the internet/books to find out about any one of the amazing geographical features in Iceland.

Watch this link for some inspiration :


Examples of popular tourist attractions include :

Strokkur (geyser)

Vatnajökull Glacier

Skogafoss waterfall


Where is it? What will you see? Why is it worth seeing?


Make a fact sheet or a powerpoint presentation all about it to encourage others to visit.


Art - Draw a detailed sketch of a butterfly. What repeating patterns can you spot?


French: Practise 5 mins a day of French at  Choose school and follow the instructions.


Join Joe Wicks (body coach) at 9.00am every weekday for a half hour P.E. lesson.  It's a great way to wake yourself up every morning as well as ensuring you keep yourself fit and healthy!

Fun Stuff!

Learn to play chess.

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