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Week 2 - 27.4.20

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This week we have set four sessions of work, as session two may take a little longer and you could spread it over two days if you prefer.  As in previous weeks the reading links to the writing activities.

Greek myths were full of monsters and curses as a way of teaching lessons and punishing those who do wrong. This week you will be reading three of them and finding out the fate of those who were proud, greedy or vain.


STARTER WORD ACTIVITY: How many words can you make out of the word MINOTAUR?



This week we are revising the suffixes taught previously such as

‘-ed’, ‘-ing’, ‘-s’, ‘-es’, ‘-ness’, ‘-ful’, ‘-less’ and ‘-ly’

This short video explains it well:

Write each of the words below adding as many of the suffixes to each one


  • A short vowel means you must double the consonant.
  • If the root word ends in ‘-e’ this is dropped when adding a suffix beginning

with a vowel letter (the exception in ‘being’).

hope hop care chat share clap like plan
smile rub phone stop use hug bake slip



Session 1:

Read pages 24 -26, then watch this video of the story of Athena and Arachne.

Have you ever felt jealous of someone that can do something better than you? Were they boastful?  How did you feel?  What did you do to let them know that they had hurt your feelings?  Or maybe you didn’t let them know and kept your feelings to yourself?  If you were a Greek God or Goddess what would you do to teach them a lesson?

Session 2: 

Read p27-29.  Have you ever been to a maze or a labyrinth?  Find out the difference between the two. Why do you think they were invented?

Read the story of Theseus and the Minotaur below:


If you're having trouble opening the ebook, here is a version without pictures.

Retell the story to someone else at home or a grandparent over the phone.  How do you think Theseus felt when he was descending (going down) into the labyrinth to fight the minotaur?


Session 3:  Read the story of Medusa :

and then watch the video:

What lesson is being taught through this story?  What can beauty not do?


Session 4:
In another Greek myth a certain King, who was always greedy for money, is granted a wish by the God Dionysus, but he soon learns an important lesson.  Read the following myth about King Midas and think about the following questions : 

  1.  What 3 things did King Midas love more than anything in the world?
  2. What is a satyr?
  3. What was Dionysus the God of?
  4. What was King Midas’s wish?
  5. Why did this wish turn out to be foolish?
  6. How did Midas rid himself of his wish?
  7. What lesson is this myth trying to teach us?

You can watch a cartoon version of this myth here :



Session 1:

Write a diary entry describing something that you’d like to be able to do really well, but the problem is someone you know is even better than you at this thing and publicly boasts about their talent when you are around.  It doesn’t have to be real, you can make up a friend and how they show off in class. 

One idea could be that you want to be the best footballer in the world, a new child joins the class and during every break time they attract crowds of children with their amazing football skills such as scissor kicks, rainbow flicks and the step over.  Whilst they’re playing the child shouts,

 “Look at me, I’m the best in the world!”

You feel angry and jealous because all your friends want to play with her or him and so in your diary you plot to teach them a lesson.

Remember to:

  • use first person pronouns (I, we, my ) 
  • describe your point of view and feelings
  • include opinions as well as facts
  • use ambitious words to describe feelings and actions
  • use an informal style as if you're speaking to someone (your diary is your private friend)
  • use conjunctions to link events
  • use inverted commas for speech "I'm the best!" shouted the boy.

challenge: organise your writing into paragraphs


Session 2:

Your task this week is to retell the story of Theseus and the Minotaur in your own words.  Here are the most important parts of the story to help you with your writing:

  • King Minos has a labyrinth (a lot of tunnels so complicated that nobody could find their way out).
  • The Minotaur was the son of the King and Queen.
  • The Minotaur lived in a labyrinth.
  • Every year seven men and women were sent from Athens and fed to the Minotaur
  • The king of Athens had a son, Theseus.  He was brave and wanted to kill the Minotaur.
  • Ariadne was the daughter of Minos and she wanted to help Theseus escape from the labyrinth.  She gave him a ball of silken thread. (Why did she do this?)
  • Theseus killed the Minotaur and helped the Athenians escape from the labyrinth
  • Theseus left Ariadne on an island and did not fulfil his promise to her.

Remember these are only the important parts of the story; your task is to retell it by making it interesting to read.  Think about using adjectives and powerful verbs in your sentences to bring them alive and make it a really good tale.  Draw a picture of the Minotaur at the end if you wish


Session 3

Who do you admire?  Is there someone you know or a famous person that has become your hero?  Your task is to write a fan letter to someone you think is great.  A hero can be a famous person or an ordinary person that you know and really admire.  They could be someone that is helping to keep us safe at the moment such as a doctor or nurse, or someone that works hard in a supermarket or food delivery service to make sure we all have enough to eat. 

Your letter must:

  • be laid out correctly with your address at the top right and the date underneath
  • On the left, begin with Dear ---, and then start a new line
  • Introduce yourself – include where you’re from. It would be nice for your hero to know they have fans from another part of the world, or to hear from someone from the same town or village.
  • Explain why you admire the celebrity – try and be as specific as possible.
  • Finish off with a friendly message for your hero – perhaps wishing them luck for their next venture or thanking them for all they do for others.


Session 4


King Midas was a greedy man and wished that everything he touched turned to gold.  However, this wish turned out to be foolish and, in the end, he had to ask for it to be taken away.

Imagine you (or another character) wished that everything you touched turned into something…what would that something be?  What impact would this have on you?

In your home learning book, plan your own version of the King Midas myth where everything you (or another character) touch turns into something.  How did you get this special wish?  What happened?  How did it make you feel?

Use bullet points like in the example below :


  • I was walking along a river bank when I suddenly stumbled over a large stone. 
  • I picked up the stone and a voice called out to me ‘I am Smilus, the God of happiness, what is your wish?’
  • As I was feeling hungry I told the God that my wish was that everything I touched turned into chocolate, hoping that the stone would turn into a huge lump of delicious chocolate.
  • It worked.
  • When I got home, everything I touched turned to chocolate and I had a wonderful time feasting on it.
  • Later, I began to feel very sick so I went to rest in my garden.  I sat down on a chair and fell asleep. 
  • When I woke up, I felt very sticky.  The chair had turned to chocolate and begun to melt in the hot sunshine.  My skin and hair were covered in chocolate!
  • My cat came to jump on my lap and immediately turned to chocolate.
  • I started crying, and begged Smilus to take my wish away.
  • He granted my wish and from that day on I never ate another piece of chocolate again.


After planning your myth, EITHER write it out in full as a story. 

Don’t forget to include speech between the characters (correctly punctuated of course).  Vary your sentences – extend some to make them longer and more detailed using conjunctions.  Also use fronted adverbials to vary your sentence starters (see word mats for support).


OR act out your version of the story (with other members of your family or make puppets and act it out as a puppet show).  


Additional English Activities:



You did very well with last week's maths, I'm very impressed with how hard you've worked on understanding fractions.  This week we move onto adding and subtracting fractions, I think you'll find it fairly straight forward as the denominators in each problem are the same so you need to focus on the numerators. Watch the daily videos in Summer, week 2 to find out more:


To help sharpen up your maths practise your times tables by going onto these websites:


By the end of year 3 you should know your 2,3,4,5 and 8 times tables.  If you know all of these, try learning the 6 and 7 times tables.  Ask a grown up at home to challenge you with quick fire questions.  How quickly can you give the answer?


This week we are learning about the human digestive system!  There is a really fun practical task to do that demonstrates how the digestive system works so if you are able to obtain the following items that would be great:

  • Bananas and plain crackers
  • Metal spatula (or scissors) and masher
  • Tights
  • Water and orange juice
  • Large paper cups
  • Stopwatch


Please go through the slides on the following power point first and write down any answers in your home learning book. 

Then watch the following video clip.  Try and remember the names of the different parts of the digestive system and what each part does.



  1. Cut out the pictures of the different parts of the digestive system and put them in the correct order (independent task 1 on 'Digestive system activities' file below)
  2. Match the part of the digestive system to the correct function - if you are feeling confident try and write the function in your own words! (Independent task 2 on 'Digestive system activities' file below).
  3. Carry out the practical task shown on the following video clip:

Amelia has recommended this site to you all, I've just had a look and it links in really well to your learning, take a look: 


L.O : I can create a timeline of events that took place during the Ancient Greek Period.

This week we are thinking about the history of Ancient Greece.  When did it begin?  When did it end?  How did it end?  What key events took place during the times of the Ancient Greek civilisation?

You will be creating your own timeline in whichever way you choose (I have added some ideas below).  Feel free to add pictures and make it look colourful.  You can also do some extra research about the events that took place and add on more dates if you would like.


Firstly, please read through this powerpoint to understand the history of Ancient Greece : 

Activity : 

Create your own timeline which includes the different periods of time that you have just read about: 

You can either draw it into your home learning book (over 2 pages at least), draw on a patio area/pavement with chalk, or perhaps choose one of the practical ideas shown here (be as creative as you like): 


Now, find out when these key events took place and add them on to your timeline : 

The 1st Olympic Games held

The Greek alphabet is introduced

The Battle of Marathon

The Battle of Salamis (Greece v Persia)

The Peloponnesian War (Athens v Sparta)

Alexander the Great was born

The Romans conquered Athens


Use this website to help you research their dates :


Optional Challenge : Can you find out any other events that took during the Ancient Greek Civilisation and add them onto your timeline?



Requested by Oli and Eva, this week you are going to make a Greek Salad. 

Before you begin please watch the following videos on how to chop safely with a sharp knife, we don't want anyone cutting themselves.

The bridge cut:

The claw technique:

Peeling fruit and veg:

Preparing herbs and garlic:


Now for the recipe:


Take a photo of your salad and email in to school on Wednesday or add to our class blog page, instructions to follow.


L.O. : I can appraise a piece of Greek music

This week I'd like you to listen to some traditional Greek music and think about what you can hear and how it makes you feel.  I have chosen a famous dance called 'Zorba the greek' - hopefully we'll be able to learn this dance and perform it once we are back in school.  

Task : Click on the link below and listen to the 1st 3 minutes of the music (up to 3:00)

Answer the following questions in your home learning books :

1) What instruments can you hear playing the music?

2) Does the tempo of the music stay the same throughout the piece? (Tempo = how fast/slow a piece of music is)

3)  How does the music make you feel?  Can you explain why it makes you feel like that?


Close your eyes and listen to the music. Where do you picture yourself whilst listening to this music?  What can you see around you?  Who else is in the picture?

Draw this scene into your home learning book and write a few sentences to describe the picture.




This week we thought you might like to draw the Minotaur.  Either draw one from your imagination or watch these two short videos as a guide, one is a cartoon style the other shows you how to sketch him.  Have a go, photos please!   Scroll down for the video and then step by step instructions.


Or you could make your own minotaur mask out of old cereal boxes.

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