Welcome to the Woodpeckers
Summer Term 2020
Dear wonderful Woodpeckers
We are now into our summer term and although we can't be together at school at the moment we can still stay in touch and we look forward to seeing you as soon as it is possible. Mrs White, Mrs Richardson and Mrs Baldwin are all missing you very much.
We have really enjoyed looking at all the learning you have been doing online, hearing your thoughts and ideas and reading your comments on our blog. Please continue to complete the home learning activities both in your packs and online, if you are able to, and post your pictures and comments.
Remember that there are lots of activities that you can choose to do and we don't expect you to do every single one of them.
Look after yourselves and please stay in touch.
Just a reminder that there is a translation button near the search facility on the school website. You can click on the round button and scroll up the page to select your home language. All the pages will then appear in your home language.
Home learning during the school closure period
We have had some lovely work completed at home during the closure period and it has been great seeing all the fantastic things you have been doing from planting seeds, to sewing your own toys to even making a model rainforest.
In Science Year 3 have been learning about light and colour.
These are some of the lovely bright pictures that have been created.
Learning Update 18th May 2020
White Rose maths are now working alongside BBC Bitesize to support maths learning at home and have created a range of worksheets for pupils to practise what is being taught on the BBC Bitesize video each day. Please find below the timetable for the next few weeks as well as the worksheet to match the maths videos.
Any problems then please email or blog me on Purple Mash and I will try to help.
Learning Timetable for the week beginning: 18th May 2020
Learning Timetable for the week beginning: 1st June 2020
The Government has also launched an online classroom called Oak National Academy where you can find lessons and learning support materials.
Please use the link https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/
Happy 100th Birthday Captain Tom Moore
As you have probably seen in the media Captain Tom Moore recently completed 100 laps of his garden to raise Money for the National Health Service Charities.
Captain Moore, a soldier during World War II, wanted to raise £1000 for the charities however he has currently raised over £30 million! He also achieved a new world record by reaching number 1, with his hit single 'You'll never walk alone.'
What a tremendous effort, he truly is inspirational and the nation’s hero!
Well done and thank you Captain Tom.
Mrs Bavington and I have put together a project that you can work on all about Captain Tom Moore. Listed below are a range of activities for you to choose from. Remember you don't have to do them all. Choose the tasks you think you would enjoy and learn the most from.
Escape To Space
Please make sure that you check out the 2Dos on Purple Mash as there are some great activities for you to do all about aliens from creating an alien profile to writing your own newspaper report about an alien invasion. I hope you enjoy doing them and remember to share.
Reported by Emma
Wednesday 22 April marked the international celebration of Earth Day and it was also their 50th anniversary.
Into Film has put together a collection of five films for primary audiences that they believe will serve as passionate and exciting reminders of planet Earth and how much work we have ahead of us to preserve our wonderful home.
- click on 'Enter a student code' (top right on all pages if you are not logged in)
- enter the code below:
Student code: 12364
You can also access Gooseberry Planet, a great new program to help you stay safe https://gooseberryplanet.com
As we are spending more time now on the internet it is important we know how to stay safe. At Livingstone Mrs Savage has bought us the Gooseberry Planet school programme. Gooseberry school supports learning about online safety by joining students, parents and teachers together.
You will be playing as a character called Taff, who faces real life scenarios that you might expect to come across online. There will be problem solving activities and the games include different levels and scenarios.
Your parents can follow your progress and see how you are getting on.
I have entered your details on to Gooseberry Planet and have emailed you your username and password through Purple Mash. (Log on to Purple Mash and on the home screen click on computing, then click on 2Email and look in your inbox)
Remember to keep your username and password just for you but if you have any problems please let me know either via email on Purple Mash or by blog.
I hope you enjoy using Gooseberry Planet, I've had a look and it looks like lots of fun and a few woodpeckers have already emailed to say that they think it is very good!
I know that many of you in Year 3 were really enjoying listening to our class text 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell and are keen to find out what happens next! So Mrs Bavington had a great idea and wanted to try and get permission so that she could finish reading the book and upload the rest of the story on to Purple Mash a chapter at a time. Keep checking the 2 do's and hopefully you can listen to Mrs Bavington read you the remainder of the story. I really enjoyed it when I read it and have to say the ending is very exciting!!!
PLEASE KEEP UP WITH YOUR READING.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND WILL HELP YOU IN ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR LEARNING.
Want to read and keep up with your Accelerated Reader progress?
Oxford Owl have some free e books which can be read online and may have a link to an AR quiz (check first)!
Our exciting new Year 3 project
As our rainforest topic is drawing to a close Mrs Bavington and I decided to create a learning project for you based on the well known story and film 'The Lorax' by Dr. Seuss who is also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel.
This project will help you learn all about who Dr. Seuss was as a person, an author and where he got his ideas for many of the books he wrote. It would be fantastic if you could share your learning with the Year 3 teachers so it would be great if you could take a photo and upload it on to Purple Mash or via the secure Purple Mash e mail.
"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no
tongues. And I am asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs. Oh please do not
cut down another one."
Here is some guidance in creating a leaflet or report
What is a biography?
A biography is an account of someone’s life written by someone else.
We are going to become researchers and find out who Dr. Seuss was and then write a biography in the form of a non-chronological report or leaflet that tells the reader all about his life.
So first we need to find out who Dr Seuss was?
Go to https://www.seussville.com/explore/ and click on Dr. Seuss. Here you will find lots of information about his life and his family and the books that he wrote.
It might be helpful to find out about his life, who he was as an author and the books that he wrote in order to start planning what you could include in your biography. You can now start your report or leaflet.
You need to use the features of a non-chronological report so you need a topic title.
Then write an introductory paragraph that gives an account of who Dr Seuss was, what he is known and remembered for and general information about his life such as when and where he was born.
Important features to use
Now when you write your non-chronological report or leaflet you need to:
Organise the information in paragraphs
Use a sub heading at the beginning of each section
Use factual language
Use the present tense
Write in the third person – e.g. he, she, they
Make it formal
Now as part of your research you need to find out more about the books that Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and his amazing work. You can do this by going to:
Here you will find a huge amount including activities and games you can enjoy!
So now you can write the next two paragraphs in your report which are:
Dr Seuss and his Books
After this you are ready to focus on the important awards and prizes he won in recognition of his work. You might want to go back to https://www.seussville.com/explore/ to help you write this section.
Finally you can bring your report or leaflet to a close by including a section about
Any other interesting facts and information
Then finally a summary that basically sums up all the information briefly and concludes your report.
Good luck with your biography leaflet/report.
I hope you enjoy learning all about Theodor Seuss Geisel and his amazing life and work.
Please remember you can share your work on Purple Mash.
Whilst we have been away from school a lot of children have expressed an interest in learning their spellings and this is very important. The Year 3 spellings have been listed on the class blog but will also now be posted on the web page each Friday. You could ask someone from your household to test you on them and see how many you get right!
This weeks words for the week beginning the 18th May are:
press suppress express compress impress prevent invent venture adventure eventful
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
The best science experiments you can try at home
When it comes to science, there are ways to get children thinking about the subject in a way that’s fun and attention-grabbing!
Bryony Turford, a Chartered Science Teacher and freelance primary science consultant based in Yorkshire and the Humber, shares her top science experiments for children of a primary school age, grouped into themes children would normally learn about at school.
The first thing to try might be a family sunflower competition – everybody plants two sunflowers all on the same day and cares for them in the same way.
Once your flowers have grown, you can measure them to see which is the highest.
Another thing you could do is try to grow plants from things that are already in your home, like a carrot top – you’d slice off the top, put it in some water, wait for the root to grow and then grow more carrots. Talk to your children about what else can you try it with. Does it work with celery? Apple?
If you’ve got some seeds, try to explore different conditions. With five seeds you could put one in the daylight and water it every day, one in the daylight and water it once a week, one in the dark and water it every day, one in the dark and water it every week – then place a fifth one wherever you want. Observe how they each change (or not) over time. Children could take measurements and keep a table, then turn that into a graph, or they could make a photo diary of progress.
Many seeds will germinate at this time of year with some soil you’ve dug from your garden, so no need to buy kit.
Really simply, this is about noticing shadows and finding them when you’re on your daily walk. Can your children change the length and shape of their shadow? Can they take a photo of it? Can they change their body shape to make their shadow look like something else?
“You could also get them to place their favourite character, like a superhero toy, on a piece of paper and move it around in the garden until they get a shadow on the paper. Then, they can trace around it.
You could go outside in your garden at 9 in the morning and get your child to draw around the shadow of their feet with chalk and write the time. Then, do the same at 10 with their feet in exactly the same place and following that, do it each hour. At the end of the day you’ll see their shadow has changed shape and length and position, and it can spark a conversation about shadows and the fact the earth is rotating throughout the day.
Frozen in ice
For a fun way to prompt discussion around changing states you could try freezing objects.
Take the opportunity to freeze some things in ice – whatever you fancy – LEGO characters are quite fun.
If you've got a nice warm day, you could get five ice cubes all the same size with LEGO characters inside them and place them in five different spots around your house or garden, some in the sunshine with some in the shade.
Look at what happens and which one comes free first. You can talk with children about how to speed up or slow down the process. If you add salt it lowers the temperature and it’ll be harder to free the LEGO figure!
This is all about exploring the senses and helping children to understand how they’re interconnected to each other and won’t work without the brain.
Taste: We taste with our nose and eyes, it’s very rarely just our taste buds and this can be highlighted by doing blind folded tasting. Prepare a piece of peeled potato and a piece of peeled apple, ask children to hold their nose and cover their eyes then taste them and see if they can tell the difference. Actually they taste exactly the same when you take away the other senses.
Touch: Feely trays are a good thing to do. Put some objects in a tray, cover it with a tea towel and let children feel their way through and guess what the items are, perhaps by describing them to you. This could be done with some cooked spaghetti, which might feel like worms to children, or a bit of mud.
Smell: Take an old issue box and fill with strong-smelling things. This could be fresh mint or food flavouring essences like peppermint, soil, or your perfume on a piece of fabric. Ask children to identify the items through smell.
Sight: On your daily walk you can talk about what sights you can see and if they’ve changed from yesterday. If we’re in isolation for longer you can talk about the changing of the seasons you can see in trees and flowers and kids could even do a photo diary or a time lapse video.
Hearing: Ask children to go and sit in the garden or outdoor space, close their eyes for a minute and then write down or tell you about all the sounds they can hear. Then, you could go on your daily walk and talk about what sounds are the same as or different to home.”
Other fun ideas
Looking for a one-off experiment to get children excited?
Make paper spinners using templates from the internet. You can make them in different sizes or use different materials then see how long it takes for them to land on the floor to look at the impact of air resistance.
Grow a gummy bear using liquids from around the house. Put the same amount of washing up liquid, oil, honey, squash, shampoo – whatever you can find – into five different cups and place a gummy bear in each one. See which will make the gummy bear grow quickest after a day, then a week, and talk with kids about why that is. With oil, not much happens but in water the gummy bear can grow double or triple in size.
Separate ink by putting spots of different types of black or red felt tip – or other colours – onto kitchen roll. Dip the end into a bit of water, hold it still and let the colours spread up the kitchen roll. You can talk about the colours that change and ones that stay the same and why those differences might be happening.
Make your own ice cream using salt, ice, cream, a couple of sandwich bags and a tea towel. Put a blob of cream in a sandwich bag, and ice and salt in another sandwich bag. Seal the bag with the cream in and put it inside the other bag then seal that. Wrap in a towel and shake it for five minutes - you’re lowing the temperature of the ice to make it cold enough to freeze the cream. Open the bag and eat the ice cream when it has that solid ice cream texture.
Sing Up Song of the Week
Each week Sing Up will launch a song of the week that you can listen to and try and learn.
This week the singer Beccy Owen teaches you how to sing her self-penned 'It's getting too hot for monkeys'.
This is a fun topical song delivering a serious message about global warming liberally sprinkled with ‘in-jokes’!
Please clink on the link to start: https://www.singup.org/singupathome/song-of-the-week/?embutton
Remember of course Joe Wicks, the body coach and nation's P.E. teacher, is also here to keep us fit and healthy every morning at 9:00 a.m.
Thank you for all your help and support during this time and all that you have taken on.
It really is appreciated!
Remember that you can also still go on all the other online sites and keep blogging.
Here is a reminder of the sites available and the log in information. Please contact Mrs White if you experience any problems. I can be contacted via the school office at email@example.com and please add my name in the reference or direct via Purple Mash email.
Remember that personal log in details for the various sites are on the inside of reading records. You can also keep in contact with class teachers via the class blog on Purple Mash. Log on to Purple Mash, click on sharing, shared blogs, woodpeckers.
You will find home learning activities that have been set for you on Purple Mash.
Maths activities and support via My Maths: https://login.mymaths.co.uk/
School username: Livingstone1 Password: angles156
Times tables practise via TTRockstars: https://ttrockstars.com/
Children have their individual logins in their reading record books.
It has been really fun receiving challenges from lots of you and seeing how you are all improving!
Mrs Savage has found another great maths website that offers completely FREE home learning and where you can play times tables games along with a range of other fun and exciting maths games!
The site address is: https://www.mathschase.com/
There is a fantastic range of curriculum activities and latest news for children via Espresso: https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/what-we-offer/discovery-education-espresso/
Username: Student4293 Password: Livingstone
In Maths we use White Rose and they have made lots of tutorials, lessons and activity sheets that can be used during this period of home learning.
Online Maths tutorials and activities via White Rose Maths : https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
David Walliams will be reading a story each morning at 11:00 am. Why not tune in, sit back, relax and enjoy!
Mr Wilson will have a morning challenge everyday for you to complete. Here's a link to have a different one everyday, whilst you are being home-schooled!
Go to: www.morningchallenge.co.uk
Keep yourself fit and healthy
Enjoy a workout every morning with Joe Wicks, the body coach. Go to www.youtube.com/thebodycoach1
Further support for English, Maths and Science can be found on BBC Bitesize select the following: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn
In Maths, we are working on multiplying and dividing a 2 digit number with a one digit number using exchange.
In Literacy, please use the grammar games suitable for year 3 on Purple Mash and keep reading of course!
In Science, we are investigating Plants. Could you try and grow your own and keep a diary?
In IT, we are working on programming and appropriate work will be set in Purple Mash on their 2Do section.
In Topic, we are looking at 'The Rainforest. Why not have a go at producing a mini topic on the rainforests around the world for example features, location - which continent and country they are found in, what plants grow there and why etc...
Another webpage which is giving daily lessons for free can be found at: http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/
The above link has some lovely you tube clips for maths learning.
Reading links -
Children's author, Oliver Jeffers, is also reading his books live on Instagram then putting them on his website daily. Go to https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books. His books are charming and beautifully illustrated too!
The reading Realm - Journeys into a world where stories come alive
The following link: https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html… sends you to a fantastic resource of different levelled e-reading books. All for free!
To use the above web link you well need to create a Twinkl account. Link to do so is below.
Children’s wellbeing is considered a great importance and we would like to help you support your child with this during any period of isolation. The following are links to support your child’s wellbeing and mental and physical health. Keeping active, getting outside (this can just be in the garden), being creative (e,g. baking, art), mindfulness time (e.g. mindful colouring, yoga, meditation), can all help support your child and yourselves.
Supermovers have numerous videos that will get your children active. The videos link to the curriculum so will keep the children active whilst still learning. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
Childline Tool Box has a calm zone where you can access activities, breathing exercises, yoga, games and videos on ways to cope and expressing emotion https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/?fbclid=IwAR2UDQqDr54URa1T6_pXFAJTxI3PpVt6dkR1dDHiyN4IrWpuocfTuRpUPQ8
Go Noodle have both an ‘At home’ and ‘For families’ option where you can access free movement and mindfulness videos https://www.gonoodle.com/
Imoves have ‘Active blasts’ including workouts, yoga and pilates- https://im
Action For Happiness produce monthly calendars to support oves.com/the-imovement
The Muddy Puddle Teacher is offering a 30 day free trial. This includes activities for the outdoors, yoga and meditation. https://themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk/mindfulness https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars
Blissful Kids share mindful game ideas https://blissfulkids.com/mindful-games-mindfulness-for-kids-and-teens/?fbclid=IwAR0QjYSYGUBrOUEa-aMGKycMpBLfOkIpHEO7GumcIGZJlDzYrQ2co3y9eDI
Babbledabbledo share creative activity ideashttps://babbledabbledo.com/80-easy-creative-projects-for-kids/
Joe Wicks Kids Workouts e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w
Cosmic Kids Yoga- e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-BS87NTV5I
Jumpstart Jonny Workouts e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfbTvJMcRow
Guided Meditation For Kids e.g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk_qU7l-fcU
The mental health charity Mind.org offer advice and support on mental health and wellbeing. You can access support specifically relating to the corona virus for both children and adults here. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/?fbclid=IwAR3tgvHybSo2cIYe-uOq2iKh0XFXpT12Q-TFP4IxadPa0TZw9UY9rEjf5Jo If you are concerned about your child you can also find contact information here.
Next half term we will be learning all about Ancient Egypt!
Well done for all the hard work completed last term!
In English last term, the children studied the wonderful book, 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell. This text linked with our rainforest topic as it is about four children who are on board a plane that crashes in The Amazon rainforest. In this story they must figure out the basics of survival and decide whether to wait to be rescued or find a way to rescue themselves.
After listening to and reading excerpts from the story they examined the features of this genre and predicted what would happen next! We are hoping to listen to the rest of the story on Purple Mash during the school closure period.
In year 3, the children continued to develop their knowledge and understanding of place value and number and have also learnt about multiplication and division.
They used a range of representations and resources to help develop their knowledge and understanding around these concepts. They started by linking repeated addition to multiplication and then progressed onto looking at arrays and used numicon to explore how they can use these to show the same calculation in different ways. They compared number sentences and used base 10 and place value counters to help them learn how to multiply single digit numbers and two digit numbers by one digit numbers. They learnt how to multiply using the grid method. They then moved on to explore the link between multiplication and division and learnt how to divide two digit numbers by a single digit using their knowledge and understanding of multiplication to help.
Children in year 3 take part in the times tables challenge and start aiming for their bronze, silver, gold or platinum award. This can be achieved by correctly answering multiplication and division questions linking to the 2s, 5s and 10 times tables, the 3's and 4's times tables and finally the 6's, 7's, 8's and 9's times tables.
They use Times Tables Rock Stars to help them become quicker and more confident with multiplication and division.
We also use Mymaths to help improve mathematical knowledge and understanding and develop skills.
Last term we learnt about 'Roots and Shoots'. The children worked scientifically and collaboratively through various investigations and conducted different experiments to explore what plants need in order to grow and stay healthy.
They started by identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants and explored the requirements of plants for life and growth. They investigated the way in which water is transported within plants and began to explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants.
This year we took take part again in the BIG garden Birdwatch.
The results are now in and if you click on the link below you can find out the UK top ten birds.
P.E. for Woodpeckers is on Wednesday and Thursday.
On Wednesday Mr Knight and Mr Sinclair will teach the children games and on a Thursday the children will be taking part in athletics.
It is a good idea to keep your kit at school.
Don't forget the weather is going to get colder so please make sure you have the appropriate clothing.
If your child consistently remembers their PE kit they will be entered into a prize draw so make sure that you don't miss out.
Year 3 Homework
Homework in year 3 goes home on a Friday and the children need to have completed it by the following Thursday.
The children have an English and Maths study book and homework from these will be set alternately.
In addition, the children will also bring home their spellings.The spelling sheet stays at home and extra copies are available if needed. Children should read regularly, at least 3-4 times per week and reading records need to be signed. Children will be entered into the Reading Challenge prize draw and awarded prizes as they achieve their Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards.
Any problems with homework please come and speak to one of us.
To help with the 'Times table Challenge', click on the link below to take your child to the Times Tables Rock Stars log in, 'My Maths' or Top Marks website.
Here your child can practise their times tables.
Remember there are bronze, silver and gold badges to be won.
In Year 3, we are focusing on reading so please encourage your child to read, read and read some more!
Each time they read their dairies must be signed so they can receive their stamp. Stamps mean prizes. Last year, some children achieved their platinum award and they were given a book of their choice!
Make sure you learn your spellings.
There are extra sheets available to help.