Learning at home-Kingfishers-Year 3

Welcome Kingfishers!
Please find some ideas below on what you can do for at home learning. You can also find more ideas on the 'learning at home - ideas for everyone' page and other year group pages. These are all suggestions, you can do as much or as little as you can!
Our page is split into 3 parts:
1. Core learning tasks
2. Foundation subject tasks
3. General resources
This page has been updated regularly. 
Last updated on: 14.07.20
What has been updated?
Maths, English, Science and blog post.
*Please note* 
As it is now our last week of term, I have done a final update on our page which will stay the same from now until further notice.
Please find a last blog post under 'what us adults have been up to'.
We hope you are keeping safe and well!
Miss Knight and Mrs Moseley
Meet your Year 4 teachers
Miss Browne and Miss Monk.
Your parents will shortly receive a letter about some of the things to expect from Year 4 but meanwhile enjoy these videos from your new teachers in September...
Core learning/ subjects
Try out one of the 'reading' lessons on BBC Bitesize: 
Guided reading activities:
These are some activities we do as part of Guided Reading you could try at home:
- Summarise what you have read by: 
Drawing what has happened and begin to create a story map.
Use bullet points to summarise key events.
Act out what is happening.
Explain to a parent/carer/ friend what is happening.
Write questions about the chapter for someone to answer.
- Create your own vocabulary list:
Write sentences containing the words in context.
Draw pictures showing the words.
Fill the gaps in the sentences/ true or false activity.
Note down where the vocabulary words are in the chapter/ book you are reading.
Find the word definitions in a dictionary.
Find alternative words for your vocabulary list with a thesaurus.
Reading resources you can access:
Stay at Home Story time with Oliver Jeffers.
David Walliams audiobooks daily for 30 days at 11am: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Our text focus over the next couple of weeks will be recounts. Please continue with this until the end of term.

Our key text is 'Where my wellies take me', a beautifully illustrated book in the style of a scrapbook. I have put a picture of the front cover and some of its pages below.


Now that you have written your recounts, I'd like you to add some poetry to go alongside it. 

TASK 1: Look at this BBC bitesize link and watch the videos (yes more than one!) to figure out the differences between poetry types. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z4mmn39 

The ones in where my wellies take me are a mixture, but mainly narrative and rhyme.


TASK 2: Make a list of what your recount is about. For example, do you visit a pond or see a certain animal? You could bullet point this list. 


TASK 3: Using your list of what you see/hear etc. throughout your recount, research some famous or well known poems about your list.


TASK 4 (new): Put all of your recounts and poems together to create a book. You can use your South Downs art work to use as a front cover and your walk map to start off the book. Add as many or as little illustrations as you like, perhaps in the style of our key text 'where my wellies take me'.

Websites to inspire writing:
UPDATE: Overview documents below this text box outline our Spring and Summer term spelling rules. 
This half term's spelling rules are as follows:
Week 1: homophones - knot/not, mail/male, main/mane, meat/meet, medal/meddle, missed/mist
Week 2: homophones - peace/piece, plain/plane, rain/reign, scene/seen, weather/whether, whose/who's.
Week 3 - Week 7: Recap any spelling rules as needed. You could use this time to go over the Year 3/4 common exception words.
Here are some useful websites that you use to help practise these with:
This half term we will be looking at the following areas of maths. Listed are some ideas from the national curriculum that we focus on in Year 3:
  • Statistics - This is a new area of learning in Year 3. It covers reading and interpreting information from various different tables including bar graphs and pictograms as well as solving problems involving the above.
  • Re-cap addition and subtraction
  • Re-cap multiplication and division
  • Problem solving activities
Prior to looking at these, it might be useful to re-cap what you already know by looking at lower year group tasks or creating your own mind map etc. before moving on to the Year 3 activities. 
You can still continue working on our previous learning on these areas of Maths: 
  • The four operations (add, subtract, multiply and divide)
  • Fractions
  • Time
  • Measurement
White Rose Maths release new home learning activities regularly and this is what we use to support our Maths in school. A VERY useful resource.
Here is the link to their facebook group if the website fails or is over congested... https://www.facebook.com/groups/WRMY3
Below will be some activities to work on. White Rose have put up both these and alternative worksheets to give you a bit of variety. Answer sheets will go up with the worksheets a couple of days after to give you time to do the questions first.
w/b 06/07/20 - WEEK 11: 
Main lessons are on mass and capacity.
w/b 13/07/20 - WEEK 12:
Main lessons are on comparing, adding and subtracting mass and charts.
The Gary Hall website lists the Maths objectives for each year group from the national curriculum.
When you click on an objective, it takes you to worksheets you can save and print off, links to problem solving activities and/or games to play! (any games are best played on Internet Explorer rather than Chrome)
Carol Vorderman has made her Maths Factor website free to access during school closure. Follow the link to sign up: https://www.themathsfactor.com/
If you fancy doing some brain puzzling problem solving activities, there are some documents/ website links below. Nrich has hundreds of great tasks!
Foundation subjects

A new half term brings a new Science focus: Light and shadow.


WEEK 6 (w/b 06.07.20): Making shadows

Look at the power point at how light travels.

Set up a model to demonstrate that light travels in a straight line. You could use three pieces of card with a hole punched in each one and shine a torch through the holes when they are in a straight lines. What happens when the holes in the card do not line up?


Types of objects can be:




Find out what these key words mean...

Use the power point once you have found out to decide on whether items are opaque, translucent or transparent.



A boy wants to choose a material to make some new curtains for his baby sister's bedroom. The curtains need to block light so that the baby doesn't wake too early.

Test different materials by shining a torch onto them and observe the shadow it makes. Decide on whether each material you have is opaque, transparent or translucent. Record your ideas using the 'choosing materials' activity sheet.

Decide which material would be best for the curtains. Draw and label your curtains on the blank window on the 'choosing materials' activity sheet. Write an explanation of why you chose this material using your investigation.


WEEK 7 (CURRENT) Changing Shadows:

Look at the concept cartoon on the power point presentation (slide 4). What are your initial thoughts?

Go through the powerpoint presentation and think about what you notice about the shadows as you go through it.

Using the sheet 'comic strip' plan an investigation and make a prediction.

How do shadows change when the distance between the light source and the object changes?

Complete your investigation on the above question using your 'results and patterns' sheet.

Is there a pattern? Look at your results and try to find a pattern. 

Why do shadows change size?


After your own investigation, you could make a sundial to see how shadows change throughout the day. Use a paper plate, blue tack and a pencil and place your sundial outside on a sunny day. Draw the position of the pencil's shadow every hour.

Try the quiz all about light and shadow.

STEM is a fantastic website full of resources including Science. Here are a couple of links below that you may find useful:

Visit the following website link to look at grid references: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/map-skills/grid-references

Look at the 'grid references powerpoint' to familiarise yourself with them.


TASK 1: Download the 'blank grid' sheet from below and the 'question sheet'. The question sheet will ask you to colour in different squares using grid references. Can you colour in the correct squares?


Complete the 'grid reference quiz' when you're done! https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/map-quizzes/grid-references


 This half term we are focusing on some South Downs Art.
Week 7: 
Look at the 'landscapes' power point again to re-cap what we did last lesson.
This week we are going to create a final chalk picture of the South Downs (to add to our own versions of the 'where my wellies take me' book)!
Use your sketches and work from previous weeks to help you create your final chalk drawing. You can use any and all of the resources below!
J.K Rowling has announced an illustration competition for her new book The Ickabog (nothing to do with Harry Potter, I'm afraid). She has asked children aged 7-12 to create illustrations for the book. A new chapter will be released each day which you can view online, for free, to find inspiration for your illustrations. The second link has illustration themes for each chapter.
You can find further details and the chapters on the links here: 
Find some music about 'Our Island' or some famous music composed by a British musician! 
Myleene's music Klass! Myleene Klass is putting up a musical tutorial on Youtube twice weekly at 11am. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
It was Sussex Day on 16th June. You could research some Sussex musicians and/or composers or listen to the Sussex Anthem. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Sussex#Classical_music


Espresso coding has some fantastic lessons you can look at doing and they are all easily organised in different year groups. Follow this link and use the school's login details: https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/what-we-offer/discovery-education-coding
'Dance Mat' to help with typing using both hands. You can play different levels and games!
NOTE: You need access to a full keyboard e.g. on a laptop/computer.
Barclays' Digital Eagle Coding. Check out Barclays’ Code Playground live session; a free lesson teaching kids how to code, hosted by their Digital Eagles! 
Our key question for this half term is: What is the Trinity?
What key words does the Bible use to describe the Trinity?
Look at the 'Trinity Chant' to learn 18 things that Christians believe God does.
If you were to re-write the poem, what title would you give it?
Homework grids!
Our new Summer term topic is 'Our Island'. I have put our new homework grid for this half term below. What new activities will you have a go at?
Activity document
Should your internet fail or our website is down, you can download the activity list below. It will include all links on this page as well as activities.
I will endeavour to update this every week so I have changed the document slightly into 3 parts:
  1. What's LIVE - Any current tasks/ activities for the week.
  2. Previous learning - Any previous activities that have been on the website if you want to continue/ re-cap these.
  3. Website links - ALL website links used on the page since the start.
General resources
Times table rock stars 
You can still access Times table rock stars from home! Use your normal username and password to continue practicing your times tables. REMINDER: Garage practise means you are working on specific times tables. These have been set to match the Mighty Multiples you were last working on. Studio practise helps you work on all tables up to 12 x 12. 
There are a couple of good websites you can access: Spellzone and Spellingframe. We have used these during our spelling sessions in school which you can use to practise spellings. Don't forget there's lots of information here for Spellings too!
Please note: Spellingframe - You don't have to subscribe to an account but the free activities are more limited than Spellzone.
Please also note that there are some new websites in the 'Core Learning' space for spellings as well as the above resources.
Remember to read everyday for at least 15 minutes. There are lots of resources on our 'Reading' page. There are some other reading activities you could do further down this page too.
Teach Active 
We have a great subscription to a website called Teach Active which keeps children active during their learning. It mainly focuses on Maths ideas but they have started adding English too. Please find the link here to access homework ideas.
The following two resources can be used to support any specific learning you are focusing on.
BBC Bitesize
The BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents. BBC Bitesize can be accessed here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zmyxxyc/year-3-and-p4-lessons/1 
Any of the activities on this page would be relevant to our learning (apart from RE Hinduism and Science 'states of matter' and 'light and shadow' lessons).
The Oak National Academy 
The sector-led Oak National Academy has launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people. The Year 3 online hub can be accessed here: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-3/#subjects
Relevant lessons to our learning include:
  • English - any of these activities. Please bear in mind we haven't covered letter writing this year.
  • Maths - Angles and Shape and Measure lessons.
  • Foundation - Science plant lessons, any music lessons (under 'creative') and 'what is the Holy Trinity' for R.E.
100 fun things to do!
I have collated 100 activities you can pick and choose from (if you wish) to have a go at! The document can be downloaded below!
Wow, what a year it has been Kingfishers. I can't believe it is our final week of term in Year 3. Even though we haven't been together all year, it has been a year I won't forget. It has been an amazing experience to teach you (in and out of school) and get to know you all.
It was lovely to see everyone together at Hurst, I hope all who went had a great time!
Thank you all so much for all your efforts over this year. I know you are all going to do so well in Year 4. You have settled well into KS2 and I am proud of every achievement you've made.
Good luck in Year 4 and I look forward to catching up with you in September. Have a lovely summer holidays!
Take care,
Miss Knight
What have KINGFISHERS been up to?
I have been reading and hearing everything you've been up to so I thought I'd share some ideas with you all!
  • Isaac has been busy reading.
  • Luke has been doing some of the White Rose Maths activities.
  • Both Isaac and Luke have been doing the Joe Wicks workouts daily! They recently went on a hunt for water (see photos).
  • Rubie-Jo has started planting some things in her garden. She has also been working hard with reading, times tables and some activities from our website page.
  • Heidi has been working on her times tables and enjoying all things horse related! She also did some gardening with her family.
  • Ole has written some short stories and some PE activities too! He has been playing football and basketball outside, too.
  • Oliver has watched the sunrise early in the countryside and some art bits (see photo gallery).
  • Matthew has been busy gardening and planting some seeds (see photo gallery).
  • Lilly has been working through some of our website activities (see photo gallery).
  • Angelina has completed a plant project recently. 
  • Louie has made a bird feeder using wood for his cub badge.
  • I've heard lots of you are doing projects to do with our Geography lessons I've been putting on our page and they sound fantastic!
  • Olivia has been busy doing lots of activities from our webpage (I have added photos to our gallery)! She has completed a book review, a Britain powerpoint as well as getting outside for a few walks and Joe Wicks workouts.
  • Lots of you have written some acrostic poems which I have added photos and links to below!
  • I have seen Poppy, Scarlett and Oscar recently in school and it's been lovely catching up with them.
Take a look below at some pictures of what you've been up to!