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Week Beginning Tuesday 21st April


Hello Everyone,

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For the next couple of weeks, we are going to base all our literacy work around a short film called Baboon on the Moon. We hope that it will inspire you to create some excellent writing. We will be working towards writing our own stories, but have set some fun activities leading up to that! 

Weighing single molecules with light | University of Oxford

We will also be developing our science skills using the Developing Experts website. We hope you will find these lessons interesting and exciting. Our first topic is Light. 

In maths, our topic will be shape. We will start by recapping on 2D and 3D shapes that you learnt in previous years. We will then move on to some new year 3 work. We have set up some recap sessions on MyMaths. These are optional, but we know that some of you have really enjoyed these activities.

Please remember that you can send us files/pictures of your work via ClassDojo. Your teachers love to see all the brilliant home learning that you are doing! We will be giving out dojos and commenting on what we see you achieving. 


Below is a list of some optional cross curricular activities that are related to our main themes in English, Maths and Science:

  • Computing - make a simple animation of the baboon on the moon in scratch. Can he move and say something?

  • History- learn about the moon landing on the BBC website (links below) and create a fact file in Microsoft WORD or on paper. Alternatively, you could create a newspaper report by filming yourself! Use these resources to help you: 

  • Geography- set up a trail in the garden for the baboon (on the moon!) to follow. This could be as imaginative as you want! You could use a compass on a mobile phone to help you write specific instructions for someone to follow. (You might have used a compass for your Easter Home Learning).

  • PE- create a moon dance or song. Record this and upload to Class Dojo for others to listen too / follow. (You could sing any song you like!)

  • Art - Create a piece of artwork based on the moon. You could draw the man in the moon or the moon and the sun together. 

 Camping on the moon Art PrintMoon Art & Craft - Posts | Facebook







  • Maths/Art - Create a piece of artwork using the 2D shapes you have been learning about. Again, let your imagination run wild!



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  • DT – Follow this recipe to make some Roman burgers. Yum! Yum!


Have a great week of learning. We are proud of you all.

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Tuesday 21st April


Focus: To ask and answer questions. To make inferences about characters.


Moon Baboon by Lyla


Watch the Baboon on the Moon film: http://vimeo.com/58445945 This film is about a baboon who lives alone on the moon. You will need to watch a couple of times to get to know the character well.

Now answer these questions:

  • What clues are there to tell us where the baboon is from? (You might want to pause the film!) 

  • What do you think the baboon’s job is?

  • What qualities would the baboon need for a job like that? (E.g. courage)

  • What would be good about being on the moon? What would be bad?

  • Do you think he is happy? Why? Why not?

  • What questions would you like to ask the baboon? Think of 2 and write them down. Pretend you are the baboon and answer your own questions.



Focus: To know the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Start by watching the 2D and 3D videos and do the quizzes to recap on the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjv39j6

Next, complete the following lesson on MyMaths (You will need to logon): Y2 2D and 3D shapes. 

Please complete the lesson and the practise questions before you attempt the homework.


Optional resources for maths:

These posters might be useful if you can’t remember the shape names or properties. (Click to access)

2 D shape poster

3D Shape poster

3D Shapes with examples

2D Shape Properties




Optional activities for maths:

 3D Shape activity

 2D Shape activity 

3) You will need to logon to Education city first. Then, copy and paste the link:

4) Go on a shape hunt around your home and outside space. Find items. Say the name of the shape and its properties. For example, this Pringles container is a cylinder. It has 3 faces and 2 edges. It has no vertices. 


Science/Other curriculum areas:

See top of page, (in our introduction) for optional ideas. Today’s focus has been English and maths.


Fun / Be kind Activity: 

        Free Spring Flowers Clipart

Build a den out of cushions and blankets. Share your new den with your family! Take a photo of you in it and if you want to share, save it to ClassDojo!


Wednesday 22nd April

See note about the Science work!


Focus: To write interesting sentences that include descriptive language, (adjectives, expanded noun phrases). To infer how a character is feeling from events in a film.

Watch the Baboon on the Moon video again.  http://vimeo.com/58445945

Draw a picture of the baboon and surround it with adjectives to describe him. Think of answers to these questions: What does he look like? What is he wearing? How does he feel? What is his personality like? 

Next, write a paragraph to describe him. (Remember to punctuate your sentences correctly.)

This document might help with some word choices: 



Focus: To know our times tables.

Play on TTRockstars.  (This will be a short session as Science and English is our focus today).

If possible, try logging on at either 11 o’clock or 3 O’clock, so you will have some of your year group friends to play against. 


Science/Other curriculum areas: 

Science Developing Experts – Light lesson 1 – To explain how shadows are formed. This will need to be started at the beginning of the day – so that you can perform your investigation outside. 

You will need to logon to Developing Experts. 

Click on the lesson:

Now work through the presentation step by step. Focus on learning the new vocabulary you are being taught. Complete the Mission Statement (investigation) at the end.

If you answer the questions at the end of this lesson, then contact your teacher on ClassDojo. We would love to see/hear how you have got on!

Teacher Mastery: The Science Behind the Science!

Shadows are formed when an object blocks the light. So, the light shines on a solid (opaque) or a part-solid (translucent) object. The light rays are blocked and essentially stopped by the object. Therefore, a shadow is produced in the shape of the object which blocks the light. Transparent objects do not make any shadows. The shadow appears on the side of the object that is furthest away from the light source. For example, if you put your hand in front of a light source, a shadow is formed where the hand blocks the light. If you move your hand close to the light source, the shadow will get bigger. If you move the object further away from the light source, the shadow gets smaller.  

The sun is the brightest and most natural light source. The angle at which the Sun’s rays strike the Earth changes depending on the time of day. The Sun makes the longest shadows at the beginning and the end of the day, when it is lowest in the sky. It will cast its shortest shadows at midday, when the Sun is highest in the sky.  

The change in the position of the Sun and shape over the course of the day is the principle behind a sundial. A sundial uses a central shadow-casting object to cast shadows in a circular pattern that changes throughout the day.


Fun / Be kind Activity: Free Spring Flowers Clipart

 Can you do something for someone in your house today? Make your parents lunch? Can you do a chore to help? Play a game with a brother or sister? Give everyone in your house a complement?


Thursday 23rd April


Focus: To use Description in writing; Fronted Adverbials with use of a comma.

1.) Do you remember what fronted adverbials are?

Fronted adverbials are fronted because they have been moved to the front of the sentence before the verb. Verbs are red, adverbials are blue.

i.e. From this; He ate his breakfast before the sun came up. To this; Before the sun came up, he ate his breakfast.

Examples of Fronted Adverbials include:

Time Location Feelings
Today, Over the craters, In a flash,
Yesterday, In the distance, Suddenly,
On Monday, On the horizon, Nervously,
After a short while, Outside the house, Curiously,
In the blink of an eye, Down the  stairs, Joyfully,
Later, Around the corner, Unfortunately,
Eventually, Adjacent to the cabin,  Enthusiastically,
Recently, Far away, Wildly,
Early in the evening, Back in the room, Courageously,
    As fast as he could,




2) Work through this PowerPoint to refresh your memory on adverbs: 

3) Practice using Fronted Adverbials.

Talk to an adult about what fronted adverbials you could use in these sentences:

  1. ________, Molly opened the present. She stopped briefly and looked inside.

  2. __________, the cat got knocked down. Happily, it wasn’t badly hurt.

  3. __________, the girl walked home from school. Hungrily, she ate her tea.

  4. ____________, the old man shouted at the dog that was digging up his garden.


4) Now write a few sentences with fronted adverbials that relate to the Baboon in the moon story. (You might be able to use these when we write our own story next week, so save them!) Don’t forget the comma!

E.g. Slowly, the Baboon got out of his warm, cosy bed and stretched his aching limbs.

Far in the distance, the Baboon saw a flashing light that appeared to be getting closer. 



Focus: To recognise Right angles in shapes.

1) Watch this short clip of angles in everyday life -https://www.bbc.com/teach/skillswise/angles/zbxqrj6

2) Work through this PowerPoint: 

3) Make a right angle checker and find right angles around your house.  


(Instructions: Draw a circle, cut out and fold in half and then half again. Carefully cut out one section.)

Optional resources/activities for maths:

1) You could practise turning this little man in right angles! Can you move yourself in right angles too?  https://nrich.maths.org/5560.

You will need to logon to Education city for all these: 

2) A video about the basic angles: https://go.educationcity.com/content/index/22321/5/2/6

3) A right angle activity. Could be printed or looked at on the screen: https://cdn.go.educationcity.com/eccontent/files/thinkits_question/29999/Counting%20right%20angles%20-%2029999.pdf    or https://go.educationcity.com/content/index/13673/5/2/13

4) A right angle game to play:  https://go.educationcity.com/content/index/346/4/2/1


Science/Other curriculum areas:

This is a short activity as our focus was English and Maths today. Watch this video on light and complete the quiz: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zbssgk7/articles/z2s4xfr


Fun / Be kind Activity: 

   Free Spring Flowers Clipart

Draw and colour a rainbow and stick it on your rubbish bins as a thank you to the bin men.


Friday 24th April


Focus: To write a persuasive letter. 

You are going to write a letter as the baboon to the Minister of Moonlight, asking him to send you back to earth. Below is a rough plan to help you. Try to make the letter interesting. Try everything to can to persuade the minister to let you go! You can finish this on MONDAY, as this might take a while!



Say who you are and where and what your job is. Explain why you are writing the letter.

Paragraph 2.

Say why you want to leave. Who do you have on earth that might be missing you? How long have you been working on the moon?  Why would it be wise and kind for the Minister to send you back to earth?

Paragraph 3.

Appeal to the Minister, really emphasizing why you need to leave. Ask him some questions, show him how dedicated you are and how you’ve really done your best over the last few years.


Repeat your plea, thank the Minister for his time and praise him for his wisdom and the knowledge that he will do the right thing.

Sign off

Sign off the letter with Yours faithfully, and your name.

Don’t forget to include the baboon’s (your) address on the right hand side and the Minister’s on the left. An example is shown below:



Dear Minister for moonlight,



Focus: To know our times tables.

Play on TTRockstars (This is a short session as Literacy is our focus today).

If possible, try logging on at either 11 o’clock or 3 O’clock, so you will have some of your year group friends to play against. 


Science/Other curriculum areas:

Design Technology

Focus: Prepare ingredients hygienically using appropriate utensils. Measure ingredients to the nearest gram accurately.

Star and moon shortbread biscuits

Make these delicious biscuits if you have the ingredients. If not, work with an adult to prepare a meal. Can you cut carefully and correctly? If appropriate, can you measure out ingredients using measuring scales?

Recipe can be found at: https://mouthsofmums.com.au/recipe/star-moon-shortbread-biscuits/ 


Fun / Be kind Activity: Free Spring Flowers Clipart

  Test some objects to see whether they float or sink in the bath or sink. Ask a grown up first!


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