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Year 3 Home Learning W/c 27th April

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Week Beginning Monday 27th April


Hello Everyone,


This week, we will continue with our literacy work based around the short film called Baboon on the Moon. We are really looking forward to reading your own exciting stories of what the Baboon does on the moon. Remember you can upload them to ClassDojo.

How did you enjoy the first science lesson on the topic of light? We will continue to develop our skills and knowledge of light by learning how light travels. The challenge is to make shadow puppets.

In maths, we will continue with the topic of shape. This week we will learn more about angles. We have set up some lessons on MyMaths and will be accessing online videos and games on Education city.

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. Most of these are repeated from last week, as many of you won’t have had a chance to complete them all. We will renew this list totally next week.

  • Science / DT: after your science lesson on Friday you might like to design and make some shadow puppets to tell a story of your choice.
  • 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:
  • 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.

  • Maths/Art - Create a piece of artwork using the 2D shapes you have been learning about. Again, let your imagination run wild!
  • DT – Follow this recipe to make some Roman burgers. Yum! Yum!


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

  Mrs Gray, Mrs Jagger and Mrs Terry-Wright smiley

Monday 27th April


Focus: To write a persuasive letter.

This is the second day of completing this task. You will have started this last Friday. Don’t forget to let us know how you get on through ClassDojo!

Recap from last Friday….

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!



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:


Focus:  To know our numbers 1-10             

Listen to these songs and join in when you can:



Some online games to play:




Fun / Be kind Activity:


Water paint outside. Fill a pot with water get a brush and paint a picture.

Tuesday 28th April

English/ DT (longer lesson):

Focus: To plan my own fictional story. To design a machine for the baboon to travel home in. This is linked to the DT lesson set for today too! (See below).


You are going to plan a new story about the baboon. He is desperate to leave the moon and return home to his family. He has got tired of waiting for the Minister to respond so he decides to build a machine to help him get home. He builds it and then starts the journey home…..

1) DT: We want you to design a machine that he could use to get home. What features will it have? How will it get him home? How will he operate it? Could something go wrong that he must fix on the journey? (Be as imaginative as you like!)

Draw and label your design. Talk to someone about your ideas so you are clear what you can write about in your story.

2) Now we want you to plan your new story about the baboon. This is a story mountain. It helps us plan the structure of our stories.

Plan your story using a story mountain to help. Remember you are just writing key words/ phrases to help you remember what to write in each sections. You could use this template or draw your own…

 This will help you plan each section:

Introduction: Set the scene, catch the reader’s interest. Introduce the main character, describe the setting,

Build up: Introduce the storyline for the character (The baboon is lonely on the moon – what does he do each day? Why is he there? Drop some clues as to what might happen later, but don’t rush into the problem. For example, the baboon could be designing and building the machine to get home. What type of machine could the baboon use? Why?


Problem: Introduce the main problem. What happens on the journey? What needs to be fixed? How does the baboon feel?


Resolution: Describe how the problem is solved. Does he get home safely how? Does anyone else help him?


Ending: Now that the problem is solved, what does the character do next? What has he learned? What is his life like now? What about his future?




You might it useful to have your right angle checker from last week.  

Focus: Identifying whether angles are greater or less than a right angle, identifying horizontal and vertical lines, perpendicular and parallel lines.

Today, we will be developing our understanding of angles. Login to MyMaths and complete the lesson Y3 Angles 1. Make sure you go through each part of the lesson. Before you attempt to do the homework session, you should identify parallel and perpendicular lines around your house.

Optional resources for maths:

Large Lines poster

Optional activities for maths:

1) Acute and Obtuse

2) Greater than/ less than

Science/Other curriculum areas:

DT was linked to Literacy. See above.

Fun / Be kind Activity:


Earn a Blue Peter badge. There are instructions here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges

Wednesday 29th April


Focus: To write a fictional story. To punctuate correctly.

Your teachers are looking forward to seeing how the baboon manages to get back home!


Using your story map plan begin to write out your story. Remember the basic rules of capital letters and full stops. Try and vary the way you start your sentences to make them more interesting.  Keep checking what you have written. Does it make sense? Have you used the correct punctuation? Try to complete at least the first 2 sections: Introduction and build up.


Maths:  (This will be a short session as Science and English is our focus today).

1) Focus: To know our times tables.

Play on TTRockstars.  

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.


2) Focus: Identify horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel lines in relation to other lines

Play this game on Education City – HOLD THE LINE: https://go.educationcity.com/content_select/index/5/2/1/4#/s=38794/c=32946


Science/Other curriculum areas:

Today we have focused on English and Maths. If you want extra work to do, then please see the optional task list above.


Fun / Be kind Activity:

 Go on a virtual aquarium tour. https://wbkr.com/free-virtual-aquarium-tours-from-across-the-world-video/



Thursday 30th April

English: Following on from yesterday

Focus: To write a fictional story. To punctuate correctly.

Using your story map plan begin to write out your story. Remember the basic rules of capital letters and full stops. Try and vary the way you start your sentences to make them more interesting.  Keep checking what you have written. Does it make sense? Have you used the correct punctuation? Complete all the sections of your story.


Focus: Identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines.

1) Recap on perpendicular and parallel lines. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zb6tyrd/articles/zp327hv. Then try the quiz underneath the video.

2) Play this game on MyMaths – SPEED BETWEEN THE LINES:



Optional activities for maths:

Parallel / Perpendicular 

Parallel / Perpendicular (Answers)

Science/Other curriculum areas: ART

Paint a picture of the moon with a tree silhouetted against this. Remember we painted winter trees at Christmas.

Cut a piece of paper or card into a circle and put a small piece of sellotape doubled over on the back. Put this on your paper where you would like the moon to be.

Paint in the background- you decide whether you would like a dark blue or a paler blue wash (add more water) If you haven’t got paints you could use pencil crayons or felt tips. (Remember to try and keep your pen strokes all going the same way)

If you are using paint, flick some white and yellow across for the stars. Let this dry.

Using black paint, paint the tree. Make sure the trunk narrows as it gets taller. Angle it to go across the moon.

If you haven’t got paint, you could cut out tree from black paper or felt tip one carefully on. Try magazines for black and collage one instead.

Carefully peel off your paper moon. Voila! You should have a lovely painting of the moon.


Fun / Be kind Activity:


Have a picnic with your family. Grab a sheet or blanket and have your lunch. If it’s not sunny have one inside.

Friday 1st May


Focus: To evaluate and improve my writing.

Take your story and now proofread and edit it. That means, go back over what you have written. Does it make sense? Does it have the correct punctuation? Can you make it more interesting by adding something? Have you repeated yourself? Is it fun? Would somebody, me, your grown-ups, your brothers and sisters like to hear it? Read your story to a family member. If you feel brave record yourself reading it and upload to class dojo. If you would rather, just unload written version to class dojo.



Focus: To identify horizontal and vertical lines. To draw lines accurately using a ruler.

1) Put this PowerPoint on slide show to see horizontal and vertical lines in the real world. Go on a hunt around the room and find some.

2) Get a ruler and remind yourself that we measure length in units called millimetres (mm) and centimetres (cm).

There are 10mm to 1cm.

Remember where we start measuring from on a ruler: it is not the actual end of the ruler, but where the measurements start.

Measuring Help

3) You have a choice. Either print off this worksheet or start to accurately draw lines. Can you draw a:

  • horizontal line 5cm long?
  • vertical line 43mm long?
  • horizontal line that is 15cm long?
  • vertical line that is 60mm long?

A fun optional song about lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQEVllmeWH4

Measurement Doccument


Science/Other curriculum areas:

Science Developing Experts – Light lesson 2 – Describe how light travels

Focus: To describe the speed of light, describe that light travels in straight lines.

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. You are going to make a shadow puppet.

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!

Parents just for your information….. The Science Behind the Science!

Light is an electromagnetic wave. It can be reflected, refracted, diffracted and dispersed. The light that we can see with the human eye is only a small portion of the types of light that are out there. Some animals and insects can see parts of the spectrum that we cannot. For example, bees can see ultraviolet light and snakes can see infrared light. 

Light itself travels in straight lines. It will continue travelling in a completely straight line until it hits an object. The object it hits will either reflect it or absorb the light. Shadows are created when the light cannot pass through the object. As light moves in straight lines it cannot bend around objects.

Light travels at approximately 300,000,000m/s (299,792,458 m/s in a vacuum). Light does not travel this fast when it goes through different materials such as water and air because these are more optically dense materials than air. 

Objects in space, such as planets, asteroids & meteors are only visible because the light bounces off the objects in space. Despite light travelling very fast it still takes a long time for the light to cover vast distances. The light that we see from the Sun takes eight minutes to reach the Earth. We measure distances in space in lightyears, this is how far light would travel in one Earth year, approximately 9.5 trillion km. 

Mission Assignment: The brightness (intensity) and size of the light source will have an effect on the shadow produced. The nature of the materials will also affect the shadow that is formed. We have learnt that light travels as a wave. When the shadow puppet is placed between the lamp and the wall, the puppet will block some of the light waves. Did you notice that the closer you put your shadow puppet to the lamp, the more the light is blocked? This will result in a bigger shadow. The opposite happens when you move the shadow puppet away from the light. A smaller shadow is made as fewer light waves are blocked. Here’s a fun fact: the lunar eclipse is the Earth casting a shadow over the Moon.  

Fun / Be kind Activity:

 Grow a plant: Cut up a tomato. Save the seeds. Dry them out and grow them in a little soil. An egg tray will do for a pot. Eat the rest of the tomato!



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