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Year 3: Silver Birch

Welcome to Silver Birch Class!

Monday 17th May 2020

Hello Year 3,

We hope that you are all doing well and have enjoyed the tasks we set you last week. Please let us know if there are particular types of tasks that you are really enjoying and we will try and find similar tasks for you.  It was lovely to hear from a few more of you last week! If you haven’t been in touch yet, but would like to, feel free to send us a postcard, letter, email or even some artwork – we’d love to hear from you.

We hope you enjoyed exploring and learning about our wonderful world last week. We will continue with this topic this week but as always you don’t have to stick to our suggestions we are happy for you to use them as inspiration to extend and explore as you like. We want you to continue having fun and enjoying your learning even when we are apart. 

I hope you enjoyed the TTR rockstars competition last week and have seen the published results on our Meadowside Facebook page – if not we came 15th out of over 100 schools across Gloucestershire with a score of 125,413. 

 Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place this week between Monday 18th and Friday 22nd. Each year, a different theme is chosen to focus our attention, and this year’s theme is kindness.

This theme is especially important as we are all adjusting to social distancing to protect those who we love and those working hard to help the sick and to keep the country going.

Acts of kindness have incredible power to make us feel less alone and connected with our neighbours and community. They are also acts of courage – as we can feel foolish smiling at a stranger or leaving a thank you note.

We would like to encourage everyone to perform an act of kindness from home, focusing on the different ‘themes’-

· Monday 18 May: Being kind to yourself – e.g. practice self-care, read a book, have a lie-in, do some mindfulness

· Tuesday 19 May: Being kind to someone in your household/family – give them your time, try putting down your phones to talk about how you’re feeling, play a board game, video call family members outside your household.

· Wednesday 20 May: Being kind to nature – put out some bird seed or plant some bee loving seeds in your garden.

· Thursday 21 May: Being kind to strangers – smile to people who you pass from a distance and say hello, join in with #clapforcarers,

· Friday 22 May: Being kind to neighbours – check in on them, ask them if they need help with anything

Please share anything you do with us we would love to see the different ways you show your kindness this week.

Mrs Bouvier, Mrs Parker and Mrs Smith



Don’t forget to visit the Writing Hub for a weekly task for all of the children at Meadowside. You can write your response in your book, or in the comments section.

Over the last few weeks we have set you a lessons to try from The Oak National Academy. This week we have found something different, but feel free to continue using the Oak National Academy lessons if you’ve enjoyed them. Remember any work that they ask you to do can be completed in your English books, so you can show us when you get back to school. (Alternatively if you are really proud of your work and would like us to see it, you could take a photograph of it and email it to school, staff in the office will forward it to us!)

This weeks activity: 

In class, we were learning how to use speech marks, or inverted commas. Use this BBC Bitesize lesson to recap on how we use them. 

There are four different activities for you to try.

Once you have had a go at them, can you write a conversation between yourself and a friend/ teacher who you haven’t seen for a long time?  Remember the rules for using direct speech! Write the conversation in your English book, so I can read it when we get back to school!


Instructions for accessing our E Platform can be found here. There are many books to choose from and they are available as digital or audio books.

The Poetry Zone is a great place to explore. You can even send your own poem in to be published! 

Oxford Owl is an award-winning website to help support children’s learning, both at home
and at school.

Look, cover, write, check: a wonderful website to assist with spelling.

Keep up to date with your book reviews. How many have you managed to complete now? Can you complete another one this week? If you have run out of sheets try this book review sheet.


Times Tables Rockstars

Although there is no competition this week keep playing as being able to recall your multiplication and division facts quickly will help when you are completing calculations or problem-solving challenges.

Numbots (you can use your TTR login to access this). This is a new resource for you to use whilst you are at home. There are ‘Story’ and ‘Challenge’ modes. The faster you are, the trickier it becomes! Explore and have fun. 

Gareth Metcalfe is continuing to release maths lessons on his YouTube channel and the website still links to this channel despite him no longer updating this page specifically. Remember you can watch them anytime and there are lots of other games available on his website.

Our Times table of the week is x8 can you make up a game to play to help you learn it? Don’t forget to make your fortune teller to help! You might like to have a go at these online games to help you learn them.

This week’s activity: Following on from the Oak National Academy lesson we set you last week we would like you to focus on a lesson later in the sequence – recognise obtuse and acute angles. The lesson starts with a quiz again but remember don’t worry if you find this tricky, the lesson will help you understand more! You may need a pen and your Maths book/ paper to make notes or complete any activities. This lesson is designed to be the fourth in the series if you enjoy it and want to feel free to complete lesson 5 as well. If you find this lesson tricky and would like to do some revision you can try earlier lessons in the sequence as required.

If you worked through the series of five lessons last week you can have a go at these challenges instead

– Can you place two sticks to make one right angle? What about two right angles? Three? Four? How many right angles could you make if you used 3 or more sticks?

– How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right angle? Write these to the nearest minute. Top tip: start at 12 o’clock and find the first right angle – Why isn’t it 15 minutes later?

– How accurate can you be when estimating angles? Which level can you reach? Are some of the angles easier to find? Why? Test your skills using this Nrich challenge



How is seed / plant doing now? It should have germinated by now.  Can you answer the question ‘What does a seed need to germinate?’ Remember to keep a diary showing the growth of your plant. Take photos, or draw pictures, keep a record of how tall your plant is and any changes that you notice.

food chain describes the order in which organisms, or living things, depend on each other for food. Every ecosystem, or community of living things, has one or more food chains

Find out more here

Put your knowledge of food chains to the test – explore the interactive scene and build your own food chain.

Can you find different food chains in a Savannah

First, find a producer – a plant that makes its own food from sunlight. Next, find a consumer that eats the producer. Then, find another consumer that eats meat.

Top tips

  • A herbivore is an animal that only eats plants
  • An omnivore eats plants and animals
  • A carnivore only eats animals
  • An insectivore eats some animals such as insects and worms

If you enjoy that, why not try the food chains of the Woodland and Tundra too.


Can you create a colourful food chain which can be added  to your book? Challenge yourself to create a lengthy food chain!

Maddie Moate, from children’s television, is releasing a daily video on her website or YouTube channel at 11 a.m. which promotes curiosity. 


This week there is no new History, so we thought you might like to continue with your learning about a famous explorer who studied animals.

If you didn’t get the chance to watch this last week, Watch this BBC video about Charles Darwin.

If you find it interesting, why not do some more research. The National Geographic kids page has some interesting links to find out more.

Can you create a Charles Darwin factfile showing what you have found out.


One of the food chains for science this week was found in the Savannah. (The English spelling is Savannah, the American spelling is Savanna!)

 Savannahs are generally found between the desert biome and the rainforest biome. They are mostly located near the equator. The largest savannah is located in Africa. Nearly half of the continent of Africa is covered with savannah grasslands.

Mrs Bouvier would love to visit the African savannah one  day.

Can you research where the Savannah is , what it is like, what animals are found there? Etc

Could you create a leaflet trying to persuade people to visit?

Design Technology

This week we are setting you an invention challenge – Inventions can improve lives. Can you think of a Green Machine that would help the environment? There are already some real and wacky inventions available that might inspire you

– an inflatable spikey shower curtain that inflates as you shower to stop you taking too long and using too much water

– Moss Mat: living moss on your bath mat to soak up drips when you step out of the bath – solar swimming trunks

– use the power of sunlight to charge your electronic devices while you sunbathe!

You might want to select one of the ideas below and develop it or you may have your own idea to help reduce our carbon footprint. Name and draw a labelled diagram of your invention and write a paragraph about what it does and how it works.

Conserve water: Invent a way to store and use rainwater. How could you help people use less water?

Reduce what we consume: Help people to use less water or energy or create less waste.

Conserve energy: Find ways to encourage people to switch off lights or computers or invent a new way to provide renewable energy.

Reusing objects: What could you create from a collection of recyclable objects?

Recycling materials: An aid to recycling? A waste sorting machine? Think of alternative ways to use a product.


We are going to think about how to show texture in our drawings this week using inspiration from the artist Vincent van Gogh. For the lesson from Oak National Academy, you will need paper and pencil to complete the tasks. The paper can be whatever you have plain, lined, cardboard box and so on. You can also have a rubber to hand if you like.

You will start with some mark making which will build on the work you did in Year 1 and Year 2. I would recommend pausing the video after each line style has been demonstrated to allow you time to practise the different styles. We would love to see the pictures you produce during the drawing challenge Mrs Cara.

Don’t forget to reflect – WWW: What went well? What are you pleased with and EBI: Even Better if – What if you were going to re-do your current picture or a draw a similar one? This will help your drawings improve.

Remember you can ask a parent or carer to share a photo of your work on Twitter – @oakNational #LearnWithOak #onaArtY3



This week we are going to think about the wonderful world of space using a piece of music composed by a British composer who was born in Cheltenham – Gustav Holst. He composed many different pieces but one of his most famous was The Planets where he composed different movements for each of the planets based on their astrological character. We are going to focus on the piece for Mars. For this week’s activity, you will need a drum – any type is great – if you don’t have one you could use a shaker or a saucepan and wooden spoon.

First, watch and listen to the BBC National Orchestra Wales performing Mars at the BBC Proms in 2015. A composer is often telling a story in their music and this story is all about Mars. Once you have watched and listened to the piece listen again, but this time think about what you are hearing – what story do you think Holst is trying to tell you about Mars? Do you think Mars is big or small? Is the planet Mars tired or angry? What do you think is happening on Mars?

Now we are going to focus on the difference between the spiky (staccato) and smooth (legato) parts of the music. Listen to 2.30-2.44 and then 1.19-1.44 – what is different between the two? Which one had more smooth (legato) music and which one has more spiky/jumpy (staccato) music? Let me know what you think? You can now use your drum – try and play it in a spiky/jumpy way and then try playing it smoothly – you could try drawing circles on the drum with your palm. Can you mix and match your two types of music like Holst did?


Purple Mash is an excellent site that we use regularly at school. You can login from home (providing you can remember their class login!).

At Scratch, you can create your own animation or game! All you need to do is sign up and login (if you can’t remember your password, create a new account). 

Sploder is great for making your own games but it runs on Flash and might not work on all your devices. Google Chrome is the most effective browser for Sploder. 

Free access to premium coding on Tynker. (we have currently applied for this and will update you on the progress)


It has been great to see some of your work being saved in the Year 3 Silver Birch folder 

This week,  try to continue with your work on coding.  Use Purple Mash 2code and this week try the Jumping Monkey game in Chimp. There are a series of instruction clips for you to follow.

If you would like an additional task, why not use 2animate to create an African Savannah scene . Here are some instructions if you need a reminder of what to do.

Remember to save it to the Y3 Silver Birch folder so that we can see your work!

Physical Education

You’ve probably heard that Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, is doing a daily workout at 9 a.m. for children whilst schools are closed. What a way to start the day! View his page here.

Remember to try some Just Dance routines from Youtube. Which is your favourite? Here’s The Final Countdown … this is one that we all enjoyed at school. – Happy memories!

lf you would like to try something different, have a look at these Cosmic kid Yoga sessions. There are LOTS of sessions you could choose from.

Alternatively, if you would like some Disney themed ideas, try looking at these NHS Shake up actvity ideas.

Home Pentathlon

The Gloucester School Sports Network have set a home Pentathlon challenge. You can see details of it here. There are 5 different simple events to take part in. You could even set it up as a family challenge! Why not have a go and let us know how you get on!

Tweedy! Tweedy the clown has released an active challenge… can you complete it? I will try to upload his new challenge on Tuesday, so keep checking this page!

Tweedy week 2! Here is Tweedy’s second challenge –  a scavenger hunt – have fun!

Tweedy Week 3

I will upload the next Tweedy challenge as soon as it becomes available (Tuesday 19th May)

Have you played any games or done anything active that you would like to recommend to others? Why not let us know and we can add your ideas to this page!

Personal, Social, Health, and Citizens Education

Emotions, or feelings, can change all the time. We all experience a whole range of emotions, from anger to happiness to fear. It is important to recognise what different emotions look like in yourself and others and remember all feelings are natural and it is OK to have ‘good’ and ‘not so good’ feelings. Look at the pictures of each Beano character and pick the closest adjective from around their picture or you might like to think of your own. What clues are there to help you decide? Try to look at the character’s facial expressions as well as their body language, for example when we’re angry, furious or full of rage, our faces might look a little red, eyebrows might pull downwards and we might get lines on our forehead. Our angry feelings might affect our behaviour too and cause us to clench our fists and wave our arms about. There are no right or wrong answers – just pick what you think!

Once you have completed this watch this video about resilience or ‘bouncebackability’ according to Dennis and Minnie.

You could also play ‘Guess the Emotion’ write some different emotions on pieces of card or paper and take it in turns with someone in your family. One person takes a card without looking and holds It on their forehead so the other person can see. The other person must act out the emotion on the card using facial expressions, body language or even using phrases like ‘You might feel this way when…’ or ‘When you feel this way you might…’ You cannot use the word on the card and as shown as the word (or a synonym) swap places.

Don’t forget the kindness challenges at the top of the page!


French Games is an excellent website which looks at simple, everyday French words. There are mini tutorials followed by games and activities. 

Week 1: Numbers 1-10. 

Week 2 :In class we have been learning how to describe the weather in French. Play the weather game found on the above French Games website 

Week 3 (first week after Easter)

This term we were going to start learning animal names. Can you learn the French for cat, dog, rabbit and hamster?

Week 4/ 5 /6: Continuing with learning animal names. Can you learn the French for budgie, guinea pig, mouse and goldfish?

Week 7:

Linking to our topic work this week, can you learn the French for some animal you might find in the zoo, use this Youtube video to help you. 

Mrs Bouvier’s favourite is the penguin! Can you practice how to say it?

Why not watch an episode of Peppa Pig in French. In this episode they visit the zoo. How many French animal names can you hear?

Can you draw some pictures of them and write the French underneath to help you remember them? Why not send a photo of your pictures to school – I would love to see them!



Extra ideas

We will try to keep adding to this list. We don’t expect you to complete all of these tasks, but we thought you might enjoy some extra challenges!

  1. Choose a topic of your choice, research it and produce a booklet, PowerPoint or something more creative. 
  2. Create a 3D representation of a scene from a favourite story
  3. Learn to sew on a button
  4. Learn the names of some plants. Spend 1/2 an hour helping in the garden
  5. Learn to count to 10 in a new language (not French!)
  6. Learn how to tie your shoelaces… if you can already do this learn how to tie a reef knot!
  7. Can you help plan and prepare a family meal? Don’t forget to set the table and help with the washing up too!
  8. Write a letter or send a card to a grandparent, relative or friend.
  9.  Have a paper aeroplane contest – whose can fly the furthest?
  10. Create a flat lay photograph of all the things you have loved or have kept you busy during this time away from school. Then arrange it in an arc like a rainbow before lying down underneath it and get someone to take a photo of you from above (pictures for examples).
  11. Can you bake your family a sweet treat – maybe a biscuit or a cake?
  12. Can you design your own mocktail? What ingredients would you use? Why not take a photo of you enjoying it in the sunshine!