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Year 3: Silver Birch

Welcome to Silver Birch Class!

Monday 30th March 2020

Week 2

Dear Year 3 

I do hope you are all keeping well and have had a good week. We are really missing you all!

Here are a few new suggestions for activities to keep you busy during the coming week! We have tried to keep most of the work linked to our current topic of ‘Extreme’. This week the main focus is on mountains. If you think of something different that you would like to research, or work on, connected to mountains, then feel free to be creative and enjoy your own learning too! Remember you can record your work however you like. Some of it could be written, some drawn and even some of it could be done on a computer! Feel free to pick and choose what you would like to have a go at but make sure you have fun whilst you are learning!   

Try your best and keep smiling!

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.

Samuel Pepys kept a diary during the Great Fire of London in 1666. He kept the diary because he knew it was an important event that people would want to know and learn about in the future.  Why not keep a diary of your time at home during this challenging time? You could write in it every day or you could write every few days. Remember to include emotions and key events. 


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 try to complete another one this week.


Times Tables Rockstars I have been onto the site and changed which Tables you have been set.  I believe the system had reset itself and some people were getting disheartened because some of the questions were too challenging. Hopefully it will be better now! Please let me know if there are any more issues – Mrs Bouvier

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. 

A primary school teacher, called Gareth Metcalfe, is releasing maths lessons on his YouTube channel website on Monday at 9 a.m but you’ll be able to watch them anytime if this clashes with something else you are doing. He came and worked with teachers at Meadowside in January and we thought he was brilliant. 

In Maths we were thinking about tenths and their decimal fraction equivalents.

Could you make a set of cards to use to play the memory game or snap? Or you could even make a board game to help you remember them. How can you make learning and remembering these fun?

Here is a reminder

 1/10  = 0.1

2/10 = 0.2

3/10 = 0.3

4/10 = 0.4


REMEMBER 10/10 = 1

You could also rehearse counting up and down in decimals whilst you play catch! (We did this with ping pong balls in class)

You can also find some worksheets/matching games related to tenths on Twinkl if you wanted something paper based but there is no expectation to have printed activities. (Twinkl is currently free for parents to use – the website gives you details on how to access these resources in their header.)

Our Times table of the week is x5 can you make up a game to play to help you learn it? Don’t forget to make your fortune teller to help!


Your Science investigation this week is about seed dispersal. Instructions for the investigation can be found here

If you find this interesting, you could do some more research into different types of seed dispersal. 

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


Earlier on in our Extreme topic we learnt about famous polar explorers.

Can you research Sir Edmund Hillary and find out why he is famous?

How could you show your findings? You could write a short biography, write some diary entries, create a comic strip / storyboard, create a PowerPoint, or even write a short quiz to test your parents! The choice is yours.

 You could include your work in your Extreme topic book.


Here are some well known mountain ranges from around the world…

  • Himalayas
  • Andes
  • Pyrenees
  • Alps
  • Rocky’s
  • Snowdonia
  • Atlas Mountains

Can you find these on a map and work out what countries they are in?

What other mountain ranges can you find?

Here is a game you might like to try…it does test you on some other mountain ranges too, so don’t worry if you find it tricky to begin with! 

Design Technology

Can you make a model of a mountain? You could use papier maché like the volcanoes we made in school (apparently flour and water can be mixed to make a glue like paste!), or you could use lego, or even make a pop up mountain card! Be inventive and have fun!

(Be kind to your parents and don’t make too much mess!)


Linking to our geography, can you create a mountain picture? Here are two tutorials you could follow, but feel free to come up with your own methods if you’d rather.

This is a pastel tutorial, but it would work equally well with paint.

This tutorial is using crayons.

Feel free to add your finished piece of art to your Extreme topic book.


Listen to this clip.  This is a famous piece of music by Edvard Grieg called ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’.

Who do you think The Mountain King might be? How does the music make you feel?

Once you’ve come up with your own ideas, you could watch this short explanation of the story.


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)

This term we were thinking about staying safe online. You started to design a poster promoting online safety but we were unable to finish them. Can you create a bright and colourful poster reminding people how to stay safe online? 

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 Uptown Funk…one  that Mrs Bouvier’s daughter has enjoyed this week 

If 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.

Personal, Social, Health, and Citizens Education

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” This is a quote from The Witches by Roald Dahl.

What do you think this means?

Invent a new character who this quote could be about. It might be a character with a magical secret or someone who despite looking scary is actually kind and friendly. Draw a picture of your character. Can you write a short description of your character and their personality?


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 

You could try to create your own weather board (like the one we had in school) here is a link to the one we were using , but why not create/ draw your own and then you can display the weather in French everyday.


Extra ideas

I will try to keep adding to this list. I don’t expect to to complete all of these tasks, but I 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!