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Maths 15.06.20

Time for a new topic... angles! An angle is the point where two lines meet and can also be used to describe turns.


Like how we use rulers to measure length, protractors are used to measure angles (in degrees instead of cm or mm).



First - watch this video as an introduction to angles. See if you can copy the robot's angle yoga poses! After you watch the video, decide which of these pairs of lines form angles.



Next - practice making different turns using this sheet, then try this activity to decide which angle is smaller/greater (hint: the closer your 2 strips of paper are together the smaller the angle is).


Last – use your angle maker to complete this sheet. You could work with someone else and take it in turns counting and measuring angles, or work by yourself!


If you're having an 'ay carumba' day and would like a challenge, try this Olympic maths activity from a great website called NRich.


Writing 15.06.20


Did you enjoy using Take Flight to write a short story? We love teaching you to write stories at school and we’re always amazed at your descriptive ideas! Today you are going to recap some important Year 3 writing stuff and then get started on a new writing booklet!


First – YAAAWN, oh my goodness these sentences are so boring they’re sending me to sleep!


The trees are reflected in the lake

There are snowy mountains

There are no clouds in the sky


Using the picture below for inspiration, have a go at uplevelling these undescriptive and unimaginative sentences! Remember you can swap out and add words, use conjunctions and adverbs and maybe even try using inverted commas!



Next – let’s recap prefixes! Remember, a prefix is a word that is added to in front of a root word to change its meaning (different to a suffix which gets added to the END of a root word).



Today we’re focusing on the the prefixes dis- and mis- (which make their root word negative) and un- (which means not). Have a go at this prefix pair game – you can make your version of the cards by cutting up pieces of paper and copying out the words. 


Last – you are going to work through this booklet of writing activities. Go up to the end of page 6 of the booklet. Talk for Writing is how we teach you writing at school – can you tell your grown up what these words mean in our writing lessons: storymap, glossary and imitate? 

Reading 15.06.20

Our class text would have been Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner! Here is a link to a reading of the whole novel.



First – listen to chapter 1 (up to 07:14 minutes). Use dictionary.com to find the meanings of these words: dejected, unobtrusively, accustomed, truant.


Next – Log onto Purple Mash and click on ‘Serial Mash’. Continue looking at Diamonds, Emerald and Sapphires, thinking about your AR reading level and picking a book that looks interesting to answer questions on. You could even email me or your friends using 2Email with Purple Mash book recommendations!



Last – watch or read this poem called The Sun is Laughing by Grace Nichols. I love this poem because it gives the sun a personality! One moment she is cheerful and spreading her happiness, then suddenly she’s moody and sulky. I wonder what personality other weather types would have… would the wind be busy and chaotic, constantly whistling? Would rain be mean, angry or calm?


Spelling 15.06.20


Practise these spellings:


though, although, through, various weight


First - look at the word and read it. Say it out loud (try saying it a couple of times in different silly voices... this helps you remember it!).


Next - cover the word and write it.


Last - check your spelling. If you didn't get it right, here are some fun ways you can practise:



Look on Spellzone and Topmarks for online spelling games


Sir Linkalot is giving all parents and schools FREE access during lockdown.


First - download it from App Store by searching Sir Linkalot, or click this link from a laptop or PC.


Next - click on 'have an access code' and enter the word Free as both the username and password.


Last - choose a level and have a look at the videos! Some of them are funny and there are original ways of remembering VSM spellings!




Science 15.06.20

Let’s continue our learning about shadows! Today you are looking at the biggest natural light source: the sun!



First – watch this video. Afterwards, can you write down or tell someone what a shadow looks like when the sun is low in the sky? How would a shadow change as the sun rises?


Next – complete this sheet, or draw your own tree 6 times with its shadow at different times of day.


Last – when is the light from the sun most dangerous for our eyes and skin? Hint: look on the back of a suncream bottle if you have one! If you feel like a challenge, can you find out why the sun is most dangerous at this time of day? I *think* I know the answer but I’m not certain… I’d love you to email me with anything you find out: homelearning@caw.brighton-hove.sch.uk


Paragon 15.06.20

Woohoo, we love renewable energy! Today you are going to learn about my favourite type, which is also linked to our Science learning… solar energy!



First – watch this video.


Next – The Ivanpah Facility is the biggest solar thermal power plant in the world. Use the internet to find the answers to these questions:


  1. What country is the Ivanpah Facility located in? Which state? Which continent? How long would it take to travel to from Brighton?
  2. What year did Ivanpah open? Who was the President at that time?
  3. How many mirrors does it use to collect the sun’s rays?
  4. How many homes could the Ivanpah power with all the electricity it generates?
  5. Why are some people against using solar energy?



Last – look around your home at any electrical or battery-powered toys you have e.g. xbox or a remote control car. Can you redesign these so that they can be charged using solar energy? Draw and label a diagram. Where would you put the mini solar panels? You might want to research the design of other solar-powered toys before you get started.

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