St John's C of E Primary School

"Use your God-given gifts to serve others." 1 Peter 4: 10


If you are isolating, please email or call the school and then your teacher will email you with some home learning to do. 


phone: 0121 675 1469


How to access home learning on TEAMS Class Notebook:

Using Class Notebook on TEAMS

How to log on to BGFL

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Home Learning if you are self-isolating w/c 19th October.

Maths -  Subtraction

Go to

Then, look at the questions on BGFL, my files, Sheet A, B and C. You will need to write your answers on paper and upload a copy to my files.


Black History Day

Go to BGFL, my files, Black History powerpoint. Read the information on the powerpoint and complete the tasks.

Task 1: Research Claudia Jones and present the information either as a poster or on book creator.

Task 2: Make a headdress for the Notting Hill Carnival

Task 3: Go to BGFL, my files, Amazing Grace. Watch the video of the story Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and answer the questions.


English - Imperative Verbs

Task 1: Go to BGFL, my files, verbs. Look at the pictures and write the correct action word beside it.

Task 2: Go to BGFL, my files, Instructions 1. Watch the video. Read the instructions and find the imperative (bossy) verbs.

Task 3: Go to BGFL, my files, Instruction 2. Write the instructions, choosing the correct bossy verb. Remember your capital letters and full  stops.


Home learning if you are self-isolating for w/c 12.10.20.



Our maths topic is addition and subtraction.

Go to to watch the videos which will guide you through your learning. Go to BGFL, my files for the worksheets. You need to write your answers on a piece of paper.



We are beginning our new topic this week: Feel the Force. Try some of these activities:


Research the origin of Harvest festival.

Ideas for Harvest Festival:

  • Write an acrostic poem
  • Design a Harvest poster
  • Copy these leaves or trace around leaves in your outside space onto autumn coloured paper. Think of the things you are thankful for and write them on the leaves. Build a thankful tree with your leaves.
  • Spellings
  • Go to BGFL, my files spelling strategies for fun ways to practise the spellings for this week:
  • The ei sound
  • reins, vein, veil, reign, neigh, weigh, eight, sleigh, freight, weight, eighteen, eighty

Home learning if you are self-isolating for week beginning 5.10.20



This week we are adding numbers.Get ready first by practising your number bonds! They will really help you work with larger numbers later on


Now watch this video

Then have a go at the questions in your Maths book in the Class Notebook on Teams here Maths Monday 5th October  (Web view)


The next lesson is adding numbers mentally.

Watch this video on Espresso. You will need to login. Your login details are in the files on Teams.


Now try these games - each game is harder than the previous one!

Mental addition Espresso game 1


Mental addition Espresso game 2


Mental addition Espresso game 3


Mental addition Espresso game 4


Mental addition Espresso game 5


Topic- History

Design an Iron Age shield. Go to Espresso and search for shield. Choose the Iron Age shield option.


Place the Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age onto a timeline. Use this website to help:


Make some Iron Age tools using card, newspaper and foil. 



Explore the transition from Stone Age to Iron Age on Espresso. 

Go to the Key Stage 2 tab, History, Stone Age to Iron Age. 




Joseph and his brothers. Watch the story here or read in a bible Genesis 35:23-29;37:1-4 and 15-36

Questions: Would this be a hard situation to forgive?

Why might forgiveness be difficult for Joseph?

Retell the story by drawing pictures for each part of the story and labelling them.



Practise and revise these contractions:

doesn't, can't, won't, don't, isn't, I've,I'd, I'll, she'll, it's, he's, there's.

Do you know what they mean? e.g. doesn't = does not

Write some sentences using these contractions.



1. What are the features of a poster? Look at these posters. What makes it different from a story?



Watch the videos and read the factfile. Make notes. Try and get as many interesting facts as you can. Write only one fact on each piece of paper. 

Life in Iron Age Britain | The Story of Britain | BBC Teach


Then, sort your facts into these 4 headings: 


Food and farming 

War and warriors  

Lifestyle and culture 


3. Improve and extend your facts by adding a fronted adverbial and a conjunction to make them amazing sentences: 

Here are some fronted adverbials you could use:

During the Iron Age,

Life in the Iron Age,

Inside the roundhouse,

Around 3000 years ago,

In 800BC, 

By the Iron Age,


Fronted adverbial, fact conjunction (when/if/because/although) extend your fact. 


e.g. In the Iron Age, people grew barley although they also kept sheep as well.


4. Use your sentences from yesterday to compile your poster about the Iron Age. Look for images on the internet to make your poster eye catching. Remember your success criteria for your poster: 

Eye catching 


Sub –headings 



Interesting Facts 


Fronted adverbials 


This home learning is only for children self-isolating.

Home learning for week commencing 28th September



Fronted Adverbials:

Refresh your knowledge of fronted adverbials. Go to the Fronted adverbials file in the Learning Journal class notebook in TEAMS.


We are continuing to plan our retell of the Stone Age Boy this week. Go to BGFL shared files to re-read the story for yourself. We want to focus on fronted adverbials, how the stone age boy feels and conjunctions (and, until, so, because, when) to add detail to our main clause. Look at the second half of the story plan on BGFL, shared files. It begins with the three empty boxes. Here is where you can describe the activities the Stone Age boy did with Om e.g. making a fire, preparing animal skins for clothes, preparing and cooking food, making tools. Choose three and describe the steps using the pictures in the book to help you.

The last box is empty. This is where you need to describe the Stone Age boy coming back to present day. Imagine, for example, he woke up in Sparkhill park. What would he see? What would he hear that would be different to the Stone Age? What would he smell? We are looking for a two adjective sentence here. Could you describe the towering, pine trees or the long, wavy grass or the bustling, noisy traffic?

Planning is really important so take your time over this part.


Once you feel ready you can begin your writing. If the first part of your plan is at school, just write about the second part, or what you can remember about the first part.



Go to Skara Brae Reading Comprehension in your Learning Journal on the class notebook in TEAMS. Read the information about Skara Brae and complete the questions.


Go to Topic/History in your Learning Journal on the class notebook in TEAMS and watch the videos about Stonehenge. Then create a poster or spider diagram, like this one below, to present your information.




The Lost Son. Go the your class notebook via TEAMS and go to the RE book.

Watch this video telling the story of the parable of the Lost Son. 


Ask yourself this question: Should the father have forgiven his disobedient son or sent him away?  

Think about a time when you have done something wrong that has upset your own parents.  

How did you feel?  

Did your parents forgive you?  

How would you feel if you were never forgiven for things you have done wrong?  

Christians believe that you can always be forgiven, if you are sorry. 

Draw a picture of the Lost Son and his father. Use speech bubbles to explain how each person felt.



Log onto TT Rockstars and complete Soundcheck at least five times.

Complete all levels of Hour of Code and upload your certificate onto BGFL my files.



The words to learn this week for the spelling quiz are:













We are using these spelling strategies to practise our spellings. Make a poster on paper of this week's spellings using as many strategies as possible. Go to BGFL shared files for the spelling strategies.


If you haven't already completed the activity on long and short vowel sounds at school, go to Spelling-long and short vowel sounds in you Learning Journal in your class notebook on TEAMS. This will really help you when we move onto applying spelling rules this term.

Week Commencing 21.9.20

If you are self-isolating at home and feel well enough, you can try these activities:

Please upload onto BGFL, my files or your class notebook in TEAMS.



Place Value 3-digit numbers

Watch the videos:

The worksheets are on BGFL, TEAMS, Class notebook, Maths.



Research Skara Brae. Answer these questions:

What is Skara Brae?

Why is Skara Brae important?

What was life like at Skara Brae?

Where is Skara Brae?

How was Skara Brae built?

Create a poster or use Book Creator.


Remember to use for your research.


Welcome back!


What a brilliant week we have had all together in our new classes. 3S and 3HE you have settled back into school life really well. Now we have started our new topic Amazing Archaeologists, here are lots of links to videos and activities that you do at home. How many can you do?



Why not have a go at some of these activities? Share what you have done on BGFL or teams!


- Try a Stone Age counting activity

- Get creative and make some Stone Age rock art

- Download two brilliant comics about Stone Age Wales sites: Barclodiad y Gawres and Bryn Celli Ddu

- Can you match the prehistoric track to the animal that made it?

- Complete the Museum of London's prehistoric archaeology activity pack

- Download and print an instant Stone-Age dress-up kit

- Make your own Stone Age necklace using shells, nuts, stones or woodchips

- Try using an interactive ancient stone tool

- Make your own Stone Age paper axe tool

- Show off your knowledge with a hunter-gatherer quiz and try some Stone-Age storytelling


Instead of a homework book that you bring into school, you can choose some activities from the list below. For each topic, we offer a selection of activities and you can to do one per week. We will show you how to do them online and then we can see them!


Below is our first homework topic sheet: Amazing Archaeologists.


Homework Projects Amazing Archaeologists

Hello and welcome to Year 3! We are now 3S (Mrs Smith) and 3HE (Mrs Hudson-Evans). 



Our first topic is Amazing Archaeology.


We look forward to having an exciting first term with you and can't wait to get to know you better!

Whether you are in school or at home you can keep in contact with us via your class team on BGFL TEAMS. Log in now to find your homework activities for the next five weeks. You can take photos of your homework and upload them onto the BGFL (my files) or your class TEAMS. Current restrictions mean you are not able to currently bring projects into school.


Friday 17th July

Today is our last day together (even though we are at a distance). :(

Mrs Kirby and Mrs Smith are both bursting with pride because each one of you has been so amazing during this difficult time. Unfortunately, we cannot be together to say goodbye but we hope you can relax and enjoy the summer break. Then you can return to school refreshed and excited for the new term, in your new class!


We have uploaded extra books onto Reading Planet to keep you busy over the holidays.


Just for fun activities:

Summer writing Challenge. Go to BGFL, shared files, Summer Writing Challenge and tick off each writing task. Can you complete them all?


Summer Reading Challenge. Your local library would normally run Summer Reading Challenge. This year it has gone online with the Silly Squad! Here’s how it works:


Register here:


Summer Holiday Maths: From Monday 20th July go to this website everyday for a new problem. Here you can apply your existing Maths knowledge and improve your problem solving skills! Go to:


Practical Activities:

Get outside and try some of the activities here:

Shadow Drawing

Equipment needed: different shaped objects/toys, paper, pencil

Make the most of the sunshine and create shadow versions of your favourite toys. You could even try and use everyday objects around the house and then turn them into something else! Once you’ve drawn your shadow outline, you could colour it in different colours using pens/pencils/paint, give it a funny face or practise your shading skills using a single pencil to create tone and texture.

Stone Balance Towers

Equipment needed: Different shaped stones.

For adults and children, go on a stone hunt and find different shaped/sized stones in the garden then give this a go and see how high you can go! It seems simple but is surprisingly addictive! Take it a little bit further by sketching or photographing your masterpieces.

Look here for more outdoor activities- - These simple garden projects are a great way to get outside, entertained and away from the TV or computer screen. - Some great tips and ideas for those that are beginners to the world of gardening.  -  Check out the Scouts website for lots of stay at home activities for a whole range of ages.


Remember Year 3….


Thursday 16th July

Today you can choose whether you would like to complete the art or DT project.


Art Project: Focus on the artist Peter Max

Look at the powerpoint on BGFL, shared files, called 1970’s psychedelic art to see some examples of 1970’s psychedelic art and to learn about the artist Peter Max. At the end of the powerpoint watch the Youtube video  and you will see a piece of art using hearts by Peter Max:

Can you recreate this?

First design 4 different hearts so you can explore different colours and patterns:

Draw hearts like this on a piece of paper or you can use drawing tools on BGFL, Jit5.

Then choose your favourite. Can you improve it? Add some detail and some different lines. Make sure there is no white paper showing.

Here is an example of the finished piece of art. Remember there is lot of different colour used and no white paper showing!


DT Project: Your challenge is to make a 3D model or draw one of the ‘artefacts’ from the 1970s using some of the junk you’ve collected. You could use cereal boxes, yogurt pots etc. Look at the powerpoint on BGFL, shared files called 1970’s to help you think about the style and ‘artefacts’ from the 1970’s. You could draw or make:

a Rainbow character

a Muppet character

a Star Wars character

a skateboard

Wednesday 15th July

Computing: Your task is to create an “All About Me” book for your new teacher using book creator.


You are going to create a book to tell your new teacher all about yourself. What would you like them to know?

I have made an example that you can look at here


You are going to use Book Creator and create a copy of the example I have made. You can then add your own information to your copy of the book. Some of you might be confident in doing this after your amazing Spartacus books!


Click on this link to login using your BGFL365 email.


Then enter this code to see my library    6JVBKY8


If you can’t remember how to login, watch this video to help you



You will then need to make a copy of my example book. Watch this video to show you how to do it.




You are then ready to edit your “All About Me” book!


I have made some videos to help you edit your books. Just click on the links to watch each one.



We can't wait to see your books! We will email them to your new teachers so they can learn all about you.



Tuesday 14th July

DT: Your task today is to create some 1970s clothing


Abba were famous for their bright and exciting outfits! They were often sparkly and wore matching tops and trousers or skirts.

Today you are going to design an Abba-inspired outfit!


Look at these pictures for some inspiration.







Think about

  • Bold colours
  • Shapes (they often had “flared” sleeves or trousers)
  • Matching tops outfits
  • A hat or something on your head
  • Decoration


You can draw your design and photograph it – then upload it for me to see. You might even want to put a photograph of your face on too so it looks like you are wearing your outfit!

Monday 13th July

Happy Monday everyone! This is your last week of school before the summer holidays.


Art: Today your task is to design a 1970s album cover!

You can design one for your favourite Abba song, or design one for your favourite song by another artist, in a 1970s style.


In the 1970s people used records to listen to music. They look like this.



The cover for the album looked like this.



Watch this video for some ideas and inspiration!


Your design must include:

  • Bold, bright colours
  • No white spaces
  • Lots of straight or curved lines
  • Be on a square background


You could make it on paper and take a photograph – then upload it for me to see. Or you could design it on Jit5.


Here are some examples of children's designs!



Use this 1970s powerpoint to help you design your album cover. When you click it, it will download to your computer. You should be able to see the download at the bottom left of your computer screen. If it doesn't work, you can also find it on BGFL 365 - Shared Files - 1970 psychedelic art.

Friday 10th July

Happy Friday everyone!

PE: Joe Wicks 5 minute workouts. Try this short HIIT workout – listen for the beeps!



Go to BGFL, shared files, ABBA Crack the Code. Find half of the numbers and use the chart to help you work out the letter. Then it should spell out the name of an ABBA song.


Topic: Make a poster about Sweden. You have researched all about where Sweden is, where to go, the food and famous Swedish people. Now you can put these together in a poster. Remember the success criteria of a poster:

  • Eye-catching! Lots of colour.
  • Needs to have lots of facts and interesting information
  • Pictures (with caption underneath)
  • Title (Sweden)
  • Sub-headings

You can create your poster on a piece of paper or on the computer. Here is mine:


PHSE: Helping others

Watch this clip:

Answers these questions:

  1. What was Gru’s problem?
  2. Describe how Gru felt at the beginning of the clip.
  3. Why did the Minions help Gru?
  4. Describe how Gru felt when the Minions helped him.


Activity: Go to BGFL, shared files, PHSE Helping Hands. Draw around your own hand on a piece of paper. In the middle of the hand write your problem or an uncomfortable, difficult or not so nice feeling.  It could be anything e.g. falling out with friends, missing school, having unkind messages sent to you online, loneliness.

Then on each finger write what could help you with the problem. This could be talking to someone you trust. Do you need to report the problem? Do you need to find some advice to help with the problem? Try and find 5 things that could help you.


Have a lovely weekend Year 3!

Thursday 9th July

Today's Activities are:


PE: Relax with some animal yoga:

Maths: Revision of Time. Telling and writing the time in analogue and digital. Can you tell me when these flights are leaving Stockholm? The first set you need to write the time in words e.g. twenty past 5. For the second set, can you write the digital times for the flight leaving times?

Here are some links if you need help with the topic of time:

Then go to BGFL, shared files, Stockholm Flight Times.


Topic: Research these famous Swedish people so you can add this to your poster tomorrow. – Zlatan Ibrahimović, Greta Thunberg, Ingrid Bergman, Bjӧrn Borg and Carl Linnaeus. Go to BGFL, shared files, Famous Swedish people and add your research notes to the table.

Remember to use safe search when researching on the internet:


History: Log in to Espresso using the username: student5033 and password: stjohns.

ABBA were around within living memory - the 1970's. To find out what was happening during the 1970's go to Key Stage 2 - History – 20th Century Archive (at the bottom of the page) – 1970s – Sport and Leisure. Watch the video called Virginia Wade wins Wimbledon and answer the comprehension questions of BGFL, shared files, Virginia Wade and Concorde.

Then go to Key Stage 2 - History – 20th Century Archive (at the bottom of the page) – 1970s –

Science and Technology and watch the video about Concorde. Then answer the comprehension questions on BGFL, shared files, History Key Events 1970s.

Wednesday 8th July


PE: Joe Wicks 5 minute workouts. Try this short HIIT workout – listen for the beeps!


PHSE: Sometimes the current situation can make us feel a bit down or frustrated as we can’t do everything we normally do. Write a letter to a family member you haven’t seen for a long time due to the lockdown to make them feel better. You could tell them about what you have been doing at home and what you are looking forward to most when lockdown is lifted. Go to BGFL, shared files, Lockdown letter example, for my example. Make it as bright and colourful as possible as this always lifts people’s spirits.


Maths: Grid references. Look at the map of Sweden on BGFL, shared files, Grid Reference Sweden. You will see all the major cities of Sweden but can you tell me where they are using a grid reference? Watch the videos to help you.


Topic: You are carrying on with compiling your research about Sweden. Today we are focusing on food. Go to BGFL, shared files, Swedish food where there are some pictures of Swedish foods. Can you find out what they are and write at least a sentence about each one. Use

Can you find any more popular Swedish foods and add them to the sheet?


English: Watch ABBA's performance of Waterloo at the 1974 Eurovision Song Competition Then go to BGFL, shared files, Waterloo and highlight the pairs of rhyming words in the lyrics (the words of a song).

Tuesday 7th July

ABBA week


Music: Yesterday, you found out amount the band Abba, who are from Sweden. Some of their songs are recorded in English, Swedish and French. Listen to ‘Waterloo’ in different languages below:




Now we’re going to listen to a different song very closely and listen out for different instruments in the song. The song we’re going to listen to today is Mamma Mia:

Find a file called: Tuesday 7th July Abba music lesson and complete the activity.


Maths: Can you use the information for the tall chart yesterday, to make a bar chat? Here is the complete tally chart below. Watch this video here to show you how to make a bar chart:


Go to your files and find the one called: Sweden fact file comprehension.









Monday 6th July


We are learning about ABBA this week!! Here is a picture of them:

This is one of my favourite weeks in school. It involves lots of music, dancing, art and research into a different era and country.


Do you notice that their haircuts and clothes are a bit different? That’s because this photo was taken of them in a different era (which means a certain period of time) so different clothes and hair styles were fashionable then.

Never heard of Abba? Click this link to find out more:

They are a world famous band that are from Sweden. They were famous in the 1970s which was 50 years ago, but their songs are still popular around the world today.

Have a listen to some snippets of their songs here:

These are some of the full songs that I know you will like:

Mamma Mia:

Dancing Queen:

Money, money, money:

English/Topic: We’re going to do some research about Sweden. Sweden is where the band Abba are from. Use Google Earth to find the country of Sweden. Follow this link if you don’t know how to do that:,17.37855454,302.17442287a,2789567.41470605d,35y,0h,0t,0r/data=CjgaDgoIL20vMDZteHMYAiABIiYKJAlAepY1bfNEQBF-DUCwUvNEQBmG44H4JPgoQCHhboD6xvYoQA

Can you research the answers to these questions?

What is the capital city?

What is the population?

What language do they speak?

Research these places on Google Earth:

-Molmo Castle

-Öresund Bridge

-Margareta Pavilion

Maths: We’re going to be looking at statistics this week. Watch this video to remind yourself about tally charts:

Then complete this quick quiz:

After that, find a file called ‘Monday 6th July tally charts’ and complete the activity.

Friday 3rd July


PE: Joe Wicks 5 minute workouts. Try this short HIIT workout – listen for the beeps!


Maths: Go to BGFL, Calculating Perimeter. For these questions you need to use the inverse to calculate the missing length.

Inverse operations are opposite operations. Subtraction is the inverse of addition and division is the inverse of multiplication.


English/Topic: Watch Chapter 6 on the Year 3 St John’s Youtube channel.

Then go to BGFL, shared files, Spartacus Subordinating Conjunctions. I want you to complete the sentences using one of the subordinating conjunctions and then add detail. The main clauses are based upon the events in Chapter 6 of Spartacus.

e.g. The Romans were sleeping (main clause) when (subordinate conjunction) the rebels surprised them (subordinate clause).


Computing/Art – Dress a Roman soldier using this step by step program

Then draw your own Roman soldier – don’t forget all the pieces of clothing. Use the computer program to help you. Upload a copy to your BGFL my files. With your design you need to think about appropriate colours and how the soldier would protect themselves during battle.


Music: Carrying on with our mythical creature. Go to Scroll down to Week 9 and click on this video.

Today you are going to focus on writing a story about your mythical creature (the creature you drew yesterday). You need to follow the video and then think about a problem for your creature. Could it be in danger? Could it be lost? Could it have woken up 100 times larger than yesterday? Use the ideas on the video.

Thursday 2nd July - Good morning everyone!

Don't forget to read your books on Reading Planet.


PE: Joe Wicks 5 minute workouts. Try this short HIIT workout – listen for the beeps!


English: Subordinating Conjunctions.

Learn about conjunctions through these videos and activities. Go to BGFL, shared files, Subordinating conjunctions.

Conjunctions are joining words. They are used to join clauses together. A main clause is a group of words that have a subject and a verb.

For example: The windows (subject) rattled (verb).

Joining some clauses together can make your writing easier and more enjoyable to read.

For example: Kim wanted to go inside the haunted house but the other children were too scared.

In this example, two short clauses have been joined together by the word 'but' to make a longer sentence.

Complex sentences - A complex sentence is made up of a main clause and a subordinate clause.

A subordinate clause is a group of words that add more information to a main clause, but do not make sense on their own.

For example: The children went into the haunted house, although they felt scared.

In this sentence, there is a main clause ('the children went into the haunted house') and a subordinate clause ('although they felt scared').

The main clause makes sense on its own, but the subordinate clause needs to be with the main clause in order for it to make sense.


Go to: Espresso –-Key Stage 2 –English – English Grammar – conjunctions and clauses

Read the information about Hadrian’s wall by clicking on this link:

If you go to view tab and then click immersive reader and the play triangle at the bottom of the page. This will then read the facts to you!

Then go to BGFL, shared files, English Hadrian’s Wall Conjunctions and match the main clause with the subordinate clause. Read the sentence to check it makes sense with the subordinate conjunction.



Finding the perimeter. Go to BGFL, shared files, Perimeter Thursday. Answer the questions first,then on a separate piece of paper, use a ruler to draw as many rectangles as you can with a perimeter of 20cm.



Learn about Mason Bates’ A Bao A Qu from his Anthology of Fantastic Zoology! Author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay explores how his music can inspire creative ideas and powerful pictures in our imaginations. Go to Scroll down to Week nine and watch this video:

 Imagine your very own mythical creature and story alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra. What does your character look like? How do they move? What problems do they face? Now draw your character and upload a photo of it on the BGFL, my files.





Maths: We’re continuing with perimeter today. Please find the file called: Wednesday 1st July perimeter


English: You started using book creator yesterday to make your own comic book version of the story. Click here to log in again and continue your story: If you have not logged in before then watch this video to help you:

We can’t wait to read your finished stories! We will share your books in teams (If you don’t mind) and we’re hoping to give out some golden stickers.


Music: Today you are going to learn about ‘pulse’. Click this link: Then, click on ‘Start Lesson’.

The lady who is teaching the lesson plays in an orchestra called Kaleidoscope. Click this link to watch the orchestra play some music that you might recognise: Can you clap the pulse of the music?

Tuesday 30th June 


Maths: Find the file called: Tuesday 30th June perimeter’ and complete the task

English: Think back to the beginning of the story. Can you remember what happened from the start? If you can’t remember then go to the year 3 Youtube channel and listen to the story being read by Mrs Kirby and Mrs Smith here: Then we are going to create a virtual Spartacus book using book creator here: You are going to use book creator to create your own comic strip version of the story. Follow this link to a video to show you how it works:

Use this code when you log in: 6CRP5FZ

Continue the story up until this page. We will complete the rest tomorrow.

Topic: We know all about Greek Gods but the Romans also worshipped gods too. Take a look at this website: Can you find out about the different Gods and Goddesses? Choose your favourite one to draw and write a fact file about them. My favourite God is Neptune!

Monday 29th June  

Good morning Year 3! I hope you had a lovely weekend. 

Exercise: Start your week with Go Bananas


Maths: We are learning about perimeter this week. Follow this link to espresso to find out more:

Then follow this link to practise making some shapes and working out the perimeter:


English: Click here for the final instalment of the Spartacus story: Now find a file called Monday 29th June final chapters to complete your activity for today.


RE: We know about the Christian story of creation, the Hindu story of creation and today we’re going to find out about the Muslim story of creation. Watch this video about Muhammad and the Ants:

Think about these questions:

Do you have to be a Muslim to learn something from this story? What is Muhammad teaching us about how we should treat animals? What do Muslims believe about looking after animals? Why is it important to treat all living creatures with respect?

All of the creation stories that we have found out about teach people to look after the world we live in.

This clip here shows how chopping down trees for palm oil can destroy the homes of orangutans. It’s a bit sad! Can you make a poster to stop people chopping down trees? To try and save the forests for the orangutans?

Friday 26th June

Happy Friday to you year 3!


PE: This song is as bright as the sunshine!


English: Active Reading - Go to the Year 3 St John’s Youtube channel and watch me reading chapter 5 of Spartacus. Then go to BGFL, shared files, Active Reading Chapter 5 and read the extract. Use your active reading skills to analyse the extract. Remember your active reading skills are: Word Zap - Work out the meanings of the vocabulary. Can you use synonyms (different words with the same meaning), Visualisation - Draw a picture with all the parts of the story mentioned, Prediction - tell me what will happen next in the story.


Maths/Art: Kandinsky was a famous Russian painter who created art using shapes and lines. Go to BGFL, shared files, Art lines where you will see lots of examples of what I am looking for.

Activity - Create a piece of art showing parallel and perpendicular lines. You must use a ruler or something with a straight edge!


Topic: Research one of the Roman ruins that were on the map from Wednesday You can choose from: Hadrian’s wall, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Roman Baths, Caerleon. Present your research as a spider diagram. Go to BGFL, shared files, Londinium Spider diagram for my example based upon yesterday’s comprehension task. Remember to use safe search


Spelling: Go to BGFL, shared files, Spelling Fri. We are going to practice some of the Year 3 and 4 spellings that are spelt in a similar way. Listen to the spellings. Write them down. Then check them; don't cheat! You can use the online dictionary: or ask an adult to help you. For any you found tricky use a spelling strategy to help you remember the correct spelling for next time.

Thursday 25th June

Good morning!


PE: Follow the actions in this Just Dance


English: Today write your own double - ly sentences. Go to BGFL, shared files, Thurs Double ly sentences. Using this page from Spartacus, I would like you to write your own double –ly sentences. Read the extract first. Ask yourself what is happening at this point in the story. Read a sentence at a time and find the verb in the sentence

e.g. The rebel army charged into the wall of Romans.

Now improve the sentence and add two adverbs to make it a double –ly sentence.

e.g. Quickly and angrily, the rebel army charged into the wall of Romans.


Like yesterday, think about how an army would move? Which adverbs make sense? Quietly? Quickly? Slowly? Refresh your memory by going back to yesterday’s lesson to see how we build the sentence step by step. You can use the sentences from this extract. You may need to change the wording slightly to make sense.   Use the adverbs to describe movement from Tuesday here on the learning links.


Maths: Watch the video on parallel and perpendicular lines:

This shows you how to mark pairs of parallel lines. Answer the questions on BGFL, shared files, parallel and perpendicular lines Thursday. You need to stop the video half way. You need to use the drawing tool to complete the questions.


Spanish: Numbers – Can you read the Spanish and work out the numbers? Write them next to each question. Then, to really work those brain cells try the Spanish maths questions! To remind yourself of how to say numbers in Spanish, go to


Topic: Londinium was a Roman town that we now call London. Read the information about Londinium and then answer the comprehension questions. Go to BGFL, shared files, Londinium comprehension.

Wednesday 24th June

Hello Year 3!

PE: Go Noodle, Clap it out. Get fit and sing along:


Maths: Continue to learn about parallel and perpendicular lines. Watch these videos on parallel and perpendicular lines. (this video has lots of useful examples)

 There are lots of good examples to help your understanding. Then look at the questions on BGFL, shared files, Lines Wednesday.


English: Today we are going to write double -ly sentences. We did this before when we wrote about Theseus and the Minotaur. We are going to describe the part in the story where Spartacus and the rebels march across the Apennines. This is in chapter 4. Watch Mrs Kirby reading this chapter on the St John's Year 3 Youtube channel first. Then go to BGFL, shared files, English Wed Double ly. Looking at the extract, you need to highlight the verbs and the adverbs in my sentence before building your own sentences step by step. Follow the steps to add a verb and two adverbs in the highlighted spaces to create your sentence.


Topic:  Go to BGFL, shared files, Roman towns and ruins. I have identified Roman remains that still exist today on the map for you. You need to show me where the Roman towns are on the map. Using the drawing tool, draw a line from the name of the town to the blue square to show where it is. Use the internet to research maps and where the places are or you can go to BGFL, shared files, Map of British Isles (this map is not perfect as it is a scanned version).


Spanish: Go to BGFL, shared files, Spanish numbers 2. Look at the objects down the side. Count them and write the number in Spanish on the left hand side. Draw a line using drawing tool to join then writing with the amount of objects. Then record yourself saying the number in Spanish. I have given you an example to help.

Tuesday 23rd June

Good morning Year 3!

Maths: We are learning about parallel and perpendicular lines this week. Find the activity called: ‘Tuesday 23rd June maths’ in your files to see if you can spot the parallel and perpendicular lines.

English: We’re going to be learning about adverbs today. Watch this video to help you: Then we’re going to think about adverbs that could be used to describe how the rebel army would have marched across the Apennines. We will use these words to build sentences tomorrow. Go to files and find: Tuesday 23rd June adverbs.


Spelling: Find the file called ‘Spelling dictation Tuesday 23rd June’

Topic: Let’s find out about the battle of Boudicca!  Follow this link:  Go to your files and find the activity called ‘Tuesday 23rd June postcard from Beretta’.

Monday 22nd June

Hello Year 3!

Maths: We are learning about parallel and perpendicular lines this week. Watch the video on Espresso called Parallel Line and then one called Perpendicular lines:

Then you will need some dried spaghetti or some pens to help you with today’s activity. You will need to get a handful of pens, dried spaghetti or straws in your hand, then close your eyes and throw them into the air. When they land on the table or floor (make sure the lids are on the pens!) see if you can spot any parallel or perpendicular lines.


You can also have a go at placing the spaghetti down to make a pattern with parallel and perpendicular lines. I’ve marked on the picture where I have spotted some of the parallel and perpendicular lines.

English: Follow this link for the next chapter of the story:

Then find the file called ‘Monday 22nd June comprehension’.

Spelling: We’re going to look more closely at ‘ou’ and how it can make different sounds in different words. Go to the file called Monday 22nd June spellings.

Computing: I have really enjoyed building my own Minecraft design. Follow this link here: to have a go at using your coding skills to design your own Minecraft. Watch the videos on screen to help you.

Friday 19th June

Good morning year 3!

Today's activities are:


PE: Dance with the Supermovers. Go to and dance along whilst reciting the 8 times table. Then go to J2blast on BGFL and practice the 8 tmes tables. There is a video on the Year 3 St John's Youtube channel to show you where to go.


Maths: You have been doing some great work on symmetry this week. There are some questions on BGFL, shared files, Symmetry Friday. There are videos on Espresso to help you. Go to Key stage 2 tab - Maths - Symmetry (lower).

English: Using the speech from Wednesday you are going to write a play for Chapter 3 of Spartacus. You need to re-watch Mrs Kirby's video on Youtube where she reads the chapter. Then go to BGFL, shared files, Spartacus play script. Watch the video I have made on the St John's Year 3 youtube channel called Friday Writing Spartacus Play Script as this tells you what I am looking for. You need to add stage directions, speech, character names into the play script I have started for you.

Computing: Online safety is really important especially as we are spending more time online whilst at home. Go to Espresso where there are activities and quizzes. Go to:
Key Stage 2 tab - Computing - Online safety - Activities.

Then go to the BGFL, shared files, Online safety where I would like you to look at each situation and write the right choices to make and the wrong choices to make in each instance.


Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday 18th June

Good morning year 3!

Have you made a video for Flipgrid yet? It would be great to see what you have been doing at home. 


PE: The Football Premier League is due to start soon. Many of you will be looking forward to watching the football on TV even though we still can't go and see it live in stadiums. Practice your football moves with these videos and then join the international football players to practice your Spanish. Listen out for their pronunciation.

Have a go at all 3 videos, they are approximately 10 minutes long in total.

Warm Up:

Ready for the main event:

Spanish Greetings: recap from last week and get fit at the same time:


English: You have been doing some great work on speech marks. Today go to BGFL, shared files, play scripts and look at the different way speech is represented in a play script. A play script is a piece of writing written for the stage. Join lines using the drawing tool to show where each play script feature is.


Maths: Go to BGFL, shared files, Symmetry Thurs. Look at the shapes and sort them into the Venn diagram. Do they have a horizontal (line which goes across) line of symmetry or a vertical (line goes down) line of symmetry? Maybe the shape has both? There are then some links to games about symmetry at the bottom of the page. 


Topic/Art: Go to the St John's Year 3 Youtube channel. Watch my video about Roman Art. Then go to BGFL, shared files, Roman Art and sculpture and sort the busts into Greek and Roman Art. Then I would like to complete the comparative sentence at the bottom of the page.


Wednesday 17th June

Good morning Year 3!

Maths: Today we’ll be learning about that some shapes have no lines of symmetry but some can have infinite lines of symmetry. Click here to watch a video to help you: You will need to log in to espresso to watch it. The details are in your file for today. Please find the file called ‘Wednesday 17th June lines of symmetry in shapes’

English: Please fine the file called ‘Wednesday 17th June using speech marks’ for your activity today.

Reading: Please visit Reading Planet and read the books that have been set by your teacher. Don’t forget to answer the quiz questions too! Reading Planet: Watch this video if you haven’t logged in yet:

Topic: Let’s find out more about Roman Life. Watch this video on espresso: Can you design your own Roman town? Or you could research some Roman food recipes and write a Roman recipe.

Tuesday 16th June

Good morning year 3!

Maths: More symmetry today! We’re going to be looking at lines of symmetry today. Click here to watch a video to help you: The log in details are on the file for today’s work. Please go to your files and find the one called ‘Tuesday 16th June lines of symmetry’.

English: Today we are editing speech marks from chapter 3 of the Spartacus story. Go to your files and find the one called ‘Tuesday 16th June editing speech marks’.

Topic/Art: We’re going to learn about Roman mosaics. Find out more about them here:

Then go to this website where you can make your own online version of a mosaic! Here is the one I made:

Have you noticed that my pattern is symmetrical? How many lines of symmetry do you think it has? Can you make your mosaic symmetrical?

Monday 15th June

Good morning year 3. We hope you had a lovely weekend! 

Maths: We’re going to be learning about symmetry this week. Click here to watch a video on espresso to help you with symmetry first. You will need to log in to espresso to see the correct page. The log in details will be on the document that has your activity too. Go to your files and find the document called: ‘Monday 15th June symmetry’

English: Please follow this link to watch the next instalment of the Spartacus story! Then go to the file called Monday 15th June Spartacus comprehension to answer some questions about the story.

RE: We explored the wonderful world around us and how Christians believe the world was created. Now let’s learn about the Hindu story of creation: You will need to log in to espresso. Think about the things that are the same or different between the two creation stories that we have learnt about so far.

Friday 12th June

We have got through another week. Well done! Keep up the good work!

Unfortunately, some children are not remembering our golden rule when they are online. Please make sure you are treating others with respect online.


Today's activities are:


PE – Zoom to the Moon with Oti Mabusse:


English – You are now the author! Watch the Youtube videos of Mrs Kirby reading Spartacus again and decide if you were the author what would happen next. Think about what twists and turns happen in your favourite books? If it is boring people won’t want to carry on reading the story. Brainstorm some exciting ideas before you begin writing. Make sure you include some great character descriptions, just like you have this week and we love exciting and imaginative adjectives! Your imagination is wonderful, use it and create an amazing next chapter!


Maths – Create your own Venn diagram. You could draw round a bowl or mug to create a circle at home. You can also use Jit5 or J2e to create  circles for your Venn diagram. Then decide how you are going to sort the 3D shapes.

Here is an example of the 3D shapes and Venn diagram you could use.

Challenge: Using craft materials such as playdoh, blu tack, straws or lollypop sticks can you make a 3D shape?


Spelling: Go to J2e blast on BGFL and practice the /igh/ sound.

Click on spellblaster:

Click on the click here button:


Choose the shared tab and then the /igh/ sound list:


Spanish - Numbers

Go to BGFL, shared files, Spanish numbers. Today listen to the instructions on the page and say the numbers aloud. Then you can put these into sentences.


Have a lovely weekend year 3!

Thursday 11th June

Good morning year 3. Today's activities are:

PE – Roman Workout. Learn some facts about the Romans whilst keeping fit and healthy.


English – Spartacus: Using your retell of the story and speech bubbles from yesterday, write a paragraph from the story. Make sure you add speech marks and start a new line every time someone new speaks. You can choose which part of the story you retell.


Maths – Sorting 3D shapes: Go to

You don’t have to register, you can just click start game.

Make your own Venn diagram by choosing different options:

Drag the 3D shapes onto the Venn diagram to sort them. Once you have finished, press check and it will tell you if you are correct! You can mix and match different ways of sorting the shapes. Take a screenshot or picture and add it to your files on BGFL.


Spelling: Today we are continuing to revise the /igh/ sound i, i-e –igh, -y, -ie. Go to BGFL, shared files, Spelling i Thursday. Listen to the word and write it in the correct column.


Spanish – Greetings and Feelings: Listen to the instructions on the sheet. Go to BGFL, shared files, Spanish Greetings and Feelings. Listen to my pronunciation and read the words aloud. Try to work out what each phrase means. Write the words in Spanish and then draw a picture to help you remember.

Wednesday 10th June

Good morning. Today's activities are:

PE/Drama – Many of you may have seen the film Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans. Today you can learn some of the dance moves from the film:


EnglishGo to BGFL, shared files, Spartacus 1. Using the pictures to help you, retell the story of Spartacus. You can write your retell or record it.  

Next,  add speech to the pictures. There are 7 of them across two pages. Look at the example to help you. You can type next to the pictures, then go to the shape icon at the top of the page. A panel on the right will appear. Scroll down and choose the speech bubble. Drag the speech bubble over your writing. You can change it using the purple and pink squares.


Maths –  3D shapes. Watch this introduction to 3D shapes on Espresso: Log in details: 

Username: student5033

Password: stjohns

Then go to BGFL, shared files, 3D shapes 1 and try the activities.


Spelling: We are revising the  /igh/ sound. Today we are looking at the these ways of spelling it: i, i-e –igh, -y, -ie. Use the pictures to complete the spellings. Go to BGFL, shared files, spelling 1.


Spanish – Speaking Spanish is a valuable part of learning Spanish. Go to BGFL, shared files, Spanish Vowel sounds. Listen to my instructions and practice saying the sounds out loud.

Tuesday 9th June

Exercise: This is one of my favourite Go Noodle dances:

Maths: We’re learning all about shape this week. Go to my files and find the activity called ‘Tuesday 9th June 2D shapes and polygons’

English: We listened to the story of Spartacus, a soldier who had escaped from his army but had been captured and sold to someone to be their slave. Let’s read the rest of the story together, listen here: . This time I’ll show you the illustrations. Where your visualisations from yesterday accurate? We are going to complete a character study of Spartacus. Find the file called ‘Tuesday 9th June Spartacus character study’ to find your activity for today.

Topic: Click here for a video of a great lift the flap book all about being in the Roman Army, just like Spartacus was before he escaped and was forced to become a gladiator. Watch the video to also see how I have made my own lift the flap poster about the army. Can you make one too?

Monday 8th June

Happy Monday year 3. We hope you had a lovely weekend!

Exercise: Let’s get moving with a Just Dance:


Maths: We’re learning all about shape this week. Go to my files and find the activity called ‘Monday 8th June 2D shapes’. The activity will tell you which videos you need to watch on espresso first.


English: Click this link here to find out about a story that we will be learning about this week: . Once you have watched it, go to your files and find the one called ‘Monday 8th June English Spartacus story’. We’re going to do some word zapping and visualising from the story so far.


Reading: Make sure you log onto reading planet and read the books that have been set by your teacher.


RE: We’re going to be thinking about what different faiths believe about the creation story. First we’re going to think about: what do Christians learn from the Creation story? Go to your files and find the one called ‘Monday 8th June RE’

Friday 5th June

Good morning Year 3!

PE - Mr Hudson-Evans has put a link to some challenges on the PE learning links page on the St John's website. You can then record your results in a virtual competition. Click on School Games Challenge Portal:


School Games Challenge Portal

The School Games are a national initiative from the London 2012 Olympics. It is a free opportunity for young people to engage in physical activity and competitive sport. Many of our children at St John's have taken part in the Birmingham School Games competitions (and have done incredibly well!). For more information on the School Games please visit or speak to Mr Hudson-Evans in school about it.


Since we've been learning at home, some of you have completed the challenges I have set on the school YouTube page (click here), such as "The Sock Throw Challenge"!

The Birmingham School Games Organisers have now created an online portal, where you can have a go at lots of different activities and challenges and log your results in a league table!


If you have access to the internet, then parents and children can sign up at and follow the simple instructions to register. If you don't have access to the internet, you can still log your results and tell them to your teacher when they call, who can pass them on to Mr Hudson-Evans. Each School Games area has a unique code for registering - our unique code is "central". Please type this in when you sign up!


The challenges are set every week, and finish on a Sunday. When the challenge for that week is completed, the top 5 in each year group for each challenge will be emailed a "virtual" School Games badge! This is normally what we win at School Games competitions! The School Games Organiser (SGO) for Birmingham, and 'Sport Birmingham' may wish to share this result on twitter - if you have opted to remain anonymous when registering, then your information will not be shared. 


This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself with some physical activity! We hope you (and your parents!) enjoy taking part in the challenges. We can't wait to see your results and celebrate your success.


Mr Hudson-Evans


Maths – Continue with your learning about Roman numerals. Go to BGFL, shared files, Maths Roman numerals match. You need to draw a line to match the numbers and the Roman numerals. The purple highlighted ones are tricky so listen to my tips to help you.


English/Topic – Watch the powerpoint about Roman houses. Go to BGFL, shared files, Roman houses information powerpoint. Draw or make your own Roman house. You can use pens, pencils, Jit5, modelling materials, old cereal boxes....the choice is yours! Will it be for someone rich or poor? Then write use some persuasive sentences to convince me to buy it! Remember to include a bossy verb, two adjectives and a conjunction.


Spellings – The long /a/ sound. Here are some more different ways of writing the long /a/ sound.  Using the pictures to help you, complete the words choosing the correct digraph. Go to BGFL, shared files, Spelling long a sound 2.


Have a lovely weekend. We miss you all.

Thursday 4th June

Good morning!

Today's activities are:

Spelling: The long /a/ sound. There are different ways of writing the long /a/ sound.  Using the pictures to help you, complete the words choosing the correct digraph. Go to BGFL, shared files, Spelling long a sound.


Maths – Roman numerals are often on watches and clocks today. Can you work out the hour each clock is showing? Go to BGFL, Shared files, Time Roman numerals.

Extra: Make your own Roman numeral clock or watch.


English/Topic – Persuasive sentences. Tomorrow you are going to design/make your own Roman house. You need to persuade someone to buy it, so today look at these persuasive sentences I have written about my Roman villa.

Go to BGFL, shared files, English Roman Villa Persuasion.

Highlight the adjectives (blue), bossy verbs (pink), conjunctions (green)

You should buy this beautiful, new villa because it is in a popular location.

You must relax in this desirable, attractive villa because it has new hypocaust heating.

You need to admire the detailed, handmade mosaic floors when hosting amazing feasts and banquets.

You could enjoy fresh, delicious food cooked by slaves because you will have your own farm.

You have to buy this amazing, luxurious villa so everyone will know how rich you are!


PE – Move at Home Roman Workout – Learn about the Romans whilst getting some exercise!



Wednesday 3rd June

Good morning year 3!

Daily exercise:

Maths: The Romans brought many brilliant things to Britain when they invaded. One of them was Roman numerals, which you will still see around today. Follow this link to Roman Numerals on espresso: Go to the videos to learn about Roman Numerals and then go to activities and do the Roman Numeral snap game. Let us know your score!

English and Topic: Yesterday, you collected research notes about Roman life. Today I’d like you to make a leaflet to explain to someone else about what you have found out. Take a look at my example here:

You can complete this on paper or do a Powerpoint to show what you now know about the Romans.  

Spelling: Spellings on J2blast to practise the /ee/ family.

Tuesday 2nd June

Good morning year 3!

Daily exercise:

Maths: Another addition quiz for you. This time you need to do the addition number sentences to crack the code for the secret message. Go to My files and find the file named ‘Tuesday 2nd June code cracking addition’

English: Yesterday you found out more about how the Roman impacted how we like in Britain today. Watch this video here: Can you make spider diagrams for the for the subheadings below to help you create research notes. Take a look at my example here:


Research subheadings: The Roman Army, What is the Roman Empire?, How did the Romans live?

Spelling: The ‘ee’ sound family. Look for a file called 'Tuesday 2nd June spellings’ for today’s task.

Topic: You found out more about the Roman Empire in English. The gladiators were very poplar and rich people that were brilliant at fighting. Let’s find out more about a place called the Colosseum that was built in Ancient Roman times for gladiator fighting. The ruins can still be visited in Rome today. It's a fabulous place to visit.

Follow this link here: to read some information about the Colosseum. You can listen to someone else reading the information is you scroll to the bottom of the page. Then see if you can take the quiz about the Colosseum at the bottom of the page. If you want a challenge, make a fact file about the Colosseum too!

Monday 1st June

Good morning year 3, we hope you had a lovely half term break.

Daily exercise:

Maths: Today we’re going to do some addition puzzles to warm your brains up. It’s like a cross word with addition number sentences. Can you draw a bar model to show each addition? Go to My files and find the file called ‘Addition puzzle Monday 1st June’

English: Read this fact file here about Roman discoveries (you can watch the videos too) and see if you can answer the comprehension questions saved in My Files. It is called ‘Monday 1st June comprehension’. You will need to log into espresso. The log in details will be put in your class team if you have forgotten them.

Spelling: Alternative ways to spell the /i/ sound. Go to my files and find the file called ‘Spellings Monday 1st June’

Topic: The Romans brought many useful things to England when they invaded. One of those things was a language called Latin. Some words that we use today come from Latin words that the Romans spoke when they came to England. You will have read the fact file this morning that will have told you some information about the Latin words. Try this quiz here and see if you can match the Latin words to the English words:

Friday 22nd May

Today is the last day before the school holidays so there are some extra activities to keep you busy next week.



Please read your books on Reading Planet and answer your quiz questions.


English – Look at the picture from Escape from Pompeii. Write a conversation between Tranio and Livia using speech marks. Watch the video to remind yourself of the rules when using speech marks and check the success criteria on BGFL, shared files, Direct Speech Friday.


Maths – Now you are confident with fractions can you solve these worded problems? Go to BGFL, shared files, Fractions Friday. Watch out for the super challenge!


D&T Imperial Invaders

Choose a project from the following:

  • Design a weapon for a Roman soldier to use during the invasion of Britain.
  • Design and make a Roman outfit for a slave and/or a rich person.
  • Design a piece of Roman jewellery.
  • Make a 3D model of a Roman Villa or a Roman Fort.

You will need to do some research before you start your project. Use safe search to search for websites to help you:

Also look at:

Remember you can use Espresso too.


Computing: Build a Roman Fort online (you need flash for this website)


Holiday Homework activities

Take the non-screen challenge. Here are 50 activities that do not need a laptop to try over the holidays. You can choose to complete 1 or up to 50, it’s up to you!


Have a break. You have been amazing! Mrs Smith and Mrs Kirby are proud of each and every one of you. 

Thursday 21st May

Good morning Year 3!


Reading Please read your books on Reading Planet and answer your quiz questions.


English -  Today please practise using speech marks to show direct speech. Go to BGFL, shared files,   Speech Marks Thursday. You can just circle the correct answers.


Maths – Go to BGFL, shared files, Thursday Adding fractions. Remember when the denominator is the same you add the numerators together. See the examples to help.


Spanish – Go to BGFL, shared files, Spanish Animals Thursday. Complete the wordsearch!


Spelling – pick 5 spellings from the list that you struggle with. Be honest! Now for each word draw a picture or make a rhyme or mnemonic to help you remember it e.g. because: big elephants can always understand small elephants. A way to remember whether separate is spelt separate or separate is a rat because there is a rat in the word separate!


Wednesday 20th May

Good morning! It’s going to be a hot day so make sure you drink lots of water and protect yourself from the sun if you are outside.

Reading: Please read your books on Reading Planet and answer your quiz questions.


English - Apostrophes

Write sentences using your apostrophe for possession knowledge from last week.


Maths - Fractions

Go to BGFL, shared files, Fractions Wednesday. Today we are looking at fractions of amounts. Then you need to decide which is the bigger fraction. Draw it out to help you, just like the fractions yesterday.


Spanish – Go to BGFL, shared files, Spanish Wednesday. Listen to the Old Macdonald had a farm in Spanish. Then match the picture to the animal.


Spelling - Go to BGFL, shared files, Spelling 6. Be the teacher and find the incorrect word. Make sure you read the sentence to check it makes sense!

Tuesday 19th May

Good morning year 3! 

Maths: Today we’re looking at equivalent fractions. Watch the video here first:

Then, have a go at solving the questions in your files. The file is called Tuesday 19th May equivalent fractions. 


English/ topic: Today you will be finding out about the armour that the Roman soldiers wore. The Roman army was powerful and strong. They took over many European counties to form the Roman Empire. Go to My Files and find the activity called Tuesday 19th May Roman soldiers


Spelling: Go on j2blast to practise our contraction spellings. Watch this video here to show you how to go on it and how to save your score:


Topic: You found out about the armour that the Roman soldiers wore in English today. Go to My Files and find the activity called Tuesday 19th May label the Roman soldier. See if you can label the different parts of armour and write a bit about it. If you want a challenge, have a go at designing your own Roman shield. You could make it if you have the equipment at home.


Monday 18th May

Maths: For the next week we are focusing on fractions. Watch this lesson to remind yourself about fractions:

Then have a go at these questions on paper or on J2e5. I have also saved these questions in My Files called ‘Fractions Monday 18th May’


English/Topic: Our new topic is called ‘Imperial Invader’. Let’s word zap those 2 words and find out what they mean.

Imperial: means people or things that are connected to an empire

Invaders: mean soldier that are invading (attacking) a country

Empire: An empire is a number of individual nations that are all controlled by the government or ruler of one particular country.

We’re going to focus on what modern day Rome is like before we travel back in time and learn about The Roman Empire. Go to Google Earth here:,0,0a,22251752.77375655d,35y,0h,0t,0r and search for Rome.

Can you answer these questions?

Where is Rome?

What language do people speak?

How many people live there?

Is it a village, town or city?

What continent is it in?

Search for these places on Google Earth. Don’t forget to drop and drag the person onto these locations so that you can see what they are like:


St Peter’s Basilica

The Trevi Fountain

Can you make research notes about each place you visited?

Reading: Please read your books on Reading Planet and answer your quiz questions.

Spelling: Please practise contractions here:

Topic: Find out more about who the Romans were and how they built the Roman Empire:

You will need to log into espresso with the school log in details. Ask on teams if you have forgotten them.

After that, go to My Files and click on the activity called Monday 18th May topic timeline.

Friday 15th May Good Morning Year 3!


****NEW****Reading – Log on to Reading Planet. Read a book today and answer the quiz questions

You need to use your log in number (e.g 699) and your usual password (the same password you use for BGFL) to access the online books. You will also have to put in the ‘centre ID’ when you log in which is: 199591. There is a quiz after each book so you can practise your comprehension skills too. If you get stuck please message your teacher on Teams or by email.



In English, we are looking at determiners a and an. Be careful, you have to listen for the first sound, not just the letter. Go to BGFL, shared files, A or an.



Be the teacher and correct the spellings. Go to BGFL, shared files, Spelling 5. Make sure you re-read the sentence to check your new spelling/word makes sense.



Go to BGFL, shared files, Estimating money Problems. Here are some problems for you. Take them step by step. I have recorded the example to help you.



Can you think of 3 good things that have happened this week? Go to BGFL, shared files PHSE 3 Good Things for my example.



Go to this website:


Click on the face pictures on the left and it will say and show you the word for each part of the face. Make sure you have your volume up on your laptop or Ipad! Once you have listened and learnt these Spanish words can you draw a face (you can use Jit5 or paper) and label each part of the face with the correct Spanish word. Make sure you include the correct gender for each word. This is the little word before - el or la. It means 'the', but in Spanish they have two words for 'the'.


Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday 14th May

****NEW****Reading – Log on to Reading Planet. Read a book today and answer the quiz questions

You need to use your log in number (e.g 699) and your usual password (the same password you use for BGFL) to access the online books. You will also have to put in the ‘centre ID’ when you log in which is: 199591. There is a quiz after each book so you can practise your comprehension skills too. If you get stuck please message your teacher on Teams or by email.



Play this game to refresh your memory about nouns, verbs and adjectives:

Then go to BGFL, shared files, Sorting SPAG. You need to decide whether the word is a noun, adverb or adjective. On the next page, there are some problems where you have to use your knowledge of nouns, adjectives, adverbs. Remember a noun is a naming word, an object or a thing e.g. tree. Verbs are doing words e.g. run. Adjectives are describing words e.g tall tree. Adverbs describe how the verb is being done e.g. quickly ran.



Practise your Year 3/4 spellings using look, say, cover, write. Go to

Choose the Year 3&4 tab, Tricky words, Choose one of the Tricky tabs 1-9. Then press Go! You will be shown the word for a few seconds before it disappears. You have to say the word aloud then type the correct spelling in.


Spanish – Go to this website and watch this handwashing video:


Now translate these words and phrases:


están limpias



lavar ropa



Can you work out any of the other words in the video? Make a Spanish handwashing poster using the words and phrases in the videos to help you.



Estimating Money. Apply your knowledge of rounding and estimating to money. Go to BGFL, shared files, Rounding and Estimating Money. You need to round the prices first to the nearest pound before adding them together to get an estimated total. Then you can use column addition to check your estimate by adding the two prices together.



Jewish signs and symbols. Go to BGFL, shared files, Jewish symbols powerpoint. Read the powerpoint and then draw and label each of the Jewish signs and symbols.

Wednesday 13th may

Exercise: I love Go Noodle. Have a go at ‘Clap it Out’ here:

Maths: Go to ‘My Files’ and look for the activity called ‘Wednesday 13th May estimating’. You will be choosing accurate estimation number sentences to calculate tricky addition and subtraction. Complete the challenge too- we are always on the lookout for virtual golden stickers!

SPAG: Go to ‘My Files’ to find an activity called ‘Wednesday 13th May apostrophe questions

Spelling: Can you write a sentence for each of the words in the grid below?









Art: This video shows you how to do some really cool abstract art. You have to draw a picture of your face without taking your pencil off the page. It doesn’t matter if it looks a bit strange- that’s what abstract art is supposed to look like!

Tuesday 12th May

Maths: Go to My Files and find the activity called Tuesday 12th May estimating time. You are going to complete some tasks but you have to estimate how long you think it will take you first.

SPAG: In your ‘My Files’ look for the file called Tuesday 12th May SPAG apostrophe activity. Here you can practise what you found out about apostrophes yesterday.

Spelling: We are going to learn about the suffix ly.

SPELLING RULE 1: if a word ends in ‘le’ then you change it to ‘ly’

SPELLING RULE 2: if a word ends in ‘ic’ then ‘-ally’ is added rather than just ‘ly’






















Use this grid to add the suffix ‘ly’ to the root words. Don’t forget the spelling rules.


Art: Have a look at these pieces of art. They are abstract art. This is where colour, shape and lines are used to create a picture, but it is not supposed to show a picture of the real things that we see around us. Which one is your favourite? Can you spot the abstract portraits? A portrait means a picture of a person.Have a go at following these instructions to create your own abstract portrait of yourself or someone in your home. You can do this on paper or on J2e5.

Monday 11th May

Maths: We’re going to learning about estimating today. Go to Espresso, Key stage 2, Maths, Rounding and Estimating, videos. Today I would like you watch this videos to help you understand estimating:

There is a challenge question to have a go at in your My Files section. It’s called Maths estimation challenge Monday 11th May.

SPAG: This week we’re going to be focusing on SPAG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar)

Go to Espresso, Keys stage 2, English, grammar and punctuation, punctuation and then to Using apostrophes to show singular and plural possession. It looks like this:

Then have a go at doing the quizzes and the activity.

Spelling: We’re going to do some dictation today where we will practise some of the spellings we have been learning. Go to my files and look for Monday 11th May Spelling dictation.

Art: visit this link on espresso (you will need to log in) it tells you all about an abstract artist called Paul Klee. Abstract art is where colour, shape and lines are used to create a picture, but it is not supposed to show a picture of the real things that we see around us. I really like the picture called ‘Family Walk’ Which one is your favourite? Why do you like it? Can you have a go at drawing your own picture in the style of Paul Klee? It could be of your family walk or your family at home during this time.

Friday 8th May

Good morning Year 3. Today is a Bank Holiday so chill out and relax with Minecraft yoga:


Topic: History

Today is VE Day.

What is VE day?

VE day stands for victory in Europe and marks the end of the Second World War in Europe on the 8th May 1945. Although, this does not mark the end of the war, as the war continued in the Pacific against Japan and it officially ended in September. It is an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to joyously celebrate the arrival of peace in Europe. On this day 75 years ago millions of people took to the streets to celebrate peace, mourn their loved – ones and to hope for the future.

The Royal British Legion is calling on people across the UK to join in a moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May, the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, and pause for a Two Minute Silence. We will remember the members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy from many countries who gave their lives or returned home injured in body and mind, the hard-working women and men who operated the factories, mines, shipyards and farms, and ARP (air raid precaution) wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, fireman, local defence volunteers and others who worked day and night selflessly on the home front during difficult frightening and uncertain times.

You can watch Winston Churchill’s (Prime Minister) announcement here:

Look at the sources. What do they tell us about VE day? Go to the BGFL, shared file, VE day History.

Remember to enter the VE day bunting competition!



Rounding – Apply your knowledge of rounding to these problems. Go to BGFL, shared files, Rounding Problems 1. There is also a challenge on the last page!

If you are feeling confident you can also look at rounding with money for a challenge task. Go to BGFL, shared files, Rounding Money.



VE Day VIPERS comprehension. Read the extract (piece of writing) about memories from VE day and answer the questions on the next page. Go to BGFL, shared files, VE Day VIPERS Extract.



Whilst you are at home learning it is still important to stay safe online. Are you being responsible and safe? Remember if you wouldn't say it to someone's face, you shouldn't say it online. Be Ellie or Alfie and play the game answering the questions as you go to see how safe and responsible you are. Go to:


Have a lovely weekend. Stay Safe.

Thursday 7th May

Don't forget about reading for pleasure. Now we have a bit more time, maybe choose a longer book or re-read a favourite book. If you read a shorter book could you be the author and write the next chapter or a sequel (the book that would come next)? Enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts and try and get some fresh air.


Go to espresso (the link is on the school website under whole school links)

The login information is the same for the whole school:

Username: student5033 Password: stjohns

Click on Key Stage 2 - Choose English from the left hand side - scroll down and click on Poetry (lower) - click on videos - choose the colour activity video. Watch the video as an introduction to the activity and to show you how to write your own colour poem. Use the colour charts on BGFL Shared Files Colour Poem to help you and for an example. We are looking for super expanded noun phrases!



Rounding - measurement. Go to the BGFL shared files and try and complete as much as you can. There are problems on the second page too!


PHSE - Being thankful.

Go to BGFL, Shared Files, PHSE Thankful rocks.

Answer the questions to help you think about what you are thankful for and then find a stone or rock (smooth ones work better) and use pens or paints to decorate your rock with what you are thankful for. You can keep it by your bed to remind you of positive thoughts before you go to bed.



Go to BGFL, shared files, Hindu signs and symbols. Look at the symbols, watch the video and then there are some questions on the next page!


Keep going Year 3! We are really proud of you and have seen some excellent home learning! 


Wednesday 6th May

Good morning Year 3. Today we would like you to do:

10 minutes on Read Theory.

10 minutes on TT Rockstars.

15 minutes Dance lesson with Oti Mabusse. Learn a dance routine and improve your moves whilst dancing to Madagascar's I like to move it!


Haikus are a form of Japanese poetry. Go to BGFL shared files: Haiku where you will find instructions and videos to help you write your own haiku. Then I would like you to go to Jit5 and present your haiku with pictures and patterns. Click save in Jit5 so we can see your wonderful illustrated haikus (you can do it on a piece of paper too!)


Carry on with rounding. Go to BGFL shared files: Rounding 10 and 100 recap where you can use a number line to help you round. There are 3 pages with some problems at the end.


Make an information leaflet about how to look after plants.

Think about the work we did on 'looking after a pet' leaflet and when we looked at the 'Change for Life' leaflet.

Success criteria: Title, sub-headings, facts, eye-catching, persuasive language, captions, full stops, capital letters.

Think about: What does a plant need? Do different plants need different habitats?

                     What are the parts of a plant and what are their functions?

                     Have you grown any plants from seed? What did you notice? What did you need?

                     Fascinating facts - what is the tallest/oldest living plant (not flower!) Include its name, height, the country it is from.

You do not have to include all of these, they are just ideas to help you.

You can make your leaflet on paper if it is easier. Then just take a photo and send it to us.


With VE day on Friday you could listen to some music from the 1940's. Dancing was a popular hobby and so music was really important to people.

Glenn Miller was an American musician at the time. He played the trombone, however, he went missing during the war in 1944. He was a big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. During World War II, he led bands in the U.S. Army. Watch and listen to this clip:

Questions to think about whilst you are listening:

Is it fast or slow?

If you were asked to describe swing music how would you describe it after listening to this piece?

Close your eyes whilst listening to it and transport yourself back in time.

You can go to BGFL shared files VE music for more detailed questions.


Remember there are lots of things to do on the Whole School learning links page too.


Tuesday 5th May

Good morning year 3! Today’s exercise is something more chilled and relaxing. Have a go at this:


More rounding today. Remember the rules:

  1. If you’re rounding to the nearest 10, look at the ones. If the ones are 1, 2, 3, or 4 round down to the 10 before. If the ones are 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 round up high.
  2. When rounding to the nearest 100, you need to look at the tens; the same rule applies. If the tens are 1, 2, 3, or 4 round down to the 100 before. If the tens are 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 round up high.

Go to espresso from the learning link page. Then go to KS2- Maths- Estimating and Rounding- Activities.


Yesterday, you had a go at editing some descriptive sentences about an animal coming out of the boy’s black hat. I have written up my description of walking through the forest and finding the black hat. Then, the creatures emerge from the hat. Can you go and mark my work as if you are the teacher? It is saved in your shared files (Tuesday 5th May mark my work). Once you have done that, have a go at writing your own description of walking in the wood and discovering the hat. Then your magical creature will emerge from the hat. Don’t forget to include a show not tell sentence at the end. Remember your cursive handwriting. Mrs Smith and I will be looking for golden sticker work.


Continue with you cloud spotting this week.


Follow this link: and practise your coding skills by moving the dragon around the game.

Monday 4th May

Good morning year 3! Today’s exercise is something more chilled and relaxing. Have a go at this:


This week we are moving onto rounding. Watch this clip to help you understand rounding:

Then have a go at this game:

Try this level:



















Look at the words above and try and add any suffixes you know to these root words. These are the suffixes that we have learnt: -ed, -ing, -s, -es, -ness, -ful, -less and –ly. Remember these rules when adding suffixes to a root word:

  1. A short vowel means you double the consonant
  2. If the root word ends in ‘-e’ then your drop the ‘-e’ when adding a suffix beginning with a vowel letter.

e.g. hope, hoping, hopes, hoped, hopeful



So far you have thought of your own mystical creature that could emerge (posh word form come out) from the boy’s black hat. You have had a go at building up some amazing sentences with fronted adverbials, prepositions, adverbs, alliteration and adjectives in to help you describe your creature. In your shared files there is an activity called ‘Monday 4th May English’ for you to complete. Can you improve the sentences by adding in all the things we have been practising?


We’re going to get cloud spotting this week!

Read about the different types of clouds here:

There are 10 different types of clouds! This week, check which type of clouds you can see. Check in the morning and then after your lunch. Put a tick by the side of the type of clouds that you can see throughout the week.

Friday 1st May

Good morning year 3! Today is the first of the month. How many days were in April? How many are in May? If I was writing the short date, what number do I use to represent May? Watch this video and practise the knuckle trick on your hands.



Today we are looking at preposition. Preposition tells you where an object (noun) is. For example, under the tree, the cat slept soundly. Look at the BGFL shared file: Prepositions.

Lots of you have expanded noun phrases from yesterday. Now add a preposition to the beginning of your sentence. Follow the structure of my sentence. Yes it is also a fronted adverbial!



Watch these videos about the seasons in Spanish. Create a poster with pictures showing how the weather and nature change as the seasons change. I want to see Spanish phrases and labels. For example, what do the trees look like in summer, what is the weather like?


Spelling Be the teacher and correct the spellings. Go to shared files: Spelling 4



On BGFL there are three levels of challenge for you. Choose your level of challenge green = mild, orange = hot, red = extra hot! Read the question carefully. You have to decide whether it is a multiplication or division problem. Use the bar model to help you work these problems out. The shared files on BGFL are called Word Problems Green Chilli, Word Problems Orange Chilli, Word Problems Red Chilli.

There is a Super Challenge for those of you who are brave enough! The shared file on BGFL is called Super Challenge. Again, take it slow and read the question. These questions need you to do several number calculations or think logically before you get to the final answer. Think step by step…you can do this!


Science: Plants

We are continuing to look at light and shadows. Go to the shared file, Light and Shadows. On page 3 answer the questions about how the shadow changes throughout the day. If there is some sunshine today or over the weekend you can complete the table on page 4 showing how shadows change at different times of the day.

Shadows can also be formed inside using a dark room and a torch. Watch this video which tells a story using shadow theatre. Each shadow is formed by people changing and moving their bodies towards or away from the light. It is so is amazing!


Have a break over the weekend! :)

Thursday 30th April

Good morning! I have seen some amazing appreciation trees! Super effort year 3. They really brightened my day.


Get your brains and body moving:


English   Today we are focusing on expanded noun phrases. Expanded noun phrases give you more information about the noun e.g. the phrase: the cat. The expanded noun phrase: the black, slender cat.

You should have lots of adjectives and adverbs to describe your character from yesterday. Today you are going to use these to write expanded noun phrases. Go to the BGFL shared file Expanded noun phrases for my example and then write your own about your character. Bonus challenge: Can you include an adverb too to tell me how it is moving e.g. The black, slender cat walked gracefully across the room.


Spelling Be the teacher and correct the spellings. Go to shared files: Spelling 3


Spanish Today learn the days of the week in Spanish.

Watch this video:

Notice in Spanish the days of the week are written in lowercase, whereas in English we write each one with a capital letter at the start.

Next, learn the weather phrases in Spanish.

Watch this video:

If you click onto the cog (settings) at the bottom of the videos, you can change the playback speed to 0.75. This will slow it down and make it easier to listen to.

Go to the shared file on BGFL Spanish weather and complete the weather chart over the next few days or what you would like the weather to be!



I have challenged you on TT Rockstars. Can you beat my score?


Thinking about the multiplication and division you have been doing this week. Go to the shared file on BGFL Thurs Chilli Challenge. Choose your level of challenge and answer the number sentences. Make sure you check which operation the question is looking for. Use bar modelling to help you. Look at the Youtube Year 3 St John’s videos from Mrs Kirby to remind you if you need some help.


Science: Plants

Over the next two days we are looking at light and shadows. Go to the shared file, Light and Shadows. Look at page 1 and 2. Find and make a list of the sources of light in and outside your home. Watch the videos about shadows and answer the questions.


Just for fun

If your adult has access to Facebook, Sea Life London Aquarium are showing animals live feeds this week.

Sea Life London Aquarium live stream programme available on its Facebook page:

Thursday 30th April, 2pm: jellyfish

Sunday 3rd May, 2pm: rock pool

Wednesday 29th April

Morning year 3!

Start with some exercise. I’ve been doing PE with Joe Wickes every morning now and I’m feeling so fit and healthy. Exercise helps your mind stay positive too.

Link to Mr H-E’s PE lessons:


This week we have learnt about multiplication and division by using bar models to help us picture what a number sentence is asking us. Today’s lesson is all about the inverse. Inverse means the opposite. So multiplication is the inverse (opposite) to division; division is the inverse (opposite) to multiplication.

Watch a lesson here to help you:

Then have a go at finding the inverse. It is saved in your shared files. 


Here is the story if you need it:

We have seen in The Black Hat story all the magnificent creatures that can come out of the hat. Today, design your own mystical creature. Think about what colours it will be. Will it have claws? Will it have scales? How will it move?

Around your picture, write some adjectives to describe it in one colour. Adverbs to describe how it moves in another colour. And any words that have alliteration that you could use in a description too.


This week we have learnt that the /k/ sound can sometimes be spelt using ch. At school, we learnt that sometimes the letter ch can make a /sh/ sound. Your task today is to sort the words into a chart. You need to think about if the letter ch make a /sh/ sound or a /k/ sound. Check your shared files to find the activity called ‘Spelling sorting activity Wednesday 29th April’.


Make sure you have been on read theory for at least 20 minutes this week. I have been listening to the Harry Potter series from the start on here: You can listen to loads of stories for free. Can you find a new author that you like? Let your teacher know which stories you have listened to.


I have been really enjoying having some time to draw again. Here is a fun video to teach yourself how to draw lots of different animals just using your own hand to draw around. Send us pictures of your creations on teams or email.

Tuesday 28th April

Morning year 3!

Start with some exercise. I’ve been doing PE with Joe Wicks every morning now and I’m feeling so fit and healthy. Exercise helps your mind stay positive too.

Link to Mr H-E’s PE lessons:


Follow today’s lesson here. We are learning about division using the bar model:

Then, complete the division activity here:

The activity it also saved in your shared files. See yesterday’s tasks to find out how to get to shared files.


Click here to remind yourself of the story that we have been focussing on:

Yesterday, you were building descriptive sentences about the creatures that the boy discovers. Watch the clip again and write down any words that you hear that rhyme. How many did you find?

Now, we are going to watch the story for a second time to see if you can spot any alliteration that is used by the author. Check out this link to remind yourself what alliteration is:

Make a list of the words you found.


Yesterday, did you notice that the letters ‘ch’ are making a /k/ sound in these words?








If you go to your shared files, you will see a word search that has been saved for you. You will be hunting for all the words that have a /k/ sound spelt with a ch. also in shared files.


Many Muslims across the work are fasting during Ramadan. It is a time where Muslims fast to help themselves feel closer to god. They also donate money to charity and do good things to help others. It is a time for them to really appreciate the things they have. Although I don’t celebrate Ramadan, I have been thinking a lot about all the things that I appreciate around me. I have created an appreciation tree to remind me of these things. Here is my example:

Can you have a go at doing your own appreciation tree?

Monday 27th April

Morning year 3!

Start with some exercise. I’ve been doing PE with Joe Wickes every morning now and I’m feeling so fit and healthy. Exercise helps your mind stay positive too.

Link to Mr H-E’s PE lessons:


Last week you were practising column addition and subtraction. This week we’re going to focus on multiplication and division using the bar model.

Follow today’s lesson here:

Then, complete the multiplication activity here:

The activity it also saved in your shared files. Find it by going to my files and then shared files. It looks like this:



Click here to remind yourself of the story that we have been focusing on:

On Friday, you were thinking of adjectives to describe the creatures coming out of the hat. Today we’re going to build those adjectives into sentences. Take a look at my example in your shared files. Can you find the adverbs to show movement in one colour, adjectives to describe in another colour, and a simile in another colour.

Use the word bank to help you create your own description of one of the creatures. We can’t wait to read them!


All these words have the same 2 letters that are making a /k/ sound. Can you spot which ones they are?








Which letters are making the /k/ sound? Write these words down and underline the part that is making the /k/ sound in all these words. Try Look, cover, write, check or pyramid words to practise them too.


We have learnt all about seeds and how they disperse. Today, see if you can find a fruit or vegetable in your house that has seeds. Can you find the seeds on a strawberry? Or inside and apple? Or inside a kiwi? Or inside a pepper?

Have a go at doing a sketch of the seeds you find like these:

Friday 24th April

With the lovely warm weather coming it is a good opportunity to get outside.

If you have a garden, or when you’re on your daily walk, now is a really good time to enjoy nature and the beautiful birds around us.

Look and listen for birds. When you see one ask yourself:

What size is it? Sparrow-sized? Robin-size ? Duck-sized? Goose-sized or larger?

What is it doing when you see it? Eating at a feeder? On the ground? In trees or bushes? On a fence or wire? Soaring or flying?

Is it alone or part of a flock of other birds? How many others? Do the others look the same or different? How are they different?

You could keep a tally of the birds that you see. Which ones do you see most? Which size of bird do you see least? What are most birds doing when you spot them?

When you get indoors you could draw the birds that you saw. You could visit and identify the birds that you saw too.



Yesterday we focused on feelings. Today think about how the boy moved through the forest:

Research each of these ways of moving so you know what they mean. Are they fast or slow?

crawl, trudge, tip-toe, creep, edge, stagger, waddle, traipse, amble, dawdle, saunter, stroll, walk, skip, stomp, bound, run, hurry, scamper, rush, dart, race, sprint, dash, bolt, zoom

Using the feelings adverbs (from Wednesday) and movement verbs (from today) can you improve and rewrite the description of the boy finding the hat?

I walked along. In front of me was an object. I thought, “What could it be? Is it a rock? Is it a bush? Could something live in it?” It looked strange but I wanted to touch it. It felt velvety, hard, and strong. Feeling brave, I picked it up and it was heavy. I put it on my head. It made me feel good.

Go to BGFL, shared files, Movement Black Hat for a sheet to help you.



BGFL Shared Files Spelling 2. Correct the spellings.



On our Year 3 St John’s Youtube channel there is a video of the story Lucy is in Lockdown. Watch the video and then go to BGFL, shared files, Lucy in Lockdown

 Lucy is in Lockdown

  1. What emotions is Lucy feeling when her turns blue?
  2. Why does Lucy say we have to stay at home?
  3. Can you give some examples of annoying things Brad might be doing?
  4. Why is Lucy jealous of the postie (postman)?

Lucy's hair was red, blue or green. What colour is your hair during lockdown? Why, how are you feeling?

Draw a picture or poster describing what you are looking forward to once the virus has gone away.



Column Addition and Subtraction Problems (2 pages). Use some scrap paper to work these out, then you could send a photo to us.

Word problems

BGFL, shared files, Reasoning Problems Column Addition and Subtraction


Topic- Science-Plants

What do plants need to become strong and healthy?  - Watch this clip of plants growing that may give ideas you ideas.

Then compare different types plants and their habitats. Go to BGFL, shared files, Comparison Plants and watch the video using the link to help you.

Thursday 23/4/20


Ramadan is due to begin today or tomorrow. Espresso have a Ramadan quiz, videos and a fact file full of information. Can you make your own Ramadan fact file on J2e. (There are some pictures to help you). You could do your research today and create your fact file tomorrow.

Log into Espresso, Click on Key Stage 2. On the left hand column, click on RE. Choose the topic Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

Go to shared files on BGFL: My Ramadan Fact File



Continuing the Black Hat. Go to BGFL Shared Files, Improving Sentences The Black Hat

Can you use adjectives and adverb to improve the sentences? Remember some of the correct punctuation is missing too.

Be the teacher and show me the correct punctuation.



Column Subtraction. Look on BGFL: Shared Files, Column Subtraction (there are 3 pages) and the Youtube videos to help.







Topic - Science: Plants

Go to BGFL, Shared files, Life Cycle of the Flowering Plant.

Look at the Life Cycle of the Flowering Plant video (link on J2e sheet) and match the labels to the life cycle.


Wednesday 22nd April

Today is Earth Day!


Earth Day in Spanish is Día de la Tierra. It is celebrated all over the world on 22nd April. Earth Day is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of our impact on the Earth and share the beauty of this amazing planet.

There are several ways we can help the planet. Match the Spanish phrase with the correct picture on J2e.



The Black Hat: Continuing our work on this film clip.Today pretend you are the boy from the film and you have discovered a black hat in the middle of a forest. Watch the film from Monday again. The boy places the hat on his head neatly. Delighted with what he’d found. What do we know about the boy so far? He lives in an old forest cabin with his mute grandmother. He is lonely, young and quite ordinary. We know that the boy has an ordinary and lonely life. How do you think he would feel if he found a black hat in the forest? How do you think the boy must have felt?

Using the zone of relevance on J2e decide which feelings would describe how the boy felt. Remember the words in green would be the best way to describe his feelings, then the words in the yellow section. The words in the red section wouldn’t be good words to use to describe his feelings.


Now look in the mirror and see if you can make the words in the green section with your face.



Column Addition

Look at the videos on the Year 3 St John's Youtube channel to remind you about column addition. Have a go at the problems on J2e.


Topic - Science

Need some help with your powerpoint about seed dispersal? Go to J2e and watch the video. Complete the sorting activity.

Look on Year 3 St John's Youtube channel for the exploding seed pod experiment which shows how seeds are dispersed by explosion!


Music - Look on J2e 

Go to BBC Bitesize:

Watch the video clips on Pulse and Rhythm, Duration and Tempo, Melody and Pitch, Harmony, Texture.

Write a definition (the meaning) of each term


Spelling - Look on J2e


Tuesday 21st April


Practise partitioning 3 digit numbers to help us with maths for the rest of this week by clicking the link above. Please select numbers up to 1000.

Try partitioning these numbers:

Example: 143= 100 + 40 + 3















Here is the story that we are focusing on:

Yesterday you will have focused on finding words to best describe the boy from what we know about the story so far. Today, you are going to imagine that you have found yourself in the middle of a dark forest and you are going to walk through it. It will get darker and deeper before you pass the boy’s cabin home and you will then find your way out again.

We’re going to try and use prepositions and adjectives to help you describe what you can see. Watch this video to remind yourself about prepositions:

Sometimes prepositions can go at the start of a clause. If they are at the start, they need to be followed by a comma. Sometimes they can go in the middle of a clause. I hid behind the wall.

Here’s some that you could use:

Under the tree,

In the distance,

In the winding branches,

Beside the log,

Try and include adjectives to add interest.


Forest picture

Topic Find out about the different ways that plants spread or ‘disperse’ their seeds. Can you make a Powepoint to show these different ways that plants disperse seeds?



Flowing water



Animal fur

Animal droppings

Look at this example to help you:

Monday 20th April

Hello! We hope you all had a restful holiday. We’re looking forward to hearing from you all on teams this week.


Let’s warm up your maths brains after the holidays. Today you need to practise some of your number bonds. Number bonds are facts that you need to know at speed to help you with quick addition and subtraction. Follow this link here:

Then click on addition or subtraction. Practise addition and subtraction to 10, 20 and 100. Let me know what scores you get.


Over the next few weeks we are going to be looking at a story called Black Hat. Click on this link to watch it:

Can you word zap any new words that you don’t know the meaning of. How about you start with the word ‘mute’. Can you answer this question? ‘What do we know about the boy in the story?’

What words do we already know to describe the boy? Lonely, young….anymore?

Can you use the thesaurus to think of anymore words to describe the boy based on what we know so far?


Before the holidays, we were finding out about plants and how they grow. Watch this video to find out about how they spread or disperse their seeds and make some notes, ready for tomorrow.


Listen to this piece of music:

 It’s called Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky- Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan. It was composed in 1899-1900 so it is over 100 years old.

Why do you think it’s called Flight of the Bumblebee?

What does the music make you think of?

Can you draw the image that in creates in your mind?

Happy Easter Holidays year 3!

Today is the start of the Easter Holidays. We hope you have a nice break. Please have some time to play in your garden or have a walk outside (with an adult), play with your toys, help make some food for your family, build a den, draw some pictures and chill out. We have put together some optional activities for you to do if you want to:



Learn the Spanish alphabet!

Reading Bingo:

Try to complete a row over the Easter break. If you’re really up for the challenge, try and complete the whole grid!

Write a diary as if you are one of the characters from your book.

Draw a new front cover for one of your favourite books.

Design an outfit that you think one of the characters in your story would like to wear

Write a book review about one of the books you have read.

You are hiring one of your characters from your book. Can you design a job advert? For example, an advert for a wizard if you’ve been reading Harry Potter.

Create a new hero for a book.

Identify 5 unknown words in your book and word zap to find the meaning.

Write a letter to your favourite character in your book.

Paint a picture of your favourite setting in a book you have read.

Find synonyms for the word said in your book

Make a book review vlog where you record your thoughts on your book in a video.

Create a new villain for your book. What do they look like, sound like, act like and wear?

Compare yourself to one of the characters in your book. Can you compare using a Venn Diagram?

Spend 15 minutes each day on read theory.

Make yourself a new bookmark. These book corner animals are brilliant:


Year 3 Youtube channel:

St John’s Yotube channel:




Friday 3rd April

Hello year 3. This is the last day of home learning before the Easter holidays begin. I have done some Easter activities for you and a maths lesson to help you practise the grid method over the holidays. Don’t worry though, Mrs Smith and I will post some project work for you to do each week so you have something to do.

We will check in on teams sometimes but won’t be available everyday like we have been. We will be back to setting daily online learning on Monday 20th April.

It’s celebration assembly today!!

Mrs Seymour has posted a video on the YouTube channel. Click here to see it: You can message her on teams to tell her what you think. I know she would love to know your thoughts.

Daily Exercise

Which of Mr H-E’s challenges have you tried from the YouTube channel? I’ve done this one: and got 22. Can you beat me?


Follow this link to read the Easter story:

Then click here:   I have given you some comprehension questions to answer. REMEMBER TO CLICK EDIT IN THE TOP, LEFT CORNER SO YOU CAN EDIT THE DOCUMENT. We will be checking files to see your work.

More Easter activities

I have posted a YouTube video online to help you make an origami egg. Can you think of a bright, colourful design to put on your egg? They represent new life. Christians remember new life at Easter because it is a time when Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead. They call it his resurrection.

YouTube Easter egg origami:


I have posted some videos about multiplying by 10s and 100s. Make sure you have watched these videos first. Now we’re going to move onto using the grid method to help up multiply larger numbers. It takes some practise to get right so keep persevering.

Have a go at these questions once you have watched the video:

2 x 32

3 x 17

4 x 22

8 x 16

2 x 48

3 x 24

4 x 36

5 x 15


Thursday 2nd April

Have a look at the Year 3 St John's Youtube channel.

Spanish - learn some new Spanish words and then go to BGFL J2webby and complete the table to show what food you like and don't like. Upload onto the J2e. 

English - Read a magazine: National Geographic Kids have published their latest fact-filled magazine. Read it here and create your own persuasive wild animal adoption advert or choose a country and research the exciting animals that live there (just like these examples from the magazine).


Maths - Shape - Complete the tables to describe 2D and 3D shapes. You can choose which table to complete!

RE - On J2webby and Youtube there is an interactive rainbow prayer for Easter. Display your rainbow to inspire others to have hope.

Wednesday 1st April

Today’s tasks:

Good morning year 3.

Daily exercise: Mr H-E has posted some challenge videos on the St John’s Youtube channel. Which one will you try?

Spellings: Keep practising your spellings on J2Blast.

Reading: Can you write a book review on J2e5 please? Try answering these questions about your book:



Who are the characters?

What has happened in the story so far?

What do you think will happen next?

Maths: Go to the Youtube channel where I have uploaded the next maths lesson video:

Try these quick questions first:

3 x 30=

4 x 50 =

2 x 800=

5 x 600 =

Have a go at these word problems using the method of using the times tables you know and then thinking about what the answer would be if it was 10 times bigger or 100 times bigger.

Mrs Smith Easter baking shop


8 delicious, gooey brownies in a box.

Creme Eggs

5 creme eggs in each box

Bags of mini eggs

10 mini eggs in a bag

Easter cupcakes

3 cupcakes in a box

  1. Mrs Hedges puts in an order at the shop. She would like 50 boxes of creme eggs. How many creme eggs would she have all together?
  1. Mrs Kirby puts in an order for Easter cupcakes. She would like 20 boxes to share with her family. How many cakes does she have altogether?
  1. Miss Forrest would like some yummy brownies for her wedding. She needs 40 boxes to share with the guests. How many brownies does she have altogether?
  1. Mrs Seymour loves mini eggs! She would like 70 bags to share with the teachers. How many mini eggs would she have altogether?


We have learnt about the different parts of a plant and flower and we know what they need to grow. Today, got to espresso and see if you can learn more about the life cycle of a plant. Once you have watched the videos, have a go at the quiz about plant life cycles, here:

Tuesday 31st March

Easter week: Normally, at school we would be doing Easter activities. Whilst you are at home, you could bake some Easter brownies (with help from an adult). Look on our YouTube channel for a video to help you. Remember the eggs represent new life and new beginnings.


Spelling - have a go at J2blast. There is a video  on the Year 3 St John's YouTube channel to help you.


English - Improve your vocabulary using Vocabulary Ninja's words of the week. They are: heap, invisible, trick, stretch, cutlery, speckle, peckish, luminous, incinerate, linger. 

Can you word zap these words and put them in a sentence. Upload onto J2e.


Maths  - make a bar chart on Jit5 of the flowers you can find.


Answers for Ordering Numbers Home Learning Pack



Here's week 2 of our project called The area you live in, if you run out of things to do:


Monday 30th March

Hello year 3,

Today’s tasks:

9:00am- Morning exercise! Mr H-E has put together some brilliant activities together for you here: Pick something that you’d like to try.

Maths: Head over to the year 3 Youtube channel. Multiplying by 10s and 100s maths lesson:

Here are some questions for you to have a go at:


4 x 3 =


5 x 4 =

7 x 2 =

3 x 5 =

2 x 4 =

2 x 8 =

4 x 30 =


5 x 40 =

7 x 20 =

3 x 50 =

2 x 40 =

2 x 80 =

4 x 300 =


5 x 400 =

7 x 200 =

3 x 500 =

2 x 400 =

2 x 800 =



Spelling: Can you proofread (that’s a posh word for check) these sentences to make sure they’re correct? Look at for those tricky homophones. Either write the sentences on paper, or on J2e5.

It’s nice to meat you.

I hear that you are walking home.

Would you like meet and vegetables for tea?

If your laces get in a not, you have to undo them carefully.

It’s not fare that I can’t have all of the chocolate.

Reading: Read your book for 20 minutes. Can you answer these questions? Who are the characters? What are they like? How would you describe them? Can you describe their personality and how they look?

Topic: Last week, we learnt about the different parts of a plant and their functions. Next, watch this video: Can you answer this question:

‘What do plants need to grow?’

Now, word zap the word ‘anatomy’. What does it mean? Then watch this following video: Can you remember any of the scientific names for the parts of the flower?

Did you manage to pick a flower over the weekend? If you did, go to the Youtube channel and Mrs Kirby will show you how to dissect your flower.

Flower dissection on Youtube:

If you don't have a flower to dissect, try and have a go at labelling the different parts of the flower; they have posh scientific names!  REMEMBER to click ‘edit’ in the top, left corner so you can type of the page.

Friday 27th March

Today's Tasks


Relax over the weekend with rainbow breaths or have a brain break with the dinosaur stomp!

Thursday 26th March

Hello year 3,

Today’s tasks:

9:00am- Joe Wickes work out! Link here :

Maths: Follow this link and watch the learning video: under the video, you will see blue writing that says ‘Today’s Tasks, Y3 & Y4’. Click on it and it will give you some activities to complete. You can do these on paper and then send an email to Mrs Smith or Mrs Kirby with your picture attached. Remember to go to the little paperclip icon to send an email with an attachment. Or you could complete the activity on J2e5 so we can see it. The answers will be shown on the same website tomorrow.

Spelling: Today we’re going to continue with homophones. Practise spelling these homophones:

meet  meat

hear    here

knot    not Watch this video to remind yourself about homophones.

Can you find anymore homophones? Make a list on J2e5 and save it so we can see. On paper or on J2e5, make up a sentence to go with each word to help you remember. For example, ‘There’s an ear in hear’. Draw a picture to help you remember too.

Topic tasks:

You should have all watched this video and taken some research notes about the different parts of a flower and its function. Go to this link: . There you can complete the sheet by labelling the plant and writing about the function of each part. Function is a posh word for what each part does. Click on the 'Edit' button in the top, left-hand corner to complete the activity. 

Next week, we will be learning the scientific names for the parts of the flower. Over the weekend, see if you can pick a flower from your garden (with permission from an adult) so we can dissect it. Remember to keep the flower in water.

Don’t forget you have your weekly project called ‘My Family’ to carry on with too. Save any project work you have completed on J2e5 too.


We miss you lots, 


Mrs Smith and Mrs Kirby 

Year 3 -  Make sure you are staying in contact with Mrs Smith and Mrs Kirby. You can tell us about the learning you are doing at home or just to have a chat! Contact us using BGFL J2e, BGFL Teams or by BGFL Mail (email).


Today's Tasks: Wednesday 25th March 

Spelling: Choose 5 of your spellings. Practise them using spelling strategies.

Reading: Read a chapter of your book.Thinking about new vocabulary, can you use different words for a word? Can you find a synonym (alternative word) or antonym (word with the opposite meaning) using a thesaurus?

Writing: Write a story where the characters are different plants and flowers. Can you use alliteration e.g. Donna Daffodil, Fatima Fern? Try using fronted adverbials e.g. Under the shaded tree..., In the sunshine...

Maths: Work on the next page in you home learning booklet.

Look on our new Youtube channel: Year 3 St John's.

Spelling Strategies

Tuesday 24th March

Hello year 3,

Today’s tasks:

9:00am- Jo Wickes work out! Link here :

Maths: Please do the next page of your maths home learning pack. It looks like this:

The word ‘ascending’ means that the number are going up, they’re increasing, they’re getting larger. E.g. 210, 221, 256.

We will post the answers for each page next week so that you can mark it. If you get stuck, then you can message us on teams or send us an email.

Reading: Please also log into Read Theory and do 20 minutes of comprehension practise.

Topic tasks: Follow the link to this video:

Can you make research notes of J2e5 about the different parts of the plants and their function (what they do)? Then save them so we can have a look. Remember, you will earn points for your hard work!

Don’t forget you have your weekly project called ‘My Family’ to carry on with too. Save any project work you have completed on J2e5 too.

From Mrs Smith and Mrs Kirby :) 


Hello all, 

This is a guide to access teams for all children who weren't in school when we taught everyone how to use it. I have saved the guide in J2webby on the BGfL page. Here is how to get to the guide on J2webby:

Log onto BGfL as normal. Then click on the J2Webby tile. Once on that page, click 'blogs' to see the latest post with the guide to teams. Hope this helps :)


Mrs Kirby and Mrs Smith 


Brilliant Botanist Topic Homework


  • Home Learning Pack - first page on ordering numbers (answers posted next week for self marking)


  • Learning Project Week 1 Monday: My Family
    • Maths: 20 mins on Soundcheck on TT Rockstars or Timestable booklet.
    • Spelling: Practise the Year 3/4 Spellings using Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check process.
    • Reading: Read one of your books and discuss what you have read together.
    • Writing: Write a recount of your day. This could be in the form of a diary.
    • Be active: Joe Wicks 'The Body Coach' has lots of videos for kids on Youtube. Take part in one of his live workouts at 9am every weekday on Youtube.


  • Weekly Task: New topic - Brilliant Botanists!
    • Word Zap 'botanist'.
    • Art - On the internet find Vincent Van Gogh's painting called the Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers. Draw your own version of this painting.
    • More weekly Brilliant Botanist tasks posted soon!
    • Coming soon....learn Spanish!


Remember year 3, save your work on J2e. Mrs Smith and Mrs Kirby are looking forward to some fabulous home learning. You can always email or contact us via Teams on the BGFL too. We are here for you!