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Week ending 29th June 2018

This week we have taken a closer look at the story of The Pied Piper and focused on the initial invasion of rats into Hamelin town. We decided that the Mayor hadn’t done enough to try and rid the town of the rats and so we worked in teams to design a device which could have been used to catch the rats and take them away. We shared our designs with the rest of the class and a final vote decided which we thought was the best device. We finished the week writing a strongly worded letter to the Mayor to explain our thoughts and feelings toward him and his councillors.

Week ending 15th June 2018


This week we have started our final Year 3 topic based on the story of the Pied Piper. We began by comparing life in the medieval times to our lives now. We used pictures and paintings to compare a market from the past to the present and found there were lots of differences between the two. At the end of the week we wrote a comparative piece of writing detailing all the things we had found. 

Week ending 18th May 2018


This week we have started to plan a sequel to the story Fantastic Mr Fox. We have discussed other sequels that we have read or seen and looked at how either the characters or the setting can be adapted to create a new adventure. We look forward to writing these next week as the final piece in our Author Study of Roald Dahl. 

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Week ending 11th May 2018


This week we have continued our work on Roald Dahl and have started our final book: Fantastic Mr Fox. We have been learning about the difference between reported speech and direct speech which the homework has been based upon. Attached is the PowerPoint we used to teach if you are unsure what it means, as well as some posters.


In summary, direct speech is what is being said by the character and reported speech is what is reported to have been said. When changing reported to direct speech and vice versa, we often have to change the tense and the pronouns as well as sometimes needing to add words. See example below:


Direct speech: " I want to go to the park," said Sam.

Reported speech: Bethany said that she wanted to go to the park. <-- notice no inverted commas either.


Reported speech: Jane didn't want to have toast for breakfast.

Direct speech: "I don't want to have toast for breakfast," said Jane.

Week ending 4th May 2018

In English, we have continued our topic on Roald Dahl. We have completed some grammar work this week, looking at inverted commas and where to use them and subordinating conjunctions. I have uploaded the PowerPoint we used if you would like to have a look J In basic terms we were using when, because, if which is what the homework is based on this week.

Week ending 29th April 2018


This week we have had great fun continuing to read George's Marvellous Medicine. We thought of the ingredients we would add to create our own marvellous medicine and then created a set of instructions including lots of different time conjunctions and imperative verbs! 



Week ending 23rd March 2018


In English, we have started our author study on Roald Dahl. The children researched him using the iPads and found out lots of information about his early life, the books he has written and other interesting facts. We then started reading George's Marvellous Medicine and looked at the characters, describing their behaviour, appearance and likes and dislikes.

Phonics this week was looking at the sound -ture and –sure and this is what the homework is based upon this week.

Week ending 16th March 2018


This week, we have created a set of instructions based on making bird cakes. We began by making the cakes together as a class, looking at all the ingredients and equipment that were needed. We then focused on the vocabulary we could use to structure our instructions and added time conjunctions to each instruction.

In phonics, we have continued to learn about suffixes and this is what the homework has been based on this week.

Week ending 9th March 2018


In English, we are being journalists at the moment and writing two stories. The first is about a girl who found a bird with a broken wing and the second is about a boy who has a dog called Maxi who gets lost and they find him in an old railway station.

Everyone is doing really well and trying very hard to remember features such as fronted adverbials and conjunctions.

In phonics, we have looked at the comparatives: est and er. This is what our homework is based on. Be careful with some of the words where there is a need to double the consonant.

Week ending 2nd March 2018


In English, we have completed some more work on fronted adverbials. You will find below, the PowerPoint we used with in the session. This will hopefully prepare the children for their story writing in the coming weeks. We have also looked at plurals, which the homework has been based upon.

Week ending 16th February 2018


We started this week with some skills work looking at conjunctions, including: when, if, because and although. We then started our new topic titled ‘Fur and feathers’. We have researched animals that live in Antarctica or Africa and have written our first draft of a non chronological report and most importantly edited it!

Week ending 9th February 2018


This week we have looked at possessive apostrophes. The children do find this quite tricky. See the powerpoint for more information about what they are and the various rules that go with it. This should help you with this week’s homework. See how I used an apostrophe- the homework belongs to the week! Ha! We have also learned what it is to perform a poem well and looked at some fantastic examples by Michael Rosen. They then had a go themselves and did a fantastic job!

Week ending 2nd February 2018


In English we have been learning about riddles and have had great fun! They have understood the features and have successfully written their own. They seem to be really enjoying this unit.

As homework, pupils have two sheets: one focused on adjectives and the other conjunctions. Obviously, if they can do both then that is brilliant, but if there is only time to do 1, please focus on conjunctions!

Week ending 26th January 2018


In English we have been learning about Kenning poems.  We have had great fun with using nouns and verbs to create one!  Have a look at the powerpoint if you want to see what they are, or even better, ask your child! 


In phonics, we learned about the prefix ‘in’ and ‘mis’ and this is what their homework is based on.  They have to read the word, for example ‘able’ and decide if it fits the prefix un as in unable, mis as in misable or dis as in disable.  In this case, they would write able under un and dis!  I hope this helps and hasn’t left you even more confused!

Week ending 19th January 2018


We have continued our work on poetry and have been learning about the poetic technique of alliteration. This is where 2 or more words start with the same sound. For example six slithering, super, slimy snakes. The children have used these to write tongue twisters and have written acrostic poems using them. Homework this week is based on alliteration along with using the prefix un and dis.

Week ending 12th January 2018


In English, we have been continuing our work on poetry and looking at similes and how they can be used to write a poem.  The children have described a monster using similes; they have created a calligram (a shape poem) on a bubble and finally, have written a calligram about the weather, again using similes.  We have also really focussed on using really good adjectives and making our work a lot better.  We have tried to avoid using words such as ‘big’ or ‘nice’.  The children have done remarkably well with this.  The challenge is to keep it up! 


The homework for English this week is to do with homophones which we learned about during phonics.  This is where two words sound the same but have different meanings.  For example: blew and blue, whether and weather, ate and eight etc.

Week ending 24th November 2017


This week we are learning about the past and present tense and the perfect present tense. The children are developing a much better understanding of the present perfect tense now. We are also making a sandwich for Paddington and will make notes on the steps taken. We will then use these notes to write a recipe on how to make a marmalade salad sandwich.


The English homework this week is based on the present perfect tense. Present perfect tense needs to have a has or a have plus a past tense word. Therefore, that is the word they will need to add before the verb and sometimes the verb needs to change as well.

For example, on the homework sheet with the sentence ‘I took the rubbish to the bin’, the present perfect would be ‘I have taken the rubbish to the bin’ and with the sentence ‘I am playing in the football team’, it would be ‘I have played in the football team.’ We hope this helps!

Week ending 17th November 2017


In English, we have been learning about prepositional phrases and fronted adverbials again. This time however we have needed to use them in our sentences, as opposed to simply identifying them. We even tried to use them in our story writing task for our Friday's Big Write!


Week ending 10th November 2017


We have had another fantastic week in English! We have continued our Journalistic Writing unit of work and have looked at three stories - one about Paddington, another about Rupert and the final one about Winnie the Pooh. We have used these stories to identify prepositional phrases, fronted adverbials and examples of reported and direct speech. Below are some of the powerpoints we have used to explain each of them! Our homework is based on Prepositional phrases this week too.

Week ending 3rd November 2017


This week we have started our new Journalism topic which is centred around the theme of bears. We started by carrying out a bear hunt around school, looking for images of bears hidden by our teachers. It was great fun and we did manage to find them all! 


However, our favourite part of the week was bringing in our own teddies from home. We watched a clip from Paddington bear and discussed the label left around his neck. We then created our own labels for our bears. In the next session, we discussed the items kept in Paddington bear's suitcase and also thought about what our bears might keep in theirs. Finally, in our Big Write we wrote a passage from our bear's point of view explaining how to look after them. 


Homework - Homophones are words which sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings e.g. see and sea or hare and hair. 

Week ending 20th October 2017


This week we have concluded our Fractured Stories topic with our final writing piece based on the book "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs". We chose a bad character from our favourite traditional tale story and wrote our piece from their point of view. After all, there are always two sides to a story!


In addition, we completed our cross curricular writing piece based on the three different types of rocks; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.


Homework - Read each sentence and decide if it is past or present tense. Don't forget after half term to bring in your favourite teddy bear for our new topic.

Week ending 13th October 2017


In English we have been learning about pronouns and the difference between plural and possessive-s. Here are two examples if you are unsure:-


  • The cats are playing - the 's' is there to show that it is a plural i.e. there is more than one cat.


  • The cat's biscuit - the 's' shows that it belongs to the biscuit belongs to the cat.


​​​​​​​Homework - Match the pronoun with the most suitable noun. Then underline all the pronouns in the text and make a list of the ones you have found in the box. Remember, pronouns are words that take the place of nouns. 



Week ending 6th October 2017


In English, we have looked at the perfect present tense.  I can imagine you are now wondering what an earth it is!  So I have attached a Powerpoint used in our session for your reference. We have also looked at another fractured story called ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ and the children have created their own stories based on this.


Homework - Use the verbs and adverbs provided to complete your own sentences about the animals. Remember an adverb is an action word e.g. stomped and an adverb describes the verb e.g. how did he stomp? grumpily. The can be used to create the sentence 'The elephant stomped grumpily.'

Week ending 29th September 2017

This week we have learned how conjunctions can be used to make our writing better. The children have also written their own fractured stories based on the story ‘The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig’. See below for PowerPoints used this week.


Homework – Complete the sentences using the most appropriate conjunction. Then use ‘but’ to write your own sentence.

Week ending 22nd September 2017


In English, we have learned about expanded noun phrases to try and make our writing better.  This means that instead of saying:

The bear, you might write: The brown grizzly bear. 


We then looked at the similarities and differences between the traditional tale: The Three Little Pigs and the fractured story: The Three Little Wolves. The children really enjoyed doing this and we then based our big write on our comparisons. 


Homework: Children need to sort the given words according to whether they are a noun (place, person or thing), a verb (an action or doing word) or an adjective (a describing word).

Week Ending: 15th September 2017


In English, we have started our topic on ‘Fractured Stories’ which basically means that a familiar story has been changed.  We have read ‘Cinderboy’ who had an evil step dad and step brothers and he wanted to go to a football match.  We have looked at alternative words to said, inverted commas, using commas in a list and finally  we have written a character profile.  See below for the powerpoints we used this week.


Homework is self explanatory.  You might want to get your children to use a thesaurus for alternative said words - there are plenty online.

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