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Year 3 - Willow

 Hi Guys! Hope you are all well, I have been putting something together as a little 'thank you' for being in my class this year and just to say that I miss you! If you would like a copy please send me an email (willow@balliolschool.co.uk) so that i can attach it or if your parents would like to come in and get a copy from the school that is ok too (just email me first so I can make sure that there is a copy at the office for you).

Miss all of you!

Lots of love, 

 

Miss Walker 

 

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Friday 26th June 1.30pm- Zoom call. 

Hi guys! If you would like to join me in a zoom meeting please email me at willow@balliolschool.co.uk for the information. This week is going to be a quiz!! 

 

Hope you are all well.

Miss Walker 

NEW ZOOM CALL! 

Please email me if you would like to join the zoom call that will be on Friday 19th June at 1.30pm 

This call will be a show and tell- if you would like to show us something you have made within the lockdown please do! 

 

See you Friday!! 

Miss Walker

Cambridge Science Centre

A virtual school trip is available for you to join. 

Follow the link below and use the password to log on. 

Be quick though - the link is only valid for a week (until 11.59pm on Sunday) and it would be a shame for you to miss it.

 

http://www.cambridgesciencecentre.org/virtualschooltrip/strongerbydesign/

 

Password: ct563yh

 

Let me know if you enjoyed it!

 

 

 

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No doubt over the past few months you've heard children (and maybe a few adults) talk about the latest Tik Tok challenges or their favourite celebrity's lockdown live streams.

Here are some activity packs for parents and carers to deliver to their children to explore how children and young people can stay safe while live streaming. Click on the age group below.

4-5s

5-7s

8-10s

11-13s

14+

 

 

To Willow Class Parents:

I would like to do a zoom meeting with you on Tuesday 9th June at 12PM. If you would like your child to participate then please email willow@balliolschool.co.uk before this time and date and i will send you information of how to log onto the meeting.

Many thanks, I can not wait to see you all! 

Miss Walker 

Welcome to Willow Class! 

 

Hello Willow Class,

I aim to update this page as often as I can to show you all the exciting things that we have been getting up to. I also  will add any important dates for your parents to add to their diaries.

HOME LEARNING- I know this is a difficult and unsettling time for us all and it is a little strange that we are completing school work at home. Hopefully the government will soon tell us that we can return to school and we can be back together in the classroom. For now however, I do expect you to be completing some English and Maths each day with additional activities that were either sent home in your pack or that I have added to this page. And remember you can always contact me at willow@balliolschool.co.uk

Hope to see you all soon. 

 

Love, from Miss Walker 

 

PS. Remember to remind yourself of the e-safety rules regularly and think about them before you click any of the links on this page. 

 

Parent information:

 

Class Teacher: Miss Walker 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Yoewell

Friday cover teacher: Mrs Loi 

 

Home learning: 

WOW! You could be a Guinness World Record Holder. Are you up for the challenge?

Date to be completed. Activity

Session 1 

Monday 20th April 

Research: What does a plant need to grow? 

Write up everything that a plant needs to grow into your exercise book. You could do this in the form of a poster with pictures and labels. 

Session 2

Wednesday 22nd April 

Germination 

Research what germination is and what happens during germination. 

Find a seed around your house, this could be a apple or a pumpkin seed. Dissect this seed and prep it for planting. 

Draw pictures of what you have found when you dissected the seed.

Plant the seed/s into a pot that you can access. This should be put somewhere where the seed can access sunlight and should be watered- You need to be able to see the seed.

Look at the weblink below to find some fun and easy ideas.

Session 3 

Friday 24th April 

Create a seed observation journal.

Keep observing the seed. Note down the changes and draw pictures. 

You should do this every few days so you can build up a picture of how quickly a seed changes. 

Session 4 

Monday 27th April 

Research: How do insects help plants? What is pollination? 

Find a sticky substance around your house eg- wotsits, honey, flour, ketchup or anything that will stick to your fingers! Get that substance onto your fingers and then place your fingers onto a glass, what happens? 

Write up your experiment, remember to answer questions such as, What did you do? What happened? What did your fingers represent? You can also draw a picture. 

Session 5 

Wednesday 29th April

Get outdoors! 

On your daily walk or in when in the garden collect different types of leaves. When home discuss the similarities and differences that the leaves have, look at the sizes, the shapes and the outer coverings. 

Ask 'can we tell how much light a plant needs by the type and shape of its leaves?' Write down your predictions! 

Get back outside and use your hands as leaves, test your predictions and record your observations! 

Session 6 

Friday 1st May 

Parts of a plant. 

Research, draw and label the different parts of a plant. Then find one in your garden (which your parents are happy for you to pick) or ask if they can buy you one from the shop. Dissect this flower and see if you can find all the parts that you have researched. 

Session 7 

Monday 4th May

Life cycle of a plant.

Draw and label the life cycle of a plant, how does a plant start out? You could use your planted seed for help!

Session 8 

Wednesday 6th May 

Paint with leaves! (chlorophyll) 

Press and squish leaves to paint with them to create a masterpiece! 

Ask yourself what chlorophyll is and why do plants have it?

Friday 8th May

Make a sketch of a plant using pencil. (You can add colour if you want to.)

Include as much detail as you can and try to use shading in your work. 

 

** Additional** Within the home learning packs that we have gathered for you there are reading comprehensions about seeds and plants for you to complete.

 

Monday 11th May  Research how water is transported within a plant. Present this in your workbook and draw a diagram to help you show the process. 
Wednesday 13th May 

Watch: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/science-ks1-ks2-ivys-plant-workshop-how-does-water-get-from-the-roots-to-the-leaves/zdtfjhv 

Follow the instructions below and create your own coloured flowers! 

After you have seen a change write up your investigation in your workbook, answering the questions what did you do? How did you do it? What happened? 

I would love to see these, please email me some pictures! 

Friday 15th May 

Read the PDF about Roger rock and watch the video about how soil is created: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9bbkqt/articles/ztvbk2p 

Then complete the story board (below), explaining how soil is created and what it is made from. 

 

Monday 18th May

Complete the soils profile experiment.

Watch the demonstration on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeuQeAxJIjs

 

Find a clear bottle and put some water in it. Tip in some ordinary soil and give it a shake. Then leave it alone for the rest of the day or overnight. Be careful not to move it around now!

When you come back to it, have a look at what has happened to the soil. You should have layers.

Can you identify all the parts that have made up the soil?

Draw and label your results.

Wednesday 20th May

Why are worms important for making soil good for growing things?

 

Think about what plants need to grow and how worms help with this. You can research and explain in your book and then set up a worm experiment to observe how this happens.

There is a document below to show you how to do it.

 

Keep an observation journal of what you notice and changes that occur.

 

This task will take a long time to complete and you will need to be patient. Just remember to keep checking on it and noting down the changes you see.

 

Make sure that you return the worms safely to an outside space when you are finished!

Friday 22nd May

Do all plants grow well in all types of soil?

 

Research different flowers and what sort of soil they need to grow well.

Choose how to present your information. You could create a booklet or a powerpoint or maybe a poster.

Include pictures of the plants you have researched and say which type of soil they prefer.

 

 

Monday 1st June

 

Read the story of Theseus and the Minotaur or ask an adult to read it with you.

Create a storyboard. Include a picture of each important event in the story.

 

Write a paragraph explaining what sort of story this is. The powerpoint I have attached will help you with this.

 

 

Wednesday 3rd June

 

Use your storyboard to help you retell the story in your own words.

Remember, it is important to make it interesting for the reader. How will you do that – adjectives, adverbs, similes…?

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 5th June

 

Write a letter from Princess Ariadne to Prince Theseus.

How does she feel about him leaving her on the island? Does she agree that he kept his word and does she think it was fair?

Try to put yourself in the character’s place. How would she be feeling, what would she be thinking and what would she want to say to him?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 6th July

Looking at light sources.

Watch the Video clip on BBC Bitesize. There are lots of videos there that will help you with all the tasks this week. Start by looking at why we need light to see  https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zb3s34j  

and how our eyes work https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zjkc87h

 

 

Identify which objects on the worksheet are light sources and which ones reflect light.

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/clips/zjkc87h

 

When you are finished, have a look around your home and see if you can add any more to the lists

 

 

 

Monday 8th June

 

 

 

 

Read the story of King Midas.

What do you think of the story?

Write an explanation which would tell someone else what the story is about.

What happens and what is the lesson?

Why did King Midas make that wish and do you think he regretted it?

Make sure you explain and give reasons for what you think.

 

 

Wednesday 10th June

 

 

 

 

Write a character description about King Midas.

Remember the outlines we did in class. What did he look like on the outside and what sort of person was he on the inside? You could plan your description in the same way before you write it. Remember to choose interesting and powerful vocabulary.

 

Does his character change by the end of the story?  If so, how?

 

 

Friday 12th June

 

 

 

 

What would your wish be?

Re-write the story using your idea. How would it change and what would happen instead?

Try to use something that might not be as good as you would think at first. What could go wrong and what lesson would your character learn?

 

 

 

Challenge - How many other myths can you find and read? 

 

 Can you create a list or a booklet to help someone else choose a good one to read?

 Include a brief outline of what they are about, what the moral of the story is and whether you would recommend them.

                   

  Send me your reviews and I can post your recommendations on the class page.

                    

Monday 15th June

We have seen lots of examples of Greek gods in the myths we have read and hopefully you managed to find a few more.

 

Your task this time is to find out more about them.  What did the Ancient Greeks believe in and why did they have so many gods?

Use the web-links below along with any others you can find to research as many gods as you can.

Take notes and find or draw pictures and plan a report about your favourites.

 

Have a look at all the resource sheets I have included for you. Some will help you gather information and some will help you present it.

There is also Greek god top trumps game that you can make and play!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z87tn39/articles/zgt7mp3

https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/greek-gods-and-mythology

 

Wednesday 17th June

 

Use the information you have gathered about Ancient Greek gods to create your presentation.

You can use powerpoint, or an information booklet or a poster – whatever you would like.

However you choose to present your information, give as much detail as you can about each of the gods you have chosen. 

 

 

Friday 19th June

 

Choose your favourite Greek god and write a story about them.

You have already had some practice doing this in last week’s myths task.

 

This time, use the facts you have discovered about the god you have chosen. What were they responsible for and what were their skills and weaknesses?  Build a story around these facts - what happens must be relevant to the particular god you are writing about.

 

Here is another reading comprehension for you. This one is about the Greek goddess Arachne. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 22nd June

 

Where is Greece? What do you know about it?

 

Have a look on a map and see if you can find it. (If you haven’t got an atlas, you could use google maps)

Use the map I’ve provided below to label and colour it. Can you find the UK too?

 

Find as much information as you can about the country to provide information for people visiting Greece for the first time. Think about what you’d like to see in a travel brochure and what you’d like to know before you visit.

You could include the population, currency, climate, landmarks, food, places to visit etc.

 

Does it look like somewhere you’d like to go?  If so, why?

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 24th June

 

 

Ancient Greece was organised much differently than it is today. It was not one united country. It was made up of separate city states.

Have a look at the map that I have added to the resource list below to see how it was divided up. What information can you find out about each city state?

 

 

 

 

Friday 26th June

 

How did the Ancient Greeks live?

 

We know that although the separate states shared some beliefs and customs, there were also some very big differences in how they lived.

Have a look at the city states of Athens and Sparta in particular and compare them.

What similarities and differences can you find?

 

There are some websites and printables below to help get you started.

Monday 29th June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did the Ancient Greeks do for us?

 

Ancient Greece was an important civilisation.

Look at the timeline and see how long ago it existed. Even though we are looking back so many years, lots of things exist in our society today because of the Ancient Greeks.

 

Use the links above to help you find out what some of these things are and write a report?

You may be surprised what you discover!

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 1st July

Olympic games

We’ve all heard of the Olympics but did you know that the Ancient Greeks started them? The Olympics weren’t just about sport for them though. It was also a chance to honour their gods and train for war?

Investigate the Ancient Olympics and find out as much as you can. The BBC bitesize link is a good place to start.

 

      Tasks

  1.  Look at the programme of events of the five days of the Ancient Greek Olympics and separate activities into three categories – sport, religion and preparation for war.
  2. Look at the images of pottery depicting the Olympics on the weblink below. Can you guess which events are shown?  Now draw your own version. (Take note of patterns and colours.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 3rd July

 

 

 

 

Design challenge

 

Find out about Ancient Greek theatres. Design a theatre or a theatre mask and make it if you can!

 

                                                         OR

 

Design a Greek chariot. Think about what it needed to do and what its purpose was. Create a design drawing explaining all the necessary parts and what you would need to make it.

Think about decoration too – how would it have been finished?

 

If you are up for an extra challenge -  Make your chariot! Try to make the wheels turn by using an axle.

 

 

 

 

World Ocean Day for schools. A festival celebrating our ocean connection. On Monday 8th June we are bringing the wonder of the ocean from the deep blue to wherever you are. Our interactive line up of ocean advocates will unfold right here with live ocean films, science lessons, music performances, yoga, breath-work, storytelling and much more! ...

https://worldoceanday.school/

Other activities you can do and websites you can visit. 

 

 

100 Activities to do at home

 

 

Area

Other activities to try.

 

Website

English

https://authorfy.com/  A wonderful website, which you can sign up to for free.  You can watch videos from some of the most popular authors at the moment and also access all of the resources normally available in schools.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7D-mXO4kk-XWvH6lBXdrPw  Kid's Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen.  Michael Rosen is brilliant and funny.  There are lots of poems, songs and jokes on his YouTube channel.  Check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/user/Booktrust/featured The Book Trust YouTube channel has loads of videos from authors and illustrators to watch.  Go to ‘Playlists’ to find Cressida Cowell, who is reading a chapter from ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ every day!!!!

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day, for the next 30 days.  Click on the link to listen.

https://www.vashtihardy.com/home-learning-support A special webpage for learning at home.  So far, there is a video about what Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm might do if they were learning at home.  There is also a fantastic Lego challenge to try.

Maths

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/  We use White Rose in our Maths lessons and they are now producing online lessons for each year group. 

http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/   Gareth Metcalfe is going to host daily Maths lessons online.  His website and ideas are really good, so these will be worth a watch.  The videos will be saved on his website, so if you can't watch live, you can still find them later.

Other

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured  Joe Wicks will be doing a daily workout for school children of all ages.  These are then saved on his YouTube channel in case you can’t join in at 9am.                                                    (There are already lots of workouts for children to do at home if you follow the link.)

http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob  Rob Biddulph, an author and illustrator, is creating draw-a-long videos so you can learn how to draw some of his characters.  You can also share your drawings with him online if you want to (and your adults give you permission.)

https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/penguin-cam/#penguincam  Edinburgh Zoo have put some of their webcams online so you can watch the animals!

https://www.willowsmusical.com/  The Wind in the Willows West End production is currently being streamed here.  It is free to watch.

BBC iPlayer – Go to the ‘Family Favourites’ section.  The BBC are adding more content all of the time, including programmes you may not have seen and all of the amazing Science and Nature programmes we have sometimes used in school.  This includes the David Attenborough programmes!  If you are watching on an internet-connected TV, click on the monster-shaped ‘children’ button to access this.

Remember I am regularly setting work on MyMaths also, which I expect to be completed. 

School and individual log in is stuck in the front of your reading record. 

 

 

How do you feel about producing a primary source of evidence for future historians?

 

We are experiencing something extraordinary at the moment. 

Think about the letters we looked at which were written by Pliny and told us about the eruption of Vesuvius. 

One day people will look back on this and want to know what we did. 

 

If you want to, you could keep a diary. Just a little bit each day to say what you've done, how you're feeling about it all and you could even interview your family members!

 

I'd love to read some of the entries you write if you want to email them to me. 

Session 1 

Monday 

23rd March

Build a paper mache volcano.

See https://www.persil.com/uk/dirt-is-good/arts-crafts/how-to-make-a-paper-mache-volcano.html 

Begin to build the paper mache volcano- do not put too many layers on at once as it will take a while to dry. 

Session 2 

Wednesday

25th March 

Create a fact file, booklet or poster about different volcanos around the world.

Areas to think about:

Their height

Where is the volcano

When did the volcano erupt

What was the effect of the volcano erupting?

Session 3

Friday

27th March

What causes earthquakes? (to be written in your workbook)

Things to include:

Plate movement 

Diagram 

Locate hotspots

Why are the hotspots there? 

Session 4

Monday 

30th March 

Continue with your paper mache volcano

Continue to build up your volcano using strips of newspaper and paste. 

Once dry, if you have paints you can paint it! 

Session 5 

Wednesday 

1st April 

Research the impact of earthquakes

Things to include: 

Short and long term problems- research newspaper reports and before and after pictures. 

Write about these examples in your workbook. 

Session 6 

Friday

3rd April

Research 'how is a tsunami linked to an earthquake?' 

- find out and explain what a tsunami is.

 

If you can, carry out an experiment to create a miniature tsunami. There is a video link to help you.

Write about this as we did our scientific reports.

Think about and answer- What do we want to find out?

                                       - What did we do?

                                       - Draw a diagram of a tsunami

                                       - What did we  find out? 

 

Autumn 1 Topic - Burps, Bottoms and Bile. 

 

The children are enjoying this topic, as they have learnt all about our teeth, how to eat healthily and the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We are going to shortly move on to learning about digestion and how the inside of our bodies work! 

 

Here are some useful websites to visit:

Autumn 2- Mighty metals

 

During this topic the children completed a range of scientific investigations, including how to make a compass using water and a magnet! 

 

'Tribal Tales'

The children have been very interested to start this new topic that includes learning about The Stone Age, The Iron age and everything in between. In just the first week we have been creating timelines and have even created our own archaeological excavation on the school field. Towards the end of the half term we visited Celtic harmony, where we became members of willow tribe. Here we learnt how people made bread and how the bartered for different items. 

Rocks, Relics and Rumbles! Spring 2

 

During this half term the children have been learning what tectonic plates are and what they cause and what happened in Pompeii in 79AD. 

 

 

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