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Week 10 w/b 29th June

Hello children!

This week we will explore why the rainforest is under threat and what measures are taken to protect it. We will read and analyse a beautiful story about the great kapok tree. We will also revise and check our knowledge on multiplication and our Science topic (Plants). Finally, we will be designing flowery patterns based on the works of William Morris.


  • More than half of the world’s plant and animal species live in rainforests but unfortunately, rainforests are under threat. They used to cover around 14% of the Earth’s surface but now they only cover around 6%. Over half the world’s rainforests have been lost. Can you think of any reasons for this?
  • Go through the information on the slides and think of the ways in which the rainforest is under threat.
  • What effects do you think the deforestation of the rainforests have on the world? (Deforestation threatens animals, has implications for the environment, and puts the lives of people who live in the rainforest at risk)
  • What can we do to protect the rainforest? Think of your own ideas and then go through the suggestions on the slides.
  • Research the ways in which the rainforest is under threat and what we can do to protect it using books, the internet, etc. Record your ideas on the Research sheet
  • Create a poster to show why protecting the rainforest is important (you may use a template in the attachment or design your own)
  • One of the ways in which we can help the rainforest personally is to make sure that we recycle as much as possible. What recycling do you do already? Is there anything else we can do?


Revision: Multiplication

We are going to revise times tables and multiplication methods.
Here is white rose video tutorial:

Use the worksheets to practise your multiplication skills and check your answers.

I would like you to play Times Tables Rockstars as much as possible as I have set up a battle between girls & boys.

It will start on Monday 9:00 am and will finish on Thursday 10:00 am.

Let me know if you need your logins/passwords.


This week you will concentrate on reading and will learn how to distinguish between a topic (what the story is about) and a main idea (what the author wants to say about the topic).
Don't worry if you find it a bit tricky. Finding "main ideas" is often difficult because it goes beyond the concrete details of the story in order to understand the importance and meanings of individual words, sentences, paragraphs, sections, chapters, and entire texts.

To do this, you're are going to read The Great Kapok Tree, by Lynne Cherry.
You can either download a pdf copy or read it online using the link below:

The Kapok tree is found in the Amazon rain forest. Before you look at the book, let's talk about some of the rainforests vocabulary that you will find in this story :

  • Kapok tree-also known as a ceiba tree, a large tropical tree with large pods of silky floss used for making mattresses and life preservers
  • Generations-one family after another; a measure of time
  • Ancestors -families that came before us
  • Pollination-how plants reproduce
  • Oxygen-the gas we breathe to stay alive
  • Canopy-a kind of roof formed by treetops
  • Amazon-a river in South America; the 2nd largest in the world
  • Understory-the plants growing on the ground, under the canopy

Your aim is to find main ideas from each page of the book. What is a main idea? (main ideas are the most important ideas in a text).
You can't really understand a book unless you understand the main ideas.

You will be using Who/What/Why chart:








After reading each page you will have to ask yourself questions: ‘’What is the most important information? What kind of questions can I ask myself? (I can ask myself who did or said what and why).

i.e. Once you read the first page, think of the answers to the questions: who/ what/ why. To answer who, I know there were two men so I write two men under Who. To answer what, I read and see that they entered the rain forest. So, I write entered the rain forest and one pointed to the Kapok tree under What. To answer why, I have to think and make a connection between the words, illustration and what I know. The words don't tell me why, but the illustration does. The man has an ax, I bet he is going to chop down the tree. So, I write chop down the tree under Why. I will use the information on the chart to tell the main idea; two men entered the rain forest, and they were going to chop down the Kapok tree.




two men entered the rain forest

one pointed to the Kapok tree

They were going to chop down the tree.

Fill in the chart thinking about the headings, and where to write what.

Read the next page, then ask yourself, "What is the main idea of this page?" Remember that the main idea can answer the questions who did or said what and why.




the smaller man started chopping down the tree

then fell asleep

because he was hot

The main idea of the page is that the smaller man started chopping down the tree, but fell asleep because he was hot.

Read the next page and continue filling in the chart. Ask yourself a question, "Who is saying something on the page? What did he say? Why?"




the boa constrictor

said not to chop the tree down

because the tree was a tree where he and his ancestors lived, a tree of miracles

The main idea of this page is that a boa constrictor said not to chop down the tree because it was where he and his ancestors lived.

Now, try filling in the chart yourself, one for each page.

Re-tell the main ideas from the story to your parent/ sibling. Remember to explain each event by answering the question ‘why?’


Additionally, I would like you to practise your grammar. This week we will revise types of sentences. Please use the slides to refresh your memory on this topic. Finally, complete the worksheet and check your answers.



This week we will revise and check your knowledge on plants.
It will be our last Science lesson, as we have now managed to cover the whole Y3 Science curriculum! (Thank you, Parents, for your help with this! 😊)

I have prepared some revision resources/ worksheets :

  • Plant Quiz
  • Plant parts
  • Helping plants grow

Finally, complete the Assessment and check your answers

Hope your plants/ runner beans are growing nicely. Remember to keep looking after them, even after we finish our Science lessons!

If you’d like to see the lifecycle of a runner bean, watch this video:

Hope all your plants will produce good and healthy fruit! 😊


Do you like to doodle? Do you like creating patterns?
This week, I’d like to present you the work of William Morris, a known British textile designer, poet and translator. I would like you to get some inspiration from some of his designs, often used for wallpapers, fabrics and stained glass.

  • First, read about William Morris and his work (Art slides)
  • You can find more designs here:

  • Warm up by doing some drawing exercises (you will need to duplicate and colour some of the patterns. It is a lovely relaxing activity, which helps improve your concentration and develop fine motor skills).
  • On a piece of paper design your own pattern containing flowers, trees, fruit or birds (main themes in William Morris’ work). Try to duplicate the design to cover the whole square, as in the templates. You can use one of the templates provided or create your own.
  • Colour in your design.
  • : I have added some mindfulness colouring pages based on William Morris’ designs which you can colour if you want/ like.

Last but not least, I look forward to seeing some of you on Friday! I promise I will make both ‘Goodbye days’ fun and creative for you!

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Ryder