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Year 3 Summer Term Week 1 w/b 20th April

Hello Everyone,

Here are the activities for this week. You can decide the order you want to complete them and how many you want to do per day. Remember to send me the update at some point on how you are getting on with your work. If you need help or explanation, please contact me via Seesaw. Enjoy!


This week we will learn what the rainforests are and explore their location.
Do you know anything about the rainforests? What are they like? Where in the world are they? What grows there?

  • Look through the powerpoint presentation Rainforests and note down some important/ new facts.
  • We are going to visit a rainforest from the air and imagine we are there using the link You will use your senses to help: what might you see, hear, smell, feel and taste? (worksheet Senses journey).
  • Look at the set of the words and the definitions worksheet and match them. You may use the internet to help you find out the answers.
  • Look at the world map and locate the continents, the Equator and Tropic of Capricorn and Cancer – discuss what these lines are. Try to locate and label these rainforests : Amazon Rainforest • Congo River Basin Rainforest • Daintree Rainforest • Madagascar Rainforest • Southeast Asian Rainforest 
    If you haven't got a printer, just locate those places in the atlas book or using online maps.


We are continuing to practise TIME.

  • Please see the time worksheets and the answers attached. 
  • Refresh your memory by watching
  • You can also practise using interactive clock or games
  • We will also learn how to find the duration of the events. There is an easy way to do this by using a number line. Watch this tutorial video:
  • You can use the ready made time rulers or create them yourself. Remember to write the hours and minutes and add them up as you do your time jumps!
  • Try completing the finding the duration worksheets or look at some timetables if possible (bus, train, cinema etc) and ask key questions : How long does the journey take from London to Portsmouth? What time will the film finish if it starts at 3:15 and lasts for 2h10 minutes?


We are going to look at non fiction texts - explanations.

  • Read the example of the explanation text How does an iRobot cat move. What features do you notice? What tense is it written in? Past, present or future? Are there any pictures? Is there anything unusual about them? Note all your ideas down. They will make a useful checklist at the end.
  • Watch a video explaining how the television works (or any other machine you might be interested in: a car engine, mobile phone, bike, or even a dishwasher...) Do you notice any new features? Add them to your checklist.
  • Watch Mr Hublot video and think how the owner's and the dog's relationship develops over time, explore the wants and needs of a robot dog. Think how their companionship changes their everyday lives. Notice how Mr Hublot and the dog have their own particular ways of doing things.
  • Explore the diagram of a robot dog. Label the dog parts using some technical and canine vocabulary (you may invent the names such as nasal turbine or smell sensor instead of a nose). Use the wordbank to help you with the vocabulary.


Look at Henri Rousseau powerpoint presentation and his paintings. Using his style of work as an inspiration try to create a similar piece of art.

  • Using pencils or black markers draw large, simple repeating shapes to create grass (foreground), flowers (mid ground), and trees (background).
  • Repeat a certain flower and/or tree to “tie” your picture together.
  • Add simple animals to your picture.
  • Do you need a moon or a sun?
  • Will your picture be 'warm' or 'cool' (Remember the mood board and selection of colours we created when painting The sinking of the Titanic? Think which shades make the picture 'warm' or 'cool')
  • Keep your shapes large and  avoid small details.
  • Now, add the colours using markers, paints, pastels or colouring pencils. Blend the colours to create shading and depth. Repeat the same shades of colours.
  • Hey presto! Your painting a'la Rousseau is ready.
  • Take a photo of it and send it to Mrs Ryder:)

Good luck with your work! I look forward to seeing your photos.

Take care,
Mrs Ryder