Year 3 Nuclear Summit Days

Learning Activities

Below we have provided planned activities which mirror those that children will be doing in school during the Nuclear Summit days. They have been adapted so that you and your child will be able to work together on them at home. If your child is unable to attend school on the days of the Nuclear Summit they should complete the activities with an adult to ensure that when they return to school they have not missed out on the continuation of the curriculum.

Monday 24th March


English


Learning Objectives:


  • Identify features that writers use to provoke readers' reactions.
  • Identify how different texts are organised, on paper and on screen.


Shared learning:


Last week Year 3 learned a lot about new sports and this week we are looking at WHY sport and exercise are good for you. Look at the Children First NHS website together. Identify the different features of this website. This page gives us information about exercise. But it doesn’t look very much like the CBBC website. It is presented in paragraphs. Read through the page ‘Uh-oh - exercise!’ together. Discuss what this writing is trying to do – encourage or persuade us to exercise. Why doesn’t it just give us an instruction ‘Go and do some exercise NOW!’? Discuss this together. Would being bossed about make you want to do some exercise? This persuasive writing explains why exercise is good for us and it tries to be friendly. Instructions are often written in bossy language, persuasive writing usually tries to explain things to us a bit more.


Independent Activity


Give your child 5 instructions (e.g. 'lock the door behind you' or 'do your homework') which they have to rephrase so that it is persuasive and EXPLAINS why, eg ‘Lock the door behind you!’ could become ‘When you get inside, remember to lock the door because otherwise burglars might get into the house’. When your child has finished, they can write down the two versions beside each other.


Something More Challenging?


Read through a print out of the website page ‘Uh-oh – exercise!’ and identify which parts of it they think use a friendly, persuasive or explaining tone. They should underline these in yellow. Make a list of some of these phrases ‘It’s a good idea to…’.


Round it up

Ask your child to present their persuasive writing in the form of a TV advert. You could even film it using an iPad and email it to the school for us to watch!


Maths



In class this week your child will be learning times tables. In class they would be working at their own level, directed by their teacher. At home they can choose some games on the links below to practise times tables at their own level. We recommend two sessions of 20-30 mins for both days.


http://www.maths-games.org/times-tables-games.html

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/

Tuesday 25th March


English



Learning Objectives:


  • Explain or give reasons for their views or choices. Identify how different texts are organised, on paper and on screen.
  • Offer reasons or explanations for a particular point of view.



Shared learning:

Show your child a picture or video of the House of Commons in debate. The members of Parliament who work here try to persuade each other all the time that their ideas are the best. Trying to persuade people is their job! Usually, one side of the house is for an idea and the other side is against it. The class are going to have a debate just like the MPs! Class debate is that ‘Football should be banned in the playground’.


Give your child a few minutes to think of some reasons why it SHOULD be banned (takes up too much room, ball keeps rolling into other children’s games or activities, causes arguments, ball can hurt other people etc).


Now discuss in pairs the reasons why it should NOT be banned (fun, healthy, creates friendships, I’m going to be a famous footballer when I grow up etc).



Independent Activity

Your child has a selection of people to choose from (a Year 1 girl, a Year 3 boy, a neighbour of the school, a teacher). What would these people each think about football in the playground? Would they be for or against? Your child should pretend to be each person, saying what they think about football in the playground. They don’t have to agree with the statement personally, but they do have to come up with a reason why that person might say that.



Something More Challenging?

Ask your child to use direct speech/speech marks to write down a conversion between two or more of the people in the above activity. What might they say to each other? How would they say it (think of alternatives to ‘said’)?



Round it up

Ask your child to explain why they have chosen the particular statements for each of the people and discuss whether or not you agree with their ideas.


Maths

In class this week your child will be learning times tables. In class they would be working at their own level, directed by their teacher. At home they can choose some games on the links below to practise times tables at their own level. We recommend two sessions of 20-30 mins for both days.


http://www.maths-games.org/times-tables-games.html

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/