Greenfinch Class w/c 27th April

Hello Greenfinches!

Happy Monday to you all – We hope you have had a lovely weekend!

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On Friday, our first Family Challenge sheet was added to the website. We hope you enjoy taking part in some of these fun activities with other members of your family.

Below is the list of suggested activities for English and Maths for this week. Please remember to work through these at your own pace. Don’t forget that you can also go back to previous days’ webpages to find activities that you may have not completed in that week, you can review your previous learning and maybe repeat some to help you further. We also try to signpost activities that give you a chance to extend and challenge yourself by taking a next step as well as suggesting things you can do at a simpler level if you would like more support or smaller steps.

When you are at school, you always have two outdoor playtimes each day so remember to make time for outdoor fun every day (even if it rains – get your wellies on!). Fresh air and physical activity are very important and will oxygenate your brain and help you feel positive and happy.

Have a great week, guys!

From Miss Jell & Mrs Nixon


Reading for pleasure, Monday – Friday.

  • Oxford Owl Bookshelf Age 7-9 – Suggested reader – Dick Whittington
  • Oxford Owl Bookshelf Age 9-11 – Suggested reader – Time Runs Out

Texts at lower levels are:

  • Oxford Owl Bookshelf Age 5-6 – Suggested reader – The Race (includes related on-screen activities)
  • Oxford Owl Bookshelf Age 6-7 – Suggested reader – Attack of the Centipede (includes related on-screen activities)

All of these books link to this week’s theme of ‘Adventure Stories’. You may have some adventure story books of your own at home – dig them out and have a look! You may like to re-read books you have previously enjoyed. Do you have older brothers or sisters who have some adventures stories they can lend or read to you?

If you have logged on to Audible, or another audio book app / site, search for ‘Adventure Stories’ and see what you can find to enjoy this week.


In class we used VIPERS to help us develop good comprehension skills. Each letter of the word VIPERS stands for a different skill:

V = Vocabulary

I – Inference

P – Prediction

E – Explanation

R – Retrieve

S – Sequence or Summarise

In the following activities you are given an extract or whole text and a series of VIPERS questions to answer. There are also answer sheets attached.

Remember – DON’T GUESS! Go back to the text, find your answer, underline it, or circle it, or highlight it but …… DON’T GUESS!

You can choose to complete as many of the following comprehension tasks as you like during this week.

  • Peak 1 challenges
    • Garden Poem
    • Garden Diary
  • Peak 2 challenges
    • Little Red Riding Hood
    • Ghost Ship
  • Peak 3 challenges
    • Silver shoes with pointed toes (Extract from The Wizard of Oz)
    • Yo, ho, ho (Extract from Treasure Island)

You do not have to print off all the sheets, the text can read on screen and answers can be written on to paper.


Adventure stories

While we were at school we were thoroughly enjoying an exciting adventure story called ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell. (The audio book is available via the Audible app if you want to finish enjoying this book at home.) This week we are going to learn more about adventure stories and have a go at writing our own.

If you cast your mind back to the Autumn term, we worked really hard on writing our own Myths based on Apollo and the Python. We used a story that we knew and adapted it using our own ideas.


Visit the BBC Bitesize pages at then click on

  • Primary
  • England KS2
  • English
    • Scroll down to “Types of Text” and click on “Fiction”
    • Click on ‘How to write an adventure story’

Watch the short video and complete the “Fill in the gaps” task.

Now use the attached storyboard sheet (the same as we used for out Myths) to plan out the story of the ducks’ quest for the golden egg. There are 3 levels of challenge, choose which one you would prefer. Draw a picture in each large box and write some key words/ideas on the lines below.

You do not have to print out the sheets, the storyboard could easily be drawn on to paper or in to a notebook.


Look at your storyboard for ‘The Quest for the Golden Egg” or for your own adventure / quest idea.

Today I would like you to write 1, 2 or 3 sentences for each of the boxes on your storyboard sheet.

Remember to use the attached document “Year 3 writing targets” to help you include all the important parts of good sentence writing.

Read your sentences out loud to yourself, or someone in your family. Do they make sense? Is this starting to sound like a story?


You may want to continue writing your sentences from yesterday. However, if you completed these, you can now move on to editing and improving your writing.

On BBC Bitesize click on

  • Primary
  • England KS2
  • English
    • Scroll down to “Grammar, punctuation and spelling”
    • Click on “Grammar”
    • Then click on these sections

Go back to your sentences and improve them by adding some of these types of conjunctions.

Also, if you click on “Punctuation” you will find a series of videos to help you remember the types of punctuation you have learned to use at school, and some new ones too!

Read your sentences out loud to yourself, or someone in your family. Do they make sense? Can you add excitement to your story by changing your voice to a “storyteller voice”? Is someone in your family really good at using a “Storyteller voice”? Ask them to read your story to you – how does it sound?


Today either do your editing and improving from Wednesday or, if you have completed this, click on “Punctuation” in the BBC Bitesize English section (described above). Here you will find a series of videos to help you remember the types of punctuation you have learned to use at school, and some new ones too! I would suggest focusing on

  • Commas in sentences
  • Possessive apostrophes
  • Apostrophes in contractions

You can also look at BBC Bitesize KS1 English Punctuation section for guidance on question marks and exclamation marks. Obviously, you should all be using capital letters for EVERY sentence and character’s name and a full stop at the end of EVERY sentence (unless you are using a question/exclamation mark instead).


Use today’s writing time to write your adventure story out in to a story format. You can write on to lined paper and start with a title at the top. The video “What are paragraphs?” in BBC Bitesize English Punctuation will remind you of our in-class learning about the use of paragraphs in stories.

  • Remember to join your writing neatly


This week’s PAG (Punctuation and Grammar) is woven into the daily writing tasks above.

For Spelling please review the ‘ture’ and ‘sure’ endings. Visit the BBC Bitesize KS2 Section on Spelling and watch the video to remind you.

Have a look at the following words and write them out in neat joined handwriting this week. You could even get an adult to give you a pretend spelling test (although I am pretty sure you might choose not to!)

treasure, measure, pressure, adventure, future, temperature.


This week we will be continuing to use the White Rose Maths resources to extend our understanding of fractions.

The lessons detailed below are at the Year 3 level but if you feel that you would like to access the Year 2 level Fractions resources they can be found on the same website and clicking on ‘Home learning Year 2’ on the right hand side menu, and then starting at ‘Week 1’ with halves and quarters.

For Year 3 resources please click on ‘Home learning Year 3’, then ‘Week 2’.


Lesson 1 – Fractions on a numberline


Lesson 2 – Fractions of a set of objects (1)


Lesson 3 – Fractions of a set of objects (2)


Lesson 4 – Fractions of a set of objects (3)


Lesson 5 – Equivalent fractions (1) Please note: Equivalent fractions will be continued next week so if you would prefer to save this lesson for Monday, and merge it in to next week’s learning this is an option.

Additional fractions online activities

In the search box type ‘Fractions’ to see lots of great videos hosted by Amber.

Daily times tables

If you can, please try to practice your times tables for about 10 minutes each day. “Little and often” is the best way to make those times tables facts stick, and they help you a huge amount in your calculations in other areas of maths. You can use any of the following resources or, of course, some ideas of your own!