Greenfinch Class wc 11th May

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Hello Gorgeous Greenfinches!

Happy Monday to you all. We hope you enjoyed taking part in the VE Day anniversary celebrations on Friday!

Below is the list of suggested activities for English and Maths for this week.

Please remember to work through our suggested activities at your own pace as part of a daily or weekly schedule that works for you in your home.

We hope you all have a lovely week!

From Miss Jell & Mrs Nixon


Reading for pleasure – non-fiction

  • Oxford Owl Bookshelf Age 7-9 – Suggested reader – Downhill Racers
  • Oxford Owl Bookshelf Age 9-11 – Suggested reader – Exploring the deep

Texts at lower levels are:

  • Oxford Owl Bookshelf Age 5-6 – Suggested reader – Deep Down Weird
  • Oxford Owl Bookshelf Age 6-7 – Suggested reader – Things that sting

NEW WEBSITE to explore Check out the ‘Browse by age’ menu and the ‘Kids zone’ section. It is free to register.

Comprehension – non-fiction

  • Peak 1 challenge
    • Groups of Animals
  • Peak 2 challenge
    • Animal homes
  • Peak 3 challenge
    • Tremors

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

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 comprehension tasks as you like during this week. You can also go back to previous weeks’ tasks if you did not complete them all.


Reviews and opinions

This week we will be looking at how people write reviews using their own opinions.


One type of review that you may already be familiar with is a book review. A book review is when people read a book and then write what they think about it so others can decide if they would like to read it or not.

Today, have a look at and read some of the book reviews other children have written. There are also some more on Espresso

Now, choose a book that you have read recently. It can be one of the books I have suggested above from Oxford Owl if you like. Use the attached Book review writing template to review the book. Remember that you must be writing in sentences not just words.

Are you reading a book at the moment? What will be your next read? Have a look on where you can read a synopsis and extracts of new books before you choose to buy them.

Book reviews contain facts about the story or content of the book but also contain the readers’ opinions. Now try some of the attached ‘Fact and Opinion’ activities in preparation for tomorrow’s learning tasks (or begin with these tomorrow).


Use the attached Year 3 Tuesday document which looks at a different type of review.


Use the attached Year 3 Wednesday document. Remember, when you are writing, to make every sentence your best. Look back at our Year 3 writing targets to keep you focused on what our writing should look like.


Use the attached Year 3 Thursday document which continues the Harry Potter theme and focuses on some of your SPAG skills. You will begin by using the attached Year 3 Thursday powerpoint too.

For simpler activities on understanding and using conjunctions (joining words) you can look at the BBC Bitesize videos at and both of which have short tasks at the bottom.


Today, begin by looking back at your activities from this week. You are going to combine your learning from Monday – Thursday in one task today. Choose your favourite film, or a film you have watched recently, or choose a new film to watch. Use the attached Film review writing template to begin making notes about the film.

Now, look back at the reviews you read on Tuesday and Wednesday. Use your notes to write a one-page review of your chosen film.

  • Begin with a short introduction – did you like the film? Why? Why not?
  • Is this going to be a positive or negative review?
  • Use paragraphs to break up your writing in to chunks
  • Tell your reader about some great bits or disappointing bits
  • Don’t tell the reader ALL of the story – don’t spoil it
  • Use conjunctions in your sentences to give more information
  • Was there anything exciting or surprising?
  • What were your opinions about the actors in the film?
  • Would you recommend this film to others?

When your film review is complete, share it with a friend or family member. You could read it over the phone or via FaceTime, or you could swap reviews with a friend by posting your reviews to each other.


For SPaG this week, please refresh your knowledge and understanding of apostrophes – both for contractions and for possession. The following videos and activities on BBC Bitesize are an excellent way to refresh your memory. Try to use the apostrophes correctly when writing your book review e.g. I’d recommend this book for …., It isn’t an easy read, Charlotte’s reaction in the book was delightful…. etc. It is tempting to use an apostrophe for plurals but they are not needed. Just because you are adding an ‘s’, doesn’t mean it needs an apostrophe. You only need one if something belongs to the Noun. E.g The cats’ bowls were all laid out. (lots of bowls belonging to lots of cats!)


This week we will be returning to the White Rose Maths Home learning pages at

This week we will be looking at money. We will be using the resources from Week 3 (which is one week behind the White Rose published schedule).

If you would like to take your child back to the basics of using money, please see the suggested activities at the bottom of this section.


Lesson 1 – Converting pounds and pence


Lesson 2 – Add money

Wednesday – National Numeracy Day

Today is National Numeracy Day! Today try to do as many different things to do with numbers and maths as you can. Print off the attached blank bingo sheet (or make your own!) and fill in all the things you do with numbers today. (Practising your times tables can count too…..and telling the time correctly!)

Attached are some fun Numeracy Day activities that you can choose from.

Visit the Third Space Learning website at and choose some of these fun games to play.

Or try the nRich website


Lesson 3 – Subtract money


Lesson 4 – Multiply and divide by 3

You can also extend your learning by looking at multiplying and dividing by other numbers.

Additional games / extensions

Back to basics of money

Here are some other resources that focus on the basics of money

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!

  • Espresso Times Tables Tester –
    • Logon to Espresso and click on
      • Key stage 2
      • Maths
      • Scroll down to Times Tables Tester