Year 3 – Summer 2 – Week 4

English Topic:
Dialogue and Plays

Maths Topic:
Geometry – Properties of Shape

Non-core Topic:
Let it grow…
All about plants

Physical Activity

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Task – to identify speech and action in a text

Using the text in the resources folder, you are going to look for speech and action.

In the text from the book you will know someone is talking because there will be inverted commas. (“…..”) Inside the inverted commas, is what is being said.

Highlight the speech in yellow.

You will have to read carefully to find the action. Look for verbs (doing words). Focus on what the characters are doing as they are speaking.

When you have found the action, highlight this in pink.

Week 4 English Resources


During our lesson today we will be moving on with our learning all about plants.

Your first task is to have a think about the following question- make a list of al the possible answers.

What do plants need to survive and grow?

Was there anything that you did not include on your list?

Which do you think is the most important for plant growth and why?

To investigate how competition for resources affects plant growth.

What does ‘competition‘ mean? What do you think this means when we are talking about plants?

Read through the Farmer Collin Pack- help Collin the farmer by setting up the experiment- remember to think about what makes a fair test and why this is important.

Topic Lesson 1


LO: To identify 3D shapes from pictures

What is 3D?

What 3D shapes can you think of?

Look at sheet 4A for some ideas!

3D shapes are everywhere around us.

Play the game to spot some of them!

Watch the video:

Can you fill the spaces for the above shape?

Can you repeat for the shapes on sheet 4A?

Maths 4A

Task: PE:

Lesson 2

Remember to warm up Use some of the stretches that you learnt last half term.

10 seconds of star Jumps

10 seconds of stretching high and then touching your toes

10 seconds of lifting knees to up each knee in turn

10 seconds of jogging on the spot.

Today’s activity involves jumping in all the different ways you can.  Create a start and a finish line in your garden/house. The challenge is to jump from one end to the other as quickly as possible try in id different ways – Jumping with your feet together, jumping on one leg (do it one  leg then do it on the other – is one leg quicker? Why?), then try it hopping from one leg to the other.  Which way is the easiest? Which one was the quickest? Is the answer the same? Think why that could be the case?

To cool down walk around shaking your arms and legs like jelly.

PE – Remember you can always access Joe Wicks’ PE lesson online.

Join Joe Wicks at 9am each morning for a live 30min P.E lesson



Task – use speech bubbles to write out a conversation

 Using yesterday’s work, create a mini conversation between the characters based on the text.

Read the text carefully to find who is talking.  Write what they say in a speech bubble. What they say should be highlighted in yellow!

You could draw a picture of the character and a speech bubble to make it clear.


During the lesson today, you will be exploring how water is transported through plants.

What do we already know about the different parts of a plant? How do you think the water is transported?

Your task today is to think of an experiment you can create to help you investigate how water is transported in plants.

Use the clues below to help you:

  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • Flower

Celery stems


LO: To construct a range of 3D shapes

Today you are going to test your construction skills! You are going to make some 3D shapes using materials you might have at home. You could use:

  • Play-doh or plasticine and straws
  • Mini marshmallows and toothpicks / cocktail sticks or spaghetti

Make the shapes from sheet 4A using your materials. You could take photos of them afterwards.

Can you tell someone at home the properties of each shape?

How many faces / vertices / sides do they have?

Here are two examples:

Task: PHSE:

Lesson 2

Do you have favourite family photographs at home?

You are going to think about your familiy and what the photos mean to you. What emotions have you got linked to the photos. Where was the photo taken and who is in the photo?

Using the PHSE Family Tree template place your family members onto their tree. You can display them in the apples or along the branches.

This does not have to follow the traditional family tree presentation.

You can also write around the tree as to the meanings of the photos/pictures to you.

PHSE Family Tree



Task – Add adverbs to your conversation

Adverbs are useful in a play script because they are used in stage directions. These tell the actors how the words should be performed, or how they should act.

Adverbs are usually ly words, but not always.

  1. Focus on how the speech should be performed.

Your adverbs should be appropriate to what the characters are saying. If Earthworm is scared, then he might say his lines (nervously). If Ladybird is trying to calm James down she may say her lines (sweetly).

There may even be clues in the text.

Add simple stage directions to explain how speech should be performed to your sheet. Stage directions should be in brackets.

Challenge – can you add verbs too? Use the present tense form.

For example – (whispering quietly)

Focus on the action in the text.

What is happening as the characters are talking? Do the characters need to move around? Do they move their arms? Stroke their chin? Scratch their head? The actors will only know to do this if you tell them in a stage direction.

Add these types of stage direction to your sheet. Remember to write them in brackets. 


Today we will continue with our investigation about the transportation of water in plants.

What are the parts of an investigation?  (aim/hypothesis, fair test, method, results, conclusion)

Q: What do you think will happen? Why? How will we make it a fair test? What is a fair test? How will we carry out the investigation?  I believe that ____________ I predict that _________because_________

How to carry out the experiment:

  • First examine the end of the flower stems or celery with magnifiers. The stems are formed from hollow cells (xylem) which draw water from the soil.
  • Add food colouring to water in a beaker/bottle and mark the level of water on the side.
  • Predict what will happen (stick in books)
  • Place the flower or celery stems in the beaker or bottle and keep checking on every hour.
  • -Complete results table- What has happened to
  1. a) the level of the water in the bottle or beaker and b) to the stem and flowers? Continue to examine the stems at agreed intervals and record the results by observational drawings (1, beginning, middle and end)

Topic Lesson 3 Experiment

Topic Lesson 3 Results Table


LO: To compare the properties of different 3D shapes using a Venn diagram

Can you compare 3D shapes?

What is the same and what is different about the two shapes above?

Use vocabulary such as:

  • Faces
  • Edges
  • Vertices
  • Curved edges
  • Pairs of parallel lines
  • Pairs of perpendicular lines

Choose 2 different shapes from sheet 4A. Challenge someone at home to discuss the similarities and differences! Can you add to their ideas?

Try the Venn diagram – sheet 4B.

If you can’t remember how to use a Venn diagram, remind yourself with this video:

Maths 4B

Task: RE:

Lesson 2

We are continuing to learn about courage from religious


We are going to explore courage through

the Islamic story of The

Year of the Elephant.

Read the story of The Year of the Elephant in the resources

What different types of courage is shown in this story:

1) The courage of Abdul Muttalib then he had to make a decision.

2) The courage of the birds and the way they defended the ancient house (e.g. courage can be shown in the accumulation of a number of small actions).

Now it’s your turn make a courage reminder using art (eg potato printing) or ICT, on which you can write situations where they want to show courage or where you have shown courage.

RE Year Of The Elephant Lesson 2



Task – To write out your ideas as a play script.

So far you should have a sheet with dialogue in speech bubbles, drawings of the characters, stage directions for speech and stage directions for action.

Use your sheet with the writing frame to create a play script.

Go back to  and look at the previous examples to help you structure your work correctly.

Have a go! 


We will now be moving onto exploring the life cycle of a flowering plant-

What do you already know about life cycles? Write down 3 facts!

Do you think a plant lifecycle will be the same as an animal’s life cycle?

Can you identify the key stages in the life cycle of a plant?  Were they correct?

Have a go at completing the activity by ordering the statements correctly.

Topic Lesson 4


LO: To use reasoning to identify a 3D shape from a set of clues

Example 2: I have 2 curves edges. I have 2 flat faces and 1 curved face. I look like a tin of beans. What am I?

Example 3: The Egyptians built lots of me! I have 1 flat square face at my base. What am I?

Can you create your own ‘What am I?’ riddles about the shapes on sheet 4A?

Challenge someone at home to guess the shapes. Make sure you explain clearly to them if they get it wrong!

Task: Computing:

Lesson 2- To plan ideas for a survey

Do you remember what a survey is?

What should it include?

What are you trying to find out?

Have you thought your about your own survey?

It could be related to…

– school dinners

– homework

– lessons in class

– after school clubs

– how people travel to school

What do you want to know?

What will you have to ask?

What type of questions will you use?

Task: Create a mind map of questions for your survey, remember this needs to be related to a particular topic.

See Computing Appendix 2 for how this is completed for the topic of school dinners.


Do you know how you could ask questions in different ways?

(We will look more at this next week!)

Computing Appendix 2



Task – perform your play script.

Ask those at home with you, or friends or family via video call to help perform your play script.

Only by performing will you know how useful your stage directions were, or how clear your script was written.

If things went wrong – performers didn’t act as expected, look again at your script and make any necessary changes.



Today we will be continuing to work on the life cycle of a flowering plant- we will be using Art to help us showcase this- you can use the examples provided to help you or create a totally unique example of your own! You will have two sessions to complete this! Remember to take photographs to show your teachers when you return to school 😊


LO: To answer a range of problems on 3D shapes

Try worksheet 4C for some problem solving and reasoning questions to show off how much you have learned about 3D shapes and their properties!

Try to explain your reasons for each one.

Good luck! 😊   


1 – True! You could use 6 squares as faces for a cube as cubes have flat, square faces.

2 – True! A cylinder has 2 flat faces and 1 curved face. To make a cylinder, you could use 2 circles as flat faces at opposite ends. If you curve the rectangle around so its longer sides meet, it would make the 1 curved face a cylinder also has.

Task: Spanish:

El hombrecito de jengibre 2

Remember the rhyme from the story? Let’s think of different ways of “saying” the rhyme.

Let’s try “shouting” the rhyme.

Let’s try “whispering” the rhyme.

Let’s try “singing” the rhyme.

Let’s try “miming “ the rhyme.

Let’s try “muttering” the rhyme.

Which way is your favourite way?

Now you are going to interview the main character of the story. Listen to the questions and find out the answers in the story (you can always watch it again).

When you finish, make a Gingerbread Man Chain. Draw in a piece of paper this:

Then draw the answers from the questions inside the shape. You should have 5 gingerbread man in total. Chain them altogether and practice all the questions and answers.

Spanish Lesson 2

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