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W/C Monday 4th May

Writing challenge

This is Mowzer the cat and Tom from a famous story (to be revealed next week).

Activity 1:

Have a god look at the pictures of them below. Can you guess where they might live? What ages are the characters? When was the story set? What type of characters are they? Use the clues in the pictures to help you gather your thoughts and predictions about the book. Start off your ideas using sentence starters like:

  • I think ...
  • I know...
  • I can see that...
  • The live ..... because...
  • Tom looks....
  • Mowzer looks...
  • Tom has...
  • Mowzer has...
  • They...
  • The story reminds me of...
  • It looks similar to...

Activity 2:

Y2 Make a list of effective vocabulary for both Mowzer and Tom. This could be adjectives in a list, words to describe, or expanded noun phrases where more than one adjective is used within a sentence to describe.

Collect them on a piece of paper or put them into sentences to record. Use the document below, Adjectives, for some ideas.

Y3 You could even extend this to describe some of the items in the room in the second image eg. Mowzer stands on an old and spindly rocking chair to peer into the bubbling pot. You could also use adverbs to add description,


"Adverb - a word that describes or gives more information about a verbadjective, adverb, or phrase:

In the phrase "she smiled cheerfully", the word "cheerfully" is an adverb.

In the phrase "the house was spotlessly clean", the word "spotlessly" is an adverb."


Think about how the characters and things in the room. How? When? how often? Where? how much? See the link below for some great adverbs you could use for ideas.


Activity 3:

All Tom knows how to cook is 'Stargazy pie', and Mowzer is getting bored. Can you cook a meal with an adult this week and record the instructions for Tom and Mowzer? Your instructions need to include:

  • Name or title of dish
  • A 'hook' opening sentence or question eg. 'Do you want to make a delicious stargazy pie? Follow the instructions carefully to create a heart warming dish for the whole family'.
  • You will need: (List ingredients and kitchen items he may need using bullet points).
  • Instructions: (Numbered and in the correct order).
  • Illustrations


To make sure your recipe is accurate and easy to follow, make sure to use imperative (bossy) verbs, there are some examples below:

  • Bake
  • Bring
  • Boil
  • Clean
  • Do
  • Put
  • Move
  • Open
  • Shut
  • Tell
  • Throw
  • Wash
  • Pre heat

Y3 To extend this you could use adverbs from above to describe how or when to do it eg. carefully, slowly, after that

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Challenge

Activity 1:

"A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. A homophone may also differ in spelling. The two words may be spelled the same, such as rose and rose, or differently, such as carat, and carrot, or to, two, and too."

Y2 Focus on the difference between  'there, their and they're'. See the images below, that we have in class to help you see the difference and look at the attached activity sheet. Work through either on screen and record your answers OR print and answer.



Y3 Homophones

"A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. A homophone may also differ in spelling. The two words may be spelled the same, such as rose and rose, or differently, such as carat, and carrot, or to, two, and too."

Cross out the homophones in the activity below, either mentally, by writing them out or printing them off.



Activity 2

Spelling challenge cards.

See the spelling challenge cards as a way to learn some of the spellings from the Year 1/2 (Year 2) and the 3/4 (Year 3) spelling lists attached below. Remember to focus on spellings that you consistently spell incorrectly or struggle to remember within writing to make the best use of your time.


Activity 3:

SPaG mat.

The mats go in 'star ratings' showing their difficulty. Try the 1* then move up if you feel comfortable doing so. These cover a variety fo areas of SPaG. If there is anything your child really is not sure of email me and I can add support with other resources.

The answers are also at the end of the document if you'd like to check any answers.

Maths Challenge


Activity 1:

White Rose Maths Flashback Powepoint.

Work through at your own pace, recapping the previous learning already covered at school. To use the Flashback powerpoint, open it up on a laptop and press F5 to open full screen, then click the powerpoint to show answers as your work through.

Activity 2:



Practice adding numbers together. Show your adult how we solve them at school, drawing dienes, partitioning into the tens and ones or using column method.

Begin with:

3 1 digit numbers  7+2+8=

A 2 digit number and a 1 digit number   22+6=   4+35=

A 2 digit number and a tens number   35+10=   55+30=

A 2 digit number and a 2 digit number (ones not going over 10)   22+23=

A 2 digit number and a 2 digit number   27+39= (See image below for support)


Try adding 2 3 digit numbers and a 2 digit and a 3 digit number.

Have a go at:

  1. 333+213=
  2. 654+321=
  3. 678+400=
  4. 560+35=
  5. 568+21=
  6. 90+345=
  7. 24+380=
  8. 456+456=

You could use the column method shown above or the partitioningmethod where the number is split into the hundreds, tens and ones.

Activity 3:

Hit the button. This week work on Number bonds.

Begin with

  1. Up to 10
  2. Up to 20
  3. Up to 100

Geography Activity


This week I would like Year 2 as part of their 'Continents and Oceans' learning to find out more about Europe, in particular France.

See the BiteSize link below. Write down soem of the key facts you can remember. Make sure to locate it on a map and see where it is in related to the UK. Take note of the flag, foods, games, local sports and language.



This week I would like Year 3 as part of their 'Mapping the world' learning to find out more about how the world is mapped and split into continents. See link below

Name and locate the continents and surrounding seas on a map (See attachment). Could you list some of the countries within that continent? Ensure to look at the size of the countries within the continent, have you heard of any before? Can you use the co-ordinates on the map to log their location?

STEM Activity

Can you make a maze? You could use different items from around the house, the example image uses straws. You could use LEGO blocks or other construction equipment or make a larger outdoor maze.

Don't forget to send me some pictures of your amazing work to

 Feel free to ask  any questions about the weeks learning too.