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Week 2: wb 1st March 2021

Dear Foxes and Families,


One more week and then we get to be back together in school 😊 And this week is Book Week! So English is based around this and Maths is a week of revision for multiplication and division using Oak Academy again. Our Zooms this week will be linked to thinking about going back to school, World Book Week and a fun dress up day on Thursday – come as your favourite character (if you want to) and we can see if we can guess who each other is.


Miss Bunce will be with you on Monday and Tuesday for this term and I will be in Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We will have a nice, gentle week next week, settling back into school routines. We plan to spent lots of time letting you re-socialise with each other, talk about how we are feeling and how we at school can support you, and also have some fun completing activities together in pairs and small groups. It will take time to settle back in, and that is completely expected. I hope that in the first week – possibly the Wednesday (just awaiting confirmation) – we will have a whole day in the Forest School Area planting seeds, weeding and digging the soil in our garden area (get your muscles ready!), whittling sticks, making bug hotels, rain sticks and hopefully toasting marshmallows! It’s going to be fun! We will also be completing some well-being activities, practising and performing some composed music in groups, circle time to share our thoughts and feelings, looking at plants and how they grow, as well as painting and collages.


We are so incredibly proud of each and everyone of you, and your amazing families who have supported you and kept you going. You have done extremely well and please be proud of yourselves because you are amazing. I cannot wait to see you all 😊


But until then, stay safe, look after yourselves.

The Year 3 Team.

Zoom details... 


On Tuesday we will look at the English work and I will complete an activity with you about returning to school, just to get you thinking about how you feel about going back.


On Thursday – come dressed as your favourite character (or any character!) from a book – if you would like to! No pressure to do so but if you fancy it, please do! Perhaps we can try to guess who everyone is. We can also play some games as this will be a last session!

This week's spellings:



Children should continue to read everyday, and to be encouraged to read a variety of books. Much of their home learning requires them to read so it is very important that they are able to read at a good level for their age. It allows them to access  more learning if they are a competent and confident reader.

Make a list of all the books you read over the home learning period. I believe reading is the most important skill we can learn and it can really help us feel calm and content being lost in a book – just what we need right now.

They should use the following strategies when reading, which the children are familiar with from their reciprocal reading in school:



Thursday this week is World Book Day so this week I am focusing on reading texts and answering questions about those texts. I have linked these to our weather, world and plants areas of learning. I would also like you to read your favourite book again and then complete some of the tasks later this week linked to your favourite book.

There are some SPAG sessions again for the week to complete if you are able to.

MONDAY: Can I answer questions about a text?

Please start reading your favourite book today and continue throughout the week, or perhaps you have a book you have been wanting to read and haven’t yet had time for – now is the time! Then once you have completed your book, you can have a go at the activities on Thursday and Friday this week.


Today's Reading Comprehension: How seeds get everywhere.

Read the text carefully and then have a go at answering the questions. Try to answer the questions in full sentences as this is good practice. The comprehension has 3 levels: 1 star = easiest, 2 stars = medium and 3 stars = hardest.

SPAG: Adding the prefix ‘in-‘.

Look carefully at the sheet of your choice (1 star = easiest; 2 stars = medium; 3 stars = hardest) and have a go at practising writing out the words, adding the correct prefix ‘in’ or ‘im’ and filling in the gaps in the sentences.

Tuesday: Can I answer questions about a text?

Today's Reading Comprehension: Tsunamis.

This is quite a tricky reading comprehension and therefore I would suggest most children complete the 1 star option or have adult support to complete today’s work. Once again, read the text carefully and then have a go at answering the questions. Try to give full sentences as your answers and remember to refer back to the text to find the answer.

SPAG: Prefixes – re, sub, inter

Choose one level to complete and see if you can complete the sentences using one of the prefixes: re, sub or inter.

Wednesday: Can I answer questions about a text?

Today's Reading Comprehensions: 60 second reads.

Try these 60 second reads and have a go at answering the questions related to these. Perhaps today you could complete 2 or 3 of these as they are shorter.

SPAG: Which prefix?

Can you complete the worksheet with examples of the correct prefix. Look carefully at the meanings of these prefixes.

Thursday: Can I design a book character?

Thinking of your favourite book, can you design a new character for the story? Would they be real or imaginary? If they are human, think of their personality and qualities they have as a character. How do they fit into the story? How could you show this in your design? If they are a robot, monster or other imaginary character, what colours would they be? Why those colours? Draw your design and then tell me about it – you could label your design or you could upload a photo to Seesaw and use the microphone tool to tell me all about it. Please bring these designs into school when we are back so that we can display them 😊

Friday: Can I create a new ‘jacket’ for my favourite book?

The ‘jacket’ of a book is the front cover and back cover together. If you had to create a new design for your favourite book, what might it look like? What are the important parts of the story which you could show on the cover? What would you write for the blurb? Remember we want to share a little of the story in the blurb to get people interested in reading it but we also don’t want to give too much away! Construct the blurb carefully! Make the title stand out – maybe you could present it in an interesting way, using a different style of font for example. You could create this on a computer or draw it out – it’s up to you 😊 Or use the template provided.

Times Tables: Please continue to practise your times tables this week – secure the recall of 3, 4 and 8 times table facts.


MyMaths – There are some activities I have set on here as revision work – they are optional!


This week we are going to revise our work on multiplication and division which we did back in Term 2. These videos and worksheets should help remind you of the relationship between multiplication and division and then looking at recalling and practising times tables facts. One of the lessons introduces the 6 times table so some extra practise of this times table this week may be necessary to help your recall.

Monday: Do I understand that multiplication and division are commutative?

Click on the link, watch the video and have a go at the questions and see if you can recognise the ‘commutativity’ of multiplication and division.


Tuesday: Can I recall the multiplication facts for the 6 times table?

Click on the link, watch the video and have a go at answering the questions to recall the 6 times table facts.


Wednesday: Can I recall the multiplication facts for the 8 times table?

Click on the link, watch the video and have a go at answering the questions to recall the 8 times table facts.


Thursday: Can I multiply a 2 digit number by 6?

Click on the link, watch the video and have a go at answering the questions to see if you can multiply a 2 digit number by 6. This may be quite tricky for some children and therefore they may need some adult support. We have used the grid method (as shown here) in school before but it was in term 2 and therefore may have been forgotten. Have a go at following the method on the video. Maybe you can come up with some of your own 2 digit numbers (make them smaller to make it easier for you, and then increase to higher numbers).


Friday: Can I multiply a 2 digit number by 8?

Click on the link, watch the video and have a go at answering the questions to multiply a 2 digit number by 8. Having completed yesterday’s learning, today should hopefully be a little easier. Keep practising as it is a good method to use at this stage 😊 You can reduce the numbers to smaller ones if you need to.


Big Question / Other Curriculum Learning

Geography/Computing: Can I research different types of weather conditions?

I’d like you to focus on researching either one particular weather type in detail or a few different ones in less detail. It’s up to you. Present your information however you wish – you could record a video of yourself presenting your weather type! Watch the video below first all about weather and climate.


PSHE: What is global warming?

Look at the slides and watch the video about global warming. Can you create a poster about ways in which we can reduce global warming?


Art: Can I make a rainbow from coloured objects?

Rainbows are a sign of gratitude, hope and support. Can you create a rainbow from coloured natural or man-made objects?

DT: Can you design an invention which would help farmers take care of the environment and make less impact on climate change?

Follow the link to find out more about this competition. Explore the online farm to find out more and gather some ideas. Bring your entries into school next week as well as posting them onto Seesaw.


P.E: Can you practise a new fitness circuit?

Perhaps you could talk to a friend about the circuit they created last week and swap ideas and try out each other’s circuits. You could write them down as posters and send them to them as photos perhaps so that they can follow them, or you could take pictures of yourself completing each circuit to model how to undertake each station.


There are some ideas in the PDF below if you are stuck.

Look at the brilliant poem we wrote together on Zoom!


TERM 4 Week 1: wb 22nd February 2021

Dear Foxes and Families,


Welcome to Term 4! We hope you had a lovely half term and enjoyed the break away from home learning.


This term our Big Question is ‘How does the world around us change?’ We will be looking at plants and how they grow and change, the weather and how it changes around the world, ways in which we can take care of our environment, we will make rain makers/weather vanes and maybe create weather related sculptures, we will research online about different types of clouds, we will learn about the water cycle and also be thinking about Easter and why the day Jesus died is called ‘Good Friday’. It’s a pretty busy term for learning! Do you have questions about the world and how it changes? Write them down and see if you manage to answer your questions throughout the term.


I will continue to upload work onto the Class Page and also on Seesaw until we know what is happening regarding going back to school – let’s keep our fingers crossed! As always, if you have any concerns or would like to speak to me about your child and/or their learning, please drop me an email and I will get back to you as soon as I can: kbishopp@lyminge.kent.sch.uk


So let’s get started!


Stay safe, and look after yourselves.

The Year 3 Team.

Zoom details...


On Tuesday I plan to look at the poetry lesson with the children so if they can bring the list of things they heard, saw and felt from Monday with them this will help us get started. I will also introduce them to the new Maths videos and work this week from Oak Academy. Hopefully there will be time for a game 😊


On Thursday I will go over the writing of the poem (please bring Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s work to help us) and there might be some maths questions to figure out!



This week's spellings:




Please do continue to encourage your child to read everyday, and to read a variety of books. Much of their learning (whether at school or home) requires them to read so it is very important that they are able to read at a good level for their age. It allows them to access more learning with greater independence if they are a competent and confident reader.

I believe reading is the most important skill we can learn and it can really help us feel calm and content being lost in a book – just what we need right now!

They should aim to use the following strategies when reading which the children are familiar with from their reciprocal reading in school:




Spelling – Please remember to practise your spellings, at least three times a week. You could even give yourself a test on them at the weekend to check you can remember them. Try putting them into sentences too if you can, as this will help you to remember them even more.


SPAG work – I will set a short SPAG activity on some days where I feel there is less to do for the lesson as we need to cover some of these elements before Year 4.


This week I would like the children to read some poems about the weather and work towards writing their own poem by the end of the week once we have looked at how to build description for poetry.


MONDAY - Can I observe the environment around me to brainstorm poetry ideas?


SPAG activity: Prefixes – Watch the clip (English KS2: Prefixes - BBC Teach) about Prefixes and then have a go at the worksheet (dis, mis or un). Can you sort the root words under the right headings for the prefixes: dis, mis and un? Record your answers on the sheet.




Monday English Video

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Main activity:

Read a few of the poems from the examples given below. Think about which ones you like and why that might be.


Then I would like you to go outside - I hope the weather is good today to be able to go outside! If not maybe sit with a window or door open slightly so that you can hear the outside world.

(If you can…) Go outside with a clipboard (or piece of paper and something hard to lean on) and a pen/pencil. Sit and listen and be still for a few minutes in absolute silence. Write down as many things as you can about what you see, hear, feel/touch all around you. How many sense-based observations can you make in 5 minutes? It can help to divide the page into three columns for See/Hear/Feel.

Here are some questions to consider if you need support:

How cold/warm is it?

What shape are the clouds you see?

Describe the feeling and movement of leaves/trees/birds, the colour of the grass/sky, the shape/depth/colour of puddles, etc.

Keep this list for tomorrow and the rest of the week to help construct a weather poem towards the end of the week.

TUESDAY - Can I go on a verb quest?


On Zoom today we will look at the poems I gave you to read yesterday and we will see if we can spot some exciting and powerful verbs and other techniques the poets have used, then you can continue with the activity below.

We know that clouds drift and raindrops fall. But the challenge today is to find more interesting and exciting action words. This is a ‘verb’ quest! (I’ve highlighted the examples in blue so that they stand out for you. Look carefully at how they came up with these descriptions).


Think of some ways of moving in sport, dance, at home, at play – e.g. boogie, sprint, high jump, hang out, front crawl. Now apply these ways of moving in describing some of your subjects of choice from the list you made yesterday when you went outside. e.g. Clouds are doing the front crawl across the sky. Raindrops are bungee-jumping. This can be extended imaginatively by using personification: if the raindrops were alive, what would they be up to? Raindrops, base jumping like nutters! Raindrops, escaping their cloud prisons in parachute dives. Clouds, scurrying home from the supermarket with bursting bags of raindrops. Try using this idea with wind and with leaves too. e.g. The wind sprints through the air... A school of leaves skip across the sky- playground... Strong gusts beat up buildings and bully the grass. Keep developing the idea further. Once a really imaginative verb has been chosen, what happens next? If raindrops swallow-dive, what do they fall into... maybe an Olympic-sized puddle? Or they might win a silver puddle. The wind might drive in a cloud-Ferrari, but where is it going? Screeching round the sun-roundabout.


How many descriptions can you make? The more you create today the more you’ll have to choose from when you write your poem!

Tuesday English Video

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WEDNESDAY - Can I use similes to add description?


SPAG activity: Prefixes – Can you match up the prefix pairs? (anti, auto, super)


Main activity: Today we are going to try to use similes to capture how the texture of natural things feels. Remember that a simile is where we use ‘as’ or ‘like’ to compare two things.

E.g. Bark feels rough and wrinkled like my grandad’s face. Or: Grass as slippery as a water-park slide.

Today, and again in silence outside, can you capture as many natural sounds as you can? Then, describe the sounds using personification (make it seem like a person/human) or using a simile. E.g. Birds having a natter, twittering about not much at all. Remember, birds can’t actually ‘natter’ as this is a human characteristic so it’s personification. The raindrops are tap dancing the latest soaking sensation. The rain can’t actually tap dance, so we have made something not human seem like a person, which means it is personification.


Think about: the sound the wind makes in the leaves, the rhythm of raindrops on roofs, the beaming rays from the sun warming up the ground, etc. Good luck!

Wednesday English Video

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THURSDAY - Can I write my own weather poem?


We will look at this together in our Zoom session so if you can bring your brainstorming from the week – all your powerful verbs and similes and personification poetry lines and we will have a go at putting them altogether. Then you can write your first draft before writing up the finished version tomorrow as a shape poem! More to come on that tomorrow!

Thursday English Video

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FRIDAY - Can I write my poem in the form of a shape linked to weather?


Look at the shape poems PowerPoint and consider what shape your poem will be. Have a go at drawing an outline for your weather poem (make sure it’s big enough to fit your poem inside!). There are some templates if you’d prefer to use those. Colour it to make it really beautiful. Please bring these into school when we go back so that we can fill our display boards with your brilliant work!



Times Tables – Times tables are so important to learn and time at home is one of the best ways to practise these over and over until children know them. There are some good websites out there to learn times tables, some are free and others require a subscription.


Here are some to choose from below:

Times Tables Rock Stars (ttrockstars.com)

Times tables games - Learn them all here!

Times Tables Games for 7 to 11 year olds (topmarks.co.uk)

Maths Chase - Times Tables Games - Fun Maths Tests

Multiplication Tables Check - Mathsframe

Times tables collection - BBC Teach (Super movers – a fun way to learn times tables!)


Please make sure your child knows the 3, 4 and 8 times tables in order and out of order and can recall the facts as quickly as possible (within 5 seconds ideally!). It’s easy to think our children know their tables, but do they really? Please check they do as it will really help them in Year 4, when they need to know ALL times table facts!


MyMaths – There is one activity relating to perimeter for this week which can be completed at any time across the week to check your child’s understanding.

MONDAY - Oak Academy Lesson 5 - Cab I calculate the perimeters of 2D shapes in cm and mm?


Click on the video to watch the lesson and answer the questions on the worksheet.


TUESDAY - Oak Academy Lesson 6 - Can I calculate the perimeters of 2D shapes in mixed units?


Click on the video to watch the lesson and answer the questions on the worksheet.


WEDNESDAY - Oak Academy Lesson 8 - Can I calculate the perimeters of 2D shapes in m and cm?


Click on the video to watch the lesson and answer the questions on the worksheet.


THURSDAY - Oak Academy Lesson 9 - Can I apply problem solving strategies to length? 


Click on the video to watch the lesson and answer the questions on the worksheet.


FRIDAY - Oak Academy Lesson 10 - Can I apply everything I have learnt to solve length and perimeter problems?


Click on the video to watch the lesson and answer the questions on the worksheet.


Big Question / Other Curriculum Learning


This term our Big Question is: Why does the world around us change?

Science - Can I label the parts of a plant?


Watch the video about plants and then have a go at the pairs activity to create your own plant with an explanation as to what each part of the plant does.


Geography - What are the different types of weather?


I am sure you know all the different types of weather that we have here in the UK – can you think of any beyond the UK? I’d like you to create a weather chart this week and keep a record of the weather each day for a fortnight. Watch how the weather changes maybe from day to day or week to week. Why do these changes happen? Perhaps you can do some research online to find out. You could type a note to me on Seesaw telling me what happens.

PSHE - What is Climate Change?


Look through the PowerPoint about Climate Change and think about the questions it asks you. Can you complete the Climate Change Comparative Test to illustrate the effect of climate change on the environment? You can record what you found out on the sheet provided or tell me over Seesaw.

Art - Can I create a painting which represents a type of weather?


Using any media of your choosing (paint, colouring pencils, shading, pastels, charcoal) create a piece of art which shows a type of weather. You might choose to paint a stormy scene for example. Think carefully about the colours and the texture you are trying to create. This video might help you consider how to do this:


P.E. - Can I create my own fitness circuit?


Can you think of 6 different movements you can perform using no equipment to set up a 6 station circuit? In school, we did circuit training in our first term, can you remember some of the movements we had? We used some equipment, but what can you come up without any? Maybe you’ll use press ups as one station, or high knee runs, or punching forward? You can get ideas from Joe Wicks! Can you get your family to join in or maybe you can Zoom with a friend and exercise together!

Watch this clip about the importance of exercise:



Week 6 wb: 8th February 2021 

Dear Foxes and Families,


Week 6, which means it’s nearly half term! You’ve done so well – I am so incredibly proud of you all. We are another step closer to being back together in the classroom so that you can see your friends and we can get back to some sort of normality and routine. It can be really hard when our way of living has to change, and it might seem a bit frightening with all that is going on around you in the world. We understand that and want you to know that we see that and appreciate that it is hard to make sense of everything. It may well affect how you feel about school and learning, and particularly quite possibly having to do what is normally school learning at home. I am here to tell you not to worry about not completing every single piece of work, or not sending me all of your work, or not wanting to complete the work set for some subjects – that is ok, and it is a completely normal reaction to what is happening. I know you are all doing the best you can 😊 Please don’t worry at all.


What can we learn from Captain Sir Tom Moore?

There was sad news last week as Captain Sir Tom Moore sadly died. You may well remember him being in the News lots for his amazing achievement of raising £33 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden, just before the age of 100! He was a remarkable gentleman whom I shall always remember, as he is such an inspiration. If Captain Sir Tom can achieve this, what can we achieve? If you fancy setting yourself a goal – maybe as a family or with a friend – have a look at the attached poster with information about him and also look at the Picture News Resource which is an activity you could think about this week as part of current news. Can you challenge yourself to do something 100 times?


Also consider what Captain Sir Tom said, as these are wise words which may help see you and your family through this difficult time:

Stay safe, look after yourselves.

The Year 3 Team.

Here is a link to BBC Newsround which has some great tips for staying happy and active in Lockdown.


Zoom details: Tuesday (9th) and Thursday (11th) at 9.30am. Same meetings details. Tuesday is Safer Internet Day so we will look at this together during our session, plus play some games. On Thursday please bring one thing you'd like to share with everyone that has maybe been your favourite piece of learning or something you are particularly proud of. You could send me a picture of this beforehand which I could share over the screen if it isn't something which you can physically show or you could talk about what you have enjoyed learning. As always, if you feel you don't want to speak that's ok :), just let me know.

This is our last week on Stig of the Dump and hopefully you have managed to finish the book. If not, there is still time to finish it this week.

I’m very aware we are in the final week of term and some children may be feeling the tiredness this brings (I know I am!). Therefore, with this in mind, please adapt this week to work for you as a family! Maybe you want to start the writing earlier in the week and switch the book review to the end of the week, maybe you want to skip some activities altogether. That is completely fine. Maybe rather than writing a story, your child could write a comic strip for an adventure story or they could type their work on Word, they could retell their story orally using the video or microphone tool on Seesaw, they could make their own book or another way they wish to convey their own adventure story. Maybe they’d rather write a diary entry detailing everything which has happened since last week. For many children, writing at home can be problematic, so I would suggest not pushing against this too much and find an alternative way or do something else altogether 😊

MONDAY - Can I write a book review for Stig of the Dump?

What do you think a Book Review is? Look through the PowerPoint slides with me on the video and look at the examples of book reviews too. Today I would like you to write a book review about Stig of the Dump by Clive King. Can you include: title, author, publisher, what the story is about, the characters, any highlights (interesting parts), parts which made you not want to put it down, any parts you didn’t like, whether you would recommend the book and if so who to (which age group, particular people?). You could also give the book a star rating using the template provided.

Monday 8th Feb video.mp4

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TUESDAY - Can I compare two characters from a text?

Today I would like you to think about both Barney and Lou. How are they similar and how are they different? What is their relationship like as brother and sister? What does Lou enjoy doing? What does Barney enjoy doing?

Using the format provided, and using the questions to help your thinking, can you compare the two characters by thinking about what they like? You can just record yourself telling me on Seesaw if you would prefer, rather than writing it down.

WEDNESDAY - Can I plan my own adventure story?

We have done lots of writing of stories before and you wrote brilliant Stone Age Boy stories. For the rest of the week you are going to be planning, writing and then editing your story. If you aren’t in the mood for story writing, maybe you could think about creating a cartoon strip type story or maybe you would prefer to write another diary entry instead, continuing from where we left off before? It’s up to you!

Have a go today at planning out what you would like to do. As Stig of the Dump is an adventure story, watch this clip about what adventure stories need to include first. 

There are a few different planning formats for you to choose from or you can create your own – a story map (you just need plain paper for this), a boxing up version, story mountain version, a comic strip…

In the planning stage, it is important to be clear about the story, how it will begin, where it is set, who the characters are, the description you are going to use, the main event and what type of ending you will have (happy, sad or cliff hanger?).

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THURSDAY - Can I write my own adventure story?

Today I want you to start writing your story or carton strip, or whatever you have decided to do! Remember to include all the descriptive elements we have worked on before – similes, alliteration, personification – and try to vary your sentence lengths (simple, compound and complex). Maybe you could try to use different sentence openers too – try putting an adverb at the beginning of a sentence in a few places in your story, or use the time and place adverbials we have worked on before. Writing can take quite a long time so if you want to take longer to don the writing that’s ok, or maybe you just want to write the beginning or up to the main event. Do what is best for you.

FRIDAY - Can I edit and improve my adventure story?

You could finish off your story today if you didn’t get time yesterday, but remember to re-read and edit and improve your work. Perhaps you can find 3 adjectives which you could improve using a thesaurus, or you could improve 3 sentences by opening them in different ways. Can you find one simple, one compound and one complex sentence you have written? If not, can you change some sentences so that you have one of each? You don’t have to do all the suggestions, just try one! 😊


This week we continue with our topic on Length and Perimeter. We have looked at length last week and this week we are staying focused on this. After half term we will look at Perimeter in more detail.


Times Tables: Can you revise the 3, 4 and 8 times tables? Use Topmarks online and see if you can improve your score each time you have a go! Let me know your scores on Seesaw if you would like to 😊


MyMaths – None this week. But if your child particularly likes MyMaths and if they would prefer working on this platform, drop me an email. There isn’t anything at their level for length unfortunately (it’s all early KS1 work), but I could set some work on number and place value for example as revision.

MONDAY - Do I understand equivalent lengths? (cm and m)

Watch the video and have a go at the worksheet attached. Make sure you understand that there are 100cm in 1m.


TUESDAY - Do I understand equivalent lengths? (mm and cm)

Watch the video and have a go at the worksheet attached. Make sure you understand that there are 10mm in 1cm, and therefore 100mm in 10cm.


WEDNESDAY - Can I add lengths?

Watch the video and have a go at the worksheet attached.


THURSDAY - Can I subtract lengths?
Watch the video and have a go at the worksheet attached.


FRIDAY - What is perimeter and can I measure it?
Watch the video and have a go at the worksheet attached.


Big Question / Other Curriculum Learning

I have eased up a little this week with the Big Question work and wider learning as I wonder if this final week may be an ideal time to go back and complete anything which you didn’t manage to but wanted to, or to finish off projects children may have started, or maybe just to chill out! 

On Tuesday in our Zoom we will talk about Internet Safety (see below) and I will set the children the task I have detailed to complete afterwards if they have time (so save the ICT for Tuesday).


I appreciate it may look a bit overwhelming on Seesaw first thing on a Monday – please let your child know the activities are there for them to have access to across the week, and do not have to be completed immediately (or at all). Send me blank responses if you need to get rid of them from your end.

ICT: How can I keep safe online?

This week is Internet Safety week and therefore we will be keeping ourselves safe online. There is an assembly link for you to watch and we will listen to Mrs Hoad read Chicken Clicking together in our Zoom session on Tuesday and then I will set you a task from this to complete afterwards. You will need some plain paper for this.


You can listen to Mrs Hoad read the story  ‘Chicken Clicking’ again below in the video. What online safety message does Chick learn? What mistakes did she make? Can you design a set of rules for staying safe online that you could give to Chick?

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Music: Can I create my own Stone Age music or song?

Thinking about the song The Stone Age Sucks (remind yourself of this on the You Tube video below), I would like you to see if you can come up with a song or piece of music related to the Stone Age. It could be about hunting, Stonehenge, Stig of the Dump…. whatever you like! You could use an instrument you can play (if you play an instrument), or you could create your own lyrics and song for example using saucepans as drums perhaps (please ask permission first!). You can even use your own body as percussion.  You can change the rhythm and the tune – it’s up to you! There is a BBC Bite size link which might help you think about composing your own piece of music.


Stone Age - The Stone Age Sucks! (Song)

Stone Age - The Stone Age Sucks! by History Rocks.Download the lyrics and "Complete" and "Instrumental" versions for FREE at:http://mrcarterrocks.wixsite.com...

History: What was Skara Brae?

In this final week we are going to learn about the village of Skara Brae, an archaeological site which still remains today, which was built in the Neolithic period. There are PowerPoint slides to look through and on slide 5 there is a link to follow which will take you online where you can find out lots all about Skara Brae (the link is also below).

Once on the website read the information, click onto the video of a Stone Age house at Skara Brae, and learn more about the tools at the bottom of the page to find out about them. Make notes on the resource as you go or you could tell me using a video or voice recording what you have learnt.



French: Can I learn some basic animal names?

Use the link to follow the tutorial and games to learn the names for pets in French.

P.E: Can I keep my body fit and healthy?

Dance: Follow the link below and see if you can bust some moves this week to this cool tune!

Football – You could continue to practise your football skills for this final week.

Joe Wicks – Joe Wicks is Live 3 days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday - during this lockdown on his YouTube page. Pick a day, 2 days or (if you’re brave!) all 3 days and have a go!

Week 5: wb 1st February 2021

Hi Foxes and Families,


How are you all doing? It feels like a long stretch this time to me, I wonder what it feels like to you? You have done an amazing job and seeing your work on Seesaw is wonderful! Please continue to upload any work you wish to onto Seesaw for me to see. 

This week all the learning is on Seesaw as well as here on the class page, so you can access it in whichever way you prefer. 

Whatever you do this week, get some fresh air and exercise, and be kind to yourself and others :-)


Have a good week. Look after yourselves.


The Year 3 Team


Zoom: Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th February at 9.30am for about half an hour. Same meeting details as before which can be found in the overview document below. I will run through the work Tuesday and then the plan is to play a little Scavenger Game also. On Thursday we will look at the Science work on Fossils - what do you already know about fossils? Have you ever found a fossil? And we will play a game of French Bingo (so revise your numbers to 20!)!

Times Table Practice Worksheets - 8 x table



This week we are continuing our work on the text Stig of the Dump by Clive King. You need to have read/listened up to (and including) Chapter 5 before you start this week. We will finish the text by the end of the week. If you need a copy of the text, please click on the link below and it is also on Seesaw for you to access there too. 



Monday: Can I identify different sentences in a text?

Look at the extract from the story  where Stig is having a go at creating a spark for the fire - can you highlight/underline in different colours the different sentences Clive King has used (simple, compound and complex)? Use this link to BBC Bitesize to help you think about the different types: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4m8r2p

There are four activities further down the page. I would like you to have a go at Activity 1 and 2, as you have already completed activity 3 above using Stig of the Dump. If you would like a further challenge, then complete activity 4 also.

Tuesday: Can I use conjunctions to extend my sentences?

What has happened in Stig of the Dump so far? Draw a story map of where we are up to so far on plain paper. You’ll need this in just a moment.


Can you remember what a conjunction is? If not, click on the link to find out: Using conjunctions - Year 3 - P4 - English - Catch Up Lesson - Home Learning with BBC Bitesize - BBC Bitesize 

Make a list of as many conjunctions as you can think of. Thinking about the story so far and using the story map you drew, I want you to practise writing sentences to explain what happens at different parts in the story using a conjunction in each sentence. Choose one from your list. Try to use a different one in each sentences (as much as you can). 

Watch and listen to Chapter 6 of Stig of the Dump being read (or read it yourself):


Wednesday: Can I use adverbs in sentences?

What is an adverb? Use this link to remind you if you have forgotten: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbn492p

Look through the slides attached about adverbs and think about how they help to improve our sentences. Can you challenge yourself today to use the adverb in different places within the sentence? For example, it doesn’t always have to come at the end (The boy played quietly.) We could put it at the beginning, e.g. Quietly, the boy played. This can make your writing more interesting to read. Try this out today! I would like you to write sentences today about Barney and Stig and practise using an adverb in different places within your sentences.



As an extra challenge, try using different types of sentences too from the work you did on Monday, and use conjunctions from the work you did yesterday!

Watch and listen to Chapter 7 of Stig of the Dump being read or read it yourself from the online link on Monday or your own book.



Thursday: Can I imagine I am a character and ask questions to another character?

Stig of the Dump is an adventure story but as it is a chapter book, it doesn’t just have 1 main event/problem and 1 resolution it goes through a few mini adventures/main events and resolutions.

What have Barney and Stig done together so far? Look back at your story map from the beginning of the week – can you add chapter 6 and 7 which you have now listened to? As you add these parts of the story, think about what were the problems/events, and were there resolutions to these? 


Today I would like you to think about the possible questions Lou and Grandma might ask Barney about what he has been up to and his friend Stig. Remember they don’t believe Barney that Stig is real. Write a list of these questions. Don’t’ forget to use a question mark!


Watch and listen to Chapter 8 of Stig of the Dump or read the online version (see the link under Monday's work) or read your own text if you have it.


Friday: Can I write a main event of an adventure story?

Thinking about what happened in chapter 8 yesterday – what do you think will happen next? 


Using your questions from yesterday (the ones Lou and Grandma might ask Barney about Stig), I want you to answer them as though you are Barney replying. 


Watch and listen to the final chapter of Stig (Chapter 9) on the link below. Or read the last chapter online using the version under Monday or read your own text if you have it.






Monday: Do I know the relationship between kilometres, metres and centimetres?

Today we are going to look at units of measure relating to length. Watch the video and see if you can answer the questions that I ask you throughout the video. Remember to pause the video to give yourself time to answer.


Your activity today is to think of objects you would measure in centimetres (cm), metres (m) and kilometres (km). Why would you use these measurements? Record the objects you chose on the recording sheet. Can you think of 5 for each one?


Check your understanding by answering these questions:

What is 100cm equal to?

How many centimetres in one kilometre?

How many metres is 200cm?

How could we write 150cm in metres?

Monday Maths Video

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Do I know the relationship between kilometres, metres and centimetres?

Tuesday: Can I estimate, measure and record the length of objects?

You’ll need a tape measure and a ruler today.

Today we are going to think about estimating, measuring and recording lengths. Watch the video and answer the questions that I ask throughout the video. Don’t worry if you get them wrong – just have a go! Remember to pause the video at the right places.


Your activity is to find objects in your house or garden which you could estimate, measure and record the length of (both width and length/height) in the table provided. Remember to estimate first – it doesn’t matter if you get the estimate wrong, it’s just to give you a comparison once you have measured the object. Make sure when you measure that you start measuring at the ‘0’ of the ruler or tape measure! You can record the measure to the nearest centimetre, as some objects are not exactly 12cm long for example, they may be 12.5cm (in which case round up!). Hopefully you remember from class how to round up and down…

Tuesday Maths Video

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Can I estimate, measure and record the length of objects?

Wednesday: Can I estimate, measure and record the lengths of different lines and objects?

Remember the importance of choosing the right unit of measure – centimetres, metres or kilometres – and also measuring accurately by starting to measure from the ‘0’ of the ruler or measuring tape.


Have a go one of the activity sheets – don’t do all 3! The first one is the easiest (3A), second one average (3B) and the third one is the hardest (3C). You can choose which one you feel is appropriate for you.


Challenge – Can you measure the lengths and widths of some rooms in your house? Estimate first and then compare your guesses with the actual measurements. You might need an adult to help you with this.

Wednesday Maths Video

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Can I estimate, measure and record the lengths of different lines and objects?

Thursday: Can I compare and order lengths using the < or > symbols?

We have used the symbols before in class but it was a while ago.

< means less than and > means greater than.

Watch the video, pausing at the questions and have a go at answering them


Have a go at one of the activity sheets – no need to do all 3! The first one is the easiest (4A), second one average (4B) and the third one is the hardest (4C). You can choose which one you feel is appropriate for you. You don't need the length cards and symbol cards, so don't print everything.


Challenge – can you order the actual lengths of your objects from Tuesday, from shortest to longest? Then choose two of them to compare using the symbols. Do more if you have time!

Thursday Maths Video

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Can I compare and order lengths using the < or > symbols?

Friday: Can I solve length problems?

Today I want you to read through the PDF file yourself, pausing to answer the problems.

Remember that when we solve problems we can use RUCSAC to help us:


Read the question carefully.

Understand what the question is asking.

Choose the correct operation (+, -, x or ÷)

Solve the problem

Answer (check you have written the answer!)

Check (check your workings out!)


Complete one of the 3 worksheets today. The first one is the easiest (5A), second one average (5B) and the third one is the hardest (5C). You can choose which one you feel is appropriate for you.


Challenge – If you have time, and want to do a little more, use the Question Sheets at the end of the attachment to match up the questions with the answers (3 sheets – A (easier), B (medium), C (hardest)).
Big Question / Other Curriculum Learning



This week is Children's Mental Health Awareness week and during this challenging time it is important we look after our well-being.

So let's think about our emotions and how we express these. 

In what ways do we express our emotions? Take a look at the emotion monsters, choose one to focus on and then decide how you would express this emotion. Can you express it in a creative way? You may wish to:


Create a dance.
Create a music composition using an instrument.
Sing a song.
Write a short story.
Make a mask.
Paint or draw a picture.
Make a video or animation.
Take photographs of objects that reflect that emotion.


There is no right or wrong! Just have some fun!



Science: Do I know what a fossil is and how they are formed?

This week for Science we are looking at Fossils. This activity is also on Seesaw.

How are fossils made? Which rocks are fossils found in? Have you ever found a fossil? Can you make your own fossils?

Have a read through the first few pages of the information, either on Seesaw or open the attachment below, to learn what fossils are and how they are formed. Watch the video explanation and then have a go at completing the comic strip to help you understand the process of fossilisation.


If you have the materials available at home you could always try making your own fossils too using the instructions - there are a few different ways so you will need to think carefully about what you have at home first. You'll need adult help to make these probably so maybe the weekend might be better. Remember to ask your adult first.


R.E: What would it have been like for Noah and his family to follow God?

Thinking about the story of Noah which we read in week 2 (use the slides/information on Seesaw as a reminder) and the covenant made between God and Noah from that moment on. Both God and humans would have conditions they would need to stick to. What do you think these are? Draw a person (this could be Noah or perhaps yourself) using the ‘Thinking about Noah’ resource and a rainbow over the person’s head. Around them write all the promises/conditions humans and God would need to keep to make the world a better place. Colour it in to make it really bright and as a reminder to us to keep each other safe.

French: Can I learn the numbers 1-20 in French?

Listen to the song by following the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhj9SqrIZqI

On Thursday in our Zoom meeting we will play French Bingo together so you could revise these French numbers before we meet.

History: How did hunter-gatherers survive in the Stone Age?

Follow this link to BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z82hsbk/articles/z34djxs Listen to how they made their tools from rocks. It tells us information about how we came to know about these prehistoric times which fits in with what we were thinking about a couple of weeks ago. There is some information on cave art and then information which links to our Science work on fossils. Explore the images on the website to find out more information. Have you learnt anything new today?


PE - Get moving!

Wellness and movement are important! Perhaps this week you could try out some dance moves using the video attached. Play it as many times as you like and then perhaps you could make a video of yourself doing the dance moves? You could also keep practising your football skills or reuse the yoga links on the class page from previous weeks. Whatever you do, try to keep exercising whenever you can. Movement helps us feel better :)

Week 4: wb 25th January 2021

Welcome to another week of home learning - I can hardly believe it's week 4 already! We hope you are all doing ok and we know that every day can be different, so please do what you need to do to make this easier on yourselves and your family at home. If you need any support, please drop me an email and let me know.

Many of you have uploaded work onto Seesaw and I'd like you to keep doing this please if you can. It is so lovely to see your learning. Do email any work to me directly if you would like for it to go on our class Home Learning Gallery.

The Maths and topic work is all on Seesaw this week. But I have also posted the Maths and topic details  below, as well as the English. The overview for the week is in the Word document as usual which details all the learning. 

I hope you enjoy Stig of the Dump this week for English - it's one of my favourite books! 


Take care of yourselves - get lots of fresh air and keep smiling :)


Stay safe,


The Year 3 Team





Zoom this week will be Tuesday and Thursday again, both at 9.30am. Same meeting details as before (these can be found in the Word overview document below). On Thursday I thought the children might like to show their painted stone age animals they made last week if they would like to and we will look at the History work about Stonehenge (you may want to save this work until then) and if we get time we will have a quiz about rocks!

Monday's English

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Wednesday - Description of Stig

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Stig Description template

Watch me model writing a diary entry (and see if you can hear my dog dreaming at the end in the background?!!)

Diary Entry video

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Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Other Curriculum Learning

History - Stonehenge - What is it? How was it built? What was it for?


Watch the video on the link below and then I'd like you to produce a poster/PowerPoint/model about Stonehenge. Can you answer these 3 questions within your work: What is Stonehenge? How was it built? What was it for? If you would like to spend longer on this task to make it really special and detailed, you can spend two weeks on this task. When we are back in school, please bring in your posters and models and we will display them in the classroom for us all to enjoy :) 


Science - Can I identify rocks?


Be a Rock Detective! Watch the video on the link below. This when when you are out for a walk, see if you can find an interesting rocks. Take a picture of it and describe what it looks like, perhaps using the microphone tool on Seesaw. Take a guess, do you think it is an igneous rock, metamorphic rock or a sedimentary rock? Why do you think this is?

French - Basic Foods


Follow the link below to the French Games website and learn about the French names of fruits. Work through the introduction and full tutorial. How many can you get right?

PSHE - Let it out!


Look at the big questions on the PowerPoint slides - why is it important to share our thoughts and feelings with those around us? How can we communicate our thoughts and feelings to others?

Work through the Powerpoint thinking about what makes a healthy friendship. Choose one scenario to think about and consider how a positive and healthy friendship could help in this situation. You might have had similar experiences where you needed the support of a good friend at a difficult time or in a challenging situation. How would this have helped you? How did you share your thoughts and feelings at this time? What made it hard to do this? How can we encourage others to share their thoughts and feelings?

WEEK 3: wb 18th January 2021 

Welcome to another week of Home Learning which you will find all the details of in the Word document below, and as before all the resources are listed here too, including links to websites and additional resources to help times tables practice and spelling. Spellings have been added onto the website for this week too (same spelling groups as before).


We aim to start using our new learning platforms - MyMaths and Seesaw - as soon as possible, and, as with anything, we may all be at different stages whilst we learn how to use these - children, parents and me! Please watch the videos above in the section labelled 'MyMaths and Seesaw Information' above, using the link to the Year 5 class page where Miss Lawless explains how to use these learning platforms which we hope will make home learning more fun and engaging. For this week, I am suggesting we start practising uploading work for me to see and comment on and then the following week I shall set work on Seesaw.  


Please let me know how you get on or if you need support please don't hesitate to contact me via email - kbishopp@lyminge.kent.sch.uk - and please remember, just do what you can.

I will continue to upload pictures of your home learning  onto our Home Learning Gallery if you email it to me so that we can celebrate your remote learning. You are all doing a fantastic job!


Best wishes to you all,


The Year 3 Team


Zoom - Tuesday and Thursday this week at 9.30am! For Thursday's session we will make the salt dough stone age animals together online. Your child will need to have premade the salt dough beforehand (see recipe and instructions in the Word document as a link). They will also need a plastic mat or tray to roll the dough out on, a rolling pin and a small spoon or fork to make marks with. Play doh can also be used if the salt dough recipe doesn't go to plan!



MyMaths work for this week

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Story Planning TUESDAY

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This video explains your task for today which is to plan out your own Stone Age story.

Finding change

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Here I explain how I want you to find change this week if you are not confident using column subtraction.

Mr Whoop's Video - English

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Other Curriculum Learning
TERM 3 - Week 2 - wb: 11th January 2021

Welcome to Week 2! I have put all the information you need for the whole week in this Word document which you could print (9 pages) if you wanted to or you can just read from the screen. The links are mentioned within it but they are also further down under each day to click on and open up. 

Please note the Zoom details for this week on Wednesday at 9.30am if your child would like to/is able to join us!




Convert pounds and pence HARDER

Converting pounds and pence.

Use the link to pause the video so that you can read pages 16 and 17 in detail for yourself. Look carefully at the pictures before you consider whether you would like to be a child in the Stone Age or not. Remember to give your reasons as to why! 
Big Question / other Curriculum Learning
Please continue to read regularly whilst at home. This is probably THE most important thing you can do. Reading helps us access so many other areas of learning and aspects of life, plus it's really good for your imagination and can be relaxing for lots of people. Use the strategies below shown on the Reciprocal Reading cards which you use in class.

TERM 3 - WEEK 1 - W/B: 4th January 2021



You can also play the game found on the link below related to practising high frequency words. If you are in Red, Blue or Green spelling group please try the Year 3 'Tricky Words 1' option. If you are in either of the Purple spelling groups please try Year 2 'Tricky Words 1' option. We will continue using this game for this week and will work through all the 'Tricky Words', therefore you may wish to practise more than one list of spellings each day. The more you do, the more helpful it will be to you when you are writing. The game works on the 'look, say, cover, write, check' principle. If the Year 3 words are too tricky, try the Year 2, and vice versa. Good luck!

We are beginning a topic on Money in Maths so perhaps you can find some coins at home and practise counting them. Can you make different amounts, such as 35p, 82p, £1.20 or £3.78? Challenge yourself to make increasingly higher amounts using coins. You could draw them out on paper or just do this practically. 

Play the game below to practise your counting skills!

Big Question - Which is better: Stone, Bronze or Iron?


This term our Big Question is centred around the Stone Age. What information can you find out about the Stone Age? You could do some research online (with the support of an adult if that's possible) or read through the attached information and write some notes down. What do you know already about the Stone Age? What interests you? What do you want to find out? We might have a discussion later in the week about what questions you have about the Stone Age and what you would like to find out, so have some questions ready.

Stone Age Fact Cards


Have a go today at deciding whether a word is being used as a noun or a verb. Can you remember what a noun is? What is a verb? Once you are sure you understand the terms, have a go at the worksheet. (One star = easier; 2 stars = medium; 3 stars = harder). 

The answers are also here so check your work afterwards. How did you do?

Now have a go at your high frequency words again as you did yesterday, except choose a different number (eg. if you did 'tricky words 1' yesterday, do 'tricky words 2' today. Good luck!)

For Maths today, we are continuing with money and counting coins. Today the worksheets have a challenge at the bottom also to add the amounts rather than the coins. Try the worksheets and see how you do. If this is too easy, try worksheet 3 and have another go at the game from yesterday (link is below) and increase the amounts. 
In PSHCE we are thinking about Ourselves and Being Ourselves. Today I would like you to think about the idea of New Year Resolutions, or as I like to think about them 'New Year Practices'. They are goals or aims we want to try to achieve in the year ahead. Look at the website link below and watch the video where the children tell you their New Year Resolutions and then scroll down to find out how people around the world celebrate (in usual circumstances), then see if you can complete the balloons with your thoughts and goals for 2021. 

Today we are revising our knowledge of prepositions. Prepositions are words which tell us where things are in relation to the noun or pronoun. A preposition is always followed by a noun or pronoun. For example, 'She arrived after dinner.' 

Look through the PowerPoint and then have a go at the worksheet questions below. Do the GPS Fluency first then the Application and Reasoning after. There are 3 sheets within each of these documents and 'a' and 'b' questions (6 questions per page). The first page of questions are labelled 'D' (Developing) and are easier, then the next page is labelled 'E' (Expected) and the final page is labelled 'GD' (Greater Depth) and is the hardest level. Most children would be expected to achieve the 'Expected' level. Or you could work through all 3 levels, depending how much time you have. But remember there are 2 sheets below to complete.



Today in Maths, I would like you to watch the video (choose from easier or harder today) and then complete the worksheets that go with these and then mark your work yourself using the answer sheet provided. If you went wrong anywhere, try to think about why.

Also today, please practise your times tables (2, 5, 10, 3 and 4s) using Topmarks, Hit the Button link below. What's the highest score you can get for each times table? Aim to beat your scores tomorrow!

In French, we are going to learn colours. Use the image below to practise saying them aloud and try to remember each one as best as you can. Then play the game on the link to test yourself. Go to 'Topics' first, then select 'Colours'. You can go through the 'Lessons' or skip to the 'Games' and choose a game linked to French colours.

Today I would like you to have a go at a reading comprehension activity linked to the Stone Age. There are three different levels (1 star = easiest level; 2 stars = medium and 3 stars= hardest level). 

The answers are also within the document, so check your answers afterwards. 


Use the White Rose video (see link) to support you in answering the worksheet questions. Do the best you can. If the sheet is a bit tricky, why not have a go at making different amounts by drawing different coins on the Toy Shop worksheet instead.

Practise your times tables too please. Can you beat your score from yesterday?

Pounds and pence

This is "Pounds and pence" by White Rose Maths on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.


This term our Art is linked to the Stone Age. During the Stone Age time, Neanderthals used cave walls to share the stories of their time. Watch the National Geographic video to find out more about this time and the art they used to communicate.


Can you practise drawing the animals which were around during the Stone Age? You can use the resource to help you. 

P.E. - Football or Yoga - your choice!

In P.E. our topic would have been Football if we had all been in school. I know that some of you love football and so if you would like to you can practise the skill of 'dribbling' this week. If the weather is good you could do practise this afternoon outside, or if it isn't great perhaps you could try over the weekend. Make sure you have enough space and you have room around you so that you won't trip over anything or bash into anything! 


Could you create an obstacle course where you need to dribble in and out and around objects. The idea of dribbling remember is to keep the ball close to your feet; keeping it under control at all times. Gradually increase your speed as you gain confidence and become more competent. You must also try to keep looking up so that you are aware of where you are going and know who you would pass to if you were playing in a game.

What other football skills do you have? Perhaps you could practise these too.

If Football isn't your thing, why not try some Yoga? The link attached takes you through some simple yoga moves for children (and adults can join in too if they're free). Relax and enjoy :)