School closure learning

Good morning everybody. I am writing this from school where I am helping some of our children do their home learning whilst the people who normally look after them are at work.
We should have been performing at the Singing Festival on Friday and I've been hearing that some of you are going to do a video link singing festival all of your own. So here are the backing tracks to sign along to. I hope you remember the words. If you want to send me a video of yourself I can try to put it on the website, as long as I also have permission from the people who look you. 
Stay safe, we're missing you, Mrs.Stockley

Hello and welcome to the Y3 School Closure Learning Page. 

This page is your new virtual learning and communication HQ whilst the school is closed. 

On here you will find a range of different learning activities and things to do whilst you are not able to go to school. 

This page will also be a place for the adults at school to keep in touch with you. Whilst school is closed, we will miss not seeing your cheery, smiling faces and will want to stop by (virtually) and say hello every now and then. Please keep checking this page to see updates of what we have all been up to. If you’re lucky you might even get a few videos along the way – Mrs Stockley dancing with her dog, Ms Drohan cooking lunch, Mr Jenkins singing or possibly even Mrs Wales doing a workout. Very exciting I’m sure you will agree.

Please look after yourselves, your friends and your families. Listen to your parents and carers. Wash your hands. Eat your veg. Say please and thank you. Keep being the wonderful young people we know you are.

We’ll be in touch soon!

Mrs Stockley, Mr Jenkins, Ms Drohan, Mrs Wales, Mr Fairweather, Mrs Mather and Ms Newton

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you are well during these difficult and unusual times. 

This page of the Hunter’s Bar Junior School website is designed to be your one stop shop for all schoolwork and learning whilst school is closed. Please use this page daily to access resources for home learning and to see if there are any updates on what children should be doing.

Further to Mr Watson’s letter, we recommend that children might want to follow a similar timetable to the one they are familiar with at school. 

 

Maths

For their daily maths, we are recommending that children access https://myminimaths.co.uk/year-3-mini-maths/

This website provides daily tasks on a range of different maths topics along with some instructional YouTube videos. We are suggesting that children work through the pages in order. We would like children to attempt to do a day or two of the activities each day which will help them to practise the skills we have already learned.

On top of this, we recommend children use https://mathsbot.com/questionGenerator to generate questions on topics they have already covered so far this year. These topics are all number-based and include the following: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, difference, halving, doubling and place value. 

Obviously, children can and should continue to access TimesTable Rockstars as usual. https://ttrockstars.com/

 

English

For their daily English sessions, children should first and foremost spend 30 minutes reading their own book.We recommend you do this in two 15 minute slots. If at all possible, some of this time should be spent reading with an adult or older sibling who can support them and question them about their reading to check understanding.

Further to this, children should visit http://www.pobble365.com/

This website gives children a daily image which is the inspiration for a range of English-based activities. The website provides a story starter for children to continue, some reading questions, some sentence work and an art activity (the art could form part of their afternoon theme or topic work). 

 

Go to pick a day in the top right hand corner of the website and click the following dates which have been selected as appropriate for Y3s.
October 14th - The Troll
August 2nd - The Magic Globe
February 19th - Wide-eyed
February 5th - The Young Detective
October 15th - Opening Doors
1st April - Animal Town
February 12th - The Journey
March 8th - Nelly The Elephant
February 13th - Animal Airlines
October 16th - Greedy!

 

In addition to this, children may wish to keep a diary of their time off. They could record what they have done each day, how they have kept fit, what they have enjoyed and how they are feeling. This may also support the maintenance of positive mental health during the period.

 

Theme and Topic

For their theme and topic sessions, we would like children to visit the following BBC Bitesize websites:

 

Science

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q - look specifically at the Y3 topics covered so far this year and the topics we intend to cover in the rest of the year. These topics include the following: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • The Digestive System
  • Skeletons and Muscles
  • Rocks, Soils and Fossils
  • How to Identify Materials
  • Light and Dark
 

Geography

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

Children can explore 

  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Mountains

Some of this will be a recap of previous learning from this year, other parts will be brand new to children. 

Modern Foreign Languages  

 

Children can keep their foreign language skills sharp be practising French here…

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2french.html

and Spanish here…

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2spanish.html

 

Art

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztjqtfr/resources/1

Children can choose from a range of activities that link to our pencil sketching work which we have been carrying out during our art sessions at school. 

 

MUSIC

Have a look at this website. Each day they are putting out new songs. It looks great.

https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OOTAHome%20Week%201&utm_content=OOTAHome%20Week%201+CID_bf49382f0ebe74cb0b221faa64915f7e&utm_source=Email%20newsletter&utm_term=Out%20of%20the%20Ark%20%20Home

 

Check out the Mindfulness and Physical Activity page to help keep yourself both mentally and physically healthy during the school closure.

 

 

We appreciate that every home is different and we will all have a varied capacity to support our children with their learning away from school. This is not intended to place any undue pressure on you at an already anxious time. It is simply an attempt to give you some structure and advice that may help. It could also prove useful in the argument against, “Well school hasn’t said I have to do any learning so I can play on my Xbox all day…”

The Year 3 team will endeavour to update this page frequently to keep in touch with the children and provide any updates about learning at home if they are required or the above information changes. 

If you have any queries about the home-learning or resources please email y3@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk. For all other queries and questions please contact enquiries@huntersbarjun.sheffield.sch.uk as usual.

At this difficult and unprecedented time, the whole Year 3 team sends our very best wishes to you all. To reiterate Mr Watson’s message from the previous letter, we would urge you all to help each other as much as possible and especially to look out for the most vulnerable in our community. We are sure that the Hunter’s Bar community will rise to the current challenge and become stronger for it. As always, we are here to help if we can. 

Take care of each other and stay safe. We’ll be in touch again soon.

The Year 3 Team.

Mrs Stockley, Mrs Wales, Mr Jenkins, Ms Drohan, Mr Fairweather, Mrs Mather and Ms Newton. 

At the moment, both our school website and the websites we have suggested for distance learning are experiencing high levels of traffic making them run very slowly. We are aware of this but, at the current moment can do very little to resolve the issues. Many parents are ringing the office and sending e-mails to the school office to ask for help with this. As you can appreciate, we only have a skeleton number staff within school  whose main priority is to care for those children within school at this time, however we can offer a few practical suggestions:

  1.        Although we have provided an outline timetable for your day, feel free to be flexible with this and move lessons around. This should make each website run quicker.
  2.        The MyMiniMaths website appears to be running slower than the other websites on offer. MathsBot (Also, linked on the school web pages) appears to be running much quicker so feel free to use that. Over time, we will add further resources to the school website so please keep an eye out for these.

3.      Questions related to learning can be directed to the year group specific e-mails where we will be able to support you :

Y3@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk

Y4@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk

Y5@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk

Y6@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk

 

As we are currently running on a minimum level of staffing within school, please can the school office only be contacted in the event of an emergency.

We understand that these are strange times and that everyone is trying their best to continue their children’s education. Please be assured that we will work as hard as possible to make sure all children are able to access the materials we have provided. Keep checking the year group pages on the website as the staff will continue to post videos to try to keep you entertained.

Look after each other.

The Staff at HBJ

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

From now on, photo a video updates from teachers, teaching assistants and pupils can be found on a separate page in your year group. This is so that we can keep this page focused on the learning you need to be doing at home. Make sure the check in with both this page and the new photo and video page so that you know what learning you need to be doing and get to keep up to date with the latest videos and pics we send out. 

Take care everyone.