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Week Commencing 6 July 2020


Our work for the next two weeks is going to be based around two of the different groups of people who settled in the British Isles over a thousand years ago – the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings.  You might know something about them already, but you might need to do some research of your own to get the most out of your work.  Some good places to start your research might include:

BBC Bitesize has lots of small-scale primers all about the Vikings and the world they inhabited:

An audio recording of the whole of Neil Gaiman’s (fantastic) retellings of the Norse myths.  They’re told in a very chatty, immediate style which grabs your attention, and I’m sure the children will love spotting all the references to characters they might have heard of in Marvel films…

The website of the Jorvik Viking Centre – the biggest Viking museum (experience?) in the British Isles, built on top of a good chunk of the old Viking city of Jorvik, or York as it is more commonly known nowadays!

A very gentle watch – charting the history of England from Roman times to the Norman conquest (so covering both Anglo-Saxons and Vikings) by looking at one small town.

Two great websites covering one of the most spectacular archaeological finds ever made – the royal ship burial at Sutton Hoo.  The artefacts found are on display in the British Museum but the story of their finding – and the photos from the time – are amazing too!

Resources for 7 – 11 year olds from the British Museum.  As well as the Sutton Hoo treasure there is a heap of amazing stuff from Viking and Saxon finds in the museum, such as the Lewis chessmen and the Alfred Jewel – you can also take a virtual tour of the collection!

A bit silly, but great fun and with a lot of interesting information about one of the most important people in English history!

A really good summary of the whole period with lots of sub-pages to explore about particular sites and individuals, and some lovely photography too.

Year 3 foundation tasks: Week commencing 15 June 


Our work for the next two weeks is all going to be focused on studying space (sadly from ground level) and using this as a focus for our literacy, maths, science and foundation work. 


As part of your work, it will probably be necessary for you to carry out some independent research along the way.  There is loads of great information available online, in books and on your TV, but to give you a head start, we’d suggest having a look at some of the following: 

BBC Bitesize KS2 science focusing on Space – not the most whizz-bang, but definitely pitched at the right level and with loads of useful information which is easy to access 

The Science Museum’s focus on Space exploration for schools.  A site to dip into for interesting details, with lots of great videos for having a peak at. 

The online site for the images captured from the Hubble telescope.  The images and videos are absolutely beautiful, but there’s loads of extraordinary information on there as well – more in-depth but well worth a look! 

The NASA site dedicated to first-school aged children has got loads of great activities to get into a well as a heap of amazing information and images.  The rest of the site is great for the grown-ups, too, especially some of the visuals – try zooming in and out on the interactive models of the solar system… 

A really great, very accessible documentary series.  Brian Cox keeps things easy to understand but really captures how amazing our solar system is, and the real footage and computer-generated images of the other planets are fantastic. 



So, we're still not back...


Obviously we're now in a position where we're waiting for the nod from the Government before we can get back into school properly, and even when we do things are going to be a bit weird, at least at first.  It's a shame that we're not going to see any of the tiddlers on 1st June, but based on Mr Whiteley's most recent update we should at least be ready to have Y3 back in as soon as we get given the go-ahead, even if it's only going to be for a few weeks.


We are now in the half-term holidays (I know it's tricky to keep track at the moment, frankly) so we're not expecting any of the children to be completing any work during this period.  From personal experience, it can be useful to keep them doing something so they don't completely get out of habit - the junior Birtwhistles are still reading, doing a bit of handwriting, and a bit of online maths stuff here and there - but we don't expect it, so please don't feel you have to push it if children are reluctant.


Once we get back in to "school" on 1 June, our focus for the first two weeks of term is going to be looking at the amazing country of Brazil.  This will be the setting for our reading and writing tasks, and we will also be using Brazil to revisit some concepts we have looked at in our foundation subjects already this year, as well as learning some new skills and interesting facts along the way.


As part of your work, it will probably be necessary for you to carry out some independent research along the way.  There is loads of great information available online, in books and on your TV, but to give you a head start, we’d suggest having a look at some of the following: - World Travel Guide:  loads of information laid out in paragraphs dealing with particular topics - National Geographic – even more detail, with sub-pages dealing with Geography, history, science and animals - BBC Iplayer, David Attenborough’s Planet Earth.  The episode about has some fantastic footage from the Amazon rainforest - BBC Iplayer - South America.  More detail on the Amazon, but looks at some of the other habitats too - some great images of the Rio Mardi Gras carnival – on BBC Newsround, so you know they’re child-friendly.


The work we do will encompass a whole heap of different subjects (reading, writing, science, geography, music, art, religious studies etc) but we think, and hope, it will be most effective as a way of delivering learning if the children get a proper immersive experience, and can really enjoy learning about Brazil as a fascinating country deserving of study in its own right, as well as a framework for lessons.  No knowledge gained will be wasted; in fact, we'd like kids to pick up as much trivia as they can, as we're hoping to organise some sort of online quiz via Kahoot for the end of the second week, which will all be based on Brazil general knowledge, so do get swatting.


Oh, and Samba dancing practice will feature.  Mr B's first training vids will be getting published on the website this week, just in case you thought we were taking it easy (It'll make a change from Joe Wicks, at least).  No Mardi Gras spangly outfits yet, though.  Maybe save them for Week 2...





Fenlon's putting his spare time to good use during lockdown!  To give himself a focus he's set himself a challenge - and, being Fenlon, that obviously involves football.  Specifically, he's given himself a 4km dribbling challenge, which he'll be completing on Saturday 23rd May.


I know some of you have donated already, but it is for a fabulous cause, and a really worthwhile way of burning off some energy and keeping those skills up to scratch for when lockdown ends.


Well done Fen, the whole Year 3 team are really proud of you!





Welcome “back” to the summer term!  We hope that you have managed to stay safe and healthy, and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as possible.


Please remember that for the time being until further notice we will only be contacting you - and will only be contactable - via the single school dedicated corona email address.  The email address is:


Make sure you mark your email as "FAO Miss Louth" or "FAO Mr B" so it finds its way to us.  If you want to add photographs, videos or pictures to the class website page please do attach them and send them on to us via email - we'd love to see them!

You will notice that at the top of the page we have set up several "sub-pages" where you will find all sorts of guidance to help you with your home learning, a long list of websites to look at for different activities, and a collection of some of the photos and videos we've seen so far - we'd love to add to these as soon as possible, so do send those emails...


Remember that as well as the paper home working packs, we are assigning work on Education City and Bug Club (accessed via the RM unify website), hosting Times Table Rock Stars tournaments, assigning music-learning schemes on Charanga Yuma music, and adding further tasks from time to time.  All the children should have login and password details for these sites.  If you haven't got logins or passwords, please contact your class teacher via the school Corona email address.


It was lovely to speak to so many of you last week, and to hear how well you have been getting on in difficult circumstances. We will be calling you again from time to time, to make sure that we keep in touch, but if you have any questions or problems, or anything that you want to share in the meantime, please do get in touch either by ringing the school or sending an email to the dedicated address above.


If you do have any questions or need help at any stage, please do contact us – we are continuing to work throughout the days and will be more than happy to assist in any way that we can!


Take care, and see you all soon...


Miss Louth and Mr Birtwhistle



Sandra Read (Sydney-Morgan's mum) managed to accidentally sign herself up for a parents' dance-off competition organised by Sydney's dance club.  Completely typically, she smashed the opposition and won first prize with a brilliant rendition of Sydney's exam piece, the ballet Doll Dance.  Being a thoroughly brilliant sport, she has sent us the videos and agreed that we can put them up on the website (see below - they are amazing).


But we don't want to leave it at that.


We are sure that there are some other amazing dancers out there amongst both children and grown-ups.  We are now challenging all of you - big and small - to put together a vid of you completing a dance routine.  You can choose the style and music yourselves - we'd be just as delighted to see some Street Dance as we would a Paso Doble - and decide what music and costume to go for (as long as they're safe for posting on here).  Just share the completed video to the BatchleyCorona email address and we'll make sure they go up here in pride of place.  


At the end of the half term, the teaching staff will have a discussion and choose winning entries for big people and small people, based on a completely arbitrary chat about which one has the greatest technical skill and which one makes us laugh the most.  We will make sure that all entries are awarded some sort of prize, for being such amazing sports, and that they'll be archived at the end of the half-term holidays so they don't haunt you for ever.


Thank you everybody in advance - and Keeeeep Dancing!


JL & TB xx




Okay folks, we’re still in lock-down, and it’s starting to really drag now.  We’re desperate to see you all again as soon as possible, but until then we’ve all got to try to make the best of things. 


With that in mind, we’ve been thinking about how we can make best use of this enforced period of school closure, and so for the next couple of weeks, our focus is going to be….


Healthy bodies, healthy minds


We are all going to put in a real effort to get ourselves healthy, and that will involve a lot of learning along the way.  Everyone has been assigned homework on Education City (Corona Break – Week 5) which will help us along the way, but don’t worry if you can’t complete any of the tasks or activities on there – there’s lots more that we can be doing too!



The first thing we’re going to need to do is get into a good, regular routine of exercise, which you need to be able to complete every day.  We’ve been doing the Joe Wicks PE lessons which are great, but it doesn’t matter if you want to do something else – as long as you stick to it!


Once you’ve chosen your exercise, we need you to do two things.  Firstly, we need you to measure your resting pulseand see how many times your pulse beats in 1 minute.  You’ll need a grown-up to help you with this, and a watch to measure exactly 1 minute. Make a note of this number – it is your resting pulse rate.  Next, run on the spot for 1 minute, and then take your pulse again.  This new measurement is your elevated pulse rate.  It should be quite a bit higher than your resting pulse!


These videos will talk you through what your pulse is, and how it is crucially important to staying fit and healthy:



The next step will be a daily challenge.  Each day, before you complete your exercise routine, measure and record your resting pulse rate.  Then, straight after completing your activity, take your elevated pulse rate. Record both of these numbers for each day – you can use the attached exercise diary to do this if you want.


At the end of the two-week period, you should have a record of your resting and elevated pulse rates for each day.  You can then plot these onto a graph to see the change.  You could use either a bar chart or a line graph to show this:

If you are stuck on this, don’t worry, we will have a look at it when we are back in school!



Along with your exercise and pulse rate measurements, we want you to keep a record of what you eat and drink each day as well.  We then want you to work out what food groupsthese different foods and drinks fall into, and if you have a balanced diet.  These resources will be helpful!


We would like you to create a poster recording all of the food and drink you eat each week, grouping those foods into carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fibre. Then have a look and think – is there anything you need more of, or is there anything you have been having too much of?  What could you do to make your diet more balanced?  Make sure you add this to your poster too!



The next challenge combines your literacy and science skills.  We want you to research, plan, write and edit your own fact file(s) about healthy diets and healthy living.  Keep your fact file focused on one particular topic.  We would suggest you choose one of the following:

  • How your heart and lungs work (the cardiovascular system)
  • What nutrients your body needs
  • How exercise makes us healthy
  • How a bad diet makes you unhealthy
  • How the human digestive system works
  • How your muscles work, and how you can build them
  • How your skeleton works and how you can keep it strong
  • What your teeth are like, and how you can protect them


This will be a non-fiction, factual piece of writing.  You will need to set yourself some research questions before you get started, and make sure you take notes in bullet points as it will be much quicker.  When you start writing, remember the features you need for a non-fiction text:

  • Headings
  • Sub-headings
  • Diagrams with captions and labels
  • Formal style of writing
  • Full sentences
  • Include all the key facts
  • Distinguish between facts and opinions



While you are researching, it would be a great idea to mark up everything you have learned onto one giant image.  Get a grown-up to draw around you to create a body outline (on the back of a piece of wallpaper would be perfect) then mark on where the different parts of your body are.  

  • Where are the muscles that you have been exercising?
  • Where are your heart and lungs?
  • Where are the different parts of your digestives system?
  • What bones have can you identify?  
  • What muscles can you add?

Think about colour-coding to distinguish between bones, muscles, organs etc. – just like on a map of a country!  



One of the nice things about exercising is it helps you to feel a little bit happier and calmer.  It is really important, and really tricky, to stay happy and calm when you can’t get out to see all of your friends.  We hope that you are managing okay, and getting lots of sleep too, but if you are worrying, or feeling a bit sad, these are some things we would like you to try:

  • Your own Peace Out session:  Shut the door, shut the curtains, put on some really relaxing music (some suggestions below). Lie down on the floor, get yourself really relaxed, close your eyes and feel yourself breathing.  Breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold it for four seconds, then breathe out through your mouth for four seconds.
  • Colouring– a personal favourite of ours!  There is loads of good mindfulness colouring sheets out there, but if you haven’t got one, any colouring will do.  Pencil crayons are best, because you can blend one colour into another.  Forget about everything else and just focus on colouring in as neatly, carefully and thoughtfully as you can.  If you’re not sure how to blend, this will help:

  • Music appreciation:  Try listening to one of the pieces of classical music on the BBC Ten Pieces site

When you are listening, close your eyes and just concentrate on the music.  What sort of images does it conjure up?  A lot of classical music deliberately tries to tell a story through the music itself – see if your ideas are the same as the composer! If you want to try this with different music, try The Planets suite by Gustav Holst – where the music matches what Roman God the planet is named after:

  • Teamwork:  Think about yourself as part of a team – at home, at school, at a club, with your friends. How do you help each other, what strengths do you all bring to the group, and how can you all support each other?

Remember, when you are at home you are still part of your own team, and each of you can help the others to do their best!



None of the ideas above are compulsory, but we hope they might give you a bit more of a focus for the next couple of weeks than picking out bits and bobs at random. Remember to keep sending us videos and pictures of what you’re up to so we can put them onto the website to share with the rest of the school – we’ve been really impressed with some of the ones we’ve had through so far, but we definitely want more!


Stay safe everybody – fingers crossed we see you all soon.



JL and TB xx


Week commencing 27thApril 2020


We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy, and managing to get some work done as well.  Thank you for everyone who has been completing the home packs, as well as the different online activities we have set up for you to be getting on with.  There is another Times Table Rock Star “Beat the Teachers” Challenge starting on Monday, so make sure you all get logged on so we make it as epic a battle as possible!


For those of you who want a more in-depth challenge for your work over the next couple of weeks, we would love it if you could start on an extended project.  As we are all still in lockdown mode at the moment we thought it would be good to go travelling, even if it’s only in our imaginations.  With this in mind, our extended project for this week is all about…







We would like you to pick an explorer and complete a series of tasks all about their discoveries.  You can pick whoever you want, but we have a few suggestions:


Christopher Columbus

Vasco Da Gama

John Cabot

Ferdinand Magellan

Francis Drake

James Cook


You can find more ideas here:


When you have picked your explorer, try tackling the following tasks:



Create a biography of your explorer.  When and where were they born?  Where did they live?  What did they do?  What was their family like?  What are they most famous for?  When and how did they die?  Think about what you would like to know about them, set yourself some research questions, then present your findings however you like – poster, fact file, bullet points or a full piece of writing.  Make sure you include lots of key information!



Imagine you are a sailor on board your explorer’s ship.  Try writing an account of their voyage, either as a letter or as a day-by-day diary.  Remember you will be writing in the first person(“I did this, I did that”) and in the past tense, as you will be writing about things you have done already. Include description using all five senses – what can you see, hear, smell, taste and touch – and tell us how those things make you feel by describing your emotions.  You can be gruesome if you want!



Create an authentic looking map of your voyage of discovery, making sure that you age it so that it really looks the part!

You don’t need to show the whole of your voyage, but maybe just a small map of one of the locations you visit (a map of Hispaniola for Columbus?).



Create a fact file about the country (or one of the countries) that your explorer visited. Think about all of the key information we included when we were creating our fact files for Eurovision, and focus on two or three aspects of those countries (tourism, culture, agriculture, government etc).  We want to know about the country as it is today, not hundreds of years ago!  


Modern Languages:

Find out what language (or languages) they speak in the country you are visiting, then learn the lingo!  Learn some words and phrases, practice your pronunciation, then send us a video of you speaking those phrases and telling us what they mean.  Try using the BBC Language website (on the RM Unify front screen) for inspiration if you are stuck.


Design and Technology:

Try designing, then building, a model of a sailing ship which will float in your bath or sink.  Think about what materials you could use and how you could fix them together, and how you can make your ship look more realistic.  Draw a design diagram, making sure you label it and create a list of your materials, then construct your ship.  When you’ve finished, evaluate it, and think about how you could make it even better next time around.



Research an animal which is native to the country you are visiting.  Draw and label an image of it, then tell us about it in more detail – where does it live, what does it eat - and what eats it?  Can you draw a food chain showing how it fits in? What sort of animal is it and how is it classified?



The above list is only a series of suggestions but we think it might give your days a bit more focus and give the children a chance to really immerse themselves in their learning.  There is no time limit for completion, but we will be posting another learning project in a couple of weeks.  If you think of anything else that you would like to include, please let your imaginations run riot – and do make sure you email us photos, videos and electronic documents so that we can share them with everyone else as an inspiration to us all.


Take care everyone, and hopefully we’ll see you all very soon!


Miss Louth and Mr Birtwhistle