Nature Viewers

Today we are going to explore an activity to look more closely at plants and nature in our local area. As part of our Science curriculum we look at different types of plants and identify their features as well as similarities and differences. In Art we explore colour and texture and love creating pictures using natural materials. In Geography we encourage our children to look closely at their local area and identify natural features (physical geography) an man-made features (human geography). This activity covers all of these areas combined with a walk to help us move more.

We started by finding some cardboard from our recycling pile before choosing some shapes to draw and cut out. We chose a flower and a butterfly. There are lots of other ideas including a leaf, a heart, a ladybird, a bird or a simple rectangle to make a frame to name just a few. Here are our nature viewers.


We were ready to go on a walk to look more closely at nature in our local area and create some lovely images. We looked through our viewers to see what we could find in the grass, verges and hedgerows.

We looked carefully at the different things we could see and found lots of different leaves and flowers. We could name some of these including daisies and buttercups.

We found big spiky leaves next to smaller smooth leaves …

We found leaves of different colours on the same plant. We think the red leaves were the new leaves and the green leaves were the old leaves because the red leaves were much smaller.

We found lots of green leaves but also found some very dark purple coloured leaves.

It was amazing to look closely at the different textures and colours to create our images. We almost managed to find a rainbow of colours.

While we were looking at the leaves and flowers we were also lucky enough to find some animals. What can you see hiding in these pictures?

We were very quiet when we found the animals and watched them for a while.

On our way home the sun came out and look what we could make …

… shadows of our nature viewers!

Why don’t you make a nature viewer and go on a walk to investigate what you can find in your local area? We  would love to see what nature you find in your local area so please remember to email your images to

Have fun!

3J team



Good morning Class 3J,

In class we practise phonics everyday and we love listening to the Jolly phonics song.

Below are the phase 2 and phase 3 sound mats which show the order to learn the letter sounds in.

Don’t forget to use Espresso and Education city, both have lots of great phonics activities. If you can’t remember the password for your child please send us an email to 

Enjoy your phonics learning.

Class 3J


Keeping Fit

With the weather forecast showing rain for the next week

We thought it might be helpful to share some of our favourite activity songs which we use during our physical activity time in class.

We like to start with a warm up song

Next we like to take a walk in the jungle

We love to get our arms and legs moving in this next one

We also enjoy stretching up and bending down and moving faster and faster in this version of Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

Then we like to march with the ants – remember to get your knees up and your arms swinging.

Some children really enjoy dancing with the skeletons in this fun dance

These are just some of our favourites – there are lots more which can be found on you tube and some useful searches to start with include…

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Just Dance Kids – children have lots of favourites on here

PE with Joe

Andy’s Wild Workouts (Andy from CBeebies)


Enjoy keeping fit and don’t forget to send us some photos!

Stay safe

Class 3J Team

Money learning

Hello 3J!

Lets do some learning all about money!

Coin sorting:

Can you sort some coins and find the same?  



 I used some coins to make different amounts! Can you make 5p,10p,20p,50p, £1 using different coins?








I made a coin caterpillar using different coins! Can you make one too?



I made a shop to buy some lunch! Can you try too? You could ask whoever lives in your house to come to your shop and see what they can buy!


Lets do some coin sums! You could use some coins or counters to help you. 


What is 1 more than 20p?

What is 1 less than 2p?



Spider Diagram: 

I made a spider diagram with information about each coin. Name, size, colour, how many sides, shape.


I hope you have enjoy doing lots of fun learning all about money! Please feel free to send any of your learning to our class email:


Stay Safe! Class 3J Team
















Hello Class 3J , we hope you are all well and keeping safe. This term we are learning how to be geographers, to be a geographer, we could , explore our local area by having a walk with a grown up, we could collect some leaves ,twigs ,pine cones and sticks and make a journey stick. We can also think about all the different types of weather that we have been getting or can get and what items of clothing we could wear in the different weather. Why not plant your own seed , help it to grow and see what colour and shape the leaves are?

This week me and my children had a lovely walk round our local area.
We had a good explore and collected leaves and twigs.
We collected leaves with different colours, different sizes and shapes.

Grace made a journey stick by using glue and string to put the different leaves onto that she had found on our local walk.Why don’t you make a journey stick?

Grace wanted to paint the leaves to make a leaf print picture. She used lots of bright colours. Maybe you could have a go at this?
Wow! Grace could not believe the beautiful print the leaf made!
Graces leaf print picture.


Have a look at the weather board. Look out of a window, what is the weather like today where you live? You could think about what the weather was like yesterday and have a guess what the weather might be like tomorrow.
Have a look at this board.
Which clothes or  do you think you might wear in the rain?
Which clothes do you think you might wear in the cold or the snow?

If its a dry sunny day can you think what clothes you might wear? 

Look out of the window , do you need an umbrella today?

Grace planted her own seed.

Grace made a story board so she would know how to look after the seed.

Wow Grace your seed has really grown!

Can you have a go at planting a seed? Have a think of what might help the seed to grow……

Grace put the seed in sunlight and gave it water each day.

There are lots of ways to make lovely art with leaves and twigs…..

Leaf printing.

Leaf sticking
Leaf pressing          
Making journey sticks.                      I hope this has given you all good ideas of exploring your local area 3J . Don’t forget the weather songs on you tube that you could listen to at home.                  Have fun  from Beth , Melissa , Helen and Jenny .                              

Useful websites

Hi 3J,

Hope you are all well and staying safe.

Below are some websites that you might find useful:

#PE with Joe Wicks on you tube

If you can’t remember your log in and password for Purple Mash or Education City please contact us at

We will be more than happy to help.

Happy learning.

Helen, Beth, Mel and Jenny


Dough Disco

In class we love Dough Disco. ‘Dough Disco’ is a fun activity for the children which combines the use of play dough with a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children’s fine and gross motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem.

Here is a simple recipe to make play dough.

Class 3J enjoy following the actions in this video created by Julie at school.

We often sit together as a class in the morning to get our fingers warmed up in this way. Here are some symbols which we use alongside the video or when we are exploring playdough together.

If you’ve enjoyed Julie’s video there are lots of different videos available on You Tube if you search for “Dough Disco”. We use some of these in class if the children are particularly enjoying the activity.

Playdough is a great practical way to learn lots of different skills too. In class we use it to make letters and numbers, count sets, practice adding and taking away, explore patterns, make shapes and many many other ways.


We love seeing all your photos so please keep sending them to us, they really make us smile.

Take care and stay safe

Class 3J team

Traditional tales.

Jack and the Beanstalk.

This term we are learning about traditional tales. Today we are going to look at Jack and the Beanstalk. If you have a copy of the book at home then share the story with an adult, if you don’t then listen to this song.


Can you remember any of the characters or events in the story?

Use this word mat to help you.

Try to write some key words from the story – use the word mat to help.

Then try to write a short sentence.

Here are some examples:

You could use this writing paper:


When you have finished why don’t you build a castle in the clouds or make a picture.

Look at the pictures below for some ideas.

We would love  to see your learning about Jack and the Beanstalk, please send us some photos;

Have fun learning,

Helen, Jenny, Mel and Beth

Super learning and fun!

Here are some pictures of what Class 3J have been doing at home!

We love to see all of the brilliant things you have been doing at home and taking part in our blog activities!

They really make us smile! Keep them coming!






We miss you 3J! Stay Safe. Class 3J Team 



Summer 2

Hello Everyone

We hope you had a lovely half term week and enjoyed some sunshine. Thank you for all the photos we have received on the class email address, it is so lovely to see all your smiling faces. Please keep sending us photos of the fabulous things you are doing.

If we were in school our topic this half term would be ‘Friends Help us Grow’. Below you will find the home learning overview for the topic and some symbols which you might find useful.

In our maths learning we will be learning about shape. We will start with 2D shapes today. We have been looking at the properties of 2D shapes. Watch the videos to find out about how many sides and corners each shape has and whether the sides are curved or straight.We call this information the properties of 2D shapes.


Here is a picture of our finished table

We then decided to sort our shapes. Watch the video to see how we sorted them.

Here are the sorted shapes

Why don’t you go on a shape hunt at home. What shapes can you find? What are their properties? Send us a picture of the shapes you have found and what their properties are. Perhaps you could sort yours too.

The final thing we did was paint some pictures using 2D shapes. What shapes can you see in the pictures below? Can you paint some of your own?


Don’t forget to email us your pictures to

Have fun 🙂