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Thursday 2nd April 2020

Are you ready for Thursday?


Or should I say - Is Thursday ready for you?!


Tell me what you'd say to Thursday if you could in today's register


Look out Thursday, we're Year 3 and we are coming to get you! HERE WE GO...


Music appreciation


Ok, Tables 1,2,3,4 and 5 come and sit on the carpet please (know we aren’t really in the classroom but we can still pretend). Let’s listen to some music!


The piece you will be listening to today is by a composer called Heitor Villa-Lobos and he is from the South American country of Brazil.


Villa-Lobos was born in Rio de Janeiro. He began to learn the cello at the age of six and, as a teenager, enjoyed playing guitar with the street musicians of Rio.


Villa-Lobos travelled by train on some of his musical adventures through Brazil.

So perhaps it’s not surprising that one of his most famous pieces re-creates the journey of a shuddering, juddering steam train, carrying the ‘caipira’ or ‘people of the countryside’ off to pick berries in the fields.

Villa-Lobos harnesses the musical power of the orchestra to bring the plucky locomotive to life: clarinets and trombones become steam whistles; percussion instruments, like the ganza and reco reco, re-create the clattering, hissing engine; syncopated rhythms propel the wheels; and folk tune-inspired melodies add a distinctive Brazilian flavour.



Watch the first video for an introduction to the piece and then watch the second video to see the full performance.




Once you have enjoyed the music, write down your thoughts in your exercise book.

You could think about these things in your writing;


  • What instruments can you see?
  • Is the tempo fast or slow or medium?
  • Is the piece loud or quiet?
  • What did you think of the rhythms?
  • Did any parts of the piece remind of a choo-choo train chugging down the tracks? What instruments were making that sound? Can you make that sound with anything at home?
  • How did you feel when you listened to the piece?

And, most importantly

  • Did you like it?


I chose this composer because we are already focusing on another Brazilian artist in our art lessons. Perhaps you could join the two things and create a piece of art while listening to today’s music?




Today’s maths is some more fractions.


Remember to complete the lesson first and then try the task.


Make sure you are really focused on these questions.




Have a look at this picture and answer the questions neatly in your exercise book. 



Remember I want to know what you think is happening. Use clues in the image to help make your predictions.


  • What is the ogre doing? Why?
  • Why is there a glowing light over the flower? Where is it coming from?
  • What do you think is in the pouches on the ogre’s bag strap?
  • Why were the children in the woods?
  • Does he know that they are watching him?
  • Do the children want him to know that they’re there? How do you know? Explain your answer using because
  • What is going to happen next?


Writing task


Keep working on your stories. Make sure you are reading them back to check they are clear and full of detail for the reader to enjoy.




You focused mainly on the human skeleton last week. Now is your chance to look at the structure of some other types of animals (because we are also animals remember).


Take a look at this webpage about vertebrates


  • Watch the video
  • Play the little game


After you have had a good explore of that page, open this one and do the same thing.


Once you have had a good look around these two pages, I’d love for you to make a poster that teaches me the different between vertebrates and invertebrates. You could draw a line down the middle of your page and put different examples of each on one side (vertebrates on the left, invertebrates on the right), just an idea! It’s up to you how you do it.


Your poster must include

  • Some writing that explains what vertebrates and invertebrates actually are.
  • Some examples and pictures of vertebrates and invertebrates.


Challenge for those who want to impress me


We humans are vertebrates and have a backbone and skeleton inside our body. This is called an “endoskeleton”. All vertebrates have an endoskeleton.


Some invertebrates have a protective casing outside their body that helps protect them. This is called an “exoskeleton”.


If you want to impress me then you could include some information about animals with exoskeletons on your poster.





I hope Thursday isn’t too tired after you’ve finished with it!


I realise I haven’t said #washyourhands for a while so there it is.


Mr Webber