Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Week 8

English – Friday 5th June 2020

Well done for making it to Friday!

First of all, spelling test time. Take your time to have a practice (like we would at school) and then ask a parent or guardian to test you. You could then work together to check through them. 

The second activity for today is all about improving vocabulary, in particular the use of the word ‘said’. I would like you to read/listen to chapter 3 ‘The Hat and the Superglue’ 21 minutes and 13 seconds to 26 minutes and 54 seconds and then look through the extract of the chapter that I have attached below. The word ‘said’ is used throughout when explaining that a person has spoken, however we can describe this in more detail by explaining how they have spoken, e.g. shouted, exclaimed and beamed. I would like you to find each use of said and select a better verb. I have also attached a sheet of different verbs that you could choose from.

Roald Dahl | Matilda - Full audiobook with text (AudioEbook)

Roald Dahl Collection Playlist: Matilda's parents were horrible and called her the m...

Maths - Friday 5th June 2020

Today you will be doing some problem solving.  Remember as well, to find some time  to go on Times Table Rock Stars, to practise your tables and earn more coins. 


It would help you to learn the rhyme:

30 days has September, April, June and November.

All the rest have 31

Except February which is the shortest month with 28 days and 29 every leap year.

When you have an understanding of these facts have a look at this problem.

There are different ways to start, but my way was to look for February first as this is the easiest. I then sorted out the months that had 30 days as I knew each of these would be one of 4 months. I then looked at what day February started on. I knew that January would be one of the months with 31 days with  January 31st, being on the day of the week before 1st February.  

That was my way, but there are others! Have a go.

Today's Puzzle. How many? How did you count them? Can you find different things here to count?

English – Thursday 4th June 2020

Today we are going to read chapter 2 of Matilda, on the video this is from 13 minutes 12 seconds to 21 minutes and 12 seconds. I would like you to think about how Matilda is made to feel throughout the chapter, in particular how she might feel about:

  • Her father’s dishonest business,
  • The fact she isn’t allowed to read in the dining room,
  • The way her parents speak to her (e.g. being called ignorant and stupid).

Your task for today is to explore her thoughts and feelings and predict how she will react moving forwards in the story. You could present your work in a diary entry, a mind map or a diagram; whatever way works best for you and allows you to delve into her mind-set at this point in the story.

Parents – Please note that the video link may have adverts.

Maths - Thursday 4th June 2020

Mental and Oral Practice.

Today you could play some more games on Times Tables Rock Stars at the end of the lesson, but before you get on to that I would like you to have a go at counting on in 5s from 0 to 60. For example 0, 5, 10, 15, 20  etc all the way up to 60. Do this aloud a few times. Even write it down a few times. How quickly can you count from 0 to 60? Doing this will help you in the next part of the lesson.

Main Lesson

Today you will be learning to read the analogue clock to the nearest 5 minutes.


You will need a clock that has moveable hands on it. This could be a real one from home, but check with  whoever is looking after you first, that it is all right for you to use it. It will need numbers on it not Roman Numerals. So a clock face like in the picture below. As I have said before, if you don't have one of these there are some that have been bought especially for year 3. They are in the Outdoor Classroom in Corrine's Meadow for you and your parents to collect. 

Analogue clock

Telling the time to five minutes

Parents: it is important in this lesson that the children understand how to tell the time from 5 minutes past the hour to 25 minutes past, as minutes past. After half past the hour they should say the time as minutes to the next hour, for example 25 minutes to, 5 minutes to. The video covers minutes past, minutes to and digital time. Note it is a You Tube clip so many contain adverts.


Today the children could do a practical lesson and not do the worksheets at all. You could ask them to set a time on the clock e.g. 10 minutes to 7 and they then set it on their practice clock (make sure that the small hand on the clock is set just before the 7 and not pointing directly to it). Then you could show them a time on the clock e.g. 20 minutes past 11 and ask them to tell you the time in words.

The worksheets have some problem solving questions, if they also want a challenge.

Today's Puzzle. Which one doesn't belong and why? Can find reasons that they all belong and reasons why each one doesn't belong.

English – Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Well done for making it to the middle of the week! Today we are still looking at chapter 1 ‘The Reader of Books’ from yesterday, please feel free to listen to the chapter again if you want to refresh your memory. We will be looking at the part of the story when Matilda asks Mrs Phelps for a book recommendation. I would like you imagine you are Mr Phelps and looking to answer this question. I would like you to recommend 4 different books for Matilda to read, they can be books you have read yourself, or books we have read in class. I would like you to try to choose a range of genres and explain why she should read these books from the library. I have attached a worksheet that you can use for the layout; you could include a picture of the front cover to give Matilda some clues about its story.

Parents – Please note that the video link may have adverts.

Maths - Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Note for Parents: for tomorrow's lesson the children will need to have access to an analogue clock with moveable hands. There are some teaching clocks, that have been bought for year 3, in the Outdoor Classroom on Corrine's Meadow for you to collect, if you do not have access to one at home. 


Mental and oral is to play a game on Garage (and any others you want to do) on Times Tables Rock Stars. The more you play, the more coins you earn and the better your times tables will be, so playing a game each week day is a good habit to get in to.

Main Lesson

Today you will work on developing your understanding on the number of hours in a day. Watch the video which has some interesting information - but you don't have to worry about remembering it all. The important part for today's lesson is understanding that there are 24 hours in a day.

To answer the questions on the worksheet you may have to refer back to the calendar that was on yesterday's lesson. You will also have to use your written multiplication skills to work out some of the answers, for example, the number of hours in 5 days would be 24 x 5. The picture will remind you how to set out the calculation.

How to set out multiplication as a written method.

Today's Puzzle. Stepped Pyramids - for questions, see below the picture.

This stepped pyramid has been built by young children and their teacher using some of the building blocks in the classroom. (The blocks are all cubes of the same size.)

(a) How many blocks would be needed to build it?
(b) Now imagine that the children want to build a similar structure with twice as many layers. How many blocks would be needed?

English – Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Hello again, today we are going to be completing a reading comprehension linked to chapter one ‘The Reader of Books’ that we looked at yesterday. I have attached a copy of the text that you can read through, feel free to listen to the chapter using the audiobook if you prefer. Remember if you are unsure of an answer, you can find it in the text.

Parents – I have attached the answers to the questions as a separate document.

Maths - Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Mental and oral practice today is to play a game in Garage on the Times Table Rock Stars website, if you have already done a Gig. If you haven’t got around to that yet, then do a Gig first.  If you want to play any other games, especially those in the Multi-Player section, you can always do that as well.


Main Lesson 

Today you will be extending your understanding of weeks, months and years.

Watch the video below, which tells you about the months of the year and about leap years. 

Months of the Year Song | Rap for Kids

Parents please note this is a You Tube clip and we advise you to check it for adverts before playing it.

Here is a calendar to help you answer some of the other questions.

To answer the questions on the worksheet you need to look very carefully at the calendar for February this year to decide if this year is a leap year. Also check on the calendar how many days there are in a week.


Calendar 2020

Today's Puzzle. Which One Doesn't Belong and Why?

English – Monday 1st June 2020

Welcome to the second half of the Summer Term! I hope you have all enjoyed your week off in the sunshine and are ready to start a new book. Over the next few weeks, we are going to be looking at the book ‘Matilda’ which is another book by Roald Dahl. The reason I have chosen this book is firstly because myself and other children felt it was time for a female main character, and secondly because it has a great audiobook on YouTube that allows you to follow the whole story with the words and pictures. If you have the book at home, please feel free to read your copy if you prefer.

So, to begin today’s task I would like you to watch/read chapter 1, ‘The Reader of Books’. This can be found from the beginning of the video to 13 minutes, 12 seconds. Once the chapter is finished, I would like you to think about each of the following character’s thoughts and feelings towards Matilda at this point:

  • Mr Wormwood
  • Mrs Wormwood
  • Mrs Phelps

I would then like you to outline each group’s thoughts and feelings, this could be through a drawing or you could write out both for each character. I have attached a worksheet below to give you a suggestion of a layout. I have also included Matilda in my example so you can look at her thoughts and feelings at this point in her life. You could either print or copy it if you wish. I hope you enjoy this task, let us know how you get on.

Parents – Please note that the video link may have adverts.

01.06.20 - Spellzoo Spellings

  • humorous
  • porous
  • vigorous
  • courageous
  • gorgeous
  • serious
  • mysterious
  • various
  • hideous
  • ambitious

01.06.20 - SNIP Spellings

  • change
  • jumped
  • leave
  • often
  • opened
  • started
  • today
  • tries
  • turned




Maths - Monday 1st June 2020

Today to ease you back into home learning slowly, we would like you to log on to Times Table Rock Stars and have a play on the games there. If you haven't contacted Miss Thomas or Mrs Karban yet to get your log on details and the instructions, please email us today and we will send it back to you as soon as possible. When you go on for the website for the first time you have to set up your rock star name and then play a Gig. Once you have done that, play some games in the Garage and some games in the Arena. All the people in the Arena should be other children at Thomas Jolyffe. You won't know who they are though as they too will have a cool rock star name!


Note for parents:

Later in the week,  the children will be learning about 'Time'. To do this they will need to have access to an analogue clock (one with moveable hands) with numbers on rather than Roman Numerals.  If you do not have access to a suitable one of these at home there will be some new children's 'teaching' clocks put in the outdoor classroom on Corrine's Meadow from Monday for you to collect. 

Today's Puzzle. What do you notice? What do you wonder?

‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered’