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Monday 18th May 2020

Good morning Year 3! 

I hope you had a lovely weekend and were able to create a quiz for your family! If you did, I hope you had lots of fun hosting it. 

Did you know that it is Mental Health Awareness week this week? It is so important to look after your mental health. Just like how we try keep our bodies healthy by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly, we need to look after our minds too. The Mental Health Foundation has chosen 'kindness' to be this year's theme for Mental Health Awareness week. Why do you think they have chosen this theme?

 

This is what they had to say about kindness;

Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference.  We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem.  Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism. 

 

The power of kindness is undeniable when it comes to mental health. So the first thing I would like you to do today is to think of an act of kindness you could do for someone else. 

You could -

  • bake a special treat for one of your neighbours (just make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and leave it on their doorstep)
  • draw a picture for somebody so they know you're thinking of them and post it through their door
  • write a letter to someone that may be living alone right now and in need of some company

or think of your own fabulous idea! 

 

Lastly, it's also important that we aren't just being kind to others but that we are also being kind to ourselves. We are living through a very strange time at the moment and you are doing an amazing job every day! I would like for you to take some time for yourself. At the bottom of this page, I have put some mindfulness activities for you to try this week to support you with becoming mindful, reflective and relaxed. 

 

I hope you all have a wonderful week and please do email in to show/tell me what you've been up to!

Miss Furmston x

 

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Hello Year 3! I hope you are enjoying some of the mindfulness activities I shared with you yesterday for Mental Heath Awareness week.

Today, I would like you to listen to some music. Music is so powerful; it can make you feel a whole range of emotions and much like reading, can transport you to a different world.

At the bottom of this page I have put a piece of classical music I would like you to listen to, and I mean really listen to. Find a calm and quiet place and have a listen. Then once you have listened to it once, listen to it again but this time consider these questions:

How does it make you feel? What instruments can you hear? How would you describe the music? When you listen to it, what do you imagine? Can you visualise a setting, a story, a character with the music?

 

Once you have finished listening to the music I would like you to write a response to it using the questions above as a starting point.

 

Optional chilli challenge - Write a story to accompany the music. What could be happening in a story whilst this music is playing?

 

Have a wonderful day!

Miss Furmston x

 

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Good morning Year 3!

I hope you enjoyed listening to some beautiful classical music yesterday. If you did enjoy yesterday's music, perhaps you would like to explore some more classical composers? This website has a selection of videos you might like to listen to...

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/best-classical-music-for-kids/

 

This morning your parents should have received the link to my latest Youtube video! Your task for today is to watch it and then find some time to complete the activity that I did with Austin.

 

I hope you enjoy the video and I hope you all have a lovely day in the sunshine! 

Miss Furmston x

Thursday 21st May 2020

 

Hello Year 3! 

I hope you enjoyed my video yesterday and were able to go for a walk in the glorious sunshine!

Today, in line with Mental Health Awareness week, I would like you to try some yoga. 

Yoga combines meditation and breathing and it can really help improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga has so many great benefits and is a fantastic way to look after our minds. Sometimes our minds can feel really busy and full up and yoga is a way of calming the noise and organising your thoughts. It creates mental calmness, increases body awareness, relieves stress, relaxes the mind and sharpens concentration.

It is also a really fun activity whilst also helping you to wind down!

So I would love for you to find some time today to watch this video tutorial and find a calm, comfortable place to follow along. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF7O6-QabIo

 

Enjoy!

Miss Furmston x

Happy Friday!

I hope you've all had a lovely week and can you believe it? It's half term next week! You all should be proud of all the learning you have accomplished at home and for staying positive during this strange time. 

 

Today, I would like you all to practise your times tables. Times tables are really important in Maths and especially as you are heading into Year 4 soon, you need to be practicing your tables and developing your rapid recall.

 

I have found a fun game for you to play today to help you with practising! Make sure you read the instructions first to know what keys to press.  

 

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/318/Tommys-Trek-Times-Tables

 

Enjoy and have a safe and relaxing half term!

Miss Furmston x

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